Excellence in art changes lives;
empowered young people create artistic excellence.
Our mission is to provide a nurturing and challenging educational environment through the completion of a musical production. We strive to provide a high-quality and diverse experience in all areas of the performing arts. In this light, it is our goal to foster an appreciation, understanding, and love of the performing arts with a clear intent to touch the heart, engage the mind, and transform lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for the young people in our program.
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This awesome Saturday theater experience offers 4th thru 8th graders the opportunity to work, rehearse and create together as a performance ensemble. Performers will meet each Saturday, and five Wednesday evenings for some, to explore the many facets of theater—acting, music, dance and theater production—as they prepare for a musical performance on the Main Stage at the Villagers. Students will study proper stage etiquette, technique and develop a basic understanding of theater as a creative collaboration both on stage and behind the scenes.
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables.
Past productions include: OZ!, A Christmas Carol, Grease: School Edition, ABC’s of Broadway: A Musical Revue, Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie Jr.,Once On This Island Jr., Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Seussical the Musical Jr, All Shook Up, Annie, Footloose, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek: The Musical, High School Musical 2, Hairspray, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins Jr., School of Rock Youth Production, Anything Goes, Legally Blonde The Musical Jr., Elf the Musical Jr., 13 the Musical, Disney’s Newsies, Matilda: The Musical and The Wedding Singer!
Over the course of the 10-week program, students gain an understanding of this creative art form and develop a strong sense of appreciation for all aspects of musical theater while rehearsing for the production. The program allows the cast members to work and create a ensemble performance while experiencing a realistic community theater experience not offered by many venues.
There is a required attendance policy which applies to all cast members. The production is huge undertaking with a short rehearsal process and a strong commitment is required. Cast members are required to offer all conflicts ASAP for scheduling purposes.. If you have any questions regarding the policy, please contact the Executive Producer at the email below. The attendance policy is as follows:
EXCUSED ABSENCES PERMITTED
* 2 full days OR 3 half days (includes all Saturdays)
* (Half Days – 9:30am-12:30pm (8:30-11:30am) or 12:00pm-3:00pm)
* Late arrival or early dismissal will be at the discretion of the Director with proper notification
* Same day notification is not permitted
* If no notification is given to the Director and agreed to, it will be considered a half day attendance
* Tech week rehearsals are mandatory and are not included as part of the attendance policy
COREY RUBEL is the program director of four different youth programs here at the Villagers Theatre: Miniature Musical Makers, Villagers Teen Ensemble, TeensVill and the Summer Theatre Arts Program. Corey is a graduate of Rutgers University and New York University. Corey is currently in the education department at Roundabout Theatre in NYC. When he’s not working at the Villagers, Corey directs a numerous community theater throughout New Jersey but focus and passion has been centered around youth-theatre and the development of young actors — he is always finding ways to challenge young actors to reach new goals that are beyond anything that they have ever dreamed!
Shrek The Musical
Miniature Musical Makers - Grades 4-8
Opens: 12/06/2013 – Closes: 12/08/2013