Four Veterans of the Broadway Community have joined forces to bring their experiences and training to launch a new Pre-Professional Summer Theatre Program to the Northern New Jersey Communities: BROADWAY N.Y.C.!
J. Mark McVey (Les Miserables, The Who's Tommy, Hal Prince's Showboat) and Christy Tarr-McVey (Jekyll & Hyde, The Who's Tommy, Annie), local residents of, Ridgewood, have partnered with Raymond McLeod (Jekyll & Hyde, Wild Party, Wonderful Town) and Deborah Kym-McLeod (Director of RadioBroadway, Principal Teacher at Stella Adler Conservatory and Talent Manager, currently representing actress who plays Matilda) have partnered to create a theatre program unlike all others in the area. The McLeods and the McVeys are also two rare families who travelled and performed with their children on National Tours, Les Miserables and Evita, making their experience and teaching for young performers invaluable.
The team is working with the current Music Program's Director, Suzanne Kraai, and Eagles Extended Learning Programs Director, James Anderson, to raise the bar for the young talent in this community. Any student from the Tri-state area entering 5th grade through College, who has a desire to learn more about the entertainment industry, improve their acting singing and skills, or dreams of having a professional career on Broadway, in film, or in television, should run to register for this program. Enrollment is limited, and you are encouraged to schedule your interview soon.
The program will be held in the beautiful, air-conditioned facilities at Eastern Christian High School, 50 Oakwood Avenue, North Haledon, NJ. The program hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Session I, for those entering Grade 5 through Grade 9, runs July 8 through 19. Session II, for those entering Grade 10 through College, runs July 22 through August 2. A showcase will be presented at the end of each session. There will also be auditions held for a musical for high school and college students held separately during the evening hours of 4:30 to 9:30, from July 8 through 19, with a performance on July 20.
For further information, or to have a Registration Form sent to you, please contact:
or call 973.427.6244.
As the weather continues to heat up in north Jersey, so does the fun and excitement at Eagles Day Camp, a program of Eastern Christian Schools. The series of four consecutive week-long camps, each with a unique theme and special activities, are held at the Eastern Christian Elementary School campus on Baldin Drive in Midland Park, daily from 9 to 3 (extended care available). This is the second year of the program, and enrollment has already doubled compared with last summer.
The camp's first session was held this past week, themed "Animal Adventure." The campers were divided into four teams at the beginning of the week, with each team getting to decide on their own animal-themed group name. Thus, the "Powerful Panthers," the "Might Mighty Lemurs," the "Blue Kangaroos," and the "Almighty Piranhas" took on the week, complete with mascots made entirely of painted cardboard boxes. The teams provided a basis for fun, competitive activities throughout the week, including the Friday grand finale of Camp Olympics with lots of water games to stay cool. Tuesday and Thursday were spent enjoying Graydon Pool in Ridgewood, with lots of swimming, shark tag, volleyball, and even burying some of the counselors in the sand. Each Wednesday of camp is highlighted by a special day trip, and this past week found the campers at the Bronx Zoo, which was a huge hit!
The kids were eager to share what they loved most about Eagles Camp. When Tobi Cummins was asked how she liked Eagles Day Camp, she responded with a simple thumbs-up. Others spoke about their favorite activities:
"I really liked playing volleyball at the lake." (Carter)
"My favorite part of camp was the lake." (Louis)
"My favorite part about camp was going to the Bronx Zoo because I got to learn about animals." (Emmanuel)
"My favorite part was Greydon's Pool." (EV)
"I liked being with my friends." (Shannon)
Eagles Day Camp is designed to provide campers with a variety of age-appropriate activities within a safe, nurturing, and fun atmosphere, with an emphasis on social, physical, and emotional growth and learning. Some campers come with friends, but making new friends is all part of the fun! If you know of an elementary school-aged child looking for a safe and unbelievably fun experience this summer, check out Eagles Day Camps. Limited space is still available for the last two sessions: July 23-27 ("Carnival Craze") and July 30-August 3 ("Outstanding Outdoors"). Contact James Anderson, the program coordinator, for more information at
or call 973.427.6244 ext 300.
Have fun painting a large-scale mural on a school bus at the Eastern Christian High School campus celebrating the theme of SPORTS. The design features several students/alumni involved in the many sports available at ECHS. Projects will be filmed for a later screening.
Artist will paint from 9am - 12pm, snack break, resume painting until 1:00pm
Artist will have a graphic design session on mural design (Adobe Photoshop)
Gain the experience of working alongside a great team for a fun cause.
Registration Inquiries Contact:
or call 973.427.6244 EXT 300
Mr. Jesse Wright - Eastern Christian School Art Teacher
Summer is approaching quickly and we've been busy preparing summer camps for your students! Below you will find a complete list of our camps and the dates they will be offered. Applications are coming soon but it's never too early to save the dates!