Rachel has directed over 20 children's theater productions during her time at Garrison Forest, Broadway Kids Camp, and Holton-Arms School! Most recently, she and her husband Scott collaborated with Disney in piloting their new Marvel One-Act series as directors of "Miss. Marvel". A musician and performer herself, she loves instilling a love of the performing arts in children of all ages.
A talented singer, actor, dancer, and Columbia College Chicago musical theater grad, Kali Baklor directs our campers and helps them feel comfortable on stage. Kali is always ready to bring the fun and energy level up during rehearsals.
Ashley Backe is back for her 10th year as a counselor at Broadway Kids Camp. Ashley, actor, singer and teaching artist, recently graduated from Drew University where she earned her BA in Theatre Arts. She was president of her university’s dramatic society and was awarded the Albert Norton Wettstein Prize for Acting. She loves returning to BKC and watching all the ways musical theatre performance allows kids to open up and grow!
As a former camper, Olivia knows how much fun it is to put on a BKC show! She has been thrilled to be the music teacher for BKC for the past 3 summers, and she can't wait for BKC: Home Edition and Broadway Bound: Screen Play! She is currently a BFA music theater major at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Brielle Herlein has loved her time working at BKC for the past 6 years. A senior at Holton-Arms, Brielle enjoys performing in plays and musicals at her school, as well as helping music direct BKC in past years. Her most recent roles include Katherine Plumber in Newsies, Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Cassie Lang in the Marvel One-Acts. She plans on pursuing a BFA in musical theater at college starting fall 2021.
Lindsay Chaplik is a rising senior architecture student at Marywood University. At camp, she helps with constructing the set and teaching technical theater to the young actors/actresses!
Between them, Rachel and Scott Herlein have decades of in-front-of-the-curtain and behind-the-scenes theatre experience. In addition to performing in college and in community theatre with their family, the Herleins spent 11 years at Garrison Forest, where Rachel was a Middle School faculty member, producing memorable Middle School musicals and founding Broadway Kids Camp. From acting and singing to creating costumes and sets, the Herleins' passion for the performing arts and their love for working with children create a wonderful learning environment and truly terrific musical productions
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