Broadway heads to Salem for one-day show

Salemites are going to add a Broadway credit to their sheets after a performance this Sunday with a nationwide program that brings the Big White Way professionals to cities around the county.

Broadway Dreams was founded in 2005 by Annette Taylor and aims to teach local performers the Broadway way by pairing them with experienced stars.

The program has been coming to Salem since 2015 under the direction of Enlightened Theatrics’ executive director Vincenzio Meduri. This year, 25 students are participating.

The week-long training program was taught by Matthew Scott who has had roles in An American in Paris, Sondheim on Sondheim and Jersey Boys as well as Scott Anderson Morris who was featured in Broadway productions of A Chorus Line and My Fair Lady during its stint under director Julie Andrews of Sound of Music fame. 

Students of all ages could sign up for the camp, which cost $495 with scholarships available.

During the training period, students were guided through storytelling skills in voice, acting and dance. At 6 p.m. Sunday, students will put on a show that is the culmination of the lessons they learned over their seven days in training, featuring pop numbers and showtunes.

The show takes place at the Historic Grand Theatre, 191 High St. N.E. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Enlightened Theatrics’ website.

Contact reporter Caitlyn May at [email protected].

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Caitlyn May served as a journalist for nearly a decade in Nevada and in Linn Lane counties in Oregon with a focus on rural stories and long-form journalism. A graduate of both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, she currently serves as an elementary school teacher but returns to journalism now and then, remaining a dedicated supporter of the Fourth Estate.