Today’s young students may just be the stars of tomorrow on Broadway particularly if you go to Millburn, NJ to see the final show of the Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory program. The Paper Mill Playhouse will present “New Voices of 2015: Hooray for Hollywood!” on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1. The show is made up of 122 of the region’s most talented young performing artist who attended the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory. The Conservatory has a fine reputation of having former students who have gone on to appear in numerous Broadway productions, film, television, and regional theater including such well known performers as Laura Benanti, Ann Hathaway, and Rob McClure to name just a few.
Directed and choreographed by the Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff, this concert is the culmination of the Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory’s five-week program. Three age groups are included in the production: Senior (ages 15-18), Junior Plus (ages 13-14), and Junior Companies (ages 10-12). Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2015 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory.
“New Voices is an amazing opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow,” stated Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill’s Producing Artistic Director. “This fully produced, original concert features more than 120 incredible performers. It is amazing to see these young performers grow into professional artists and grace our stage with an inspiring, heartfelt performance.”
The Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory is a program of rigorous study allowing students to enhance their individual performance potential while developing a broad base of theater experience and knowledge. Students participate in intensive classes including musical theater performance, acting, dance, and improvisation, while also attending guest workshops led by professional actors, directors, and casting agents. The final weeks are devoted to rehearsals for the New Voices Concert, performed annually on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage. The Conservatory offers the unique opportunity for gifted and talented young performers to work at their own level and challenge themselves to achieve new goals and learn new skills. Key to the curriculum is the development of self-discipline, respect, and a commitment to excellence that will serve these young artists throughout their lives.
Performances of “New Voices of 2015: Hooray for Hollywood!” will be held on Friday,- July 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 1 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ. Single tickets range in price from $25-$45 and may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, online at www.papermill.org, or visiting the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office.