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Lakeland's Broadway Bootcamp will take place April 1.

PLYMOUTH – Lakeland University will be hosting a free Broadway Bootcamp for high school and current Lakeland students on Saturday, April 1 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the school’s Younger Family Center.

The one-day event will give students the chance to train with award-winning Broadway artists and Lakeland faculty in the areas of acting, dance and voice. Participants will also receive practical advice on careers in musical theater, or finding other ways to enjoy theater as an amateur performer or advocate.

Teaching staff include singer and vocal coach Jackie Burns, who was the longest-running Elphaba in “Wicked;” songwriters Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, whose works include “Unlock'd,” “Island Song” and “Techies!;” and choreographer and dancer James Gray, who most recently choreographed the international tour of “The Sound of Music.”

After an overview of the event at 8 a.m., students will rotate between three training sessions starting at 8:30 a.m. The sessions include Song Interpretation, Vocal Coaching and Movement Exploration.

In Song Interpretation, students are invited to bring in an audition cut to be critiqued by Carner and Gregor, who will provide feedback to as many participants as possible.

In Vocal Coaching, Burns will teach students how to approach pop songs and learn the skills to hit riffs and runs with ease.

In Movement Exploration, students will explore movement and dance fundamentals with Gray.

In addition to the three sessions, students will also gather for a masterclass led by Carner, Gregor and Burns, or an Audition 101 workshop led by Gray and Lakeland faculty.

Finally, the day will conclude with a panel Q&A session, along with a performance by Burns and Gregor.

To register for Broadway Bootcamp, visit One attendee will receive a $750 scholarship to Open Jar Institute, New York City’s premier Broadway training program.

Broadway artist collage

Clockwise from upper left: Sam Carner, Derek Gregor, Jackie Burns and James Gray.

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