Auditions are well underway for Unity Charter School’s eagerly anticipated spring musical, Into the Woods Jr. For this year’s production, Unity has enlisted the help of Annie Belkin and Samantha Robinson to share their expertise with our talented students. Belkin, an alumni of Drew University’s theatre program, comes to Unity with an extensive background in theatre direction and education. She has experience working with children as a teacher, a camp counselor and a stage manager for various student performances. Belkin has worked on productions for Gamm Theatre, JUMP! Dance Company, Urban Stages, Madison Community House, and Wingspan Arts to name a few. She currently assists with programs at MAYO Performing Arts Center and Essex Youth Theatre. We are thrilled to welcome someone with such a seasoned background in both theatre and education to our arts program.

In addition to Belkin, Unity is also welcoming back our beloved choreographer Samantha Robinson. She began dancing at a very early age and, like Belkin, also has dual experience in both teaching and dance performance. Robinson’s talent took her from her hometown of Nashville to New York City where she received scholarships to Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and STEPS on Broadway. She has performed with many jazz and modern companies and also enjoyed dancing as a Radio City Rockette. How many elementary and middle school students can say they received dance instruction from a former Rockette?! Robinson is currently on staff at Studio Allegro in Madison.

The Unity CommUnity is looking forward to the amazing experience that our students will have as they prepare for Into the Woods Jr. with the guidance of Annie Belkin and Samantha Robinson. With our student body of talented actors and singers and the leadership and direction from two professionals with impressive backgrounds, this show is one you can’t miss! Join us on April 2nd at the College of St. Elizabeth for what is sure to be a memorable production!

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Unity Charter School is a tuition-free, public school in Morris Township that offers a unique approach to education for students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade throughout New Jersey. Enrollment is open to all New Jersey residents.

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