Philadelphia, PA (July 19, 2021) – Kimmel Cultural Campus today announced its ShowStoppers musical theater summer camp will conclude with an in-person performance of Seussical Jr. for participants’ family & friends on Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. This is the institution’s first in-person show and gathering in over 16-months, following the COVID-19 closure that forced the canceling and postponing of all productions, concerts, classes, and events across the Campus.
“During a year when education and extracurricular activities were stunted, we continued to create opportunities for schools and individual students interested in the performing arts by moving entirely online – enlisting a suite of teaching artists and continuing its signature programs – Jazz4Freedom, #PhillyBeatz, and One Musical Philadelphia – among other supplemental activities like private instrumental lessons and virtual field trips,” said Ed Cambron, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. “Of the schools engaged, 85% of beneficiaries were Title 1 schools, furthering Kimmel Cultural Campus’ commitment to supporting underserved communities. Additionally, the number of Philadelphia School District education centers engaged in the program doubled.”
“Educational programming for students in the Greater Philadelphia region remains one of our priority areas as a leading cultural institution. Despite the immense challenges we endured over the last 16 months, we were determined to ensure opportunities for students interested in the performing arts were not heavily impacted,” said Susan Quinn, Senior Director of Education & Community Engagement on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. “The ShowStoppers summer camp performance at the end of this month will serve as a dynamic way to conclude this year and welcome a live audience back to our Campus ahead of our official reopening in the fall.”
The Kimmel Cultural Campus’ musical theater ShowStoppers program not only offers teens the opportunity to work with professionals to maximize their skills in theater, voice, and dance, it has also created impactful success in the arts for its students and alum. This year, ShowStoppers alumna and current ShowStoppers camp counselor, Katie Smith, was selected as a semifinalist for a Jimmy Award, The National High School Musical Theatre Awards presented by The Broadway League Foundation, which are presented for outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance.
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Kimmel Cultural Campus Education
The Kimmel Cultural Campus reaches thousands of local students, teachers, families, and aspiring artists each year through a unique set of education offerings, creating future performers, audiences, and cultural enthusiasts. With a 16-year history of education programs, the Kimmel Cultural Campus reaches arts lovers of all ages and skill levels, stimulating creativity through hands-on multidisciplinary experiences. The programs educate, engage, and inspire the next generation, fulfilling the Kimmel Center’s mission to transform lives daily through the arts.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus provides education programs both on its campus and in Philadelphia classrooms. With a focus on jazz and musical theater, programs include summer camps, school residencies, student matinees, a Teacher Appreciation program, and free community events.
For more information on all Kimmel Cultural Campus education programs, visit kimmelculturalcampus.org/education.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus education programming is made possible by generous donors, including The Aramark Charitable Fund; Chubb; Patricia and David Holveck; Independence Blue Cross; The Lenfest Foundation; Merck Foundation; and M&T Bank.
Kimmel Cultural Campus
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, our mission is to engage the region’s diverse communities with art through performance and education. Our Cultural Campus serves more than 1 million guests per year and includes the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater- representing more than 160 years of rich history for the performing arts along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. We are home to eight esteemed Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, we are the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. Our Cultural Campus serves as a preeminent and inclusive place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of our region by cultivating a creative and socially-responsible environment where our community shares experiences that are delivered with pride, integrity, and respect. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, we collaborate on, present, and produce a broad range of relevant and meaningful events, we serve as an active gathering space for social and community events, we educate the region’s young people through access to quality arts experiences, and we provide support to artists in the creation of new work. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the proud Kimmel Cultural Campus Season Sponsor.American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visitwww.kimmelcenter.org.