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Monday, June 9, 2014

Auditions: Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus for Paper Mill Playhouse’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

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Continuo Arts Foundation, New Jersey’s most comprehensive intergenerational choral program, and Paper Mill Playhouse are to partner for Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Selected members of Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus will be featured as the on-stage choir in the musical’s United States premiere from March 4 – April 5, 2015 at the Millburn theater. Individuals interested in being considered for the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus can schedule an audition by calling Continuo Arts Foundation at 908-264–5324.

“The Symphonic Chorus will offer singers of all ages a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Candace Wicke, President and Executive Director of Continuo Arts. “Continuo is honored to have been selected to be a part of the US Premiere musical at one of our nation’s leading regional theaters.”

Auditions for the many vocal ensembles of Continuo Arts Foundation will begin on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and continue throughout the summer.  For the audition please prepare 32 bars of an a capella selection that best highlight the singer’s vocal range and versatility. There will also be a sight reading component at the audition. All auditions will be held at Historic Twin Maples, 216 Springfield Ave, Summit NJ.

Individuals interested in being considered for the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus can schedule an audition by calling Continuo Arts Foundation at 908-264–5324. Singers will be called or e-mailed if they are selected for a callback. Choir rehearsals for The Hunchback of Notre Dame will begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and will continue through the beginning of March 2015.

“After an extensive search of choirs throughout the tri-state area, we are thrilled that Paper Mill Playhouse and The Hunchback of Notre Dame music team have selected the Continuo Arts Foundation,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director at Paper Mill Playhouse. “It is always a thrill to partner with neighboring not-for-profit arts organizations that share a similar mission to Paper Mill Playhouse.”

Paper Mill Playhouse will once again partner with Disney Theatrical Productions with which it has previously partnered on Newsies and High School Musical, to present the US premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel and created for the stage by two masters of stage and screen, composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Pocahontas) and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin). An intimate retelling of the famous love story scripted by Peter Parnell, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director/Michael Rosenberg, Managing Director).

Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at just $84. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see for details).  Single tickets will go on sale on July 28, 2014 starting at just $28. Student rush tickets are $20 and available the day of the performance in person or by phone and will only be distributed with current student ID.  Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Titles, casting and dates subject to change.

CONTINUO ARTS FOUNDATION is committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and cultures through music.  Supporting music education and musicians, Continuo Arts offers New Jersey’s most comprehensive Intergenerational Choral Program inclusive of children through adult, senior citizens to professionals.  The Continuo Arts Foundation is known for providing all-encompassing and unforgettable local, national and international musical experiences in concerts, classes, workshops and throughout the education spectrum; leading to a life-long love and support of the arts. Working in partnership with corporate and private sponsors, the Continuo Arts Foundation makes possible the education, performance and composition of music in ways which might otherwise be considered too unique or too expensive to be ordinarily under taken; giving precedence to considerations of quality over those of quantity; to artistic rather than to economic values and to opportunity over expediency.  A 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, more information can be found at .

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