TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Advertise On TAP »

Today's Events

Letters to the Editor

A Letter from Your New Superintendent of Schools

March 19, 2015

On Monday, March 16, the Board of Education announced my name as the selected candidate to become your next Superintendent of Schools.  I am deeply honored and look forward to becoming a pa...

Read the Full Story »

Police Blotter

Maplewood Police Blotter

March 30, 2015

March 23, 2015; Shoplifting; At approximately 11 AM, a male entered an eye glass store on Maplewood Ave and stole approximately eight pairs of high-end frames. March 24, 2015; Theft From Au...

Read the Full Story »

Guest Column

‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Dazzles and Brings Depth to Paper Mill Stage

MILLBURN, NJ – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the Victor Hugo novel, has received a spellbinding production at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. With lyrics by Steph...

Read the Full Story »

Featured Real Estate Listing

Georgian Colonial

  • South Orange/Maplewood
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Price: $775,000.00

Featured Business Listing

Twitter

Maplewood Actor Appearing in 'Oliver!' at Paper Mill Playhouse

By DAVID LACKEY

November 21, 2013 at 6:08 PM

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Hunter Kovacs, a Maplewood eighth-grader, will be an extremely busy young man for the next month as he juggles his schoolwork with rehearsals for the Maplewood Middle School production of “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and more than 40 performances in his featured role in the musical, “Oliver!,” at the Paper Mill Playhouse, which runs from Nov. 21 through Dec. 29.

Kovacs had taken acting and improvisation classes at the Paper Mill Playhouse last year before he decided to audition for The Paper Mill’s production of “The Sound of Music.”  He auditioned along with about 400 other kids and found himself cast in the key role of Kurt Von Trapp.

He was also a presenter at the Rising Star Awards at the Paper Mill Playhouse last year. Those experiences deepened his love of theater and when auditions for Oliver! were announced, there was no doubt he would try out.

“That experience with 'Sound of Music' was just so fun every night,” Kovacs said.  “I was in almost every scene and rehearsals were pretty intense.”

Now, for the new production of Oliver, he was up against hundreds of other actors again, and landed not one, but two roles.  He will be playing one of the “Workhouse Boys” and a member of Fagin’s gang. 

As a 14-year-old, Kovacs was too old to play the character of Oliver, and the theater wanted an Actor’s Equity union member for the part of the Artful Dodger, but Kovacs is pleased to be part of the production and enjoying every minute of it.

“So far it has been awesome,” Kovacs said. “I’ll get to sing six or seven songs between the Workhouse Boys and Fagin’s gang.”

Rehearsals for Oliver were held at the Manhattan Theater Club Studios, which required Kovacs to commute into New York, as if he was not busy enough. Kovacs also plays the tenor saxophone, does commercial voiceover work, sings in the Select Chorus at school, and is teaching himself to play piano and guitar. 

Here is a video clip of Oliver highlights:

For more information on Oliver and the Paper Mill Playhouse, visit: http://www.papermill.org/shows-tickets/298-oliver.html