New Voices 2018: From Sea To Shining Sea

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE

115 of the Region’s Most Talented Students

Earn Coveted Spots in Paper Mill Playhouse’s

Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory

 

Students Will Present Fully Produced Original Concert

NEW VOICES 2018: FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA,

July 27 & 28 at Montclair State University

 

(Millburn, NJ) Paper Mill Playhouse, (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director) recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, has selected students to be a part of the theater’s prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for 2018. Members of the competitive 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 a fully produced, original concert titled,New Voices of 2018: From Sea to Shining Sea! The concert is a culmination of the five-week conservatory program. Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2018 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 generously supported by the Investors Foundation.   

Performances of New Voices of 2018: From Sea to Shining Sea will be held on July 27th at 7:30pm and July 28th at 1:30pm & 7:30pm at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ. Tickets range in price from $25 to $45. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, online at www.papermill.org, or by visiting the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn.

“From the first day of class all the way until the final curtain comes down at 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. 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.  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.  We are thrilled when students make a name or themselves on Broadway or in Hollywood, but even if they don’t, the skills they learn and the discipline they develop will serve them in any field.”

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 by the conservatory’s trained students. The Conservatory offers the unique opportunity for gifted and talented young performers to work at their own level, challenge themselves to achieve new goals, and learn new skills. Key to the curriculum is for the participants to develop self-discipline, respect, and a commitment to excellence that will serve these young artists throughout their lives.  

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 100 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, & Disney’s The Princess Diaries

Laura Benanti - Broadway: She Loves MeGypsy (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

Shanice Williams- NBC’s The Wiz Live!

Joshua Dela Cruz - Broadway’s Disney’s Aladdin (Aladdin Understudy)

Ali Stroker – Broadway: Spring Awakening, Oxygen’s The Glee Project: Season 2; Paper Mill’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky)

Nikki M. James - Broadway: Les Misérables, Book of Mormon (2011 Tony Award winner), All Shook Up

Avery Espiritu: BroadwayThe King and I

James Ignacio – BroadwayThe King and I

Alex Drier – BroadwayFinding 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)

Jared Gertner - 2014 Olivier Award nominee West End, Broadway & National Tour of The Book Of Mormon (Elder Cunningham)

Veronica J. Kuehn – Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Xanadu; Off Broadway: Avenue Q

Neil McCaffrey – Broadway: Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), Bye, Bye Birdie (Randolph Macafee), 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)

Connor Buckley - Star of Fox-TV’s Surviving Jack with Chris Meloni (role of “Jack Dunlevy”)

 

2018 CONSERVATORY STUDENTS BY TOWN

Kayla

Oh

Allendale

Justin

Lopez

Annandale

Carly

Holda

Bernardsville

Abigail

Sebastian

Bernardsville

Deirdre

Tobin

Bernardsville

Katie

Kallay

Bloomfield

Gracelynne

Hao

Bridgewater

Francesca

Catrone

Cedar Grove

Liam

Driscoll

Chatham

Ronan

Green

Chatham

Lilly

McGrath

Chatham

Andrew

Palmieri

Chatham

Jessica

King

Clark

Ryan

Apgar

Clinton

Cameron

Matheson

Cranford

Sam

Sullivan

Cranford

McKenzie

Hegarty

Denville

Celia

Schmedler

East Brunswick

Emma

Saccone

Essex Falls

Reese

Bruning

Fallston

Samantha

Rascio

Far Hills

Lauren

Onufryk

Flanders

Alexa

Aquino

Franklin Lakes

Christopher

Bruno

Franklin Lakes

Maeve

Touhey

Gladstone

James Lee

Anderson

Glen Ridge

Kyra

Anthony

Green Brook

Leina

Staudinger

Green Brook

Soren

Schwerner

Hewitt

Liam

Angello

Hillsborough

Samantha

Soybel

Hillsborough

Jason

Spinrad

Hillsborough

Sarah

Coleman

Holmdel

Jacob

Canderozzi

Jackson

Melody

Stubbs

Kenilworth

Vanessa

Sierra

Linden

Jayden

Declet

Livingston

Brooke

Lelia

Livingston

Jonah

Ruderman

Livingston

Avery

Benjamin

Madison

Matias

Cortes

Madison

Ben

Sadowski

Madison

Sam

Chuck

Mahwah

Kristina

Conzo

Mahwah

Janie

Hornstein

Manalapan

Alonzo

Gallo

Maplewood

Ben

Halperin

Maplewood

Charlotte

Post-Lipnick

Maplewood

Maya

Karp

Marlboro

Lindsay

Waldman

Marlboro

Joseph

de Grandre

Mendham

Juliana

Johnston

Metuchen

Amanda

Heckmann

Millburn

Halle

Just

Millburn

Elizabeth

Witek

Monmouth Beach

Alexandra

Witek

Monmouth Beach

Ambrose

Amory

Montclair

Bobby

Axelrod

Montclair

Justin

Comini

Montclair

Abraham

Deitz-Green

Montclair

Jeff

Gallup

Montville

Skylar Raye

Noyes

Moorestown

Alexa

Torres

Mountainside

Arwen-Vira

Marsh

New York

Gabriana

Padilla

Newark

Valeria

Flores

Nutley

Wesley

Gardner

Nutley

Luke

Surretsky

Nutley

Grace

Lustig

Oakland

Amaya

White

Old Bridge

Mikayla

White

Old Bridge

Jadon

Lopez

Paramus

Nicole

Streger

Peapack

Luke

Byman

Pearl River

James

Carroll

Pocono Pines

Elizabeth

LeClerc

Pottersville

Brandon

Grajales

Rahway

Jason

Myers

Rahway

Emery

Myers

Rahway

Ryan

Domalewski

Randolph

Raymond

Ocasio

Ridgewood

Angelina

Boris

River Edge

Shannon

Lombardi

River Edge

Eva

Zazzali

Saddle River

Valentina

Zazzali

Saddle River

Elizabeth

Bera

Sayreville

Abigail

Bera

Sayreville

Sydney

Brenton

Short Hills

Spenser

Brenton

Short Hills

Judith Ann

DiMinni

Short Hills

Rachel

Gesner

Short Hills

Julia

Gesner

Short Hills

Veronica

Gonzalez

Short Hills

Uma

Menon

Short Hills

Lily

Tan

Short Hills

Rowan

Wechsler

South Orange

Rosie

Gaeta

Summit

Donald

Grennon

Summit

Samantha

Kelleher

Summit

Victor

Colasurdo

Toms River

Elyana

Barroqueiro

Union

Alyssa

Carbonell

Union

Marcus

McPherson

Union

Ashley

Phillips

Union

Grace

Rivera

Union

Lisette

Serrano

Union

Anthony

Savino

Warwick

Lillian

Kopacz

Wayne

Deanna

Thomas

Wayne

Alex

Vacchiano

West Caldwell

Riley

Hahn

West Orange

Samantha

Powell

West Orange

Olivia

Ruhnke

Westfield

 

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and recipient of the 2016 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. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.     

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FOR NEW VOICES 2018 AVAILABLE HERE:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pof4zrnw6sucvvu/New%20Voices%202018%20Promo%201.mp4?dl=0

 

…OR ON YOUTUBE HERE: https://youtu.be/YUv38H9STLg

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