Two River Theater presents “Opening Act”

(RED BANK, NJ) – Two River Theater has announced a unique and exciting summer education program for high school students called Opening act. This summer program is designed for Grades 9-12 students during the weeks of July 19-23, July 26-30, and August 2-6.

Each week, students will team up with composer Elliot Roth (Music Director, Two River Theater Summer Intensives) and choreographer Dionna PridGeon (Founder and Creative Director, moveDIPR, guest choreographer for TRT Summer Intensives ’19) to learn a song and a fun and stimulating dance. number, which they will play this Friday as the opening act of Two River’s Plaza Players outdoor performance.

Sessions run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with performances at 7:00 p.m. each Friday before the Plaza Players show.

“We are delighted that the student and artist teachers are working together in person again this summer,” said Director of Education Kate Cordaro. “This program merges the unique talents of Elliot and Dionna with the joy and resilience of high school students and sharing with the audience of Two River. What a long, strange year it has been. It’s time to sing and dance together!

Full and partial needs-based scholarships are available. Places are extremely limited.

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The Opening Act summer program is sponsored by the Foundation


For students in grades 9 to 12: Monday to Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. $ 175 / week (full and partial scholarships depending on available needs) Take 1, 2 or 3 weeks!

Health and Safety FAQs, scholarship information and registration information are available here.

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Elliot Roth is a New York-based singer / pianist / actor, songwriter and instructor. Hailed by the New York Times for his “silky smooth voice,” he is a graduate of the prestigious jazz arts program at the Manhattan School of Music. Broadway: Our Sinatra and A Christmas Carol, Off-Broadway credits include Village Voice’s hired role as “Jesus” in Jesus Christ Superstar in concert in the living room. He has appeared in Downbeat Magazine as one of the area’s “20 Best Artists to Watch” and is one of the tri-state area’s most versatile artists. Elliot also currently teaches voice, rock / pop audition technique, and jazz / soul recording arts in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY. Elliot is currently a member of the Singing Faculty in the Theater Arts Department at Marymount Manhattan College.

Dionna PridGeon is a freelance artist from Chicago. She is the founder and creative director of moveDIPR and has 17 years of experience teaching dance / choreography. She has been on the faculty of 12 prestigious institutions, including the Lou Conte Dance Studio | HSDC, Ailey Extension, Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet School / Academy, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, etc. Dionna has also taught in Montreal, Norway and Germany. She is a graduate of Point Park University and performs in both concert and commercial dance. Dionna has received scholarships / recognitions from Monsters of Hip Hop, Pulse on Tour and Dance Spirit Magazine; she also worked / trained at Ballroom Dance Chicago. Dionna’s choreography has been performed at Millennium Park (Chicago), Ailey Citigroup Theater NY, and the US Open, to name a few. . . as well as dance programs and studios across the United States. Dionna hopes to launch the DIPR Foundation.

Two River Theater is supported in part by public support through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Private support includes the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Denholtz Properties, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, Investors Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Visiting Nurse Association Community Health Center and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Two Rivers Theater produces a theatrical season that includes American and world classics, new plays and musicals, youth programs and festivals of new works. Each year, we also offer over 40 events that reflect our diverse community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River produces works on two stages: the 350-seat Rechnitz Theater and the 110-seat Marion Huber Flexible Theater. The theater’s recently opened Center for Work, Education and Design is a three-story facility that includes two rehearsal studios, artist labs, classrooms, expanded stores and centrally located offices. Two River Theater has commissioned and created original projects including Be cooler by Tony Award nominees Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the theater’s first Broadway production) and Hurricane Diane by playwright in residence Madeleine George (who won an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway run).

In June 2019, Two River was nationally recognized by USA TODAY as one of the “10 Great Places to See a Play” across the United States. Region. Two River Theater is directed by Artistic Director John Dias and General Manager Michael Hurst.

Photo by Yurik Lozano

Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $ 50 to $ 100 per month, click here for more information

originally published: 06/18/2021

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