Southern Nevada Kids Learn Theater Skills, Life Lessons at The Smith Center's Camp Broadway
Carson Wysocki doesn’t feel any butterflies when he steps on stage at The Smith Center. Not even before a packed crowd. “I just go out and have a smile on my face and think, ‘This is it,’” the Las Vegas native says. “I just have that feeling this is something I’m supposed to be doing.” Believe it or not, Wysocki is 12 years old.
He’s just one of many Southern Nevada children and youth to gain newfound confidence, inspiration and teamwork from Camp Broadway. Camp Broadway is the annual summer theater camp at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. “I’ve learned to always keep a smile, practice and practice, and to work together as an ensemble,” Wysocki lists as his greatest takeaways. “Camp Broadway is a great thing, and I think everyone should do it.”
A Rare Experience
It’s no wonder Camp Broadway participants are enthusiastic. Engaging in workshops and rehearsals at The Smith Center campus, campers have the rare opportunity to learn musical theater skills. Most noteworthy are skills like singing, acting and choreography from top industry professionals. These include performers hailing from Broadway and television careers. The Smith Center offers two weeklong Camp Broadway programs: Shining Stars Camp for ages 6 to 9, and Mainstage Camp for ages 10 to 17. Both camps culminate in finale performances for friends and family on stage in The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall.
The impacts of this experience have been far reaching for seventh-grade camper Saniya Jackson. Camp Broadway helped build her comfort levels with speaking and performing in front of others, she says. “It’s like actually being in a Broadway production,” Jackson says. “It’s so fun to act out different characters and to make wonderful new friends.” For Rachel Boyd, 16, Camp Broadway was “a chance of a lifetime” to work with theater professionals like Keith Thompson, former music director of “Jersey Boys” in Las Vegas. “This really is a chance to find yourself,” Boyd says. “You make new friends during the process, you learn new skills and you’re able to be in a production and understand what that’s like.”
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