Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ youth summer camps ignite dreams, transform lives

Every summer, Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts two incredible education-based camps designed to teach young artists the musical theater skills needed to make a dazzling production come to life.

In June, Five Days of Broadway, a non-audition-based camp, teaches the fundamentals of musical theater music, dance, scene, and backstage production to middle school and high school students.

Five Days of Broadway is celebrating its 15th year of providing an opportunity for students of all experience levels and ages 11-19 to learn the fundamentals of musical theater in five days. Since its founding in 2010, more than 650 students have participated in the program.

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During Five Days of Broadway, students are coached in musical theater performance and technique by some of the industry’s leading professional artists and educators

These students are coached in musical theater performance and technique by some of the industry’s leading professional artists and educators. Five Days of Broadway’s programs focus on building a strong foundation of technique in Broadway music, scene work and dance, as well as an introduction to design and backstage technical aspects of professional theater.

This year’s Five Days of Broadway camps will take place June 17-21 for the Middle School program and June 24-28 for the High School program. Both camps are currently at enrollment capacity, but interested applicants are encouraged to join the wait list. To put your name on the wait list, go here. Scholarships are available for this program as well and applications are now open. These scholarships are not audition based, and are designated to families requiring financial assistance. Each scholarship covers all or a portion of the enrollment fee, and applications must be completed by Friday, May 3. For more information and to apply, click here.

To learn more about Five Days of Broadway, go here.

In August, Summer at the Center, a partnership with Orange County Department of Education’s Community and Correctional Education Schools and Services (ACCESS) Division, provides musical theater training to a selected group of high-risk high school students.

Celebrating 33 years, Summer at the Center is a program designed to empower high-risk high school students through active participation in a rigorous two-week program of musical theater classes conducted by professional artists. This unique, nationally recognized program was founded in conjunction with the late Dr. Maurice Allard, who believed in the power of the performing arts as a critical and authentic means to developing self-esteem and building confidence. This extraordinary program continues using the same basic model, achieving its original goals which make a profound and memorable impact on the lives of hundreds of youth in our community.

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Students rehearsing at a Summer at the Center camp

One of the most powerful outcomes of the program is the strong influence it has had on participants’ lives. Many participants have become new peer role models for other students. One school official observed a student’s experience at Summer at the Center provided the motivation to succeed in other subject areas and go on to graduate high school. More than 1,000 students have taken part in Summer at the Center over the years.

Summer at the Center participants are selected through the Orange County Department of Education and their final performances are free and open to the public. Summer at the Center 2024 performances will take place on Saturday, August 3 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about Summer at the Center, go here.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


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