ABOUT MUSICAL THEATRE MEGA CAMP
What do you get when you “virtually” combine theatre kids from across the nation with award winning theatre directors, then add in a sprinkling of Broadway performers? Musical Theatre Mega-Camp!! Designed for grades 3rd through 12th, this nationwide virtual camp brings you an eduction in musical theatre from professionals, including Broadway Guest Artists each day. The camp culminates in a video presentation of the week!
FreddieG Fellowship Teachers representing theaters from Texas, Virginia, Montana, Illinois, Alabama, and Florida have come together to create this collaborative camp August 10-14 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM (EST). Join the fun!
About Freddie Gershon
In 1994, Mr. Gershon conceived MTI’s Broadway KIDS/Broadway JR. introducing musical theatre in 30- and 60-minute versions of Broadway works to elementary and middle schools adapted for performance by students (author approved). Since 1994, over 100,000 separate productions have taken place with 300,000 performances in America, involving 4,000,000 children. In 2012 he received the TONY HONOR for conceiving and creating the Broadway Junior Collection.
Culminating a life of business successes, Mr. Gershon and his wife Myrna have expanded their activities as they embrace a philosophy of helping younger generations with educational and cultural programs they are creating and funding. They are devising, through experiential learning and mentorships, inventive and engaging programs designed to provide others with the experiences and tools to better society. In May of 2013 the New-York Historical Society 15th Annual American Musicals benefit honored them for their activities in musical theater education. They are involved with "adopting" seven N.Y.C. schools with special needs children and creating and subsidizing "learning through the arts programs" to help these children in social skills, reading and generally improve the quality of their lives.
Mr. and Mrs. Gershon live in New York City and have been married 43 years. They live with their Tibetan Terrier… Buddy.
For theatre instructors, the Freddie G Fellowship is a highly coveted honor. Created by Music Theatre International CEO and Tony Honors for Excellence recipient Freddie Gershon, the fellowship welcomes a select group of theatre instructors to be part of an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City each summer for the opportunity to work one-on-one with industry professionals in a weekend of seminars, master classes, and Broadway shows. In addition, each of the participating teachers receives $5,000 from Gershon and his wife Myrna to enhance their arts program. “These teachers perform inspiring work with limited financial resources. We want to give them the opportunity to live the Broadway experience and interact with qualified professionals to reward them for all they do to introduce the next generations to live theatre and simultaneously enhance their knowledge, skills and experience. Gershon said in a statement.
Nearly eighty teachers have now taken part in the Freddie G Fellowship, which has included master classes with award-winning Broadway professionals such as Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Baayork Lee, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Rick Elice, Douglas Carter Beane, Ken Billington, Tobin Ost, and many others.
“Without teachers there is no Broadway Junior. Myrna and I feel strongly about our personally investing in teachers and immersing them in experiential skills they can take home and utilize to guide their students and pass on to other teachers,” added Gershon. “It’s crucial we keep live theatre thriving in this country by working with both educators and children,” Myrna added. “We believe that teachers should be honored and appreciated. Our future is in their hands.”