Saturday, November 17, 2018

BCP’s holiday treat: Jack & The Beanstalk

Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 86th season with the timeless classic, JACK & THE BEANSTALK. The play is directed by Bill Kaufman and will be presented onstage November 24th - December 16th. Performances will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell with curtain at 7:30 pm on Fridays (except November 30th) and matinee performances at 1 pm and 3:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours.

Jack & The Beanstalk (Prince Street Players Version) is a magical
retelling of a most beloved adventure, and a tuneful, fast-paced
musical comedy specifically created for younger audiences. This
playful pantomime style offers direct asides to the audience and
involves audience participation to be appreciated by the youngest of
theatregoers. The show runs approximately 60 minutes and is suitable
for children of all ages.
First appearing in 1734, this English fairy tale chronicles the
adventures of a poor, little boy named Jack who does his best to save
his family and trades a cow for magic beans. When Jack awakens the
next morning, he discovers a beanstalk to the sky where he finds a
castle inhabited by a mean giant and his wife. Jack must find the
courage to escape the giant and return safely to earth with the
giant’s magical treasures: a golden harp and a golden goose.
Director Bill Kaufman of Fair Lawn is no stranger to theatre. With
over 40 years of directing experience, he has helmed more than 100
shows with actors and singers of all ages. His directing credits
include productions at The Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Players,
William Paterson University, Garden State Opera, Montclair Operetta
Club, Old Library Theatre, Studio Players, Teaneck New Theatre, and
Playhouse on the Mall. Bill has also spent 20 years as resident
director at James Caldwell High School and has received several
nominations for the Papermill Playhouse Rising Stars Program. He
recently appeared in BCP’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood
and in How to Succeed in Business with Leonia Summerstage. As Bill
reminds us, “It’s important to be in service to our family and
friends. It is Jack’s sense of empathy and desire to be in service
that propels this magical adventure to begin with; and it is his
courage and determination that brings him back to earth with fortune
and freedom for his family.” Jack & The Beanstalk promises a special
treat for theatregoers this holiday season. Order your tickets soon,
as seats are moving fast and are bound to sell out.
The talented cast of Jack & the Beanstalk includes Alexander Cafe of
Emerson (Jack), Eileen Mager of Haworth (Mrs. Sprague), Chris Cantu of
Butler (The Giant), Michael Del Valle of New Milford (the Baron),
Joanna Sigurdsson of Bergenfield (The Golden Goose), Sarah A. Feinmark
of Haworth (The Golden Harp), Lori Feiler-Fluger of River Edge (The
Housekeeper), Richard L. Field of Cliffside Park (Giant
Assistant/Cow), Kax Petkevich of Hillsdale (Ensemble) and Alanna
Branco of River Edge (Ensemble).

The crew of Jack & the Beanstalk includes: Bill Kaufman (Director),
Steve Bell (Musical Director), Jim Lupfer (Producer), Linda Taub
(Assistant to Director), Kathleen Ruland (Stage Manager), Diana Baer
(Choreographer), Jody Laufer (Set Construction), Michael Smith (Set
Design and Construction), Zack Chambers (Lighting Design), Joe Ercole
(Sound Design), Lauren Zenreich (Décor), Gloria Bumbaco (Crew), Sylvia
Kates (Props), Alan Zenreich (Photography) and Alison Miller
•        All performances for JACK & THE BEANSTALK take place at The
Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to
the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performances run November 24th
through December 16th, 2018 with show times on Fridays at 7:30 pm and
Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3:30 pm.
•        Tickets for JACK & THE BEANSTALK are $14 and can 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.
•        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.
•        Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the
street, one-half block north of the theater.
THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16. PERFORMANCES: Fridays at 7:30 pm (except
November 30), Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 3:30 pm. LITTLE
FIREHOUSE THEATRE, 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ. Free parking at
the lot off Park Avenue one-half block north of theater. All tickets
are $14. Group rates are available for groups 20 people or larger. For
tickets, please call (201) 261-4200 or buy online at Group discounts are available.
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.
To schedule press interviews, request press comps or for additional
information, please e-mail PUBLICITY@BCPLAYERS.ORG. Photos and press
information are available at

Photo by Alan Zenreich

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