Earlier today, the 2016 Kenny Award winners, Joseph Russi and Rachel Kauderer, were the featured special guests for Camp Broadway's Salute to Singing and Dancing Kids Luncheon at Shea's. Joe and Rachel shared their stories about how they first became involved with musical theatre and how they got to where they are today with 100 local students between the ages of 10 and 17. They shared their experiences with the Kenny Awards, as well as the Jimmy Awards, which took place earlier this summer in NYC. They explained to the campers what takes place at each of these award ceremonies and what they were able to learn and take away from them.
The campers were able to ask them a number of questions, from where they got their musical theatre training to what their dream roles would be. Joe actually began his performing career through Camp Broadway just a few years ago! Both Rachel and Joe felt extremely humbled by this experience, and were happy to give any advice they could to the campers. Rachel stated that she felt honored to be able to share her experiences with the younger kids and be a role model for them to look up to. They finished their Q&A by telling the campers to never give up on their passions and dreams and to always believe in themselves.
Camp Broadway is a one-week summer theatre camp designed for children and teens ages 10-17 with an interest in musical theatre. No previous experience in dancing, singing or acting is required. The camp is taught by Broadway professionals who have many years of experience in the professional theatre world. At the end of this intensive week-long training, the students will showcase their work at the Family Finale on Friday afternoon. This year, they will be performing Legally Blonde and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying on stage at Shea's Buffalo Theatre!
For over 20 years, hundreds of outstanding high school musical theatre productions in Western New York have been recognized and honored by The Kenny Awards.