SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—JULY 10, 2019—Proctors Collaborative has long been a pioneer in providing professional training in the technical aspects of theatre for local students—proving that what happens offstage is just as important as the action on the boards.
The annual culmination of these efforts flower with the School of the Performing Arts’ Broadway Camp, in which students not only act and perform in the pit orchestra, but also work on sets, props and wardrobe; rig lights and sound; and run the technical aspects of every performance. It’s entirely immersive, with all the hard work leading up to a fully-staged Broadway-style production.
This year, it’s the eternal classic Les Misérables, with its sumptuous score by composer Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyricists Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel—featuring an English-language libretto and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.
Tickets for Broadway Camp Les Misérables, $12, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 and 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org.
Set in nineteenth-century France, against the backdrop of the June Rebellion, Les Miz—which won nine Tony Awards®, five Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy®—follows Jean Valjean, prisoner 24601, tracked for decades after breaking parole by pitiless policeman Javert, as he agrees to care for a factory woman’s daughter, changing forever the lives of all involved.
The School Edition of Les Miz—which features a company of 73 students from the Capital Region—is a perfect choice for Broadway Camp, says Youth Programs Director Steven Yuhasz, who notes that Capital Repertory Theatre assists with sets, properties and costumes, leveraging the opportunity for students to understand how presenting and producing theatrical houses work.
“Les Misérables is sung through and demands a very different kind of preparation. Any show demands intense rehearsal, but this one has many layers and the kind of experience, discipline and relevance that leaves students with tools that will apply to any aspect of life.”
Music Director Maria Germain, Lightning Designer Carter Irwin, Set Designer Andrew Mannion, Choreographer Freddie Ramirez, Assistant Musical Director Elizabeth Sterling and Production Stage Manager Sam Tirrell join Yuhasz on the creative team, working directly with the students and sharing their own professional observations.
“There is no other experience like Broadway Camp in the area,” says Yuhasz, who directs the show. “The program is hands-on and inclusive for all aspects of theatre. The level and detail of programming meets the needs of all students, from those walking into the theatre for the first time to advanced artists. And it’s all done with regional and Broadway professionals for the best training available.”