Into the Woods Jr. - Summer Program Sign-Up
Please fill out the following form if you would like to sign up for the Artist Collective Troupe's summer theater program, presenting "Into the Woods Jr."  Everyone who signs up WILL be cast in the show.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns at
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About the Show/Production
Synopsis: The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

Production Team:
Director - Eric Pertgen
Music Director - Chelsea Carlson

Participation Fee: $350 (due at first rehearsal; non-refundable)
*Financial aid available.

Age Limit: Must be 9-14 years old at start of program.


Rehearsals:  Will take place in Point Pleasant Monday-Thursday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM starting on June 28.

Performances: Friday August 4 (7:00 PM), Saturday August 5 (3:00 PM)

For more information about the Artist Collective Troupe, please visit our website.
Program Information
Start Date: June 28 - Meet & Greet, Information Meeting, and Audition Workshop
Audition Date: June 29

Audition Material:
Audition material will be posted on our website in advance of the beginning of the program for anyone who wants a jumpstart on learning the material.  Audition material will be taught on the first day of our program and auditions will be held the next day.  Please note: Everyone who signs up for "Into the Woods Jr." will be cast; auditions will determine what role each participant receives.

How It Works:
ACT will be presenting an unabridged version of "Into the Woods Jr." with a cast of 9-14 year olds at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Point Pleasant NJ.  The program will consist of rehearsals, an educational experience, and two performances.  ACT prides itself on presenting high-quality productions no matter the age of the cast, and participants of "Into the Woods Jr." can look forward to being part of a challenging, but fulfilling, community theater experience.  Proceeds from ticket sales will help to support Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

About the Directors:

Eric Pertgen (Director): Eric has an Associates in the Arts and a Bachelors in Theater with a concentration in Direction/Stage Management & Acting.  Credits include stage, film, and direction.  Eric has over 25 years of stage experience; favorite stage roles include Peter (Prelude to a Kiss), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Picasso (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), Gordon (Where There's a Will), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Silvius (As You Like It), Bob Cratchit (Scrooge), and Lucien P. Smith (The Boys Next Door).  TV/Film credits include: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Billions, The Gilded Age, And Just Like That, Fallout, Joker 2, and Succession.  You may also find Eric in a number of award-winning short films and commercials.  Accolades include a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Play - NJ Perry Awards.  

Chelsea Carlson (Music Director): Chelsea is a music teacher, award-winning musician, and alumnus of Berklee College of Music.  Some of her favorite roles include Linda (The Wedding Singer), Maid Marian (NJ Renaissance Faire), Miss Carter (It's a Wonderful Life), and of course Mr. Narwhal (Elf: The Musical).  Chelsea's most recent work has been music directing "Wish Upon a Song" and assistant directing "Elf: The Musical" and "Mary Poppins" with ACT, and music directing the New Jersey Renaissance Faire.  As a singer/songwriter, Chelsea has performed at over 100 venues across the tri-state area, and had her debut album premiere in Songwriting Magazine.  She was awarded Top New Female Act at the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, and in 2022 she was given the Legion of Honor Award for her volunteer work and humanitarian efforts.  Chelsea has been a music teacher for over 12 years and teaches the Monday Band Class at Red House Music Studio as well as voice, guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass lessons. 
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Age of Participant
(must be 9-14 years old at start of program)
What is your parent's name, phone number, and email address? *
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Please provide us with all conflicts (check off all dates you will be missing). *
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