On July 8, students participating in the Kimmel Center’s ShowStoppers program performed The Wiz at the Merriam Theater. What is ShowStoppers, you ask?
Students in grades 9-12 audition to be accepted into ShowStoppers, a two-week, fast-paced musical theater camp on acting, voice, and dance. They work with musical theater professionals to fine-tune these skills. Kimmel Center’s Director of Education, Susan Quinn, discussed the success of the program: “We are so excited to add ShowStoppers to our summer camp offering this year. Building on the success of Kimmel Center Jazz Camp of Philadelphia, we’re reaching high school kids throughout the region with unmatched opportunities.” It’s an enriching experience for any student with a love for the stage, leaving them with a boost of confidence and a more positive classroom performance.
At the end of the two weeks, ShowStoppers culminated their experience and everything they learned during the intensive program with a performance of The Wiz. Quinn also reflected on the performance, adding that “ShowStoppers camp brought together kids from over 20 different schools. Over 600 people, including many young children, enjoyed their performance of The Wiz.”
With the help of musical theater professionals and these students’ drive and passion for the stage, ShowStoppers truly rocked the yellow brick road!
If ShowStoppers sounds like the program for you, join us for our fall auditions on September 16 and September 23! For more information, visit https://www.kimmelcenter.org/community-programs/show-stoppers/.