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Bootcamp Basics
In just three weeks, we'll guide your child from casting and classes to rehearsals and a fully-staged, costumed musical production choreographed, staged, and produced by theatre professionals with Broadway experience.

To ensure an optimal camp experience, every child is given a named character and enjoys a "spotlight" moment in our productions.  We also double-cast most of our lead characters to provide more children the opportunity to take on larger roles.  Read our Casting Philosophy.
AGES: Bootcamp is open to all children entering grades 3 - 10.
TERM: Each session runs for 17 days (including performance weekend) culminating in a fully-staged, costumed musical production.
LOCATION: Bootcamp is held at Southport Congregational Church located at 524 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT.  Performances are staged at Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport.
HOURS: Bootcamp runs from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Special camp hours apply to performance weekend.
PERFORMANCES: Performances are staged at Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport.  Performances are scheduled for Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon on performance weekend.  Click here to see a list of past performances.
Our curriculum instructs the fundamentals of all three musical theatre disciplines: acting, singing and dancing.
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Our Curriculum
At Broadway Bootcamp every child is an actor, every child is a singer, and yes, every child is a dancer.

Our improvisation-based acting curriculum is taught at both an age-specific and a mixed grade-level basis, providing campers the opportunity to learn from their teachers and from each other.  The acting program is supervised by seasoned acting educator and Broadway veteran Frank Root, who brings his professional and college teaching experience to both beginning and returning students alike, broadening their knowledge of character and scene development in a supportive, judgment-free environment.

Music and vocal production is incorporated into every camper's daily routine.  Supervised by resident vocal technician Phillip Bettencourt, novice and more experienced singers alike will receive useful and understandable information about how to sing to the best of their ability through breathing and vocal exercises, healthy phonation and projection instruction, and group music rehearsals.

Dance is an integral element of the Broadway Bootcamp experience.  Led by seasoned choreographer Abby Root, camper's of all skill levels work together to learn dance combinations for fun and in preparation for their performance.

At Broadway Bootcamp every child is an actor, every child is a singer, and yes, every child is a dancer.  From our physical warm-up that starts every day with stretching, core-strengthening, aerobic and across the floor exercises, to small group dance classes and choreography rehearsals, each camper learns how to execute basic choreographic elements and how to put these elements together in a fully-staged musical production.
Physical warmup (all)
Acting class
Group Breakout
- Music rehearsals
- Scene rehearsals
- Dance class
Group Breakout
- Staging rehearsal
- Dance Class
Performance games (all)
Music rehearsal (all)
At BBC, the casting process is fun and non-threatening!
Casting occurs during the first few days of camp, in a nurturing and non-threatening process.  All the kids are taught a number from the show, and casting is held in a supportive group setting.  Each camper is assigned a partner, and together they will read a scene from the show.    Campers may opt to sing with a partner or group if they’re not yet comfortable singing solo.  We work hard to make casting as fun and non-threatening as possible!

The casting process helps us assess each camper’s talent, ability, comfort level, etc.  Every camper gets a part in the show, and every camper participates in daily rehearsals, classes, costuming, dress rehearsals and, of course, our final performances.

Our casting philosophy
Broadway Bootcamp is not a “Star-Based System.”   Although individual talents and abilities are always taken into account during the casting process, we also pay careful attention to making sure that each camper has a successful experience. A child who is given a part that is too much of stretch, either in terms of ability, experience, maturity, or interest level, is not being given the best opportunity to succeed.  The idea is to build their self-esteem, not set them up to fail.

Not every child is right for every role.   Sometimes a child with a beautiful singing voice and “great acting chops” simply isn’t right for a particular role.   Perhaps they’re too young or too old compared to the other children -- or one of a whole host of other reasons.  It’s our job to look at the big picture and make sure that the cast works as a whole.

Double Casting.    Lead roles are frequently double-cast to provide more children opportunities to take on larger roles.   In this case, each child will perform that role in one performance, and perform in a smaller ensemble role during the other performance of that show.  Again, these decisions are made taking a variety of factors into account.

Theatre is a team sport.  We know you’ve heard it a million times:  “There are no small roles, only small actors.”  Well, all of our actors are small, but however trite it sounds it’s still true!  We work hard to instill that team spirit in our casting, our rehearsals, and our performances.   We really do want every child on that stage to feel important.

Expectations and Disappointment.  We know that kids (and parents!) get their hearts set on a particular role.  We know that because we’ve been doing this a long time and it’s natural!  That said, we do everything we can to help every camper feel excited about their part.   Our counselors are trained to address those disappointments (and remember, they’ve all been through it, too!)  You, as parents, can help to prevent and alleviate this disappointment by not putting too much emphasis on a specific part beforehand, and being supportive and enthusiastic after the Cast List comes out.  Your children will follow your lead:  Be positive and there’s a good chance they will be too. 
Our Casting Philosophy