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Feb 18

“It’s Not Just Another Summer Camp, It’s Our Family’s Summer Adventure!”

“Camp Broadway is a place where thespians can go to do what they love – surrounded by people who really love it too!” says Isla Welge, age 11, who will be attending Camp Broadway in New York City for her third summer in 2020.

Isla Welge with parents and grandparents exploring NYC during the week of Camp Broadway Mainstage, Summer 2019

Camp Broadway is a family affair for the Welge’s bringing in grandparents from around the country to get together and spend quality time. Niki Welge, Isla’s mom, shared that the experience is wonderful for their family.

Camp Broadway Camper, Isla Welge, with parents, Billy and Niki Welge. Summer, 2019

“Camp Broadway gave us the opportunity to allow our daughter to spend a week doing what she loves while learning from the best of the best in NYC – a city rich with history and passion for musical theatre. It’s not just another summer camp, it’s our family’s summer adventure!”

The Welge Family takes advantage of all NYC has to offer, last summer seeing six Broadway shows and taking a behind-the-scenes Broadway tour of the New Amsterdam Theater.

“Participating in Camp Broadway in NYC is a theatre kid’s dream come true!” shared Niki.

Niki went on to say “It REALLY brings families together. We invited Isla’s grandparents (who live in Florida and Pennsylvania) to attend the showcase at the end of camp and they were thrilled at an opportunity to see Isla perform on stage in NYC!

Additionally, Billy Welge, Isla’s dad, grew up in New Jersey, so there are lots of family and friends in the area that the Welge Family connects with as a perk to their Camp Broadway Getaway!

Isla Welge performing in the Camp Broadway Family Finale featuring songs and scenes from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Niki shared “Because we live in Florida, my parents never get to see Isla perform, so they were SO excited to see her in the showcase. Plus, she was front and center in “Doll on a Music Box” – which made it even better. The choreography was SO cool!”

And at the center of all this theater loving fun is Isla, having a blast with her new friends at Camp Broadway.

“I had an incredible experience and made life-long friends and memories. Camp Broadway is your place to shine in the spotlight!”

Campers, Isla Welge and Amanda Brown with Featured Player, Didi Gomez

 

 

MEET SUNNY

A special thanks to the Welge family for sharing your experiences! Are you a Family or a Camper that wants to share your story? Email our Communications Manager Sunny at sunny@campbroadway.com (Sunny loves hearing your stories – she was a Camper too!)

Sunny Naughton

Sunny Naughton

Communications Manager

Sunny Noelle Naughton is jazzed to be back with Camp Broadway overseeing Communications. An alumnus of the Mainstage Program, Sunny moved to NYC at 17 to pursue her dreams of working on Broadway, attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After appearing in the Broadway National Tour of Annie (Orphan Swing) working with original creative team including Martin Charnin, Charles Strouse, Thomas Meehan and Bill Berloni, Sunny decided to go behind the scenes. While working as Program Manager at Camp Broadway with programs such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The New York Pops Annual Birthday Gala and all Camp Broadway summer programs, Sunny graduated from Eugene Lang at the New School with a self-designed degree in Media & Journalism. Sunny has taken the last few years to obtain a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. As a youth, Sunny’s dream was to spend all year long with Camp Broadway so she can genuinely say her dreams have come true!

About The Author

CAMP BROADWAY® LLC was founded in 1996 and is recognized as Broadway’s “original” summer camp. The company’s mission is to make theatre arts an accessible and relevant way for creative children to build confidence, hone presentation skills, and discover their unique talents at every stage of their lives. Camp Broadway is a respected industry leader in audience engagement and a trusted source for parents and teachers seeking quality year-round enrichment programs, experiential events and educational workshops.

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