Dates: Jan 27-May 9
Time: 10AM-3PM
Ages: 9-18

Learn the magic behind staging a musical production and then spotlight what you learn with a live performance before family and friends. This program immerses students in song, dance and scripted drama topped off by some musical theater history. Uncover the secrets of acting, learn about vocal technique and get moving with original choreography. This program is collaborative with students and teaching artists working together to end the semester with excitement — by staging a licensed show.

NJPAC’s Spring Musical Theater will present Mean Girls Jr., a lighthearted, age-appropriate version of the iconic story, emphasizing the importance of kindness and self-acceptance. Cady Heron, a bright and homeschooled teenager enters public school for the first time after her family relocates. She soon discovers that the world of public high school is a jungle, and the reigning clique, led by the “Plastics” is not to be underestimated. As Cady navigates the waters of teenage friendships, she learns important lessons about the value of true friendship, staying true to oneself, and the consequences of trying to be someone you’re not.
Best for students ages 13-18

NJPAC’s Spring Musical Theater will present Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS, a 30-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo. Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo KIDS brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship and adventure.
Best for students ages 9-12



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In The Mix

IN THE MIX is a student driven program when students across programs talk about what’s going on in your lives and around the world. Explore the issues that matter to you, from climate change to social justice. Make friends, make art, and make a difference!

Creative Coaching

Find out the difference a mentor makes! Be creative and unstoppable with this program that provides guidance and development.

financial aid is available!

No student is turned away for financial needs10% sibling program discount. For more information about our enrollment policies visit All programs take place at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street in Newark, NJ, unless otherwise noted.

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Your safety is our priority. Since the pandemic began, we’ve collaborated with medical professionals, invested in building upgrades, and put new procedures in place to protect our guests, staff, volunteers, and faculty. Just a few things you might want to know: Faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated. For Schooltime Programs, no vaccinations or tests are required, masks are encouraged. For Summer and Saturday programs, students must be vaccinated, and masks are encouraged. And you can feel safe knowing our HVAC system meets industry standards for virus ionization and filtration and our cleaning processes follow all CDC recommendations. Further details on program protocols are here and specific details on procedures are shared upon completed registration and during program orientations.

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Tuition Information, Refund Policy and Attendance

Tuition must be paid in full or a payment plan must be in place prior to the first session.

If a student withdraws prior to the start of the first session, a full refund will be issued.

If a student withdraws after attending the second session, a 50% refund will be issued.

If a student withdraws after attending three sessions, all tuition payments are non-refundable.

*Important* If a student is absent for the first two sessions without any communication or advance notification, they will be automatically withdrawn from the program and the full tuition payment will be forfeited. This allows for additional students to join the program from the waitlist.

This program is part of NJPAC’s Colton Institute for Training and Research in the Arts