The second annual Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Boot Camp is underway in Broken Arrow and students from all over the state of Oklahoma are practicing to become the next wave of Broadway superstars.
The original casting call, organized by the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, saw more than 400 participants in February, however only 45 students made the final cut to have a chance to learn from some of the industry's best professionals.
Executive director of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, Mark Frie, says the progress students can make just after a week of classes can create opportunities in a very competitive industry.
“What's great to see are kids that come back after a year of getting some advice and training here, taking back to their schools and utilizing it and growing,” Frie said.
Frie along with Chenoweth created the program in order to give students access and information within the realm of the performing arts few discover before entering the profession.
Students learn how to audition for roles, structure performances, rehearse effectively, and different ways to create opportunities on Broadway.
Oklahoma City University director of opera and theater, Dr. David Herendeen, says directing the students during the week is fun, however teaching them life skills is the true benefit of the camp.
“The most important person on stage is the person next to you. I reinforce the fact that that is how life works. Your success as a person in the business is making the people around you successful,” Dr. Harendeen said.
Students will conduct a final performance at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Jun. 10. For more information
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