A fully immersive one week theatre training intensive that includes:
- Workshops with resident Broadway directors and choreographers
- Transport to and from activities within Manhattan
- Admission to multiple Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals
- Post show Q&A with cast and creative team
- Personalized feedback and instruction from Broadway directors
- Hotel accommodations in NYC
- Guided sightseeing in some of the Big Apple's most famous tourist attractions
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trip (you may bring spending money for extra snacks, treats or souvenirs)
Each year, the itinerary is customized based on current Broadway shows and the interests of the kids attending. The timeline will be generally similar with different content and shows:
Arrive in NYC
Tour of Empire State Building
Workshop #1 Broadway dance with cast member from Chicago
Workshop #2: Acting with a scene partner
Workshop #3: Broadway choreography: Learn song and dance to Mean Girls with Mean Girls cast member.
WORKSHOP #4: Stage Combat
Dinner and sight seeing
See Mean Girls
Tour of New Amsterdam theater / Disney props and costume pieces
Group photo challenge
See Aladdin Matinee
See Moulin Rouge
WORKSHOP #5 - Interview and tips from Broadway panel
WORKSHOP #6 - Vocal audition workshop
WORKSHOP #7 - Acting audition focus and feedback with casting director
Ellen's Star dust diner
Workshop #8 - Costuming on Broadway
Walk in Central Park
Group activity (surprise)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Packing suggestions will be sent to attendees in May. Weather is generally hot and you will want to dress for workshops as you would for a rehearsal or dance class. Participants are responsible for their own belongings and luggage and must adhere to airport travel guidelines. Meals on the trip are included, but students may want to bring spending money for extras such as souvenirs or snacks ($10-$15 per person per day recommended)
CAN PARENTS ATTEND?
Parents are welcome to make their own travel arrangements to NYC. Parents are welcome to join us at any show or sightseeing excursion, and many choose to extend their trip or travel home with their child. Parents and observers are not permitted to view the workshops or share hotel rooms with students.
HOW BIG IS THE GROUP AND WHAT IS THE STUDENT/CHAPERONE RATIO?
The group is between 12-18 students + chaperones, instructors and any parents who choose to come along. Chaperone to camper ratio is about 1:5
WHAT SHOWS WILL WE SEE?
Shows vary each year depending on availability. Students enrolled prior to March 31st will get to make show and sightseeing suggestions for the trip
CAN MY CHILD CALL ME ON THE TRIP?
Of course! Students are encouraged to call their parents throughout the trip and parents are sent group texts with updates. Be advised that students are not allowed to use phones during workshops or Broadway shows and phones are collected at lights out each night to promote sleep!