Writers Theatre of New Jersey’s 2017 Summer Youth Theatre Shows!

In partnership with the Madison Recreation Department, Writers Theatre of New Jersey runs two FREE Summer Youth Theatre productions open to all Madison-area residents. The emphasis of the experience is on the creative process, collaboration, and professional craft.  The participants are treated like professionals and are expected to treat the work and their responsibilities in it as such. Rehearsals for both shows will be at the Madison Civic Center until they move to the Directing Lab at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University in a partnership with the Drew Theatre Department.
Junior Show:
Professional actor, teaching artist, and musician, Jane Keitel, will work with children (ages 8-13) to devise their very own original musical!  The students will write the lyrics and music with Jane’s help and under her supervision.  Direction and Musical Direction by Jane Keitel. There are no auditions for the Junior Show, but you do need to register during one of the below registration times. Rehearsal schedule will be distributed at registration (see below). Rehearsals will begin July 5. Performances will be Aug 3-5, 2017.
Important Dates:
  • Tues, June 26, 12PM-4:30PM: Registration, Program Summary, and Guidelines: Parents can register their children and receive a schedule, list of what to bring each day, and weekly activity agenda. Any and all questions will be answered!
  • Wed, June 27, 12PM-1PM: Program Summary, and Guidelines:  Parents can register their children and receive a schedule, list of what to bring each day, and weekly activity agenda.   Any and all questions will be answered!
  • Wed, June 27, 1:30PM-4:30PM: First day with all participants  (Participants should bring a snack)

 

Senior Show:
The Senior Show (ages 14-24) will be “Edges” by songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who just won an Obie Award for their original musical, “Dear Evan Hanson,” which opened off-Broadway last year and is now on Broadway and nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  They also just won an Oscar for their song “City of Stars” from the film “La La Land.”  “Edges” will be directed by Danielle Constance with Musical Direction by Karen Romero and Technical Direction by James Sullivan. Rehearsals will be 6PM-9PM Monday through Friday, beginning July 5. Performances will be August 10-12, 2017.
Important Dates:
  • Auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 31st from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM and on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the offices of Writers Theatre of New Jersey at 28 Walnut Street in Madison, NJ.  If there are any questions, you can email the director, Danielle Constance, at dconstance@wtnj.org or call her at (973) 514-1787 extension 13.