Paper Mill Playhouse Showcases Some Of The Region’s Most Talented Students

MILLBURN — Paper Mill Playhouse will 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.

Kelly Hedden of Colonia; Garrett, Forrestal, Jake Forrestal, and Michael Nigro of Cranford; Gabriella Gomez, Wakeem Jones and Wilson Rios of Elizabeth; Sasha Zitofsky of Fanwood; Sally Beriont of Garwood; Melody Stubbs of Kenilworth; Amaya White of Old Bridge; Taylor Bera and Maggie Bera of Parlin; Sidney Dick of Plainfield; Dion Grier and Shanice Scales-Williams of Rahway; Ava Rose Dressendofer of Roselle Park; John DeMarco and Paris Mercurio of Scotch Plains; Caroline Haskins and Jacquelyn Nese of Springfield; Caroline Collins, Hayley Dalton, Samantha Kelleher, Michael Kelleher, Allison Scott and Cristina Tsanas of Summit, James Frazier and Emma Magbanua of Union; and Duncan Cook, Steven DelCol, Maddie Hudelson, Matt Lynn, Emmanuelle Nadeau, and Emma Stern of Westfield are among the participating students.

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.”

Performances of New Voices of 2013: Swing Awakening will be held on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Single tickets range in price from $25 to $45. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, online at, or visit the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn.

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