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Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Bootcamp Returns to Mentor Local Students



The third year of Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway Bootcamp is set to begin, running June 10-16, at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

This year, although she’s been on set in Vancouver filming the second season of NBC’s legal comedy series “TRIAL & ERROR,” Chenoweth has continued to reach out, plan and fine-tune an even more detailed week of work adding a day and making the camp show and awards land on Saturday night, says Kim Vento, director of the BAPAC.

After auditions, 52 area high school students were chosen out of the hundreds who auditioned.

The immersive camp will include:
A TONY watch party,
A rigorous daily schedule that will include acting, dance, singing, staging and coaching,
An “after lunch-break” series where students Skype with stars currently working on Broadway.

Chenoweth will also host social activities like last season’s popular Broadway Dance and singing the national anthem at a Tulsa Drillers game.

Scheduled to serve as advisors to the students are Katharine McPhee (WAITRESS), Tony Winner Lea Salonga (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND), Broadway’s current PHANTOM Ben Crawford and Andrew Chappelle (HAMILTON).

Returning to the camp as teachers are Richard Jay-Alexander, a 43-year veteran of Broadway and Concert stages, who has worked with Bernadette Peters, Chenoweth, Norm Lewis, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Ricky Martin; Michael Orland, the associate musical director for sixteen seasons of “American Idol” collaborating with stars like Kristen Bell, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton and Burt Bacharach; Tony winner Faith Prince returns having starred in “Guys and Dolls,” “Annie” and “Noises Off” as well as many other stage and television productions; New York famed photographer Bruce Glikas; technical director Matt Berman, Tony winner Baayork Lee; Broadway’s Tony-Nominated Lara Teeter, who is also on faculty at St. Louis’s Webster University; Broadway musical director Kevin Stites; Tony-nominated Broadway star Christopher Sieber; singer/dancer Kyle Garvin; and New York’s celebrated voice teacher Celeste Simone; DJ/assistant Nellie Beavers and local collaborators Jack Wallace and John Sawyer.

The exchange brings immediacy to the challenges of what it’s like to do eight performances a week in long run shows, notes Chenoweth.

The camp will conclude with the KRISTI AWARDS featuring students and staff on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the BAPAC. For more information about the bootcamp or for interview opportunities, call 918-259-5723.

Updated 06-11-2018

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