Opera/Music Theatre Workshop Ensemble

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Participants of the Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop

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

Opera Workshop Cast Members
Gingerbread Children take the Witch cookie from the oven
Gretel-shows Hansel the Jug of Milk

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.

Opera Workshop
The Opera Workshop performs Children’s Operas at local elementary schools and on campus. Admission is free, but monetary and food donations are gratefully accepted for the University Food Pantry. In 2019, students performed the Inn of the Seven Dwarves at Trinity Academy. Stone Soup and Three Little Pigs were performed in 2016 and 2017. An adaptation of Pinocchio was performed in 2015 in the Alumni Theatre. Our 2014 production of Hansel and Gretel toured to 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.

Musical Theatre Workshop

In April of 2019, the Musical Theatre Workshop performed an outstanding Godspell to an enthusiastic audience. Previous productions under the musical direction of Nan Childress included You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, with additional scenes from Snoopy; 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.

Laura Greenwald produces the Opera/ Musical Theatre workshop. Past productions have been created with colleagues Warren Helms, Music Director and Dan Yates, Stage Director.