Newfoundland to Broadway camps are cancelled for the summer of 2021 due to the continuing Department of Health Covid 19 restrictions.
Hello Campers and families,
It is with great disappointment I am posting this information . After much consideration and consulting we have decided to not go ahead with Newfoundland to Broadway for the summer of 2021. I say this with a heavy heart but know that it is the responsible thing for us to do.
When we opened up registration in April 2021 things were looking quite hopeful and we were brainstorming ways of going ahead with camp. With a vaccine rollout and low numbers, we saw lights at the end of the tunnel giving us hope that we could run our camp almost normal.
Now that clusters are popping up again all over the island, and we have many out-of-towners who attend camp and people go to their cabins, the risk is even bigger.
Singing is a huge factor in musical theatre and the children have to wear masks at all times while singing. I tried to get see-through masks but they are not approved for singers. They are not skin tight to the face around the edges. I found another that only showed your mouth but the rest was all black which covers more than half of the child’s face. Not only will you not be able to see expressions on those sweet little faces but I believe projection and clarity of words while wearing masks is a huge factor. Especially for young voices. Vocal strain could become a huge issue. As a singer, I cannot condone that!
Costumes tend to pose a huge problem. For those of you who have done camp before, you know that every child receives two costumes from us, 80 costumes) plus accessories. The children are always so excited to see what they get to wear. But due to Covid regulations it would be a HUGE undertaking. We have over 100 costumes on site, extras for sizing. Like retail stores, if a child tries on the costume, (this is done with half the camp on Monday and half on Tuesday) we cannot let another one try it on until I have steamed and sanitized that costume. Which also means they cannot be hung up next to each other either. I would have to take 40 home Monday nights and 40 Tuesday nights, plus accessories, to clean. And then again after their performances on Friday evenings.
Then there is Art class. Because there is not enough time to sanitize between classes, every child would have to bring their own paint and other necessary art supplies.
Dance we could work around as we would divide the camp into two groups. Social distancing would be a factor as the dance schools have rules they must follow as well so we would do the same.
Acting classes would be doable but the children would not be able to interact/touch each other during the scene. Our stage is not huge!
One of the highlights for the children is Theatre Sports. These games 95% of the time have personal contact and it will be a great disappointment to them when they cannot play any of the games that they all know and love.
There is also the lunch issue. We do not have desks so the children would have to spread themselves out around the gym… Which they always do, but, unless people from their bubble are attending camp, they will have to eat on their own.🥲
One of the joys that we, the instructors take from this camp are the friendships that form in just five days. Many children arrive at camp not knowing anybody and by the end of the week, generally, there is always a new friend hanging around.
Newfoundland to Broadway has always been a safe, fun and educational environment. We pride in lifting the children up, giving them confidence and self awareness all the while laughing and having fun. We want the children to return to the camp they know and love and for newcomers to enjoy the same experience, 100% as previous years. This would have been our 11th year of making magic with musical theatre, (as due to Covid we couldn’t do last year as well) but please God, we will get back in full swing in July 2022.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Have a safe and happy summer
Ronalda & Staff of NLBWY
In a normal summer Camps run Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a limited 40 spaces per camp. Participants bring their lunch. The camps will highlight group and individual coaching in all areas of musical theatre. Students share equally in allocation of lines, dances and songs with a particular effort on enabling each student to achieve their personal best. At the end of the week, each camp concludes with a final, early Friday evening performance (7:00 PM- 8:00 PM) for all students to celebrate and share with family and friends the week’s training and hard work. The camp cost in 2019 $275.00
Camp Dates in 2019
Camp A July 5 – 9
Camp B July 12– 16
Camp C July 19 – 23
All camps will take place at Gower St. United Church, 99 Queens Rd.
St. John’s, NL
You can drop off or mail the registration form to:
Newfoundland To Broadway
10 Princess Anne Place
St. John’s, NL
For more information and/or registration form and/or questions please feel free to call 709 728 4175 or 709 728 5315 and talk to Peter or Ronalda.