MILLBURN, NJ - Bridgewater's Lainey Cooper has been chosen as one of only a select number of students to be part of the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for 2019.

Members of the conservatory, according to a release, are directed and choregraphed by the playhouse's professional artistic staff in a performance of "New Voices of 2019: Learn Your Lessons Well," the culmination of a five-week conservatory program.

The conservatory and performances are supported by Investors Foundation.

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Performances will be held Aug. 2 and Aug. 3.

“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,” said Lisa Cooney, Paper Mill Playhouse director of education, in the release.  “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.”

The conservatory includes classes in musical theater performance, acting, dance, private voice lessons and improvisation, along with guest workshops with professional actors, directors and casting agents.