Broadway Camp 2021

PROCTORS
PRODUCTION OF

Book, Music and Lyrics by

Jonathan Larson

Musical Arrangements Original Concept/Additional Lyrics
Steve Skinner Billy Aronson

 

Music Supervision
and Additional Arrangements

 

 Dramaturg

Tim Weil Lynn Thomson

RENT was originally produced in New York
by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway
by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon
and New York Theatre Workshop

RENT – SCHOOL EDITION
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorizes performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.mtishows.com

BROADWAY CAMP
Dates: Monday, July 5–Friday, July 30 | M–F
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Performances: Friday, July 30 and Saturday July 31
Location: Proctors
Ages: 14-19
Tuition: $1300/$700/$300
Experience: Intermediate to Advanced
Limited to 45 students – COVID safety procedures will be followed

Registration/Audition:

Acting Company | Production Crew | MusiciansUpdated safety protocols are as follows:

Covid Procedures

No social distancing, contact tracing forms and temperature taking required.
Normal cleaning procedures apply.
No masks for vaccinated individuals. If anyone is uncomfortable and wants to continue to mask, we will support them.
Unvaccinated individuals must mask. They may unmask during breaks if they are socially distanced and also during lunch.
For performances: Same guidelines.

Be a part of the most innovative theatre training program in the Capital Region! Proctors Collaborative brings together Broadway professionals with students. Instruction includes every aspect of producing a full-scale show on the MainStage at Proctors: onstage, behind the scenes, and the pit orchestra. Plus, skill building workshops, studio classes, ensemble building, rehearsals and hands-on training. Work with experienced faculty, build your skills and have an unforgettable summer with your fellow student artists.

Daily Rehearsal and Workshops:

• Concentrated rehearsal and production/technical creative work leading to a full stage production on Proctors MainStage
• Master classes and workshops with Broadway professionals including performing, music and production (including but not limited to make-up, voice, diction and more)
• Individual vocal coaching (acting students)
• Assistance in preparing audition song book (16- and 32- bar audition song cuts) – Musical Theatre repertoire and selecting audition material suitable for you
• Individual acting coaching
• Identifying your strengths
• Broadway Camp t-shirt
• Resume preparation and review
• A once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn and share what you can do, developing skills and techniques that apply to any aspect of your life

Plot of RENT

Character Breakdown

Tips for Your Best Video Audition

  • Change your file settings to something larger
    • 720p at 30fps (Mac/IPhone) or VGA 640×480 (Android)
    • File sizes should be under or around 100MBSet your camera in LANDSCAPE mode (horizontal/the long way).
  • Set your camer in LANDSCAPE mode (horizontal/the long way)
  • Set your stage and tidy up the space around you to make sure the focus is on you.
  • Steady your phone. If possible, put it on a tripod or somewhere else that is stationary. If someone has to hold the phone, have them steady themselves on something stationary like a table — shaky video is very hard to watch.
  • Pay attention to your light. Make sure you’re not backlit or in shadow. Use light from a window or lamp (pointing at your face) to make sure people can see your face.
  • Shoot in a quiet space. Turn off anything making sound (clocks, fans, etc.). Listen to the sound quality of the room — if there’s an echo try another room. Make sure nothing is brushing up against the mic.
  • Slate: Don’t rush through it! Speak clearly and enunciate. This is the handshake of your video audition. We all get nervous at these moments! But you want to appear happy to be doing this video and provide all the necessary information.
    • Clearly state your name, school, song title, character and show title prior to performing
    • Example of slate scripts as an actor
      • “Hello! My name is Grace Janiszewski and I will be performing the full song “On My Own,” sung by the character Epinine from the musical Les Misérables.”
    • Examples of slate script as a musician:
      • “Hello! My name is Grace Janiszewski, I play the keyboard and I will be performing two excerpts from Bach’s Concerto.”
  • Place the camera somewhere about face height, (we don’t want to see up your nose!) We want to see actors from your mid-chest up. For musicians, we want to see you playing your whole instrument.
  • Acting Company:
    • Try to have the recording/karaoke track you sing along with come from another device. The device you are singing into needs to pick up your voice, not the accompaniment. Do a mic check and get closer if needed. We want to hear you!
    • If you have long hair, make sure it is not in your face. We want to see your full expression!
    • Wear something that makes you feel great, but also is simple. This doesn’t have to reflect the character; we don’t want it to pull away from your performance.
  • Above all, be yourself. Sing/play clearly, don’t rush through it, and be you! Let your personality shine through and have fun with it.
  • You may want to film multiple takes. Have a friend take a look and then send us your best one!

FAQs

Q: What is included in the cost of Broadway Camp?
A: The multi-week program includes daily rehearsals/master classes on getting into character, movement/speech for the stage, and improv/acting games and exercises. Production campers will have workshops in backstage fundamentals and musician campers will have workshops in specific areas of working in the orchestra of a live production. All students will have hands-on learning as they rehearse for the MainStage at Proctors production of RENT.

Q: Where is Broadway Camp held?
A: At Proctors, 432 State Street, in Downtown Schenectady.

Q: What should campers bring to Broadway Camp?
A: Campers should bring a bag lunch, their own resealable water bottle, and should dress accordingly (closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothes, with a sweatshirt/sweater in case they get cold from the AC).

Q: Does my child need to bring lunch?
A: Yes.

Q: Where do I drop off my child?
A: Dropoff is right in front of the building, located at 432 State Street.

Q: Who makes up the staff of Broadway Camp?
A: Broadway Camp staff is comprised of industry professionals (director, stage manager, and design team) all of whom have years of experience in their respective fields.

Q: How do I register my child?
A: Click here

Q: What does Broadway Camp do?
A: The company members rehearse and perform all of the roles in the MainStage production of RENT.

Q: Do actors have to sing and dance to audition or be cast in the acting company?
A: Yes.

Q: Does my child need to have a headshot and resume to audition?
A: No. Any school – or other – photo will do; and students without a resume can list their skills/talents/hobbies when filling out the registration form.

COVID Safety Procedures

The School of Performing Arts is looking forward to welcoming students to summer camps. Please know that we will be using the utmost caution when it comes to protocols that ensure the safety of students and staff.

Protocols will include (but not be limited to): daily health screenings, temperature checks, mask wearing, appropriate social distancing to the activity and aggressive sanitization practices. Please see the protocols below which apply to each camp and location.

Safe Attendance:
Should you or someone in your family be diagnosed with COVID-19, you must follow all state regulations and self-quarantine for 14 days. Before returning to rehearsal, you must test negative for COVID-19 and be symptom-free. For the health and safety of you and your friends, it is important to read and follow all COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures outlined in the guidelines as follows.

Life during a global pandemic is anything but predictable. Should COVID-19 restrictions result in the cancelation of more than three consecutive in-person rehearsals, you have the option to withdraw your enrollment and receive a pro-rated refund. If in-person programming becomes impossible, Proctors will shift all of its resources, energy and attention to virtual programming.

Air Circulation:
The state mandates MERV 11 air filters. All of our buildings have MERV 13 filters and the air handlers mix in 30% fresh air with every cycle, which can be adjusted as capacity and needs require.

Entry:
Students will enter through the Arcade main doors at Proctors, the main doors at theREP and the main doors at UPH, depending on camp and location. There will be stations set up for students to complete a COVID screening questionnaire. Clean and used pen cups will be present on each table along with hand sanitizer.

Tables will be sanitized after use. Once the screening is complete, students will have their temperature taken. Temperatures are not recorded. If a student has a fever of 100.4 or higher, they will be seated away from other students. After several minutes, the student will have their temperature taken again. If they are still registering a temperature, they will be isolated and a parent will be called for pick up. Any student exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, either upon arrival, or at any point during the program, will be sent home, and will need to be symptom-free and test negative for the virus before returning. The School of Performing Arts reserves the right to send students or staff members home, should they exhibit any of the symptoms below.

Parents should not send students to camp if they are experiencing any of the following:
• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• Recent loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Any other signs of illness

Students will line up in designated areas for entry. There are demarcations on the floor to ensure students remain six feet apart. Students will keep all personal belongings with them.

Rehearsal:
Once inside, all staging, rehearsals and choreography will include safe social distancing protocols. Masks or face shields will be maintained at all times including during performances. All staff members and faculty will be educated on the protocols and will ensure they are being followed. 

Breaks:
Six-foot tables with chairs on each end will be set six feet apart. Removal of masks will be limited to eating or drinking. Tables will be sanitized between uses. A single-use restroom will be available for student use with a sanitization table outside of the restroom that includes wipes and hand sanitizer.

Visitors:
There will be no visitors allowed on the premises. If a student needs to be released for a doctor appointment, please contact the camp director for pick up procedure.

Tuition Assistance

Financial assistance is here for those that qualify! Please complete a tuition assistance form.

Attendance Policy

Due to the design of this camp, full attendance is required throughout each week. In the event that you are no longer able to participate, please submit a notice of your cancellation to  Grace Janiszewski. Written notice of cancellation must be received two weeks prior to the first date of your camp or class in order for a refund to be issued. A 20% processing fee will be deducted from refunds. If a cancellation is submitted less than two weeks prior to the camp or class start date, a refund will be issued if we are able to move a waitlisted student into the vacated spot. Otherwise, a credit will be issued, which can be applied to future programs.

The School of the Performing Arts reserves the right to cancel classes or summer camps due to insufficient enrollment without incurring obligation. If a class or camp is canceled, you are entitled to a full tuition refund.

Faculty

MORE TO COME SOON

FREDDY RAMIREZ is a Bronx, NY born and raised performer, choreographer and teacher. He began dancing at Broadway Dance Center & STEPS in NYC where he focused his energy on studying all aspects of dance including Tap, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Ballet, & Modern. His training led him to begin his professional career as a core member and eventually a principal dancer for In Forward Motion modern dance company which debuted works from Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Colin Connor to name a few. He has performed in music videos and industrials in the U.S. and his dancing led him to Italy where he was featured in Tango!

In the musical theatre world Freddy has performed on Broadway in Grease! and in numerous Equity productions of West Side Story as Bernardo (including 250th Anniversary productions), Cabaret as Victor, Gypsy as L.A., Aida, Miss Saigon, Man of La Mancha, Evita as the featured Tango Dancer & Fosse to name a few; and he has toured in the European Touring Company of A Chorus Line and the 1st U.S. National Touring Companies of Grease! & Peter Pan.

Expanding his art into choreography, Freddy has choreographed works performed in Germany, Italy and here in the US. He is an Associate Artist at Capital Repertory Theatre, the Assistant Artistic Director at the Northeast Ballet Company and has created choreography for both.

He most recently choreographed the world premieres of Naked Influence and Some People Hear Thunder, as well as The Irish and How They Got That Way, Full Monty, She Loves Me, Mamma Mia, Camelot, A Christmas Story, Gypsy and the Secret Garden at Capital Repertory Theatre.
Other choreography credits include Guys & Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Bye Bye Birdie and Little Shop of Horrors for numerous Union regional and repertory theatres.
Freddy has also been the choreographer for the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors, where he created the choreography for All Shook Up, Aida, Pippin and Les Misérables.

 

JOSH D. SMITH (Musical Director) Past productions include Shakespeare in Love, Ring Of Fire, She Loves Me, Mamma Mia!, Camelot and The Secret Garden. He has performed, music directed and/or accompanied numerous productions throughout the US—from Arizona to Maine. Capital Region audiences may recognize Josh as former resident Musical Director at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, NY. He currently serves as Artistic Director for the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival in Woodstock, VT. His musical arrangements can be heard in venues across the country including Feinstien’s/54 Below, The Green Room 42 and The Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan. A recording of his arrangements will be released on Broadway Records early next spring. Josh is originally from Syracuse, NY. Proud member of Actors’ Equity and American Federation of Musicians Local 802. www.joshdsmithmusic.com

STEVEN YUHASZ (Director) is the Director of Broadway Camp for the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors Collaborative. Having worked extensively in professional theatre as a director including Off Broadway: Flamingo Court with Jamie Farr and Anita Gillette, The Preacher and the Shrink with Dee Hoty and Tom Galantich. The Lincoln Continental, Midtown International Theatre Festival (Nominated “Best Production of a Play.”) Late Nights with the Boys: confessions of a leather bar chanteuse. Zorba with Jeff McCarthy, Aaron Ramey, Beth Fowler & Emily Skinner – York Theatre. Tusk “Best of NYMF”. Regional Theatre: Hairspray at the Gateway Playhouse, The King and I with Lorenzo Lamas at Ogunquit Playhouse. Lover, Liar, Lady: The Woman of Kander & Ebb (conceived), Lady Day at the Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Steakin’, Forever Plaid – New Provincetown Players where he served as Artistic Consultant. Associate Director All About Us – Westport Country Playhouse with Eartha Kitt, Cady Huffman & Shuler Hensley. Cinderella – Ogunquit Playhouse and Papermill Playhouse with Leslie Uggums. Three seasons of A Christmas Carol starring Jim Dale, F. Murray Abraham & Tim Curry at the Madison Square Garden Theatre assisting Susan Stroman. Other productions include work at The Goodspeed Opera, Casa Manana, Flatrock Playhouse, Ryman Auditorium and Cape Cod Theatre Project. Producer: Off Broadway Streakin! & Pterodactyl Island. Producer for The Actors’ Fund of America Broadway Concerts and World Aids Day Concert of Pippin. Steven appeared on Broadway as an actor in the revivals of PETER PAN with Sandy Duncan, George Rose and Christopher Hewitt and ZORBA with Anthony Quinn and Lilia Kedrova. Steven was also the Executive Director for Shakespeare on the Sound in CT and Associate General Manager at Papermill Playhouse.

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