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 Music 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. 
During the fall of 2014, the Opera Workshop will again take a children’s opera on tour to several elementary schools and perform it on campus. We plan to perform Hansel and Gretel at McKinley Elementary School in Newark, Hazel Avenue Elementary in West Orange and at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Wayne. In the past we have performed Little Red Riding Hood, The Tiger of Chungshan and The Happy Prince. Laura Greenwald produces the opera workshop with colleagues Warren Helms as Music Director and Dan Yates as Stage Director. 
Spring semester 2014, students in the music theatre workshop performed a semi-staged condensed version of Brigadoon, directed by Dan Yates with musical direction by Dr. Nan Childress Orchard. Nan Childress Orchard supervises the music theatre workshop semester.