Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Following the successful run of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater in Basking Ridge, Bernards Township Plays in the Park and Trilogy Repertory Company will present the hilarious comedy, Play On!, on July 25, 26, 31, and August 1 and 2, on the park stage. Performances are free to the public and will begin at 8 PM.
Play On! written by Rick Abbott (one of several pen names for playwright Jack Sharkey who authored over eighty plays), is the wonderfully entertaining story of a community theater group attempting to put on a play called Murder Most Foul, written by Phyllis Montague (Eileen McShane of Bernardsville). She constantly makes changes to the script, frustrating the director (Anne King of New Providence), stage manager (Chris Winans of Morristown), and techie (Ed McCarty of Bridgewater) as well as the actors. Nerves fray, and the cast begins to get on each other’s nerves as time grows short, opening night looms, and everything that can go wrong, does! The cast also includes Avery Scott (Califon), Hank Barre (Basking Ridge), Peter Curley (Maplewood), Debbie Glick (Flemington), Ginny Beutnagel (Mendham), and Claire Taylor (Bernardsville).
Play On! Is directed by Jaye Barre, with the assistance from stage manager Marilyn Gamba and Props Designer Eileen McSweeney, all of Basking Ridge. Beverly Webb again returns from California for set decoration and costumes. Lorrie Lane of Basking Ridge is the Producer for Plays in the Park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For information, call 908-204-3003.
The partnership of Trilogy Repertory and Bernards Township has produced close to thirty years of family entertainment and achieved several awards for both groups for excellence in theater programming. Most prominent are the awards from ACT (Achievement in Community Theater) and the prestigious “Excellence in Cultural Arts Programming.” “Play On!” is made possible, in part, by support from New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Trilogy Repertory Company ,P. O. Box 199, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Caption for cast picture: The cast of Play On! Rehearses “Murder Most Foul” with Claire Taylor of Bernardsville, Hank Barre of Basking Ridge, Ginny Beutnagel of Mendham, Peter Curley of Maplewood, Debbie Glick of Flemington, and Scott Avery of Califon.
It's been several years in the making. And, we're thrilled it's finally here. To celebrate, our first program will be an affordable
End of Summer Short Acting Program
Taught by The Company's artistic director: Lou Scarpati
Beginning and continuing on Aug, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, the three week program is designed to introduce new/amateur actors as well as more seasoned local actors to the general acting methods used by The Company.
This short program will seamlessly lead into a fall program for those who wish to delve deeper in the training. And, successful actors will be invited into company membership, as well as have a chance to audition for upcoming company productions and readings.
Our studio will be at the
Temple Avodat Shalom
385 Howland Ave.
River Edge, N.J. 07661
Just across from Van Saun Park
So, there will be 6 classes in total - held in the Youth Lounge.
Teen classes will be at each of the days, and
Adult classes will follow at .
Finally, as an added gift, the first of the six classes will be free with no obligation to continue (while seats last). So, there's no risk, if it's not for you. And, if you continue with the program, the 5 remaining classes will be only $99.
If you're interested: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, seating is limited, so please act now if you have an aspiring actor in your house or you are one yourself.
Midtown International Theatre Festival, in association with Titus' Arrow, presents
EURYDICE DESCENDING, a new play by Karin Fazio Littlefield
Award-winning actress Gloria Lamoureux heads the production as Wendy, a wife who is driven to desperation and humiliation because her husband Bill has refused to come out of the bathroom for more than six weeks.
With Dianne Diep and Andy Phillips
Directed by Roark Littlefield
July 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 2 at 9:00 p.m.
Aug. 3 at 4:00 p.m.
The Jewel Box Theater
312 West 36th Street, NY, NY.
For tickets visit midtownfestival.org
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in conjunction with the Algonquin Arts Center of Manasquan and the New Jersey Youth Theatre will present the American classic musical OKLAHOMA, August 1 through August 10, 2014.
“Oklahoma!,” Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in Oklahoma territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, Will Parker, a fun-loving steer roper and Ado Annie, a love-hungry flirt play out their love stories. They succeed in making new lives together in what will be a brand-new state building up to the ultimate climax, the triumphant “OKLAHOMA!” Songs include “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top,” and “Out of My Dreams.”
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will be directed by Cynthia Meryl who last year directed the summer theatre production of WEST SIDE STORY at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. The Music Director is Matthew Webb who serves as the Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, NJ and the choreographer is Sherry Alban who is a member of the dance faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers.
Starring in “Oklahoma!” are talented young actors from across the state including Jason Kugelman from Rumson as Curly, Erica Morreale from Cranford as Laurey, Branden Mangan as Andrew Carnes and Ariel Schwarzer as Ali Hakim, both from West Orange, Kaitlin Quann from Randolph as Kate, Samantha Tropper from Union as Ado Annie and Andrew Martinez from Morristown as Jud.
Tickets may be purchased by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre box office. The Bickford Theatre is conveniently located within the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-up hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase and many other special concerts and performances. Artistic Director Eric Hafen celebrates his fourteenth anniversary this season. The theatre is an Equity Member Theatre of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theatres throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).