Central NJ Productions are excited to announce their 2015 summer camp productions located at the Open Arts Stage. In July they will rehearse and present their teen production of “Into the Woods, Jr.” The kids and tweens will put on “Disney’s Little Mermaid, Jr.” in August.

Casting is chosen through an audition process that takes place in May in their Bordentown studio. Everyone who auditions receives a part. Each show has three to four performances, often with three to four different people playing the lead roles one performance, and participating in the chorus in other performances. They are located behind Mastori’s Diner at 146 Route 130.

Alisha Cardenas, director of the Central New Jersey Ballet Theatre and co-director of CNJ Productions describes their program as “an educational tool.” This camp is for everyone from veteran musical theater enthusiasts to the person who wants to try a new experience. This is the perfect opportunity to be on stage and to learn new skills.

Teens 11 to 18 interested in auditioning for “Into the Woods” should contact Sophie Taillefer, co-director of CNJ Productions, at 609-775-7488 or via e-mail at sophiechante@hotmail.com. Auditions will take place at their Bordentown studio on Sunday, May 17. The camp runs Mondays through Fridays, July 6 to 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Performance dates are Thursday through Saturday, July 30 to August 1. Register before May 1 to save $50 off of the $400 registration fee. There is an additional $35 fee for materials.

Kids ages 6 to 12 who want a part in “Disney’s Little Mermaid, Jr.” also should contact Sophie at the above information. Auditions will take place on Sunday, May 31. Unlike the teen production, this camp runs Mondays through Fridays during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp runs from Mondays through Fridays, August 3 to 19. Show dates are Thursday to Saturday, August 20 to 22. Save $50 off of the $550 fee by registering before May 1. There is an additional $35 fee for materials. Before and after child care is available.

For students interested in dancing without the singing that takes place in musical theater, ballet and dance camp will be offered for all levels from beginners to advanced students, starting at age 5. The classes offered during the sessions are ballet, pointe, repertory, jazz, and contemporary for the intermediate/advanced group and ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, and acting for the beginner group.

Conversely, voice lessons are offered with Sophie Taillefer through her Rising Stars Vocal Studio to students still interested in honing their skills over the summer. Sophie is an opera singer who has trained many singers who have gone on to the professional and collegiate level. She has been training local singers for more than 15 years in the central New Jersey area.

“Many kids come to anything and everything.” Some for just one part of what the programs offer. They are open and encouraging of everyone interested in participating.

Central New Jersey Ballet Theatre, Rising Stars Voice Studio, CNJ Productions and Open Arts Stage, 146 Route 130, Bordentown. www.cnjproductions.com , www.risingstarsvocicestudio.com and/or www.cnjballet.com. 609-424-3192 and 609-775-7488. If the audition date does not work for your child, contact them to make other arrangements.

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