Jeremy Jordan, one of the stars of NBC’s hit show “Smash”, will be a guest at this year’s Broadway Break Thru Summer Intensive in Holland from June 24-29.
But he’s not the only big name coming to West Michigan.
Jonathan Groff, star of FOX’s “Glee,” also will make an appearance when the weeklong seminar comes to Grand Rapids August 12-17.
Jordan recently performed the lead role in “Newsies” on Broadway in a cast that included Grand Rapids native Laurie Veldheer.
Groff was nominated for a Tony Award in 2007 for his role in “Spring Awakening,” before moving to television work on “Glee” and “One Life to Live.” This year, Groff will voice a Disney character in a major film and star in a comedy pilot for HBO.
This is the fourth year for Broadway Break Thru, now held in five cities: Grand Rapids, Holland, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. In 2012, students had the opportunity to learn from another “Smash” star, Megan Hilty.
Aspiring performers of stage, film, and television can take part in the weeklong camp, which features classes on acting, dancing, voice, filmmaking and more, to hone their skills, learn from accomplished professionals and network with others in the industry.
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The Holland camp culminates on Saturday, June 29, with a live performance from the participants’ “mini-musicals” and a student-run film festival, which features the films created throughout the week.
Broadway Break Thru is the creation of David Petro who has worked as both an actor and casting director for Broadway productions as well as in TV casting for Nickelodeon’s “Storyforia,” “The Beatkinz,” and NBC’s “You’re The One That I Want,” a “Grease” reality talent show.
“Our motto is, ‘Life is an audition. Are you ready?’” Petro said.
“My goal in creating this was to ensure that every student left with every possible life tool that they could use in these professions. Students will be offered sit-downs with agents and casting directors so they can get their questions answered and learn how to present themselves during those types of interviews.”
Actors’ traits of self-expression and confidence carry over into other fields.
“Whether it’s for an audition for a role in our industry or a job interview in another field, we aim to make sure every student who attends leaves with usable skills,” Petro said.
Students also leave with a professional headshot, resume and an edited audition piece. The camp’s fee $495 until May 15; $595 for late registration.
Jordan and Groff will attend the camp for one full day to conduct a master class and a Q&A session, Petro said.
Throughout the day there will be opportunities for students to receive direct coaching from each of the stars, along with times set aside for pictures and autographs.
One hundred tickets are sold to each event and all experience levels are welcome. Petro said the Holland class is nearly sold out and Grand Rapids is about half full.
Registration is open to ages 8-25. Classes meet daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at West Ottawa Performing Arts Center, 1024 136th Ave., in Holland and at the Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology, 600 Burton St. SE in Grand Rapids. Register at broadwaybreakthru.com.