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Twelve Millburn Township Students Earn Coveted Spots in Paper Mill Playhouse's Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory

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MILLBURN, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, has selected students to be a part of the theater’s prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for 2016. 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 a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill mainstage titled New Voices of 2016: Everything Old Is New Again! The concert is the culmination of the five-week program. Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2016 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards presented by the Investors Foundation, who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory.

“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,” stated Lisa Cooney, Paper Mill Playhouse Director of Education.  “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.  It’s gratifying when they make a name for 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 Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory is a program of rigorous study allowing students to enhance their individual performance potential while developing a broad base of theater experience and knowledge. Students participate in intensive classes including musical theater performance, acting, dance, and improvisation, while also attending guest workshops led by professional actors, directors, and casting agents.  The final weeks are devoted to rehearsals for the New Voices Concert, performed annually on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage. 

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Conservatory Alumni include:

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

Laura Benanti - Broadway: She Loves MeGypsy (2008 Tony Award winner), Into the Woods, The Wedding Singer, Swing!

Julia Knitel – Broadway: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical (u/s Carole King); Bye Bye Birdie

Robert McClure - Broadway: Something Rotten, Honeymoon in Vegas, Chaplin, Avenue Q

Shanice Williams- NBC’s The Wiz Live!

Joshua Dela Cruz - Broadway’s Disney’s Aladdin (Aladdin Understudy)

Ali Stroker – Broadway: Spring Awakening, Oxygen’s The Glee Project: Season 2; Paper Mill’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky) 

Nikki M. James - Broadway: Les Misérables, Book of Mormon (2011 Tony Award winner), All Shook Up

Avery Espiritu: BroadwayThe King and I

James Ignacio – BroadwayThe King and I

Alex Drier – BroadwayFinding Neverland, Assembled Parties

Daisy Hobbs – Broadway: Disney’s Aladdin

Matthew Scott - Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair (Ralph), Sondheim on Sondheim

Collin Kelly-Sordelet – Broadway: The Last Ship (Young Gideon)

Jared Gertner - 2014 Olivier Award nominee West End, Broadway & National Tour of The Book Of Mormon (Elder Cunningham)

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)

Monette McKay – Broadway: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, 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)

Elizabeth Egan Gillies - Nickelodeon’s Victorious; Broadway: 13! The Musical

Lael Van Keuran – Broadway: Sister Act

Matt Ban – Broadway: Rock of Ages (Dennis)

Connor Buckley - Star of Fox-TV’s Surviving Jack with Chris Meloni (role of “Jack Dunlevy”)

 

2016 CONSERVATORY PERFORMERS BY TOWN

Matthew

Sahadi

Basking Ridge

Helen

Shen

Basking Ridge

Hannah

Skokan

Bedminster

Adam

Cantor

Berkeley Heights

Victoria

Rivard

Berkeley Heights

Ellie

Kallay

Bloomfield

Jennifer

Brady

Bound Brook

Hannah Sky

Caldwell-Pretlow

Bound Brook

Maeve

Touhey

Bridgewater

Mollie

DeFilippo

Caldwell

Francesca

Catrone

Cedar Grove

Emma

Wilcox

Cedar Knolls

Liam

Driscoll

Chatham

Andrew

Palmieri

Chatham

Teax

Armijo

Chester

Garrett

Forrestal

Cranford

Dominique

Diggs

East Orange

Carmine

Mastrokostas

Eatontown

Gabby

Gomez

Elizabeth

Arwen-Vira

Marsh

Elkins Park

Trevor

Braun

Fair Lawn

Alexa

Aquino

Franklin Lakes

Claire

Wolfson

Frenchtown

Jacob

Lesser

Gillette

Stephen

Hoebee- Elardo

Glen Ridge

Sofia

Fusco

Glen Rock

Serena

Brown

Hackettstown

Caleb

Hafen

Hackettstown

Victoria

Duffy

Hawthorne

Wasif

Sami

Hillsborough

Sarah

Coleman

Holmdel

Jacob

Canderozzi

Jackson

Thomas

Short

Jersey City

Alexa

Karp

Kenilworth

Melody

Stubbs

Kenilworth

Lauren

Medina

Lebanon

Andrew

Plinio

Lebanon

David

Marques

Linden

Vanessa

Sierra

Linden

Anna

McCarthy

Madison

Molly

McCarthy

Madison

Ben

Sadowski

Madison

Sam

Chuck

Mahwah

Alex

Iozzio

Maplewood

Hunter

Kovacs

Maplewood

Georgia

Post-Lipnick

Maplewood

Charlotte

Post-Lipnick

Maplewood

Milo

Shields

Maplewood

Lila

Zinner

Maplewood

Maya

Karp

Marlboro

Elizabeth

LeClerc

Martinsville

Joseph

DeGrandpre

Mendham

Deidre

Thompson

Mendham

Wyatt

McManus

Mickleton

Jordan

Reina

Milford

Amanda

Heckmann

Millburn

Halle

Just

Millburn

Justin

Comini

Montclair

Ella

Fine

Montclair

Will

Flamm

Montclair

Julia

Ravenna

Montebello

Jeffrey

Gallup

Montville

Matt

Adamo

Morristown

Andrew

Goren

Mount Laurel

Toleeya

Napolitano

Mountain Lakes

Michele

Roman

Neptune

Justin

Flores

New Milford

Mikayla

White

Old Bridge

Amaya

White

Old Bridge

Megan

Bodmer

Oxford

Bill

Fitzpatrick

Park Ridge

Taylor Leigh

Bera

Parlin

Nicole

Streger

Peapack

Michael

Akakpo

Rahway

Brandon

Grajales

Rahway

Najah

Hetsberger

Rahway

Katelynn

Perez

Rahway

Arionna

Sterling

Rahway

Kate

Mazza

Red Bank

Alexander

Birchwale

Ridgefield

Sarah

Thorn

Ridgefield

Spencer

Gonzalez

Ridgewood

Mia

Lowy

Ridgewood

Angelina

Boris

River Edge

Victoria

Csatay

Rivervale

Mackenzie

Schaefer

Rockaway

Alyssa

Shoemaker

Rockaway

Valentina

Zazzali

Saddle River

Caitlyn

Kops

Scarsdale

Sara

Miller

Scotch Plains

Tahlia

Bernstein

Short Hills

Sydney

Brenton

Short Hills

Jonathan

Charette

Short Hills

Judith

DiMinni

Short Hills

Rachel

Gesner

Short Hills

Veronica

Gonzalez

Short Hills

William

Kaiser

Short Hills

Alexa

Kerner

Short Hills

Aashni

Sawhney

Short Hills

Simran

Sawhney

Short Hills

Naomi

Fisch

South Orange

Olivia

Pryor

South Orange

Olivia

Row

Sparta

Maginnis

Buckley

Summit

Caroline

Collins

Summit

Samantha

Kelleher

Summit

Sydney

Veloso

Summit

Charlotte

Wesson

Summit

Brooke

Nagel

Towaco

Jonathan

Duvelson

Union

Crystal

Wright

Union

Maya

Fortgang

Verona

Gary

Bowman

Voorhees

Luke

Berninger

Wayne

Nick

Berninger

Wayne

Timothy

Thompson

Wayne

Duncan

Cook

Westfield

Madeline

Hudelson

Westfield

Sarah

Rappoport

Westfield

Emma

Stern

Westfield

 

The Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and New Voices 2016 are generously supported by the Investors Foundation.  

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