(MILLBURN, NJ) — Paper Mill Playhouse has announced auditions for the institution’s 2022 summer training programs, including the prestigious Summer Musical Theater Conservatory or the Musical Theater Intensive. Paper Mill Playhouse hosts audition videos from 10 to 18 year olds.
Now in its 27th year, the 2022 Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater Conservatory will run from June 27 to July 30, 2022 at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Paper Mill Studios in Milburn. Students will be offered live training Monday through Friday for five weeks culminating in the Concert of new voices live on the Paper Mill stage. Also in attendance will be numerous winners and nominees of the 2022 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards presented by the Investors Foundation, which win scholarships to attend the Conservatory.
Summer 2022 Concert of new voices is titled, “A whole new world: a tribute to the music of Alan Menken”. This original fully produced concert celebrates the composer whose contributions to American musical theater have helped shape the art form over the past 40 years. The performances will take place on July 29 and 30, 2022.
Auditions for the Summer Conservatory are done by video submission. After exam, some students will be invited to a live audition on Sunday February 6 at Paper Mill Studios. For guidelines on audition videos, submission instructions, and other important information on tuition fees and available scholarships, visit our website at Paper Mill Professional Summer Training Programs.
The Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Music Theater Conservatory is a rigorous study program led by Paper Mill’s professional artistic staff. Students have the opportunity to enhance their individual performance potential while developing a broad base of theater experience and knowledge. Students participate in technique-specific classes including performances in musical theater, theater, dance, private singing lessons, monologue and improvisation lessons, while attending guest workshops taught by actors , directors and professional casting agents. Each teaching day, time is devoted to repeating the New voices Concert. Key to the program is the development of self-discipline, respect and a commitment to excellence that will serve these young artists throughout their lives.
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“Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory is one of the best young artist professional development programs for musical theater in the United States,” said Mark S. Hoebee, Artistic Director of Paper Mill. “It’s amazing to see these young performers learning and becoming professional artists resulting in a performance produced by the top professionals in the industry.”
The Musical Theater Intensive is back in the theater, on hiatus since 2019 due to the pandemic. The two-week live training program, designed to develop and reinforce basic theater skills, will take place August 8-19, 2022. Singing, dancing and drama lessons are taught by Paper’s professional artistic staff Mill in smaller classrooms allowing students to work at their own pace and receive more individualized instruction. For guidelines on audition videos, submission instructions, and other important information on tuition fees and available scholarships, visit our website at Paper Mill Professional Summer Training Programs.
As one of the nation’s premier theaters, Paper Mill Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for the Broadway industry. Since its inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and the New Voices Concert have ignited the careers of many renowned performers. Conservatory alumni include Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Wretched), laureates of the Tony Award Laura Benanti (Gypsy) Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!), Rob McClure, nominated for Tony (Chaplin), Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of Temptations), Shanice Williams, NBC star The Wiz live! and Joshua Dela Cruz (Blue’s Clues & You!). For the full list of notable alumni, click here.
“From the first day of class to the final performance, we require our students to live up to the demands of this rigorous program, ”said Lisa Cooney, Director of Education, Outreach and Access at Paper Mill Playhouse. “We ask them to work harder than ever before as young performers, and we strive to create an amazing ensemble company, as each student hones their own performance skills. “
Paper mill play house, recipient of the Regional Theater Tony Award 2016, is a nationally recognized non-profit theater under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Artistic Director of Production) and Michael Stotts (General Manager). A beloved NJ arts institution since 1938, Paper Mill creates and produces revolutionary new musicals and reinvented classics. Several productions have gone to Broadway and launched nationwide tours, including Disney’s News, Wretched, Honeymoon in Vegas, A tale from the Bronx, and Bandstand. The theater is also home to an award-winning center for musical theater education and artist training, with outreach programs reaching thousands of students each year. As one of the nation’s leading musical theaters, Paper Mill fosters a creative environment to advance the art form, educate students, develop future theater enthusiasts, foster inclusion, and provide access for all. The Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funding 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 Theater, the Council of Stock Theaters, and the New Jersey Theater Alliance.