‘Broadway in the Mountains’ summer camp announced at WCU

Western Carolina University’s musical theatre program will hold a weeklong summer camp for high school and college students ages 16 to 22 who are interested in learning the art and craft of musical theatre performance.

Called “Broadway in the Mountains,” the intensive performing arts workshop will focus on what it takes to audition, perform and compete in the world of musical theatre. It will be led by Terrence Mann, the Tony Award-nominated Broadway performer who now holds WCU’s Phillips Distinguished Professorship in Musical Theatre.

The July 29-Aug. 5 camp will include all aspects of musical theatre performance – audition techniques, song interpretation, scene study, dance techniques and master classes. The week will conclude with a showcase performance open to the public at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in Western’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Joining Mann on the faculty for “Broadway in the Mountains” is his wife, Charlotte d’Amboise, who currently stars in the revival of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway; d’Amboise’s brother, Christopher d’Amboise, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet; and New York vocal coach Joan Lader.

“‘Broadway in the Mountains’ is an exciting opportunity for young artists to experience the art and craft of musical theatre performance with Broadway legends,” said Bradley Martin, assistant professor of musical theatre at WCU. “Each student will explore his or her strengths and weaknesses as a performer in an atmosphere of shared creativity and positive reinforcement. Attention to commitment and professionalism, in addition to physical and emotional well-being, will allow each student to discover what it takes to be a musical theatre performer.”

The camp is limited to the first 60 applicants. Cost of $899 includes all fees, housing and meals. Applications and a non-refundable deposit of $200 are due May 31. Private voice lessons are available for an additional $50. For more information, call the Division of Educational Outreach at (828) 227-7397, toll-free (800)-928-4968.