Millburn, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to present more than 120 of the of the region’s most talented young performing artists from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory in a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill mainstage titled New Voices of 2013: Swing Awakening. Members of the competitive Conservatory who earned coveted spots in the Senior, Junior Plus, and Junior Companies (ages 10-18) are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in this concert which is the culmination of the five-week program. Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2013 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory.

Performances of New Voices of 2013: Swing Awakening will be held on Friday, August 2nd at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 3rd at 1:30 and 7:30pm.  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.

This year’s New Voices theme is a celebration of the rich history of standards and jazz hits that are the soul and heart of musical theatre.  “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 more than 120 incredible performers.  It is amazing to see these young performers grow into professional artists and grace our stage with an inspiring, heartfelt performance.”

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.  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.  

“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.”

Students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Conservatory have gone on to appear in numerous Broadway productions, film, television, and regional theater. 

Conservatory Alumni include:

 

Laura Benanti – 2008 Tony Award winner for Gypsy, Broadway roles include Into the Woods, The Wedding Singer, Swing!

Anne Hathaway – Twelfth Night, Film: “Les Miserables (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”

Robert McClure – Broadway: Chaplin, Avenue Q

Nikki M. James – Broadway: Tony Award Winner for Book of Mormon, All Shook Up

Constantine Rousouli – Broadway: Ghost, The Musical, Wicked

Ali Stroker – Oxygen’s “The Glee Project Season 2”

Matthew Scott – Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Catered Affair, Sondheim on Sondheim

Monette McKay – Broadway’s Memphis, Mamma Mia!

Lael Van Keuran - Broadway’s Sister Act

Elizabeth Egan Gillies – Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and Broadway: 13! The Musical

Veronica J. Kuehn – Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Xanadu

 

 

2013 CONSERVATORY PERFORMERS BY TOWN

 

Quinn

Surdez

Aberdeen

Carmine

Burdi

Basking Ridge

Lauren

Dennis

Basking Ridge

Chance

Friedman

Basking Ridge

Spencer

Krell

Basking Ridge

Andrea

Abello

Bedminster

Hannah

Skokan

Bedminster

Adam

Cantor

Berkeley Heights

Julia

Duthie

Bernardsville

Annie

Reynolds

Bloomfield

Jennifer

Brady

Bound Brook

Angelica

Gorga

Brooklyn

Caroline

Kiernan

Chatham

Neil

McCaffrey

Chatham

Bridget

Niebanck

Chatham

Charlie

Thompson

Chatham

Kelly

Hedden

Colonia

Garrett

Forrestal

Cranford

Jake

Forrestal

Cranford

Michael

Nigro

Cranford

Ryan

Moroney

Denville

Matthew

Moretta

Dover

Jenna

Miller

Easton

Gabriella

Gomez

Elizabeth

Wakeem

Jones

Elizabeth

Wilson

Rios

Elizabeth

Sasha

Zitofsky

Fanwood

Jana

Bernard

Far Hills

Greg

Ippolito

Freehold

Julia

Lupi

Freehold

Sally

Beriont

Garwood

Juliette

Candela

Glen Ridge

Alex

Dreier

Glen Ridge

Brent

Hartwell

Glen Ridge

Stephen

Hoebee-Elardo

Glen Ridge

Lily

McHale

Glen Ridge

Katie

Shults

Glen Ridge

Cressida

Adler

Glen Rock

Erin

Martire

Hackettstown

Alex

Luckenbaugh

Hillsborough

Vanessa

Tarabocchia

Ho Ho Kus

Amanda

Whiteley

Ho-Ho-Kus

Melody

Stubbs

Kenilworth

Andrew

Plinio

Lebanon

Eliana

Swartz

Little Silver

Christian

de Guzman

Livingston

Kristina

Conzo

Mahwah

Colton

Maurer

Mahwah

Ruby

Zinner

Maplewood

Brianna

Vitale

Marlboro

Jillian

Berkowitz

Millburn

Samuel

Dantowitz

Millburn

Matthew

Maiolo

Monroe Township

Nicholas

Noa

Monroe Township

Maiya

Blaney

Montclair

Ella

Fine

Montclair

Sam

Groisser

Montclair

Amanda

Harris

Montclair

Chris

Cheeseman

Montvale

Josh

Toro

Moorestown

Isabella

Bucci

Morris Plains

Justin

Chimoff

Morris Plains

Ryan

Kiernan

Mount Laurel

Erin

Bender

Mountain Lakes

Aaron

Noriega

North Haledon

Jaclyn

Scerbak

Nutley

Stella

Schwartz

Ocean View

Amaya

White

Old Bridge

Emma

Coniglio

Park Ridge

Bill

Fitzpatrick

Park Ridge

Taylor

Bera

Parlin

Maggie

Bera

Parlin

Sidney

Dick

Plainfield

Dion

Grier

Rahway

Shanice

Scales-Williams

Rahway

Griffin

Hecht

Randolph

Ethan

Lynch

Randolph

Kaitlin

Quann

Randolph

Miranda

McKeon

Ridgewood

Alex

Carr

Ringoes

Ava Rose

Dressendofer

Roselle Park

Casey

Beidel

Rutherford

John

DeMarco

Scotch Plains

Paris

Mercurio

Scotch Plains

Sydney

Brenton

Short Hills

Jonathan

Charette

Short Hills

William

Kaiser

Short Hills

Alexa

Kerner

Short Hills

Bobby

Davis

Shrewsbury

Brett

Jones

South Amboy

James

Freedson-Jackson

South Orange

Kaitlin

Leddy

Spring Lake

Caroline

Haskins

Springfield

Jacquelyn

Nese

Springfield

Garrett

Toole

Stewartsville

Caroline

Collins

Summit

Hayley

Dalton

Summit

Samantha

Kelleher

Summit

Michael

Kelleher

Summit

Allison

Scott

Summit

Cristina

Tsanas

Summit

Alphonse

Gonzales

Toms River

Sienna

Grinwald-Alves

Toms River

Gabriella

Grinwald-Alves

Toms River

James

Frazier

Union

Emma

Magbanua

Union

Maya

Fortgang

Verona

Luke

Berninger

Wayne

Nicholas

Berninger

Wayne

Marcus

Shacknow

Wayne

Nicole

Wildy

West Friendship

Isabella

Curis

West Orange

Duncan

Cook

Westfield

Steven

DelCol

Westfield

Maddie

Hudelson

Westfield

Matt

Lynn

Westfield

Emmanuelle

Nadeau

Westfield

Emma

Stern

Westfield

 

New Voices is generously supported by the Investors Foundation.  Major funding for Paper Mill Playhouse Education Outreach is provided by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and MetLife Foundation.  

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, 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/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.