From the classics of the “Golden Age” like My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and The Wizard of Oz to contemporary movie musicals like Moulin Rouge, Chicago, and Hairspray, there is a long and varied history of Musical Theatre on stage and screen. The New York Film Academy provides a unique environment where students of Musical Theatre can hone their performing arts skills with Broadway professionals.
In the Four-Week Musical Theatre Camp, students develop the necessary skills needed for success in the Musical Theatre, including dance, voice, acting and performance skills. The program is designed for individuals with varied levels of singing and movement ability.
Musical Theatre actors must be well-versed in a variety of dance styles, be able to effectively interpret scripts and songs, as well as present themselves professionally in performance situations either at auditions, on stage or on film. Courses from the following list allow students to explore the integral skills required for success in the field, to understand professional ethics, and to prepare themselves for the demands of a career in Musical Theatre.
Students are introduced to the tools necessary for strong storytelling including given circumstances, objectives, obstacles, tactics and actions through the use of theatre games, exercises and practical performance analysis. Our Broadway-level faculty provide an environment for this exploration in a nurturing, safe environment with the goal to have fun while acting.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Theatre Dance:
Working with Broadway’s top talent, students of every level are exposed to fundamental dance techniques including jazz, theatre dance, ballet, and tap. Our programs place a strong emphasis on core strengthening, flexibility and story through movement. Using material from musical theatre, students learn an ensemble piece musically and then proceed into a fully choreographed dance sequence for final presentation.
Voice Studio Lab:
This course will give students an understanding of the voice and its physical components as applied to musical theatre. Students work on fundamentals of healthy singing: breath support, articulation, relaxation techniques, alignment and proper construction/placement. Included in this course is a basic introduction to music theory and its application including note values, scales, intervals, harmony, key signatures, and sight reading.
Scene Into Song:
Students work on scenes with both music and text from a variety of musical theatre pieces. Scenes are generally taken from contemporary musical theatre, and may include selections from shows such as Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, Wicked, Chicago, Next to Normal, and more.
Students are immersed in the works of individual composers and lyricists. Class is a survey of the works and styles of major musical theatre artists including: Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Jerry Herman, Cy Coleman, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bock & Harnick, Lerner & Loewe, Ahrens & Flaherty, Maury Yeston, Kander & Ebb, and Leonard Bernstein. This lab is designed to workshop musical scenes or group projects for performance at the end of the session. Work becomes more complex over the course of the session and requires that students take on both leading and ensemble roles in performance.
Tour of Time Square & Lincoln Center:
New York City is the center of the musical theatre universe and no visit is complete without a chaperoned tour describing the rich history of Broadway. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to visit and tour Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well as visit the Theatre on Archive and Tape—found no where else in the world—where they will view a Broadway show’s original cast in a private screening.
Broadway Show and Backstage Tour:
Students will attend a Broadway musical including a backstage tour and talk-back with members of the company.
All students will present a final performance including song, dance, and non-musical scenes for family and faculty.
Please note: curriculum, dates, and prices subject to change.