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Paper Mill Playhouse Wins Two 2011 People’s Choice Awards

February 4, 2012 at 8:08 AM

From December 1, 2011 through January 18, 2012 JerseyArts.com invited the public to vote for their favorite nonprofit arts groups in its fourth annual People's Choice Awards. Paper Mill Playhouse was awarded, “Favorite Place at See a Musical” and “Favorite Place to Take a Class in the Arts (Kids)” earlier today.  The categories ranged from theater and performing arts center, to museum and gallery, to symphony and dance company (along with many more -- there were 14 in all). Many organizations rallied their audiences to vote and in total a record number of over 6800 people cast their ballot in this year's awards.  The Millburn Theater received more than 4,300 total votes in the competition.

The winners were announced today online at JerseyArts.com and via email to all the voters. Recipients will formally receive their awards in a ceremony at The New Jersey Tourism Conference, held March 14-16, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ.

“Paper Mill Playhouse is both humbled and honored to receive two 2011 People’s Choice Awards,” remarked Todd Schmidt, Paper Mill Playhouse Managing Director. “These awards are a gift from the audiences and students we serve throughout the State of New Jersey.”

2011 JERSEYARTS.COM PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS:

Favorite Performing Arts Center: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
Favorite Theater to See a Musical: Paper Mill Playhouse
Favorite Theater to See a Play: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Favorite Art Museum: Newark Museum
Favorite Art Gallery: Arts Council of Princeton
Favorite Symphony/Orchestra: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO)
Favorite Choral Group: Westminster Choir
Favorite Opera Company: Opera New Jersey 
Favorite Dance Company: American Repertory Ballet
Favorite Music Festival: Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival
Favorite Film Festival: New Jersey Film Festival
Favorite Place to Take an Adult Arts Class: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Favorite Place to Take a Kid's Arts Class: Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre School
Favorite Downtown Arts District: New Brunswick

"We are so thankful for the outpouring of support from community that we serve,” said Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director of Paper Mill Playhouse. “We are overjoyed to receive an award for our Paper Mill Playhouse Theater School, which has served the community and the state for more than 20 years. Programs like our Theater School, Adult Theater Classes and our Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory give students a supportive environment in which to learn and explore elements of performance and learn life skills.”

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