Starting its 25th season, New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT) will hold its 2016-17 registration this and the following Thursday and Friday – September 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd from 4 p.m. till 8 pm. in Roselle Park.
For a quarter of a century, NJYT has been teaching talented young performers in drama, voice, ballet, and musical theatre from 8-years-old to 21. and over. NJYT has honed the craftsmanship of those wanting to realize their dreams of expressing themselves through the arts.
Semester I classes will begin October 10, 2016, and continue through January 17, 2017.
Semester II classes will run from January 23, 2017, until May 2, 2017.
“NJYT alums include Adam Rodgers from American in Paris, Daisy Hobbs in Aladdin, Okieriete Onaeodowan in Hamilton. The list goes on,” said Cynthia Meryl, Artistic Director of NJYT. She added, “NJYT students not only have gone on to Broadway, but also to prime-time television, film, and to major regional theatres across the country. [Just] as important, many have entered first-rate theatre arts programs at major colleges and universities.”
Ms. Meryl, Stage Director of NJYT’s summer production of “Into the Woods”, returns to teach Advanced Acting, Musical Theatre, and Private Voice. A veteran Broadway actress with almost 50 years on the professional stage, Ms. Meryl has spent 25 years as stage director of NJYT’s professional youth-theatre productions.
James Campodonico, Musical Director/Accompanist, is an accomplished composer and teacher of vocal music for over 34 years and has been the musical director to over 100 productions.
Alberta Handelman has been a professional actress, stage director, and acting teacher for more than 40 years. She returns to the NJYT Performing Arts School this year to teach Beginners’ I and Intermediate I Acting.
NJYT’s ballet instructor, Kiana Rosa, studied all forms of dance and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Ms. Rosa was a featured dancer in NJYT’s 2013 and 2014 productions of “West Side Story” and “Oklahoma!” – both choreographed by Sherry Alban.
Ms. Meryl stated, “I, along with NJYT Executive Director Ted Agress and NJYT’s dedicated teaching staff look forward to another productive year in providing quality theatrical training. NJYT theatre students gain the self-confidence, competency, and skills they need to pursue a career in theatre. At the least, NJYT training will instill in each student a life-long appreciation of theatre arts.”
Anyone needing more information on NJYT classes or an online registration form can visit NJYT’s website (link) or call (908) 233-3200.
NJYT/Audio Inc. Studio is located at 172 West Westfield Avenue.