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Friday, May 31, 2013

Reimagined 'Little Mermaid' open at Paper Mill Playhouse



Paper Mill Playhouse is now presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid, based on the classic animated film of the same title. 


The American premiere of this brand new production features a revamped script, additional songs, a new physical production and an entirely fresh interpretation of the piece. Paper Mill Playhouse’s re imagined production will also play at partner theaters Kansas City Starlight and Pittsburgh CLO. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is directed by Glenn Casale with original choreography by John MacInnis

 The cast includes acclaimed Broadway performers: Nick Adams (Prince Eric), Jessica GrovĂ© (Ariel), Liz McCartney (Ursula), Alan Mingo, Jr. (Sebastian) and Edward Watts (King Triton). Disney’s The Little Mermaid is running at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through June 30, 2013. We will be reviewing at the official press opening on Sunday, June 2, at 7 p.m. 

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the enchanting 1989 Disney animated film and one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 

The score features the classic songs "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea" composed by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and his longtime collaborator, the late Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Mr. Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Family-Friendly Performance Schedule: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 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 theater will host a special, Autism/Sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.. This performance is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, and planned in cooperation with Autism New Jersey and Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers.

“The Paper Mill Playhouse version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid has never been seen before,” stated director Glenn Casale. “The script and the structure of the piece are entirely new. Ursula and Triton have new songs. It is a family adventure that you will want to share with your sons and daughters.”


Opening tonight at the Bickford 'Nunsense II: The Second Coming '




The hilarious second chapter in the series of hit musical comedies, "Nunsense II: The Second Coming" by Dan Goggin, will be the final production of the Bickford Theatre’s 2012/2013 season, once again starring Gwendolyn F. Jones as Reverend Mother, with performances starting tonight Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 23, 2013.

PerformancesThursdays at 2 p.m. June 6, 13, 20
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. June 6
Fridays at 8 p.m. May 31; June 7, 14, 21
Sat. at 2 p.m. June 8
Saturdays at 8 p.m. June 1, 8, 15, 22
Sundays at 2 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, 23

Tickets: Reserved seats are $45 for the General Public; $40 for Senior Citizens; $38 for Morris Museum and Bickford Theatre Guild Members; $20 for Students (18 or under or with valid college ID); and $30 Groups (10 or more)

For tickets or more information, please contact the Bickford Theatre Box Office at973.971.3706 or visit www.bickfordtheatre.org


After they staged their benefit to bury the four “blue” nuns here last summer, the sisters are at it again staging a “thank you” concert for all of their past supporters. Now bitten by the theatre bug, the show gets off to a rousing start, until chaos ensues as the Franciscans show up to claim Sr. Amnesia and thgere’s a talent scout in the audience. More song and dance and a special game of bingo highlight this hilarious sequel. 

Nunsense II: The Second Coming is recommended for audiences age 12 and over.
The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase and Blues at the Bickford. In 2013/ 2014, the season will be expanded to include stand-p comedy nights and classical music concerts. In September of 2013, Eric Hafen will celebrate his 13th season as the Bickford Theatre’s Artistic Director.

The Bickford Theatre is conveniently located within the Morris Museum and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

'The Grapes of Wrath' next at Playhouse 22


Playhouse 22’s next production, "The Grapes of Wrath," opens Friday, June 7 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center. The show runs through June 23. All performances are Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Directed by Tony Adase, The Grapes of Wrath is a Depression-era play based on the writings of John Steinbeck. Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in theDust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other “Okies”, they sought jobs, land, dignity, and a future.

Portions of the opening weekend ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornado.

Tickets are $20/adults and $18/seniors and student and are available online at Playhouse22.org, by calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939 or at the Box Office window.

Playhouse 22 is East Brunswick’s Community Theater troupe and conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Genesis Festival of New Plays at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick


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

'Great Movie Musicals' big screen event at the Bickford


News from Across the River: Stella Adler Studio to Honor Elaine Stritch and Stephen Sondheim

Elaine Stritch

Special Red Carpet Guests Include Alec Baldwin, Liza Minnelli and James Gandolfini

Live Performance by Bernadette Peters 


The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has announced that the Eighth Annual Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala will be held June 10 at Espace in New York City. This year’s honorees include acting luminaries Elaine Stritch and George Takei, Broadway idol Stephen Sondheim and real estate mogul Charles S. Cohen. The gala will feature a special live performance from Ms. Stritch’s friend Bernadette Peters and red carpet appearances by Alec Baldwin, Liza Minnelli and James Gandolfini. Additional red carpet guests include gala co-hosts and Stella Adler alums Jane Levy (Evil Dead, Suburgatory) and Keith Powell (30 Rock).

The evening will be a special celebration of Emmy and Tony Award Winner Elaine Stritch. Ms. Stritch, who recently announced that she is leaving New York after 71 years as a star of Broadway, television and film, will be inducted as an Honorary Chair of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

Broadway legend and Tony, Grammy, Pulitzer Prize and Academy® Award Winner Stephen Sondheim will receive the “Marlon Brando Award” for a life committed to social activism and excellence in art. Cultural iconGeorge Takei will receive “The Harold Clurman Spirit Award” and patron of the arts Charles S. Cohen will receive “The Stella Adler Corporate Award.”

Funds raised from the evening will be used to support the studio’s programs such as the Stella Adler Outreach Division, a program that provides free actor training to low-income, inner-city youth. The Outreach Division has served and trained nearly 5,000 students since its inception in 2004.

"Stella by Starlight allows us to pay tribute to great theater makers like Elaine Stritch and Stephen Sondheim, but perhaps more importantly, it helps us to raise funds for programs like the Outreach Division,” Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Tom Oppenheim, stated today. “Through the generosity of the extended community, Stella by Starlight makes it possible for young people to receive an education that brings them in touch with their most authentic selves."

Over the years, the Stella by Starlight Gala has honored some of the most distinguished artists in the entertainment and media industries. They have included James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Belafonte, Liz Smith, Warren Beatty, Liza Minelli, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening, Harold Bloom, Tony Kushner, Elaine Stritch, Sidney Lumet, Ruby Dee, the late Ozzie Davis and the late Roy Scheider, as well as other key entertainment, theatrical and business leaders.

Since 1949, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has been the premier actor training program in New York City and around the country. The studio has trained thousands of actors and artists, including the likes of Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Elaine Stritch, Benicio del Toro, Alvin Ailey, and Salma Hayek. The studio encourages its students to be well-versed in not only theater, art, music and literature, but also to be involved in social, humanitarian and community-related issues.




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

'Love Letters' in a benefit performance at Tri-State Actors Theater in Newton



LOVE LETTERS - laugh-out-loud lines and an ending that will squeeze tears out of all but the stoniest hearts…compelling…pleasant.

TRI-STATE ACTORS THEATER will present LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney in a benefit performance for the Theater Company and the Performing Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in the Performing Arts Center theater at SCCC, Newton. All seats are $20.00.

LOVE LETTERS, performed by the incomparable actress MaryAnn Hay as Melissa and Paul Meacham, Tri-State’s Artistic Director as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, is a unique and imaginative theatre piece that is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. Both performers are members of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years. While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

Tickets for the performance are available on-line at www.tristateactorstheater.org or sussex.edu - click on Box Office, or by calling Tri-State at 973 383-0510. Large print programs, accessible parking, wheelchair access and elevator service are available for patrons with special needs. For tickets, information, and special services, please contact the theater at 973 383-0510. On day of performance, the PAC Box Office is open 60 minutes prior to curtain time.

Additional information about Tri-State Actors Theater and its programs and services is available on the web at www.tristateactorstheater.org. Funding for Tri-State Actors Theater has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the generous support of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Call 973-383-0510 for information, reservations, and tickets.

'Nunsense II' starts Friday May 31 at Bickford Theatre



The hilarious second chapter in the series of hit musical comedies, Nunsense II: The Second Coming by Dan Goggin, will be the final production of the Bickford Theatre’s 2012/2013 season, once again starring Gwendolyn F. Jones as Reverend Mother, with performances Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Performances
Thursdays at 2 p.m. June 6, 13, 20 
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. June 6
Fridays at 8 May 31; June 7, 14, 21
Sat. at 2 p.m. June 8
Saturdays at 8 p.m. June 1, 8, 15, 22
Sundays at 2 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, 23

Tickets: Reserved seats are $45 for the General Public; $40 for Senior Citizens; $38 for Morris Museum and Bickford Theatre Guild Members; $20 for Students (18 or under or with valid college ID); and $30 Groups (10 or more)

For tickets or more information, please contact the Bickford Theatre Box Office at 973.971.3706 or visit www.bickfordtheatre.org


About Nunsense II: The Second Coming

Gwendolyn F. Jones
After they staged their benefit to bury the four “blue” nuns here last summer, the sisters are at it again staging a “thank you” concert for all of their past supporters. Now bitten by the theatre bug, the show gets off to a rousing start, until chaos ensues as the Franciscans show up to claim Sr. Amnesia and thgere’s a talent scout in the audience. More song and dance and a special game of bingo highlight this hilarious sequel. 

Nunsense II: The Second Coming is recommended for audiences age 12 and over
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Cast (all returning from the July 2013 Bickford performance of Nunsense)

Gwendolyn F. Jones of Long Valley, NJ (Reverend Mother Mary Regina) Broadway Tour: Nunset Blvd (w/ Cindy Williams), Broadway: Radio City Christmas Spectacular; NYC: Sophie Tucker (Sophie, Totie & Belle), Stella (Light Up the Sky); NJ Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse; Other Regional: Flat Rock Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Playhouse, Beef & Boards DT, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Candlewood Playhouse.

Geraldine Leer of Montclair, NJ (Sister Hubert) Broadway: The Country Girl and Member of the Wedding (Roundabout Theatre); Regional: LaJolla Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, Westport Country Playhouse, Dallas Repertory Theatre; Film & TV: Lorna (Mystic Pizza), Mary Pat (As the World Turns), guest star in Law & Order, Nash Bridges, Take Me Home Again (MOW)

Kristen Michelle of Metuchen, NJ- (Sister Mary Amnesia) National Tour: Theatreworks USA; NJ Regional: Premiere Stages; Other Regional: Waterfront Playhouse, Red Barn Theatre, Cohoes Music Hall

Amanda Yachechak of Hackensack, NJ- (Sr. Mary Leo) NYC: Union Square Theatre, Vital Theatre, Theatre for a New City; NJ Regional: Garage Theatre, Yates Musical Theatre, Hackensack Theatre Company

Katie Mott of NYC (Sr. Robert Anne) NJ Regional Credits : Gloria Thorpe (Damn Yankees), Jack’s Mother (Into the Woods), Nellie Forbush (South Pacific); graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory
Creative Team:

Director: Eric Hafen, Artistic Director, Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
Music Director: Wayne Mallette of Plainfield, NJ
Choreographer: Laurie Piro of Basking Ridge, NJ
Set and Lighting Designer: Lewis Perlmutter of Madison, NJ
Costume Designer: Ric McAllister of Union City, NJ
Properties Designer: Danielle Pietrowski of Long Valley, NJ
Production Stage Manager: Yumi Matsuura of Madison, NJ
About The Bickford Theatre

The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase and Blues at the Bickford. In 2013/ 2014, the season will be expanded to include stand-p comedy nights and classical music concerts. In September of 2013, Eric Hafen will celebrate his 13th season as the Bickford Theatre’s Artistic Director.

The theatre is a Senior Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theatres throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance.

The Bickford Theatre is conveniently located within the Morris Museum and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through the presentation of high caliber permanent and changing exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. In 2013 the museum will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary. These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the F.M. Kirby Foundation; and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2012.

In 2013, the Morris Museum will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ
, and is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. For more information, call 973-971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Growing Stage announces ambitious 2013-14 schedule


Here is The Growing Stage - The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, 2013 – 2014 season schedule:

"SHREK THE MUSICAL" opens the 32nd season and is the first New Jersey premiere running September 27th, Fridays at 7:30 P.M., Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 4:00 P.M.  The production is based winning DreamWorks film that started it all with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. The show brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.  In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.  Full of all-new songs,great dancing and breathtaking scenery, "SHREK THE MUSICAL" is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

Back by Popular Demand, is "RUDOLPH the RED-NOSED REINDEER," running November 22, 2013.  It tells the timeless story of a true misfit who transforms into a beloved hero.  Set in a magical, holiday world in and around the North Pole, and populated by endearing characters –from a talking snowman to flying reindeer – our production will feature Johnny Marks’ well-known Christmas songs and the enduring Christmas spirit of the television special, adapted by Robert Penola, which has been seen by over one billion people since 1964.

In 2014, the World Premiere of "THE SECRET LIFE OF HUBIE HARTZEL" by Susan Rowan Masters graces the Palace stage,opening February 7, 2014.  This story is about the perils of life in fifth grade. Humor helps to lighten this radio-style entertainment for all ages as Hubie deals with his problems. He’s failing school, he’s stuck with an impossible older sister, his beloved family cat is sick, and he’s the target of Ralph Marruci, class bully. But he has an escape – daydreaming. He imagines himself a prizefighter and draws caricatures in class of his teachers, family and friends.

Everyone, that is, but the new art teacher—he has a crush on her! Unfortunately, Hubie’s attempts at coping with life backfire, and he winds up in more trouble than before. When the perfect plan for revenge on Marruci blows up in his face, Hubie finds the courage to stand up to the bully and do the right thing.... Fridays at 7:30 P.M, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 P.M.  This stage presentation is through March 2nd, Fridays at 7:30 P.M, Saturday and Sunday.

The final main stage show of the season and second New Jersey premiere is "KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL" running April 18 and a special opening night performance.
Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. But throw adventure, song and dancing laundry into the mix and you get an instant children's classic! Six-time Emmy Award winner Mo Willems teams up with Grammy Award–winning composer Michael Silversher to create this heart-warming and hilarious musical. Based on the beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, "KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL"  follows Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny on a trip to the laundromat.

The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand.  This brilliant true-to-life tale is the epitome of children's theatre, the story itself already proclaimed a "kid favorite." The perfect show for a family-friendly outing, "KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL" offers a great opportunity to showcase wacky characters and outrageous technical...through May 18th, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 P.M. and at 7:30 P.M.  The story: girl loves stuffed animal.

The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors.  2013-2014 Season Ticket Packages go on sale June 1, reservation or order a ticket package, visit www.growingstage.com or contact the Growing Stage Box Office at (973) 347-4946 or e-mail at boxoffice@growingstage.com.  Group rates and Birthday Party packages available.

The Growing Stage-The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is a non-profit professional performing arts center dedicated to theatre for young audiences. A member theatre of the Association of Actor’s Equity,that provides opportunity for all to learn and grow through participation in the arts.

The GS is located in the historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Strollers need Mayfest Booth volunteers May 26


The Strollers are seeking volunteers to set up and man the Strollers Maplewood MayFest booth  this Sunday, May 26th.  

Set-up is from 9:45-12 p.m. and involves putting up the canopy and setting up the table with literature, tix raffle items, and giveaways.  

Manning the booth is from 12P - 5 p.m. - if you can put in a couple hours that's fine as long as we have the entire time covered.  It's a fun festival and a nice excuse to sit out on a beautiful day for a while and schmooze with passers by.

Break-down is at 5 p.m.

Please email Carol Cornicelli at cacornicelli@yahoo.com with times you are available to help so she can make sure the booth is covered as she cannot be there that day.

The Resident Theatre Company at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040.

Celebrating it's 12th Anniversary, the Maplewood MayFest has grown into one of Maplewood's largest community festivals and the Springfield Avenue Partnership's signature event. Visitors enjoy rides, games, 2 petting zoos, pony rides, live music, food (who doesn't love funnel cakes?), a classic car show and more than 100 participating vendors.

MayFest events will take place on Springfield Avenue from Indiana Street to Rutgers Street between the hours of 12nn to 5 p.m. With an emphasis on Maplewood, vendor participants include many local business, civic groups, and other community organizations.

'Happy' next at New Jersey Repertory Company May 30 thru June 30






Susan Maris, Michael Irvin Pollard in a scene from Robert Caisley's "Happy" playing at New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway in Long Branch May 30 thru June 30.

For tickets call 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org

Centenary Stage Company's Theatrical Makeup class at Warren County Library

Members of the “Trauma Simulation” segment of the Centenary College Theatrical make-up class


The world of Vampires and Zombies will come alive in the final workshop of the Performing Arts Series at the Warren County Library in Belvidere on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. , featuring hands-on instruction in theatrical make-up for aspiring performers.
Participants in the fun and free workshop will learn to transform their face with the magic of theatrical makeup. During the 90 minute workshop participants will learn some of the basics of makeup application with regard to trauma simulation with applications into the world of vampires and zombies. 

Workshop instructor Erik Gaden, a graduate of the Centenary College Theater program and a Centenary Stage Company teaching artist, will take students through some of the basics of application, with a lucky few individuals able to walk out of the class transformed into the world of the “walking dead”. Additional theatrical makeup application techniques (old age, fantasy, animals) may be explored depending on time. Necessary materials for the workshop will be provided by the Centenary Stage Company.

The four-part Performing Arts Workshop Series has including “Singing for Theatre”, “Stage Combat”, and “Acting”, as well as the Theatrical Makeup class. Classes are recommended for older teens and adults.

The Theatrical Make-up class will be held at the new Warren County Library Headquarters at 189 County Rt. 519 Belvidere. Registration is limited and should be reserved in advance by calling l 908-475-6322 or visiting the Library’s website at www.warrenlib.org. For more information about programs of the Centenary Stage Company, visitwww.centenarystageco.org.

Partial funding for the Performing Arts Library Workshops is made possible by Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Barn Theatre's Saturday night performance of 'Chorus Line' has waiting list


The Barn Theatre Box Office is NO LONGER taking reservations for the SATURDAY, MAY 25th performance at 8 p.m. of their hit production of  "A Chorus Line" directed by Jay Mills.

There will still be very limited amount of tickets available at the door for purchase. To obtain these tickets, come to the theatre any time after 7 p.m. to be placed on the waiting list. The waiting list is on a first come first serve basis and you must be present to receive your tickets.

Reservations are still being accepted for all other performances by calling 973-334-9320 ext. 1 or by emailing us atboxoffice@barntheatre.org. "Thank you and we will see you at the show!!"

Read  the review by Ruth Ross.

Cast photo by Joe Gigli

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Final weekend for Bergen County Players' 'Boeing Boeing'



The Bergen County Players (BCP) of Oradell will conclude its 80th mainstage season with the final three performances of Marc Camoletti's Tony Award-winning acclaimed non-stop farce Boeing Boeing, directed by Alyson Cohn. The final three shows will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre on Kinderkamack Road in Oradell on May 31 and June 1 at 8:00 PM and on June 2nd at 2:00 PM. There will be no performances on Memorial Day weekend. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell during regular box office hours.

Set in the swinging '60s, Boeing Boeing is the hilarious tale of Bernard (Larry Kadish of New Milford), a high-flying lothario who deftly juggles a trio of flight attendant fiancĂ©es, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent "layovers." They are the Italian hostess Gabriella (Shiva Kiani of Newark), the German hostess Gretchen (Sky Spiegel of Morristown), and the American hostess Gloria (Allyson Stevenson of Westwood). With a complex system based upon their flight schedules and some assistance from his disapproving housekeeper (Paula  O'Brien of Park Ridge), Bernard's carefully constructed timetable runs like clockwork until a new, faster Boeing jet goes into service.

Bernard's supersonic lifestyle hits turbulence when his friend Robert (Dale Monroe of Morristown) comes to stay and the unexpected schedule changes bring all three women to his apartment at the same time. Bernard's intricate ruse unravels in one wild, door-slamming night of comic mayhem.

TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
· All performances of Boeing Boeing take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., but there will be no performances on Memorial Day weekend.

· Tickets for Boeing Boeing are $20 for all Friday and Saturday performances, $16 for Sunday performances, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200, or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards accepted.

· Those interested in group sales of 20 or more tickets may call 201-262-0515.

· Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available in advance for $14 by phone or walk-up only. A "Student Rush" ticket can be purchased for $5 at the box office window starting 30 minutes before curtain with proper ID; this is a cash-only with a limit of one ticket per student.

· 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. BCP's remaining Second Stage production will be "The 'Sing-Along' Sound of Music" (June 21st-23rd, 2013).

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.

Summit Playhouse's Pixie Dust Players summer workshop for ages 5-13


Workshops
 
"This summer, in addition to our full production, Pixie Dust Players will be offering one week workshops which will end with a 30 minute performance featuring some Broadway-styled fairytale fun.  This opportunity will be open to performers ages 5-13. These workshops will run for three hours a day with a performance in the evening on final day of the workshop (Friday). Additionally, there will be a brief meeting a few days before the workshop begins for a mock audition workshop and the distribution of scripts and other materials. These workshops will run during the month of July and will be filled on a first come, first served basis."

The workshop will include:
  1.  18 hours of instruction and rehearsal time
  2.  A 30 minute performance on the final day
  3.  2 complimentary tickets to the show (additional tickets can be purchased for $10 each as supplies last)
  4.  T-shirts
  5.  A DVD of the performance
  6.  A gallery of pictures of the final dress rehearsal
  7.  A full week of fun and theatre!

Total Cost: $250 per child 

See below for information on how to Register!
SESSION 1:

Audition Workshop:
    Wednesday, July 3 9:00-10:30 

Rehearsal Workshop:
    Monday-Friday July 8-12 9:00-12:00 

Performance: 
    Friday, July 12 at 5:30pm (call time 4:30)
SESSION 2:

Audition Workshop:
    Wednesday, July 3 10:30-12:30 

Rehearsal Workshop:
    Monday-Friday July 8-12 1:00-4:00 

Performance: 
    Friday, July 12 at 7:30pm (call time 6:30)
SESSION 3:

Audition Workshop:
    Wednesday, July 3 12:30-2:00 

Rehearsal Workshop:
    Monday-Friday July 15-19 9:00-12:00 

Performance: 
    Friday, July 19 at 5:30pm (call time 4:30)
SESSION 4:

Audition Workshop:
    Wednesday, July 3 2:00-3:30 

Rehearsal Workshop:
    Monday-Friday July 15-19 1:00-4:00 

Performance: 
    Friday, July 19 at 7:30pm (call time 6:30)
Please follow these steps to sign up for your workshop experience this summer:

1. Please follow this link: Workshop Sign-Up to reserve a spot in your desired session(s). Please note that you are welcome to participate in one session each week, but the show and rehearsal process will be similar/the same for each session. However, any child participating in multiple sessions will be given a different role in each show. 

  1. 2.Please print out the Workshop Registration Form and fill it out. Mail the completed form along with your check for $250 made out to the Summit Playhouse to:

Summit Playhouse
10 New England Ave
Summit, NJ 07901 
Attn: Summer Workshop. 

Note: if you are signing more than one child for the workshops, please send a separate form for each child but one check can be written for all participants. 

3. Once we have received the required form and payment, you will receive an email confirming your child's participation in our Summer Workshops.

***NOTE: Please do not sign up for the workshops if your child has a conflict with any of the rehearsal dates. If there is a conflict with the mock audition workshop, you may email us to schedule an alternate time (pixiedustplayers@aol.com).

We look forward to seeing you this summer!