What is Journey To Broadway?

Journey to Broadway is a one-week performing arts learning experience for young performers and parents. Students ages 8-18 have the opportunity to train with working Broadway professionals and specialized faculty in the performing arts. Once admitted into the program through audition students will have daily training in acting (including monologues and scene work), music (vocal technique and what to sing at an audition) and dance (how to master an audition combination). Students will also get speciality master classes including tv & film acting, mock auditions (cold readings and audition cuts) and comedy improv. On Wednesday all participants will attend a matinee of a Broadway show and have a master class at a NYC rehearsal studio and pizza party Q&A lunch with a current Broadway performer. On the final day of the program,  Journey to Broadway students get to perform in a sharing showcase on Saturday for industry professionals including an agent for young performers and a casting director. Parents are also invited on Saturday to attend a panel session prior to the showcase with industry professionals and other ??? who can answer many questions about a career in the performing arts. This year there is also an open mic cabaret night “Sing with a Star” —( or whatever the name is ) — or “Sing for your Supper” on Tuesday night for friends and family hosted by our resident Broadway teaching artist Donna Vivino (Wicked, Les Miserables, Hairspray, Fame Becomes Me, Saturday Night Fever, Submissions Only). Please note there is limited space for attendees for the cabaret night and tickets are first come first serve $35/ticket which includes dinner and beverages.

Who can participate in Journey To Broadway?

Students ages 8-18 are invited to audition and anyone who receives an offer of admission following an audition and accepts the offer is eligible to attend.

How can I audition? Or how can I register my child or student to audition?

You can register your child or student to audition by clicking right here.

When is Journey To Broadway?

Journey to Broadway 2019 is August 5th - August 10th. Orientation night for parents and students is Sunday August 4th.

Can parents attend the master classes and training sessions?

We do not permit parents to attend any sessions or classes as it affects the students’ performances and training. There is a lot offered to parents during the week. The first event is an orientation on Sunday August 4th at 7pm where parents and classmates, chaperones and some faculty members can meet and greet and discuss the upcoming week. Parents are also invited to the “Sing with Elphaba” (whatever the name is) open mic night on Tuesday night. Finally there is an industry and BFA college panel for parents preceding the student showcase on Saturday the final day of the program. The showcase is free for friends and family of the student. Extra tickets are limited and available on a first-come first service basis. All students are guaranteed 2 tickets each.

My son or daughter isn’t a good singer or dancer but loves to act. My child sings but can’t dance. Should they bother to audition?

Absolutely! This program is designed to help students become “triple threats” if they desire, but we also  focus on students’ own individual strengths. For example, if a young performer is proficient in acting they will have an opportunity to showcase this strength while learning how to incorporate their acting ability into singing and movement.

Who teaches at Journey To Broadway?

Our faculty consists of Broadway (and industry professionals) including Broadway star Donna Vivino (Elphaba in Wicked, Original Young Cosette in Les Miserables, Hairspray) and performers and teaching artists currently in Frozen, Clueless, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Beetlejuice, Lion King, Upright Citizens Brigade, Radio City Rockettes, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, among others. We also have specialized core instructors in the arts who are certified and experienced in physical theatre, youth theatre, comedy improv and Shakespeare.

Where is the program held?

Exact program location TBD.

My son or daughter is not interested in pursuing a professional career on Broadway or in the performing arts.  Is there still a benefit to this course?

Absolutely! The skills essential to success as a performing artist are the same skills essential to success in life.  One-on-one communication, successful job interviews, confidence in speaking publicly, problem solving within a group dynamic, creativity, spontaneity, thinking critically, literacy skills, learning how to collaborate with others, developing a strong sense of work ethic; and presenting one's best self are all essential life-skills.  This program aims to focus on all of these life-skills by utilizing performing arts as the vehicle.

All students will personally benefit from the unique exposure to top performing arts professionals in our daily master classes. Regardless of whether your child plans to pursue a career in the arts, students will have the opportunity to hear individual success stories from leading arts experts in their field;  their guidance and tribulations transcend into any future professional career path.

What is a typical day in the program?

Each day begins with a group warm up, then students split up into smaller groups (by age) where they will have classes in Song Interpretation/Musical Theatre Performance, Acting/Monologue preparation and Dance Classes making up their Core schedule. In addition to the Core classes, students will have special guest workshops with New York’s top Casting Directors, Broadway Actors, Musical Directors and Choreographers. This fast moving day will challenge each student and allow them to take the next big step in their training, while having an incredible time!
Journey to Broadway master class teachers are highly regarded professional actors/teaching artists who have starred in major Broadway shows, on Television and in Film.

What is the weekly schedule?

Monday and Tuesday and Thursday we have master classes and rehearsals at our rehearsal studios from 9am-5pm.  Tuesday evening is our “Future Stars” night at 7:30pm. Wednesday we will have class in NYC followed by a Broadway matinee. Friday (9-5) we move into our performance space for showcase rehearsals and one on one mock auditions/coachings. Saturday is our industry panel for parents, industry showcase performance, and certificate ceremony. Students are expected to arrive 10am Saturday. The industry panel is at 2pm and the showcase is at 3 and lasts about 45 minutes. The certificate ceremony is about 20 minutes.

Can a young child handle this level of activity?

Yes! All participants are all selected by audition and are pursuing something they love.  Our program is challenging, but well within the ability of a younger child.

What is the tuition for this program?

Tuition for the 2019 Journey to Broadway program is $— and includes:

  • Daily classes and rehearsals in acting voice and dance in rehearsal studio with core faculty

  • Daily Special Master classes and workshops in acting, singing, dancing including tv commercial acting, comedy improv  and more with Broadway Guest artists

  • Audition Prep (??) with resident Journey to Broadway teaching artist and professional Broadway performer Donna Vivino ((I THINK WE CAN TAKE THIS OUT??))

  • Daily catered lunches

  • Snacks and water

  • Two “Journey to Broadway” t-shirts

  • Opportunity to Participate and attend  in “Future Stars” with Wicked star Donna Vivino (registration required) tickets $35 includes dinner.

  • Tickets to a Broadway matinee

  • Pizza party Q&A lunch in NYC with a current Broadway star

  • Special NYC Masterclass with a Broadway performer at a beautiful NYC rehearsal studio

  • One on one FaceTime coaching session with a Broadway guest teaching artist 4 weeks before the program begins to prep you for the exciting week ahead!!

  • Bus transportation round trip to NYC on Wednesday

  • Mock audition session with NYC casting director and/or agent for young performers

  • Guest Panel and information session for parents with industry professionals and other ????

  • Orientation night and meet & greet

  • Industry showcase at brand new performing arts center in Bergen County, NJ - tickets are complimentary

  • Certificate of completion of the Journey To Broadway program and certificate ceremony

    What do I bring to Journey to Broadway?

After audition and invitation into the program we ask that you bring:

  • a backpack

  • two pencils/pens and a highlighter,

  • comfortable clothing to move/dance in

  • any dance shoes you may already have or a sneaker

  • a three-ring binder with sheet music of at LEAST two contrasting musical theatre songs 16-32 bars which you will be working on during the week with professional voice/acting coaches

  • please have an age-appropriate monologue prepared and memorized prior to the start of the program
    (after all admissions letters have been sent we will send a few suggested monologues and resources to find your own)

  • 2-3 photos (this does not need to be a professional headshot but simply a nice picture chest level and up (a school picture day photo is fine!) size 8X10 with your name Labeled on it.
    You DO NOT need to have professional photos taken. It is not necessary. These photos are for agents and casting directors at the showcase.

  • You will also receive a one on one FaceTime coaching session with a guest Broadway artist 4 weeks before the program begins to help you prepare for a super exciting and intensive week.   
    But most importantly bring your passion for performing, an open heart and mind and a big smile. :)

What is the Journey To Broadway Cancellation Policy?

After a student has auditioned and been invited into the program and accepted the invitation there is a 50 % deposit due to secure a spot. If a student must withdraw from the summer program, there are no refunds or credits of any kind for the initial 50% deposit. These deposits guarantee your space in an otherwise sold-out program. After the remaining 50% of the tuition is charged on the dates listed in your acceptance letter, there are no refunds or credits of any kind. If you choose to pay in full at the time of your registration and must withdraw before the final payment due date listed, we will refund you the remainder payment only (50% percent of the total program fee).