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Dreamcatcher Offers Free Preview of its Summer Theatre Conservatory on March 15

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The New Jersey Theatre Alliance will present Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre’s All in One Theatre Workshop on Saturday, March 15 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit.

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This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides discounted and free theatre performances, workshops and events for all ages throughout the month of March. The Theatre Workshop will provide a preview of Dreamcatcher’s Summer Theatre Conservatory for students aged 10 and up, which runs throughout the month of July.

This event will be free, but registration is required. The Stages Festival is a statewide program offering free and discounted tickets to performances, workshops, classes and events at the states professional theatres, partner performing arts centers, as well as libraries, schools, senior centers and museums. The program was developed to encourage New Jersey’s residents to attend their local professional theatres by making the experience affordable, accessible and fun.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, will hold the Summer Theatre Conservatory from July 7 through August 1, 2014. Students in this varied program will take classes in subjects like acting technique, improv, voice, and dance and will have the opportunity to create and put on a show! The program is open to actors aged 10 and up. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm (with a special performance August 1 at 7:30 pm) at Dreamcatcher’s summer home at Calvary Episcopal Church at 31 Woodland Avenue in Summit.

The STC is a fun way for students to explore their interest and deepen their skills in the performing arts during their summer vacation. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, freeing your own creativity, and exploring new skills in a supportive environment. Participants can tailor the program to suit their preferences and their family’s schedule, attending the Conservatory for one, two, three or all four weeks. Professionals in their field teach all classes, and students receive individual attention, constructive feedback, and the support needed to achieve their personal goals.

Week 1, the Actors’ Workshop (July 7 – July 11), provides a strong foundation in the building blocks of acting: vocal and physical preparation, Acting Technique, Improvisation and Scene Study.

Week 2, the Musical Theatre Workshop (July 14 – 18), will include classes in Acting Technique as well as in Musical Theatre dance and singing, with the chance to put all three skills together each day.

Weeks 3 and 4, Dreamcatcher Junior (July 21 – August 1), will be a combination of skill-building and rehearsal, as the students put together their own show under the guidance of a professional direction staff.

Reservations are required for the Sample Class Day, and enrollment is strictly limited. To register, please call 908-514-9654 or email info@dreamcatcherrep.org. The cost of the Summer Theatre Conservatory is $275 for one week, $495 for two weeks, $700 for three weeks, and $880 for all four weeks, with limited scholarships available. Discounts are provided for those who register before April 15.

Admission is on a first come, first served basis until the program is filled or until the deadline of June 1, and applications for the Summer Theatre Conservatory and more information on the program may be obtained by calling Dreamcatcher’s business office at 908-514-9654, emailing info@dreamcatcherrep.org or may be downloaded at www.dreamcatcherrep.org.

The Stages Festival is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional program sponsors are Bank of America and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Additional program support has been provided by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The HMS Foundation, The F.M. Kirby Foundation, The George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust Foundation, Prudential Foundation, The Smart Family Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation and The Victoria Foundation. To receive a full schedule of events for The Stages Festival please visit www.stagesfestival.org.

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