Whether you are a four-year-old who likes to pretend to be a pirate, a sixth-grade stand-up comic wannabe, a teen obsessed with Broadway or an adult who belts out showtunes in the shower, the upcoming fall semester at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has a class for you. There are classes offered for those new to singing, dancing, acting and improv as well as intermediate and “audition-only” opportunities for more advanced students that culminate in a performance on the stage of the Amaturo Theater.
Skills-based classes include singing, dancing, acting, improv and more taught by a team of outstanding theater professionals. Performance-based opportunities this semester include: The Broward Center Spotlights, a youth performing ensemble; Disney’s High School Musical Jr. and Elf The Musical; and MTI’s brand-new “All Together Now! A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre” where advanced musical theater students perform a revue of memorable Broadway showtunes sure to delight audiences.
The Exceptional Theater Company also returns with the Special Stars class for the neurodiverse community offering a unique performing arts experience for those 15 and older.
Enrollment is now open for fall classes that take place in person in the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center on the Broward Center campus starting in September. For advanced level classes, auditions take place starting August 11 in person with video submission auditions accepted on request.
The Broward Center’s classes are designed to encourage artistic expression, develop skills in all areas of the performing arts and help students build self-confidence in a fun and supportive environment. For complete class information and registration, visit or email . To request an audition, visit .
Highlights of the fall 2021 semester include:
Classes grades Pre-K and Kindergarten
Children in Pre-K and Kindergarten learn about story structure while increasing their vocabulary, self-esteem, creativity, and problem-solving skills in Dramatic Play: Pirates and Mermaid Tales in which they act out their own stories and adventures each week based on books about pirates, mermaids and sea adventures.
Classes for Grades 1 thru 12: Youth and Teens
Classes cater to a variety of interests and skill levels for youth and teens. Students can explore the “fun”damentals in Acting & Improv or enroll in Intro to Musical Theater where they’ll learn songs and choreography from a wide range of popular Broadway musicals. The group singing class Musical Theater Singing is perfect for students who wish to develop their vocal technique and Ultimate Theater Dance explores Broadway dance styles including elements of ballet, jazz and modern dance. Those with some previous experience may continue to develop their talents in various levels of Sing! Dance! Act!
A selection of classes for beginning and intermediate level performers lead to a production of a musical on stage at the Broward Center. Those in grades 1-3 will perform Journey of the Noble Gnarble in Let’s Put on A Show. Students in grades 4-10 will stage Disney’s High School Musical Jr. as the Youth Fall Musical in partnership with Performance Project School of the Arts.
Performance Classes for Advanced Students (By Audition Only)
The audition-only class Advanced Musical Theater focuses on advanced techniques and will culminate in MTI’s All Together Now! A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre will have students in grades 4-12 counted among the first in the country participate in an exciting new revue featuring a selection of beloved songs from MTI’s musical catalogue. Music Theatre International (MTI) created this unique project with the goal of bringing the theater community together and helping theaters jumpstart their seasons after the daunting challenges of 2020 and COVID-19.
By audition only, students in grades 3 -12 may enroll in the Performance Mentor Program studying and performing alongside adult professional actors in Elf the Musical in this class offered in partnership with The Performance Project School of the Arts.
The Broward Center Spotlights, open by audition to grades 6-12, will also perform in the MTI global revue and participate in annual holiday performances, special events and other community appearances. This talented youth performance ensemble is perfect for students who love to sing and dance in front of an audience.
Classes for Adults
Adults with a love of the theater – even with little or no experience – can get into the act with the joyful Adult Musical Singing, high-energy Adult Broadway Dance, or the fun and relaxed Adult Acting: Try It classes. Those with some theater training can hone their skills with classes in monologues, scene study and cabaret taught by seasoned professionals. Adults can also channel their inner comic in both introductory and advanced level improv classes offering Whose Line Is It Anyway-style and scene-based improv game play. Acting and improv skills help build self– awareness and self-esteem and presentation skills for adults in a wide variety of professions.
Special Stars Class in partnership with Exceptional Theatre Company
Special Stars, offered in partnership with the Exceptional Theatre Company, teaches theater skills to those 15 and above with physical and intellectual disabilities in a caring, nurturing environment. By utilizing theater techniques, students enhance verbal skills, improve movement, build self-confidence and develop social bonds while stimulating free and independent thinking in a professional setting. This class has been underwritten by the Michael and Merle Orlove Family Foundation and the Taft
Need-based full and partial scholarships are available for students Pre-K through Grade 12 in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. Scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ronald Plotkin Scholarship Fund and the Mary Jane Harlow Charitable Trust. To learn more or to apply contact the Scholarship Coordinator at 954.468.2689 or visit .
Students enrolled in classes at the Broward Center’s Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center enjoy complimentary parking for classes in the Riverwalk A&E Garage, located directly across the street from the Broward Center on SW Fifth Ave. They also receive special offers for discounted tickets to a variety of performances and preferred access to workshops offered by the Broward Center and its affiliated venues.
Health and Safety
The Broward Center’s health & safety guidelines have been developed in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic and have been informed by guidance of public health officials including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Class sizes are limited and there is significant attention to cleaning, sanitizing and advanced air filtration. These are available at BrowardCenter.org and will continue to evolve as the environment changes.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information visit BrowardCenter.org, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BrowardCenter and , follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BrowardCenterEducation, subscribe to our channel at Youtube.com/user/BrowardCenter and join the conversation with #BrowardCenter.
The 2021/2022 performance season at the Broward Center and The Parker is supported by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. AutoNation, Bank of America, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, MasterCard and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are proud sponsors of the Broward Center. Programs are also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Need-based full and partial scholarships are available for students Pre-K through Grade 12 in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. Scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ronald Plotkin Scholarship Fund and the Mary Jane Harlow Charitable Trust. To learn more or to apply contact the Scholarship Coordinator at 954.468.2689 or visit www.browardcenter.org/education/scholarships.