Do you have a youngster between 10-17 who thinks they might want to tread the boards?  NEXT STOP BROADWAY may be just the ticket!  With no experience required, all with an interest in a glimpse of a Broadway process are welcome.

Headed by Broadway veteran Tony Parise, NEXT STOP BROADWAY is an intensive five-day workshop designed to give participants a look at what it’s like to be an ensemble member of a Broadway show.  Over the course of five days, they will sing and dance from 9-5 with 30 minutes for lunch and a 10-minute break.

Each day, in groups based on age, everyone will rotate through various aspects of the five numbers and dialogue being learned and culminating in an opening night only performance.  Tony’s team of music directors and choreographers, along with four adult leads and four locals take turns working with the groups.  They will teach not only dance and music, but theater history that accompanies the composer on which that particular session is focused.

The final presentation includes the entire ensemble performing in both the opening and closing numbers.  In between, every participant will have some spotlight moment on the stage.  Because getting to that end is a lot of intense hours of work, including homework, Tony says that the kids have to really commit to the process.  They will get through it!

NEXT STOP BROADWAY originated when Tony was approached by Providence Performing Arts Center to create the program.  He currently does two of the 1-week intensives at that location each year in addition to other locations.  The program started in Jacksonville in 2021 very cautiously post-Covid, and has grown annually.  The group is already about 70% full!

This is a unique opportunity.  Tony started on Broadway at the age of 10, performing in Oliver with Sid Caesar.  He has a long career as a performer, choreographer, and director, with life experience around the history of Broadway.  His colleagues are also seasoned professionals who have tread the boards with too many named pros to name!

NEXT STOP BROADWAY runs 9am-5pm, June 12-16, 2023, at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd.  Registration is open at  For questions or information, please contact Shelley Henley at [email protected] or call 904-387-8938.  Scholarships are available.

By Cessy Newmon

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