Hoboken Children’s Theater
55 Sterling Ave., Weehawken
When it comes to theater, there’s only so much you can learn in a classroom—which is why (in addition to offering plenty of acting workshops) the Hoboken Children’s Theater gives teens serious about performing the chance to join one of their two audition-only theater companies: The Junior Company (ages 11 to 15) and the Senior Company (ages 14 and up). Weeks of classes and rehearsals all culminate in one to two weeks of performances (with real scripts, costumes and choreography) at the Monroe TheatreSpace in Hoboken. Past productions include Legally Blonde the Musical, Les Miserables, The Wizard of Oz and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor
For more than 40 years, the Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College’s Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops have taught over 6,500 teens everything they need to know to land their next role. Tomato Patch is central Jersey’s longest running arts program with training in theater, dance, vocals, comedy, video, musical theater and more —and no where is proof of the program’s excellence more evident than in its list of star-studded alum. Nationally touring productions and TV shows past and present are full of former Tomato Patchers, including Broadways’ Chicago and Legally Blonde The Musical, and HBO’s The Sopranos.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
3 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park
For an actor, there’s arguably no better foundation than a background in Shakespeare. Luckily for Garden State teens, there’s The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey—the state’s largest professional theater company dedicated solely to the bard and home to The Shakespeare Theatre Academy. In classes like “Teen Actors Workshop,” students use games, scene work and (of course) Shakespearean texts to learn about movement, speech and character creation. Actors-in-training are invited to join the Junior Shakespeare Corps (ages 11 to 14) and the Senior Shakespeare Corps (ages 14 to 18) to showcase their skills on stage in Madison’s 400-seat Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. Past performances include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth.
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