Thalia Book Club Camp goes to Broadway! We spent the day with Tim Federle, actor, singer, dancer, and author of Better Nate Than Ever.
Before he arrived, we began the day with a discussion on book censorship. At the New York Public Library yesterday, a portion of the exhibited was devoted to historical cases of book banning. The group considered the pros and cons – and examined the complexities of this ever-changing issue.
To prepare for Tim’s arrival, we brainstormed some musicals that we would like to see made from books; it seems we may have some future producers in our midst! Our ideas included, The Lightening Musical, based on the Percy Jackson series; Madeline the Musical, The Big Friendly Musical, based on the BFG; Lorax, the Musical; A Series of Unfortunate Events musical; and even, The Dr. Whosical!
When Tim Federle arrived, we began by sharing some important facts about ourselves… our favorite books, our favorite musicals, and what we want to be when we grow up. Among the books, we had Dubliners, Franny & Zooey, Papertown, The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter, When You Reach Me, and many Percy Jackson books. Some of our favorite musicals included, Matilda, Guys ‘n Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Wicked. And Tim was pleased to hear that many campers hope to be authors or actors – or both!
Tim then led us in a mock Broadway audition. We learned a few dance steps and made some moves on the Sharp stage.
After signing books and eating lunch in the park, we headed down to Times Square for a very personal tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Disney’s musical productions, where Tim has acted several shows, including The Little Mermaid.
We were guided through by several of the theatre’s staff, who spoke about the theatre’s history (including its ghost, Olive!), the Art Nouveau architecture, and Disney’s rehabilitation of the building.
After exploring the stage and backstage area, we were lucky enough to try on some of the real costumes from recent productions! Don’t we look dashing?:
Thanks to Tim, Day 4 was a major success!