Writers Theatre of New Jersey

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Recently, I was in touch with Writers Theatre of New Jersey to add their summer camps and programs to my post on Summer Camps: The Arts. I had heard of the group, and seen the sign for their offices at the Civic Center along Walnut Street as I walked my kids to school each day, but I really didn't know much about this little gem that is based right here in Madison. Since my daughter (age 8) is passionate about being on stage (mostly musical theater at the moment), I am starting to explore this new (to me!) genre.

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This summer, Writers Theatre of New Jersey offers an amazing variety of theatre camps and two free productions.

Summer Classes/Camps:Through their Creative Acts Academy, WTNJ offers one- and two-week sessions from 9:30am-12:30pm from July 31 through September 1. (One-week sessions are $150; Two-week sessions are $250.) Each class is geared toward a specific age range from age 6 through 18. Classes include Playmakers, Performance (Acting), Playwriting, Improvisation, Acting Workshop, and Musical Performance. For the schedule and more information, visit https://www.wtnj.org/creative-acts-academy-summer-2017/

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Free Summer Shows: Did that intro just say "free"? Yes!  Incredibly, 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. For details on both shows, visit www.wtnj.org/madison-summer-recreation-shows/

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 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 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.

For more information on the summer classes, productions, fall class offerings for children and adults, or Writers Theatre of New Jersey, visit https://www.wtnj.org/ or call (973) 514-1787.