High Tech’s Musical Theater Department has been selected by Paper Mill Playhouse’s ‘Adopt-a School Program’ through 2017 and seeks current Hudson County 8th graders to audition!
Since its inception 13 years ago, the Musical Theatre Department at Hudson County’s High Tech High School (established in 1999 to meet students' demands for a musical theater program in their high school) has earned wide acclaim for its commitment to the arts and its extensive Musical Theatre training curriculum. Under the direction of Alex Perez and with support from Musical Director Rod Shepard, the program has been widely recognized in New Jersey and on the national level. From 2000 to 2013, HTHS received an impressive 40 Nominations and 11 wins at the New Jersey State Papermill Playhouse Awards including honors for Best Overall Production, Best Director, Best Costumes, Best Makeup, Educational Impact, Lighting, Best Actor, Actress and Featured Performers.
Other accomplishments for MTH include a successful Off-Off-Broadway run of the department's 2003 production 'Oz, A Twisted Musical' (which played for six weeks), and representing the U.S. at the Oberhavel Germany Arts Festival (2001) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2007). The work of the department has also been celebrated at the Metro-North Cappies Awards (which recognizes excellence in New Jersey State Theatre) with over 15 nominations and 6 wins in a span of two years
The school's curriculum offers acting technique, movement, voice and theater production and includes a series of master classes instructed by notable industry professionals including Broadway and Tony Nominated stars: Kerry Butler(Xanadu), Kenita Miller(Rocky), James Rado(Hair), Colin Hanlon(Rent), and Rob McClure(Chaplin) making recent visits.
Many graduates of HTHS continue on to higher education in the arts and attend such prestigious academic institutions as Tisch School of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon, Stella Adler, Yale Drama, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, The Atlantic Theatre Company and Rutgers Mason Gross School to name a few. Alumni have appeared on Broadway, national tours, regional productions, as well as appearances in films and television.
HTHS' solid reputation in the community has been driven by its high-calibre production season. Students involved in the school's shows take on a range of responsibilities and tasks, from fundraising (all production costs are covered solely by students' fundraising efforts) to learning the basics of budgeting, producing and marketing all aspects of a production. Students take active roles behind the scenes as well as on stage, and routinely sell out the seasons' offerings at the 140-seat Black Box Theatre.
The Paper Mill Playhouse Adopt-A-School Project is a four-phase, four-year, arts-in- education initiative aimed at bringing the arts directly into High Tech’s Musical Theater Classroom. The program employs observation and participation in the performing arts as a means of intensifying academic studies, teaching cultural and functional literacy skills, developing an informed arts audience for tomorrow and enhancing the educational experience of today.
In 1992, the Adopt-A-School Project was selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a model arts-in-education program and was cited in the publication, Community Arts: Partnerships for Education. In 1998, Paper Mill Playhouse was cited by Stage Directions Magazine as “One of Ten Theatres Making a Difference” based on the success of the theatre’s educational outreach initiatives, specifically the Adopt-A- School Project.
Matthew Dynes, 17, A Junior from Bayonne: “It’s a great chance to learn on broadway caliber and get introduced to the theatrical profession.” Jarod Bracero, 15, a Sophomore from Hoboken: “I’m so excited about Papermill because it provides a first-hand education like no other in the theater world.” Abigail Loughlin, 16, a Junior from Jersey City: “it helps give me an inside look at the production process of professional theater and all the careers I can be a part of.” Sarah Battaglia, 16, a Hoboken Junior: “I love that we are learning about the process and applying it to our shows which excites me for the year ahead.” Isabella Rodriguez, 16, A Junior from North Bergen states: “It inspires me to work very hard so our shows can reach a high level of success.”
HTHS Musical Theater Department will Showcase their students in a January production of ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’ to build support for their March musical which will be - ‘Spring Awakening’. Tickets for these events are available now at www.Showtix4u.com or calling 1-866-967-8167.
An opportunity for Hudson County resident 8th graders to participate will take place January 11th, 2014 as High Tech’s Performing Arts Department is currently registering prospective students to High Tech High School. To be a part of this program, and register for HTHS- all the information is posted on their website www.HCSTonline.org