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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 84th season with thriller ‘Night Watch’


Bergen County Players (BCP) continues
its 84th season with Night Watch, an ingeniously devised thriller
written by Lucille Fletcher, opening March 25th, 2017.  The play is
directed by veteran director Jerry Hurley, and will run through April
22nd, 2017 at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in
Oradell. The curtain is at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on
Sundays. Tickets may be purchased online at, by
calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office during regular box
office hours.

NIGHT WATCH centers on a woman, who “thinks” she witnesses a murder in the house next door.  Did she?  Was she imagining it? Everyone has a theory but who is right?  When asked why he chose this production,
Director Jerry Hurley says, “In the old fashioned genre of mysteries,
this play Night Watch fits so nicely into that mold. It keeps its
ending a total surprise and it drops clues throughout the play.”
Jerry Hurley (Director) is a life member with Bergen County Players
for over 40 years.  He has performed onstage and directed many shows
including mysteries, comedies, dramas, radio shows, and children’s
show, as well as worked backstage on the sets of too many plays to
mention.  Jerry was a member of the Executive Board as 2nd Vice
President, Chairman of the Play and Casting Committee, and uncountable
years as the head of BCP’s Workshop Committee.  Jerry has always said
that BCP fits very comfortably in the definition of A COMMUNITY
THEATER where, when help is needed on a show, members are there with
needles and thread, hammers and saws, paint and brushes, and crews to
help run the shows from backstage.

The talented cast of Night Watch includes Clayton Cardoso of New
Milford, as Sam Hoke; Richard Ciero of Oradell, as Vanelli; Rosella
DeVincenzo of New Milford, as Helga; Hedieh Fidanza of Spring Valley
NY, as Blanche; Karli Jewett of Westwood, as Elaine; Howard Kerner of
Teaneck, as Curtis Appleby; Chantel Pittman of Spring Valley NY, as
Dr. Tracy Lake; Vincent Schera of West Nyack, NY as Lt. Walker and
Larry Shagawat of Clifton, as John.

The crew of Night Watch includes Meri Apfel (Producer), Kathleen
Ruland (Assistant Director), Michele Roth (Stage Manager), Michael
Smith (Set Construction / Set Design / Photography), Rhea Smith (Set
Décor), Ray Poquette (Lighting Design), Sandra Conklin (Lighting
Operator), Robert DeScherer (Sound Design), Andrew Whitney (Sound
Operation), Lynne Lupfer (Costumes), Jennifer Beza (Costumes), Barbra
Murtha (Properties), Kahyo Eguchi (Properties), Edie Orlando (Hair and
Makeup), Nicole Parente (Hair and Makeup), Jennifer Cottone
(Publicity), Rosaria Caporrimo (Biographies), Doria E. Hillsman
(Biographies) and  James Lugo (Member at Large).

•       All performances for Night Watch take place at The Little Firehouse
Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County
Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8
pm, and Sundays at 2 pm.
•       Tickets for Night Watch are $21 for Friday/Saturday performances and
$17 for Sunday matinees, and may be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box
office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office
hours. Visa, Master Card and American Express are accepted.
•       Questions & Artists talkback session will be held following the
performance on Friday, March 31st, 2017. The session is included in
the cost of the ticket to that performance.
•       Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email or call the main number and press #6.
•       Row K, Seats #1 and #2 are held to accommodate people with
disabilities. They can be purchased by calling the box office at
201-261-4200. These seats will be released for public sale two weeks
prior to performance.
•       Advance discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper
ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only, and student rush
seats can be purchased for $5 (cash only) starting 30 minutes before
curtain at every performance, pending seat availability. There is a
limit of one rush ticket per student.
•       Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street,
one-half block north of the theater.

The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a
small community theater when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300
volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine
productions presented each season. The remaining Main Stage production
is Chapter Two (May 6th to June 4th) and the remaining Second Stage
production is Standing on Ceremony (June 10th to June 11th).

Photo Caption: (l-r) Richard Ciero, Rosella DeVincenzo, Vincent Schera, Hedieh Fidanza, Larry Shagawat and Karli Jewett: Photo by Michael Smith

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