Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Centenary Stage Company Young Audience Series kicks off with ‘If You Give a Moose a Muffin’


The Centenary Stage Company presents If You Give a Moose a Muffin on Saturday September 27th at 11am in the Little Theater on the Campus of Centenary College.  In this hilarious music-filled play, a young girl entertains a gregarious moose by giving him a muffin.  If a big hungry moose wants a muffin, he’ll surely wan some jam to go with it.  So begins the comic complications of an adventure that will delight young audience members!

If You Give a Moose a Muffin kicks off this season’s Young Audience Series third Saturday Festival presented by the Centenary Stage Company and sponsored by Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.  Every third Saturday of the month will feature a different production suitable for ages Pre- K to Adult.   The Young Audience Series was developed in collaboration with The Centenary College Theater Department to produce a theater outreach program for neighboring communities and schools.  The Young Audience Series educates and entertains young audiences with performances and workshops based on NJ core curriculum standards.

Tickets are $12.50 dollars for adults and $10 for children.   Tickets may be purchased on-line at centenarystageco.org, at the CSC Box Office in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. in Hackettstown, or by calling (908) 979 – 0900.  The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 1 – 5 p.m., and two hours prior to performance times.  CSC also has a Box Office open during the main season at 217 Main Street in Hackettstown open Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin is also available for tour, bringing the experience of theater right to your own school.   Other productions available for tour include If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If you Give a Pig a Pancake and Shake It Up Shakespeare: Magic, Mystery & Mayhem.  For more information on the YAS series touring productions contact the Centenary Stage Company Box office at 908-979-0900 or visit centenarystageco.org.

The 2014-15 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

TYRO Acting Program at Centenary Stage Company


The Centenary Stage Company continues their tradition of nurturing young artists by offering the TYRO Acting Program this fall in the Little Theatre located at 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey (campus of Centenary College).

The TYRO Theatre Program provides an introduction to theatre skills and performance for children 8 – 10 years of age.  Classes meet once a week from 4:30pm to 5:30pm Wed. September 24th – Wed. November 19.  There is no class on Wednesday October 29th.   The cost of tuition is $200 per student. Registration deadline is September 22nd.  Registration is limited to ten students.

The TYRO Program is led by Maria Brodeur, the CSC Education Director.  Brodeur is a professional actress and arts educator with experience in children’s theatre who holds a BA in Theatre and Education from Rutgers University.  One TYRO parent recently exclaimed, I just wanted to drop you a quick line and let you know how much fun Valerie is having in your Summer Acting Program ….. Thanks so much for offering this wonderful opportunity to young kids!”

The TYRO Theatre Program represent the educational arm of the Centenary Stage Company (CSC), a professional Equity theatre in residence at Centenary College under the leadership of Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau.

For more information regarding TYRO or to register contact the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900 or visit us on-line at centenarystageco.org

Programming for CSC is made possible through generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC sponsors and members.

Tri-State Actors Theater accepting registrations for Fall 2014 Acting Classes

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Tri-State Actors Theater is now accepting registrations for its Fall 2014 Acting Classes for Children  and Teens, and Advanced Acting Workshops for Adults. Children’s Classes will meet, Saturdays, at The  Spring Board Shoppes, 145 Spring St., Newton and Classes for Teens will be held, on Mondays, at High Point Regional High School, Sussex, as well as on Tuesdays at The Spring Board Shoppes, 145 Spring St., Newton.

Adults will meet, on Mondays, at High Point Regional High School, Sussex.
Acting lessons are a wonderful way to build self-confidence, to create and to be creative. Through acting, the student learns to take direction, lead, support, and trust others.  Drama also provides training allowing the student to feel more confident about public speaking.

The Advanced Acting Workshop is for adults, 18 and over, with or without acting experience. Under the direction of Tara Bowles, a professional actor and teacher, scene study and acting classes will be developed through the
Stella Adler Technique. Workshops will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm on Mondays, September 15 and end on Monday, November 17. The class registration fee is $270.00 for the ten week workshop.

Teen Classes are for students ages 13-17 and will be taught by Artistic Director, actor and teacher Paul Meacham. Students will learn basic skills of acting, work on monologues and 2-character scenes, with individual instruction for every student. Fall classes are offered on Mondays, from 5 pm until 7 pm, September 15 through Monday, November 17 at High Point Reg. HS and on Tuesdays, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, at The Spring Board Shoppes, Newton, starting September 16 and endind on November 18. The class registration fee is $240.00 for each ten week workshop.

Children's Classes, for ages 6-12, will be under the instruction of Patricia Meacham, theater professional and teacher. The classes will focus on creative dramatics and games. Fall classes will be held on Saturdays, September 20 through October 25, from 10:00 am until noon, at The Spring Board Shoppes in Newton. The class registration fee is $200.00.

For more information, or to register, call 973-875-2950 or visit on the web at http://www.tristateactorstheater.org.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Future Equity Member Owen Coughtry Makes Special Appearance in Queens! Mother Nisi Sturgis Doing Fine.

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Congratulations: Jordan Coughtry and Nisi Sturges, they just had their first child, a boy, Owen!
A bit of background: In 2012  they appeared, as a couple, in Trelawny of the Wells, at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. It was during one of those performances that Coughtry proposed to Sturgis. They were married Sept. 21, 2013, at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Since that time, they have appeared a second time as a couple in the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of Our Town (photo below).
“We did two days of rehearsals, flew back to Arkansas to get married and headed back to finish rehearsals and the play,” Sturgis said with a laugh.
“And in January, we attended the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards,” she said. “Boardwalk Empire was nominated for an ensemble award, and they were kind enough to include me. We got to go [to Los Angeles] and rub elbows with all the stars.”
Sturgis plays June Thompson on Boardwalk Empire, a drama on HBO that is in its last season.
More later. Congratulations Jordan and Nisi!
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall production of ‘The Lion in Winter’ cancelled at Holmdel Theatre Company

“Due to circumstances beyond our control The Holmdel Theatre Company is regretfully canceling our fall production of The Lion in Winter. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience.”

Holmdel Theatre Company
at The Duncan Smith Theater
36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733
(on the grounds of the Holmdel High School)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rhino Youth Group to Present ‘Legally Blonde’

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Happy Birthday to Steve Fredericks of the Growing Stage

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Meet TGS founder and executive director Steve Fredericks. He’s been there since the beginning (obviously!), wearing more hats than you can count—actor, director, designer, playwright, mentor, friend, problem-solver-in-chief, painter, carpenter, janitor, etc., etc., etc.! Recently, Steve took a few minutes to answer a few questions for the TGS blog. (photo: Steve and wife Lori)

What do the performing arts mean to you?

They have been so much a part of my life since I was first put on stage at a very young age by my dad, who directed community plays, that I actually don’t remember a time without them. I strongly believe that the performing arts are freedom expressed creatively. The performing arts should aspire to create a connection between artist and audience, as immediate as a reaction to what one is saying, seeing or hearing, and as long-lasting as a memory that lives in our minds forever.

If you could have any career you wanted (talent or education not required) what would it be and why?

A master gardener because I love working outdoors, planting and watching things grow. I love sculpture, but have no talent for it, so I appreciate the ability to create and change environments with plants. I also appreciate the peacefulness the hard work brings and the reward of watching a plant grow through its stages.

How many places have you lived? Where?

Born in Brooklyn, NY, and lived there for about five years; moved to Rochester, NY, and lived there till I completed fourth grade; then moved to Dallas, TX, for 11 months; Framingham, MA, for 15 months; and then Chester, NJ, just as seventh grade was to begin. Daddy was a salesman. I went to college at Arizona State University, so I have had the opportunity to see a lot of our country, but I still would like to explore the Northwest.

What is your favorite TGS memory?

In Chester, we performed in the Williamson Building’s old gymnasium that we had converted into a makeshift theatre. The windows weren’t blacked out, so you clearly saw the audience at our matinees. I was onstage playing the herald or something like that in one of our fairy tale pieces, and as I was reading from a scroll, a young boy, sitting next to his mother and eating popcorn, was so entranced that he fell off his seat. He did so without taking his eyes off the stage or spilling his popcorn! From the stage, I watched his mother slowly take him by the shoulders, lift him back onto the seat and mouth to me, “He’s okay.”

If you could invite any three people that ever lived for dinner, who would they be?

I think it would be my grandfather, my favorite uncle and one of my Tantas (Norwegian for great-aunt). I wasn’t old or mature enough to fully appreciate or learn from them when they were alive, and I have lots of questions!

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

The “thank you s” from young people who come back to the theatre as adults and share their memories of and appreciation for our work. I am always very grateful for that and can’t hear enough of it.

If you could play any role in a show at TGS, what would it be and why?

Annie. ‘nuff said.

Visit the Growing Stages’ Palace Theatre in Netcong (Steve is Santa):

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