The Broadway Academy of Performing has been uniting students for 19 years, and will once again call Newman University their home for two different week-long summer camps. The first session's performance of "The Little Mermaid" was held at 2 p.m and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, in the De Mattias Performance Hall. Their next show, "Into the Woods", will be performed on Saturday, July 23. Shows are open to the public; tickets are $5 for children 12 and under, $10 for adults.
Assistant Camp Director Kasey Russell said the organizers are very excited to be at Newman again this year.
"The facilities and campus are really great and everyone is very accommodating," said Russell, who is a 2nd grade teacher by day and enjoys working with the music theatre group in the summers.
The camp is open to students from ages 11 all the way to 20. Most students are from Wichita, although they do have students that come from Oklahoma and even farther to participate in this popular camp.
"The older campers are very good with the younger ones," said Russell. "There is a real sense of mentorship that happens when they are together"
The campers for the first session arrived on Saturday, June 11, auditioned on Sunday, and began rehearsals first thing Monday. The organizers, musicians and students work hard to put a production together in just a week — rehearsing, creating choreography, putting together costumes, and more.
Registration is still open for the Broadway Academy of Performing's next session, July 16-23, at Newman. For those who would like to join in, visit their website for more information and to download the registration brochure/form. Be sure to send in your registration by July 10, 2016.