MILLBURN, NJ - Summit's Zach Kessel and Charlotte Wesson are among the Senior, Junior Plus and Junior age group members of Paper Mill Playhouse's 2017 Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, a group of student performers that will stage a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill mainstage titled "New Voices of 2017: Everyone Loves an Underdog!" July 28 and 29.

Kessel is a rising junior at Newark Academy and Wesson a rising sophomore at Summit High School.

The performance will be the culmination of the five-week program. Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2017 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards presented by the Investors Foundation, who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory. The Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and New Voices are also supported by the Investors Foundation.

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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.

Performances of "New Voices of 2017: Everyone Loves an Underdog!" will be held on Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 29 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25 to $45, and may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, by visiting tickets,, or in-person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office.

The Paper Mill Playhouse is located at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn.