In an effort to gain exposure for students in Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s Gifted and Talented Theater Arts Program, a showcase was recently held at the John DeSotelle Acting Studio in New York City for 11 junior and senior students.

Over an hour-long showcase, the students had the opportunity to show their talents in the form of songs, scenes and monologues in front of nine leading industry casting professionals and agents.  In addition to the students showcasing their talents, the event proved to be a great networking and audition opportunity.  At the conclusion of the showcase, the students participated in a post-show talk-back session with three of the casting professionals and agents. 

Theater Arts instructor Paul O’Connor spoke of the event saying, “This continues to be a wonderful opportunity for our students to get to perform for some of the industries’ top professionals.  The interest in our students by these managers, talent and casting agents for immediate and future work was overwhelmingly positive. It was just one of the many things that make being part of the Theater Arts faculty so rewarding.”  

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Joseph Mancuso, SCVTHS Theater Arts Coordinator, added, “I am immensely proud of the students and faculty, and grateful for everyone’s hard work and commitment.” 

For more information contact James Strickhart at (908) 526 – 8900 x7169 or