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Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Expands Arts Program

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will be incorporating dance, drama and music to their Spring Programming. In addition to the current dance program, New Jersey Theatre Youth Theatre and New Jersey Workshop for the Arts will be implementing residency programs at the YMCA.

New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT) will present the Drama Program.  NJYT is recognized today as one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed youth-theater companies in New Jersey. It is identified with the highest standards of excellence as a major training ground for young talent, producer of professional youth theater and collaborator in bringing diverse theatrical fare to an array of audiences throughout the state. 

The residencies and summer production program for youth have together served more than 2,200 talented youngsters (ages 8-21+), and the productions have engaged well-over 100,000 patrons from diverse communities throughout the State of New Jersey and the tri-state area. For many youngsters, the training and performance experience with NJYT opened the door to major theater arts colleges and universities in the U.S., and for some, it launched their professional theatre career.

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The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts will present the music program.  The mission of New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, “where talent develops and creativity thrives,” is to enrich lives by providing opportunities to develop creative talents and encourage a greater appreciation of the arts through both instruction and performance. NJWA has been dedicated to helping children; adults and senior citizens explore and participate in the arts throughout the year with instruction and performing ensembles.  The faculty is composed of professional artists, musicians and educators who nurture the talents of each student.

Classes begin Feb. 3. For further information on class days and times, call (909) 889-8880.


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