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Paper Mill Playhouse Showcases More Than 120 of the Region’s Most Talented Students in New Voices of 2011: I’ll Take Manhattan

MILLBURN, NJ -- Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to present more than 120 of the region’s most talented young performing artists from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory in a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill main-stage titled “New Voices of 2011:  I’ll Take Manhattan,” celebrating Broadway’s love affair with its hometown.  Members of the Conservatory’s Senior, Junior Plus, and Junior Companies (ages 10-18) are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in this concert which is the culmination of the five-week Summer Conservatory.  Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2011 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards who won a full scholarship to attend the Conservatory.

"The New Voices Concert is unique in that it is tailored specifically to the talents of the students participating in the program each year,” remarked Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for Paper Mill Playhouse. “New Voices 2011 -I'll Take Manhattanalso has special significance because it is a salute to New York City.  Music, art, romance, heartbreak, adventure - all take on a new meaning when they happen in the Big Apple.  Through song, dance and narration the students will celebrate all that is inimitable about this great town."

Performances of “New Voices of 2011:  I’ll Take Manhattan”,will be held on Friday, July 29th at 7:30pmand Saturday, July 30th at 3:00pmand 7:30pm. Single 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 Drivein Millburn. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

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The Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory is a program of vigorous 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 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.  


“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.”

Students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Conservatory have appeared in numerous Broadway productions, film, television, and regional theater.  Conservatory Alumni include:

Laura Benanti– 2008 Tony Award winner for Gypsy, Broadway roles include Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The Wedding Singer, Swing!

Anne HathawayTwelfth Night, Film: “Rachel Getting Married” (2009 Academy Award & Golden Globe nominee), “Bride Wars”, “Get Smart”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, and Disney’s “The Princess Diaries”

Nikki M. James– Broadway: Tony Award Winner for Book of Mormon, All Shook Up

Paul Iacono– MTV’s New Series “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” and 2009 MGMFilms remake of “Fame”

Matthew Scott– Broadway: JerseyBoys, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim

Monette McKay –Broadway’sMemphis

Julia Knitel –Broadway’sBye, Bye Birdie

Lael Van Kuran - Broadway’sSister Act

Robert McClure– Broadway: Avenue Q

Krista Pioppi– National Tour: Spring Awakening, Paper Mill: The Sound of Music and DisneyHigh SchoolMusical

Frank Dolce– Fox’s TV Series “Sons of Tucson” and Broadway: Billy Elliot, Miramax Films- “Doubt”

Elizabeth Egan Gillies– Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and Broadway: 13! The Musical

Veronica J. Kuehn– Broadway: Mamma Mia! and Xanadu

Eric Schneider– Broadway: Jersey Boys, National Tour: Grease, Paper Mill’s Happy Days, A New Musical

Constantine Rousouli– Broadway: Hairspray, National Tour:Legally Blonde

 

2011 CONSERVATORY PERFORMERS

Chance

Friedman

Basking Ridge

NJ

Drew

Gardner

Basking Ridge

NJ

Emma

Granowitz

Basking Ridge

NJ

Helen

Shen

Basking Ridge

NJ

Michael Andrew

Winters

Bayonne

NJ

Marc

Wright

Bayonne

NJ

Andrea

Abello

Bedminster

NJ

Hannah

Skokan

Bedminster

NJ

Adam

Cantor

BerkeleyHeights

NJ

Ellie

Kallay

Bloomfield

NJ

Katrina

Michalewski

Bloomingdale

NJ

Connor

Buckley

Boonton

NJ

Olivia

Haleblian

BoontonTownship

NJ

Peter

Carollo

Bridgewater

NJ

Anthony

Fania

Califon

NJ

Sarah

Ethridge

Chatham

NJ

Will

Hackett

Chatham

NJ

James

Cocuzza

Chester

NJ

Katie

Coscia

Chester

NJ

Maeve

Brady

Cranford

NJ

Garrett

Forrestal

Cranford

NJ

Michael

Nigro

Cranford

NJ

Brandon

Arias

Elizabeth

NJ

Carissa

Greene

Elmwood Park

NJ

Elena

Knitel

Fair Lawn

NJ

Gregory

Ippolito

Freehold

NJ

Taylor

Popielarz

Garfield

NJ

Mackenzie

Popielarz

Garfield

NJ

Sally

Beriont

Garwood

NJ

Leah Marie

Killmer

Garwood

NJ

Missy

Dreier

GlenRidge

NJ

Stephen

Hoebee-Elardo

GlenRidge

NJ

Katie

Shults

GlenRidge

NJ

Ben

Chavez

Hackensack

NJ

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