Friday, July 31, 2015

Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop holding Fall Session interviews

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Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop will be holding Fall Session interviews by appointment on Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 17. 

Led by theatre, TV and film veteran Michael Blevins, the Fall Session will run 15 weeks from September 12 through December 21 and culminates in a two-week Festival of Shows from December 12-21. 

Classes meet Saturdays by section between the hours of 10am – 6pm.  Students will rehearse productions while also studying voice, dance, and acting.  Registration is open to students 8 – 18 and no prior experience is required.

The Centenary Stage Company Young Performers Workshop (YPW) is a musical theatre program under the auspices of the Centenary Stage Company, a not-for-profit professional Equity Theatre Company in residence at Centenary College.  YPW is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through the use of theatre arts and serves as a greenhouse for cultivating young theatre performers.  The program is one of the few that offers both formal training and production experience while designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced young performers. 

Career – minded individuals can prepare for the rigors of a professional career, yet students not aiming for a professional career benefit from the program with its emphasis on discipline, self – worth and development of communication skills.  The program includes the production of two major musicals.

For more information visit us on-line at centenarystageco.org.  To schedule an interview contact the Centenary Stage Company administrative Office at (908) 979 – 0900.  All new applicants must schedule an interview for admittance into the program.  Early appointments receive priority placement as enrollment is competitive and limited.  Deadline for registration is September 1, 2015.

The Young Performers Workshop is part of the educational arm of the professional Centenary Stage Company.  Programs at CSC are made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and CSC members and sponsors.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chatham Community Players’ 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival opens Friday

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"Rodin in Movement" written, directed and choreographed by Kimberly Jackson of Newton is the original dance piece that is a part of Chatham Community Players’ 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 31, August 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m... All performances are held at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ.

Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $12 for youth (18 and under). To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to www.chathamplayers.org. It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

Photo taken by Howard Fisher

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Laura Ekstand Thursday Reading at Mondo in Summit

 Dreamcatcher_ShootingStar_2 LAURA EKSTRAND: Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 pm

DRT presents a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit (www.mondosummit.com). MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. There's a show every Thursday night at 8PM from July 30th through August 20th.

Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door.

To take advantage of the $5 discount, reserve your tickets in advance.

To reserve you can email info@mondosummit.com or call: 917-969-4534

Click here for directions to MONDO.

 

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm

2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron

Featuring: Laura Ekstrand

 

 

In 2.5 Minute Ride, the audience takes a roller coaster ride through the writer's family album. Rising and falling between high hilarity and deep disquiet, the play demonstrates with disarming simplicity that humor and horror can share the same human moment.
The play switches back and forth between Kron's journey to Auschwitz with her septuagenarian father, a Holocaust survivor; her Michigan family's annual pilgrimage to a Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park; and her brother's marriage to his Internet bride.
By moving seamlessly between these three diverse recountings, Kron creates a complex and at times startling meditation on how human beings make sense of tragedy, grief, and everyday life.
"An unexpectedly powerful evening... hilarious...clever...and moving."
- The Sunday Times of London

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shaw’s comedy Misalliance next at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Misalliance, directed by Artistic Associate/Casting Director Stephen Brown-Fried. Performances begin Wednesday, August 5th and continue through Sunday, August 30th at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Individual tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting ShakespeareNJ.org.

Published in 1909 by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance transports audiences to Edwardian-era England and the lush Tarleton solarium, where patriarch John Tarleton struggles to maintain control over his rebellious daughter and headstrong son, as well as a host of unexpected visitors. Over the course of a single Saturday afternoon, Shaw creates a chaotic clash of class, gender, and generation and explores the idiosyncrasies of the British classes and their family values.

The Playwright:

Born in 1856, Shaw enjoyed a successful career in the literary realm. In 1925, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for Saint Joan, and in 1938 he won an Oscar for his contributions to the film Pygmalion. As a critic, essayist, and public speaker, Shaw’s social interests were widespread. In particular, he was interested in the theme of male-female relations, which he explored over the course of several of his plays.

The Cast:

Adamson_ames (2) In his thirteenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre, Ames Adamson returns to the Main Stage as undergarment magnate John Tarleton. Company credits include A Most Dangerous Woman, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Timon of Athens, Hamlet, King Lear, Henry V, and numerous productions with Shakespeare LIVE!  Recently, Mr. Adamson appeared in Arms and the Man, as well as Martin Crimp’s adaptation of The Misanthrope at Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia.

Brian_Cade_914_3 Brian Cade returns to The Shakespeare Theatre stage in his sixth season as Johnny Tarleton, heir to his father’s undergarment business. Company credits include The Liar, All’s Well That Ends Well, Richard III, and The Cherry Orchard on the Main Stage; as well as Shakespeare LIVE! productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece. Recently, Mr. Cade has worked with Gorilla Rep., Pulse Ensemble Theatre, and the Lookingglass Theatre Company. Additionally, he has appeared Off Broadway in The Constant Couple at the Pearl Theatre Company. Recent Film and TV credits include Netflix Original Series House of Cards, The Guiding Light, and As the World Turns.

In her fifth season at The Shakespeare Theatre, Katie Fabel plays Hypatia Tarleton. Company credits include The Liar, The Taming of the Shrew, Noises Off!, and Amadeus. Recently, she appeared in Ernest in Love and The Shaughraun at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include The Belle of Belfast at Cherry Lane Theatre and Mary Broome at The Mint Theatre. Internationally, she has performed at London’s West End Palladium, the Royal National Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Royal Academy of Music, and the English National Opera. She is a member of the sketch comedy group Pirate Sugar and performs stand-up comedy across New York City.

Playing Lord Summerhayes, Jonathan Gillard Daly is in his first season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Since 1998, he has worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, first as a Resident Company Member, and currently as an Artistic Associate. Select Milwaukee Rep roles include Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He is also a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota. Select additional regional credits include the American Players Theatre, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, and PCPA Theatrefest. Additionally, Mr. Daly’s original plays The Daly News and To The Promised Land have been professionally produced across the United States.

Making his Shakespeare Theatre debut as Bentley Summerhays is Matthew Sherbach. Recent regional credits include work at The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Fox Valley Repertory, About Face Theatre, Dog & Pony Theatre Co., Strawdog Theatre Company, and First Floor Theatre. Mr. Sherbach is a frequent solo performer at Salonathon.

Erika Rolfsrud takes the stage in her second season at The Shakespeare Theatre as Mrs. Tarleton. Company credit: I Capture the Castle. Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia, Exit the King, and Rabbit Hole. Off-Broadway, Ms. Rolfsrud has appeared in Electra In A One Piece (Good Company), Misalliance (The Pearl Theatre) The Cocktail Party (TACT), and Love’s Fire (The Public Theatre) Regionally, she has appeared on stage at the Old Globe, Ford’s, Hartford Theatreworks, Pittsburgh Public, St. Louis Repertory, Two River Theatre, and the Utah, Seattle, and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals.

Caralyn Kozlowski returns for  her eleventh season with The Shakespeare Theatre to play Polish acrobat Lina Szczepanowska. Company credits include As You Like It, Trelawny of the Wells, The Servant of Two Masters, Three Sisters, Othello, The Play’s The Thing, and Private Lives. She has worked extensively in regional theatres around the country, including Seattle Rep., California Shakespeare Theatre, The Old Globe, Barrington Stage, and the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Off-Broadway, Ms. Kozlowski has appeared in The Milliner, Secrets of a Soccer Mom, The Odyssey, and Fair Game.

Robbie Simpson makes his Shakespeare Theatre debut as Joey Percival. Most recently, Mr. Simpson appeared in The Last Five Years at The Majestic Theatre in Massachusetts. New York credits include appearances at Playwright’s Horizons, The Old Globe, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, New Century Theatre, and the Papermill Theatre. He is a recent graduate of The Old Globe/USD MFA Acting Program and Syracuse University.

Rounding out the cast is Matt Kleckner, playing Gunner in his debut season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Regional credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Much Ado About Nothing, Snow White, Sweeney Todd, and South Pacific at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. His original play, Thursday, Five Years From Now, was recently produced as a part of Between Us Productions’ Take Ten Festival.

The Director

Stephen Brown-Fried is in his twelfth season with The Shakespeare Theatre, where he is currently the Artistic Associate and Casting Director. Company directing credits: All’s Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors (the Main Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth (Shakespeare LIVE!), and Coriolanus (the Next Stage Ensemble). Most recently, Mr. Brown-Fried directed Awake and Sing! at The Public, which received widespread critical acclaim. He has also worked with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival (Associate Artist), directing critically-acclaimed performances of Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing. Other select credits include work at North Carolina School of the Arts, the National Asian American Theatre Company, New Worlds Theatre Project, and Milwaukee Shakespeare. Mr. Brown-Fried also serves on the MFA Directing faculty at the New School For Drama, and in the past has taught at Marymount Manhattan College, the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Training Program, and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Summer Professional Training Program.

The Artistic Staff:

The world of the Misalliance comes to life with the help of scenic designer Brian Clinnin, costume designer Tilly Grimes, lighting designer Andrew Hungerford, and sound designer Toby Algya. Denise Cardarelli serves as production stage manager.

Tickets:

Single tickets for Misalliance  start at $25 for preview performances and $32 for regular performances. Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $15 with a valid Student ID. For tickets, call the Box Office at973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org, or email BoxOffice@ShakespeareNJ.org.

Special Performances:

Discount preview performances for Misalliance take place on Wednesday, August 5thth at 7:30 PM, Thursday, August 6th and Friday August 7th at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, August 8th at 2:00 PM. Preview performances offer opportunities for reduced-priced tickets while enjoying the excitement of the very first performances in front of an audience. As always, the first Preview performance is Pay What You Can Night. Visit The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office between noon and performance-time on Wednesday, August 5th to purchase a ticket for that evening’s 7:30 PM show, at a cost that is affordable to you. Offer subject to availability.

For no more than the cost of a regular ticket, three Symposium Series performances are offered for each show, and include a post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff. Symposium performances for Misalliance will be Tuesday, August 11th at 7:30 PM and Saturday, August 15th and Saturday, August 22nd at 2:00 PM.

For each production, The Shakespeare Theatre presents the popular education program Know the Show. From 7:00 to 7:30 PM, an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk that provides background information and an insider’s perspective on the production. The Know the Show performance will be held on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 PM, and is free of charge.

One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, The Shakespeare Theatre is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Theatre’s support and education facility is in Florham Park.

Monday, July 27, 2015

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ next at Plays-in-the-Park in Edison

Jesus Christ Superstar

Plays-in-the-Park to present JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, a global phenomenon that tells the story of Jesus' last week on earth in Judas's perspective. Shows will run from July 29th through August 8th with performances at 8:30pm every night. There will be no show on Sunday, August 2nd.

This rock opera has wowed audiences for over 40 years. It was written by the famous creative team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. You'll definitely have a song stuck in your head by the time you leave the Park. Popular hit songs include "Heaven On Their Minds", "Hosanna", and the title song of "Superstar." The musical has probably had more stage and film interpretations than any other rock musical, but for our production, it plays as a strict Biblical period piece.

Tickets are not sold ahead of time. You can purchase tickets, CASH ONLY, at the box office the night of the performance. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for 60+, and free for kids 12 and under. The box office opens at 5:30pm every show night. You must provide your own lawn chairs and the height must not exceed 40 inches. You may also rent a lawn chair from the Friends at Plays-in-the-Park.

Plays-in-the-Park, 1 Pine Drive, Roosevelt Park, Edison, New Jersey 08837


If you have any questions, please call 732-548-2884 ext 221.

CAST:
Jesus Christ..............................Matt DeMarco
Judas Iscariot...........................Timothy Walton
Mary Magdalene......................Dana Simone
Pontius Pilate............................Matt Burns
Caiaphas..................................Gregory Newton
Annas........................................Frank Andrews
King Herod................................Richard Colonna
THE APOSTLES
Simon..........................................Israel Roman
Peter...........................................Gregory Archer
John............................................Aaron Cafaro
James, the Greater.....................Leo da Silva
Andrew........................................Matt Petrucelli
Bartholomew...............................Julian Baro
James, the Lesser.......................Evan Krug
Thaddeus....................................Willy Mena
Matthew.......................................Travis Head
Phillip...........................................Dylan Coker
Thomas........................................Frank Guerriero
THE APOSTLE WOMEN
Martha and Maid by the Fire......Susie Paplow
Mary (Martha's Sister)...............Jackie Neill
Elizabeth....................................Rebecca Phillips
Sarah.........................................Danielle Rudnick
Ruth...........................................Jessica Zimmerman
Rachel........................................Melissa Hunt
Esther.........................................Beth Koperwhats
Joanna.......................................Samantha Cantaffa
Susanna.....................................Taylor Patullo
Eve.............................................Deanna Flanagan
PRIESTS
Richard Colonna, Leo da Silva, and Travis Head
ROMAN GUARDS
Tyler Barnick, CJ Carter, Frank Guerriero, Evan Krug, Willy Mena, and Matt Petrucelli
SOUL SISTER TRIO
Samantha Cantaffa, Beth Koperwhats, and Taylor Patullo

CREW:
Director: John Menter
Choreographer: Samantha Hahn-Simpson
Musical Director: Mark Baron
Producer: Gary P. Cohen
Production Manager: Michelle Massa
Set Designer: Mike D'Arcy
Costume Coordinator: Carolyn McCaffrey
Lighting Designer: Roman Klima
Sound Designer: Matt Boyle
Stage Manager: Alan Van Antwerp
Assistant Stage Manager: Myra Rivera
Production Stage Manager: Rachel Krupnick
Wigs and Hair: Nance Coffaro

Dreamcatcher solo readings at MONDO- Laura Ekstrand featured this Thursday at 8 pm

Every Thursday, July 30 - August 20 at 8:00pm

DRT presents a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit (www.mondosummit.com). MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. There's a show every Thursday night at 8PM from July 30th through August 20th.

Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door.

To take advantage of the $5 discount, reserve your tickets in advance.

To reserve you can email info@mondosummit.com or call: 917-969-4534

Click here for directions to MONDO.

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm

2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron

Featuring: Laura Ekstrand

In 2.5 Minute Ride, the audience takes a roller coaster ride through the writer's family album. Rising and falling between high hilarity and deep disquiet, the play demonstrates with disarming simplicity that humor and horror can share the same human moment.
The play switches back and forth between Kron's journey to Auschwitz with her septuagenarian father, a Holocaust survivor; her Michigan family's annual pilgrimage to a Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park; and her brother's marriage to his Internet bride.
By moving seamlessly between these three diverse recountings, Kron creates a complex and at times startling meditation on how human beings make sense of tragedy, grief, and everyday life.
"An unexpectedly powerful evening... hilarious...clever...and moving."
- The Sunday Times of London

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tollins

Featuring: Scott McGowan

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs?
The playwright ruminates with wit and creativity on the solitude of celebrity, the love-hate attraction between gay men and divas, and the melancholy that lurks beneath narcissism.
Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.
"A fantasy so delightful you wish it were true."
-NY Newsday.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Panther Hollow by David Lee White

Featuring: David Lee White

David Lee White found a dead guy hanging from a tree in Panther Hollow when he was 25. He spent the next year finding solace in therapists, psychiatrists, psychotropic drugs, Tom Stoppard, skinheads, Satanists, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and a CD of Nordic death metal. Also, there was a second dead guy.
Panther Hollow is the new, autobiographical one-man show from the playwright that brought Dreamcatcher Blood: A Comedy several seasons ago. Performed by the author, it displays White's characteristic neurosis, insight, and wild flair for comedy against a highly personal backdrop.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

High Dive by Leslie Ayvazian

Featuring: Janet Sales

An American woman about to turn fifty is standing on a high dive at a pool in a hotel in Greece. She, being terrified of heights, has managed to climb to the platform and now clings to the railings, trying to summon the will to leap. As she struggles, she considers her life.
Through a series of stories about harrowing natural and personal disasters that take place during past family vacations, the woman draws the audience into her decision whether to take this moment's risk or to reconsider.
Through inviting audience members to read the lines of other characters from the script, this one-woman show expands to a cast of many. The involvement of the audience provides the opportunity for them to participate in the theme of the show: the willingness to take risks and jump in.
"HIGH DIVE is well worth the plunge. This brief and light-hearted look at Ayvazian's misadventures...is an engaging and often hilarious show from beginning to end."
-The New York Daily News

                Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

       Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654

                          www.dreamcatcherrep.org 

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Dunellen Park August 7-16

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Dunellen Skylight Theatre Productions is to present the hilarious musical version of "The Princess and the Pea", a kingdom is miserable because "no one shall marry until the Queen's son, Prince Dauntless marries." Yet, no one seems to be able to measure up as his bride. When the moat-swimming, “shy” Princess “Fred” steals the Prince's heart, not everyone is pleased. Can she save the kingdom and charm the audience in the process?

 static1.squarespace.com Once Upon a Mattress will be performed on the gazebo stage in Washington Park, Dunellen, NJ. 

Shows will be on August 7-9 and 14-16 at 8 PM.

Ticket prices: Adults: $12
Children/Seniors: $10
Veterans: Free with ID

CAST:
Fred:  Liz Colagrande                       Dauntless: Dominick Scallara
Queen: Laura Hilton                                              King: Will Rider
Larkin: Kajoree Bhattacharya                     Harry: Jeffrey Woerner
Minstrel: Chris North                                                               Jester: Kaitlin Geoghegan                            Wizard: James Landy

Ensemble:

Pixxie Porter
Marissa McGrath
Kim Woerner
Val Di Santo
Kyra Anthony
Lauren Grennen
Juliana Powers
Katie Shotyk
Lynsey Stanicki
Emily Rider
Heidi Horvath
Hannah Horvath

Ashavari Bhattacharya
Giovanna Di Santo
Kaitlyn Timari
Susan Roberts
Billy Mills
Don Benhardt
Oldayr Ruiz
Chris Price
Eric Bautista
Adam Timari
Raul Hernandez

Friday, July 24, 2015

Auditions: Fearless Productions ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ in Rahway

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Fearless Productions, in association with Fearless Icon, is proud to announce auditions for JEKYLL & HYDE.
Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, August 8th 2pm-5pm, Saturday, August 15th 12pm-3pm and Callbacks (if needed) Monday, August 17th at 7pm.
Direction and Choreography by
Patrick Starega with
Music Direction by François Suhr.
All auditions will take place at:
Hamilton Stage
360 Hamilton St,
Rahway NJ

Winner of the 2014 Fearless Icon competition, Kate Pentek, will be playing her prize role of Lucy Harris. All other roles are open!
Performances are October 29, 30, 31 at 8:00pm and Nov. 1 at 3:00pm.
Rehearsals will begin September 14th. Please sing 32 measures of a Broadway Standard and be prepared to move. Singing from the show is allowed.

The Ensemble will consist of 4 men and 4 women. Some supporting roles will be cast from this group, including the women of the Red Rat.
The following roles will be cast singularly:
Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde- Jekyll is a doctor obsessed with discovering the true nature behind the good and evil in man and Emma's fiancée. After he uses an experimental formula on himself, his evil side - Edward Hyde - takes control. As Hyde, he is violent, commanding, and a social deviant.
Emma Carew- Jekyll's beloved fiancée who is refined, understanding and an independent force on her own.
Gabriel John Utterson- Jekyll's lawyer and helpful friend. He advises the troubled doctor on personal and professional affairs.
Sir Danvers Carew- Emma's loving father and Chairman of the Board of Governors. He is a charming and gentle man.
Simon Stride The secretary of the Board of Governors and Jekyll's rival for Emma's affections.
The Board of Governors- Lady Beaconsfield, Bishop of Basingstoke, Lord Savage, General Lord Glossop, Sir Archibald Proops

Open House at 4th Wall September 12th

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Have you ever wanted to be a part of 4th Wall Theatre? Have you ever wanted to share your feedback with us face to face over coffee and doughnuts? Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a theatre company and put on shows? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!
4th Wall will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE for everyone who is interested in getting to know us a little better.

Mark your calendars now!
Saturday, September 12
10:00 am
Westminster Arts Center
449 Franklin St.
Bloomfield, NJ

We are looking for your honest feedback as we move toward our 20th season in 2016-17. We will talk about ways we can expand our programming, grow our budgets, and become a bigger part of the rich New Jersey theatre landscape. As a part of these big dreams and plans, we will be recruiting interested people to volunteer in all areas of administration and production.

COME ONE, COME ALL!! And while you're at it, bring a friend or two! And share this event with all your FB friends!
Let us know you are coming by responding to this event invitation and/or by emailing us at info@4thwalltheatre.org.
And if you have not already filled one out, please take part in our 5-7 minute, secure, anonymous, online SURVEY!
http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/kcyv5Gfp
www.4thwalltheatre.org

Single Tickets to be available at Paper Mill August 3rd for 2015-16 Season

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Paper Mill Playhouse has announced that single tickets for its groundbreaking 2015-2016 season will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 3, 2015.  Season subscriptions are already on sale and subscribers can already purchase additional single tickets.  Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org

Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2015-2016 season, features five musicals and two world premieres. The 2015-2016 season is sponsored by Investors Bank. Paper Mill Playhouse will open its new season with the world-premiere musical The Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler.  This sizzling new big-band musical is the story of a mismatched band of WWII veterans who dream of a better life. They join together to compete in a national radio contest with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners.

552-big Just in time for Christmas, Paper Mill Playhouse will present A Christmas Story: The Musical, straight from Broadway, based on the legendary 1983 movie. Join Ralphie and friends as this classic Christmas film comes to life on the Paper Mill stage in a dazzling musical that captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike.

In February, Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world premiere of a new musical A Bronx Tale. With music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and written by Chazz Palminteri, based on his acclaimed one-man show, it is a complex love story set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s. A Bronx Tale will be directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Next spring, Paper Mill Playhouse heats up the northeast with Pump Boys and Dinettes, a musical full of joy, a little bit of heartbreak and lots of hilarity. A little rest stop on Highway 57 in North Carolina is where all the action is—once the boys get that guitar and bass fiddle revved up, you won’t want to be anywhere else. Pump Boys and Dinettes is a countrified musical packed with highly entertaining toe-tappers.

WSS-Logo-with-Wall1 Finally, Paper Mill Playhouse will close its 77th season with the stunning, trailblazing and legendary musical that set the bar for all musical theater, West Side Story. The score is a musical masterpiece by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  The songs of West Side Story have become part of American culture.  You must not miss this passionate and magnificent new production, only at Paper Mill Playhouse.

“What a thrill to produce two world-premiere musicals in one season,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director for the Millburn theater.  “Paper Mill Playhouse is honored to bring so many incredible artists to work in New Jersey next season.  The list is remarkable and includes Oscar winner Robert De Niro, Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, Academy and Tony Award winner Alan Menken and Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo, to name a few.  We are proud to have created an irresistible lineup of stories you will love, glorious music that will warm your heart and many memorable moments of theater magic.”

“Paper Mill Playhouse is truly Broadway in your backyard,” remarked Managing Director Todd Schmidt. “Paper Mill Playhouse has once again established itself as a leader in American musical theater, the place where the stars of today and tomorrow come together to practice their craft. Of course, none of what we do would be possible without the generous support of our donors, subscribers, patrons, foundations and corporate partners, including season sponsorship from our friends at Investors Bank.” 

Paper Mill Playhouse will produce eight performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five-show subscription packages are available now starting at just $104. Each subscription package includes a different level of special benefits (see www.papermill.org for details).  Single tickets will go on sale in August starting at just $32. Student rush tickets are $20 and available the day of the performance in person or by phone and will only be distributed with current student ID.  Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or 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. Titles, casting and dates subject to change.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2015-2016 Season

The Bandstand  (World Premiere)

October 8 through November 8, 2015

Music by Richard Oberacker

Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker

Direction and Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler

Paper Mill Playhouse produces this sizzling new big-band musical with an amazing original score and a plot that is full of surprising twists and turns.  Emotionally charged and beautifully crafted, this is the story of a mismatched band of WWII veterans.  Battle-scarred and broke, dreaming of a better life, they join together to compete in a national radio contest with a prize that will guarantee instant stardom to the winners. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler.  See it first here at Paper Mill Playhouse.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

November 25, 2015, through January 3, 2016

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Book by Joseph Robinette

Straight from Broadway, this holiday musical is based on the classic 1983 movie. Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas.    It’s funny, heartfelt, and captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike.  Bring the whole family, again and again.

A Bronx Tale  (World Premiere)

February 4 through March 6, 2016

Book by Chazz Palminteri

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Glenn Slater

Direction by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks

Choreography by Sergio Trujillo

Paper Mill produces the world premiere of this explosive new musical. Written by Chazz Palminteri and based on his acclaimed one-man show, A Bronx Tale is a complex love story set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s. It is the story of an Italian-American teenager finding his path in life as he must choose between the father who raised him and a mob-boss father figure who fascinates him. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!  Contains strong language and adult themes.

Pump Boys and Dinettes 

April 6 through May 1, 2016

Book, Lyrics and Music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann

A raucous good time! A musical full of joy, a little bit of heartbreak and lots of hilarity. This tribute to life by the roadside, takes place on North Carolina’s Highway 57. Somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna stands a rest stop. The four hard-working fellas at the gas station have been known to do some auto repairs, but only when aided by some great tunes and a few beers. Next door there's the Double Cupp Diner, where the Cupp sisters offer up their famous home cooking and gift for song. A celebration of life, love, Dolly Parton, and catfish!

West Side Story

June 1 through June 26, 2016

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Arthur Laurents

Direction by Mark S. Hoebee

Original Direction and Choreography by Jerome Robbins

The stunning, groundbreaking and legendary musical that set the bar for all musical theater!  Amazing dancing with music and a story that will stir your soul and set your pulse racing!  Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it’s The Sharks and The Jets like you’ve never seen them before.  The score is a musical masterpiece by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, songs that have become part of our very culture.  You must not miss this passionate and magnificent new production, only at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Paper Mill Playhouse offers its audience an opportunity to enhance their theater experience with behind-the-scenes views of mainstage productions.  Have you ever wanted to sneak a peek behind the curtain? Or wondered what the director was thinking, or how the cast prepares for a show? Join us for one of many revealing insider’s experiences.  Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website at www.papermill.org for dates for our Director's Viewpoint Series, Conversation Club Series, Q&A’s With the Cast and more.

Paper Mill Playhouse offers people with disabilities the opportunity to see live theater with dignity and independence through a myriad of award-winning access programs and services, including audio description and sensory seminars for the blind, Braille and large-print programs, American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf, open-captioning for those with hearing loss, and assistive listening devices.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse 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.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Old Library Theatre to present ‘Monster Makers’ original musical in Fairlawn

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Last year, OLT’s Reader’s Theatre brought you the original musical A Dream of Wings – providing patrons with the opportunity to hear an original musical in development and provide feedback to its writer/composer. This year, we’re presenting our second original musical – Stephen Dolginoff’s Monster Makers.

In 1920s Germany, will director F.W. Murnau lose a lawsuit brought by the estate of Bram Stoker over his silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is suspiciously similar to Dracula? In 1930s Hollywood, will make-up man Jack Pierce create the defining look for Frankenstein’s monster, or will the studio impede his efforts? In 1970s England, will actor Peter Cushing be able to finish the final British sequels to Frankenstein and Dracula, or will outside forces get in his way? This musical tells the tale of these three men as they fight for their art against the various “monsters” they must face. As these famous monster-makers discover, sometimes real life can be more frightening than the movies!

-OLT-BW-Logo-Thick21 Monster Makers will be presented in a semi-staged performance in the Teen Room at the Fair Lawn Recreation Center for two performances only:
Saturday, August 29 at 7:00pm
Sunday, August 30 at 2:00pm (including a talk-back with the author/composer!)
All seats only $10!

Direction by Linda Wielkotz. Musical Direction by Evan Tintle Charpentier.
Featuring Brendan Joel Bartlett, J. Edmond Fond, Matt Haines, Sheryl Heffernan, Craig M. Tiede and Angela Vida.

Old Library Theatre performs at the Fair Lawn Community Center and is located at the intersection of 20th Street and Kipp Street, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night opens tonight at Holmdel

Holmdel Theatre Company
proudly presents
William Shakespeare's
Twelfth Night
(Or What You Will)

Directed by Tom Frascatore

July 24, 25, 31, August 1, 7, 8 @ 8pm
Matinées on July 26, Aug 2 @ 2pm

Shakespeare’s classic tale of cross-dressing twins, dancing dukes, and a dashing pair of yellow tights, takes the audience on a trip to the mythical kingdom of Illyria, reimagined as a 1930s country club. In the household of Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged – one by the lovesick lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.

Cast:
Brian Craig, Michael Kroll, Myles Linzey, Caitlyn Manning,

Alicia Moeller, Olivia Mullen, Dave Murray, Christopher O'Neill,

Dan Peterson, Mark Piltz, Brett Sabo, Tarantino Smith*,

Wesley Swan, Casey Woods
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Students $12, Seniors $17, Adult $22
Please note all online order are subject to a $3 Processing fee.
At door orders are subject to a $1 Facility Fee.


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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Morris Arts Receives Prestigious State Arts Awards and grants

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            On July 21, 2105, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded more than $15.7 million in grant funding for over 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout the state. The awards were announced at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ 49th annual Meeting held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Trenton. Of those 700, only 42 organizations and projects received the highest evaluations from the panel reviewing the applications and, for the 18th consecutive year, Morris Arts was among that highly select company, recognized with a Citation of Excellence and the designation as a Major Service Organization “for their history of excellence, the breadth of their impact and their longstanding leadership.”  In addition, Morris Arts was awarded $103,080 for its local arts grant program and an additional $5,000 for its co-sponsored project/artist career development workshop.

             “It is a thrill and a privilege to receive this recognition of our work from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts,” said Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts. “These two awards affirm the importance of our work in the community. Morris Arts was particularly pleased when NJSCA Executive Director, Nick Paleologos drew attention to Morristown's Percent for Art program as an a example of how New Jersey continues to be a national leader in the arts."

            “The arts industry is critical to New Jersey’s economic growth and creative vitality,” said Acting Governor Kim Guadagno, who also serves as Secretary of State. “The grants awarded through the State Arts Council support cultural assets in every region that help shape New Jersey communities as great places to live, visit, do business and raise a family.”

            Arts Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson stated, “Today’s actions reflect the Council’s commitment to excellence and to ensuring that the public funds entrusted to us are invested wisely in the people and organizations that make this state great.”

            The Council receives funding from the State of New Jersey through the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee legislation passed in 2003, which established a dedicated revenue source to support arts, history and tourism. Additionally, the Arts Council receives annual competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Funding decisions are made through a transparent, merit-based and rigorous grants process that assures access and equity. Independent peer panels evaluate grant applications to eliminate the possibility for conflict of interest.

            “New Jersey artists and arts organizations are forever breaking molds, changing lives and leading the way nationally,” said Council Executive Director Nick Paleologos.

            According to Arts Council records, state arts funding employs an estimated 17,000 workers, supports 37,000 cultural events and attracts 5 million visitors who spend another $125 million. The bottom line: every nickel of state spending on the arts yields a dollar of local economic impact in towns and cities across the state.

Located in Morristown, NJ, Morris Arts is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to engaging and building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the schools and in the community, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has awarded the Morris Arts a “Citation of Excellence” and designated it as a “Major Service Organization” in recognition of its “history of excellence, breadth of its impact and its longstanding leadership.”

Double feature of The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang and The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard

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Princeton Summer Theater’s critically acclaimed 2015 season continues with a double feature of The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang and The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard. The comedic one-acts open TONIGHT at the Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton University’s Campus.

Nightmare1 The evening begins with Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare, where a man finds himself trapped in his worst fear: being thrown on stage in a performance for which he has never rehearsed. This absurdist look at the world of theater is sure to have you rolling in the aisles as it holds up a mirror to the theater, those who make it, and those who watch.

Hound2 The laughs continue with Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound. A parody of Agatha Christie, The Real Inspector Hound follows two theater critics assigned to review a standard, melodramatic whodunit. What starts off as a typical writing assignment soon becomes anything but, as the reviewers get caught up in a mystery that curiously parallels the events they are watching unfold on stage. Written by four-time Tony-Award winning playwright Tom Stoppard, The Real Inspector Hound is a darkly comedic delight sure to appeal to fans of mystery and comedy alike.

Starring Evan Thompson (George/Moon). Also featuring Ross Barron (Henry/Birdboot), Maeve Brady (Ellen/Cynthia Muldoon), Sarah Cuneo (Mrs. Drudge), David Drew (Magnus Muldoon), Caroline Hertz (Meg), Bits Sola (Sarah/Felicity Cunningham) and PST guest artists Dan Caprera (Inspector Hound) and Phil Rosen (Simon Gascoyne).

The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang and The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, directed by three-time PST company member Brad Wilson. Opens Thursday, July 23. Performances run July 23-26 and July 30-August 2. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Special talkbacks with the cast follow every Friday evening performance: join us on July 25th after the 2pm matinee for a reception with complimentary ice cream by The Bent Spoon!

Tickets are $27.50 for general admission, $22 for students and matinees. To order tickets, visit http://www.princetonsummertheater.org/ or call the PST box office at 1-732-997-0205.

Nightmare1: Bits Sola (L) as Sarah and Evan Thompson (R) as George in The Actor's Nightmare

Hound2: From left to right: Phil Rosen as Simon, Maeve Brady as Cynthia, and David Drew as Magnus in The Real Inspector Hound.

George Street Playhouse Appoints Actor/Director Michael Mastro Resident Artistic Director

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Mastro to Work Alongside Artistic Director David Saint to Lead New Brunswick Theatre

The Board of Trustees of George Street Playhouse have announced the appointment of Michael Mastro as Resident Artistic Director.  Mr. Mastro will work alongside Artistic Director David Saint and Managing Director Kelly Ryman to lead the New Brunswick theatre.

“David’s responsibilities as Literary Executor of Arthur Laurents’ estate, as well as his leadership of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation have grown very substantially in the years since Arthur’s passing,” said  James N. Heston, Chairman of the George Street Playhouse Board of Trustees.  “David came to us with the idea of collaborating with Michael in the artistic leadership of the theatre, and as we are well aware of Michael’s work on our stage both as an actor and director, are thrilled to welcome him to an expanded role here in New Brunswick.”

Mr. Saint said, “I heartily welcome Michael at George Street in this partnership, sharing the artistic responsibilities of guiding the Playhouse on a day-to-day basis.   This partnership is by no means new -- Michael was my Associate Director on the recent national tour of West Side Story, and I am excited to have him at my side to help at George Street. “

Michael Mastro Michael Mastro (photo right) directed last season’s The Fabulous Lipitones at George Street Playhouse, as well as The Subject Was Roses with Stephanie Zimbalist several seasons ago.  He has also appeared onstage here in such productions as The Sunshine Boys, The Pillowman, Fox on the Fairway and Inspecting Carol.  He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of The Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE, where he appeared in Any Given Monday two seasons ago, and where he directed a production of Ingmar Bergman’s Nora (an adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll House) this past January.   In recent years, he has helmed several NYC celebrity play readings to benefit non-profits, working with actors like Zachary Quinto, Bernadette Peters, Jean Smart, Beau Bridges, Michael McKean, Stockard Channing, Melissa Leo, Laura Benanti, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery and Cecily Strong in such plays as Love Letters, Collected Stories, Hate Mail, Side Man, and The Glint.  As an actor, he appeared last season in Alan Ayckbourn’s Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse.  Broadway acting credits include: West Side Story, Twelve Angry Men; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Ashley Judd/Jason Patric); Mamma Mia!, Judgment at Nuremberg; Side Man; Barrymore (with Christopher Plummer); Love! Valour! Compassion!  Off-Broadway: Any Given Monday (59E59), Volpone (Red Bull) The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons), Escape from Happiness (Naked Angels).  Regional Theaters:  Delaware Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, North Shore, Old Globe, Paper Mill, Alabama Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Coconut Grove, Williamstown and Penguin Rep.  TV:  Nurse Jackie, Magic City, Alias, Hack, Deadline, Cosby, and lots of Law & Order (he currently has a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU).  Film: Kissing Jessica Stein, The Night We Never Met, Jungle 2 Jungle, Borough of Kings, and several upcoming indie shorts. He is a member of the Naked Angels and The Actors Center in NYC.

Shoulda Been You GSP 287<br />It Shoulda Been You<br />Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove<br />Music by Barbara Anselmi<br />Based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi<br />Directed by David Hyde Pierce<br />George Street Playhouse  October 4 - November 6, 2011<br />Costume Design: William Ivey Long<br />Lighting Design: Ken Billington<br />Set Design: Anna Louizos<br />Photograph © T Charles Erickson <br />http://tcharleserickson.photoshelter.com/ Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Kelly Ryman was appointed Managing Director in 2013.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the recent Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.  In 2015, George Street Playhouse was represented on Broadway with It Shoulda Been You (photo), plus Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies starring Marlo Thomas, opens off-Broadway later this year.  Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Beginner Acting Class at Company Theatre Group

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The Company Theatre Group will be offering a 3-Week Beginner Acting Class - starting Monday, Aug 3rd.
There will be a Youth Class & an Adult Class.  Each only $99.95.

These classes are perfect for learning basic acting techniques and exploring whether acting is something you want to pursue further in the future - perhaps continuing into our comprehensive acting program which will start up again in the fall.

Each class also will be great for developing self confidence and self esteem - especially important for young actors.

You can lock in your seat online:
www.njacademy.org/classes.
or by mailing a check to:

The Company Theatre Group - c/o Lou Scarpati - 134 Locust Ave. 2nd Floor- Dumont, NJ 07628

“Hope to see you and/or your kids in class!”

If you have questions, please just email at: classes.theacademy@gmail.com.

Seating is limited, so please act now if you have an aspiring actor in your house or you are one yourself.

“Thank you for your continuing support.”  Lou Scarpati

Managing Artistic Director- The Company Theatre Group, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit arts organization)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dreamcatcher Rep Cabaret: Music from the Movies

Thursday, July 23 at 7:00pm

Cabaret: Music from the Movies at the Visual Arts center of NJ Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamcatcher's resident company will present an intimate evening of favorite songs from the silver screen, from the golden age to today. Sing along with the songs you know, and enjoy new selections from recent hits. Fun for the whole family!
Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs, food and wine. If there is inclement weather or extreme heat, the performance will be held in the Art Center's Main Gallery.

Visual Arts Center of NJ Garden

68 Elm Street

Summit, NJ 07901

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Advance tickets strongly encouraged
Click this link for tickets.

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Auditions: ‘Doubt’ at Chester Theatre Group

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"DOUBT" A Play by John Patrick Shanley-Directed by: Kevern Cameron
Audition Dates: Sunday, July 19 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 21 at 7 pm.  Black River Playhouse at
54 Grove St, Chester, New Jersey 07930

Production dates: Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27

About the Play: "Doubt" is John Patrick Shanley’s 2005 Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play that presents the confrontation between emotional conviction and proof. It is set in 1964, at St. Nicolas Catholic Elementary School in the Bronx, during the political uncertainty surrounding Kennedy’s assassination and the doctrinal uncertainty of Vatican II.
Sister Aloysius, the strict, traditionalist principal, learns from Sister James, an eager, young teacher, that Father Flynn, the more liberal parish priest, has met in private with the school’s first and only black student, who is new to the school. With moral certainty that Father Flynn has molested the boy, but without proof, she challenges the male-dominated hierarchy of the church to remove Father Flynn from the school. Their battle, complicated by the boy’s vulnerable position in his own family, finally casts doubt not only on the priest’s reputation and the motives of the church but on the fundamental integrity of the nun’s faith.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
• Sister Aloysius Beauvier: (50-70) Devoutly bound to traditional religious and social values, she sees herself as brutally realistic and undeviating in her duty.
• Father Brendan Flynn: (30 – 45) Young at heart, articulate, personable, he resists practices and people that have grown rigid.
• Sister James: (20 – 25) Enthusiastic though inexperienced as a teacher, she is sincere but naïve, thus easily swayed and confused by her superiors.
• Mrs. Muller: (35 – 45) The mother of the school’s first black student, she is carefully determined that her son will survive all that seems determined to destroy him.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. ** SIDES ARE AVAILABLE NOW ON OUR WEBSITE UNDER "AUDITIONS" * * Go to www.chestertheatregroup.org
Please email the director at kcameron@ptd.net for further information.

Audition Tonight! Female Lead Needed for Thespis Theatre Festival

 

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Auditions for the part of CARLA PERRY, the lead, in a one-act play that is set  to play at
The Hudson Guild Theatre on 26th St, in NYC from August 31st To Sept. 5th as part of THE THESPIS THEATRE FESTIVAL

CARLA PERRY is an attractive very wealthy woman. Well  dressed, between 40 and 45 years.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS of "PETTY CASH" by Mary Ryzuk - Directed by Annette Winter

The play deals with a dangerous symbiotic relationship between a very wealthy woman and her younger lover. Coming home from a three month vacation that did not go well, the relationship, appears to be on the cusp of disengagement. Instead, it culminates into a serious confrontation regarding what people would or would not do for money. The evening disintegrates into a matter of life and death.

Auditions to be held at the Darress Theatre in Boonton - 615 Main St 

Monday July 20th at 7PM.

Rehearsals to begin immediately.

 

The Strollers PO Box 83 Maplewood, NJ 07040

Maplewood Strollers themaplewoodstrollers@gmail.com

Mile Square Theatre presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Hoboken Waterfront

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Beginning July 22, Mile Square Theatre (MST), Hudson County’s premiere professional theatre company, will produce William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Set in the 1950’s, in the rough and tumble world of the Hoboken waterfront, Mile Square Theatre revives its critically acclaimed 2007 production of Shakespeare’s comedy of teen love, magical fairies, and clownish mechanicals. MST Artistic Director Chris O`Connor (Art, Scapin,) will direct the project, which features MST Associate Artistic Director Matthew Lawler (House of Cards, God’s Pocket with Philip Seymour Hoffman) as Bottom. Also joining the cast is Dillon Heape (American Conservatory Theatre) as Oberon, Aaliyah Habeeb (Mixed Blood Theatre) as Titania, and Lou Carbonneau (Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order) as Peter Quince.

“We are thrilled to bring this production back this year, which marks Frank Sinatra’s 100 birthday,” says director Chris O’Connor. “The show is set during Sinatra’s heyday and is underscored with his music. The world of Theseus is the Rat Pack and the young lovers are bobby soxers. We are performing the show on the very site where On the Waterfront was filmed, so we’ve made the mechanicals longshoremen. The setting of the production puts a new spin on Shakespeare’s comedy and at the same time embraces our local history. Audiences will have a great time watching the show, feeling a summer breeze come off the Hudson River, and watching the moon rise over the Manhattan skyline. It’s really a magical setting!”

Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be:
July 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9 at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ.

Performances begin at 8PM. ADMISSION FREE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is partially underwritten by Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken.

This event has been sponsored in part by Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, The Board of Chosen Freeholders and The Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Platinum funding by The Rockefeller Group.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is supported by Bijou Properties, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Hoboken Family Alliance, Party with Purpose, and The Rockefeller Group.

Photo: Scene of past production by MST at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ.