SING. DANCE. CREATE. ACT NOW!
PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION’S NOTHING BUT NETS TO LAUNCH CREATIVE CHALLENGE FOR KIDS TO INSPIRE NEW IDEAS TO
“SEND A NET. SAVE A LIFE.”
Camp Broadway® announces a strategic alliance with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to encourage performing arts-loving kids to take action and raise awareness about the global fight against malaria. The year-round partnership connects arts and advocacy by showcasing youthful creativity, delivering classroom curriculum, and offering immersive summer camp programming.
Nothing But Nets is the largest global, grassroots campaign to fight malaria, a disease that kills a child in Africa every 60 seconds. This disease, caused by a single mosquito bite, is preventable.
The Camp Broadway CHALLENGE for Nothing But Nets
The alliance begins with the Camp Broadway CHALLENGE, a national arts-in-action initiative that invites multi-talented youth, ages 10-17, to create an original work of art–a song, dance, musical composition, or stage prop, themed around Nothing But Nets’ mission to “Send a Net. Save a Life.” Young artists should feature their work of art in a short video and enter it in the showcase. Two creative kids whose videos receive the most votes will be awarded a trip to New York City to attend The Lion King and Camp Broadway’s coveted annual summer session, July 14-18, 2014. Three finalists will win enrollment in Camp Broadway at one our of regional venues.
Classroom Lessons and At-Home Activities
To help kids understand the global health issue, expand their knowledge about Nothing But Nets and inspire creativity, Camp Broadway is providing an online educational toolkit that enables kids to follow the Bed Net Journey from the $10 donation to its delivery to a family in Africa. The story is augmented with maps, graphs, videos, African artwork and other resources. To enable teachers to integrate the program into their classroom, Common Core-aligned lessons and activities can be found on the Lessons & Activities page.
Camp Broadway Summer Programming
Since 1995, Camp Broadway has encouraged kids to develop their “character” and learn about other people’s lives and cultures through its Broadway inspired camps, workshops and experiential programs. To further elevate Nothing But Nets, Camp Broadway’s 2014 summer programs will feature songs and scenes from four Broadway musicals: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids, as well as Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once on This Island and Seussical, transporting theater-loving kids to other parts of the globe.
“We believe that theater kids will be great performers in the effort to promote good health and the greater social good,” says Melissa Caolo, Managing Director of Camp Broadway. “All the world’s a stage…and they have an important role to play in it.”
Who’s Who in the Camp Broadway Challenge:
Michelle Robinson (Camp Broadway Director/Choreographer)
Michelle began her formal dance training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem under the tutelage of Artist Director, Arthur Mitchell and Co- Director, Karl Shook. Acknowledging her ability, she immediately became a member of the corps-de-ballet. While there, she simultaneously was a member of the renowned Marie Brooks Children’s Dance Theatre. She has had the opportunity to travel to places such as Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, Surinam, Ghana, Brazil, Italy and Paris to name a few. As a recipient of The Harry Belafonte Performing Arts Scholarship, she attended the State University of New York at Purchase where she graduated from with a B.F.A. in Dance. After graduation, Michelle’s talents were sought after by many prestigious dance companies. However, she had now set her sights on Musical Theater. From Europe to Broadway she has appeared in such productions as Sophisticated Ladies starring Judith Jamison, Can-Can,Dreamgirls, The Tempest, Jelly’s starring Gregory Hines, They’re Playing Our Song, Black and Blue starring Savion Glover, Sweet Charity and presently an original cast member of the smash Musical Broadway Revival of Chicago. On television, she has been seen on the daytime soap opera drama “One Life to Life” in the role of Mrs. Sharp and the HBO Special “Lackawanna Blues”
Amy Heathcott (Curriculum Writer)
Amy Heathcott has worked in professional and educational theatre for more than twenty years and is currently involved in curriculum development with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pennsylvania. She began her career as a professional stage manager for various regional theatres, but was soon inspired by the impact the arts have on students’ growth and development and chose to become more involved in educational theatre. While teaching high school in Maryland, Amy served as the State Director for the Educational Theatre Association, helping to revive the organization’s presence in the state. Her classroom teaching experience includes students in grades six through twelve, most recently at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and she has directed more than twenty-five educational theatre productions. While serving as Educational Programs Director for Pittsburgh Musical Theater, she developed a comprehensive musical theatre curriculum for students in after-school as well as school day pull out programs. Amy has been a contributing author for ARTSEDGE with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has written scripts for children’s ministry programming. Amy received her M. Ed. from California University of Pennsylvania and holds bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and Secondary Education from Point Park University. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of TJ Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in schools. Amy lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Chad, and their two children.
Kathleen Giarrano (Graphic Designer)
Kathleen Giarrano is the Creative Director and Principal at Bluebird Design Co. in Washington Depot, CT. Kathleen specializes in designing fun and educational materials for kids and their families—websites, teaching kits, publications, posters, interactive games and movie tie-ins. Some of her favorite projects have been to design Audubon Adventures, the student’s publication and website which teaches kids about birds, animals and protecting their habitats and to design an program for Goya which was used to teach kids about the MyPlate nutritional guidelines. Some of her other favorite clients include: The History Channel, TNT, Simon & Schuster, The Walt Disney Company, Barnes & Noble, BBC, The Nature Conservancy, Lockheed Martin, American Dairy Council, Playhouse Disney, Milton Bradley, and VISA. Kathleen has a BFA from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. She started out working at design studios and magazines in Manhattan then moved to the country where she works in a renovated barn. She lives with her husband, their two kids and a cat.
Kerry Dineen (Project Manager)
Kerry serves as the Community Engagement Manager for Camp Broadway, focusing on web and social media content along with creating and maintaining marketing relationships throughout the year. Kerry graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in May 2013, where she earned her B.A. in Communications and Media Studies and minored in French Language and Literature. Kerry also manages the web and social media content for StageNotes.net.
About Camp Broadway:
CAMP BROADWAY® LLC is a Broadway industry leader in presenting theatre arts camps, workshops and special events including regular featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Since 1995, the company has hosted over 30,000 children from around the world at its camps and enabled over 300,000 students to attend a Broadway show as part of an education-focused Broadway experience. The company has collaborated with dozens of theatrical productions on youth outreach including 1776, 42nd Street, A Year With Frog and Toad, Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Hairspray, In The Heights, The Addams Family, Hairspray, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Peter and the Starcatcher, Titanic, Wicked and many others. Camp Broadway has served many corporate clients by creating and managing a wide variety of education-based and experiential programs including “The Pride Rock Project” for Disney Theatrical Productions, “Stages for Learning” for Dodger Theatrical Productions, “On With the Show” for Bravo Television Network, “Adventure Ocean” for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, “Accentuate The Positive” for The Johnny Mercer Foundation, “The Getting To Know… Series” for Rodgers & Hammerstein, and “Future Stages” for Fidelity. Currently, the company serves as the general management for the National High School Musical Theater Awards (aka the Jimmy Awards™, named after James M. Nederlander).
Camp Broadway, now recognized as Broadway’s “Original” Summer Camp, is loved by kids, trusted by parents, respected by educators for quality of its year-round enrichment programs and events for which the company is the recipient of the Ovation Award for Excellence from the Educational Theatre Association.