2020-2021 A Year in Review
The Theatre Arts program at County Prep HS has had a trying yet rewarding year. The students undergo a rigorous program based on the professional model, and focus on classics, world theatre, modern plays, musicals, and improvisations. Our productions and classes offer students the opportunity to develop individual interest while gaining invaluable practical experience in acting, musical theatre, and stagecraft. The students start by learning both important aspects of the history of theatre and basic acting skills and are first assigned classical monologues and scenes. This year, they took part in auditions for our three virtual productions; they participated in virtual workshops with Manhattan Theatre Club professionals, and New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts professionals. They also participated in competitions such as the Teen Arts competition at NJCU, the Papermill Playhouse Musical Rising Star competition, and the Montclair State Theatre Night Foxy Awards.
- The Holiday Show- Winner of the Foxy Award for the Outstanding Achievement of an Acting Ensemble, and nominee for three other awards including Best Virtual Production. The Holiday Show was performed in collaboration with the Dance and Music Departments.
- Little Women, the Broadway Musical- Rising Star Nominee and Honorable Mention, 6 Foxy Award Nominations, One Teen Arts Award Win
- R. W. Emerson High- End of the Year Show written and performed by County Prep Junior and Theatre actors
Field Trips, Workshops and Competitions:
- Manhattan Theatre Club: SLE experience and Constellations workshop with theatre professionals David Shookhoff, Turma Mete and Alcides Costa.
- NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts Faculty- Meisner Masterclass, Audition Technique Masterclass and Acting for the Camera Masterclass with NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts Faculty
- FIAF- The Painting workshop with French theatre professionals
- Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Competition: Rising Star Nominees Ivellisses Segovia, Mathew Segovia and Kayla Velazquez, Honorable Mention: Tatyana Serrato and Kayla Velazquez
- Teen Arts Competition: Outstanding Achievement Award for a Small Group Musical Theatre Ensemble: The Most Amazing Thing (Ivellisses Segovia, Mathew Segovia and Kayla Velazquez)
- The Montclair State Foxy Awards Competition, where our three virtual shows were nominated for fourteen awards. We received two awards for Outstanding Achievement by an Acting Ensemble of a Virtual Play for the Holiday Show and for Now What?
- Ivellisses Segovia, Mathew Segovia and Kayla Velazquez Papermill Playhouse Summer Program
- Ivellisses Segovia- Jane Grey Burgio Memorial Scholarship for the Rising Star Awards
Arbaz Khan, Ariel Rivera- Scholarships for New York Film Academy
- Ariel Rivera, Kayla Velazquez, Ivellisses Segovia, Arbaz Khan, Mathew Segovia, Tatyana Serrato- Scholarships for New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts
We are very proud to announce that some of our seniors will continue their theatre education after leaving County Prep. Kayla Velazquez will attend The New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, Ariel Rivera will attend Kean University and Ivellisses Segovia will attend NJCU.
Congratulations to all!