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 Kansas City.
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.
Campers arrive on Sunday afternoon, where they meet their roommates, get settled in their rooms, and start the audition process. Auditions, callbacks, and casting take place on Sunday. Rehearsal begins Monday and continues daily with vocal, dance, and blocking rehearsal and review from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nightly activities follow rehearsal every day.
Broadway at Baker is open to students 13 to 18 years old. Each camp is limited to 55 students.
Children of Eden | July 5-12
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), Children of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children, freely based on the book of Genesis. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: "The hardest part of love . . . is letting go.”
Children of Eden opened in London in 1991 and then was brought to the United States and premiered at the highly respected Papermill Playhouse in 1997. Since then, it has become one of the most licensed and performed musicals of this century.
The Pajama Game | July 19-26
A favorite classic musical, The Pajama Game tells the stories of the employees of the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. Conditions are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 1/2 cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.
The Pajama Game opened on Broadway in 1954 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical as well as Best Choreography for Bob Fosse’s groundbreaking work on songs like “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway.” The 2006 Broadway Revival again won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and starred Harry Connick, Jr. and Kelli O’Hara.\
2015 MTKC Gala
Each cast will perform a production number from the show at the 2015 MTKC Gala on Sunday, Aug. 9.
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 Kansas City since she founded the organization, then known as Music Theatre for Young People, 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.
Taylor Avazpour | Assistant Director
Taylor Avazpour serves as the assistant director of Music Theatre Kansas City and Broadway at Baker. He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and has performed with KC Starlight, Musical Theatre Heritage, and New London Barn Playhouse. Taylor earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and his Initial Graduate Certification in High School Theatre and Speech from Avila University, and he is working toward a Master of Arts in Education. Taylor provides acting coaching through song interpretation or monologue and scene analysis and is also a singer and songwriter. His debut album, "Freedom,' is available on iTunes.
Julie Danielson serves as the artistic director and resident music director for Music Theatre 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.
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 MTKC 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 MTKC for helping her to develop her musical theater coaching and teaching skills!
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 Kansas City.
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.