Opera/Music Theatre Workshop Ensemble

The Happy Prince cast poses with students from McKinley Elementary School where Caldwell Alumni Brian Stokes is their music instructor.


The Happy Prince cast poses with Mrs. Sabates' third grade class from Hazel Elementary School in West Orange.


Majors and non-majors with some experience in singing and reading music are welcome to audition for MU130 Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop. This course culminates in at least one performance each semester. Applied Music for Voice is a co-requisite for students in the opera workshop and for those performing a lead in the musical theatre workshop. For more information about the course, contact Dr. Greenwald or Dr. Childress Orchard by clicking the appropriate link.

Opera Workshop
On November 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM we will perform Pinocchio in the Alumni Theatre. This family friendly, hour long operetta tells the familiar story using the music of famous arias. Monetary or food donations will be accepted for the Caldwell Food Pantry. Our tour will include elementary schools in West Orange and Wayne. During the fall of 2014, the Opera Workshop performed an abridged Hansel and Gretel at McKinley Elementary School in Newark, Hazel Avenue Elementary in West Orange and at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Wayne. Past productions include Little Red Riding Hood, The Tiger of Chungshan and The Happy Prince. Laura Greenwald produces the opera workshop with colleagues Warren Helms, Music Director and Dan Yates, Stage Director.

Musical Theatre Workshop
In the Spring of 2015, the Musical Theatre Workshop performed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, with additional scenes from Snoopy!!!. Previous productions include a staged condensed version of Brigadoon (2014) scenes from The Sound of Music (2013), Act I of Into the Woods (2011) and many original stage productions. Nan Childress Orchard supervises the music theatre workshop semester and serves as musical director. Dan Yates has been stage director for recent productions.