Polaris Production’s Theater Camp of 2017 Presents Disney’s The Lion King Junior!
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Come join us, beginning July 10th, for a two-week long musical theater experience where kids learn, rehearse, and then perform The Lion King Jr. for an audience of family and friends.
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, consider this: We offer two weeks of music, dance and acting instruction in an inclusive, friendly, and supportive environment.
This is a two-week, Monday through Friday (10-5) musical theater camp experience right here in Manhattan, at Cameo Studios in the Theater District.
Kids build confidence, gain experience, make friends and have a lot of fun. At camp’s end, the kids will perform an enchanting one-hour version of The Lion King Jr. just for family and friends. It’s an accomplishment every child and parent will be proud of, and will remember for years to come.
More About The Lion King Jr.
The Lion King Jr. is a one-hour long adaptation of the Broadway musical The Lion King, especially tailored for elementary school and middle school aged children.
The Lion King JR. tells the story of the epic adventures of a lion cub named Simba as he struggles to accept his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion meets Nala the lioness, the meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must discover who he is, and confront his wicked uncle, Scar. The Lion King JR. features the classic songs from the 1994 film, “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” as well as songs written for the Broadway production.
Camp In A Nutshell
What: The Lion King Jr. Theater Camp
Where: Cameo Studios, 307 W. 43rd. St.
When: July 10 through July 21, Mondays Through Fridays
Finale: Two studio performances on Friday, July 21 at 5:00 pm
Ages: 6 through 13
Fee: $600. There is a 25% sibling discount.
LeCee Galmiche Johnson, Artistic Director
I graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Drama from the University of Dallas. I’ve trained and performed professionally in New York and regionally as a dancer, singer and actress. Since March of 2008 I’ve has been producing, directing and choreographing educational musical theater for New York City children and teens. In November of 2010 my husband and I founded Polaris Productions, a nonprofit youth theater company. Over the last several years I’ve been participating in Broadway Teachers Workshops, which have deepened my understanding of educational youth theater and how to use it to bring greater joy and creative fulfillment into the lives of children. As the mother of triplet daughters, my 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. So far, my 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) Me and My Girl (April 2014), Disney Beauty and the Beast (May 2015) and Shrek the Musical (April 2016).
The Lion King Jr. will be her fourth summer theater camp.
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, Musical Theater Dance Instructor
Born in Boston, MA, raised in the Buffalo, NY area, Jacqueline began dancing at the age of two and received the majority of her training from Center Stage Dance Studio in Cheektowaga, as well as summer intensive training at the Nichols’ Summer Dance Program and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. After graduation from high school she was accepted into the University at Buffalo’s Department of Theatre & Dance where she earned her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree and was a member of the resident Zodiaque Dance Company.
Upon graduation Jacqui made her move to New York City where she began her professional career. Jacqueline began as an apprentice for BalaSole Dance Company under the direction of Roberto Villenueva and has since been a soloist for the company. She has been working at the world renowned Broadway Dance Center for the past three years and was recently promoted to assistant to the director of the Broadway Dance Center’s Children and Teen Program. Jacqueline has also taught for Rosie O’Donnell’s Rosie’s Theater Kids as well as various studios throughout Manhattan.
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 Harbour, Darien Lake. Jacqueline has also danced for two musical recording artists, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and for choreographers Jon Lehrer and Derek Mitchell.
This is Jacqueline’s fourth time collaborating with Polaris Productions and very excited to see what this summer and new batch of talent has to bring to The Lion King Jr.!