BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will present six drama and musical theater performances January 19 through February 2 in its black box theater located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 908-790-0700 or visit www.whartonarts.org.

Musical Theater Arts students will perform Alice Through the Looking Glass on January 19 at 6:00 p.m. and January 20 at 3:00 p.m., On Stage Kids: Charlie Brown on January 22 at 6:00 p.m., Triple Threat Teaser: Stars of Broadway on January 31 at 6:00 p.m., and Cleanest Town in the West on February 1 and February 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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.

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Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education 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, WIPA offers private lessons, group classes and 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 School 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.