Friday, November 30, 2012

News from across the Hudson-discount tix for 'Giant'


“GRADE: A! ONE OF THE FINEST NEW AMERICAN MUSICALS IN RECENT MEMORY.”
– Entertainment Weekly

“Brian d’Arcy James and Kate Baldwin are both STARS OF THE FIRST ORDER.”
– Huffington Post

“BREATHTAKING!”
– The New York Times

“Giant is the MOST IMPORTANT NEW MUSICAL to come along since The Light in the Piazza. Michael John LaChiusa is one of the most prodigiously gifted musical-theater songwriters since Stephen Sondheim.”
– Wall Street Journal

“FOUR STARS! Michael John LaChiusa’s score spills over with emotion and yearning. Michael Greif has done an amazing job, and his cast is superb. ”
– New York Daily News

“Brian d’Arcy James and the radiant Kate Baldwin deliver POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCES.”
– NY1

EXTENDED Now thru Dec 16!
GIANT
Book by Sybille Pearson
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Based on the novel by Edna Ferber
Directed by Michael Greif

Use code NYTIMES for $65 tickets!
To order, click here, call 212-967-7555 (daily noon-8pm), or visit the Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street (Sun & Mon 1-6pm; Tue-Sat 1-7:30pm).

Conditions: Offer good for performances thru 12/16. Regular priced tickets $85-$95. Offer subject to availability and prior sale; cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. This offer may be revoked at any time. No refunds or exchanges. Phone/online orders subject to standard service fees.

Photo by Joan Marcus.

'Mi Casa, Tu Casa holiday treat at Luna Stage


'Live to tell' holocaust film to be screened at Mill Hill Playhouse

Auditions: Bickford Theatre in Morristown December 5th


Auditions: "Murder In Green Meadows" And "Plaza Suite" – EPAs in NJ (Rev)
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
Category: Performer

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) SPT Tier 2 $237/week minimum

Eric Hafen, Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre
Duncan Rogers, Director (Murder in Green Meadows)
Barbara Krajkowski, Director (Plaza Suite)


MURDER IN GREEN MEADOWS

by Douglas Post
1st rehearsal: 1/6/13. Runs: 1/31/13 – 2/17/13
Seeking:

Thomas Devereaux
30s-40s. Architect turned builder. Wholesome captain of the football team and debate club kind of guy with a dark side. Boy next door looks that hide a killer.

Joan Devereaux
30s-40s. Out of the pages of a Macy’s catalogue. Very well put together but nearly falling apart.

Jeff Symons
30s-40s. Fast rising business guy who has hit a plateau at work and doesn’t know it. Not looking for love as he thinks he has it but….

Carolyn Symons
30s-40s. The perfect “stay at home mom” doing all the things we’ve been told they do and doing them better than anyone else but never making you feel that way.


PLAZA SUITE
by Neil Simon
1st rehearsal: 3/25/13. Runs: 4/18/13 – 5/5/13

Seeking:
1 male actor and 1 female actor:
Both actors will play the characters in all three scenes; versatile; New York style in delivery and manner; excellent comic timing. Characters’ ages are 30s to 50s.

Company:
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Audition Information:

Equity Principal Auditions:
NEW DATE:
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M., (sign up begins at 9 a.m.)
Lunch 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Notes/What to bring:

Prepare two contemporary contrasting monologues totaling 3 minutes.
Bring picture and resume, stapled together.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Last 2 chances to catch the hit 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' at the Barn Theatre



"I Love You, You're Perfect,
Now Change"
Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
and
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.!
   
The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey is proud to continue its 85th Anniversary Season with the musical comedy "I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE."   The final 2 performances will be on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 8pm. Tickets are $24.

It's probably happened to you. You've dated. You've fallen in love. You may have even gotten married. And at some point along the way, you've wondered "What have I gotten myself into?!" Presented through a series of vignettes, two couples take over 20 characters from the pre-date jitters to the challenges of child rearing, and everything funny in between. From the writer of 'Over The River and Through The Woods', this Off-Broadway hit musical comedy exposes the relationship process in ways you've secretly thought about but were afraid to admit! Written by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, the Barn Theatre's production of "I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE" is directed by Lauren M. Grof-Tisza with musical direction by Jack Bender.


The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287. For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at(973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn on the web atwww.barntheatre.org

The 4-person cast of "I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE" features Samantha Kaplan, Michael Campbell,Shannon Murray and Brandon Frumolt.
      

Auditions: Chester Theatre Group's 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change'


The topsy turvy world of dating, falling in love, and marriage is indeed a great mystery. Or perhaps it is best described as a comedy, or at times even a drama, but never in a million years could it be a full fledged musical with orchestration, big dance numbers, fast costume changes, and show stopping songs... or could it?

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a delightful little show that exposes the lighter side of relationships through a collection of vignettes which showcase couples from the early stages of dating through to the trials of a life long marriage and all the fun that lies in between. All the characters in the play are portrayed by four performers, two male and two female, who switch from role to role as the show barrels on toward its final number.
Audition Dates 
& Times:
Sun., Dec. 2 at 2pm;
Tue., Dec. 4 at 7pm;
Callbacks (if nec'y): Wed., Dec. 5 at 7pm
Performance Dates: Feb. 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and Mar. 1, 2, 3, 2013
Casting Requirements: Two men and two women (age 20′s-40′s.) to play over 20 different characters.
Should be able to show versatility in character work, strong vocal ability, and a certain amount of comfort with limited choreography.
  • Please come with a short prepared song which highlights your vocal ability. You may also be asked to read from the script.
  • This is an open casting call, and All roles are available.
  • Please arrive at the scheduled starting time for the audition.
  • There may be a callback, by invitation only, to take place on Wednesday, December 5 if deemed necessary.
  • Please contact the Director with any questions prior to the audition via email at mortenson333@hotmail.com

www.chestertheatregroup.org

2 for 1 ticket offer tonight to see 'The Wizard of Oz' at Centenary Stage Company


Tonight and every Thursday night is “Family Night” at the Centenary Stage Company. The CSC offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance time is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. See a wonderful all family production tonight for not more than a movie ticket!

Here is a portion of our review:

A family classic, The Wizard of Oz, is the Centenary Stage Company's delightful holiday season offering. This is a joyous, highly entertaining all-family event that will charm the adults and "wow" the junior members. This production is beautifully directed and choreographed by Broadway, film, and television veteran Michael Blevins.  Working with an enormous cast of 50, Blevins presents a surprisingly faithful recreation of the classic MGM film. The adaptation for the stage is by Frank Gabrielson and John Kane. They developed it for Britain's highly honored Royal Shakespeare Company where it has become an annual event. 

The music, of course, is directly from the film score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Incidental music, based largely on the songs, was by Herbert Stothart, with borrowings from classical composers. The story is from the 1900 book by Frank Baum. It was first produced on Broadway as a musical in 1902 by Baum!

Blevins, as the choreographer, has this large cast dancing at almost every turn. It is a spirited, enthusiastic collection of dance numbers featuring several dance pros working with a highly energetic group of dancers from Centenary's excellent Young Performers troupe. The dance highlight is a number that was cut from the original movie “The Jitterbug.”

The musical highlight is, what else could it be, the song that was crowned the number one movie musical song of the 20th Century, the Academy Award-winning "Over The Rainbow." The song receives a particularly fine presentation by the very impressive young lady who is Dorothy Gale-McKenzie Custin. She not only has a beautiful voice, but is a fine, charming actress who does the magic red shoes proud. She is ably assisted by the big scene stealer....Toto. Unlike the movie where the dog is a black terrier, Toto, played by Magic, appears to be a (white) Bichon Frise. Magic is owned by cast member Anthony Zas.

Blevins, as the director, has nicely cast the leading roles, first with the before-mentioned McKenzie Custin as Dorothy; playing a perfect Aunt Em is CSC member Lea Antolini-Lid; CSC artistic director Carl Wallnau is naturally fine as the Kansas farmer Uncle Henry. The three farmhands are all standout performers...Nick Ardito-Martelli demonstrates his tap-dancing talent as Hickory and the Tin Woodsman, Saquan Williams excels as Hunk and the "boneless" Scarecrow and the equity pro Jeremy William Hilgert is beyond perfect, if possible, as Zeke and the Cowardly Lion.

Miss Almira Gultch and the Wicked Witch of the West are played with proper nastiness by Broadway veteran Colleen Smith Wallnau. Steven Davis is spot-on as Professor Marvel and the Wizard. The beautiful good witch Glinda is played by Jessica Rzucidlo. Last, and possibly having the most fun in his role as the Wizard's Guard, is James J. Nester. It is the obvious pleasure each of these actors is having that adds greatly to the over all enjoyment of this fine version of The Wizard of Oz.

Again, if you are ready for a perfect fun event for the holiday season a visit to the comfortable Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College will not disappoint. Be warned however, that youngsters in the family may get the bug from seeing so many talented young people on stage....the acting bug, of course. It was a delight to visit Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion and Toto, too, in Hackettstown.

 Reviewed by Rick Busciglio   November 25, 2012

The Wizard of Oz will run until December 9th. Tickets range from $20-$29.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Every Thursday night is “Family Night,” which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be 10 a.m. school matinees on Tuesday, December 4th and Wednesday, December 5th. There is 10 minute intermission between Act I and Act II.

The Friday, November 30th performance of The Wizard of Oz will coincide with Hackettstown’s Hometown Holiday Celebration, which will include the arrival of Santa in a horse-drawn sleigh, horse-drawn carriage rides between Centenary and the Holiday Gazebo, a parade featuring the Colonial Musketeers, performances by local choirs and a holiday bazaar. For more information on the celebration, visit the Hackettstown Business Improvement District website at hackettstownbid.com.

The dining hall at the Lackland Center will also host a special Yule Fest dinner ($12.50) before the show dates on Saturday, December 1st and 8th and a brunch ($10.00) on Sunday, December 2nd and 9th. There will be also be different vendors from the community selling special holiday gifts so that audiences can get an opportunity to catch up on their holiday shopping.

To purchase tickets or to find more information on other performances in the 2012-2013 season, visit www.centenarystageco.org or call (908) 979-0900.

The Wizard of Oz is sponsored in part by Restaurant Village in Long Valley and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.

CSC Photo: McKenzie Custin as Dorothy; Nick Ardito-Martelli as the Tin Woodsman, Saquan Williams as the Scarecrow and Jeremy William Hilgert  as the Cowardly Lion.

Discount ticket offer from across the Hudson

The Public Theater presents WILD WITH HAPPY
FINAL 6 PERFORMANCES: All seats $20!
"A BEAUTIFUL PLAY WITH A SUPERB CAST!"
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Click here to read the full review.
SORRY
Play Three of the Apple Family Plays
Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
Featuring Jon DeVries, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders,
J. Smith-Cameron


NOW - December 2
A year after Sweet and Sad, the Apple family again share a meal in Rhinebeck, as they sort through personal and political feelings of loss and confusion on the morning of the day the country will choose the next president. Like the first two plays in this series, Sweet and Sadand That Hopey Changey Thing, SORRY opened on the day that it is set, November 6, 2012 – Election Day.
LAST CHANCE! $20 Tickets This Weekend
Use code TIMES and click here, call 212-967-7555 (daily noon-8pm), or visit the Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street (Sun & Mon 1-6pm; Tue-Sat 1-7:30pm).
Conditions: Offer good for performances thru 12/2. Regular priced tickets $30. Offer subject to availability and prior sale; cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. This offer may be revoked at any time. No refunds or exchanges. Phone/online orders subject to standard service fees.
Photo by Joan Marcus.

Motown inspired Holiday Jubilee at Crossroads Theatre Company


7 LIVINGSTON AVE. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901
www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org | 732-545-8100

Crossroads Theatre Company major supporters:
American Express
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
The Prudential Foundation
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission
New Brunswick Cultural Center
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

Last chance to see Circle Players' 'Becky’s New Car'

 
 
Hurry....this is the final weekend for the Circle Players in Piscataway's excellent production of “Becky’s New Car,” written by Steven Dietz. Due to the unscheduled visit from "Sandy" the Players lost one weekend of a planned three week run.
 
This comedy centers on Becky, a middle-aged woman who's happily married to her husband, but 28 years of wedded life has turned their marriage into a predictable routine. Then she meets a grieving widower who happens to be a millionaire. He mistakenly believes Becky is a widow, and she doesn't immediately straighten him out.

In 2010, award-winning playwright Steven Dietz was named one of the most produced playwrights in America (excluding Shakespeare), placing eighth on the list of the Top Ten Most Produced Playwrights in America, tied with Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee for number of productions.

Eric Walby of Somerset is the director. Jon Heron of Monroe is the producer.

In the cast are Elizabeth Mahon, Aberdeen; Perry Award winner Gloria Lamoureux, Succasunna; Jeff Maschi, Milltown; Charlie Deitz, Tinton Falls; Victor Martinez, Rahway; Dee Riche, Rahway; and Thom Boyer, Somerville.

Final show dates are Friday November 30th and Saturday December 1st 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday December 2nd. The theater is located at 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway.

For all performances, Circle will be collecting new toiletries and school supplies for residents of shelters and temporary housing at the Jersey Shore. Please consider giving what you can.

For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy online at www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.) Tickets are $18 for adults, and $17 for students and seniors. Sorry, no credit cards can be accepted at the theater box office, but may be used online.
 
Thom Boyer, Victor Martinez, Gloria Lamoureux, Charles Deitz Sr., Elizabeth Mahon
 Gloria Lamoureux and Jeff Maschi
 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

'It's a Wonderful Life; A Live Radio Play' December 8 at SOPAC



Midtown Direct Rep and the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) will present Joe Landry's play, "It's a Wonderful Life; A Live Radio Play" Saturday Dec 8th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at SOPAC.

Directed by MDR co-artistic director, Jeremy Dobrish (Rated P ...for parenthood), the show will be performed by Midtown Direct Rep's accomplished company members including Maplewood and South Orange Broadway pros, Michelle Federer (Smash, Wicked), David Hess (A Little Night Music, Sweeny Todd), and MDR Co-Artistic Director, Sandy Rustin (author of Rated P ... for parenthood).

Midtown Direct Rep, the theatre company comprised of friends and neighbors from the South Orange/Maplewood  area (who also happen to be among Broadway's most talented professionals), is proud to present this holiday event inspired by the classic American film, "It's a Wonderful Life."

Join the company that most recently created the Off-Broadway musical Rated P for Parenthood as they bring this holiday classic to life with talent from their very own South Orange/Maplewood community - the place the New York Times called "where Broadway comes home to sleep."

"It's a Wonderful Life; A Live Radio Play" is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors play dozens of roles, while making this holiday treasure come to life with Foley style sound effects.

Tickets are now on sale to the public and can be purchased by calling 973-313-ARTS(2787) or by visiting SOPACnow.org. Tickets for this special evening range from $15-$30.

Midtown Direct Rep company members include two- time Tony Winner, Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Nominee, Christiane Noll, and "Law & Order; SVU" regular, Joel de la Fuente, among others.  The Company is managed by Co-Artistic Directors Sandy Rustin and Jeremy Dobrish, Managing Director Jeffrey Shubart, and Producing Director Evan Fleischer. 

With perhaps more professional theater artists than any suburb of NYC, Maplewood/South Orange (NJ) is “where Broadway comes home to sleep.”
Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is a theatre company created by and for these NJ-based artists, and develops and presents relevant, world-class theatre for its community. For more info visit their website http://www.midtowndirectrep.org/Home.html

New play reading at Hudson Theatre Works


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: 'The Sound of Music' at the Paper Mill Playhouse



Any list of the greatest American musicals includes Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's last collaboration "The Sound of Music" (1959 Broadway premiere with Mary Martin) based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers." The story of Maria Rainier and her marriage to Captain von Trapp and his seven children as Hitler takes over the nation has been retold on the stages of the world continuously ever since.

The 1965 film, with Julie Andrews, won five Academy Awards including Best Picture and displaced "Gone with the Wind" as the highest-grossing film of all-time. Many of the fans of the film have viewed it hundreds of times. 

Now, if you think your familiarity with this musical masterpiece would in any way diminish your pleasure, dismiss the thought; this is a fabulous production by the highly creative team at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Typical of the Paper Mill's past musical revivals, this version of "The Sound of Music, directed and choreographed by James Brennan, is Broadway quality at every level from outstanding veteran Broadway performers, to musicians, sets, costumes, and lighting.  

The thrill of live theater begins in the very earliest moments of the play when the Nuns of Nonnberg Abbey sing the Preludium followed directly by Elena Shaddow as Maria singing the award-winning title song. Shaddow is a fine, attractive Maria with a superior voice. She is particularly effective in the scenes at the Abbey with the Mother Abbess, played warmly by the magnificent voiced Suzanne Ishee, and with the children in the audience favorites "Do-Re-Mi" and "The Lonely Goatherd."  

The other adult leads are also very impressive. Ben Davis as the handsome Captain Georg von Trapp who resists the German offerings the only way possible; Edward Hibbert  provides humor as Max Detweiler even as he courts the Germans in hopes of surviving the fast changing, dark, world of the Nazis; Donna English as Elsa Schraeder, the rich Viennese socialite who accepts this new world order the invading Germans represent.

The seven von Trapp children are excellent from the oldest to the youngest; Chelsea Morgan Stock as Liesl, Gracie Beardsley as Marta, Greta Clark as Gretl, Maya Fortgang as Brigitta, Amanda Harris  as Louisa, Hunter A. Kovacs as Kurt and Sean McManus as Friedrich. Serving the von Trapps are Robert DuSold as Franz and Joy Franz as Frau Schmidt. "American Idol" finalist Anthony Fedorov as Rolf Gruber, the young postman and willing Nazi recruit.

Also in the cast are: Ashley Kate Adams, Duke Anderson, Allison Blackwell (Sister Sophia), Christopher Carl (Admiral von Schreiber), Jonathan Charette, Christine Cornell, Patrick David, Margaret Dietrich, Maggie Finnegan, Osborn Focht (Herr Zeller), Kera Halbersleben, Jenavene Hester, Dennis Holland (Baron Elberfeld), Norah Long, Robin Lounsbury, Anna McCarthy, Jeannie Shubitz (Sister Margaretta), Adam Soniak, Chris Stevens, Mary Stout (Sister Berthe), Sally Ann Swarm and Nadine Zahr (Baroness Elberfeld).

The other musical highlights in "The Sound of Music" are the emotional "Edelweiss" as sung by Ben Davis (Capt. von Trapp) in the concert hall under a threatening swastika emblazoned banner as the Nazis arrive to escort him to a German naval base; "My Favorite Things" sung by Elena Shaddow (Maria) and Suzanne Ishee (Mother Abbess) in the Abbey; the stirring "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" by Suzanne Ishee (Mother Abbess);  "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" with the young lovers Chelsea Morgan Stock (Liesl) and  Anthony Fedorov (Rolf); and "How do you solve a problem like Maria" with Mary Stout (Sister Berthe), Allison Blackwell (Sister Sophia), Jeannie Shubitz (Sister Margaretta) and Suzanne Ishee (Mother Abbess).

Director/Choreographer James Brennan's team includes:Tom Helm Music Director; Scenic Designer James Fouchard; Costume Coordinator Amanda Seymour; Lighting Designer F. Mitchell Dana; Sound Designer Randy Hansen; and Hair/Wig Design Leah Loukas. Matthew DiCarlo is the Production Stage Manager.

For every lover of this America classic this is a must see event. For those who simply love live musical theater this is spectacular treat for both the eye and the ear.  The Sound of Music will run at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater to December 30, 2012.  It will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio   November 25, 2012

Single tickets range from $26 to $97. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.  






Elena Shaddow (Maria) and the von Trapp Children.
               Elena Shaddow (Maria)

        Ben Davis (Captain von Trapp) and Elena Shaddow (Maria).


Susanne Ishee (Mother Abbess) Elena Shaddow (Maria).
Chelsea Morgan Stock (Liesl von Trapp) and Anthony Fedorov (Rolf).

Photos by T. Charles Erickson

Review: Centenary Stage Company's wonderful 'Wizard of Oz'




A family classic, The Wizard of Oz, is the Centenary Stage Company's delightful holiday season offering. This is a joyous, highly entertaining all-family event that will charm the adults and "wow" the junior members. This production is beautifully directed and choreographed by Broadway, film, and television veteran Michael Blevins.  Working with an enormous cast of 50, Blevins presents a surprisingly faithful recreation of the classic MGM film. The adaptation for the stage is by Frank Gabrielson and John Kane. They developed it for Britain's highly honored Royal Shakespeare Company where it has become an annual event. 

The music, of course, is directly from the film score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Incidental music, based largely on the songs, was by Herbert Stothart, with borrowings from classical composers. The story is from the 1900 book by Frank Baum. It was first produced on Broadway as a musical in 1902 by Baum!

Blevins, as the choreographer, has this large cast dancing at almost every turn. It is a spirited, enthusiastic collection of dance numbers featuring several dance pros working with a highly energetic group of dancers from Centenary's excellent Young Performers troupe. The dance highlight is a number that was cut from the original movie “The Jitterbug.”

The musical highlight is, what else could it be, the song that was crowned the number one movie musical song of the 20th Century, the Academy Award-winning "Over The Rainbow." The song receives a particularly fine presentation by the very impressive young lady who is Dorothy Gale-McKenzie Custin. She not only has a beautiful voice, but is a fine, charming actress who does the magic red shoes proud. She is ably assisted by the big scene stealer....Toto. Unlike the movie where the dog is a black terrier, Toto, played by Magic, appears to be a (white) Bichon Frise. Magic is owned by cast member Anthony Zas.

Blevins, as the director, has nicely cast the leading roles, first with the before-mentioned McKenzie Custin as Dorothy; playing a perfect Aunt Em is CSC member Lea Antolini-Lid; CSC artistic director Carl Wallnau is naturally fine as the Kansas farmer Uncle Henry. The three farmhands are all standout performers...Nick Ardito-Martelli demonstrates his tap-dancing talent as Hickory and the Tin Woodsman, Saquan Williams excels as Hunk and the "boneless" Scarecrow and the equity pro Jeremy William Hilgert is beyond perfect, if possible, as Zeke and the Cowardly Lion.

Miss Almira Gultch and the Wicked Witch of the West are played with proper nastiness by Broadway veteran Colleen Smith Wallnau. Steven Davis is spot-on as Professor Marvel and the Wizard. The beautiful good witch Glinda is played by Jessica Rzucidlo. Last, and possibly having the most fun in his role as the Wizard's Guard, is James J. Nester. It is the obvious pleasure each of these actors is having that adds greatly to the over all enjoyment of this fine version of The Wizard of Oz.

Supporting the leads as singers and dancers are 16 ensemble members and 24 Centenary Young Performers. Their names are included below. Music is ably provided by a ten member orchestra led by music director Kevin Lynch. The members are Susan Braden, Rayne Cafaro, Kaitlyn Fay, Sarah Culp, Pam Dragosh, Shire Feingold, Stacey McCaffery, Gabe Valle and Anthony Bevilacqua.

One of the highlights of this production is the flying of the the Witches, the Wizard and the monkeys, a first for the Centenary Stage Company. The flying is the work of the highly repected theatrical flying service Flying by Foy.

Major credits: producers- Carl Wallnau, CSC artistic director and Catherine Rust, general manager; director/choreographer- Michael Blevins,  assistant director- James J. Nester; assistant to director/choreographer- Jenna Black and Anthony Zas; costume design-Julia Sharp; set design- Will Rothfuss; light design- Elizabeth Sutherland; props master- Dani Pietrowski; make-up crew head- Amanda Roy; and production stage manager- James Russo.

ENSEMBLE: Dana Bartolomeo, Jon Bodi, Scott Ryan Braid, Laura Cantwell, Dan Compton, Kyle Dylan Conner, Christiane Darensbourg, Sarah Farber, Deborah Heagen, Lisa Kosak, Morgan Mack, Megan McGill, Samantha Santana, Laura Santarelli, Brittany Wienstein and Dita Wieser.

CENTENARY YOUNG PERFORMERS: Jenna Black, Jared Cowley, Raegan Davies, Jessica DeFort, Tyler Donovan, Alex Evans, Albert Garrido, Ciera Gross, Neil Ianniello, Sara Lee, Erin Martire, Lexie Miller, Andrew Nussbaum, Suzanna Nussbaum, Quinn O‘Hara, Raphael Pelczmann, Sydney Phythian, Kiana Rodriguez, Hanna Rose, Christina Stanton, Katie Yarussi, Meghan Yarussi, Anthony Zas and Dennis Zuravlev.

Again, if you are ready for a perfect fun event for the holiday season a visit to the comfortable Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College will not disappoint. Be warned however, that youngsters in the family may get the bug from seeing so many talented young people on stage....the acting bug, of course. It was a delight to visit Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion and Toto, too, in Hackettstown.

 Reviewed by Rick Busciglio   November 25, 2012

The Wizard of Oz will run until December 9th. Tickets range from $20-$29.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Every Thursday night is “Family Night,” which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, November 28th plus 10 a.m. school matinees on Tuesday, December 4th and Wednesday, December 5th. There is 10 minute intermission between Act I and Act II.

The Friday, November 30th performance of The Wizard of Oz will coincide with Hackettstown’s Hometown Holiday Celebration, which will include the arrival of Santa in a horse-drawn sleigh, horse-drawn carriage rides between Centenary and the Holiday Gazebo, a parade featuring the Colonial Musketeers, performances by local choirs and a holiday bazaar. For more information on the celebration, visit the Hackettstown Business Improvement District website at hackettstownbid.com.


The dining hall at the Lackland Center will also host a special Yule Fest dinner ($12.50) before the show dates on Saturday, December 1st and 8th and a brunch ($10.00) on Sunday, December 2nd and 9th. There will be also be different vendors from the community selling special holiday gifts so that audiences can get an opportunity to catch up on their holiday shopping.

To purchase tickets or to find more information on other performances in the 2012-2013 season, visit www.centenarystageco.org or call (908) 979-0900.

The Wizard of Oz is sponsored in part by Restaurant Village in Long Valley and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. 


Photos provided by Centenary Stage Company

Monday, November 26, 2012

Auditions: 'The Normal Heart' at Circle Players

 
Circle Players will hold auditions for “The Normal Heart,” written by Larry Kramer.

Auditions will be held at Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, and 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Callbacks, as needed, will also be held on Dec. 12. Rehearsals will begin in mid-January 2013.
 
Performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays, March 1-16, with a Sunday matinee on March 17, 2013.

This largely autobiographical play focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of “Ned Weeks,” Jewish-American writer, gay activist, and founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.
 
Weeks favors loud public demonstrations to the quieter strategies favored by his associates, friends, and lover Felix Turner, none of who desire to have the media spotlight thrown upon them. Their differences of opinion lead to frequent arguments that threaten to undermine their mutual goal.
In 2011, “The Normal Heart” won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Ed Faver of Roselle is the director. Fred Cuozzo of Green Brook will produce.

Characters needed are: Ned Weeks (mid 30s-early 40s); Ben Weeks, Ned’s older brother (late 30s-mid 40s); Emma Brookner (mid 30s-mid 50s); Felix Turner (mid 30s); Tommy Boatwright (mid 20s-early 30s); and Bruce Niles (mid 30s-early 40s). Two or three additional men will be cast to take on a group of smaller roles.
 
Questions? Email director Ed Faver at circleplayersnj@gmail.com.

'The Gamester' opens Friday at Kean University theatre

It's Paris in the eighteenth century. Valère loves Angélique, but she won't marry him until he gives up his other mistress: The Gambling Hall. Freyda Thomas’ The Gamester is based on Le Jouer, a little-known 1696 play written by Jean-Francois Regnard, a little-known French writer. Thomas has cleverly devised a world-class French comedy, albeit with darker undertones reminiscent of Vegas and American society at the millennium. Well, the turn of any century is always marked by optimism, and what happens to the dice-crossed lovers, the portrait, the lusty widow, the old man and the stuttering fop is to be discovered within the finely woven text, written in crisp, accessible verse, with disguises, tricks and romance adding to the high comedy of this delightful "new" classic work.

Directed by guest artist Dennis Turney, with Scenic Design by Nadine Charlsen, Costume Design by Karen Lee Hart, and Lighting Design by student Zachary Gage, The Gamester features a cast of thirteen and a production staff of thirty-five. Producer and Department Chair Holly Logue says, “An education in theatre must always involve the application of rehearsal and production techniques, be they lighting, scenic, or costume design and construction, make-up and wigs, props, publicity and the like.

Audiences are generally more familiar with what is involved for the actors and the director, but for those students whose talents lie in the backstage areas, they too commit to weeks of work, implementing the designs created by our faculty.

Every set and every costume is an original design, which surprises folks sometimes. It is our responsibility to take what inspires us from the pages of the script and turn it into a physical production; our own production, not a recreation of someone else’s design. These experiences provide the students with the artistry and skills necessary to compete in the profession once they graduate.”

The Gamester opens Friday, November 30 at 8 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. Additional performances include: December 1, 5, 7, 8 at 8 p.m., December 1, 2, 8 at 2 p.m. and December 6 at 5 p.m. (this performance is followed by a Q & A with the cast and creative team).

To purchase tickets for The Gamester, contact the Kean Theatre Box Office – 908-737-7469.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

What's playing at the Community Theatres this week



Here is the selected schedule for this week:

GALLOWAY "Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal," one-man show by Tom Dugan portraying the aging concentration camp survivor telling of his life's work of pursuing Nazi war criminals, Saturday, 7 p.m., Richard Stockton College, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Jim Leeds Road in Pomona. $10-$40. (609) 652-9000.

HACKENSACK "A Christmas Carol," performance by Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson University, University Plaza Drive. $10-$15. (201) 692-6500.

HAMMONTON "Christmas Spectacular," original holiday production, Friday, Saturday and Thursday, 8 p.m., Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St. $22. (609) 704-5012 .

HILLSBOROUGH Somerset Valley Players, "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," four innocent children enter an enchanted portal to a fantastic kingdom of mystical beasts, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Somerset Valley Playhouse, 689 Amwell Road (Route 514). $13-$15. (908) 369-7469.

HOPEWELL "There's a Burglar in My Bed," dessert-theater production of farce of mistaken identities, confusion and greed, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Off-Broadstreet Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood Ave. $27.50-$31.50. (609) 466-2762.

MAPLEWOOD The Theater Project, "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play," re-creation of 1940s Lux Radio Theater production with 12 actors, sound effects technician and musician, Saturday, 3 p.m., Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Road. $20 suggested donation. (973) 763-4029.

MONTVILLE "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," two couples take more than 20 characters from pre-date jitters to the challenges of child rearing, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., The Barn Theatre, 32 Skyline Drive. $22-$24. (973) 334-9320. Read our review.

MOUNT OLIVE "It's a Wonderful Life," stage version of the Frank Capra film, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, 23 Lake Shore Drive in Budd Lake. $15. (973) 691-2100.

NEW BRUNSWICK "A Raisin in the Sun," Rutgers Theater Company production of the story of story of a lower-class black family striving to gain acceptance, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Rutgers University, Philip J. Levin Theater, Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George St. $15-$25. (732) 932-7511.

PISCATAWAY Circle Players, "Becky's New Car," comedy about a middle-aged woman whose routine married life is rattled by the appearance of a rich widower, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m., Circle Playhouse, 416 Victoria Ave. $17-$18. (732) 968-7555.

SAYREVILLE Main Street Theatre Company, "A Christmas Carol, The Musical," musical version of the Charles Dickens' novella, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Main Street Theatre, 3018 Bordentown Ave. in Parlin. $12-$20. (732) 553-1153.

SPRING LAKE "Scrooge," 30th anniversary production of musical holiday classic based on the Charles Dickens story, Thursday, 8 p.m., Spring Lake Theater Company, 300 Madison Ave. $20-$28. (732) 449-4530.

UNION Kean Department of Theater, "The Gamester," French comedy based on 1696 play by Jean-Francois Regnard, Friday and Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Thursday, 5 p.m., Kean University, Wilkins Theater, 1000 Morris Ave. $15. (908) 737-7469.

WAYNE New Jersey Playwrights Contest, staged readings of three finalists in musical division, Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m., William Paterson University, Hunziker Theatre, 300 Pompton Road, free. (973) 720-2371.

Auditions for community theatres this week


"Legally Blonde, The Musical Jr."": Downtown Players, Downtown Performing Arts Center, Mt. Airy Village Shopping Center, 54 Mt. Airy Village Road, Lambertville; Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Seeking ages 12-16; prepare 32 bars of an uptempo contemporary stage song and bring photo and resume. downtownpac.com or (609) 397-3337.

"Proof": Westfield Community Players, Westfield Community Playhouse, 1000 North Ave., Westfield; Monday — Tuesday, 7-10 p.m. Performances March 2-23. westfieldcommunityplayers.org or (908) 232-9568.


"4 X 4: Second Annual One-Act Play Festival:"
Old Library Theatre, George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation, 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn; Tuesday - Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Seeking 3-6 men and 4-7 women for various roles. Performances Feb. 8-10. fairlawncommunitycenter.org or (201) 794-5372.

Wizard of Oz at Centenary Stage Company

Here is a short video of  'Wizard of Oz'


Friday, November 23, 2012

'The Best of Enemies' next at George Street Playhouse


George Street Playhouse's second production of its season, "The Best of Enemies" opens next week. The play, by Mark St. Germain, based on the novel of the same name by Osha Gray Davidson, will be directed by Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company, who will be recreating her acclaimed production (premiered July 2011, and brought back in October 2011) at George Street Playhouse. Casting includes all four members of Barrington’s October production of the piece: Aisha Hinds, John Bedford Lloyd, Don Guillory and Susan Wands. This powerful play about prejudice and redemption will play in New Brunswick November 27 through December 23. Opening night is set for Friday, November 30.

Inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, The Best of Enemies is a true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis (a Grand Cyclops of the KKK) and Ann Atwater (an African-American civil rights activist) during the desegregation of the Durham, NC, schools in 1971. The Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst, and best, in themselves.

"The Best of Enemies" is recommended for mature audiences due to strong language.

Creating the world of the play will be scenic designer David M. Barber, costume designer Kristina Lucka, lighting designer Scott Pinkney and sound designer Brad Berridge.

Individual tickets, starting at $28, are currently on sale, as are 3-, 5-play and flexible admission packages. For information or tickets contact the GSP Box Office, 732-246-7717, or visit www.GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district.

Don Guillory (Bill Riddick) was most recently seen in hist first feature film, The Bourne Legacy, and as a part of the Broadway production StickFly, produced by Alicia Keys. He was also seen in Berkeley Repertory’s production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone as Jeremy Furlow; Actors Theatre of Louisville production of Top Dog/Underdog as Lincoln, and Yale Rep’s production of Trouble in Mind as John Nevins. Mr. Guillory is a stage veteran of some 12 years. He received an MFA in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Political Science from Dillard University in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Aisha Hinds (Ann Atwater) Brooklyn born and educated at the University of Miami, Hinds’ work in television and film includes notably HBO's True Blood, ABC's Detroit 187, TNT'sHawthorne, Showtime's Weeds, and appearing with Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days and Denzel Washington in Unstoppable, truly feels most honored to humbly pay homage to the life, work, and service of Ann Atwater in this role. Some of Hinds' stage credits include Fences, Anything Goes, Tartuffe, Boy Times Man, Colored Museum, Mighty Gents andMame.

John Bedford Lloyd (C.P. Ellis) Broadway: Some Americans Abroad, The Rainmaker, Tartuffe. Carnegie Hall: Showboat. Off-Broadway: Ethan Coen’s Offices at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Williamstown: six seasons. Guthrie Theatre: Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues (world premiere). Westport Playhouse: The Drawer Boy. Television: John Adams, The Bronx is Burning, Blue Bloods, Pan Am, A Legal Mind, Remember WENN (Screen Actors Guild Award nomination). Film: Super Troopers, Crossing Delancey, Tough Guys Don't Dance, Nixon, The Abyss, Bourne Supremacy, Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate, The Hoax, Wall Street 2. Volunteer with Rehabilitation Through the Arts, a theatre outreach program operating inside New York State prisons.

Susan Wands (Mary Ellis) has acted on Broadway, Off & Off-Off Broadway. In regional theater she has worked at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, St. Louis Rep, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage and others. Favorite roles: Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife (directed by Julianne Boyd), Hermione, Blanche, Imogen, Camille, Rosalind, Sally Talley, Isabelle, Cressida, Helena, Doll Tearsheet and Mrs. Cheveley. Television includes "The Good Wife", "Law & Order" series and the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." Films include "Not Fade Away" and "Come Home, Raquel".

Julianne Boyd (Director) founded the Barrington Stage Company in January, 1995. Her directorial credits at BSC includes the critically acclaimed productions Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Streetcar Named Desire (2009), the 2005 production of Follies, the world premiere musical The Game, based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Mack and Mabel, A Little Night Music, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Importance of Being Earnest. In 1997 she directed BSC's smash hit production of Cabaret, which won six Boston Theatre Critics Awards and transferred to the Hasty Pudding Theatre in Cambridge for an extended run. Ms. Boyd conceived and directed the Broadway musical Eubie!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered three Tony nominations. She also co-conceived and directed (with Joan Micklin Silver) the award-winning Off-Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice (Outer Critics’ Award) and its sequel A...My Name Is Still Alice. She has also worked extensively in regional theatres, including the Old Globe Theatre, the McCarter Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Syracuse Stage. From 1992 to 1998 Ms. Boyd served as President of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the national union representing professional directors and choreographers in the U.S.

Mark St. Germain (Playwright) wrote Freud's Last Session, Barrington Stage Company's longest running play. Now playing Off-Broadway, it has passed its 300th performance and will be performed nationally and internationally next season. He's written Ears on a Beatle (BSC), The God Committee (BSC) and Out of Gas on Lover's Leap. Other plays includeCamping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award) and Forgiving Typhoid Mary. His new play, Mrs. Lincoln's Seance, will have a reading at BSC this summer. Mark co-wrote the screenplay for Carroll Ballard's Warner Brothers film, Duma. He most recently directed and produced the documentary My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story, featuring Richard Gere, Lynn Redgrave and Glenn Close among many others. It was chosen to be the first documentary shown on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Television credits include Writer and Creative Consultant for The Cosby Show, Life Stories and Dick Wolf's Crime and Punishment. With Randy Courts, he has written the musicalsThe Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, winner of an AT&T "New Plays for the Nineties Award," both produced at the Lamb's Theater, NYC. Jack's Holiday was produced at Playwrights Horizons. Mark's musical, Stand By Your Man - The Tammy Wynette Story was created for Nashville's Ryman Theater and has toured nationally. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists where he was given the Joe A. Callaway Award, a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer's Guild East. He was awarded the "New Voices in American Theatre" award at the William Inge Theatre Festival. Mark is a Board Member and Associate Artist at Barrington Stage Company.

Osha Gray Davidson (Author) has been a regular contributor to Rolling Stone magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic, Salon.com, The Washington Post, Woman's Day, Popular Science and Grist. He is the author of five books of non-fiction, covering topics from sea turtles (Fire in the Turtle House) to the National Rifle Association (Under Fire) to the nexus of race and class in America (The Best of Enemies). Osha also co-wrote the screenplay for the IMAX documentary Coral Reef Adventure. He publishes the The Phoenix Sun, a syndicated online news and analysis site covering solar power from the American Southwest.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

'Sound of Music' opens at Paper Mill Playhouse this weekend

The Sound of Music one of the most beloved and inspirational stories of all time opens this Friday at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. This tale of love and courage is Rodgers and Hammerstein's final triumphant collaboration. Directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse favorite James Brennan, The Sound of Music will bring families of all ages together this holiday season.

Leading the cast are Ben Davis as Captain Georg von Trapp, Elena Shaddow as Maria von Trapp, Edward Hibbert as Max, Donna English as Elsa Schraeder Chelsea Morgan Stock as Liesl and American Idol finalist Anthony Fedorov as Rolf. The Sound of Music will run at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from November 23 to December 30, 2012.  

Based on the true story of the von Trapp family, The Sound of Music has become a beacon of hope and joy for generations. Audiences will revel in the glorious sounds of iconic melodies like "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Every Mountain." Talkin’ Broadway writes, "Paper Mill is in top form doing what it does best and it is now the place to be for those who love American musicals. When it comes to revivals of major Broadway musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse has few equals. So when that major revival is Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, there is cause for joy."

The Sound of Music will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Please visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website (www.papermill.org) or call the box office (973.376.4343) for special holiday schedules. Single tickets are on sale now and range from $26 to $97. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. The Sound of Music is generously supported by a grant from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
 

We will review Sunday November 25th at 7 p.m.

Centenary Stage Company's Wizard of Oz opens this Friday



Centenary Stage Company is presenting The Wizard of Oz for their Holiday Musical Spectacular. Opening this Friday the 23rd at 8 p.m., shows are already filling up fast. Audiences can begin the holiday season with a family classic brought to life at the Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center.

Featuring a cast of 50 actors on the stage, The Wizard of Oz is a musical tradition following the story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and Toto, too. These beloved characters visit Hackettstown on their way to the Emerald City, as CSC presents the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY’S (RSC) adaptation by Frank Gabrielson and John Kane, with Music and Lyrics from the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The RSC said this adaptation came about when the Artistic Director of the company asked for a show that could be performed annually over the Christmas season, so this show is especially made for families to celebrate the holiday season.

This production includes lively dance routines and familiar songs such as Academy Award-winning song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as well as an added show-stopping dance number, “The Jitterbug,” which was edited out from the original movie. Artistic Director Carl Wallnau stated, “You only have to say it to people, and a smile comes on their face.” Directed and choreographed by Broadway, film, and television veteran Michael Blevins, The Wizard of Oz features a cast of talented actors, dancers and musicians from all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Flying by Foy, one of the most prolific and widely-respected theatrical flying services in the world, headquartered in Las Vegas, has come to execute the flying of the Witches, the Wizard, the monkeys, and more, creating a spectacle not to be missed and a first for Centenary Stage Company.

The Friday, November 30th performance of The Wizard of Oz will coincide with Hackettstown’s Hometown Holiday Celebration, which will include the arrival of Santa in a horse-drawn sleigh, horse-drawn carriage rides between Centenary and the Holiday Gazebo, a parade featuring the Colonial Musketeers, performances by local choirs and a holiday bazaar. For more information on the celebration, visit the Hackettstown Business Improvement District website at hackettstownbid.com.

The dining hall at the Lackland Center will also host a special Yule Fest dinner ($12.50) before the show dates on Saturday, December 1st and 8th and a brunch ($10.00) on Sunday, December 2nd and 9th. There will be different vendors from the community also set up selling special holiday gifts so that audiences can get an opportunity to catch up on their holiday shopping.

The Wizard of Oz opens Friday, November 23rd and will run until December 9th. Tickets range from $20-$29.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Every Thursday night is “Family Night,” which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

There are also 2 p.m. matinees on Friday, November 23rd (preview) and Wednesday, November 28th and 10 a.m. school matinees on Tuesday, December 4th and Wednesday, December 5th. To purchase tickets or to find more information on other performances in the 2012-2013 season, visit www.centenarystageco.orgor call (908) 979-0900. Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendations for individual shows.

Hat's off to these generous sponsors: The Wizard of Oz is sponsored in part by Restaurant Village in Long Valley and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit professional equity theatre, in residence at Centenary College, dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands Region with professional music, theatre and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year. Performances at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and CSC members, friends and sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and The Holiday Inn, and Series sponsors, Fulton Bank, Mamas and Café Baci.

We will review Saturday night November 24, 2012

Auditions: 'Taming of the Shrew' at Chatham Community Players

 


Be a part of Shakespeare's fastest-moving and the original battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, “Taming of the Shrew”. The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions on Monday, December 17th and Tuesday, December 18th at 7 pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Production dates are March 1 thru 10, 2013 with rehearsals to beginning mid-January.

Shakespeare's battle of the sexes concerns Petruchio's courtship of Katherina.The man from Verona does not have an easy task ahead of him. He tries many ways to tame her however she has her own take on the romance. Come and be a part of this romantic comedy classic that has challenged and entertained audiences for centuries. You could be one of our would-be lovers battle it out, because as we know, love is a battlefield.

Director Jen Plants seeks a diverse cast of 13-14 actors of all ethnic and racial backgrounds who are bold and funny and who bring lots of their own ideas to the table. No experience with Shakespeare is necessarily required, though it can’t hurt, of course!

Auditions will start with cold readings from sides provided in small groups. Sides are available prior to the auditions. To access sides, please visit our website at http://www.chathamplayers.org/auditions.html . This production must never forget that it is indeed a PLAY (or in the case of The Taming of the Shrew, a play within a play!) All characters must be BOTH real and comically larger than life. Finding that paradoxical balance will make up the fun of rehearsals!


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

MEN

PETRUCCIO (30’s-40’s, suitor and eventual husband of Kate) Brave, fearless and manly. Uber-confident and shockingly likable. He is willing to take on any challenge and is so wildly creative and hardworking that he almost always wins—and has the time of his life doing so. He takes the stage whenever he appears, and is physically bold. A tour-de-force of a man.

LUCENTIO (20’s, suitor and eventual husband of Bianca) A real Prince Charming, the classic romantic hero, which means that in a comedy, he’s also a bit naïve and painfully lovesick and idealistic.

TRANIO (20’s. servant of Lucentio and pretends to be Lucentio) One smart cookie. In comedy, there’s often a guy of low status who is actually the smartest person in the room. This is Tranio (and he counters Biondello.) His big brain can make him sassy and sarcastic at times.

BAPTISTA (50’s-70’s, Kate and Bianca’s father) The wise, bombastic but long-suffering (and ultimately good) patriarch of the play. He’s been overrun by Kate in the past, but in the play he finally stands up to her.

GREMIO (60’s, suitor to Bianca) WAY too old for Bianca, but a man who fancies himself still young and virile. A bit of a buffoon.

HORTENSIO (20’s, suitor to Bianca) A bit of a nerd, a bit humorless and always the straightlaced one in the group, Hortensio (like Gremio) is a total mismatch for Bianca.

BIONDELLO (20’s-40’s, servant of Lucentio) A totally ineffectual servant, and totally unaware that he’s not actually very good at his job at all. His comedy comes from his ineptitude (in contrast to Tranio.)

GRUMIO (20’s-40’s, servant of Petruccio) Petruccio’s sidekick, he’s crafty and optimistic (and a great physical comedian) Nothing Petruccio does could be done without Grumio.

CURTIS/TAILOR (teens-40’s, Petruccio’s servant) A great role for a really great character actor. Curtis is Petruccio’s house boy. He is put upon and long suffering in the play. The actor will double as the Tailor, yet another character who gets kicked around in the play!

VINCENTIO (50’s-70’s, Lucentio’s father) A man who believes in order and who is totally taken by surprise at the madness he discovers in Padua! A bit of a stuffed-shirt, he learns to loosen up as he discovers the new world his son has found.

SLY/MERCHANT The merchant will actually be played by the actor playing Christopher Sly! Christopher Sly is a bumbling, clownish, not-too-bright common man, who starts the play drunk. He gets fooled into thinking he’s a wealthy lord and watches a play. . . The Taming of the Shrew! Eventually, Sly gets pulled into the action and plays a role in the Shrew story, but he’s not a great actor. Like Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Drew, Sly gets pulled into something extraordinary and thinks he’s a much greater man than he really is.

WOMEN

KATE (30’s) Bold and brassy. Brave and witty. A fighter, not a lover. A woman, not a girl. The quickest mind of anyone in the play. Kate is no fool, and has no patience for the foolish ways of anyone else. Most importantly, she knows her worth and isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants. She is physically fearless and used to being in charge. In the play, Kate learns how to have fun.

BIANCA (20’s) A youthful girl of a dual nature. On the surface, she is all sweetness and light and innocence—the perfect ingénue. Underneath, she is a one tough cookie—manipulative and tough, just like her sister Kate. Bianca is just good at knowing what role the world wants her to play. This duality makes her way more interesting and fun to play than your typical young lover!

HOSTESS/WIDOW The widow is shrewish and tight. She is proper and concerned with outward appearances. Opportunities for great comedy with the right touch. The actor who plays the Widow will also play the earthy Hostess in the Induction.
Most of the company will also play roles in the Induction (the Christopher Sly story that frames the Shrew play.)

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Leslie Reagoso at (973) 769-3886 or email her at ccpcasting@gmail.com. For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org