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Why choose Elefante Musical Theater Camp?

Join Broadway Musical Director Joe Elefante and a staff of top-notch theater professionals for an amazing summer of musical theater training and performance!

This year's camp theme is "Hooray for Broadway". The theme will provide our campers with wonderful musical numbers to perform as they learn about great Broadway musicals from the golden age of musical theater through to the top hit shows of today!

Each of the 3 two-week sessions culminates in our "big show" -- a FREE Friday night performance in the spacious Hauser Theater at The Pingry School. Since each session is totally different, you can enroll in all three sessions (many students do)!

Each morning, students participate in age-based conservatory style classes where they receive structured instruction in dance, vocal performance, and acting.

After lunch, there's a "wildcard" session, something different each day. Past wildcard sessions have included:

  • Master Classes with Broadway,film,and T.V. performers
  • Visits from film, T.V. and Broadway casting directors
  • Clinics with Broadway agents and managers (some of our students were even "discovered" and signed by management as a direct result of these clinics)
  • Workshops on set design, technical direction,and costuming
  • Intensives in specialized dance styles such as hip-hop and tap
  • Acting for Film,Television,and Commercials

The last two hours of camp is our Performance Workshop, where campers of all ages come together for small-group and full-company rehearsals for the "big show".

Elefante Musical Theater Camp is divided into 4 age groupings:

  • Grade K - 2nd also known as "The Littles"
  • Grade 3 - 5th also known as "The Elems"
  • Grade 6 - 8th also known as "The Mids"
  • Grade 9 - 12 (or recently graduated) also known as "The Highs"

"The Elems" and above follow the above-listed morning class rotations within their respective age group, but at lunchtime and beyond, all age groups combine for wildcards and full company rehearsal. "The Littles" follow their own specialized schedule, which covers acting, singing, dancing, puppetry, arts & crafts and more, but which does not adhere to a set morning rotation. "The Littles" often combine with the other age divisions and with the full company to rehearse small- and large-group numbers.

Check out this link for more information and videos.

Camp Weeks

6/26/17- 7/7/2017 (No CAmp 7/4)

7/10/2017 - 7/21/17

7/24/2017 - 8/4/2017

Camp Schedule

All age Groupings

9:00 - 9:15Attendance, Announcements, Theater Games, and Warm-Ups
9:15-10:00 Conservatory Class - First Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
10:00-10:45Conservatory Class - Second Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
10:45-11:30Conservatory Class - Third Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
12:00-1:00Wild Card Session
1:00-3:00Small-Group and Full Company Rehearsals

Meet the Director

Joe Elefante

Artistic Director

Joe Elefante has traveled 4 continents as a pianist, saxophonist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He has musically directed, conducted or played countless musical theater productions, including several at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Jersey Boys on Broadway and National Tour.

Joe founded the Joe Elefante Big Band in 2001, which was the house band at Cecil's Jazz Club for three years, and was featured on ABC's Nightline and in The Wall Street Journal. He was named a Jazz Ambassador by the Kennedy Center, and has toured Eastern Europe and the Middle East as a jazz pianist for the U.S. State Department. He has also been selected to the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Joe has composed and/or arranged over 80 compositions for large jazz ensemble, over 20 compositions for chorus, "Intermezzo" for full orchestra, "Concert for Band" for wind ensemble, a piano sonata, "Io Mio Rivolgo Indientro," for voice and piano based on a text by Petrarch, "Consenso a i Tre," for clarinet, cello, and piano, "Ozone" for clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, "Bone Poem" for trombone choir, and "Twentieth-Century Funk" for Saxophone Quartet. He has also completed three works based on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe: "Song" for SATB choir and piano, "Alone" for SATB choir and string orchestra, and "Evening Star" for SATB choir, wind quintet, piano, bass and percussion.

Currently, Joe is a freelance composer/arranger/ performer, is very active as a clinician, and teaches music for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools in New Jersey.