STAGEright Broadway Experience: Broadway Intensive Camp

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July 16-20, 2012
Monday-Thursday: 9 AM to 5 PM 
Friday: 12 PM through end of showcase
Ages 14-19


Fee: $375 // $350 for Civic Center Members
(includes breakfast, lunch & snack Monday-Thursday; snack and dinner on Friday)

Calling all Broadway-loving teens! Catch the inside track in this intensive musical theater intensive led by Broadway professionals! Guest Broadway performers will lead a series of master classes on the triple threat skills of musical theater. Sing, dance, and act your way through a week which also features audition techniques, professional headshots, performance resumes, and once-in-a-lifetime networking. To wrap it all up, a Friday evening showcase for family and friends gives you the opportunity to put your hard work and new skills in the spotlight!

STAGEright is open to teens ages 14-19 (must be entering at least 9th grade fall 2012) who are highly interested in musical theater. Auditions are not required to participate; however, previous training or experience is necessary. Each participant is also expected to prepare a 90-second excerpt from a musical theater song for the week. The culminating showcase will occur at 7:30 PM on Friday, July 20.

Scholarships: Limited need-based scholarships available. For more information, click here.

Cancellation Guidelines: To learn about our cancellation guidelines,
click here.

For additional questions, contact Kristen at 515-246-2358 or


Broadway veterans Chip Abbott, Meredith Akins and Carlos Encinias will serve as instructors for the 2012 STAGEright Broadway Experience. Together, their stage credits include:

Mamma Mia


Legally Blonde



Les Miserables

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Altar Boyz

West Side Story

42nd Street


"I am loving this experience! I feel really privileged to be working with such talented instructors. I've grown so much this week as a performer and I've also gotten a better sense of how many talented people are out there. All in all it's been a great experience and I'm enjoying every minute of it!"

"I feel like this camp has helped me grow as a performer and has allowed me to become more well-rounded as a performer. I've had so much fun learning and am glad that now I have the experience of what a dancing, singing, and acting audition would be like. I feel more confident about musical theatre itself and about the audition process."

"I feel like that through this week of camp, I have IMMENSELY grown as a performer. The level of professionalism is so refreshing. Being critiqued by someone who has been on Broadway feels. AMAZING. I plan to be a part of this program as long as I can because every day, you get better and better."

To hear from first-time STAGEright participants about their experience,
click here.

***2011 CAMP BLOG***
To read all about last summer's STAGEright Broadway Experience week on the Civic Center's education blog, click here.


Chip Abbott, is a New York City based choreographer, and dancer with a degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University. Chip was most recently seen in THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR starring the Rockettes. Other credits include: THE 101 DALMATIANS MUSICAL (original Cast, 1st National. Dance Captain), Kennedy Center’s A MAN OF MANY HONORS with host Liza Minelli, and special appearances by Ben Vereen, and Andre Mcardle. HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Dance Captain), WEST SIDE STORY (A-Rab ), David Yazbek’s  RUCKUS MANHATTAN (NY workshop), NEVER GONNA’ DANCE (Rome-Tone,) and 42nd ST.(Andy US).  He has also performed at the Fire Island Dance Festival with host Whoopi Goldberg, The National Black Awards hosted by Starr Jones and was a featured dancer in a fashion spread for British Vogue magazine with supermodel Jessica Stam.Chip danced with River North Chicago Dance Company, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and the New York City based Chase Brock Experience. He is so fortunate to not only travel the world as a performer, but as a teacher and choreographer as well. His work has taken him all over the US and across the globe to Australia, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Russia, Brazil and New Zealand! His choreography has been seen at Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance World Congress, Met Too and INAside Chicago Dance Company. Chip was an artist is residency at University of Central Oklahoma and has taught master classes at OCU, University of Tulsa, The School of Performing Arts in Chicago, Northeast School of the Arts in San Antonio and many other schools across the country. 

Meredith Akins
Broadway: MAMMA MIA! (Original Cast), FOOTLOOSE. Other credits include WICKED (Chicago Cast and Original Cast 2nd National Tour), LEGALLY BLONDE (North Shore Music Theatre), FOOTLOOSE (Original Cast 1st National Tour), FAME (Original Cast European Tour), Actor's Fund performances of HAIR, CHESS and A WONDERFUL LIFE, NO BOUNDARIES (New York Music Theatre Festival), 101 DALMATIANS (Radio City Music Hall) and SOUTH PACIFIC (Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals). University of Virginia (B.A Sociology). Meredith organizes a Performing Art Mentoring Program called "I Can Do That!" which creates a space for an open dialogue between professional artists and youths where the declaration of dreams and goals is supported. Meredith can be seen this summer in Aida at Kansas City Starlight. Thank you to friends, family and teachers who have supported me. No risk, no reward.

Carlos Encinias, originally from  Albuquerque, New Mexico, studied Theatre in Utah at BYU, and has been living and working in New York City since 2000. Carlos' directing and choreography credits include WEST SIDE STORY and ALTAR BOYZ at the Gateway Playhouse, ALTAR BOYZ at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, ALTAR BOYZ at the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s, and the DC premiere of ALTAR BOYZ. He’s also choreographed and associate directed BIG RIVER at Tuachan Center for the Arts, and taught and choreographed for the Broadway Dreams Foundations, Take it From the Top Productions, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Scera Theatre, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the New Mexico Ballet Company. As an actor, Carlos made his Broadway debut in MAMMA MIA and then left to act in and supervise the short lived Broadway production of GOOD VIBRATIONS, a musical based on the Beach Boys music. Carlos spent some time off Broadway in the award winning, ALTAR BOYZ, where he was dance captain and standby for the show, and was privileged to be in the final company of LES MISERABLES on Broadway. He was also seen in the world premiere of VICES: A LOVE STORY, and the workshop for the Broadway bound, SAVING AIMEE, starring Carolee Carmello. This summer he will be associate directing and choreographing NEXT TO NORMAL at the Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, New York.

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