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Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Theatre Classes for Adults

Actor-Director-Teacher Ed Schiff to guide seniors in new acting workshop at the Millburn playhouse.

Paper Mill Playhouse recently announced a wide array of classes and performance opportunities for adults interested in the Senior Players Acting workshop. 

There will be limited enrollment, so students are urged to reserve space as soon as possible.

A new workshop, emphasizing positive reinforcement will be offered on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., April 9 through May 21 at the Paper Mill Playhouse under the guidance of stage, television and movie veteran Ed Schiff.

“The ‘reality of doing’ is one of the basic tenets of truthful acting and the participants in the Senior Players Workshop will find great fun and stimulus in the six weeks of ‘doing’ stage presentations,” Schiff said. 

Schiff is a veteran with more than 200 professional credits in film, television and movies as an actor, director and producer. He has also taught acting, directing and theater history in conservatories and universities, most recently as the Resident Professional Theatre Associate at Cornell and as the Distinguished Artist at Bergen Community College.

For more information or to register, call Mickey McNany at (973) 315-1669 or fill out a registration form on Paper Mill’s website.

Check out the class listings below:Actor-Director-Teacher to Guide Seniors in New Acting Workshop at Paper Mill Playhouse

ADULT ACTING (ages 18 and up)

Whether you are taking your first acting class, looking to polish your presentation skills or seeking more comfort in front of an audience, this class is for you. Working to develop basic acting and communication skills that can be used in any walk of life, this class creates a fun and safe environment for you to explore your creativity.

6 weeks - $200

Saturdays

10:00am

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11:15am

MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITIONING (ages 18 and up)

Learn the actor's tools beyond musical phrasing that will help you connect with a song, develop the point of view that makes your performance compelling ,assess a song both in and out of show context ,and help you pick and develop the 16 or 32 bars of a song that showcase you best.

6 weeks - $225

Saturdays

11:30am

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12:45pm

PAPER MILL COMMUNITY CHORUS (ages 18 and up)

Members of this company will participate in ensemble singing as they explore the unparalleled world of American popular music. Holiday, contemporary songs, standards and Broadway tunes will be part of the repertoire. Semester will end with a showcase performance.

6 weeks - $60

Mondays

7:45pm

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9:15pm

BROADWAY WORKOUT (ages 18 and up)

This new class is a great way to move to your favorite Broadway show tunes and get in shape while doing it! Get your "jazz hands" ready to combine simple Broadway steps to this gentle aerobic workout.

6 weeks - $100

Mondays

7:00pm

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8:30pm

BREAKFAST AT PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE (ages 18 and up)

Start the week off right with this lively discussion group! You’ll meet new friends and celebrate the joys of theatre each week as a Paper Mill staff member or visiting guest artist leads the discussion on a unique aspect of the live theatre experience. Backstage tours and special performances highlight the sessions! A continental breakfast is served.

8 weeks - $10 per week (payable weekly)

Mondays

10:00am

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11:30am

SENIOR PLAYERS WORKSHOP (ages 18 and up)

This once-a-week seminar provides seniors with the opportunity to explore and discuss all aspects of theatre performance and production. The group will select a one-act play to use in class and will analyze the script, develop characters, and rehearse the piece for an informal performance at the end of the session.

6 weeks - $160

Tuesdays

10:00am

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11:30am

PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS (ages 18 and up)

Individual attention helps students learn breath control and vocal placement in a nurturing one-to-one environment. Exercises are used to strengthen and protect the voice, and both popular and theatre songs are rehearsed. Lessons are for one half-hour and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

6 weeks - $265

Mondays

4:00pm

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8:30pm

Tuesdays

4:00pm

-

8:30pm

Wednesdays

4:00pm

-

8:30pm

Friday

4:00pm

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8:30pm

PRIVATE COACHING (ages 18-adult)

Individual coaching sessions for the actor wanting to enrich his or her personal process for plays, performance and other artistic goals.

6 weekly half-hour lessons - $265
(lesson times are scheduled on a first come, first served basis)

Thursdays

30 mins. between 4:00pm

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8:30pm

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