You will thrive at Baker through a wide range of productions from Shakespeare to children’s shows, learning from faculty with professional experience.
By your graduation, you will have the opportunity to design, manage and direct productions.
Complementing classwork and theatre productions, internships are vital and can help you choose a career.
Our students prepare for careers including theatre education, creative dramatics, children’s theatre and experimental and alternative theatre forms.
Broadway at Baker
The Most Exciting Week of Your Summer
Join talented high school students from around the Kansas City area for seven days of hard work, fun and excitement as you help bring a Broadway musical to the Baker University stage. Broadway at Baker is a partnership between the University and Music Theatre for Young People.
Intense Instruction in All Aspects of Musical Theatre Production
Each day brings hours of top-quality training in vocal music, dance and drama by Baker University faculty members, musical theatre veterans, and director Cary Danielson Pandzik. The talented group will share its expertise as you create a first-class production. You will work with some of the most talented young people in the area and form lasting friendships.
Broadway at Baker is open to students 13 to 18 years old. Each camp is limited to 55 students.
Crazy for You | July 6-13 CAMP IS FULL
In George and Ira Gershwin's Crazy For You, a stage-struck New York playboy, Bobby Child, is sent to a small, poor town in Nevada to close down the local theater. Soon he falls in love with the theater owner's daughter, Polly. To save the theatre, he dreams up an idea to put on a show to raise money and hilarious comedy ensues. In the end, the town is reinvigorated, the theatre is saved and Bobby finds love. This musical comedy features a large tap and dance ensemble.
The Wiz | July 20-27 CAMP IS FULL
The Wiz is a musical based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum but is a more fun, funky modern version of the story. Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas, is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland, defeats the evil witch and goes to see the powerful Wizard, whom she later learns is a phony. However, he convinces Dorothy that she can do anything she wants to, if she just believes in herself.
Baker University is located in Baldwin City, Kan., 40 miles southwest of Kansas City and 50 miles southeast of Topeka.
Ms. Pandzik has served as executive director for Music Theatre for Young People since she founded the organization in Wichita in 1984. In 1992, she started the Kansas City branch of MTYP and relocated there in 1993. She is a graduate of Kansas University with a degree in Music Education. Ms. Pandzik has directed over 100 musicals and has trained hundreds of young people in the field of musical theatre. She is also the founder of 7 days of Broadway at Bethel College and Broadway at Baker at Baker University and was a founding faculty member of Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, Kan., where she was head of the Fine Arts Department.
Ms. Pandzik resides in Shawnee, Kan., with her husband, Michael. She has two children, Eric and Julie; both are alums of the MTYP program in Wichita and Kansas City.
Julie Danielson serves as the artistic director and resident music director for Music Theatre for Young People of Kansas City and Broadway at Baker. She has her own private vocal coaching studio and works as a professional musician in both Kansas City and New York. She was the Broadway music assistant for Bring It On and played for Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde and Smash. She worked for Telsey+Co Casting in New York (casting shows like Rent, Wicked, Annie and Kinky Boots) and also coaches for the Broadway Artists Alliance. She has served as music director for over 50 shows and has played for over 100. Education: CCM.
A 2000 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School, Rebecca attended the University of Arkansas on a full academic and music scholarship. Rebecca was accepted into the opera company under the notable direction of Sarah Caldwell and Christopher Lacy, where she performed such featured roles as Monica in The Medium. She also served as the student director for the University of Arkansas Children's Choir for two years. She earned high praise for her work with the group, traveling and conducting for them at the state and national level. Rebecca graduated Suma Cum Laude with degrees in both music education and vocal performance in 2004 and was also awarded the Richard Brothers Schola Cantorum Founders Award. In 2009, she earned a Master of Arts in Education degree from Baker University.
Today, Rebecca has been developing her career in the academic world as a general music teacher and choral director in the Shawnee Mission School District. In addition to her successful classroom music and choral program, Rebecca has recently assisted with MTYP productions and reviews in a variety of capacities including co-vocal director, solo coach, pit orchestra member and cast member and serving as an alumni board member. Rebecca has also worked as a vocal teacher for cast members of the Kansas City Symphony's "Magic of Christmas" and credits MTYP for helping her to develop her musical theater coaching and teaching skills!
Gavin is a New York-based actor who has had the good fortune of performing in over 30 professional productions. Favorites include West Side Story, 42nd Street, Footloose and The Music Man. His parents must have predicted he was going to be in show business because they decided to name him after the captain on the hit television series "The Love Boat," Gavin MacCleod. Originally from Overland Park, Gavin's favorite words quickly became Rock Chalk, barbecue, and pop. Combine those words and you get Chalkequepop, a new style of techno dance music. Adolescence was quite a journey. He was conflicted between playing basketball and being on the stage. After seeing the national tour of Crazy For You, he quickly signed up for MTYP's Broadway at Baker camp of Anything Goes. Both of those life-changing moments have influenced the path of his life.
Andrea Skowronek received her B.F.A. in Dance from Stephens College, in Columbia, Mo. A native of Seattle, Wash., she received her early dance training from the Cornish Institute. Andrea performed in Paris, France, with Free Dance Song (Katherine Dunham technique) under the direction of Christine de Rougemont. She apprenticed with the Susan Warden Dancers in Kansas City, Kan.. and has danced with City in Motion Dance Theater, in Kansas City, Mo., since it was founded in 1985. Andrea became an artistic co-director of City in Motion in 1995 and has since choreographed over 20 new works for the company.
Andrea has been an artist-in-residence at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., and serves as a part-time faculty member at K-State in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kan. Andrea serves on the faculty of the City in Motion School of Dance and St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City, Mo. She was a master teacher at the Dance and the Child International Gathering at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, in 2011. Andrea also serves as the Director of the City in Motion Children's Dance Theater and produces choreography each summer for Musical Theater for Young People.
Tom Heiman, associate chair of the Department of Music and Theatre, has served as the designer and technical director for Baker University for the past 10 years. He holds an MFA in Scenography and Technical Theatre from Florida State University. He has been awarded six Kennedy Center /American College Theatre Festival Commendation for Excellence in lighting, scenic design, directing, or technical achievement. Among his more than 300 projects, is design work for Starlight Theatre in Rockford, Ill., West Virginia Public Theatre, and the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Ga. At the Springer he designed the original production of The Little Baby Snooglefleiger based on the book by President Jimmy Carter. He was brought onto the project by the stage manager of the show, his wife, Patti, who is the better half of the theatre program at Baker.
Crazy for You
2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13
2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27
Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 785.594.8478.