June 26 – July 29, 2017
Those accepted will begin a rigorous five-week program designed to enhance performance skills, while instilling the technique, discipline and professionalism needed to excel in the performing arts.
The end of the month is devoted to rehearsals for the New Voices concert, performed annually on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage.
Taking part in the Conservatory is a remarkable opportunity, providing experience and exposure that simply can’t be obtained anywhere else. Participation is a great honor… a chance for students to demonstrate their talent on a grand scale.
Based on skill, experience and the quality of their audition, Conservatory students are grouped into three companies, allowing them to develop at their own pace, while working on age and skill-appropriate material.
Accepted students will be placed into a Conservatory Company at the discretion of the Paper Mill Playhouse faculty and staff based on their audition performance skill level and approximate age. Placement determinations are not negotiable.
Conservatory Companies & Tuition
The Junior Company (ages 10 to 12) meets Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm at Rahway High School Performing Arts Center. Tuition is $2400. *
The Junior Plus Company (ages 12 to 14) meets Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm at Rahway High School Performing Arts Center. Tuition is $2400. *
The Senior Company (ages 15 to 18) meets Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm at Union County Performing Arts Center/Hamilton Stage+. Tuition is $2600. *
* Limited tuition assistance may be requested by eligible students proving need. Please download the Tuition Assistance Request e-form at the bottom of the Audition Information page.
+ Some Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater Conservatory classes and workshops will be held at the Union County Performing Arts Center and Hamilton Stage, in cooperation with their affiliate theater, music and dance companies. On site housing is not available. Students must commute to the program locations daily.
How to Audition
The auditions for the 2017 Summer Musical Theater Conservatory will take place on Saturdays January 21 and February 4, 2017. ALL AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment please visit the Audition Information page here for form downloads and to view the video Audition Guide.
The Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and New Voices are generously supported by the Investors Foundation. Paper Mill programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.