Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jersey Girl Anne Hathaway may star in film version of Les Miserables

Jersey Girl Anne Hathaway may sing Les Miserables' "I Dreamed a Dream," opposite Hugh Jackman in director Tom Hooper's forthcoming movie adaptation of the show. She is reported to be considering playing Fantine opposite Jackman as Jean Valjean.

The other leads may (or may not) include Russell Crowe as Javert and Hooper’s The King’s Speech stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers.

Anne Hathaway's background in stage musicals makes her a great choice: Before her Oscar-nominated role in Rachel Getting Married and star turns in One Day, Love and Other Drugs, Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart and more, the Millburn, New Jersey, actress played the lead in the City Center Encores! production of Carnival, winning the Clarence Derwent Award, and Paper Mill Playhouse productions of Jane Eyre, Gigi and Once Upon a Mattress. She showed off her dramatic chops as Viola in the 2009 Central Park production of Twelfth Night.

Les Miserables features a score by Claude-Michel Schonberg, book by Schonberg and Alain Boubil and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The film will have a script by Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson and is being produced by Working Title films, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Cameron Mackintosh.

The 25th Anniversary revised edition of "Les Miz" had its U.S. premiere last January at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Read our review...http://www.njfootlights.com/2010/11/les-miserables-is-spectacular-theater.html).

Kean Stage's 2011-2012 schedule

Kean Stage’s 2011-2012 performing arts season boasts an impressive lineup including this year’s Grammy® Award Winner for “Best New Artist”, Esperanza Spalding as well as An Evening with John Legend, the explosive Taiko drumming of TAO and Compañia Flamenca Jose Porcel’s dazzling Gypsy Fire.

Highlights of Enlow Recital Hall’s upcoming season include Jane Krakowski, The 5 Browns, the Branford Marsalis Quartet and American soprano and opera diva Christine Brewer.

Dance enthusiasts will enjoy the awesome acrobatics and saber work of the Lezginka Dance Company direct from Russia; Dance Theatre of Harlem’s unique approach to ballet, and ballet classics like The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Giselle.

The Concert Artist Series in its 12th season will feature world-renowned faculty musicians performing chamber music in Enlow Hall and Kean Hall.

New this year is our International Film Series featuring award-winning modern foreign cinema on Sunday afternoons in the Jules Irving Schwartz Lecture Hall in the new STEM building.

The Kean University main campus is located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. and the address for the East Campus where Enlow Recital Hall is located is 215 North Avenue in Hillside, N.J.

Tickets are available at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office on campus, by calling 908-737-SHOW (7469), and online at www.keanstage.com.

The lineup is as follows:

MUSIC
OPENING NIGHT ~ JANE  KRAKOWSKI
Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
Tony® Award Winning and 2 time Emmy® nominated singer and actress Jane Krakowski performs an unforgettable evening of cabaret and show stopping hits.
$75 Opening Night Reception & Performance
$55 Performance Only

THE CREOLE CHOIR OF CUBA
Sunday, October 9 at 3 p.m.
Enlow Hall
A sensation at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, this remarkable 10 member ensemble performs irresistible a capella melodies with richly textured harmonies, vibrant dancing, and shifting Caribbean rhythms of rediscovered musical treasures from Haiti, Dominica and Cuba.
$35 Standard

AN EVENING WITH JOHN LEGEND
Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Nine time Grammy® Award winning singer and songwriter delivers an intimate evening of performance and storytelling that will leave you inspired.
Enlow Hall
$225 Standard

ESPERANZA SPALDING
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
This year’s Grammy® Award winner for “Best New Artist”, Esperanza Spalding mesmerizes audiences by deftly blending classical and jazz to create modern chamber music with touches of folk and world sounds as well.
$35 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child

Holland Wind Players
Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m.
Enlow Hall    
Comprised of members from the famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Orchestras and led by conductor and founder Joeroen Weierink, this world renowned ensemble is acclaimed for its innovative programming of music for winds.
$35 Standard

Sweet Honey in the Rock
Sunday, November 6 at 3 p.m.
Enlow Hall
American Grammy® Award Winning and internationally renowned all-woman, African-American vocal ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock is one of the most celebrated ambassadors of a capella music capturing a wide range of musical genres.
 $35 Standard

THE 5 BROWNS
Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
The New York Post has proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years.”
$55 Standard

BRANFORD MARSALIS& JOEY CALDERAZZO DUO AND THE BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET
Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
In this unique presentation of duo and quartet, Marsalis offers the audience a chance to experience both!
$55 Standard

Arco Ensemble: An Arco Holiday
Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
New Jersey’s virtuoso string chamber orchestra features music of the season led by world-renowned guest conductor, Bruce Hangen.
$25 Standard
 HOLIDAY BRASS                                                              
Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m.      
Enlow Hall
An annual tradition of sonorous arrangements of music for brass and percussion.
$25 Standard

JUBILATION
Sunday, January 15 at 4 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Under the direction of Rev. Stefanie Minatee (Kean Alum ’83) Jubilation is a Jersey-based aggregation of culturally diverse singers, formed in 1998.
$35 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child

LES VIOLINS DU ROY
Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
Widely acclaimed for their exceptional energy, brilliance and vitality of their performances, Les Violons du Roy, under the direction of Bernard Labadie, specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era.
$35 Standard

George Winston
Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.
Enlow Hall
Known for his personal style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, George Winston recorded his first solo piano album 40 years ago, Ballads and Blues 1972, releasing ten more solo albums since 1980.
$35 Standard
TAO – THE ART OF THE DRUM
Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
An exhilarating blend of athletic bodies, contemporary costumes, and explosive Taiko drumming.  Innovative choreography has critics waxing lyrical about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina.
$35 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child

Christine Brewer
Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
Grammy® Award winning American soprano Christine Brewer marks her appearances in opera, concert and recital with her own unique timbre, at once warm and brilliant, combined with a vibrant personality and emotional honesty reminiscent of the great sopranos of the past.
$55 Standard
Arco Ensemble: Arco Goes Latin
Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
New Jersey’s virtuoso string chamber orchestra, Arco Ensemble, celebrates Iberian heritage with their program led by guest conductor Gisele Ben-Dor and featuring clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein
$25 Standard

Ravi Coltrane QUARTET
Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
Critically acclaimed and Grammy® nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer.

Kathy Mattea
Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m.
Enlow Hall
Kathy Mattea, the beloved, Grammy® Award Winning singer of such classics as 18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses, Where’ve You Been and many other hits recently released her new album COAL which reshapes the way we think about music, reminding us why we love it so much in the first place.
$35 Standard

CONCERT ARTIST SERIES
BEETHOVEN -- THE IMMORTAL
Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Kean Hall
Exquisite chamber works—including the Archduke Trio and the monumental Cello Sonata in A, op. 69—by the greatest of all composers
Joanna Frankel, violin; Na-Young Baek, cello; and Gabriela Martinez, piano
$15 Standard; $5 Student, Child

THE LATE ROMANTICS
Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
Variations for String Sextet by Joachim Raff and the Clarinet Sonata by Felix Draeseke, dazzling works by unsung masters, and the glorious String Sextet No. 2 in G by Johannes Brahms.  A program dedicated to Alan Krueck (1939-2010).
Brennan Sweet and Victoria Stewart, violins; Maurycy Banaszek and Joanna Frankel, violas; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; and Gabriela Martinez, piano
$25 Standard

THE SOUND OF THE ANGELS
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Kean Hall
Music for Soprano, Flute, and Harp with Sephardic and Celtic selections and works by Saint-Saens, Persichetti, and Roussell
Katherine Harris, soprano; Lisa Hansen, Flute; Robbin Gordon-Cartier, harp
$15 Standard; $5 Student, Child

JAZZ POETRY
Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.
University Center Little Theatre
Jazz performed by a renowned Quintet, starring alto saxophonist Andy Fusco and featuring drummer James Musto—all related to “Jazz Poetry”
$15 Standard; $5 Student, Child

THE MUSIC OF JOÃO GUILHERME RIPPER
Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
The melodic and rhythmic music of Kean’s 2011-2012 Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence João Guilherme Ripper.
Brennan Sweet, Victoria Stewart, violins; Maurycy Banaszek, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Lynne Cohen, oboe; Romie de Guise-Langois, clarinet; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano
$25 Standard

THE BEETHOVEN SEPTET
Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m.
Kean Hall
Tango by 2009-2010 Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence, Liduino Pitombeira, and one of Beethoven’s most popular works, the Septet in Eb for Winds and Strings, op. 20
Sharon Roffman and Victoria Stewart, violins; Joanna Frankel, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Romie de Guise Langlois, clarinet; Andrea Herr, bassoon; and Lisa Pike, horn
$15 Standard; $5 Student, Child

HOLY KÁROLY:  THE SURPRISING MUSIC OF K. GOLDMARK
Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
The music of a forgotten master, including Goldmark’s Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, op. 33; the Violin Sonata in D, op. 25; and the String Quintet in A minor, op. 9
Sharon Roffman, Brennan Sweet, and Victoria Stewart, violins; Maurycy Banaszek, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; and Gabriela Martinez, piano
$25 Standard

A TRIBUTE TO CUBAN COMPOSERS: the Musical
Legacy of Cuba from the 19th Century to the Present Day
Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
Martha Marchena, piano
$25 Standard

A FEMININE ODYSSEY
Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Kean Hall
A glimpse into the lives and works of Thea Musgrave, Germaine Tailleferre, and other extraordinary women composers from around the world
Katherine Harris, soprano; Christopher Kenniff, guitar; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano
$15 Standard; $5 Student, Child

ARS LONGA
Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Enlow Recital Hall
New works in chamber music by today’s leading composers including the World Premiere of Piano Quintet No. 1 by 2011-2012 Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence João Guilherme Ripper
Brennan Sweet, and Victoria Stewart, violins; Maurycy Banaszek, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; and others
$25 Standard

BACK TO BACH
Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m.
Kean Hall
The Cantata Ich habe genug and Bach’s engaging instrumental music in the Concert Artists’ first All-Bach program
Brennan Sweet, and Victoria Stewart, violins; Maurycy Banaszek, viola; Susannah Chapman, cello; Anthony Scelba, double bass; Lynne Cohen, oboe; Stephanie Ho, piano
$15 Standard; $5 Student, Child

DANCE
COMPAÑIA FLAMENCA JOSE PORCEL
Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Jose Porcel leads this dazzling company of flamenco dancers and musicians. Gypsy Fire is an evocative and exciting program which blends traditional flamenco with contemporary music.
$30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child

LEZGINKA DANCE COMPANY
Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Direct from Daghestan Russia, comes a dazzling display of traditional folk songs and dances, awesome acrobatics, sumptuous costumes and riveting drum and saber work.
$30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child

NEW JERSEY DANCE THEATRE ENSEMBLE presents
THE NUTCRACKER
Saturday, December 3 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Your holiday spirits will soar when you experience NJDTE's family classic The Nutcracker, returning to the Wilkins Theatre for three family performances.  Artistic Director, Nancy Turano gathers a cast of 50 ensemble dancers and a roster of renowned guest artists for this colorful and captivating production for all ages. See why the Courier News calls NJDTE our state's ‘best kept cultural secret.’
Tickets: Standard $30; Students, Seniors, Children: $20; Groups: $15

JUAN CALDERON’S CULTURAL EXPLOSION
Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Prime Time TV Goes Latin is Cultural Explosion's dance tribute to America's most beloved television shows.
$30 Standard

E Port Arts presents
DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
An American classic, they keep their choreography and approach to ballet unique, while remaining true to classical technique. This innovative performance takes you behind the scenes—incorporating their trademark dynamic artistry with audience interaction.
$35 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET’S
ROMEO AND JULIET and CHOPINIANA
Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
The Moscow Festival Ballet is comprised of 34 dancers from Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine and Japan under the direction of ballet master, Alexander Daev.
$30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child

NEW JERSEY BALLET
Giselle
Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
Giselle, one of dance’s most important works, this romantic tragedy tells the story of a peasant girl whose innocent love for a feckless nobleman extends beyond the grave and in the end, redeems them both.
 $30 Standard; $20 Senior, Student, Child

Cinderella -- Everyone’s favorite fairytale!
Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Second year in a row! Back by popular demand!  One of New Jersey Ballet’s most popular productions for Young Families, Cinderella is a two-act romp through the well-known fairy tale in which the hours of the clock come to life and dance, and the pumpkin turns into a coach before your very eyes!
$15 All seats

NEW JERSEY DANCE THEATRE ENSEMBLE presents
 i Balli di Primavera: THE DANCES OF SPRING
Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
This Spring, NJDTE brings several premieres center stage with works by cutting-edge choreographers Sidra Bell, Adam Barruch, Belinda McGuire and Kate Skarpetowska. Additionally featured will be an encore performance of Atemporal by Artistic Director Nancy Turano.
$30 Standard; $20 Student, Child

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES – JULES SCHWARTZ LECTURE HALL - STEM Building
$8 Standard: $5 with Kean ID

Coco Before Chanel
A Film by Anne Fontaine
Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m. (1hr 50min)

Soundtrack for a Revolution
A Documentary Film by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman
(Sunday, September 18 at 3 p.m. (82min)


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A  Film by Niels Arden Oplev
Sunday, September 25 at 3 p.m. (2hr 32 min)

Water
A  Film by Deepa Mehta
Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m. (114min)

Departures
A Film by Yōjirō Takita
Sunday, February 5 at 3 p.m. (131min)

The Secret in their Eyes
A  Film By Juan Jose Campanella
 Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. (127min)

Ajami
A  Film By Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani
 Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m. (2hr)

Pan’s Labyrinth
A  Film By Guillermo del Toro
Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m. (2hr)


DATE TIME EVENT TITLE STANDARD STUDEN TLOCATION
9/113 p.m.Coco Before Chanel - film$5 $5 STEM
9/183 p.m.Soundtrack for a Revolution - film$5 $5 STEM
9/227:30 p.m.Concert Artist: Beethoven$15 $5 Kean Hall
9/253 p.m.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - film$5 $5 STEM
10/17:30 p.m.Jane Krakowski$55  Enlow Hall
10/67:30 p.m.Concert Artist: The Late Romantics$25  Enlow Hall
10/93 p.m.Creole Choir of Cuba$35  Enlow Hall
10/147:30 p.m.An Evening with John Legend$225  Enlow Hall
10/157:30 p.m.Esperanza Spalding$35 $20 Wilkins Theatre
10/163 p.m.Holland Wind Players$35  Enlow Hall
10/207:30 p.m.Concert Artist: The Sound of Angels$15 $5 Kean Hall
10/227:30 p.m.Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel$30 $20 Wilkins Theatre
10/303 p.m.Lezginka Dance Company$30 $20 Wilkins Theatre
11/37:30 p.m.Concert Artist: Jazz Poetry$15 $5 UC Little Theatre
11/63 p.m.Sweet Honey In The Rock$35  Enlow Hall
11/177:30 p.m.Concert Artist: The Music of João Guilherme Ripper$25  Enlow Hall
11/197:30 p.m.The 5 Browns$55  Enlow Hall
12/97:30 p.m.
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Auditions: Cumberland Players in Vineland: Death of a Salesman

Auditions for the Cumberland Players' (Vineland, NJ), upcoming production of Death Of A Salesman will be held on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7 pm and Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 7 pm.

Auditions will be at the Little Theater, Sherman Avenue and the Boulevard, Vineland, NJ.
Show dates will be November 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, and 19, 2011.

Director Hank Chandless is looking for:
8 Men 25-60 (2 minor roles)
1 Woman 45-60
4 Women 20-40 (minor roles)

For more information visit: http://www.cumberlandplayers.com/  Cumberland Players is a non-profit organization.
All roles are open and participation is voluntary.  There is also lots of work to do behind the scenes!


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Auditions: The Wedding Singer at the Barn Theatre

“The Wedding Singer”
Music by Matthew Sklar
Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy
Directed by Erin Gilgur
Auditions: Saturday, September 10, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Sunday, September 11, 7:00 PM –
10:00 PM
Callbacks: Date and time to be determined (by invitation only).
Performance dates: November 11 – December 3, 2011 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Show description: It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding
singer. He’s the life of the party - until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the
heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress
who wins his affection. Only trouble is Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and
unless Robbie can pull off the performance of the decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone
forever.
AUDITION
*Prepare 16 bars of music and bring you sheet work in the proper key to help to accompanist as
much as possible.
*Prepare 1 joke or funny story (MUST be under 1 minute) humor is unrestricted. You are
encouraged to do it as an impersonation of a famous 80’s icon but not required.
Cast requirements: 10 men and 10 women, 18 to 50s. All ages are approximate, and based on
look not actual age.
ROBBIE HART: B (below middle C) - Bb (above stave) - 20-35, extremely strong singer who
can adapt to many different styles. Strong, focused and diverse actor with a great sense of
comic timing. Ability to play guitar a plus. Basic movement required. Actor should appear
nerdish but with real charm, a likable boy next door approach to the character.
JULIA SULLIVAN: G (below middle C) - D (top of stave) - 20-35, strong singer, Basic
movement required. Strong acting ability. The role is to be played sweet and innocent, she is a
waitress who longs to be married and live the perfect married life.
HOLLY: A (below middle C) - E (top of stave) - 20-35, Must have strong dance ability, and a
strong belty voice. Must be a strong actor. Holly is Julia’s cousin, very uninhibited and forward.
Comic timing a must. Based on Madonna of the 80’s
GEORGE: Middle C - G (top of stave) - 25-30, Strong character singer who can rap and has
good falsetto. Basic movement required. Plays Keyboard. George is openly gay and is to be
played in a slightly feminine manner. Boy George type.
SAMMY: D (above middle C) - Gb (top of stave) - 20-35, Singer who can also play bass guitar.
Basic movement required. Sammy is a typical man of the eighty with and feels he is a lady’s
man. Must be strong actor with comic timing.
GLEN GUGLIA: D (above middle C) - Bb (above stave) - 25-40, Julia’s fiancé, must have great
acting skills with strong singing skills, and strong dance ability. Glenn is tall, good looking,
slightly older in appearance to Julia and Robbie, he is arrogant and wealthy.
ROSIE: Middle C - C (middle of stave) - Robbie’s Grandmother, 50+ we can age up if need be.
Must have great comic timing and a singing voice that suits both classic musical theatre and rap.
Basic movement required. Sweet and lovable, has no shame.
LINDA: A (below middle C) - D (top of stave) - 20-35, Robbie’s Trashy girlfriend who leaves him
at the altar. Strong belt voice with real grunt. Strong dance ability required. Cher type of the
80’s, role is a larger than life personality.
SUPPORTING SPEAKING/SINGING/DANCING CAST
*All these parts are featured roles and cameos. The performer who plays each part will also be
heavily used in the ensemble. Each of these roles is a singing/speaking/dancing role.
TINA TURNA/CLERK Female, belt voice, strong dancer
IMELDA MARCOS/DONATELLA Female Asian appearance preferred but not essential.
CYNDI LAUPER/CRYSTLE Female, late teens/early 20’s. Good comic actor. Strong character
voice
MR T/LOSER GUY/DAVID Male, great character actor, adaptable character voice.
BILLY IDOL/ BAD HAIRCUT GUY Male, strong impersonation of both Billy Idol's Singing and
speaking as well as mannerisms
ANGIE (Julia’s Mother)/ TIFFANY Female, 35-55, strong character singer/actor, good comic
timing.
SHANE/RICKY/DONNY Male 25-40, strong singer, dance ability, strong character actor.
LOSER GUY/PRIEST/BUM *Male 30+, extremely strong character actor, must be able to play
both a 30 yr old and 60yr old. Strong singer, movement is required.
FEATURED DANCING/SPEAKING ENSEMBLE
*These roles are speaking cameos and singing ensemble. These roles will ideally be strong
dancing roles, and the 4 parts will be used heavily for featured dance solos throughout the show.
SECRETARY/MRS HAROLD FONDA/FEATURED DANCER *Female 18-30 Strong Dancer/
singer/actor
WAITRESS/LEGAL TENDER/FEATURED DANCER *Female 18-30 Strong Dancer/Singer/actor
MOOKIE/WAITER/EXECUTIVE/TUXEDO/FEATURED DANCER *Male 18-30 Strong Dancer/
Singer/Actor
WAITER/PHOTOGRAPHER/AGENT/TUXEDO/FEATURED DANCER *Male 18-30 Strong
Dancer/singer/actor
Audition Notes:
*We need you to be uninhibited and a little bit crazy- IT’S THE 80’s!!! So have fun, make us
laugh and enjoy the process as much as possible. (Feel free to come dressed in your favorite
80’s gear)
*If you are auditioning for a role that requests the use of an instrument (Robbie, Sammy,
George) you are encouraged to bring it, and demonstrate your skills in your solo audition.
Callbacks may require instrumental work, and the equipment will be supplied for the callbacks
only.
*Each of our ensemble members will also have cameos and featured parts that require strength
and diversity. Most of these parts contain solo singing, dialogue, as well as strong dancing. If
you do take an ensemble role, you will have a lot of hard work. If you are able to do any of the
impersonation, please come prepared to do so.

DANCE AUDITION
Please be prepared to dance. Bring clothes that you can move in and appropriate footwear
(sneakers, jazz shoes or character shoes). You will be given a chance to change after your vocal
audition.
BASIC AUDITION
Attend this audition if:
* You are auditioning for a role that requires basic movement
* You don’t have much dance experience
* You are unsure of your dance skill level
* You may be asked to stay for the Intermediate/Advanced portion

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED AUDITION
Attend this audition if:
* You are auditioning for a role that requires strong dancing
* You are auditioning to be in the featured dance ensemble
* You have dance experience (any style)
* You will be given a chance to show off any individual skills/abilities you may have in the final 8
counts.

Please arrive within the first hour of the audition to register. All roles are available. Casting is
open, and newcomers are welcome and encouraged.
The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287, Exit
47.
For more information or directions, call (973) 334-9320, or visit http://www.barntheatre.org/.

AUDITIONS: Chester Theatre Group TONIGHT for The Cocktail Hour at 7 p.m.



AUDITION NOTICE:  The Cocktail Hour
Contact info: Director Cindy Alexander
(908) 713-6207
AUDITIONS are TONIGHT for The Cocktail Hour at 7:00 p.m.
An announcement will be made should additional auditions be necessary.
If you are unable to attend tonight's audition, please contact Cindy Alexander to work out a convenient time to meet.  Email address, cindy@rvccarts.org or (908)713-6207.

The Chester Theatre Group is holding auditions for their November 2011 production of The Cocktail Hour by A. R. Gurney onTuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. at the Black River Playhouse, located at the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in Chester, NJ.  Cindy Alexander directs.
Performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., November 4, 2011 thru November 20, 2011.
Auditions will be held on Sunday August 28 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. at the Black River Playhouse located at the corners of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in Chester, NJ.
Readings will be from the script. Needed are two female and two male actors.


Bradley, early 70's (70-74) -WASP patriarch of a wealthy up-state NY family. (Buffalo) Dresses well, plays golf, goes to "the club" and presides over the bar at the evening's cocktail hour.
Ann, early 70s - His wife- Also very tastefully dressed, Ann is an elegant lady who is skilled at handling the tasks of running a household. (i.e. managing the servants) She is also very refined and seemingly a little dotty. However, she is the northern version of a Steel Magnolia -stronger than she looks.
John - Their son- early 40s (42-44) Lives in NYC and works as an editor in a publishing house. However, his true calling is as a playwright. He has had several plays produced, but is by no means successful at it. He is in the midst of evaluating his life thus far.
Nina - Their daughter - two years older than her brother John. Happily married daughter who stayed in her hometown. She is obsessed with animals, particularly dogs and longs to change her life. She should have a repressed edge.

THE STORY
The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Chester Theater Group’s auditions for THE COCKTAIL HOUR, on Sunday 8/28 cancelled

Due to the impending weather related conditions, The Chester Theater Group’s auditions for THE COCKTAIL HOUR, which were on the calendar for Sunday 8/28 at 2pm have been cancelled.  The second night of auditions, scheduled for Tuesday evening 8/30 at 7:30 p.m., remains as scheduled.  An announcement will be made should additional auditions be necessary.  If you have any questions, please contact the director, Cindy Alexander at (908) 713-6207.

The production will be directed by Cindy Alexander and will have performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. beginning November 4, 2011 thru November 20,
2011.
Auditions will be held at the Black River Playhouse located at the corners of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in Chester, NJ.

Readings will be from the script. Needed are two female and two male actors

Bradley – early 70’s (70-74) –WASP patriarch of a wealthy up-state NY family. (Buffalo) Dresses well, plays golf, goes to “the club” and presides over the bar at the evening’s cocktail hour.

Ann – His wife- could be a couple of years younger than her husband but not by much. Also very tastefully dressed, Ann is an elegant lady who is skilled at handling the tasks of running a household. (i.e. managing the servants) She is also very refined and seemingly a little dotty. However, she is the northern version of a Steel Magnolia –stronger than she looks.

John – Their son- early 40s (42-44) Lives in NYC and works as an editor in a publishing house. However, his true calling is as a playwright. He has had several plays produced, but is by no means successful at it. He is in the midst of evaluating his life thus far.

Nina – Their daughter – two years older than her brother John. Happily married
daughter who stayed in her hometown. She is obsessed with animals, particularly dogs and longs to change her life. She should have a repressed edge.

THE STORY: The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-run New York
success, this witty, perceptive play blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy. "THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far." —The New Yorker. "It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness."

—NY Post. "The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own." —
Drama-Logue. "…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears." —NY Daily News.

Auditions: Children of Eden at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts

The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts (NJDSA) has announced auditions for their Encore! Musical Theater Project’s next production: "Children of Eden," a musical parable written by the creators of "Godspell," "Pippin" and "Les Miserables."
Stephen Schwartz created the music and lyrics, while John Caird wrote the book. "Children of Eden" is described as a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and their search for understanding based on the Book of Genesis.

This musical teen ensemble will be comprised of 25 intermediate to advanced musical theater teens (grades 7 to 12) who are ready for a professional-level experience. They will be directed by Corinna Sowers-Adler.
Auditions are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts, 593 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. Signup begins at 5 p.m. Participants will be asked to: sing 16 bars from a musical theater song (sheet music in the correct key must be brought), perform a monologue no longer than one minute and be prepared for a short dance audition.

Note: this is a tuition-based program. Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 15. Rehearsals will also be held on select Sundays. The show is scheduled to run two nights: Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College.
— The NJ School of Dramatic Arts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization. For more information, call 973-566-9700 or visit www.njactors.org.

Auditions: Garage Theatre Group Youth Conservatory's Hairspray

Auditions will be held next month for a new production of the hit feel-good musical "Hairspray" produced by the Garage Theatre Group Youth Conservatory. Youth throughout New Jersey are invited to audition on Sept. 10 and 11 at the Becton Theater, 960 River Road, on the Fairleigh Dickinson campus in Teaneck.

It's the early 1960s in Baltimore. Plus-sized heroine Tracy Turnblad has a passion for dancing. When she wins a spot on a local TV dance program, she finds herself facing entrenched forces of prejudice and bad dancing. Can Tracy vanquish evil, dispel segregation and find true love—without mussing her hair?
Hairspray began life as a classic counter-culture film by John Waters, became an award-winning Broadway musical, and then another film starring John Travolta. Like the source material, the Youth Conservatory production promises to entertain (and educate) the cast and the audience alike.

The auditions are open to youths between the ages of 10 and 18. Performances will be Dec. 3-11 at the Becton Theater in Teaneck. All roles are open for the production, including Tracy, Motormouth Maybelle, Corny, and the gender-bending role of Edna.

The acclaimed Garage Theatre Group Youth Conservatory for years has been training area students — primarily between the ages of 10 and 18.

"The Youth Conservatory creates some of the finest performances in New Jersey, regardless of the age of the performers," says Michael Bias, artistic director of the Garage, who will be directing Hairspray. "More importantly, our shows are unique learning experiences for the actors. They develop leadership skills, and they learn teamwork and responsibility. Of course, it's also lots of fun, and the friendships they forge here can last a lifetime!"

The Garage Theatre Group's Youth Conservatory has also proved to be a training ground for professional actors. Former student David Pearlman from Closter is currently an understudy in the Broadway hit, "Baby It's You."

Auditions for Hairspray will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Those auditioning should prepare a memorized one-minute monologue and a song (bring sheet music, there will be an accompanist, or instrumental tape or CD). Dress comfortably and be ready to dance during the audition. Callbacks will be held Sept. 12–15.

 Conservatory Classes
 The Youth Conservatory classes begin their fall sessions the week of Sept. 12. Three classes are available: Acting 1 (for ages 6-9) emphasizes theater games and storytelling to teach children self-expression; Acting 2 (for ages 10-13) introduces basic acting techniques, and; Acting 3 (for ages 13-18) covers basic and advanced acting techniques, featuring character development and scene study.
A new acting and scene study class for teens and adults is being offered on Monday evenings.
For more information about the Youth Conservatory and auditions, visit http://www.garagetheatre.org/or call 201-569-7710.

'Newsies' fan event at the Paper Mill Playhouse

The Paper Mill Playhouse will host a "Newsies Fan Day" at the Millburn Theater on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Newsies Fan Day is an opportunity for "Newsies" fans nationwide to celebrate this cult phenomenon. "Newsies" is inspired by the real life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led the ragged orphans and runaways known as newsies on a two-week-long action against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.

Participants in Newsies Fan Day will attend a Newsies fan reception at 5 p.m., in the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery on the campus of the Paper Mill Playhouse. There will be a Newsies cast talk-back at 6 p.m., where both the stage cast and members of the film cast will discuss the play.
The Newsies fan package costs $25 and includes the Newsies fan reception, Newsies cast talk-back and a Newsies gift.

All participants in Newsies Fan Day must hold a ticket to the Newsies fan performance at 7 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 2, which are sold separately. Radio Disney will be on campus to join in the festivities.

Paper Mill Playhouse has arranged a special fan rate of $129 per night at the Hilton Short Hills for the evenings of Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. To make a reservation at Hilton Short Hills, visit the Web site http://tiny.cc/rbo7i and enter the promo code "fan" or call Hilton Short Hills, 973-379-0100.
"Newsies" begins at the Paper Mill Playhouse on Thursday, Sept. 15, and will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday, through Sunday, Oct. 16.

Show tickets and Newsies fan packages may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343; by visiting the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn; or online at www.papermill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 35 percent discount on tickets and should call 973-315-1680.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The State Theatre’s new Director of Programming

State Theatre President & CEO Mark W. Jones has announced the appointment of Brian O’Boyle of Cranford, NJ as the State Theatre’s Director of Programming. O’Boyle will assume his duties on August 29, 2011. The position of Director of Programming is a new position created to expand the State Theatre’s programming and to take it to new heights and replacing that of Programming Manager. “We are thrilled to have an individual with Brian’s experience join our seasoned staff,” stated State Theatre President & CEO Mark W. Jones. “As one of New Jersey’s premier venues, Brian is the ideal candidate to begin the next chapter in the theater’s programming history.”

O’Boyle comes to the State Theatre from Metropolitan Talent, where he worked as the marketing director, developing local and national marketing campaigns for touring properties, family attractions, Broadway runs, and concerts. Some of these campaigns included plans for Metropolitan’s New York City venues, the Laurie Berkner Band tours from 2005-11, the 2006 North American INXS tour, and the Tony® Award-winning Broadway engagement “Liza’s At the Palace,” starring Liza Minnelli.  In addition to his work at Metropolitan, O’Boyle has been the owner and manager of the entertainment company Backline Concerts since 2009. At Backline Concerts, O’Boyle negotiated contracts, executed marketing plans, and oversaw productions, box office, and all other aspects of event presentation.

One of O’Boyle’s major accomplishments for Backline included raising the profile of Union County MusicFest, the largest free music festival in the New York City region. In 2006, MusicFest was a single-stage concert event that drew a few thousand people and by 2010, the festival had grown to four stages, three days, and more than 80,000 fans in attendance.  “As a lifelong resident of New Jersey, I am excited to have been chosen for this position and to join the State Theatre team. I have worked in the entertainment industry for more than two decades and I am eager to use my knowledge to help build on the State Theatre’s success in presenting the finest arts and entertainment from around the world,” said O’Boyle recently. 

 Prior to his experience with Metropolitan Talent, O’Boyle worked in marketing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where he was the liaison for advertising agencies in maintaining the venues multi-million dollar annual advertising budget. He also was part of a marketing team that worked on the expansion of Radio City and Madison Square Garden’s brands including the presentation of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular outside of NY. He also worked on the marketing plans for a variety of unique one-of-a-kind events including Bette Midler’s 30-show run at Radio City, Bruce Springsteen’s 10-run show at Madison Square Garden, and the GQ Men Of The Year Awards.   

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Bergen County Players

CANCELLED: See Wedding Singer article:

Bergen County Players will kick off its 2011-12 season with the multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “perfect in every possible way – that rarity of rarities, a super-smart musical that is also a bona fide crowd pleaser.”  Featuring a book by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be performed under the direction of Larry Landsman at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from September 10th through October 2nd, 2011, with shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays.  An additional performance is scheduled for Sunday, September 25th at 7pm, and a special, adults-only “blue” performance at 11pm on Friday, September 30th.

(Top row L-R) Brad Forenza, Louanna Factora, Phil Sloves, Nancy Feldman,
 James Lugo and Jeffry Foote
(Bottom row L-R) Lena Grotticelli, Elaine Thoman, Timothy Meola
 (Photo: Alan Zenreich)

This tuneful, offbeat and at times heartwarming show also offers interactive fun, giving audience members the opportunity (strictly voluntary) to become part of the action as on-stage spellers.  Anyone interested in being a guest speller should arrive at the theater 45 minutes prior to curtain.

The hit musical is about the unlikeliest group of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.  Meet Chip Tolentino, a cocky Boy Scout and champion of the 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, returning to defend his title; Leaf Coneybear, a gentle soul and unlikely contestant who was second-runner up at his regional spelling bee; William Morris Barfée, whose untimely allergic reaction to peanuts knocked him from last year’s Bee; Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, a perky young liberal with two competitive dads; Olive Ostrovsky, a lonely young newcomer to competitive spelling who made friends with her dictionary at an early age; and Marcy Park, a sleep-deprived Catholic School overachiever who speaks six languages and is tired of always winning.

 Chaperoning these young contestants are former Putnam County Spelling Bee winner and returning moderator of the Bee, Rona Lisa Perretti; Vice Principal Douglas Panch, who returns after a five-year hiatus to serve as judge of the Bee; and ex-convict and official Comfort Counselor for the Bee, Mitch Mahoney.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is directed by long-time BCP member Larry Landsman of Wyckoff, who asserts that the unique quality of the show does not end with the characters.  “This is not your ordinary musical theater piece,” said Landsman. “The authors realized that the improvisational feel of the piece provides much of the fun, so there are topical references, quick ‘jump cuts’ and character fantasies that seem to spring out of nowhere – techniques that we often see in film and TV, but are not often seen on stage. But in the midst of the mayhem, music, and laughter, it brings us back to those terrible and wonderful, middle school years and the beginning of the journey to discover who we are.”

Landsman has amassed numerous acting and directing credits with BCP, directing musicals The Full Monty and Into the Woods and appearing most recently on the BCP stage as The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical, Ira in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Ivan in Art and Fagin in Oliver!  He also served as BCP president for two years.

“It’s impossible to resist,” added Landsman.  “When I first saw this show, I was stunned not just by its incredible sense of humor, but by how much it truly affected me. You don’t just laugh at these sharp, kooky characters – you really come to care about them.”

A talented cast brings these “kooky characters” to life.  Chip Tolentino is played by Timothy Meola of Flanders, who was last seen on the BCP stage in two productions last season, as Benjamin in From Screen to Stage and as Paul in Company.  Brad Forenza (Ridgewood), who plays Leaf Coneybear, has performed in several BCP productions including One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Urinetown.  Several BCP newcomers also join the cast, including Phil Sloves (Fair Lawn) as William Morris Barfée, Elaine Thoman (Ridgewood) as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere, Lena Grotticelli (Mahwah) as Olive Ostrovsky, and Louanna Factora (Flushing, NY) as Marcy Park.

Rounding out the cast are BCP veterans Nancy Feldman of New City, NY as Rona Lisa Perretti, and Jim Lugo of Congers, NY as Vice Principal Douglas Panch, with Jeff Foote of Denville making his BCP debut as Mitch Mahoney.

The team behind the scenes includes Director Larry Landsman (Wyckoff), Musical Director Steve Bell (Teaneck), Choreographer Vanessa Pellecchia (Harriman, NY), Producer Kathie Robitz (Westwood), Assistant to the Director Emily Bosco (Closter), Improv Coach Staci Beth Block (Hackensack), and Stage Manager Alyson Cohn (Wyckoff). Set Design and Construction is by Chantale Bourdages (Nyack, NY) and Rob Ward (Washingtonville, NY), Lighting Design by Allan Seward (Bardonia, NY), Sound Design by Rob DeScherer (Woodcliff Lake), Costumes by and Sherry Iradi (East Hanover) and Rosella DeVincenzo (Oradell), Costume Assistance by Ruth Morley (Ridgewood), and Properties by Lisa Dahlborg (Lodi) and Kathleen Ruland (Lodi).

Michele Roth (New Milford) and Joe Lanteri (Fort Lee) will serve as Lighting Operators, and Tom Lambrix (Franklin Lakes) as Sound Operator.  Publicity, Stephanie Hughes Koenig (River Edge); Photography, Alan Zenreich (Oradell); Workday Photography, Barbara Schwartz (New Milford); Hair, Dana Robitz (Westwood); Crew, Eva Piccioni (Teaneck), Earle Ziff (Englewood), Jordan Kerin (Cresskill), and Amy Nadler (Wanaque); and Member-at-Large, Ron Siclari (Oradell).  Programs by Leigh Adel-Arnold (Teaneck) and Chris Nelson (Westwood); Program Notes by Marci Weinstein (Teaneck).  Audience Wranglers include Joe Lanteri (Fort Lee), Karin Wander (Harrington Park), Joanne Misha (Montvale), and Marci Weinstein (Teaneck).

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TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION

• All performances take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949.  Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.  An additional performance is scheduled for Sunday, September 25th at 7pm, with a special adults-only “blue” performance at 11pm on Friday, September 30th.

• Tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are $21 for all performances, and can be purchased online at http://www.bcplayers.org/, 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 accepted.

• Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can call (201) 262-0515.

• As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a “Questions & Artists” (Q&A) discussion following select performances.  The Spelling Bee Q&A will kick off immediately following the Friday, September 16th performance.  Admission is included in the cost of the ticket.

• Student Rush tickets are available for $5 for students age 25 and under with valid ID, 30 minutes prior to curtain. One ticket per ID. Cash only. Students can also guarantee their seats in advance either online or through the box office for the special student price of just $14.
 
• Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater.
The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater 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 http://www.bcplayers.org/.

The Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-Equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Audition: Chester Theatre Group's The Cocktail Hour

THE CHESTER THEATRE GROUP at the BLACK RIVER PLAYHOUSE:

AUDITION NOTICE:  The Cocktail Hour
Contact info: Director Cindy Alexander
(908) 713-6207

 The Chester Theatre Group is holding auditions for their November 2011 production of The Cocktail Hour by A. R. Gurney on Sunday August 28 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. at the Black River Playhouse, located at the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in Chester, NJ.  Cindy Alexander directs.

Performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., November 4, 2011 thru November 20, 2011.

Auditions will be held on Sunday August 28 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. at the Black River Playhouse located at the corners of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in Chester, NJ.
Readings will be from the script. Needed are two female and two male actors.

Bradley, early 70's (70-74) -WASP patriarch of a wealthy up-state NY family. (Buffalo) Dresses well, plays golf, goes to "the club" and presides over the bar at the evening's cocktail hour.

Ann, early 70s - His wife- Also very tastefully dressed, Ann is an elegant lady who is skilled at handling the tasks of running a household. (i.e. managing the servants) She is also very refined and seemingly a little dotty. However, she is the northern version of a Steel Magnolia -stronger than she looks.

John - Their son- early 40s (42-44) Lives in NYC and works as an editor in a publishing house. However, his true calling is as a playwright. He has had several plays produced, but is by no means successful at it. He is in the midst of evaluating his life thus far.

Nina - Their daughter - two years older than her brother John. Happily married daughter who stayed in her hometown. She is obsessed with animals, particularly dogs and longs to change her life. She should have a repressed edge.

THE STORY

The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role.

Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

'All My Sons' at the Barn Theatre

The Barn Theatre to present ‘All My Sons’, a drama by Arthur Miller,
directed by Mark Phelan, from September 9 to October 1, 2011.

American businessman Joe Keller made his living selling airplane parts to the army
during World War II. When he knowingly sold a batch of defective parts it resulted
in the death of 21 men. His crime, long deflected by blaming his business partner,
comes to light when his son Chris, unaware of his father’s guilt, returns with plans to
wed the imprisoned partner’s daughter. Inspired by a true story, Arthur Miller’s first
successful play stands as a provocative and electrifying piece of American drama.

‘All My Sons’ is directed by Mark Phelan (of Parsippany), and features Paul Bettys
(of Denville), Michael Burkett (of Hackensack), Laura Byrne-Cristiano (of Caldwell),
Diane Gilch (of Martinsville), Tom Hodge (of Denville), Bob Mackasek (of Union),
Dale Monroe (of Hackettstown), Sky Spiegel (of Morristown) and Leyda Torres (of
Belleville).

Performances run September 9, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and October 1 at 8 PM;
September 10, 11, 18, and 25 at 2 PM. Tickets are $15 ($14 for seniors/students for
matinees only). For tickets call (973) 334-9320, or visit the Box Office on Saturdays,
4-7 PM, August 20-October 1.

The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off
Route 287, Exit 47. For more information or directions, call (973) 334-9320, or visit
http://www.barntheatre.org/.

Laura Bryne-Cristiano (of Caldwell), Tom Hodge (of
Denville from the cast of ‘All My Sons.’ (Photo by D’Angelique Dopson)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This week's professional plays from The New Jersey Theatre Alliance-August 12














Cape May Stage, Cape May



Karen Ziemba (M'Lynn), Meredith Riley Stewart (Shelby), Kate McCauley Hathaway (Clairee), Nicole Lowrance (Annelle), Ellen Dolan (Truvy), Marlena Lustik (Ouiser) in Steel Magnolias. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.
Karen Ziemba (M'Lynn), Meredith Riley Stewart (Shelby), Kate McCauley Hathaway (Clairee), Nicole Lowrance (Annelle), Ellen Dolan (Truvy), Marlena Lustik (Ouiser) in Steel Magnolias. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.
Steel Magnolias
By Robert Harling
Now through September 10

There’s no such thing as a bad hair day at Truvy’s hair salon. Many things beside hair get done as Truvy and company come together to share their secrets, fears, and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip. Filled with humor and heartbreak, these "Steel Magnolias" make us laugh and cry as the realities of their lives and friendships unfold. Admirers of the 1989 film version starring Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and Dolly Parton will delight in seeing these vivid characters come to life on the stage of the Robert Shackleton Playhouse.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 884-1341
Visit the Cape May Stage website





East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May



The cast of The World of Dorothy Parker
The cast of The World of Dorothy Parker
The World of Dorothy Parker
Based on the writings of Dorothy Parker; adapted by Gayle Stahlhuth
Now through September 3 (World Premiere)

This ensemble potpourri of adapted work by the famous Algonquin Round Table wit includes A Telephone Call - where a woman anxiously waits to hear from a man, Here We Are - an awkward conversation for a newlywed couple on the way to their honeymoon, and The Lovely Leave - about life during World War II, among other famous tales and poems.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (609) 884-5898
Visit East Lynne Theater Company's website





New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch



Bonnie Black, Mark Evans, Pheonix Vaughn, Adam Harrington and Catherine LeFrere in Just in Time
Bonnie Black, Mark Evans, Pheonix Vaughn, Adam Harrington and Catherine LeFrere in Just in Time
Just in Time - The Judy Holliday StoryBy Bob Sloan
Final performances this weekend! (New Jersey Premiere)

This fast-paced romp through the life of the original dumb-blond - and one of the funniest actresses of all time - features Holliday's exalted cohorts Orson Welles, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Gloria Swanson and Jimmy Durante, among others, in a buoyant valentine to a bygone era.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (732) 229-3166.
Visit the New Jersey Repertory Company website





ReVision Theatre, Asbury Park



ReVision Theatre's Spring Awakening. Photo by Jason Meehan .
ReVision Theatre's Spring Awakening. Photo by Jason Meehan .
Spring AwakeningBook and lyrics by Steven Sater; music by Duncan Sheik; based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Now through August 28

Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy, and passion. Adapted from an expressionist play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years, it has been hailed as the "Best Musical of the Year" by the New York Times, New York Post, Star Ledger, Journal News, New York Observer, and USA Today.

A landmark musical, Spring Awakening is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

Join a group of students on their passage as the navigate teenage self-discovery and coming-of-age anxieties in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion.

For more information, or to purchase tickets: (732) 455-3059
Visit ReVision Theatre's website





Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison



Philip Goodwin, Kevin Isola and Jeffrey M. Bender in The Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
Philip Goodwin, Kevin Isola and Jeffrey M. Bender in The Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
The Accidental Death of an Anarchist
By Dario Fo; translated by Ed Emery
Now through August 28
This brilliantly funny, irreverent political farce embodies the modern Fo-brand of commedia theatre that has helped define him as a plywright of the people. Inspired by a real-life event involving a man who "fell" from the window of a police station, Fo has invented an outrageously sly and caustic comedy filled with physical and linguistic acrobatics.
For more information, or to purchase tickets: (973) 408-5600
Visit the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's website    Read our review





Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven


The Female Odd Couple
By Neil Simon
Now through August 21

The hilarious comedy classic of mismatched roomates ... but this time, with a twist! Ungar and Madison are at it again ... Florence Ungar and Olive Madison, that is. And instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, but the hilarity remains the same. Starring Cindy Williams ("Shirley" from TV's Laverne & Shirley) and JoAnne Worley (from TV's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In).
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John PIetrowski of Playwrights Theatre of NJ directing new comedy in Vermont

NEWS FROM BENNINGTON, VERMONT -- Oldcastle Theatre Company continues its 40th season with Richard Dresser’s "The Last Days of Mickey & Jean," a new comedy about a seemingly familiar Boston crime boss on the run with his girlfriend, opening Aug. 19 at the Bennington Center for the Arts.

The play will continue through Sept. 4.

The play is a co-production with the Bickford Theatre and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and will travel to the other two theaters following its Vermont run. 

The play tells the story of a paranoid fugitive ex-mobster on the lam. Forced into early retirement in Europe with his Red Sox cap never out of reach, he is out of place and away from the one thing he truly loves: His work. Mickey wants back in the business, his no-longer-young girlfriend Jean wants a normal life. The dysfunctional couple run into one hilarious situation after another learning shocking secrets along the way. A funny perspective on unconventional love, unconditional loyalty and life after retirement.


Playwright Dresser is best known for his off-Broadway success "Rounding Third," which has been produced in more than 100 regional theaters across the United States. He recently published a trilogy of plays about happiness in America. Dresser teaches at Rutgers University and has been in residence in Bennington during rehearsals working with the cast.

The play is directed by John Pietrowski, who has been the Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey for the last 16 years.
 
On stage, Bev Sheehan who plays Jean, Duncan Rogers is Mickey, and Oliver Wadsworth plays three roles in the production.

If you can make it to Bennington: Opening night will feature a food and wine reception, and the two performances Saturday, Aug. 20, will once again be "Buy One/Get One Free." For reservations or information call 802-447-0564 or visit oldcastletheatre.org.

Job opportunity at The Paper Mill Playhouse

Subscription Coordinator

Paper Mill Playhouse
Category: Administrative

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POSITION SUMMARY
Reporting to the Ticketing Services Manager and working with lateral co-worker with the same title, the Subscription Coordinator manages all subscription operations, including but not limited to supervising and training subscription staff, processing renewal and new business and reconciling and depositing revenue. The Subscription Coordinator responds to customer inquiries and resolves customer complaints. The Subscription Coordinator assists in building the subscription season using the ticketing software and runs various financial sales reports.

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• Supervise subscription sales staff to create a dynamic sales environment and maximum efficiency.
• Schedule personnel.
• Troubleshoot subscription ticketing problems.
• Oversee use of ticketing software. Assist in building and maintaining all price tables, events and subscription packages within ticketing system.
• Perform daily sales reconciliations.
• Perform various projects as requested by Ticketing Services Manager to keep subscription operations running smoothly.


ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent formal educational experience
• Two years of ticketing management experience
• Proficiency in state of the art ticketing software, Microsoft Word, Excel and the ability to learn related programs.

This is a full time position with excellent benefits. Please send cover letter, and resume to Anne Pollock, Human Resources Manager, Paper Mill Playhouse, Brookside Drive, Millburn NJ 07041, fax 973-315-1418, apollock@papermill.org. No calls please.

Job Start Date:
8/23/2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: Accidental Death of an Anarchist at The Shakespeare Theatre Of New Jersey



The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey premiered this Saturday night a zany political farce, with one of the funniest and best second acts of the year. The play, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, is by the Italian playwright, and Nobel Prize for Literature winner (1997), Dario Fo. The translation from the original Italian script is by Ed Emery.

When Fo won the Nobel Prize, the Committee called him “a writer who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden.” In Accidental Death of an Anarchist Fo masterfully uses comedy, largely of the slapstick variety, to make important social and political statements about his native Italy.

The story is of " Maniac", a compulsively role-playing loonie (or is he?) who has been in and out of mental institutions most of his adult life and cleverly seizes the opportunity to impersonate a judge re-investigating the case of an anarchist's fatal fall from a fourth floor window while under police interrogation. The "Maniac' skilfully and mercilessly dissects the cops' inconsistent cover stories and generally outwits them at every turn.

Phillip Goodwin, Kevin Isola and Jeffrey Bender
Fo based the play on a true story; In 1969, Giuseppe Pinelli, a 41-year-old railway worker and anarchist, fell from the fourth story of a police station in Milan, Italy. He had been arrested in connection with a series of bombings, his death—or murder—inspired a wave of protests against an increasingly authoritarian government. Fo wrote Accidental Death in reaction to these events. Most of the information in the play is a dramatic reworking of the findings of the investigative journalists.

Playing the "Maniac" is Kevin Isola, whose outstanding performance earned a personal standing ovation from the opening night audience. This is his fourth season with The Shakespeare Theatre.

The others in the excellent cast, and all apparent masters of the Marx Brothers style of physical, screwball comedy, are Philip Goodwin, who returns for his second season with The Shakespeare Theatre, as the interrogator Inspector Bertozzo; veteran of 16 seasons with the company is Edmond Genest, who plays the Superintendent; Andrew Weems in his sixth season with The Shakespeare Theatre is the bumbling “Inspector in the Sports Jacket;” Jeffrey M. Bender, in his twelfth season, is The Constable. In her seventh season with the Shakespeare Theatre, Kristie Dale Sanders nicely plays the no-nonsense investigative reporter Maria Feletti.
The director of this hilariously funny production is Paul Mullins. Mullins' production team includes; set designer Michael Schweikardt (his clever Second Act scene change from a second floor office to a fourth floor office was greeted with considerable applause), costume designer Jacqueline Firkins, lighting designer Shelly Sabel, and sound designer Rich Dionne.

The play runs about two hours and five minutes with a 15-minute intermission. The setting is the Central Police Headquarters in Milan, Italy 1970.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a truly funny farce with bite that cleverly provides a strong message about government corruption and incompetence. It features a wonderful cast of professionals... led by a marathon "maniac" performance by Kevin Isola. It clearly is one of the funniest shows of the year. Highly Recommended.

 Reviewed by Rick Busciglio  August 6, 2011

Jeffrey Bender, Andrew Weems & Kevin Isola
Accidental Death of an Anarchist is running now through August 28th at The Theatre’s Main Stage – the intimate F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.  The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), in Madison.  
Tickets for Accidental Death of an Anarchist start at $32.   Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $10 with a valid student ID.   For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.or email boxoffice@shakespearenj.org.  Single ticket prices include a $2 facility fee not subject to discount.   

Special Performances

 For no more than the cost of a regular ticket, three Symposium Series performances are offered for each show and include a post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff.   Symposium performances for Accidental Death of an Anarchist will be Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, August 13 and 20 at 2 pm. 

 For each production, The Shakespeare Theatre presents the popular education program Know the Show. From 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk that provides background information and an insider’s perspective onthe production. 
Know the Show will be held on August 11th at 8:00 p.m.  General admission is $5 for the general public, $4 for ticket package holders and subscribers. Tickets to that evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance may be purchased separately.

 The 2 pm performance on August 20th will be audio described for those who are blind or have visual impairments.  Audio description enables patrons with visual impairments to hear, through an FM transmitter, a live description of the action on the stage.  A pre-performance sensory seminar is offered that allows patrons to feel props, costumes and set pieces to further enhance their live theatrical experience. The service is offered free of charge.