BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ Performing Arts School (PAS) presents performances by students in the Musical Theatre Arts department January 15-24 at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 16, available at the door or by calling 908-790-0700.

PAS Musical Theatre Arts Performances

Sketch Comedy

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January 15 at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Directed by Lilli Markey

On Stage Teens Ages 11-16

Little Red Riding Hood

January 16 at 12:00 p.m.

Directed by Lilli Markey

On Stage Kids Ages 7-10

Snow White

January 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Directed by Lilli Markey

On Stage Kids Ages 7-10

Sherlock Holmes

January 22 at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Directed by Lilli Markey

On Stage Teens Ages 11-16

Wizard of Oz

January 23 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

January 24 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Directed by Christopher Wright

Explorations in Musical Theatre Ages 5-9

WIPA Drama Instructor Lilli Markey holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Arts from New Jersey City University and has studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Ms. Markey has directed numerous children’s theatre productions including Romeo & Juliet, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Una and the Goblins, Cinderella, Daisy-Head Mayzie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, How to Eat Like a Child, Aesop’s Fables, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Sherlock Holmes and the Emerald of Alcazar. Ms. Markey has toured with professional children’s theater groups including Theater Project of New Jersey, Women’s Theater Co., The Cameo Cast, and The Shoestring Players. Ms. Markey appeared in a film for American Baby Magazine and most recently as Donna Marsala in Tony and Tina’s Wedding at NJPAC and as The Velveteen Rabbit for Alliance Repertory Company at the Union County Arts Center.

WIPA Associate Director of Musical Theatre Arts Christopher Wright is a scene designer, actor, and singer. Mr. Wright attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he studied Theater Arts including set, costume, and prop design and construction, as well as theatrical makeup. He also attended Montclair State University, studying theater design as well as acting and music. Mr. Wright has worked with the New Jersey Shakespeare Company on the production of The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar, and did props, puppets, and masks for the Watchung Hills Regional High School production of The Tempest. He was nominated for a Rising Star Award for the role of Pooh Bah in The Mikado.

In September 2015, Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts announced the launch of a Musical Theatre Arts Company, an audition-only program for students ages 11-18 with an intense focus on music, drama, and dance. Providing a well-rounded musical theatre experience, students in the Company class are afforded the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer and benefit from private voice lessons, group sight-singing classes, a master class with distinguished guest artist, and enrollment in the WIPA Achievement Program as part of the Musical Theatre Arts Conservatory package. The Company class will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with live instrumental accompaniment in June 2016.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serve 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, The Performing Arts School offers private lessons, group classes and small ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public Schools 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WIPA’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.