Teen Drama, a high school theatre education company, is currently enrolling students ages 13 to 18 for its popular summer program.
The 5 or 6-week musical theater series, designed especially for teenagers, begins June 25, and runs Mondays through Thursdays. Sessions will be held in Kearny, NJ and Paramus, NJ. At the conclusion of the program, students will participate in a full production of a Broadway hit musical.
The Teen Drama program launched last summer to accolades and acclaim from community members, local and state officials, and representatives from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts, with the production of the Tony-award winning 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2010.
“In just a few short weeks a group of high school-aged students put together a full-length musical theatre production, attended classes on theory, and learned to sharpen their talents of acting, dance and singing, “ said Joseph Ferriero, co-director. Ferriero brings a wealth of experience to the program, including founder and executive director of the Mater Dei Academy Drama Club, production Director at Studio Playhouse in Montclair, theatre director at Paramus High School and director of the Roosevelt School musical. He has also directed several plays and musicals for both middle schools, high schools and community theaters, and has himself performed in a variety of productions.?
“Teen Drama the program is a fun and engaging way for students to explore their interest and deepen their skills in the performing arts during their summer vacation,” says Michele Sarnoski, co-director. State Certified staff in their field teach all classes, and students receive individual attention, constructive feedback, and the support need to achieve their personal goals. Sarnoski has been a cheerleading coach, choreographer and producer of several teen musicals.
“The success of TV shows such as Glee, Disney’s High School Musical, American Idol and Camp Rock, not to mention the popularity of Broadway shows such as American Idiot and Rent have inspired many young people to become more and more involved in the performing arts,” explains Ferriero. The Teen Drama program, he says, is an outgrowth of that interest.
Cost of the program varies, based on the location. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Applications and additional information may be obtained by calling Teen Drama at 973-498-8336, emailing email@example.com or may be downloaded at www.teendrama.org.