Frequently Asked Questions by Parents Once an Offer of Admission is Received
To help you become more familiar with our Destination Broadway® program, here are the answers to questions we are asked most often by parents AFTER students receive an offer of admission.
What is the Destination Broadway® summer workshop program?
Destination Broadway is a one-week, intensive workshop held during the summer in New York City. Acceptance is by invitation only following an audition. There are daily classes in dance (including how to master an audition combination quickly), voice (what to sing at an audition and vocal technique), acting (monologue, reading for an audition, and scene work), audition technique (how to prepare and conduct yourself at an audition and what casting directors look for). The class sees a Broadway show and meets with members of the cast afterward in a question and answer session. On Saturday the class presents a showcase at Fordham University Lincoln Center for parents and friends.
Destination Broadway 2020 will be held the week of July 26th - Aug 1st.
Why is this course being offered to young people ages 8-18?
We feel that it is important to help young people that are trying to excel and succeed in the performing arts. There are very few opportunities for 8-18 year-olds to learn from professionals currently active in the profession. What to expect at an audition, how to prepare for an audition, what directors and casting agents look for, what skills are essential for success, how to prepare for college auditions, what to expect as you pursue a career….these are all “must know” topics that we spend time on in class. We also have special classes for parents so they may better understand what they can do to help their child be successful and what they should expect as their child progresses. The Destination Broadway program is your opportunity to learn exactly what it takes to be successful.
What are the qualifications of the Destination Broadway teachers and staff?
Fantastic! Artistic Directors for Destination Broadway are Tiffany Haas (formerly Glinda in Wicked on Broadway) and Adam Souza (Broadway Music Director). All of our faculty are experienced Broadway performers that love helping aspiring young musical theatre students work towards achieving their goals. Please see faculty resumes on our website. (www.destinationbroadway.org)!
Where are the Classes held?
All classes are in Broadway rehearsal studios located on 8th Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets in the heart of Manhattan. These are the same studios used by the Broadway Shows for rehearsals and auditions.
My son or daughter will most likely never go to Broadway or even pursue a career in the performing arts. Is there still a benefit to this course?
Absolutely! The skills essential to success as a performing artist are the same skills essential to success in life. One-on-one communications, successful job interviews, speaking to a group, setting goals, developing a strong work ethic, making great 1st impressions, and presenting a positive image are all essential life-skills. This workshop teaches those life-skills using performing arts as a vehicle.
What are the lodging options and how do we secure lodging?
LODGING OPTION #1. All students, regardless of age, have the option to stay with parents at a hotel of choice or with friends in the New York area. These students are responsible for getting to classes daily and getting picked up from our studios in the evening. Check our website for several hotel choices very close to our studios offering special discounted group rates. You make your reservations and pay the hotel directly. OPTION #1 is the ONLY lodging option for students age 8-13.
LODGING OPTION #2. Students that have attained age 14 and older by July 21, 2019, can stay without parents in our host hotel for an additional lodging fee of $975 which includes 7 nights in the hotel, chaperones in the hotel, escorting to and from classes, and breakfast and dinners daily.
What is the youngest age a student can select LODGING OPTION #2 and stay at the DB host hotel without a parent?
Students must be 14 years old by July 21, 2019, to qualify for Lodging Option #2.
What about meals?
Breakfast is at your hotel and is almost always included with the room.
Lunch for all students is part of the tuition. Lunch is catered to our studios.
Dinner depends on whether a student stays with parents or stays in the host hotel with chaperones. Students staying with parents are responsible for their own dinner Monday through Thursday. All students have the Friday dinner pizza party at Capezio included as part of their tuition. Students age 14 and older staying at the host hotel and paying the lodging fee will have dinners included as part of that fee and will be escorted to dinner with chaperones.
What is the typical daily schedule?
Monday through Saturday we have classes at our Broadway rehearsal studios. Some days we leave our studios for other activities such as the Broadway show, a party at Capezio and the Saturday performance/presentation at Fordham Lincoln Center.
What do professionals, parents, and students have to say about this program?
Check our website at www.destinationbroadway.org and see an excellent video featuring our staff, parents, and students speaking about the program. There are several testimonials from students and parents plus some letters from parents.
Can a young child handle this level of activity?
Yes! To date, we have “graduated” over 1600 students. All of our students do well during the week in New York, regardless of age. They are all selected by audition and are pursuing something they love. Our program is challenging, but well within the ability of a younger child. We are very proud that nearly 1/3 of each class returns the following year, and many of our students are in their 4th, 5th or 6th year! Check the “Testimonials” tab on our website to hear from parents and students. Check our website for exciting information about 8 year old Erin Cearlock (DB 2011) who was selected to tour with Les Miserables as Little Cosette as a result of her Destination Broadway audition and Lilla Crawford (DB 2009 and 2010) who was selected for starring roles as Annie on Broadway and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods! And, this fall, Kavon Newman, age 7, will join the cast of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular as a result of his DB audition!
Who are the chaperones? Will we meet them? How are the children supervised?
Chaperones are adults, some of whom are owners/directors of dance schools or performing arts programs. They are professionals, experienced at motivating and supervising young people. Chaperones meet students and parents at the Sunday evening Orientation Meeting. Chaperones accompany the students everywhere and are with them constantly during the day. Chaperones stay in the same hotel as the students and are roommates for older students whose parents do not come to the New York area.
What activities can parents attend?
Parents attend the opening Sunday evening Orientation Meeting with our staff. Parents can attend the Broadway show with us for a discounted group ticket rate (typically on Wednesday evening), and parents are invited to stay after the show to meet and talk with the cast. We have special information sessions with parents covering several topics including college admissions for musical theater schools. Parents meet with young performers currently on Broadway, a casting agent, and a Broadway Production Stage Manager and have many opportunities to ask questions. Parents are invited to the private party at Capezio on Friday night, and parents attend the Saturday afternoon “showcase performance/presentation” at Fordham Lincoln Center.
What is the first event for Destination Broadway 2020?
There will be a welcome meeting and orientation on the evening of Sunday, July 26, 2020, for students and parents. Students will meet chaperones and classmates. The Artistic Director and Music Director will discuss plans for the week.
What is the final event for Destination Broadway 2020?
Our program will conclude on Saturday, August 1st at 5:30 pm with a Showcase at Fordham University Lincoln Center. The lodging fee for students selecting LODGING OPTION #2 (ages 14 and older) includes their hotel stay for Saturday night August 1st.
How can I find out more information about Destination Broadway?
Go to the website at www.destinationbroadway.org. There are pictures of students in dance class, vocal coaching, and scene work as well as pictures with the Tony Award winners. Please be sure to look at the resumes of the teaching staff and watch a video that includes staff, students and parents.
Feel free to email our Administrative Director, Emily Donston, at with any specific questions you have!
What is the tuition for this program?
Tuition for the 2020 summer session is $2274. That includes all classes 6 days, one-on-one meetings with Broadway casting agents, premium Broadway show ticket, meeting cast members after the show, chaperones, Saturday Showcase, lunch daily, Pizza Party at Capezio Friday, and special seminars for parents. Parents and guests are invited to the Showcase at no charge.
For an additional $975 lodging fee, students age 14 and older can stay at our host hotel 7 nights with chaperones and be escorted to and from class daily. This lodging fee will also include breakfast and dinner daily. Chaperones escort these students to dinner.
How can I secure a place in the Summer Class of 2020?
Students accepted after audition will receive a letter along with a packet of information including a 2020 Class Reservation Form. Please return the Class Reservation Form with a $300 deposit as soon as possible. Due to our desire to keep classes small and the tremendous competition for studio space in New York, we are only able to offer admission to about 90 students. We already have many students returning from previous summer sessions. Therefore, it is very important to secure your place in the 2020 Class as soon as possible as there will be alternates waiting to fill any vacancies.
What happens once we send in our deposit? How we receive additional information?
Once we receive your deposit, you are guaranteed a place in the 2020 summer program. There are newsletters and packets of additional information disseminated right up to class time. Information is posted at www.destinationbroaday.org and we have an excellent e-mail information system. You can reach us by phone (757-873-0454), fax (757-873-0693) & e-mail through CONTACT US on our website.