Paper Mill Selects Students for 2017 Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory

Paper Mill Selects Students for 2017 Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, has selected students to be a part of the theater's prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for 2017.

Members of the competitive Conservatory who earned coveted spots in the Senior (ages 15-18), Junior Plus (ages 13-14), and Junior companies (ages 10-12) are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse's professional artistic staff in a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill mainstage titled New Voices of 2017: Everyone Loves an Underdog! The concert is the culmination of the five-week program.

Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2017 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards presented by the Investors Foundation, who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory. The Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and New Voices are generously supported by the Investors Foundation.

Performances of New Voices of 2017: Everyone Loves an Underdog! will be held on Friday, July 28th at 7:30pm and Saturday, July 29th at 1:30pm and 7:30pm at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ. Tickets range in price from $25 to $45. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, online at www.papermill.org, or visit the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

"From the first day of class all the way through opening night of New Voices, we require our students to rise to the demands of this rigorous program," stated Lisa Cooney, Paper Mill Playhouse Director of Education. "We ask them to work harder than they ever have before as young performers, and we strive to build an incredible ensemble company, while each student hones their own individual performance skills. Our faculty pushes the students to believe in themselves as professional artists and treats them as such. We find summer after summer that our students meet our expectations and more. When they move on to college or the professional world, they are ready for the challenges they'll face, and time and again they thrive and ultimately live their dream of being a professional performer. It's gratifying when they make a name or themselves on Broadway or in Hollywood, but even if they do not, the skills they learn and the work ethic they develop will serve them in any field."

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.

"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 over 100 incredible performers. It is amazing to see these young performers grow into professional artists and grace our stage with an inspiring, heartfelt performance."

Students from Paper Mill Playhouse's Conservatory have gone on to appear in numerous Broadway productions, film, television, and regional theater.

Conservatory Alumni include:

Anne Hathaway - Twelfth Night, Film: Les Misérables (2013 Academy Award Winner), Rachel Getting Married (2009 Academy Award & Golden Globe nominee), Get Smart, Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, & Disney's The Princess Diaries

Laura Benanti - Broadway: She Loves Me, Gypsy (2008 Tony Award winner), Into the Woods, The Wedding Singer, Swing!

Julia Knitel - Broadway: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical (u/s Carole King); Bye Bye Birdie

Robert McClure - Broadway: Something Rotten, Honeymoon in Vegas, Chaplin, Avenue Q

Shanice Williams- NBC's The Wiz Live!

Joshua Dela Cruz - Broadway's Disney's Aladdin (Aladdin Understudy)

Ali Stroker - Broadway: Spring Awakening, Oxygen's The Glee Project: Season 2; Paper Mill's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky)

Nikki M. James - Broadway: Les Misérables, Book of Mormon (2011 Tony Award winner), All Shook Up

Avery Espiritu: Broadway: The King and I

James Ignacio - Broadway: The King and I

Alex Drier - Broadway: Finding Neverland, Assembled Parties

Daisy Hobbs - Broadway: Disney's Aladdin

Matthew Scott - Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair (Ralph), Sondheim on Sondheim

Collin Kelly-Sordelet - Broadway: The Last Ship (Young Gideon)

Jared Gertner - 2014 Olivier Award nominee West End, Broadway & National Tour of The Book Of Mormon (Elder Cunningham)

Veronica J. Kuehn - Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Xanadu; Off Broadway: Avenue Q

Neil McCaffrey - Broadway: Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), Bye, Bye Birdie (Randolph Macafee), Billy Elliot (Michael)

Monette McKay - Broadway: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Memphis, Mamma Mia!

Constantine Rousouli - Broadway: Hairspray (Link), Ghost the Musical, Wicked

Jonathan Schwartz - Broadway's Disney's Aladdin (Omar)

Elizabeth Egan Gillies - Nickelodeon's Victorious; Broadway: 13! The Musical

Lael Van Keuran - Broadway: Sister Act

Matt Ban - Broadway: Rock of Ages (Dennis)

Connor Buckley - Star of Fox-TV's Surviving Jack with Chris Meloni (role of "Jack Dunlevy")

2017 CONSERVATORY STUDENTS BY TOWN:

Chance

Friedman

Basking Ridge

Helen

Shen

Basking Ridge

Libby

Schmidtt

Basking Ridge

Victoria

Rivard

Berkeley Heights

Katie

Kallay

Bloomfield

Ellie

Kallay

Bloomfield

Jennifer

Brady

Bound Brook

Hannah Sky

Caldwell-Pretlow

Bound Brook

Gracelyn

Hao

Bridgewater

Francesca

Catrone

Cedar Grove

Emma

Wilcox

Cedar Knolls

Liam

Driscoll

Chatham

Andrew

Palmieri

Chatham

Ronan

Green

Chatham

Neil

McCaffrey

Chatham

Aditya

Roy

Chatham

James

Cocuzza

Chester

Jack

Sisk

Cranford

Cameron

Matheson

Cranford

Sam

Sullivan

Cranford

Casey

Weeks

Couer d Alene

Carmine

Mastrokostas

Eatontown

Elvin

Rodriguez Jr.

Elizabeth

Arwen-Vira

Marsh

Elkins Park

Samantha

Rascio

Far Hills

Alexa

Aquino

Franklin Lakes

Alexa

Chalnick

Freehold

Jacob

Lesser

Gillette

Stephen

Hoebee- Elardo

Glen Ridge

Maeve

Touhey

Gladstone

Serena

Brown

Hackettstown

Wasif

Sami

Hillsborough

Sarah

Coleman

Holmdel

Jacob

Canderozzi

Jackson

Caroline

Nieto

Kinnelon

Arianna

Cacioppo

Kinnelon

Vanessa

Sierra

Linden

Brooke

Lelia

Livingston

Anna

McCarthy

Madison

Avery

Benjamin

Madison

Ben

Sadowski

Madison

Kristina

Conzo

Mahwah

Sam

Chuck

Mahwah

Hunter

Kovacs

Maplewood

Ben

Halperin

Maplewood

Georgia

Post-Lipnick

Maplewood

Charlotte

Post-Lipnick

Maplewood

Alonzo

Gallo

Maplewood

Elizabeth

LeClerc

Martinsville

Joseph

DeGrandpre

Mendham

Deidre

Thompson

Mendham

Sebastian

Zuniga

Metuchen

Amanda

Heckmann

Millburn

Sanaa

Quander

Milburn

Halle

Just

Millburn

Amalia

Crevani

Milford

Bobby

Axelrod

Montclair

Abraham

Deitz-Green

Montclair

Justin

Comini

Montclair

Ella

Fine

Montclair

Will

Flamm

Montclair

Ambrose

Amory

Montclair

Julia

Ravenna

Montebello

Elizabeth

Witek

Monmouth Beach

Alexandra

Witek

Monmouth Beach

Jeffrey

Gallup

Montville

Dean

Blizzard

Moorestown

Skylar Raye

Noyes

Moorestown

Gabriana

Padilla

Newark

Maggie

Spector-Williams

Nutley

Mikayla

White

Old Bridge

Amaya

White

Old Bridge

Megan

Bodmer

Oxford

Vincent

Simpson

Palisades Park

Nicole

Streger

Peapack

Brandon

Grajales

Rahway

Najah

Hetsberger

Rahway

Katelynn

Perez

Rahway

Jason

Myers

Rahway

Xavier

Lighten

Rahway

Arionna

Sterling

Rahway

Alexander

Birchwale

Ridgefield

Tara

Keelan

Ringoes

Shannon

Lombardi

River Edge

Aidan

Alberto

Roseland

Ava

Zazzali

Saddle River

Valentina

Zazzali

Saddle River

Abigail

Bera

Sayreville

Jacob

Morrel

Scotch Plains

Sarah

Becker

Secaucus

Sydney

Brenton

Short Hills

Jonathan

Charette

Short Hills

Judith

DiMinni

Short Hills

Spencer

Brenton

Short Hills

Rachel

Gesner

Short Hills

Julia

Gresner

Short Hills

William

Kaiser

Short Hills

Aashni

Sawhney

Short Hills

Lily

Tan

Short Hills

Khailah

Johnson

Somerset

Ben

Blais

South Orange

Harry

Echtman

South Orange

Naomi

Fisch

South Orange

Olivia

Pryor

South Orange

Gideon

Johnson

South Orange

Celeste

Palermo

Springfield

Zachary

Kessel

Summit

Charlotte

Wesson

Summit

Brooke

Nagel

Towaco

Ashley

Phillips

Union

Grace

Rivera

Union

Jason

Yanto

Union

Crystal

Wright

Union

Maya

Fortgang

Verona

Luke

Berninger

Wayne

Timothy

Thompson

Wayne

Alex

Vacchiano

West Caldwell

Duncan

Cook

Westfield

Julia

Singer

Westfield

Emma

Stern

Westfield

Riley

Hahn

West Orange

Samatha

Powell

West Orange

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