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Students from Discover Charter School in Newark To Present Original Musical

Students from Discover Charter School in Newark To Present Original Musical

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Jersey City, East Orange, and Newark schools have collaborated to create an original musical production about women empowerment and fake friends called Flip The Script.  The show will take place on Friday, June 2 at 3:00pm in The Chase Room at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.

Flip the Script, an original musical, tells the story of a 9th grader by the name of Jenna Michaels, who is determined to follow her dreams of making the high school football team. On her journey she discovers who her true friends are and who they are not.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Musical Theater Residency Program began their introduction to the magic of musical theater March 1. The residency was provided free to five schools, which met twice a week for 20 sessions. During these sessions, students learned the diverse history of the American musical, as well as the creation process of a new musical, including lyric writing, rehearsing and performing. The students developed their creativity, self-confidence, and ability to tell their own story through the medium of the American musical. Each class created sections of the joint musical, which was culminated in a full, collaborative show.

The residencies help schools meet their curricular goals; NJPAC’s education programs are developed in accordance with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

The program serves tier one middle schools located in Newark, East Orange and Jersey City. This curriculum is based on the Erin Layton/Georgia State University curriculum supported by The Johnny Mercer Foundation.



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The mission of the Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) is to support the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of the legendary Johnny Mercer: lyricist, composer, performer, collaborator and producer.  The Foundation continues Johnny’s legacy by partnering with individuals and organizations dedicated to celebrating and nourishing the disciplines he mastered and the causes he and his wife Ginger Mercer championed. JMF has created a number of dynamic creative joint ventures with several prestigious institutions to facilitate our goals including; the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, Accentuate The Positive Programs (New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami), The Musical Theater Program at NJPAC, Georgia State University Fellowship Program, Florida International University Fellowship Program, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project with Northwestern University and the Johnny Mercer Archives at Georgia State University, In addition, JMF also supports various charitable causes including UCLA’s Art of The Brain, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program) and Braille Institute (Johnny Mercer Children and Adult Choirs). 

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located One Center Street in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.



originally published: 2017-05-12 00:00:00


Upcoming Events

The Ritz Theatre Co. Presents Disney’s Mary Poppins

The Ritz Theatre Co. Presents Disney’s Mary Poppins

(HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) --  "We are proud to announce our presentation of the venerable musical classic, of both screen and stage: Disney's Mary Poppins! It's the perfect summer show, a great story that's engaging for the whole family." explains Ritz Theatre Co. Producing Artistic Director Bruce Curless. "Plus it fulfills our mission of bringing quality story telling to our community. We are also thrilled that the show is directed by Brian Rivell, who is both a veteran actor and director here at The Ritz, and who specifically requested to direct this show for The Ritz!"


Premiere Stages to Present

Premiere Stages to Present "Linger" - 2018 Premiere Play Festival Winner

(UNION, NJ) --  Premiere Stages at Kean University will present Craig Garcia’s Linger from July 12-29 in Kean University’s Bauer Boucher Theatre Center (Vaughn Eames Hall,1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.). Recently selected from over 570 submissions as the winner of the 2018 Premiere Play Festival, Linger will feature actors Will Ehren, Michael Frederic, Robby Haltiwanger, Jonathan C. Kaplan, Sarah Kathryn Makl and Danielle Skraastad. John J. Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages, will direct.



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Black Box Studios Presents HAIR

Black Box Studios Presents HAIR

(TEANECK, NJ) -- Next up for Black Box Studios is a new immersive production of HAIR, celebrating the show's 50th anniversary. For 50 years the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical has been enthralling audiences with iconic songs like "Aquarius" and "Let the Sun Shine In." Leading BBPAC's 'Tribe' in many numbers throughout the show is Stephan Marcellus of  NBC's The Voice. Black Box's production runs June 21 through July 8.


Write on Rose: The Story of Rose Marie McCoy-featuring singer Audrey Martells

Write on Rose: The Story of Rose Marie McCoy-featuring singer Audrey Martells

(TEANECK, NJ) --  To initiate African-American Music Appreciation month, the Puffin Cultural Forum honors the late Rose Marie McCoy, renowned for her contribution to American music with a performance entitled Write on Rose to be performed by Teaneck native singer and actress, Audrey Martells on Sunday, June 24 at 4:00pm








Event calendar
Saturday, Jun 23, 2018


MUSIC

White Denim @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

WICKED HOLLOW @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm


Parsonsfield @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Under the Streetlamp @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Memories: A Tribute to Barbra @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Princeton Festival Baroque Chamber Ensemble @ The Princeton Abbey, Princeton - 5:00pm

Rockland Bergen Music Festival @ German Masonic Park, Tappan - 11:00am

Big Jon Atkinson and Dean Shot @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

DLT Presents Leading Ladies @ Dover Little Theatre, Dover - 8:00pm

The Last 5 Years @ Eagle Theatre, Hammonton - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Half Time @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 8:00pm

DIRTY DANCING @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Wizard of Oz Auditions @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 12:00pm


Phoenix Productions Presents: In the Heights @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 9:30pm


COMEDY

Anthony DeVito, Greg Stone, James Mattern @ Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City - 9:00pm


DANCE

WE ARE FAMILY: Celebrating InSpira's 16th Anniversary @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 12:00pm and 5:00pm

Inspirational Dance: Great Times in NYC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 1:00pm and 5:00pm

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