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New Musical Theatre Camp Collaboration between New Jersey Youth Theatre and Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA


This coming summer, for the first time, the New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT), one of the most critically acclaimed youth-theatre companies in the state of New Jersey, identified as a major training ground for young talent, will join in partnership with the Fanwood/Scotch Plains YMCA to offer a musical theatre camp for young performing artists ages 8 to 14. 

Participants will have the opportunity to work with experienced directors to present a colorful, rousing production of Once on This Island, (junior version), a highly original musical adaption of Hans Christian Anderson’s popular tale, The Little Mermaid.  Camp dates are Monday, June 23 through Friday, August 1 from 9 AM -12 PM Mondays through Friday, with a performance on August 1. 

The plot of Once on This Island centers around Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl who falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island.  When Daniel is returned to his people, the ruling gods guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice.  The show is presented in a singing and dance/movement-driven style reminiscent of story theatre.  The catchy, contemporary musical score was written by the award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical) and the show won eight Tony nominations.

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A Once on This Island workshop will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12 PM – 1 PM at the Fanwood/Scotch Plains YMCA, 1340 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.  The workshop will explain this particular camp’s logistics and details to parents and their kids,

For more information and to register, contact Jenny Logus at the Fanwood/Scotch Plains YMCA (908) 889-8880 or at Space is limited.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs, or to request a schedule of classes, please call the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at (908) 889-8880 or visit the Y’s website at  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 

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