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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Classes begin this Tuesday at Exit 82 Theatre Studio

Our Musical Theatre Intensive is for students who have experience in acting or musical theatre. Classes will culminate with a final production where students exhibit their talents and work to family and friends. Our spring MTI will produce Once Upon A Mattress!
Class is held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be split up by grade:
Grades 2 - 5 6pm - 7pm
Grades 6 & up 7pm - 8pm
Class begins January 23!

Creative Drama is a class where students use role-playing and basic creative drama exercises to bring scenes and stories to life. They will participate in theatre games, improvisation and scene studies that encourage creativity, self-expression, and self-confidence. Class is held on Wednesdays from 7-8pm, beginning January 24.

Click here to register now!

Exit 82 Theatre Studio
34 Main Street

Friday, January 19, 2018

Virtuosic Americana band Sleepy Man at CSC February 3rd

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Centenary Stage Company and Centenary University present the virtuosic Americana band, Sleepy Man, to the Lackland Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 3 at 8 pm as a special benefit concert to support the Centenary University Innovation Fund.  New Jersey’s Mizzone brothers and friend Josh Thomas, known as Sleepy Man continue to drop unique and catchy songs anchored by the driving banjo of youngest brother, Jonny Mizzone.

Formally known as an instrumental YouTube sensations, the band has developed into a touring and recording sensation releasing their first album in 2011.  The driving banjo and harmonies produce a unique sound best characterized as a blend of Americana, folk, country, rock, pop and bluegrass.  Fans say, “you find yourself needing to move and tap along because the music is too infectious and catchy not to” and many compare their sound reminiscent to Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers.  Since the release of their first album, Sleepy Man has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, performed at the Grand Ole Opry and performed at TED Conferences.  Sleepy Man just released their new single “Feeling I’m Awake” to rave fan reviews: “Sleepy Man’s best original to date… an innovative mixture of folk, country, bluegrass, pop, and rock (and even a little bit of Irish trad and punk thrown in for good measure).

Tickets for Sleepy Man on Feb 3rd at 8 pm in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center are $22.50 for adults and $17.50 children in advance. Tickets increase $5.00 on the day of the performance.  All proceeds to benefit the Centenary University Innovation Fund.  The Centenary University Innovation Fund was created by Centenary University’s 13th President Dr. Dave Haney.  “One of my primary goals as President is for Centenary to remain as innovative as possible,” says Haney.  “As a result, we are setting up a fund that faculty, staff and students can draw on to support prototypes of innovative ideas that would ultimately provide benefit to the university and its constituents.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation.  This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.  Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, NJ, with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations:  Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found on social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

One Act Play Festival at Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn


Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theater company and NJACT's 2017 Community Theater of the Year, is proud to present "The 7th Annual One Act Play Festival," our annual NJACT Perry-award nominated showcase of original, one act plays. This year's festival will include five original pieces:

Margins - Written by David Susman, Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina

A college student confronts her professor about his notes on her recent paper.

Split Decision - Written by Kitty Dubin, Directed by Bill Kaufman

A couple in crisis sits down with a divorce counselor to attempt an amicable and easy split.

Suggested Donation - Written by Duncan Pflaster, Directed by Cynthia Smith Barry

Experimental theater and concessions without a set price drive one patron over the edge.

The Callback - Written by Leland Frankel, Directed by Marilyn Schilkie

An actress who didn't earn a callback takes the future of her career into her own, deranged hands.

The Quick Start Guide to Booting Your Man-Bot - Written by Phil Darg, Directed by Thomas Winkler

A lovelorn woman turns to technology, but soon becomes convinced the product is faulty.

​Four performances only:

Friday, January 26 at 8:00pm

Saturday, January 27 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm

Sunday, January 28 at 2:00pm

General admission. Adults - $20 | Seniors (60+) - $18 | Children Under 12 - $12

For tickets, call (973) OLT-4420, email, or purchase online.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Join Adult Dance Ensemble Program


Adult Dance Ensemble Program to be Offered at RVCC

Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Community Education department, in conjunction with the College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, is offering a Dance Ensemble program this winter and spring. The Dance Ensemble will meet Fridays, January 26-May 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the College’s Branchburg campus.

Adult dancers (high school juniors and older) who are interested in joining the Dance Ensemble are welcome to audition on the first day of the program. Those selected to join the ensemble—based on their audition—will have the opportunity to work as part of a touring dance company. Students will practice and perform a variety of dance techniques including contemporary dance, ballet and jazz. Weekly rehearsals and public performances are required.

The fee is $50. Students must purchase their own dance shoes and some dance attire.

To register for this course and other Adult Program classes, visit For information only, email or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. The Adult Personal Enrichment office is located on the first floor of Somerset Hall, in room S147.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. For further information, visit

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit

Adult Playwriting Classes Begin this Monday!

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Adult Playwriting Classes Begin this Monday!

John PietrowskiJust a reminder that our adult playwriting class with playwright and WTNJ Artistic Director, John Pietrowski (photo), kicks off its Winter session this coming Monday. John's play, Dura Mater, earned him a Literary Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2012, and he has over thirty years of experience working with some of the country's top playwrights on the development of their new plays.

The class, which meets Mondays from 7 PM until 10 PM, will run from next Monday, January 18th through April 2nd.  (There is no class on March 5th.)

Click the button below for more information or to register for the class.

Adult Playwriting

Speaking of playwriting, Sheli Paige Frank, one of our New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival winners from 2010 has just earned her first freelance byline in the New York Times, as, last week, the paper published a piece she wrote. Sheli had this to say to us about her experience with our NJ Young Playwrights Festival:
"I’ll always be grateful to NJ Young Playwrights.
Yours was the first writing competition I ever entered, the first play I ever wrote, and the first outside confirmation I was given that I had the talent and ability to be a writer of any sort. It also bears mentioning I never would have known about your competition nor thought to enter without the never-ending support and encouragement of my amazing high school English teacher, Dana Holley Maloney.
Thank you for remembering me and my play, and for all the work you do to give confidence to and support the next generation of writers."

Finally, the photo above was taken this past weekend at the New Jersey Thespian Festival and is of one of our playwriting workshops there. WTNJ Director of Education, Jim DeVivo, led several workshops over the course of the weekend and two WTNJ actors performed the participant's plays and provided professional feedback at this, the final workshop.
One of the actors shared this with us about his experience:

"The students' comments were insightful, intelligent, and useful, giving the other young playwrights valuable feedback with which to improve their work. Also remarkable was the love with which the critiques were delivered - there were no cutting, snide remarks, but instead each criticism came with encouragement and compliments."

Contemporary Dance, Acrobats, Children’s Shows, Plays About MLK, Robeson Set at RVCC Theatre


From contemporary dance, to an award-winning play about the night before Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, to high-flying acrobats and a show based on a children’s book—The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg has offerings for all ages and interests in February. The month also will include a special photography exhibition in the Theatre lobby. The following shows will be presented:

Paul Taylor Dance CompanyPaul Taylor Dance Company, Saturday, February 3, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers in Manhattan on May 30, 1954. That modest performance marked the beginning of 60 years of unrivaled creativity. In the decades that followed, Taylor became a cultural icon and one of history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance.

The MountaintopThe Mountaintop (LA TheatreWorks), Friday, February 9, at 8 p.m.; $25 & $35

Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop is a gripping reimagining of events that took place the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. This acclaimed play is rife with humor and political jabs, and gives us a glimpse of Dr. King as a person. LA TheatreWorks presents this exciting, radio-style touring production featuring a first-rate cast and live sound effects. The production contains some mature language.

It’s Dark Outside (The Last Great Hunt), Saturday, February 10, at 3 p.m., $15 (special matinee pricing) & 7 p.m.; $20

From the creators of the international smash-hit The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer comes an epic western about redemption and dementia. As the sun sets, an old man goes wandering into the night. He is swept up in a surreal western, on the run from a mysterious tracker hell-bent on hunting him down. A heartfelt exploration of dementia told through puppetry, mask, animation and live performance, this award-winning adventure depicts an old man chasing his memories as they escape into the wild.

Peking Acrobats 6_Photo by Tom MeinholdPeking Acrobats, Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m.; $25 & $35

These elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers and acrobats leave audiences breathless, defying gravity with amazing displays of strength, balance, agility, grace and artistry—whether they’re spinning plates, climbing poles or balancing chairs. Experience the rich and ancient Chinese folk art tradition highlighted by today’s technology, melding the traditional with modern wonders of the 21st century. Prepare to be astonished—but don’t try this stuff at home!

The Gruffalo (Tall Stories), Sunday, February 25, at 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. (relaxed setting); $10 (Recommended for ages 3 and older)

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the same-titled picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl, and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo—is there? The Gruffalo is full of songs, laughs and scary fun.

The 3:30 p.m. performance offers a more relaxed setting and is designed specifically for children with autism or related conditions who experience heightened sensory sensitivity, providing a safe and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families. The performance is general admission, allowing families to choose a comfortable seating space. Families who have not been to The Theatre at RVCC before are invited to stop by and visit the theatre space and explore the seating areas one hour before the show. They also may visit in advance by making an appointment date.

Actor Tayo Aluko in Call Mr. Robeson_ Photo by Carol RoseggCall Mr. Robeson (Tayo Aluko), Tuesday, February 27, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.; $15 (General admission; recommended for audiences age 14 and older; includes discussion and light refreshments; audience members may pre-order a $5 box lunch and dine before the 1 p.m. show)

Paul Robeson was a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he got too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he was branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. One of the 20th century’s most impressive but overlooked figures is revived in this powerful, compelling, one-man performance that takes audiences on a roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable, eventful life.

March to Freedom exhibitionIn celebration of Black History Month, The Theatre at RVCC will present “March to Freedom,” a photo exhibition commemorating the 1965 Selma-Montgomery marches and the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act. The traveling exhibit, on display in the Theatre lobby February 1-28, features rare images from the collections of The University of Texas at Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History, and select photos from the April 2014 Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library. “March to Freedom” follows determined and undaunted marchers, both black and white, as they try on three different occasions to take their cause to Montgomery and the steps of the Alabama Statehouse. The exhibition is free of charge, but reservations are required. For information about group reservations and public hours, contact the box office at 908-725-3420.

To purchase tickets for any of the Theatre’s offerings, contact the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at Subscribers’ packages are available for most Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit

[Photo captions]:

Actor Tayo Aluko in Call Mr. Robeson
Photo by Carol Rosegg

The Peking Acrobats
Photo by Tom Meinhold

Karen Malina White and Gilbert Glenn Brown in The Mountaintop
Photo by Matt Petit

The “March to Freedom” exhibition includes this photo, depicting Alabama state troopers confronting the marchers, led by Rev. Hosea Williams and John Lewis. Williams holds his nose in anticipation of tear gas.

By James "Spider" Martin. James "Spider" Martin Photographic Archive. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin. © Tracy Martin

Center Players to present ‘Lovers and Other Strangers’


Right in time for Valentine’s Day, Center Players will present Lovers and Other Strangers, the timeless story of marriage and relationships, at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold.

Written by husband and wife-team Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, Lovers and Other Strangers will run from Feb. 9-March 11th, and is directed by Michael Tota. The play is comprised of five unrelated comedic one-acts. One deals with the lead-up to a seduction, another with a married couple's quarrel, another with a groom getting cold feet the night before his wedding and yet another with a father and mother struggling to help their son be confident about his marriage. This version of the play also includes the sequence “Hal and Cathy” which was created for the popular 1970 film.

“Our great cast of 12 local actors -- some Center Players favorites, some new to our stage -- portray these relatable characters with humanity, humor and sincerity in an intimate setting,” noted Tota. “It is a perfect play to enjoy with a spouse or significant other during Valentine’s Day and the cold winter months.”

Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are priced at $25-27 and are available online at or by calling 732-462-9093. Dinner packages with local restaurants walking distance to the theater are also available.

Following Lovers and Other Strangers, Center Players will present Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, running from May 4th – June 3rd, and directed by Dave McGrath. Rounding out the season will be Dinner with Friends, written by Donald Marguiles and directed by Leslie Hochman, running July 27th-August 26th.

Celebrating its 17th season at Center Playhouse, Center Players dessert theater is a respected, award-winning organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play reading events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants.

 theatre-inside-800-Center Players was founded in 1996 and gained status as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and sought to establish a permanent presence in historic downtown Freehold. After performing at various locations around town, the group leased a storefront property at 35 South Street. The space was custom renovated with interior design by New York City designer Nelson Kuperberg into an intimate, 49-seat theatre, which opened in March, 2001 with a production of Crossing Delancey.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Auditions: TONIGHT for ‘Doubt: the Parable’ at the Stroller’s of Maplewood


Auditions for Doubt: A Parable are TONIGHT and tomorrow (January 15 and 16) from 7:30pm-9:30pm, with callbacks to follow this Thursday.

All information and sides are available at

‘The Electronic Dragon’ children’s show at The Strollers


The 2017-2018 Children's Show, The Electronic Dragon, opens on Friday, February 2, and runs for two weekend. For more information, see the post below this message or visit

We'll see you at the theater!

The Electronic Dragon Book by Lee Frank Turner

with additional material by Carol Cornicelli Music by Joshua Stone

Lyrics by Jim Beloff ​Direction by Carol Cornicelli

Musical Direction by Ebony Wiggins Produced by Mary Clare Cardoni

Stage Managed by Kelley Blessing


Richard Bull, Mary Clare Cardoni, Dena Daniel, William Davenport

Vlada Duran, Amanda Feliciano, Frank Guerrasio, Rory Hoban

Norman Metz, Debra Osofsky, Luke Petricha, Vicki Ridley,   Derrick Simmons


Friday, February 2 - 7:00pm, Saturday, February 3 - 2:00pm

Sunday, February 4 - 2:00pm, Friday, February 9 - 7:00pm

Saturday, February 10 - 2:00pm Sunday, February 11 - 2:00pm


The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts

10 Durand Road Maplewood, NJ


All tickets are $10

The Strollers PO Box 83 Maplewood, NJ 07040

White Eagle dance event Jan 21 postponed

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Grace dance event at White Eagle Hall on 1/21 has been postponed, the new date for Grace will be announced. 

WEHJC_2018Preview_poressrelease-picture 3On January 21st, for its first new show of the year at White Eagle Hall, JCTC presents Grace, an afternoon of dance with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and LaneCo., an afternoon of captivating dance pieces, all choreographed by women. Next Month, JCTC presents Hamlet by Bedlam, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy by one of the most cutting-edge theatre companies in New York. Another exclusive show, the White Eagle Hall presentation of Hamlet by Bedlam opens a national tour of the production with a new, diverse cast.
The 2018 schedule of music at White Eagle Hall kicks off with a night of Jersey City-based bands – Black Wail, Debra Devi, Hey Anna, Universal Rebel and The Components (Friday, Jan. 19); BoomBox: Western Voodoo Tour (Friday, Jan. 26);  From Good Homes (Saturday, Feb. 3) and The World / Inferno Friendship Society (Feb. 2).

‘Heathers the Musical’ at Aspire Performing Arts Company


Aspire Performing Arts Company is gearing up to present Heathers the Musical (High School Edition), now in its final weeks of rehearsals. The production takes place Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, January 27, 2018 at George Washington Middle School in Wayne, NJ.

If you lived through the late 80’s, “What’s your damage, Heather?!” may be one all too familiar question. The 1989 dark comedy, Heathers, which starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, quickly became a cult favorite after its release, and spawned more than a dozen catch phrases. In 2014, the movie got the musical treatment, and has also acquired a massive following.

Heathers the Musical follows the story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy and beautiful outsider who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get too comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. And when Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized butt...but J.D. has another plan in mind.

Heathers the Musical is by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and director Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man).

Lisa Beth VettosoLisa Beth Vettoso, Aspire’s Founder and Artistic Director, directs the production, which features 32 performers between the ages of 13 and 18. The doubled cast is led by Courtney Bulger and Julia DiGirolamo as Veronica, Gerald Cetrulo and Robert Scharf as J.D., Emily Moran and Gianna Trivisani as Heather Chandler, Olivia Howell and Olivia Kozlevcar as Heather McNamara, and Jillian Cetrulo and Jackie Tkaczenko as Heather Duke.

“I grew up with the Heathers, and have loved the movie for more than twenty years. The musical refreshes the material and makes the story even more relevant to the lives of teenagers today. It’s a wild ride of a show, with moments that make you laugh and cry, often at the same time,” says Ms. Vettoso.

Performances will take place Thursday, January 25 at 7:00pm; Friday, January 26 at 7:00pm; and Saturday, January 27 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at George Washington Middle School, located at 68 Lenox Road in Wayne, NJ. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Aspire PAC at 201-220-4933 or

Since 2011, Aspire Performing Arts Company has provided children and teens with opportunities to participate in theatrical productions, master classes, and Broadway trips, gaining a strong reputation along the way. For more information, you can find Aspire online at as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) is presented by permission from Samuel French.



Hudson Theater Works is providing Play City with a teacher, to bring acting classes for young children to their space.

So bust out your inner drama king and queen and let's get into character. Drama Classes are geared for children from preschool to age 11. Included with the cost is (unsupervised) open play before/after class.

Contact Play City for more information:

Tel 1: (201) 348-4000 | Tel 2: (201) 348-4002


Taught by Cassandra Glovine

Cassandra Giovine is a New York City-based actress with a B.F.A. in musical theatre from SUNY. For the past three years, along with her performance duties with the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, Cassandra has been a teacher at the theatre's youth drama camp, teaching acting and music to kids ages 5 to 16. The classes covered everything from improv to movement work to writing songs, and ended with fully-staged productions. While performing at Point Sebago Resort in Maine, Cassandra also taught and choreographed kids Broadway dance classes each week, and coached teens in a competition modeled after The Voice. At the collegiate level, Cassandra was a teaching assistant for incoming Freshman actors.

Hudson Theatre Works, 54 Sterling Avenue, Weehawken, NJ 07086

Something very funny is going on in Oradell ‘Relatively Speaking’

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Oradell, NJ, January 15, 2018 - The Bergen County Players will be
presenting the first two one-act plays in the laugh-out-loud trilogy
Relatively Speaking for two performances only, at 2 pm on Saturday,
January 27th and 7 pm on Sunday January 28th. Performances will take
place at The Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamanck Road in
Oradell. Tickets may be purchased online at, by
calling the box office at 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office
during regular box office hours.

The plays were written by two playwrights with unique comic voices –
the screenwriter/director Ethan Coen of the Coen brothers and Elaine
May, originally of the famed comedy team Nichols & May. In the words
of the New York Times, the show is “packed with nifty zingers!”
Chosen for the stage by director Paul Reitnauer III because they’re so
funny and relatable, Paul says, “Anybody watching these two plays will
either identify with the characters or recognize people they’ve met.”
Please note that Relatively Speaking contains mature language.
In Elaine May’s George Is Dead, his new widow Doreen (Pauline Quinones
of Elmsford, NY) is too hilariously spoiled and superficial to grieve.
Instead, she takes self-absorbed to a whole new level. Rounding out
the cast of George is Dead are Melissa Miller of Bergenfield as Carla,
Chris Caira of Closter as Michael, Michele Roth of New Milford as
Nanny and Anthony Bailey of Ramsey as the Funeral Director. In Talking
Cure, Ethan Coen adapts his trademark dark-comedy, honed in such
brilliant films as “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski”, to create a
bitingly funny tug-of-war between a mental patient (John Kiely of
Allendale), and the therapist struggling to treat him (Ron Siclari of
In addition to director Paul Reitnauer III, the Bergen County Players
production team includes Steve Mintz and David Luke (Producers),
Joanne Misha (Assistant to the Director), Howard Kerner (Stage
Manager), Joe Lanteri (Lighting Design), Terri Caust (Costumes), Tim
Larsen (Sound Design), Jack Linefsky (Sound Operator), Lawrence
Laterza (Lighting Operation), Barbara Murtha (Props), Gloria Bumbaco
and Rich Ciero (Stage Crew), Edie Orlando (Makeup), Barbara Mintz
(Photography), Ed Gross (Publicity), Kellie Gleeson and David Luke
(Program Notes) and Debbie Zika (Member at Large/Social Media).
•       All performances for Relatively Speaking take place at The Little
Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the
Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Saturday,
January 27th at 2 pm, and Sunday, January 28th at 7 pm.
•       Tickets for Relatively Speaking are $11 for all performances, and can
be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or
by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during
regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are
•       Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email or call the main number and press #6.
•       Student (25 and younger) rush seats can be purchased for $5 (cash
only) starting 30 minutes before curtain at every performance, pending
seat availability. There is a limit of one rush ticket per student.
•       Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street,
one-half block north of the theatre.
The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a
small community theatre when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300
volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine
productions presented each season.
Further information can be found at

(l - r) John Kiely and Ron Siclari (Photo by Barbara Mintz)

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling
201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office during regular box office
hours. Photo by Barbara Mintz

Saturday, January 13, 2018

JCTC Presents Grace: Celebrating Women through Dance at White Eagle Hall


On January 21st, for its first new show of the year at White Eagle Hall, Jersey City Theater Center presents Grace, an afternoon of dance celebrating femininity and the power of women.

Grace features a trio of acclaimed dance companies: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Freespace Dance, and LaneCoArts. Not only are all three companies led by women, but all the pieces showcased in Grace are choreographed by women.

With the #MeToo movement dominating news headlines, this exclusive dance performance could not be more timely. “Grace speaks to the power of women, and the fact these are established dance companies that have toured nationally and internationally and are led by women, highlights the fact that women can be graceful and feminine, and yet also powerful,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Part of the JCTC mission is to present programming that tackles the issues of our times. With women in Hollywood, Washington and Corporate America finally speaking out, Grace by giving women center stage and letting them tell their stories is more important than ever.”

The Grace performances are global in scope, poignant and thought provoking:

  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company features their signature choreography by Nai-Ni Chen, inspired by Chinese Kuaiban music, and the ancient Chinese cycles of creation and destruction.

  • Freespace Dance, headed by Donna Scro Samori, presents excerpts from A Women’s Movement, which examines the essence of femininity, the strength of being a woman in today’s world, and the universal connection between women.

  • LaneCoArts, led by Lane Gifford, combines their unique blend of dance, theater, and visual arts to explore topical issues, including the significance of the U.S. Constitution in our complex current environment, and how that relates to the broader global landscape.

The Grace Companies:

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company – founded by Nai-Ni Chen, its Artistic Director is one of the few professional touring Asian-American dance companies led by a woman. Since forming her company in 1988, Chen has created a wide-ranging repertory, from dances that originated thousands of years ago to contemporary highly abstract, modern works.  The company has performed throughout the United States and the Americas, as well as in Europe and Asia. Chen has received a Choreographer’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, is a three time recipient of the Choreographer’s Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and her work has been commissioned by the Joyce Theater Foundation, the New Jersey Performing Art Center, the Lincoln Center Institute, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dancing in the Streets, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.  She has taught master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States and at dance festivals in Russia, Poland, Taiwan, and China. She is currently on faculty at New Jersey City University. 

LaneCoArts –  founded by Lane Gifford in 2006, this dance theater company explores the concept of communication in today’s technologically driven world through a self-referential process of collaboration with other artists. LaneCoArts  has performed at  Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; New York International Fringe Festival; Dixon Place; Baruch Performing Arts Center, Triskelion Arts;  the 92ndSt.Y; Boston Contemporary Dance Festival; Women in Dance Project/Ailey Citigroup Theater; Bryant Park Festival/2016, and Northeast Choreographer Residency 2016.  Gifford was a finalist in the Western Michigan University 2015 National Choreography Competition and her company has received grants from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/Dance Place; Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant,  Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, and French Cultural Service/Government Grant (Paris, France).

Freespace Dance – a Montclair-based dance  company founded by Donna Scro-Samori, who is its  Artistic Director. In her two decade plus experience as a dancer and choreographer, Scro-Samori has performed  at The Paris Opera House, Theatre de la Ville, the American Dance Festival (Korea and North Carolina), Spoleto Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Egg, the Joyce Theater, The New Victory Theater, Central Park Summer Stage, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Prior to establishing Freespace Dance, Scro-Samori was a principal dancer with the Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Company and a founding member of the Sean Curran Company. She received a 2008 Fellowship from New Jersey State Council on the Arts, for excellence in choreography. Last year, Freespace Dance performed I know You, an evening of multigenerational dance at Merseles Studios as part of JCTC’s Borderless Series.

Photo:  One of three companies performing is Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company – founded by Nai-Ni Chen Choreographer / Artistic Director,  (photo by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company)

Sunday Jan 21

2:00 PM

White Eagle Hall - JCTC

337 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ

Tickets: $20.00 ($15.00 for students & senior citizens/photo ID required at door). To purchase tickets, visit:

Auditions: ‘Hamlet’ at Dover Little Theatre

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Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Derek Egidio
Sunday, January 28 7pm
Monday, January 29 7pm

Callbacks, by Invitation Only:
Wednesday, January 31 7pm
April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 8pm
April 15 and 22 at 2pm

69 Elliott Street Dover, NJ 07801 973-328-9202

Prince Hamlet has been summoned home to Denmark to attend his father's funeral. One night, a Ghost reveals itself to Hamlet, claiming to be the ghost of Hamlet's father, the former king. The Ghost claims that the old king was murdered by Hamlet's uncle, Claudius, who has since married Hamlet's mother and assumed the throne. Hamlet decides to uncover the truth for himself.

We are encouraging everyone of all genders to audition for whichever part they would like. If you are auditioning for a traditionally male role, please prepare a monologue from Hamlet. If you are auditioning for a traditionally female role, please prepare a monologue from any other Shakespeare play.

Hamlet: 18-30
Claudius: 30+
Gertrude: 30+
Polonius: 40+
Ophelia: 18-30
Laertes: 18-30
Horatio: 18-30
Rosencrantz: 18-30
Guildenstern: 18-30
Bernardo: 18-30
Francisco: 18-30
Marcellus: 18-30
First Gravedigger: 40+
Second Gravedigger: 15-30