Posted August 14th, 2017 | By A4A.admin
CSMA Summer Camps offer a wide variety of classes taught by professional artists with 2.5 hours of daily instruction (Mon-Fri) and meet in the morning (9:30AM-noon) or the afternoon (1-3:30PM). We sat down to interview Kaye DeVries, instructor of Broadway Bound I & II for an inside look at one of our most popular camps.
Kaye DeVries, Broadway Bound I & II
How long have you been teaching at CSMA?
Going on 28 years with CSMA. I do voice lessons, classes, in-school teaching, camps and outreach like Google.
What do you like about teaching here?
I enjoy being able to teach in a field I love and sharing that love of music. It is incredibly rewarding to see young and older students find their voice, and be able to build confidence and share their many talents in something like music which reaches across all cultural, socioeconomic, and belief systems in our unity of humankind.
What is your favorite part about teaching summer camps?
Summer camps are intense but fun. It always amazes me how a group of young people who don’t know each other or the music can come together in two weeks to create something magical and walk away with an immense feeling of success.
How do you choose the performances for these camps? Are there certain performers or writers you are often inspired by?
The music I choose is based on age appropriateness as well as appeal to the campers. For the youngest, it is a scripted musical with beginning choreography. The 4-6 graders do songs with lots of beat and choreography and a chance to explore movement in dramatic ways while singing appealing music. The older 6-9th grade campers get songs that might be relevant to emotions they might feel or experience as junior high students. In addition, I try to bring in some of the most current Tony winning musicals so they are aware of what is happening musically in the world, and start to build interest in seeing those musicals.
How do the students learn so much material so quickly? What is the schedule like in the Broadway Bound camps?
The students receive a CD that shares the music with them so that they can practice every night at home, along with word sheets of the songs. I tell them they have to be off book or without music by the following Tuesday. In addition, we break apart each song in class with our pianist so they can learn harmony. All students have the opportunity to audition for solos which happen on Wednesday of the first week. We start choreography and learn about windows and sight lines on the first day. Each day we add more material until we have the whole show together. We go onstage the 2nd week and work lights and moving sets so they are familiar with what it takes to make a show. It is an intense but fun and heady experience for all of them.
What do you hope for the students to learn from this camp?
I hope they walk away from the camp singing the songs and feeling confident in their ability to create something wonderful by sharing their voices and talent. I hope they feel that they can face any challenge knowing they have done this camp and were successful in creating the magic of music and theater.
See more photos and watch videos from the performances below.
Broadway Bound I
“Another Op’nin’, Another Show”
from Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter
from Something Rotten! by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
“Seize the Day”
from Newsies the Musical Alan Menken and Jack Feldman
“Act I Prologue: Into the Woods”
from Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
from Mary Poppins by Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman and Anthony Drewe
from The Lion King by Elton John and Tim Rice
from Curtains by Fred Ebb and John Kander
“You Can’t Stop the Beat”
from Hairspray by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Broadway Bound II
“There’s No Business Like Show Business”
from Annie Get your Gun by Irving Berlin
“Neverland”, “Believe”, and “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground”
from Finding Neverland by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy
“Wavin’ Through a Window” and “You will be Found”
from Dear Evan Hansen by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“The Song that Goes Like This”
from Spamalot by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda