MILLBURN, NJ — Six young artists from Montclair have been selected to join the prestigious New Voices 2017 cast at the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory.

Justin Comini, Ella Fine, Abraham Deitz-Green, Ambrose Armory, Bobby Axelrod, and Will Flamm were among 120 New Jersey students selected for the five-week Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory.

For select students, participation in the conservatory allows them to be on the same stage as notable alums like Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, The Devil Wears Prada), Connor Buckley (Surviving Jack), Jared Gertner (2014 Olivier Award nominee, West End) among many others.

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Members of the competitive program are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in a fully produced original concert entitled “New Voices of 2017: Everyone Loves an Underdog!” on the Paper Mill main stage. The performance culminating the program will take place on July 28 and 29.

Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director and Todd Schmidt-Managing Director, recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, will be at the helm of this grand production.  

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) will appear alongside 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.

Performances of New Voices of 2016: Everything Old Is New Again! will be held on Friday, July 29th at 7:30pm and Saturday, July 30th at 1:30pm and 7:30pm 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. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

“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.  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.”