Originally published on Access NEPA by Caitlin Heaney West

Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania and NEIU 19 are teaming up to offer kids a chance to work with performing arts professionals.

Broadway Boot Camp is designed for students in grades five through 12 and includes eight workshops in such fields as dance, acting and vocal performance. Registration costs $35 for a single session and $200 for the full season. Those who pay for the full season receive special rates for 2019-20 BTL shows. Friedman Jewish Community Center members get a 10% discount.

Workshops and participating professionals include:

  • Oct. 19 and 20: Erin Malloy and Michele Conaboy McGrath
  • Nov. 16 and 17: Maura Malloy and Michael Bradshaw Flynn
  • Dec. 14 and 15: Theo Lencicki and Anthony Raimondi
  • Jan. 18 and 19: Mrs. Kasha Davis
  • Feb. 15 and 16: T.J. Capobianco and Stephen Murphy
  • March 14 and 15: Billye Kubiak and Jessica Cadden Osborne
  • April 4 and 5: Matt Lynady and Abby Leoncini
  • April 18 and 19: Vince Brust and Connor McGuigan

Saturday programs will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at Friedman Jewish Community Center, 613 S.J. Strauss Lane, Kingston, while Sunday programs will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ballet Theatre of Scranton, 310 Penn Ave.

Reservations are required by Sunday, Sept. 15, by calling BTL’s office at 570-342-7784.

Additionally, NEIU 19 and BTL will offer a new Act 48 program for local educators in conjunction with the 2019-20 season. “Enhancing Educator Creativity: The Key to Student Success” will offer six Act 48 credit hours per session with 30 total credits available for the year. The schedule for each program includes a session about “Creative and Critical Thinking Through Arts Learning” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; a roundtable discussion and lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at POSH; a BTL performance from 2 to approximately 4 p.m. at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.; and a post-show talkback session with that show’s performers from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at the cultural center.

The schedule includes:

  • “The Arts and the Brain,” focusing on theater with “A Bronx Tale” performance, Oct. 26; RSVP by Oct. 18
  • “Developing Creativity in Children and Adolescents,” focusing on theater with “The Play That Goes Wrong” performance, Feb. 15; RSVP by Feb. 7
  • “Teaching Critical Thinking though the Arts,” focusing on music with “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story” performance, March 21; RSVP by March 13
  • “Instructional Skills to Maximize Brain Activity,” focusing on theater with “Fiddler on the Roof” performance, April 25; RSVP by April 17
  • “Strategies for Integration,” focusing on dance with “An American in Paris” performance, May 30; RSVP by May 22

Registration costs $ 67 for one session and $300 for all five sessions and includes the session, lunch and a discounted theater ticket for educators. Participants can buy companion tickets for the show for $50 per performance.

For more information or to register, call BTL at 570-342-7784 or mail a check payable to Broadway Theatre League to its office, 345 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.


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