MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Managing Director Michael Stotts have announced a live streaming event from the annual New Voices Concert, the culmination of Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, beginning with the New Voices 2019 and going back a year each week. Every Monday evening beginning tonight at 7 p.m. Tune in on Paper Mill's Facebook page:(facebook.com/PaperMillPlayhouse).
Members of the competitive Summer Musical Theater 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 fully produced, original concert. See over 120 of New Jersey’s most talented young performers, including Rising Star Award winners and nominees!
Streaming dates for upcoming New Voices Concerts include:
TONIGHT, APRIL 20: New Voices 2019: Learn Your Lessons Well
MONDAY, APRIL 27: New Voices 2018: From Sea to Shining Sea
MONDAY, MAY 4: New Voices 2017: Everyone Loves an Underdog
MONDAY, MAY 11: New Voices 2016: Everything Old is New Again
The Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater 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. New Voices is an amazing opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow. This original concert features over 100 incredible performers. It is amazing to see these young performers grow into professional artists and grace the Paper Mill stage with an inspiring, heartfelt performance. Students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Conservatory have gone on to appear in numerous Broadway productions, film, television, and regional theater. The Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and New Voices are supported by Investors Foundation. Paper Mill Playhouse Education & Outreach are proudly sponsored by The Goren Family & the Harmony Helper App.
“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.”
The Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater 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, private voice lessons, and improvisation, while also attending guest workshops led by professional actors, directors, and casting agents. The final weeks are devoted to rehearsals for the annual New Voices Concert.
The Conservatory offers the unique opportunity for gifted and talented young performers to work at their own level and challenge themselves to achieve new goals and learn new skills. Key to the curriculum is the development of self-discipline, respect, and a commitment to excellence that will serve these young artists throughout their lives. The New Voices Concert is the culmination of the five-week program. “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 over 120 incredible performers. It is amazing to see these young performers grow into professional artists and grace the stage with an inspiring, heartfelt performance.”
Many of the students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Conservatory have gone on to appear on Broadway, in regional theater productions, in film and on television.
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, and Disney’s The Princess Diaries
Ali Stroker - Tony Award winner for Oklahoma, Broadway: Spring Awakening, Oxygen’s "The Glee Project: Season 2"; Paper Mill’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky)
Laura Benanti - Broadway: She Loves Me, Gypsy (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
Jelani Remy - Broadway: Ain’t Too Proud, Disney’s Lion King. Off-Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Shanice Williams - NBC’s "The Wiz Live!"
Joshua Dela Cruz - Broadway’s Disney’s Aladdin (Aladdin Understudy)
Nikki M. James - Broadway: Les Misérables, The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony Award winner), All Shook Up
Avery Espiritu - Broadway: The King and I
Alex Dreier - Broadway: Finding 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), The Ferryman
Jared Gertner - Olivier Award nominee West End, Broadway & National Tour of The Book of Mormon (Elder Cunningham)
Darius Jordan Lee - Broadway: Ain't Too Proud
Veronica J. Kuehn - Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Xanadu. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q
Neil McCaffrey - Broadway: Mary Poppins (Michael), Bye, Bye Birdie (Randolph), 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)
Conservatory alumna Julia Knitel, who played the role of Carole King on the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, states, “Growing up, I was always in the ensemble. That was where I’d feel comfortable because I love being a team player. That’s one of the things that was so great about being at Paper Mill Playhouse, because in their Conservatory you had an equal amount of dancing, singing and acting training every day. I got a great foundation in being a team player and ensemble member, and serving a production. The producers and creatives of Beautiful saw in me something they couldn’t find elsewhere.”
Noted Broadway talent agents and casting directors flock to New Voices every summer. Victoria Kress, Abrams Artists Youth Theatrical Agent states, “(I’m always) super excited to head to Paper Mill Playhouse for their New Voices show! Having trained some amazing performers, I know this night will prove to be no different! It’s one of my best scouting field trips of every summer.” Nora Brennan, casting director for Matilda, Billy Elliot, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, agrees, “The kids were great, the show was fun and entertaining, and the material was tailored so that each child shone. Well done!” Paper Mill’s professional casting partner, Telsey + Company, attends annually and often offers workshops to our advanced students.
Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. For additional information, please visit www.papermill.org.
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