Announces Local Cast Members to Perform in the 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® alongside the first-ever ZhuZhu Pets® float
Following five weeks of national auditions, CAMP BROADWAY®, the award-winning theater arts education company has announced its cast of 132 theatre-loving kids, ages 12-16, to perform in the 85th Anniversary Macy‟s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. 14 of these talented cast members hail from Tempe, AZ and will appear on the ZhuZhu Pets® Zhu-niverse float and perform an original song on the national broadcast of on Thanksgiving morning, November 24..
Under the direction of CAMP BROADWAY‟s Artistic Director Tony Parise (Broadway credits include Me and My Girl and 42nd Street), the cast has been selected from a nation-wide pool of over 1,000 auditionees to perform original number There’s No Place Like HereTM, a song featured in 3D animated direct to DVD movie “Quest for ZhuTM.” “Camp Broadway seems to be drawing more and more talented kids,” said Parise, who is now in his 15th year with CAMP BROADWAY. “The auditions this year were a pleasure because of that, but made it much more difficult to pick only 132 performers.”
CAMP BROADWAY has created a special one-week program leading up to the parade performance, including a series of Broadway workshops, classes and rehearsals to prepare participants for the nationally televised performance. Continues Parise, “this program is the „real deal.‟ We will be preparing for a nationally televised event, so there will be much expected of the cast.”
Camp Broadway Cast Members from the area include the following:.
Tristan Blick, Paradise Valley AZ, 12
Jonah Carlson, Mesa, AZ, 13
Zoe Feinstein, Paradise Valley, AZ, 13
Michael Francis, Mesa, AZ, 12
Ruby Meza, Phoenix, 16
Destinee Nolan, Yuma, AZ, 12
Sabrina Parsons, Phoenix,AZ,15
Elias Sabbagh, Scottsdale, AZ, 12
Anna Sera, Scottsdale, AZ, 12
Hannah Sierpina, Scottsdale, AZ, 13
Max Stein, Scottsdale, AZ,13
Sari Stein, Scottsdale, AZ, 15
Alex Trumble, Phoenix, AZ, 15
Abigail White, Yuma, AZ, 12
Founded in 1995, CAMP BROADWAY® is Broadway‟s Original Summer Program for theatre-loving kids. Since then, Camp Broadway LLC has worked at the intersection of entertainment and education to become the industry leader in theatre arts youth programming, special events and educational publishing. The company serves the Broadway industry by being an authorized channel for families, schools and social organizations who believe in the essential value of the arts as a means of life-long learning. Proclaimed “The Camp of Dreams” by Live Magazine, Camp Broadway has hosted nearly 20,000 children from all 50 states and dozens of countries at its annual summer programs leading with its flagship programming New York City, as well as cities such as Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Providence, Tempe, and elsewhere in America. Camp Broadway has also been featured regularly on the Macy‟s Thanksgiving Day Parade® telecast; performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; and appeared in Broadway on Broadway®, an annual free concert in Times Square.
Camp Broadway has worked collaboratively with dozens of Broadway productions, estates and authors to develop and present interactive workshops that have enabled over 350,000 school children to attend Broadway shows. Since 2000, Camp Broadway LLC
has been the publisher of StageNotes®: A Field Guide for Teachers, a National Core Standards of Education compliant study guide series that features approved curriculum for dozens of Broadway shows, from classic musicals such as 42nd Street and Kiss Me Kate to contemporary works including Wicked, Legally Blonde, In The Heights, Billy Elliot: The Musical and The Addams Family. In 2002, Camp Broadway received the Educational Theatre Association‟s Standing Ovation Award for Leadership in Education.Camp Broadway has served many corporate clients by creating and managing a wide variety of education-based 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 The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, Future Stages for Fidelity Investments and No Snap Judgments for The Addams Family.