Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘Camp Broadway®’ 2018 is ready for your child

Do you have a child who has shown interest in the theatre, is talented in singing, acting or dance?  Then there is a place where they can go when school lets out for the summer.  No singing, dancing or acting experience necessary - just a willingness to have fun and a curiosity about what happens on stage and behind the curtain.  “Camp Broadway®, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, returns to Jacksonville for its 18th year from Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus.

Camp Broadway® introduces young people to the world of life on-stage and behind the scenes.  Campers work with Broadway directors, choreographers, and musical directors to receive training in acting, scene study, improvisation, music theory, solo and ensemble singing, movement, and dance.  This five-day performing arts program offers each camper the opportunity to expand his or her creative talents, build self-esteem, learn the art of collaboration, and gain a fuller respect and understanding of musical theatre.

Camp Broadway® has been proclaimed the “Camp of Dreams” for starry-eyed kids who are just beginning to dream of being on Broadway.  It is a self-contained summer workshop that travels around the country bringing Broadway to kids.  The 40 hours of camp include singing, dancing and master classes for kids ages 10 to 17.

Applications are still being accepted for Camp Broadway®, and tuition is $575 per camper and includes daily lunch, snacks and two t-shirts.  Spaces are limited and Camp Broadway® fills up quickly, so register your camper today!  Visit
Camp Broadway Jax or contact Amanda Faye at (904) 357- 8934 or email for more details.

With authentic Broadway instructors teaching dance routines and musical numbers at the same break-neck speed as a real Broadway show, Camp Broadway® is a fun-filled week of activities designed to teach kids about the serious business of live theater.  One activity is our annual Salute to Singin' and Dancin' Kids™ (a special luncheon where campers meet and hear about the various theater jobs from real theater professionals).

This year, campers will perform either “Singin’ in the Rain” or “42nd Street” depending on their age group. The performance will take place on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at the conclusion of camp.

Camp Broadway® -The National Tour is offered once a year in Jacksonville.  Founded in 1995, Camp Broadway® is Broadway's Original Summer Program for theatre-loving kids.  Since then, Camp Broadway LLC has worked at the intersection of entertainment and education to become the industry leader in theatre arts youth programming, special events and educational publishing.  The company serves the Broadway industry by being an authorized channel for families, schools and social organizations who believe in the essential value of the arts as a means of life-long learning.  Proclaimed “The Camp of Dreams” by Live Magazine, Camp Broadway has hosted nearly 20,000 children from all 50 states and dozens of countries at its annual summer programs leading with its flagship programming New York City, as well as cities such as Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Providence, Tempe, and elsewhere in America.  Camp Broadway has also been featured regularly on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® telecast; performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; and appeared in Broadway on Broadway®, an annual free concert in Times Square.

The FSCJ Artist Series has been recognized by the State of Florida as a Major Cultural Institution and receives funding from the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

Location: Wilson Center for the Arts
     11901 Beach Blvd.
     Jacksonville, FL 32246
     (904) 442-2932

‘CHICAGO’ will be in JAX for a limited engagement

“CHICAGO,” presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, returns to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for a limited engagement of six performances.  Broadway's record-breaking 1997 Tony Award-Winning musical, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.  Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO is the smash winner of six Tony Awards including - Best Musical Revival.  CHICAGO is back in town and it’s pure entertainment!  With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

The national tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman.  Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse.  CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.  The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher

is a production not to be missed, and all the reviewers agree.  Time Magazine calls it “A Triumph,” Newsweek raves “Smashing” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO “Broadway’s Most Electrifying Show.”

Thurs., May 17   7:30 p.m.
Fri., May 18     8 p.m.
Sat., May 19    2 p.m.
Sat., May 19    8 p.m.
Sun., May 20    1:30 p.m.
Sun., May 20    7 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts

Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS:start at $40 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.
The FSCJ Artist Series is partnering with The Candy Apple Café and Cocktails to bring you a CHICAGO Brunch!  Your $100 ticket includes:
• Brunch from a limited menu at The Candy Apple Café
• The exclusive Chicago themed cocktail ‘Razzle Dazzle’ (or a drink of choice)
• A ticket to the Sunday Matinee of Chicago at the Times Union Center on May 20, 2018
• Tax and gratuity for your brunch.