Getting to Broadway, your way

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Broadway may be all the way in New York City, but Rockley Music Center has found a way to bring it a lot closer to home for teens.

The music center, 8555 W. Colfax Ave., is hosting “Broadway Your Way,” a performing arts camp July 15-26.

Interested performers have until July 14 to sign up for the camp, which costs $299.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, culminating in a final performance in which the students get a chance to show what they’ve learned.

“I’m a huge believer in dreaming big, and Rockley was able to give me the resources I needed to make this camp,” said Scott Merchant, director of the program. “I wanted to set up a camp for young people in way that speaks their language.”

The July dates are the second session for the camp — the first was from June 10 through 21 — and Merchant and his teaching partners, Terra Salazar and Melissa Santana, are thrilled for the next session to start.

While attending the camp students will learn a variety of facets of a Broadway performance, from stage fighting and makeup to stage movement and monologue methods. Students will also receive private voice lessons.

Merchant said that each experience will be tailored to the performer, and the areas they would like to really work on. No previous experience is required to sign up, either.

Liane Rockley, who owns the shop with her husband Tobin, said that the camp’s target age group is between 13 and 17 years old.

“At that age it can be hard to find your identity and really thrive,” she said. “Here everyone can feel like they’re part of the group, and they’re in a safe environment to try some of these things.”

Giving these young performers a sense of self is one of the major goals of what Rockley and Merchant are trying to accomplish with the camp.

“After the first group’s final performance, we had so many parents raving about the program, and how grateful they were that we were providing this to the community,” Rockley said.

For Merchant, “Broadway Your Way” is a chance not only to learn a great deal about music and art, but a way for each performer to find their own way to shine.

“We want to empower them to be unapologetically themselves,” he said.

For more information, and to sign up, call 303-233-4444 or visit www.rockleymusic.com.

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