Registration for Two River Theater’s “Openinng Act” summer program available to high schoolers

Two River Theater’s summer of events continues with its latest announcement, a summer program for 9th to 12th graders called “Opening Act,” which will run from July 19-23, July 26-30, and August 2-6.

RED BANK, NJ – Two River Theater announces their unique and exciting summer education program for high schoolers called Opening Act. This summer program is designed for rising 9th– 12th graders 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 fun and challenging song and dance number, which they’ll perform that Friday as the Opening Act for Two River’s Plaza Players outdoor performance. Sessions are from 5 pm to 7 pm Monday through Friday, with performances at 7:00 pm each Friday before the Plaza Players show. 

“We are thrilled for students and teaching artists to work together in person again this summer,” says Director of Education Kate Cordaro. “This program fuses the unique talents of Elliot and Dionna with the joy and resilience of high schoolers and shares it with the audiences of Two River. What a long, strange year it has been. It’s time to sing and dance together!”

Full and partial need-based scholarships are available. Spots are extremely limited.

For rising 9th-12th graders

Monday-Friday, 5pm-7pm

$175/week (full and partial need-based scholarships available!)

Take 1, 2, or all 3 weeks!

Health and Safety FAQ, Scholarship Info, and Registration:


Elliot Roth is a NYC based singer/pianist/actor, composer and instructor. Hailed by the New York Times for his “silky smooth voice”, he is a masters graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music jazz arts program. Broadway: Our Sinatra and A Christmas Carol, Off-Broadway credits include Village Voice lauded role as ‘Jesus’ in Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert at the Living Room. He has appeared in Downbeat Magazine as one of the area’s “Top 20 Performers to Watch” and is one of the most versatile performers in the tri-state area. Elliot also currently teaches voice, rock/pop audition technique and jazz/soul recording arts in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY. Elliot currently serves on the voice faculty at Marymount Manhattan College’s Theatre Arts Department. 

Dionna PridGeon is a freelance artist from Chicago. She is the Founder & Creative Director of moveDIPR and holds 17 years of experience in Dance Education/Choreography. She has served on the faculty of 12 prestigious facilities, including Lou Conte Dance Studio| HSDC, Ailey Extension, Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet School/Academy, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and more. Dionna has also taught in Montreal, Norway, and Germany. She is a Point Park University graduate, performing works in both concert & commercial dance. Dionna received scholarships/recognition from Monsters of Hip Hop, Pulse on Tour, & Dance Spirit Magazine; she also worked/trained at Ballroom Dance Chicago. Dionna’s choreography has been presented at Millennium Park (Chicago), Ailey Citigroup Theatre NY, and the US Open, to name a few . . . plus dance programs & studios across the US. Dionna hopes to start The DIPR Foundation.

source: Two River Theater

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