Lakeland University stages a Broadway Bootcamp for high school students

Rachel Pagel, Staff Reporter

On April 9, 2022, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Lakeland University is hosting a free Broadway Bootcamp for high school students in the Bradley Theater. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 6.

The students will spend an entire day with industry experts that will coach in areas like dancing, singing, and acting, through various workshops. The award-winning experts include Sam Carner, Derek Gregor, James Gray, and Natalie Weiss. Weiss will oversee the instruction of singing and how to approach pop songs and flawlessly perform riffs and runs. Gray will teach proper choreography and movement. Gregor and Carner will highlight positive acting choices and song interpretation. The experts will also give advice to participants on getting into and working in the theatre industry.

There is also a drawing of a single $600 scholarship to the Open Jar Institute for a single lucky student. The Open Jar Institute is a New York City Broadway actor training that prepares students for a successful career in the entertainment industry through on-one training with famous Broadway stars.

It is recommended that participants should dress comfortably since the workshops will require students to be active. Lunch will also be provided during the event and students can bring an optional audition cut for the breakout session. The day will be filled with different sessions like Song Interpretation, Positive Acting Choices, Breaking Down the Riffs, and Movement Exploration. The event will also include a special Masterclass for those who auditioned and were notified by March 25. The educational day will conclude with an optional campus tour of Lakeland University.

Any interested high school students can register at and read biographies of the experts leading the event. Any questions can be emailed to Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton at [email protected].