Thursday, February 14, 2019

Music in the Somerset Hills presents The King's Singers

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The King's Singers featuring The Somerset Hills Chorus

WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 7:30 pm
WHERE
: St. Mary’s Abbey at Delbarton School.
TICKETS: $30.00 to $80.00
Tickets and info at: http://musicsh.org/concerts/

Fifty years after its foundation in Cambridge, England, the King’s Singers is still one of the best known all-male a cappella groups in the world, witness its 2019 Grammy nomination. On they will perform with The Somerset Hills Chorus in the unique acoustic of

Two countertenors, one tenor, two baritones and a bass. That was make-up of the King’s Singers when the world’s most famous all-male ensemble was launched fifty years ago, all of them choral scholars of King’s College Cambridge. It still is the make-up today – except that the singers are different, of course, and they no long all hail from King’s College (though one does). Over all the years, the group’s popularity has never waned; they still perform a wonderful diversity of music, from the baroque to newly commissioned and contemporary works; and they continue to be in demand all over the world – witness their recently completed circumnavigation of the globe on their 50th Anniversary Gold Tour.

On Saturday, February 23 they will perform with The Somerset Hills Chorus in the unique acoustic of St. Mary’s Abbey at Delbarton School. Part I of their program – uniquely King’s Singers – is called Communio and is a compendium of music, ancient and modern, based on that greatest of all inspirations for choral music, the Christian Mass. Part II is called Up Close and Personal, in which the focus is the King’s Singers themselves and their 50-year journey.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Celebrate Valentine's Day in an Unusual Way!

WHEN: Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the campus of Drew University)
TICKETS: $35
Click here to purchase your tickets to Something Romantic!
ShakespeareNJ.org  | 973-408-5600

New this year!

A special delightful evening for those in love, looking for love, or those who just love love, SOMETHING ROMANTIC THIS WAY COMES is the newest offering in our Something Series! Something Romantic will feature some great classic love stories, love songs and much humor! Show up a little early, and treat yourself to a complimentary glass of pink champagne and some Valentine's sweets before the performance. This is a perfect date for couples young and old and those looking for something unusual to do to celebrate Valentine's Day.

A LOVE-ly ensemble of eight artists will bring a wild mix of LOVE poems, scenes and stories to life for an evening that will leave you moonstruck and love-drunk! Add to the mix some oldies but goodies and you’ll be in the mood for love before you know it! From an eighth-century Japanese legend to Jane Austen; from Shakespeare to David Sedaris; from Dionne Warwick to The Beatles – and everything in between! And of course, who can turn down the pre-show bubbly and chocolates!?

Pictured: The Winter's Tale. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia, 2018.

NJJFF Extra Event: “An Act of Defiance” Showing This Saturday!

ACT OF DEFIANCE

WHEN: Saturday, February 16th, at 8:00PM
WHERE: Maurice Levin Theater, JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
TICKETS: Senior: $13 / General Admission: $15 / Free for 19th Annual NJJFF Sponsors
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For one night only, we'll be screening this riveting historical drama. Ten South African political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage against the apartheid government in 1963. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men.

Directed by: Jean van de Velde
Run time: 2h 4m

19th Annual NJJFF Sponsorship is now available.
New this year! Reserved parking spot for $1000 sponsorship and above.

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SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY CONCERT: Make it a date night with your sweetheart and let Black Violin serenade you.


Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour

WHEN: February 14, 8:00PM
WHERE:
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $40 Orchestra; $32 Loge; $10 WP students*

*WP students must purchase their tickets in person and present a valid student ID at the box office.

The duo of Wil Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester—Black Violin—perform a unique brand of music that blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass. Live, they are accompanied by an incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Their groundbreaking work has been heard around the world and led to collaborations with Kanye West, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, the Eagles and many other popular artists.

This event is co-sponsored by the Paterson Music Project (PMP).

The show will feature students from the PMP.





WP Music Department presents

Collage 2019! Benefit Concert

WHEN: March 1, 7:30PM
WHERE:
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $25 General Admission; $20 WP employees, alumni and senior citizens; $10 Students

The "Best of the Best" of William Paterson University's music department comes together for a special one-night only performance. Featured performers include the concert and chamber choirs, concert band and symphony, wind and percussion ensembles, the WP Jazz Orchestra, pop music, opera and musical theatre workshop, among others. Proceeds benefit music scholarships.


James D'Amico Productions presents

The Outlaws
with special guest Southern Steel

WHEN: March 16, 8:00PM
WHERE:
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $55 Orchestra; $45 Loge

For more than 40 years, the Southern Rock legends, The Outlaws, have remained one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies, The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band, as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones. Today, The Outlaws have returned with new music and a new focus: a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road.


The Weight Band
Featuring members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band

WHEN: March 22, 8:00PM
WHERE:
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $35 Orchestra; $28 Loge

Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, The Weight Band has kept the spirit of Americana/Roots Rock music alive for today's audiences. Their live set features Weight Band original songs as well as fan favorites from The Band's treasured catalog, including "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."


NJ Theatre Alliance Stages Festival presents

Pushcart Players' The Velveteen Rabbit

WHEN: March 23, 2:00PM
WHERE:
Shea Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: $10 Adults; Free admission for kids under 18.*

*Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A young boy's love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. In this musical re-telling of one of America's favorite storybooks, the Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship.

Recommended for grades Pre-K to 5.

Friday, February 8, 2019

State Theatre New Jersey presents “Chicago The Musical”

Chicago The Musical

WHEN: Friday, February 15, 2019, 8pm, Saturday, February 16, 2019, 2pm & 8pm, Sunday February 17, 2019, 2pm
WHERE
: 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick
TICKETS:  $35-$98
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago The Musical is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award® for Best Musical Cast Recording.

Set amidst the decadent 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines.

The Chicago national tour is comprised of a multi-award-winning team.  The tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman. Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse. Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, and supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

DREAMCATCHER’S Second Mainstage Production, “Psychodrama,” opens February 14

WHEN: February 14 - March 3, 2019. World Premiere. Fridays & Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2 PM. Thursday, February 14, 8 PM; February 15: Opening night, post-show reception; February 17: Senior Sunday, all senior tickets $20, Free post-show talkback; February 23: Audio Described ; performance; February 24: Free post-show talkback
WHERE
: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
TICKETS: Feb. 14, all tickets $20; $35 adults, $30 Seniors 65 and over, Students with ID 25 years and younger.
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Welcome to the weekly divorce group, held in the basement of the Unitarian church. The members are suddenly left stranded when Mitchell, their leader, leaves halfway through. Luckily, Barb has agreed to be the new group leader. Her unorthodox methods throw them all for a loop, but they eventually find that being off balance just might be the way to break through to a new understanding of their relationships.

This seriocomedy has been developed over the past several years in the Lab at Luna and in readings at Writers Theater of NJ and Dreamcatcher.

Cast:

  • Harry Patrick Christian
  • Laura Ekstrand
  • Julian Gordon
  • Becca L. McLarty
  • Harriett Trangucci
  • Director: Betsy True

Stage manager: Amy Hadam
Assistant Stage Managers: Dana DeVries, Brooke Van Veen
Set Designer: Dave Maulbeck
Lighting designer: Zach Pizza
Sound designer: Jeff Knapp
Costume Assistant: Olivia Mastrangelo

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hanover Wind Symphony to perform in Morristown on February 10

And the Trumpets Shall Sound

WHEN: Sunday, February 10, at 2:00PM
WHERE:
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $20 for Museum Members, $25 for non-members, $20 for Seniors, and $15 for students (with valid student ID). They can be purchase on-site at the Museum and are available through the Bickford Theatre website at www.morrismuseum.org/community-performances.

The Hanover Wind Symphony will perform a special concert entitled And the Trumpets Shall Sound at the Morris Museum. The concert will feature the Hanover Wind Symphony’s trumpet section, and guest soloist, Michael R. Baker.

The concert is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition, Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum, which is on view through Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Wind bands like the Hanover Wind Symphony (HWS) are versatile and flexible ensembles with a wonderful repertoire of original wind literature written for them.

“This concert hopes to be a wonderful companion program to the Museum’s exhibition Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum,” states Matthew Paterno, Music Director and Lead Conductor of the Hanover Wind Symphony. “We are proud to feature professional trumpet/cornet player Michael R. Baker as well as some great band literature that highlights the HWS trumpet section.”

In addition to Matthew Paterno, Kurt Zimmermann, the Associate Music Director, will also conduct a portion of the program. Michael R. Baker (left), the trumpet/cornet soloist for this concert, began his studies on the cornet at The Salvation Army with Derek Smith at the age of nine.  He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School where he studied trumpet with Philip Smith, Mark Gould and Edward Treutel. Besides his second trumpet position with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, he is a busy freelance musician in the New York area playing with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera.  He has also played several shows on Broadway.  Baker is also a member of the prestigious Brass Band of Battle Creek.  He can be heard on many recordings of the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and both the Montclair Citadel Band and the New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army. Baker teaches trumpet at William Paterson University.

One of only a small number of community-based adult wind bands in New Jersey, the Hanover Wind Symphony delights audiences of all ages by giving a contemporary twist to traditional favorites. The symphonic band is composed exclusively of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, playing at a variety of venues in and around greater Morris County, NJ. When the group started playing together in 1985, there were 30 musicians. Now in its 34th season, the Hanover Wind Symphony has more than doubled in size. Its members are full-time professionals working outside the field of music and include accountants, attorneys, engineers, and corporate executives. A number of music educators also perform with the symphony as an outlet for their creative talents and an opportunity to refine their musical skills.

The Hanover Wind Symphony's program will include:

  • Galactic Fanfare: Randall D. Standridge
  • At Morning’s First Light: David R. Gillingham
  • Concerto for Trumpet and Symphonic Band: Alexander Arutiunian, Michael R. Baker-Trumpet
  • Danzon: Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Zimmermann-Conductor
  • Ride: Samuel Hazo; Richard Barrieres-Conductor
  • Willow Echoes: .Frank Simon; Michael R. Baker-Cornet
  • Gabriel’s Oboe: Ennio Morricone/arr. Robert Longfield; Michael R. Baker-Piccolo Trumpet
  • The Falls: Rossano Gallante

The Hanover Wind Symphony is a non-profit organization fulfilling its mission – to bring “music to people and people to music.” Called the “hidden gem” by the Daily Record, the ensemble offers a bright future for music in our community.

Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum

WHEN: currently on view at the Morris Museum through March 17, 2019

The Morris Museum in partnership with the National Music Museum (Vermillion, South Dakota) presents the exhibit Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum — 44 fascinating instruments from five continents.

Dating from the late 17th to the late 20th centuries, the instruments are on loan from the National Music Museum’s Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection of Brass Instruments, and most of them have never been on public exhibit.

Trumpets, Weird, and Wonderful celebrates the rich audible and visual variety of musical instruments in which sound is generated by buzzing the lips, sometimes called brasswinds. Broadly defined, trumpets come in many different forms and sizes and can be made of many different materials: animal horn, bone, conch, wood, and metals. Horns and trumpets have been in use as signaling instruments since prehistoric times. They play a role in ceremony and religion in many cultures. For centuries they have had a leading function in the military and the hunt. They are not only musical instruments but also objects of artistic expression, often with hidden meaning.

TICKETS: Ticket holders to And the Trumpets Shall Sound, can come to the Museum either before or after the concert to view the Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful exhibition for an additional $3 (payable on-site), and have access to the entire museum.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Leonia Chamber Musicians Society to Present Benefit Concert for Leonia High School Music Department

Our Hearts in Music: a benefit concert

WHEN: Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 4 p.m.
WHERE
: Leonia High School’s Little Theater, 100 Christie Heights, Leonia
TICKETS: $30 General Admission. Students under age 18 are admitted free. Special VIP tickets are available for $75 and include attending the concert and a Meet the Artists reception that will be held at a private home. VIP ticket holders will meet the student and seasoned musicians, while enjoying appetizers provided by the Leonia Academy for Hospitality & Culinary Arts.
Tickets are available at these Leonia businesses: Green Cura, 454 Broad Avenue and Pacicco & Co Jewelers, 331 Broad Avenue. Tickets may also be purchased online at HERE. General Admission tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the performance.

For further information about the benefit concert, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities, call 201-951-8076, email leoniamakesmusic@gmail.com, or visit https://www.facebook.com/leoniachambermusic or http://leoniachambermusicians.org.

The concert features a blend of Leonia and Edgewater music students performing alongside Leonia's professional musicians. The Leonia Chamber Musicians performing in this concert are: Theresa Norris, flute; Roy Lewis, violin; Maggie Speier, viola; Daryl Goldberg, cello; and Patricia Dougherty, bass. They will be joined by these five special guest artists: former Leonia High School student and The Juilliard School graduate, Samuel Katz, violin; Cynthia Phelps (left), Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic; esteemed chamber musicians Barbara Mallow and Ronald Thomas, cellos; concert pianist Steven Masi; and internationally recognized soprano Wonjung Kim (below).

Music for the program includes Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major for violin, flute and clavier, BVW 1050 and Johannes Brahms Sextet in Bb Major for two violins, two violas and two cellos. Selections from the Broadway show Kismet and the Korean song "A Thousand Winds" by Hyo Kun Kim will also be presented.

Leonia Chamber Musicians and Students to Perform Together

“This performance is a great opportunity for student musicians to come together to show off their passion for music," said Christopher Yi, President of the Leonia High School Orchestra.

The benefit concert is presented in conjunction with Leonia Makes Music a NJ Non-Profit Corporation. Funds raised will defray the cost for Leonia High School music students attending the WorldStrides® Heritage competition this spring, where they will be judged by nationally acclaimed adjudicators. The experience has proved to increase students' self-esteem and skill set for growth. The students pay for the trip and do not receive any school funds to cover the costs.

"I look forward to the school joining with the community for a night of musical beauty. Leonia and Edgewater are communities that fully support the arts and our schools," said Dr. Edward Bertolini, Leonia Public Schools Superintendent.

About The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc.

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, enriches the cultural environment of the community by presenting a series of high quality, affordable, and accessible chamber music concerts. The members of the Leonia Chamber Musicians are all professional musicians, who perform in the major concert halls of New York City. For more information on how to support the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., contact Ms. Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923 or by e-mail at dgcello@aol.com.

About Leonia Makes Music a NJ Non-Profit Corporation

Leonia Makes Music a NJ Non-Profit Corporation’s mission is to enrich the lives of and empower students through the experience of musical study at Leonia High School. The organization works to procure funding and in-kind donations in order to reach its mission’s goals, support the WorldStrides® Heritage competition trip, and assist in providing supplemental instruments and supplies to meet growing students' needs.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

More to do at MAM: Escape the cold—plan some fun at MAM!

New Directions in Fiber Art

WHEN: opening February 9
WHERE:
Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

New Directions in Fiber Art, a dynamic exhibition from the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) opens to the public on Saturday, February 9. This highly anticipated exhibition features 42 New Jersey-based artists and more than 50 stunning works of contemporary art. The works, which are all constructed out of some form of fiber, draw inspiration from science, technology, politics, pop-culture, and traditional fiber art techniques.

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JOIN TODAY for an invitation to the Members' Reception and Exhibition Preview 

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MAM has been nominated 3 times in the 2019 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Awards! Make sure to cast your vote for MAM as Favorite Art Museum, Favorite Adult Art Class, and Favorite Visual Arts Camp.

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MAM needs your help! #MAMyarnbomb

MAM is organizing a yarn bomb on our campus trees to bring the fun and color of our galleries outside for everyone to see. Because of the beautiful old-growth (read: huge!) trees on the MAM grounds, this is a big, bright project. We need your help!

LEARN how you can get involved

Friday, February 1, 2019

“Hamilton” Themed One-Day Workshop in Red Bank

REGISTER HERE

PhoenixRedBank.com for more information

Chocolate Family Fun Day at the Morris Museum - February 9

Chocolate Family Fun Day

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:00AM - 4:00PM. Museum Members have early access at 10:00AM
WHERE:
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: FREE for Museum Members. (Early Access at 10:00AM) FREE with Museum Admission for Non-members.
To become a Member, and attend this special day for free, get early access, and visit the museum year-round for free visit morrismuseum.org/museum-membership, email membership@morrismuseum.org, or call 973.971.3721.

Create a beautiful craft, meet chocolate vendors from around Morris County, learn more about chocolate, enjoy children's activities in our Dino Gallery, and see a children's show in the Bickford Theatre.

Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3700 or http://morrismuseum.org/family-fun-days/

Events

  • Showcase of Chocolate - vendors will be on hand to present their treats in our Museum Court
    • Ava's Cupcakes
    • The Chocolate Path
    • Zigarelli Chocolates

  • Presentations by Susan Fine, The Chocolate Path
    • 12:15PM- 12:45PM - A Chocolate Tasting/Presentation
    • 2:45PM - 3:15PM - A History of Chocolate Presentation
      Susan runs The Chocolate Path, an online shopping destination for dark chocolate coupled with a live tasting, teaching and pairing service.
  • Craft Making - children will create Valentine Love Bug for someone special.
  • Touch the Music with Claudia Lemmerz - a hands-on exploration of different musical instruments. Drop-in from 12:00PM – 2:00PM.
  • Bickford Theatre Children's Show at 11:00AM and 1:30PM – Morgan’s Journey (purchase tickets online at http://morrismuseum.org/childrens-theatre/ or call the Bickford Theatre Box Office at 973.971.3706.

LA STRADA'S NJ PREMIERE OF THRILLING MYSTERY “THE ATTIC” AND WORLD PREMIERE OF “GO FISH”

THE ATTIC
By Robert Scott

GO FISH
By CharLee Mares

WHEN: February 8th and 9th at 8pm/February 10 at 2pm
WHERE:
Jersey Shore Arts Center , 66 S Main St, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
TICKETS: $25/$20 for students and senior citizens with an ID. 
For tickets and information, please visit us online at www.lastradaensemble.org or by emailing lastradaensembletheater@gmail.com or calling (732) 455-2748.

La Strada Theatre Ensemble is one of New Jersey’s premiere developmental theatre companies that brings together theatre artists from the tri-state area with playwrights from throughout the United States. 

THE ATTIC and GO FISH make a double bill of mysteries. In founding member and British resident Robert Scott's NJ Premiere of THE ATTIC, Demi began sorting out the attic, but she’s become obsessed with a letter she’s found. Is it a suicide note? A confession? What is her connection with the woman from the past?  In the world premiere of NJ resident CharLee Mares' GO FISH a card game unlocks the mystery of a murder. 

Robert Scott says of his play, “I’ve wanted for years to write a play set in two timezones and have either side of the stage set accordingly.  Eventually I got round to it with The Attic. Very quickly, I decided to make it a story where the present characters were learning of the events the past characters were playing out – but I knew I needed a connection to fit it together and decided that the twist could be for the characters in the present.  I tried to get a feel of something sinister was going on.” 

The evening stars Ali Dupris, Corynn Fazio, Becca Lettice, Tara London, Sarah Osman, Alexandria Pascucci  Ankit Sharma & Leon Weyhknecht IV.