BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ— The Wharton Music Center (WMC) Musical Theatre Arts department presents 6 theatrical student productions during the month of January in its black box theater at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12 available by calling 908-790-0700.

WMC students from On Stage I and II, Musical Theatre Explorations, Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Advanced Cabaret classes have been preparing for the January performances for nearly five months, including a Vocal Extravaganza concert on January 21 at 7:00 p.m., featuring the voice students of Musical Theatre Arts Director Angela Beaton.

Says Beaton, “I am extremely excited to see the artistic growth and development from many of our students in their upcoming performances! WMC has so many dedicated, talented and disciplined students who have blossomed through the years by studying and passionately applying what they have learned in class to their performances. We have students in The Little Mermaid production who started at WMC four years ago in the youngest Broadway Kids Musical Theatre classes, and now are in the advanced class. They have shown such growth and discipline. It will be a very special performance!”

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Wharton Music Center Musical Theatre Performances: Calendar of Events

Once Upon a Diner
Adapted by Lilli Markey
Instructors: Lilli Markey and Christopher Wright
January 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Sleeping Beauty
Composition and Lyrics by Pyotr Iiyich Tchaikovsky, George Bruns, Tom Adair, Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Sammy Fain, and Jack Lawrence
Music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle
Book adapted and additional lyrics by Marsy Heisler
Instructors: Angela Beaton and Christopher Wright
January 17 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.
January 24 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

The Empress’s New Dress
Adapted by Lilli Markey
Instructors: Lilli Markey and Christopher Wright
January 18 at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Little Red Riding Hood
Adapted by Lilli Markey
Instructors: Lilli Markey and Christopher Wright
January 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Advanced Cabaret: Vocal Extravaganza
January 21 at 7:00 p.m.
The Vocal Extravaganza is free and open to the public.

Beauty is a Beast
Adapted by Lilli Markey
Instructors: Lilli Markey and Christopher Wright
January 23 at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

The Little Mermaid
Composed by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Instructors: Angela Beaton, Christopher Wright, and Alyssa DiNapoli
January 25 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Wharton Music Center, where creativity and expression converge with exploration, provides a diverse range of classes and programs as New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center. Serving nearly 1,200 students with high quality instruction in all instruments and voice, musical theatre, drama, and dance, Wharton and its esteemed faculty of talented professionals offer instruction for beginners of all ages, as well as an in-depth, sequential course of study through its Achievement Program, and orchestral and ensemble training with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, its orchestral and ensemble affiliate. New Jersey Youth Symphony features fourteen ensembles, available by audition for students in grades 3 – 12. Its premiere ensemble, Youth Symphony, was awarded first place in the prestigious 2014 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival and has appeared in such internationally renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Musikverein in Vienna.

Innovative programming and over 500 classes taught weekly, from Early Childhood Music, music theory, and audio recording to Introduction to Instruments, ensures that there is something for all ages and interests.

Part of our mission as a community school for the performing arts is to engage, educate, and enrich our community with a broad spectrum of accessible programming. Dedicated to serving the community, WMC provides instruction at local public, private and charter schools in after-school settings and during the school day. From an assembly program to a full-year residency, our outstanding faculty collaborates with school principals and staff to offer customized curriculum to meet the needs for music, drama, and musical theatre instruction for each school or organization. One of the highlights of our community programs is the Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program that provides intensive music instruction to elementary school students attending the Community Charter School of Paterson.

Wharton Music Center builds personal connections in the community through an array of faculty and student performances, many of which are free and allow community members to become more involved with WMC. These often interactive Community Concerts include classical, jazz and family programs and are held at a variety of venues throughout the region. New Jersey Youth Symphony ensembles, both large and small, perform throughout the community.

Located in Berkeley Heights and New Providence, New Jersey, Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony serve students from thirteen counties.

For additional information about our community programs and class offerings visit our website or call 908-790-0700.