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Thursday, August 31, 2017

What’s On Stage in September

Your monthly guide to theatre throughout the Garden State.

East Lynne Theatre in Cape May

Ah, Wilderness
July 26 - September 2

Comedy

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Cape May Stage in Cape May

The Gin Game
August 9 - September 22

Pulitzer Prize-winning Comedy

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New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch

F Theory
August 17 - September 24

World Premiere Comedy

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Pushcart Players in Verona

The Last, the Very Last...Butterfly
September 1 -14

Children's

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What the Butler Saw
September 6 - October 1

Comedy

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Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union

Foster Mom
September 7 -24
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World Premiere Drama

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Actors Shakespeare Company in Elizabeth

The Guys
September 8 - 9
Free admission

Drama

The Company Theatre Group in Hackensack

California Suite
September 8 - 17
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Comedy

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Alliance Repertory Theatre in Summit

Swimming in the Shallows
September 8 - 23
NJArtsTix Discounts Available

NJ Premiere Comedy

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New Jersey Symphony Orchestra launches 2017–18 season with Beethoven and Berlioz

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Acclaimed Music Director Xian Zhang conducts

Jeremy Denk performs Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto

Opening Night Celebration Gala includes pre-concert cocktails, post-concert dinner on Oct 7

Sat, Oct 7, at NJPAC in Newark

Sun, Oct 8, at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown

NEWARK, NJ—The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra celebrates the start of Xian Zhang’s second season as Music Director with an Opening Night Celebration Gala on Saturday, October 7, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Zhang leads the NJSO in a performance of masterworks, as Jeremy Denk, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, makes his NJSO debut with Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto. Zhang pairs Beethoven’s iconic concerto and Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, recognizing the latter composer’s admiration for the former.

The Opening Night Celebration Gala includes a pre-concert cocktail party with hors d’ oeuvres and an open bar at 5:30 pm; a post-concert dinner offers opportunities to meet and mingle with Zhang, musicians and special guests. Complimentary valet parking will be provided for all gala attendees. The gala is sponsored by Investors Bank.

The NJSO repeats the concert performance on Sunday, October 8, at 3 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. Concert tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase at www.njsymphony.org or 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION GALA EVENT TICKETS

COCKTAILS & CONCERT TICKET: $280* per person (includes a tax-deductible contribution of $90)
Pre-concert cocktail party, concert seating and valet parking.

COCKTAILS, CONCERT & DINNER TICKET: $780* per person (includes a tax-deductible contribution of $485)
Pre-concert cocktail party, concert seating, gala dinner and valet parking.

*Discounted tickets are available for patrons who already have tickets to the Oct 7 concert.

Sponsorship and Dinner Table packages ranging from $2,000 to $25,000 are also available. For more information, please contact Laura Bessey, NJSO Manager of Special Events, at lbessey@njsymphony.org or 973.735.1729.

Full gala information is available at www.njsymphony.org/support-your-njso/special-events-fundraisers/opening-night-celebration.

CONCERT PROGRAM

Opening Weekend: Denk Plays “Emperor”

Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Sunday, October 8, at 3 pm | Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown

Xian Zhang, conductor

Jeremy Denk, piano

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

BEETHOVEN Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Learn more at www.njsymphony.org/events/detail/opening-weekend-denk-plays-emperor.

Auditions: Final night of auditions for ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ at The Strollers

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There will be one final night of auditions TONIGHTThursday at 7pm for The Strollers Fall 2017 production, Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.

If you were/are unable to make this week's auditions and were hoping to still take part in the show, please email our producer, GG Hart at luchahart@gmail.com to schedule alternative arrangements.

Character breakdown and audition information appears below, but all sides are available at www.thestrollers.org. We hope to see you there!

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

by Ed Graczyk

Directed by Wanda Maragni

All auditions and performances will be held at

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10 Durand Road

Maplewood, NJ

All sides are available on The Strollers website at www.thestrollers.org.

Perfomances:

Friday, November 3 at 8pm

Saturday, November 4 at 8pm

Sunday, November 5 at 2pm

Friday, November 10 at 8pm

Saturday, November 11 at 8pm

Characters:

(Note - all characters reside in West Texas, so please be prepared to give us your best "West Texas" accent for auditions.)

Juanita - 40-50 (with the ability to transition to herself 20 years younger): owner of the Five & Dime; a simple Texas woman who is guided by her religious convictions.

Mona (then) - late teens: naive and deeply romantic; imagines herself as different and better than the small town people she grew up with.

Mona - 30s: Fragile; she prefers to live in a dream world and in her memories; has remained in this small town and has changed very little in 20 years.

Sissy (then) - late teens; early 20s; a young girl with dreams of getting out of this small town; aware of her sexuality.

Sissy - 30s: vivacious and outgoing with a quick wit; she appears to be only concerned about her attractiveness and having a good time, but has unexpected depths.

Joe - late teens; sensitive and confused; misunderstood by most except for Mona and Sissy.

Joanne - 30s; mysterious visitor with a big secret; sensual; raised in the area, but escaped to live a different kind of life.

Stella Mae - 30s; loud and boisterous; she appears to have been one of the success stories of the group, but covers up her regrets and longings.

Edna Louise - 30s; pregnant with her 7th child; shy and awkward; simply sweet-natured.


Contact TheMaplewoodStrollers@gmail.com with any questions.

The Strollers

PO Box 83

Maplewood, NJ 07040

Adult Acting Workshop at CSC with Carl Wallnau

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Continuing its tradition of cultivating a vibrant arts community, Centenary Stage Company will be offering the Adult Acting Workshop for the 2017 fall semester.  The Adult Acting Workshop will be held Mondays from 6:00PM – 9:40PM beginning September 11 and running through December 18.  Registration is $250.00 per student.  Registration deadline is Friday, September 8.  The 2017 Fall Adult Acting Workshop will focus on Scene Study and work will be partner focused.  The actor will utilize both imagination and technique as they approach character and scene creation.

CarlN_WallnauThe class will be taught by Centenary Stage Company Artistic Director and Centenary University Fine Arts Department Chair, Carl Wallnau (photo).  Recent acting credits include Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles and Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), and Mr. Mayhew in Witness for the Prosecution (Bristol Riverside). He has directed numerous productions including the world premieres of Inventing Montana, The Tillie Project and The Poetry of Pizza as well as the American premiere of A Laughing Matter and the New Jersey premieres of Below The Belt, Square One, Rounding Third, Marvin's Room and The English Bride, which later transferred to NYC for a run at 59E59.  Wallnau has been cited for outstanding direction in productions of Springtime for Henry, Ladies Man and Quartermaine's Terms among others. .

He has worked at numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, The Arden Theatre, Second Stage in NYC, York Musical Theatre in NYC, People's Light, The Lark Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Bristol Riverside, Forum Theatre, Premiere Stages, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Foothills Playhouse, Theatre 1812 in Philadelphia, Barnstormers and 14 months on the road with the First National Tour of Titanic.

He received his MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and is married to his favorite actress Colleen Smith Wallnau for who he wrote the play Mary Todd... A Woman Apart.

1007LacklandBldgFor more information or to register, visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every performance.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

Neil Simon’s ‘California Suite’ at The Company

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Directed By Lou Scarpati

Starring:  Donna Avery, Thomas Dane, Larry Kadish, Larissa Lamont, Andrea Prendamano, James Van Nostrand

A humorous confection divided into four parts:

In Visitor from New York, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah's well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.

The Visitor from Philadelphia is a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband "en flagrante delicto" with a drunken hooker.

Visitors from London Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney, whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight.

The Visitors from Chicago are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.

Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best.

REVIEWS

"For those of us who imagine Los Angeles as nothing but a long street in a desperate search of a parking lot, Neil Simon's California Suite [...] will come as a vast relief [...] Mr. Simon is writing at his ebullient best [...] his language has the grace of conversation we wish our friends could muster [...] makes us laugh so effortlessly." – The New York Times

"The incisiveness of his wit is driven by an insight into everyday humans and the cultures from which their habits are derived." – Chicago Theatre Beat


The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway, Hackensack NJ (pictured)

(201) 487-5518

Auditions: Pax Amicus Castle Theatre

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ALL AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT
Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, 23 Lake Shore Road, Budd Lake, NJ (973-691-2100)
Reservations/Appointments not accepted (except when stated) - simply show on the day most convenient for you.
(If multiple audition dates are listed, you only need to attend one.)
No experience necessary - beginners always welcome.

THE GHOST PRINCESS IN "I AINT GOT NOBODY"
Auditions: August 21 @ 7PM and August 26 @ 11AM
Performance dates: October 14-29 (Sat Oct 14, 21, 28@ 11AM; Sun Oct 22, 29 @ 2PM; Fri Oct 27 @ 8PM)

A new Halloween musical. When you're different, nobody wants to feel invisible. Written and Directed by Richard Boyer.
Click here for the cast list
Seeking boys and girls Ages 10+. Please come prepared to sing a song (one will be provided) and to read from the script. No experience needed - beginners welcome. Roles include The Ghost Princess, various "monsters" (Frankenstein, Werewolves, Witches, Vampires, etc.), teachers/principal.

ALLEGRIA SONG ENSEMBLE
Auditions: Wed, Sept 6 @ 7:30PM and Sat, Sept 9 @ 11AM
Performance dates: 30-minute pre-show performances to "It's A Wonderful Life"
Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 @ 7:30PM; Sunday, December 17 @ 1:30PM
Featured performance: Sunday, December 10 @ 7PM

Directed by Daniel DeRiancho. A relaxed yet purposeful group of talented singers, dancers and instrumentalists coming together to make a joyful noise!
Please be 17+ years old, have reliable transportation and have some training and/or experience with voice and/or musical instruments. Contact Daniel DeRiancho for additional details: danield227 [at] yahoo [dot] com

12140009_10153251051573831_194987772260078286_oTALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
Auditions: Monday, September 11, 2017 and Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Noon or by appointment
Rehearses As Scheduled*: Monday-Thursday 10 AM - 4 PM, September 18 - October 20, 2017 Performance dates: Monday-Friday at 10 AM (9 AM Call), October 23 – November 17, 2017** and Friday, November 3 at 8 PM

Now in its 19th year, combines the tragic life (the family and professional setbacks that plagued America’s great gothic storyteller) with some of his most masterful poems and stories, to show how an artist’s works reflect, and even help to heal, the growing panic and darkness of his soul.

Detailed information: Poe-audition.info.2017


An Open Cast Call is held 6-8 weeks prior to the first performance of each production, and is open to all community and professional performers over the age of 16. Rehearsals are usually held on weekday evenings and some weekend days.

Audition notices for the Shakespeare plays, POE, and Magical Caravan Players (Professional Adults performing for children) are usually posted here and in BACKSTAGE magazine. Artists auditioning for these productions need to be available for day-time rehearsals and performances.

People interested in working on tech (lights, sound), stage managing, costumes, sets, publicity, etc. may call the theatre at any time, or come to any open cast call.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

CSC to present ‘Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays’

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Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 – 18 season is in full swing and continues on Sunday, September 24 at 2pm with Boston’s Ensemble Chaconne as they perform Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays in the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

The musicians (Peter H. Bloom, renaissance flute; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, renaissance lute; and mezzo-soprano Burcu Gulec) display versatility and dramatic flair in everything from love songs and comic antics to madness and tragedy.    Praised by The Portland Press Herald as “the perfect Elizabethan evening,” the concert features music by leading composers of Shakespeare’s time (Robert Johnson, Thomas Morley, and others), with selections from As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth.

Hailed for “vitality and character…style and verve” (MusicWeb International), and now celebrating its 32nd season, Ensemble Chaconne concertizes internationally, with tours in England, Ontario and across the United States. The group has performed at the National Gallery in London, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s residency at Davidson College, the Edison Theatre in St. Louis, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Jordan Hall in Boston, and many other venues. 

Mezzo-soprano Burcu Gulec has performed in the United States and abroad, in New York, Boston, Detroit, Seattle, and throughout Turkey (Ankara, Antalya, Kastamonu, other cities). Acclaimed for charisma, versatility, and impressive vocal range, she has appeared with Grammy-nominated Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Robert Larabee, the early music/world music group Dünya, and other noted ensembles.

Among the many selections in the Shakespeare concert are “The Willow Song” sung by Desdemona in Othello; It Was a Lover and His Lasse” (As You Like It); “O Mistress Mine” (Twelfth Night); “Full Fathom Five” (The Tempest), “Go from My Window” from Ophelia’s mad scene in Hamlet; and “Greensleeves,” the famous ballad tune (quoted in The Merry Wives of Windsor).

Tickets for Boston’s Ensemble Chaconne Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays on Sunday, September 24 at 2pm in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center are $22.50 for adults and $15 for students and children under 12 in advance.  Ticket prices increase $5.00 the day of the performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2017-2018 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, The House of the Good Shepherd, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Auditions: EXIT 82 ‘Be MORE CHiLL’

BE MORE CHILL is a contemporary musical which follows Jeremy Heere,  just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? BE MORE CHILL is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. Click here for character descriptions.

The world premiere production of BE MORE CHILL was commissioned and originally produced by Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ; John Dias, Artistic Director / Michael Hurst, Managing Director. This work was supported by a Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Orchestrations and Arrangements by Charlie Rosen. BE MORE CHILL is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com

Click here to purchase tickets!

Exit 82 Theatre Studio
34 Main Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret September 28 in Madison

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Join us and a talented band of professional actors and local students at Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 28 at Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub in Madison, NJ.

Every year, the American Library Association and Amnesty International run an awareness campaign called Banned Books Week.  It is meant to raise awareness of books that have been banned or challenge and to celebrate the power of the written word, as those important books eventually won out over censorship to impart the wisdom ensconced in their pages.  Some of those books, like To Kill a Mockingbird or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, were instrumental in teaching people harsh truths about the treatment of African-Americans.  Others, like Our Bodies, Ourselves and Howl were important in prompting discussions about health and sexuality in America.  And so we take the time every year to remind ourselves of the dangers of censorship.

Censorship isn’t limited to just books, however, and great plays and musicals have been banned, challenged, and sparked rioting and protests throughout history as inconvenient truths have been delivered on stages to audiences who fought and resisted them.  But, in time, powerful plays and musicals have triumphed and sparked conversations and debate that have contributed to the advancement of civil and human rights everywhere.

This September 28 at 7:30 PM, the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, in conjunction with Writer's Theatre of New Jersey, will present Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret,  a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages. This event was created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theatre. The performances will feature selections from Cabaret; Chicago; Almost, Maine; Rent; and Angels in America; among other notable works. The libretto is by DLDF president John Weidman.

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret will be presented in seventeen cities as a part of Banned Books Week (September 24-30), the annual celebration of the freedom to read.

Madison resident Brian Lang is the musical director for the evening, he will be joined by fellow Madison resident Kasey Colligan, as well as Philipe Abiyouness and an acapella crew from Drew University. Writers Theatre favorites Michael Irvin Pollard, Walter Zimmerman, and Sahirah Johnson will fill out the evening

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization created by the Dramatists Guild to advocate for free expression in the dramatic arts and a vibrant public domain for all, and to educate the public about the industry standards surrounding theatrical production and about the protections afforded dramatists under copyright law.

Website: www.dldf.org / Twitter: @TheDLDF  For more information, contact Amy VonVett at the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund at (212) 398-9366 x20 or www.dldf.org.

The performance is free, although donations to the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund are appreciated. You can also make your donation in advance by doing so on the DLDF website.

Prior to the performance at 6pm, get together with Dramatist Guild members for food and drink at Poor Herbie’s, around the corner from the performance at 13 Waverly Place, Madison, NJ.  http://poorherbies.com/

You can reserve your seats for the performance by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

First Monday Masters, a new series of master classes at Two River Theater

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TO RESERVE A SPOT OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, PATRONS SHOULD VISIT WWW.TWORIVERTHEATER.ORG OR CALL 732.345.1400

RED BANK, NJ — Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces First Monday Masters, a new series of  master classes that will be led by artists affiliated with Two River Theater’s recent productions and current season.

“Classes will be taught by actors, directors, playwrights, and designers,” says Kate Cordaro, Director of Education at Two River Theater. “We are thrilled that these great artists are eager to further engage with our audiences in this way. It’s just one advantage of working in a professional theater that attracts the highest level of talent—getting to share that talent with students and lifelong learners.”

All First Monday Masters are on Monday evenings from 6pm-8pm at Two River Theater. Some master classes will be for high-school students, some for adults, and some will be for mixed ages. Spots are limited. Each master class costs $40; participants can book two classes at a discounted price of $35 per class. To reserve a spot or for more information, patrons should visit the Education tabs at www.tworivertheater.org or call 732.345.1400.

The schedule of First Monday Masters for 2017 is as follows; additional classes will be announced at a later date.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Auditions: ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ at The Strollers

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Auditions begin tonight for The Strollers first main stage show of the season, Ed Graczyk's Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Character breakdown and audition information appears below, but all sides are available at www.thestrollers.org. We hope to see you there!

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

by Ed Graczyk

Directed by Wanda Maragni

Auditions:

Monday, August 28 at 7pm

Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm

Callbacks:

Thursday, August 31 at 7pm

All auditions and callbacks will be held at

The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts

10 Durand Road

Maplewood, NJ

All sides are available on The Strollers website at www.thestrollers.org.

Perfomances:

Friday, November 3 at 8pm

Saturday, November 4 at 8pm

Sunday, November 5 at 2pm

Friday, November 10 at 8pm

Saturday, November 11 at 8pm

Characters:

(Note - all characters reside in West Texas, so please be prepared to give us your best "West Texas" accent for auditions.)

Juanita - 40-50 (with the ability to transition to herself 20 years younger): owner of the Five & Dime; a simple Texas woman who is guided by her religious convictions.

Mona (then) - late teens: naive and deeply romantic; imagines herself as different and better than the small town people she grew up with.

Mona - 30s: Fragile; she prefers to live in a dream world and in her memories; has remained in this small town and has changed very little in 20 years.

Sissy (then) - late teens; early 20s; a young girl with dreams of getting out of this small town; aware of her sexuality.

Sissy - 30s: vivacious and outgoing with a quick wit; she appears to be only concerned about her attractiveness and having a good time, but has unexpected depths.

Joe - late teens; sensitive and confused; misunderstood by most except for Mona and Sissy.

Joanne - 30s; mysterious visitor with a big secret; sensual; raised in the area, but escaped to live a different kind of life.

Stella Mae - 30s; loud and boisterous; she appears to have been one of the success stories of the group, but covers up her regrets and longings.

Edna Louise - 30s; pregnant with her 7th child; shy and awkward; simply sweet-natured.

Contact TheMaplewoodStrollers@gmail.com with any questions.

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The Strollers

PO Box 83

Maplewood, NJ 07040

Creative Drama, Acting, Private Voice Classes at EXIT 82

FALL REGISTRATION OPEN!

Classes include: Creative Drama, Acting, Private Voice Instruction, and our new Musical Theatre Intensive where the students put on Elf, Jr.!

Our fall semester begins September 11th
at the Exit 82 Theatre Studio.

Click here to register!

Exit 82 Theatre Studio
34 Main Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Jersey Repertory Company presents FALL 2017 ARTS EDUCATION CLASSES

October 17 – November 18, 2017

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Discover your inner artist, actor, author, or arts aficionado with NJ Rep!

New Jersey Repertory Company is excited to offer an interesting, informative and inspiring array of classes at our newly acquired West End Arts Center located at 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons for five weeks, October 17th through November 18th.

LIFE-WESTEND4-7-6This fall, which marks NJ Rep’s third season of education programming, offers opportunities to learn new skills, conquer creative challenges, sharpen artistic expertise and expand cultural horizons with consumate professionals in their fields.  Improvise like a pro, write a play, paint with watercolors or explore the creative collaboration behind iconic literary works.

Tuesday Evening Courses include:

IMPROVISATION with Actor/Director, Wendy Peace, allows beginning-to-experienced participants to explore the fundamentals of improvisation in a safe, supportive environment. Using fun, easy games, exercises and hands-on activitities this course will spark your creativity, stimulate your imagination, and inspire spontaneous play!  Tuesdays, 7:00PM – 9:00PM, October 17 – November 14.  Tuition for five two-hour class sessions is 200.00.

BEGINNING PLAYWRITING with Award-winning Playwright, Joel Stone, is designed especially for aspiring writers and beginning playwrights, concentrating on techniques for effective storytelling, with an emphasis on style, format, and 10-minute play structure.  Develop your unique writer’s voice in a creative, nurturing environment.  Bring your story to life!  Tuesdays, 7:00PM – 9:00PM, October 17 – November 14.  Tuition for five two-hour class sessions is $200.00.

Saturday Afternoon Courses include:

THE ART & CRAFT OF SUCCESS with Pulitzer Prize nominee Playwright, Julie Gilbert, is a unique series of interactive talks that examine the creation, collaborative process and formative journey of literary greats, Giant, and Show Boat, from page-to-stage-to-screen.  Ms. Gilbert, great-niece and biographer of novelist and playwright, Edna Ferber, offers particpants an intimate, insider perspective using first-person writings, personal photos and film clips.  Saturdays, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, October 21 – November 18.  Tuition for five two-hour sessions is $200.00.

VISUAL ARTS SAMPLER with acclaimed Artists, Myke Karlowski and Jimmy Leslie, will focus on a different medium/technique every week including drawing, mixed media and watercolor painting.  This course offers participants the opportunity to express themselves in a brand new way, brush up old skills or simply play with pros in a comfortable, encouraging atmosphere.  Saturdays, 12:00PM– 3:00PM, October 21– November 18.  Tuitrion for five three-hour class sessions is $150.00, plus the cost of materials.

For information on how to register for classes, or more course details, please call New Jersey Repertory Company at 732-229-3166 or visit our website at www.njrep.org.

Auditions: SOMERSET VALLEY PLAYERS Seek Large Cast For CHRISTMAS SHOW

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by Barbara Robinson
Directed by Emily M. Windus
Produced by Ed Hayden

WHEN: Sunday, September 10, at 7:00 pm; Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 pm
WHERE:
Somerset Valley Playhouse - 689 Amwell Rd, Hillsborough, NJ.
Performance dates run December 1 - 17, 2017

Santa checks his list for who's naughty and nice—and the Herdman kids are just plain naughty. See how they hilariously hijack the church Christmas pageant and begin to perform it in their own rough and tumble style.  The real spirit of the season enriches their lives as they start to appreciate the true meaning of the peace and love brought forth by a baby in a manger.

Director Emily Windus is seeking to fill the following roles:

  • 6 adult male - ages 35 +
  • 6 adult female - ages 35+
  • 7 boys - ages 7+
  • 9 girls - ages 7+

Friday, August 25, 2017

‘Godspell’- Vagabond Players 4th Annual 'Celebrate Frank' fundraiser

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 The Vagabond Players to present "Godspell" at the Investors Bank Theater at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna.

Performances will be
Friday September 8th at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday September 9th at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday September 10th at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20.00 for Adults; $15.00 for Children (12 & under); and $15.00 for Senior Citizens (62 & up)

 frank-burns--obituaryAll proceeds go to the ""Frank J Burns, Jr Memorial Scholarship Fund" to provide scholarships to Performing Arts majors at the County College of Morris.
Investors Savings Bank Theater @ Horseshoe Lake
  72 Eyland Avenue
  Succasunna, NJ 07876
For questions and further information, please email turnlaw@gmail.com or call (973) 343-6047 for reservations.

Bergen County Players (BCP) opens 2017-2018 season with ‘SPAMALOT’

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Get ready to roll in the aisles as Bergen County Players (BCP) ushers in the 2017-2018 season with a side-splitting production of SPAMALOT, adapted from the classic 1975 cult film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Directed by veteran BCP member Jacqueline Poquette of Westwood, the musical opens following a full summer of renovations at the Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. New seats have been installed, and the theater's interior and lobby have been completely refurbished. The show starts its run on Saturday, September 16 and runs through October 14. Curtain call for Fridays and Saturdays is 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. There will be no performances on September 29 and 30. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office of the theater during regular box office hours.

Eric Idle, a member of the comedy group Monty Python, wrote the lyrics and book to SPAMALOT, with music by John Du Prez, Idle and Neil Innes. The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the season and received 14 Tony Award nominations. During its initial run of more than 1,500 performances, it was seen my more than two million people.Variety's David Rooney wrote that the show "delivers rowdy entertainment that remains sufficiently faithful to its source to satisfy nostalgic fans, while broadening the humor to cast a wider net among musical theatergoers." Idle's partner in crime, John Cleese, a founding member of Monty Python's Flying Circus said, "I defy anyone to go and not have a really fun evening. It's the silliest thing I've ever seen..."

BCP's SPAMALOT is true to the original script of the show with a multitude of shenanigans. It tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they follow God's orders to find the Holy Grail. It features 11 production numbers along with gallant, and not so gallant knights, show girls, show boys, cows, killer rabbits, flatulent Frenchmen and clapping coconuts, added in for sound effects.

Jacqueline Poquette, a Life member of BCP, has directed an eclectic mixture of over 30 dramas, musicals and comedies, including A View From the Bridge, Man of LaMancha, Autograph Hound, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?, The Melody Lingers On and the Perry Award-winning The Beauty Queen of Leenane, to name a few. Other directing credits include Follies in Concert, The Rose Tattoo, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Lonesome West, The Most Happy Fella, 1776, Equus, Pygmalion, Rashomon, All My Sons, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Little Foxes, The Heiress, The Mikado, Damn Yankees, Cabaret, and The Pirates of Penzance. Poquette, who has wanted to direct SPAMALOT for the last five years, decided it was a production that BCP could tackle, despite its challenges. She credits an "extraordinary" crew, as well as the cast, who are die-hard Python fans. "The basic core of what they need to do is in their hearts and souls. They are almost instinctual in their performances."

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The talented cast of SPAMALOT includes Larry Brustofski of Oakland as King Arthur, Bryan Morris of New Milford as Sir Robin, Dan Loverro of Parsippany as Sir Lancelot, Rich Ardito of Hackensack as Sir Galahad, Bob Ouelette of Westwood as Patsy, Steve Munoz of Caldwell as the Historian and Herbert, and Angela Jeffries of Peekskill, NY as Lady of the Lake. The cast is rounded out by ensemble performances by John Burke of Midland Park, Michael DelValle of New Milford, Ken Fowler of Clifton, Gregory Gwyn of Clifton, Jordon Hinds-Clarke of Westwood, Nicholas McRae of Glen Rock, Elaine D'Addezio of New Providence, Elisabeth Erdmann of Nutley, Elissa Hickey of Oradell, Olivia Lionetti of Westwood, and Debbie Zika of Hillsdale.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

‘Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook’ at Centenary Stage Company

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Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 – 18 Curtain Up! event features the “earth moving” Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook on Saturday, September 16 at 8PM in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Suzanne O. Davis embodies Carole King, recreating the sound and vibe of a 1970’s Carole King concert. Following her legendary album, Tapestry not only presents the record-breaking Grammy winning album of the same name, but is a retrospective of the iconic songwriting team of Goffin and King.  The prolific team wrote chart – topping hits for such artists as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Vee, The Beatles, James Taylor, the Drifters, Donny Osmond and, of course, King whose hits continued into the 70’s.

Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook has performed to sold out audiences across the United States and Canada.  Davis notes, “The band and I feel [the love of Carole King] from the audience within the first song… When I play and sing this music at the piano, I feel like I’ve really found my spot… The audience seems to want to go with me on this musical journey during these concerts. I’ve waited several years to be able to have the time to put this show together, and the time is right, and the time is now.”

Tickets for Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook on Saturday, September 16 at 8pm in the Lackland Performing Arts Center are $35.00 for the orchestra and $30.00 for the balcony in advance.  Ticket prices increase $5.00 the day of the performance.  Centenary Stage Company’s Curtain Up! event Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook is sponsored by Heath Village and Fulton Bank of New Jersey.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The Box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

Auditions: Disney's Newsies the Musical at CSC

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Centenary Stage Company will be holding non – union open auditions for the family holiday spectacular, Disney's Newsies the Musical on Saturday, September 9 from 2PM – 8PM and Sunday, September 10 from 1PM – 6:30PM in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ.

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein and based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, the 2012 Tony - Award winning musical makes its way onto the Centenary Stage. It is New York City 1899 and Jack Kelly and his ragtag group of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets. However, when the prices of "papes" are hiked and the newsies are hung out to dry, there is nothing left to do but "open the gates and seize the day"!

CSC’s production of Disney’s Newsies the Musical will be directed and choreographed by Broadway, film and television veteran Michael Blevins.  Rehearsals will be held weekends (Friday to Sunday) beginning in late September with performances running November 24 through December 10 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  Auditions will be held over 2 days on Sept 9 from 2PM – 8PM (vocal call) and Sept 10 from 1PM – 6:30PM (dance call).  For the Sept 9 vocal call, interested performers are welcome to bring a monologue or read from sides that will be provided. Performers are also asked to prepare a 32-bar cut from a song in the style of the show (but not from Newsies).  Please bring your book and be prepared to sing from it.  An accompanist will be provided.  For the Sept 10 dance call, ALL AUDITIONEES MUST ATTEND.  Dress comfortably; bring dance and tap shoes. 

Interested performers MUST CALL THEATRE OFFCE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.  All performers should be at least 18 years of age to audition.  For more information please visit centenarystageco.org.  To schedule an appointment call the CSC administrative office at (908) 979 – 0900.

THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE a raucous comedy about powerful women!

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Teachers/staff come free to September 29 performance of

THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE

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Although NJEA members will receive discounts throughout the run of THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE, all teachers and school staffers are being invited to attend the Friday, September 29 performance at no charge. Charise Castro Smith’s wild new comedy about the “discovery” of the new world and the powerful women standing over Christopher Columbus’ shoulder skewers history while satirizing the personality politics of the 21st century.

Called “a zany trip back in time,” HUNCHBACK tells the backstory of Spain’s stumbling on to the new world. At the turn of the 16th century, Christopher Columbus has just returned with gold in his pockets and blood on his hands. Maxima Terriblé Segunda, the brilliant adopted sister of her dying Royal Highness Queen Isabella, is living out her life locked away in a tower, until it is decided that the future of the country is in her nerdy, reclusive hands. In a bitingly funny and madcap take on the past, Maxima weaves her way through mountains of prejudice, politics, religion, and the horrors of history.

There will be a coffee & cake reception with the cast immediately after the THANK YOU, TEACHERS/STAFF performance

The free tickets are available with school or NJEA ID cards at the box office beginning 7 PM, Friday, September 29, on a first come, first served basis pending availability; free tix may be reserved in advance with a $2 service charge at www.thetheaterproject.org. Please present ID at box office when picking up tickets.

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Sex, Lies, and Hilarious Farce: Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw at STNJ

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First performed in 1969, this uproarious farce shocked audiences when it was first produced. Now, almost 50 years later, what were racy subjects are far less so, and audiences are able to both laugh more and see better the delightfully wicked bullets that playwright Joe Orton fires in startling pace from beginning to end. This brilliant comedy unveils the fragile state of truth in the hands of those in power, and the power of truth despite our easy ability to twist it. Because the show includes moments of partial undress and adult subject matter, it is not suitable for young children.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues their “Art of Hope” season with What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton. Marking the third Main Stage and fourth overall production of the company’s 55th season, What the Butler Saw follows the Theatre’s successful runs of The Bungler by Molière and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, on the Main Stage and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Outdoor Stage.

This is the first Joe Orton play to be produced at The Shakespeare Theatre, something Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte is very excited about. “Set in a veritable madhouse, Joe Orton’s masterpiece farce provides the perfect comedic response to our current world, one in which we find ourselves questioning our sanity or that of others on a daily basis,” she said.

Tickets for this production can be purchased at ShakespeareNJ.org or by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600. Performances of What the Butler Saw begin September 6 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre located at 36 Madison Ave, Madison, New Jersey.

What the Butler Saw’s Opening Night celebration will be sponsored by Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company; the official ale of the production, who will be supplying their beer of the same name, “What the Butler Saw.”

The Cast:
John Hutton is making his STNJ debut in the role of Doctor Rance. For the last 30 years, Mr. Hutton has been a member of The Denver Center Theater Company. He has also performed at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Hudson Stage Company, The Mint Theatre and various other theaters throughout the country. Film and television credits include Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln, PBS’s Murder of a President, and the miniseries Nobel.

Peter Simon Hilton, who will be playing Doctor Prentice, is entering his second season at The Shakespeare Theatre, after last season’s production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Peter’s other credits include the national tours of Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, and Frost/Nixon; and productions at The Denver Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Drury Lane, Gateway Playhouse, among others. He is a United States Board member of Shakespeare’s Globe in London and a Genie Award-winning playwright.

Vanessa Morosco is making her Main Stage debut after playing Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Outdoor Stage this summer. She plays Mrs. Prentice. She has performed regionally with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, New York Classical Theatre, and the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. Her film and television credits include I, Witness and Isn’t it Delicious.

Returning to The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for his second production this season is Jeffrey M. Bender, who will be playing Sergeant Match. This production marks his 18th overall season with the company. Select recent company credits include: The Merchant of Venice, director of last season’s Outdoor Stage production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist, and The Tempest. Broadway credits include A Time to Kill at The Golden Theatre and Cymbeline at Lincoln Center.

Allison Layman returns for her third season and will be taking on the role of Geraldine Barclay. Her previous company credits include The Comedy of Errors, Timon of Athens and Shakespeare LIVE!. She has performed regionally at The Cape Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, The Old Globe, and Huntingdon Theatre. Television credits include the role of Shelby on Hulu’s The Path.

Returning for his second season is Robbie Simpson, who will be playing Nicholas Beckett. Mr. Simpson’s recent New York credits include the original cast of Afterglow. He has also performed at The Old Globe, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theater Festival, and Majestic Theater. His television credits include The Path on Hulu and Can You Survive a Horror Movie on SyFi.

The Director:
Paul Mullins returns for his 26th season at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Mr. Mullins returns to the Theatre this season after last year’s well-received production of Richard III. Previous STNJ credits include A Song at Twilight, Equivocation, Henry VIII, Noises Off, The Threepenny Opera, among many, many others.
The Artistic Staff:
The creative team includes Scenic Designer Brittany Vasta, Costume Designer Kristin Isola, and Lighting Designer Tony Galaska. The Production Stage Manager is Alison Cote.

Tickets:
Tickets for What the Butler Saw can be purchased at www.ShakespeareNJ.org or by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600. The Theatre is proud to bring back its successful 30 UNDER 30 program for the 2017 season. Patrons aged 30 and under can purchase tickets for only $30 with valid ID, subject to availability. For tickets, patrons can call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org