Youth bring 'Let's put on a show' attitude to musical camp
Remember the "Little Rascals?" It seemed there wasn't a financial problem that couldn't be solved without a barn and a chorus of "I'm in the Mood for Love" from Alfalfa.
Baker University offers young people with that same can-do attitude a chance to strut their stuff each summer during the musical theater camp Broadway at Baker.
Broadway at Baker is co-sponsored by the Music Theater for Young People program, which was founded in 1984 by Cary Danielson of Overland Park. Danielson has directed the Broadway at Baker shows since 1993.
The Broadway at Baker program attracts teen-agers from Kansas and Missouri. The program consists of three separate camp sessions with approximately 55 participants per camp. Each group will perform a different Broadway-style musical under the oversight of professional directors, drama coaches, designers and choreographers.
The first of the weeklong camps started Sunday and culminates with a performance of Godspell at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Rice Auditorium. The second camp will perform Cabaret at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 23, in Rice Auditorium, and the third will perform Once on this Island at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, in Rice Auditorium. Show tickets are $4 per person.
"What's unusual about Broadway at Baker is that kids come on a Sunday and audition, then spend the entire week rehearsing and putting on the show," said Star Novak, who organizes the camps for Baker. "It's amazing how much they accomplish in a week."
Another aspect of Broadway at Baker that distinguishes it from other programs is the fact that students who participate are so devoted and involved, Novak said.
"The kids who come to Broadway at Baker aren't just looking for something to do for a week," Novak said. "These kids eat, sleep and breathe musical theater. This program is for the true theater lovers."
Forty-five teenagers from Kansas and Missouri will participate in Broadway at Baker's first of three musical theater camps this summer which started Sunday. This first camp will perform the musical production Godspell at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Rice Auditorium. The teen-agers enrolled in Godspell camp and their schools, when known, are:
Kansas Baldwin City: Lindsay Gastelum, Baldwin Junior High School; Kourtney Voss, Baldwin Junior High School. Lawrence: Kelsey Finger, Bishop Seabury; Hansa Subramaniam, Bishop Seabury; Rachel Wigen-Toccalino, Bishop Seabury. Leawood: Jenna Allred, Leawood Middle School; Lauren Benson, Shawnee Mission East High School; Colin Chase, Blue Valley High School; Hannah Haley, Barstow; Erin Inciardi, Leawood Middle School; Elizabeth Ostby, Shawnee Mission East High School; Susan Ryan, Mission Valley Middle School. Lenexa: Dana Arnott, Walnut Grove Elementary; Erin Cook, Holy Trinity; Erin Fauss, Holy Trinity; Janie Wallace, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; Kristen Zucht, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. Olathe: Megan Hurd, Oregon Trail Middle School; Jessica Rousch, Indian Trail Junior High School. Overland Park: Maggie Bieberly, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel; Marie Braukmann, Barstow; Melissa Coultis, Holy Spirit; Julie Danielson; Brittany Etzenhouser, Mission Valley Middle School; Cathy Johnson, Holy Spirit; Emily Kinskey, Holy Spirit; Mary Elizabeth Milton, Shawnee Mission East High School; Heather Moss, Shawnee Mission South High School; Kelli Neddleman, Holy Spirit; Cody Paradise, St. Thomas Aquinas; Lisa Rodriquez, Pawnee; Thomas Schario, Rockhurst; Jessica Smith, John Diemer. Prairie Village: Kathryn Butterworth, Shawnee Mission East High School. Scranton: Josh Strohm, Santa Fe Trail High School. Shawnee: Jessica Bichelmeyer, St. Joseph; Danielle Fehr, Trailridge; Katie Wolff, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. Topeka: Jason Harter. Wichita: Mark Peters, Wichita East.
Other states: Missouri Kansas City: Joe Grimaldi, Rockhurst High School; Sarah Miller, Congress Middle School; Catherine Schroeder, Notre Dame de Sion; Jared Vandergriff, Rockhurst High School. Liberty: Debbie Burks, Liberty High School.