August is the sweetest month, because this August Polaris offers Willy Wonka, Jr. Theater Camp. Whether you need a fun summer activity for your veteran child actor, have a child who just wants to test the waters of musical theater or one who just wants to have a fun camp experience, look no further. We offer two weeks of music, dance and acting instruction in a friendly, supportive environment. At camp’s end, the kids will perform Willy Wonka Jr. for family and friends.
In A Nutshell
What: Willy Wonka Jr. Theater Camp
Where: CAP21 Studios, 18 W. 18th St., Room 603
When: August 4-15 Mondays Through Fridays
Time: 10-6 (early drop off at 9; early pickup at 3:30)
Finale: Studio Performance, August 15 at 6:00, Room 606
Ages: 8 through 13
Fee: $600 for the full two weeks (family discount — if you register more than one child, the fee is $500 per child)
LeCee Galmiche Johnson, Artistic Director
LeCee graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Drama from the University of Dallas. She has trained and performed professionally in New York and regionally as a dancer, singer and actress. Since March of 2008 she has been producing, directing and choreographing educational musical theater for New York City children and teens. In 2010 she founded Polaris Productions, a nonprofit youth theater company. Over the last several years she has been participating in Broadway Teachers Workshops, which have deepened her understanding of educational youth theater and its many benefits in the lives of children. LeCee’s goal as a director is to “find a way to reach each of my actors and help them to blossom and grow in self-confidence, ability and maturity.” LeCee’s directing credits include: Into the Woods (spring 2008), The Boy Friend (spring 2009), Annie (spring of 2010), Little Shop of Horrors (winter 2010), Honk! (spring 2011), A Christmas Carol (winter 2011), Bye Bye Birdie (spring 2012), Guys and Dolls (April 2013) and Me and My Girl (April 2014).
Dan Radzikowski, Musical Director
Dan is an educator, performer, and music director. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Dan attended New York University for graduate school, and was an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at NYU while completing his graduate work. Since graduating, Dan has taught at Pace University, Montclair State University, Pittsburgh CLO Academy and New York Film Academy. As a teaching artist, he has worked for TADA! Youth Theater, the Open Jar Institute, Broadway Bound Kids, and Rosie’s Broadway Kids. Dan served as the summer season music director in 2008 at the Mt. Washington Valley Theater Company in NH. He received two NH Theater Award nominations for Best Musical Director for his work on Cabaret and Fiddler On The Roof. Dan has also served as music director for the NYCHEA Players (now Polaris Productions) in New York City, music directing their productions of Into The Woods, The Boy Friend, Honk! and Annie, as well as APAC’s (Astoria Performing Arts Center) 2009 and 2010 Summer Stars theater workshop. Dan is currently on faculty at Seat Of Our Pants Theater in Pelham Manor, NY and at The Studio in New Canaan, CT.
Jacqueline Maitner, Choreographer
Jacqueline earned a BFA in Dance at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was a member of the resident Zodiaque Dance Company. Some of her performances include venues such as the Albright Knox M&T Bank First Fridays Series, Emerging Choreographers Showcase, Dancers’ Workshop, Miss Buffalo Pageant, Thursday at the Harbor, Darien Lake International Festival, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Jacqueline has danced with Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC’s hit series “Modern Family”. She was also a featured soloist in the piece entitled “Hearth” for the up-and-coming company, Lehrer Dance, founded by director Jon Lehrer. In 2009 she received a choreography award at the Hall of Fame National Dance Challenge. In Spring 2014 she choreographed the musical Me and My Girl for Polaris Productions, a Manhattan youth theater company. Most recently she accepted a position as a children’s ballet teacher for Discovery Kids in Chelsea.