RAHWAY, NJ - Twenty New Jersey young people will present the musical GREASE, this year’s presentation by THEATER PROJECT JR. Each summer, the program takes students (ages 8 & up) through an eight-week course that culminates in four performances for friends, family and the community. Along the way, students learn acting, build confidence in themselves, make friends and have a wonderful time. GREASE will be presented at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway, August 19-21.

“The kids are thrilled about performing in such a prestigious environment,” says the program’s director/producer Mary Iannelli, who has helmed the program for over 10 years.  “Doing the show in such a beautiful venue really validates their hard work.”

Theater Project Jr has been getting rave reviews from parents and children who return to the program year after year. “Mary challenges each of her kids, and every year they learn and grow as actors. Mary has also created a family atmosphere where the kids all look out for one another and enjoy performing together,” says one parent. “I just can't say enough wonderful things about the program.”

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The twenty young people performing in the show are drawn from Union County and beyond by the program’s reputation for providing a happy, supportive setting for budding actors. This year’s cast includes:

Berkeley Heights:  Danny Corronado, Griffin Lorne, Landry Lorne, Waverly Lorne, Sasha Raab

Bridgewater:  Emma DeMayo

Cranford:  Isabel Graceffo, Kayla Lugo, Meredith Ruple

Elmwood Park:  Nicholas Koloski

Gilette:  Shaye Bundonis

Mountainside:  Michael Mezzo, Toby Pasternak

Piscataway:  Alexis Malko

Rahway:  Victor Ferreira, Eli King, Sharonda Watkis-Davis

Springfield:  Adam Kaunfer

Summit:  Brooke Beckett, Stella Ferra

Westfield:  Gerard Lang

The Hamilton Stage, part of the Union County Performing Arts Center, is located at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway. Tickets to the production are available at www.ucpac.org./Hamilton-stage-events or at www.TheTheaterProject.org.

The Theater Project, a professional theater company presenting events in Cranford, Maplewood and Union, is celebrating 21 years of bringing productions of the best contemporary plays to New Jersey. Their mission is to enhance the cultural richness of the community by producing new or lesser-known plays on challenging themes, by introducing children to the joys of live theater, and by providing avenues for creative expression for New Jersey’s playwrights, actors and directors. 

For more information on THEATER PROJECT JR, call 908 809-8865 or visit www.TheTheaterProject.org.