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Two Elizabeth Students Featured in Paper Mill Playhouse in "New Voices of 2015: Hooray for Hollywood!"

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MILLBURN, NJ – Gabby Gomez and Brianny Santos, rising seniors at Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy, are among the 122 of the region’s most talented young performing artists chosen to participate in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory.

They will perform in a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill mainstage titled New Voices of 2015: Hooray for Hollywood! Performances will be held on Friday, July 31st at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 1st at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ. Single tickets range in price from $25 to $45. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, online at www.papermill.org, or visit the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn.

This year’s New Voices concert is a tribute to the magical partnership between the Silver Screen and the Great White Way. Members of the competitive Conservatory who earned coveted spots in the Senior (ages 15-18), Junior Plus (ages 13-14), and Junior Companies (ages 10-12) are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in this concert, which is the culmination of the five-week program. Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2015 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory.  

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 “New Voices is an amazing opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow,” stated Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill’s producing artistic director. “This fully produced, original concert features more than 120 incredible performers.  It is amazing to see these young performers grow into professional artists and grace our stage with an inspiring, heartfelt performance.”

Conservatory Alumni include:

  • Matt Ban – Broadway: Rock of Ages (Dennis)
  • Laura Benanti - Broadway: Gypsy (2008 Tony Award winner), Into the Woods, The Wedding Singer, Swing!
  • Connor Buckley - Star of Fox-TV’s Surviving Jack with Chris Meloni (role of “Jack Dunlevy”)
  • Joshua Dela Cruz - Broadway’s Disney’s Aladdin (Aladdin Understudy)
  • Jared Gertner - 2014 Olivier Award nominee West End, Broadway & National Tour of The Book Of Mormon (Elder Cunningham)
  • Elizabeth Egan Gillies - Nickelodeon’s Victorious; Broadway: 13! The Musical
  • Anne Hathaway - Twelfth Night, Film: Les Misérables  (2013 Academy Award Winner),  Rachel Getting Married (2009 Academy Award & Golden Globe nominee), Get Smart, Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, & Disney’s The Princess Diaries
  • Daisy Hobbs – Broadway: Disney’s Aladdin
  • Nikki M. James - Broadway: Les Misérables, Book of Mormon (2011 Tony Award winner), All Shook Up
  • Julia Knitel – Broadway: Beautiful (Carol King-Understudy)
  • Collin Kelly-Sordelet – Broadway: The Last Ship (Young Gideon)
  • Veronica J. Kuehn – Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Xanadu; Off Broadway: Avenue Q
  • Neil McCaffrey – Broadway: Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), Bye, Bye Birdie (Randolph Macafee), Billy Elliot (Michael)
  • Rob McClure - Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, Chaplin, Avenue Q
  • Monette McKay – Broadway: Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Memphis, Mamma Mia!
  • Constantine Rousouli - Broadway: Hairspray (Link), Ghost the Musical, Wicked
  • Jonathan Schwartz - Broadway’s Disney’s Aladdin (Omar)
  • Matthew Scott - Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair (Ralph), Sondheim on Sondheim
  • Ali Stroker - Oxygen’s The Glee Project: Season 2; Paper Mill’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky)
  • Lael Van Keuran – Broadway: Sister Act

New Voices and the Summer Musical Theater Conservatory are generously supported by the Investors Foundation and Merck Foundation.  

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