Wednesday, November 22, 2017

“DEVISED PLAY” ABOUT A POLICE SHOOTING STAGED IN WOODBRIDGE

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imageDragonfly Multicultural Arts Center, New Jersey Stage’s 2016 “Best Place to See Non-Equity Theatre,” will present

Black & Blue
a devised play about a police shooting

WHEN: Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1 at 8:00 pm.
WHERE
: Woodbridge Middle School, Woodbridge, NJ.
TICKETS: $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. They are available for purchase at the door or online at https://www.dragonflyartsnj.com/purchase-tickets.

Black & Blue traces the parallel lives of Alex, a young black man, and Mark, a young white one, as they grow up in the same suburban town in New Jersey. Empathetic and moving, the play follows their parents’ hopes and dreams for them, the boys’ disappointments and challenges and, finally, the tragic and violent act that brings an end to one life.

Dragonfly’s Artistic Director, Catherine LaMoreaux, conducted interviews with community members of all ethnic backgrounds to ground the play in a realistic and sensitive perspective on race issues. The play is both a call to action and a balanced look at a hot-button topic. Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion.

The play features the talents of Perry Award-Winning actress Diane L. Parker, NY/NJ actor Matt Holbert, Craig Mayer, and Shailendra Khurana, among others. It is directed and was written by Catherine LaMoreaux.

Black & Blue was made possible in part by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders/Office of Culture & Heritage and the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State. The play had an initial one-day production at the Unitarian Society of East Brunswick in October 2017.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Whitehouse Wind Symphony Presents Free Holiday Concerts Throughout Central Jersey

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The Gift of Music

ADMISSION: All of these concerts are free and open to the general public, although donations will be accepted to benefit the band, a non-profit group comprised entirely of volunteer musicians, as well as the presenting churches and foundations. (Above: Percussionist Vince Anderson of Bridgewater stays focused on his music during a previous holiday performance by the Whitehouse Wind Symphony.CREDIT: Gene Hirschel)

WHEN: Friday, December 1st, at 7:30pm
WHERE:
Whitehouse United Methodist Church, located 73 Old Highway 28 in Whitehouse Station

WHEN: Sunday, December 3rd, at 3:00pm
WHERE:
historic courthouse at 75 Main Street in Flemington

WHEN: Saturday, December 9th, at 3pm
WHERE:
Liberty Church, located at 953 West Chestnut Street in Union.

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Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present three separate holiday concerts this December at various locations throughout central New Jersey. This annual concert series is one of the band’s most highly anticipated annual events.

Concertgoers will enjoy the band’s arrangements of classic Christmas carols such as “Good King Wenceslas,” “Il est Ne, le Divin Enfant,” “Pat-a-Pan,” “Fum, Fum, Fum,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Here We Come A’Caroling.” The band will also play some favorite holiday songs like “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Also planned is a medley from the animated TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In a special piece entitled “For Unto You is Born This Day!,” Gary A. Myer of Bridgewater, NJ will narrate the story of the first Christmas as the band accompanies him. Audience members will be invited to sing along for “A Christmas Festival,” and as is tradition with the band, children will be invited to ring sleigh bells as the band plays “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

The band first gave a holiday performance at the historic courthouse in 2011, and remains the first and only ensemble to do so in the courthouse’s 189-year history. This particular concert is made possible through the support of the Flemington Community Partnership and Mediatech Foundation. The concert is intentionally scheduled so that audience members can exit the courthouse after the concert and immediately enjoy the annual holiday parade in Flemington presented by the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce.

In the event of inclement weather, the announcement to cancel any of these concert will be made on the band’s website (whitehousewindsymphony.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/whitehousewind). Large print programs are available upon request, and all venues are handicapped accessible.

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork on April 15, 1996. It is dedicated to presenting the best in all varieties of wind band literature. Since its founding, the band has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. It is now comprised of approximately 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout central and northern New Jersey. It was recently voted the winner of the "Hunterdon Happening" list in the category of favorite musician/band for the third consecutive year. For more information, including information about future performances, please send an email to whitehousewindsymphony@gmail.com.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

GUEST Review: Outstanding “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Two River Theater

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio November 19, 2017 (www.njfootlights.net)

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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Michael Cumpsty
Two River Theatre Company 11/10/17
SCENIC DESIGNER: Charlie Corcoran
COSTUME DESIGNER: Jess Goldstein
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Yuki Nakase
SOUND DESIGNER: Elisheba Ittoop
WIGS DESIGNER: Leah J. Loukas

Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson
© T Charles Erickson Photography
tcepix@comcast.net

Two River Director Michael Cumpsty and company have produced a marvelous, elegant version of Oscar Wilde’s comedy masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Billed as A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, it was first performed in London February 1895. It was favorably reviewed by H. G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. It is a hilarious farce that skewers Britain’s Victorian upper class.

Director Cumpsty has assembled an impressive cast of mostly New York stage and TV pros, supported by absolutely first class sets, lighting, sound and gorgeous costumes.

Earnest3 (1)The cast is led by Sam Lilja as Algernon, Federico Rodriguez as Worthing, Rosa Gilmore as Gwendolen, and Liesel Allen Yeager as Cecily and Randy Danson, (1992 Obie winner) as the formidable Lady Bracknell (photo right).

Supporting cast members are; Mahira Kakar as Miss Prism; Chris Kipiniak as Rev. Canon Chasuble; Henry Vick as Lane, Algenon’s manservant; and Bob Mackasek as Merriman, the butler at the Manor.

The plot centers on John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing played by Federico Rodriguez. He is perfect as Worthing, the wealthy young man who leads a double life. He has a country estate where he leads a respectable life as Jack Worthing. However, in London, he is a bit of a playboy as Ernest Worthing.

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Beyond the “pleasures provided by a double life” he has a unique upbringing. It seems he was discovered as an infant in a travelling bag in the ‘lost and found’ room at London’s Victoria train station! He was ‘found’ by a wealthy old man who adopted him as John Worthing and upon his death made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. Liesel Allen Yeager is a proper spunky delight as Cecily.

Meantime, as Ernest, his best friend is Algernon Moncrieff (played spot-on by Sam Lilja) is an idle, amoral bachelor blessed with a position high on the social ladder due in part to his aunt, the highly respected Lady Bracknell (played marvelously by Randy Danson). Algernon is the cousin of Gwendolen (Rosa Gilmore) who has her sights set on Ernest. One major hitch: She could only marry a man named Ernest! Jack is also set on marrying her. A big however, beyond his name, is the hard fact that his pedigree, or lack of, is totally unacceptable to her mother Lady Bracknell (Rosa Gilmore nicely nails the beautiful pretentious maiden Gwendolen).

We learn all this in the first act which is set in Algernon’s flat on Half-Moon Street, W. Unseen is Jack’s flat B4 at the Albany on Piccadilly (We lived in 1993 in E6!)

From there on, it is a joy of witty Wilde dialogue, numerous opportunities for major laughs (and giggles), marvelous eccentric characters, simply put, confusion reigns properly until the final moments. (Spoiler alert: It all ends happily!)Earnest4

Also, deserving of acknowledgement is the production team: Charlie Corcoran scenic designer; Jess Goldstein costume designer; Yuki Nakase lighting designer; Elisheba Ittoop sound designer; Leah J. Loukas wig designer; Heidi Griffiths and Kate Murray casting; and Rick Steiger production stage manager.

The play has had numerous revivals on Broadway and several films and TV versions, thus you may be familiar with the plot. Please don’t let that stop you from making the trip to the Two River Theater. We have seen it performed in all forms and still found this version totally enjoyable, in fact, It reminds us of a delightful visit with a charming, witty and very elegant maiden aunt (clearly not of the Lady Bracknell variety!).

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WHEN: Wednesdays through Sundays, through Dec. 3
WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
TICKETS: $20 to $70
INFO: 732-345-1400 or www.tworivertheater.org

Top Photo: Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen) and Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing)

#2 Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell)

#3 Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell), Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Henry Vick (Lane), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen) and Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing)

#4 Mahira Kakkar (Miss Prism), standing at center, with from left: Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing), Chris Kipiniak (Rev. Canon Chasuble), Rosa Gilmore(Gwendolen) , Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Liesel Allen Yeager(Cecily Cardew) and Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell)

#5 Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen), Bob Mackasek (Merriman) and Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew)

All Photos by T. Charles Erickson

WP Presents Fabulous Holiday Lineup

Moscow Ballet presents

The Great Russian Nutcracker

25th Anniversary Season Tour

WHEN: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 7:00 PM*
WHERE:
William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: $65 Gold Circle; $55 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge; $45 Rear Loge
Premium packages are available by calling the box office.

See the one and only Moscow Ballet's The Great Russian Nutcracker when it returns to the Shea Center for the 25th anniversary season tour. All ages are invited to celebrate the magic of the holidays with Moscow Ballet's exquisite Russian dancers, gorgeous costumes, and the spectacular scenic design of Carl Sprague (concept designer of the Oscar-winning film La La Land). The Great Russian Nutcracker is an American holiday tradition not to be missed.

*Come early for the 6:45 p.m. pre-show performance of the

WP Jazz Ensemble playing Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker Suite."


Glen Burtnik's

Summer of Love Concert 

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 8:00 PM
WHERE: William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS:  $38 Orchestra; $33 Loge

Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of "Summer of Love" 1967 and the Music of the Woodstock Generation

The Summer of Love Concert makes its return to the Shea Center, recreating the songs and psychedelically-flavored spirit of the Woodstock generation. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the "Summer of Love" 1967 with all your favorite music by The Doors, The Beatles, Joplin, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, and more! The concert will give a nod to the holiday season with music from Phil Spector's iconic Christmas album.

The Doo Wop Project

Featuring Former and Current Stars of Broadway's Jersey Boys, Motown the Musical, and A Bronx Tale

WHEN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 8:00 PM
WHERE: William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS:  $33 Orchestra; $27 Loge

Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical may have closed on Broadway, but you can still the catch the former stars of those shows onstage at the Shea Center. The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. From Bop to Pop, you will journey through the evolution of music from groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos, through Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons, all the way to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.

Child's Play Touring Theatre presents

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2:00 PM*
WHERE: William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS:  $17 Adults; $13 Children

The Christmas season is magical. For those behind the sparkle of Christmas,
the planning is not so easy. This delightful presentation is a special behind-the-scenes peek at the hustle and bustle and near disasters of Christmas preparations at the North Pole. These stories are written by children and brought to life on stage by Child's Play Touring Theatre professional artists.

Appropriate for all ages

*Free pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 8:00 PM
WHERE: William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: : $45 Orchestra; $40 Loge

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out captures the essence of Led Zeppelin music. The band focuses on the early years and deeper cuts of "The Mighty Zep" with a passion and fury that makes a truly awe-inspiring performance. No wigs or fake English accents. The band simply delivers an honest, heart-thumping Zeppelin concert!

Shea Center for Performing Arts | 973-720-2371 | wp-presents.org

Shea Center Box Office Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pushcart Players Headlines Children’s Performances at Montclair Arts Festival

Velveteen CastPushcart Players’ 44th Season presents

Velveteen Rabbit

WHEN: Saturday, December 2, at 11:00 AM
WHERE:
United Way Theatre, located at 60 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair NJ
TICKETS: The Montclair Arts Festival runs from Wednesday, November 29, through Saturday, December 2. Tickets are available for full days of programming during the Festival. Admission prices begin at $20 for one day, with discounts for multiple day participation. To purchase tickets, visit: montclairartsfestival.brownpapertickets.com.

The performance is hosted by the Montclair Arts Alliance as part of the inaugural Montclair Arts Festival featuring theater, dance, visual arts, music, and opera.

Velveteen Rabbit is based on the beloved children’s book by Margery Williams, adapted for the stage by Pushcart Players’ artistic director, Paul Whelihan. Music and lyrics are by NJ composer, Paul Farinella, and orchestrations are by Tony©, Grammy, and Drama Desk award-winner, Larry Hochman.

Velveteen Rabbit explores the adventure of growing up, the necessity of building relationships, and the importance of using one’s imagination. A child’s love and a little nursery magic transform a favorite toy into a real rabbit. Breath-taking adventures—from deep, dark caves to the wide open sea, to winter wonderlands—show the meaning of true friendship.

The Pushcart Players cast features Oise Ohiwerei (Velveteen Rabbit), Corey Whelihan (Riding Horse), Carey Gsell (Boy), Aliza Sotsky, and Melessie Clark.

Oise Ohiwerei was recently seen as a videographer at the New York Fringe Festival, and as an actor in the short film “Solutions,” screened at the Chain NYC Film Festival. While performing with Pushcart, he is a full time student at Rutgers University. Corey Whelihan (Montclair) is an alum of Ithaca College’s BFA Acting program. He appeared off Broadway in the Pearl Theatre’s production of “The Winter’s Tale” and is a regular in the classical productions of Smith Street Stage in Brooklyn. He performed nationally in Chamber Theater’s touring production of “Eureka!” and with The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA.

Carey Gsell is an actor and designer, recently graduated from Montclair State University. A performer since he was nine years old with Yates Family Musical Theatre, Gsell was recently seen as Tobias in “Sweeney Todd” at Light Opera of NJ. Aliza Sotsky performed at Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory, The Hearth Theater Company, The Peccadillo Theater Company, S.T.A.R. at the Directors Company and BMI. She performed off Broadway at Theater at St. Clements in “Green Card: A New Musical!”

Melessie Clark is a Pittsburgh native who performed in “Gypsy” and “Wedding Singer” (Pittsburgh CLO), “A Sign of the Times” (Goodspeed Musicals), and “Dreamgirls” (Alhambra Theatre). Melessie starred in productions with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, New Horizon Theater, and Irving Street Rep.

Paul Whelihan is the producing artistic director at Pushcart Players. He directs, stage-manages and performs off-Broadway (47th Street Theater, 59 East 59 Theatres, NY Fringe Festival, 54 Below) and regionally (Royal Poincianna Playhouse, Broward Center for the Arts, Centenary Stage, The Bickford Theatre, The Growing Stage, Luna Stage Company, Forum Theatre Arts Center, Quillo Arts Center, Premier Stages, Dreamcatcher Rep) in musicals, dramas, original works and locally produced television, film and web series projects. NJ Theatre Alliance awarded Paul and his artistic director colleagues throughout the State for artistic vision and excellence in October of 2017.

Larry Hochman is the Tony and Drama Desk award-winner for best orchestrations for “The Book of Mormon.” He received Tony nominations for last season’s “Hello Dolly” with Bette Midler, “She Loves Me” (2016 revival, for which he won the Drama Desk Award), “The Scottsboro Boys,” ”Monty Python's Spamalot,” (Hochman also received Drama Desk nominations for both), “Fiddler on the Roof” (2004 revival), “A Class Act” and a Tony nomination the Drama Desk Award for 2016’s “She Loves Me.”  Larry composed additional music for Disney’s “Little Mermaid,” for Stephen Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and for numerous celebrity concerts.  Other awards include the ASCAP Award for Musical Theater (“One Man Band”), 4 Emmy Awards for “The Wonder Pets” television series, and a Bistro Award for composing “One Man Band.”  He has orchestrated and/or written the scores for the majority of Pushcart’s productions.

Pushcart’s performance is made possible in part by the Montclair Foundation, which supports not-for-profit organizations that meet cultural, educational, social service, health, and quality of life needs in the greater Montclair community. Montclair Foundation serves as a permanent conduit for charitable giving.

Pushcart Players is the award-winning professional touring theater company specializing in arts education for children. Twice nominated for an Emmy©, Pushcart is the recipient of numerous state and private awards for excellence and innovation. A social-profit organization founded in 1974, Pushcart brings substantive musical theater, workshops, and residencies to young people and their families in schools and theaters nationwide. The company has traveled more than 2 million miles nationally and abroad, from the rural red schoolhouse to the nation’s White House.  All performances are accompanied by innovative scenery, complete lighting, and state of the art sound systems, making them adaptable to any location.

Montclair Arts Alliance (MAA) is a service organization for Montclair area Arts Organizations and artists. MAA is a membership driven organization that offers a township-wide Arts Festival, an arts center with diverse programming, networking opportunities, roundtables,  joint marketing, and advocacy for the importance of arts to everyone’s lives.

For further information on this or any Pushcart Players program, call 973-857-1115, visit the website at www.pushcartplayers.org or email information@pushcartplayers.org.

12th Annual MADISON HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL COMING UP ON BLACK FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!

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Don’t be part of the chaos of the malls or big box stores on Black Friday this year. MACA, The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance, and the Madison Downtown Development Commission will present the

12th Annual MADISON HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th, 2017—34 events in 11 Venues from noon until the traditional Santa Parade comes down Main Street on Friday, and from 1:00 – 5:30 on Saturday.
WHERE: Musicians, dancers and artists will be featured throughout the borough of Madison
ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public.

This once a year celebration is held rain or shine. Folks can stroll through the town, shop for holiday gifts, dine at Madison’s unique eateries, see art and exhibits at the museum and in shops. Relax, meet friends, and experience art!

“We have put together a variety of events all within walking distance of each other,” said John Pietrowski, Festival Organizer. On Friday, you can spend the afternoon listening to Classical Music at Grace Episcopal Church, the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, and Harvest Bistro. We’ll have singers/songwriters and local bands at Drip Coffee, Short Stories Bookshop, Poor Herbie’s Pub, and The Hat Shop. Dance Innovations will be performing scenes from

The Nutcracker at Studio Yoga, and the evening will wrap up with a command concert by Jazz Pianist Jerry Vezza at Shanghai Jazz.”

“On Saturday we scale back a bit, with classical music Grace Church, and singers/songwriters at Drip, Short Stories, and Harvest Bistro.”

In addition there will be art exhibits concurrently running in Madison at Short Stories Bookshop (The Small Works Holiday Show) and Drip Coffee. The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts current offering-- “Spark! The Explosive and Dirty History of Light—will be open to the public during regular museum hours.

For a list of all the artists and venues please go to www.madisonartsnj.org .

LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE BAND TO PLAY NEW BRUNSWICK THIS WEDNESDAY

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Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin

WHEN: Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 8pm
WHERE:
State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $35-$45
For tickets or more information, 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; and Saturday from 1pm-5pm. and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 536. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

Get The Led Out will perform favorites from various Led Zeppelin’s hit albums.

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed.

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

Band members include Paul Sinclair, Paul Hammond, Jimmy Marchiano, Phil D’Agostono, Adam Ferraioli, and Andrew Lipke.

State Theatre New Jersey—creating extraordinary experiences through the power of live performance. 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 education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of State Theatre New Jersey. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of State Theatre New Jersey. United is the official airline of State Theatre New Jersey.

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Questions? Call 973-845-6742 or e-mail Education@ShakespeareNJ.org for more information.

A Very Special Holiday to you from Dreamcatcher Rep in Summit

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8PM
WHERE:
The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
You can buy your tickets now. When purchasing, use the code HOHOHO for a 10% discount.
Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654
www.dreamcatcherrep.org
Buy your tickets now!

Kick off the season with your favorite Dreamcatcher actors! If you enjoyed the corny fun of those old-fashioned holiday variety shows starring Andy Williams, Perry Como and The Mandrell Sisters, you'll love A VERY SPECIAL (Holiday) SPECIAL.

The Dreamcatcher ensemble will entertain you with holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun. The show is appropriate for the whole family, and every year's show is completely original!

Circle Players announces Auditions for "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"

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AUDITION NOTICE:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
director Mikaela Kafka

WHEN: December 4th,and 7th at 7:30pm, with a callback date of December 16th. (Please note the callback is closed, therefore please do not attend unless you have been invited to do so.)
WHERE
: Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is a modern dramatic masterpiece that tells the tale of Hamlet from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, and reality and illusion intermix.

The production runs March 9th - March 25th, 2018

We seek actors with great comedic timing, physical training, and stage combat, a plus. No roles are ethnically specific. Please see the Character Breakdown below for more information about each role.

Audition sides will soon be available - please check back for more information.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or shoot us an e-mail at circleplayersnj@gmail.com

Character Breakdown:

  • Rosencrantz (20's 30's): Everyman. The more pragmatic of the duo.
  • Guildenstern (20's 30's): Everyman. The more philosophical of the duo.
  • The Player (m/f, any age): The commandeering, Theatrical Director of the Traveling Acting Troupe.
  • Alfred (male, any age): One of the tragedians of slight build. The Player's underling sidekick.
  • THREE Tragedians: Actors of the Traveling troupe. Very heightened physical comedy. Ability to play an instrument a huge plus. Especially Flute, Recorder, Percussion, and guitar of some sort (lute, uke, etc.)
  • Hamlet (male, late 20's, 30's)
  • Gertrude (female): Mother to Hamlet, Queen.
  • Claudius (male): Newly crowned King, step father to Hamlet.
  • Polonius (male): Pompous elderly Lord Chamberlain, father to Ophelia.
  • Ophelia (female): Polonius' daughter, potential wife to Hamlet.
  • Horatio (male): Hamlet's friend. will also double as soldier and ambassador.
  • Fortinbras (male): Contemporary of Hamlet, Prince of Norway. Will double as soldier and Court member.

Mount Calvary Baptist Presents a Jazz Brunch featuring The Antoinette Montague Experience, Friday, November 24

Jazz Brunch Presents:
The Antoinette Montague Experience

WHERE: Mount Calvary  Baptist Church, 251 Seymour Avenue, Newark, NJ
TICKETS: $40 food and top flight NY entertainment from 2017 Jazz and Blues Award Winning Entertainer, Antoinette Montague.
This is a fundraiser for a scholarship for young folk. Please consider a donation if you can’t make it. For Tickets 973-350-4121 (Odessa James)

She brings superb musicians with her for your listening pleasure.

  • Danny MIXON, Piano
  • Melissa Slocum, bass
  • Winard Harper, Drums
  • King Solomon Hicks
  • Lakecia Benjamin, Sax
  • AC Lincoln Tap dance

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

NBJP JAZZ WEEKLY EVENTS: November 21-Nov 22


WHERE: George Street Ale House, 378 George St., New Brunswick

  • WILL COMER - Leader-Piano/Accordion
  • ZACH HEINZE – Bass
  • EVAN TSIONI - Drums

Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians...the future "greats!" This is your chance to see them NOW!

Legendary tenor saxophonist, Jerry Weldon is noted for his work with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, is a veteran of the New York jazz scene. In 1990, Jerry became a charter member and featured soloist with Harry Connick Jr.'s newly formed big band. Since then Jerry has toured the world with Harry and can now be seen daily as a member of the "house band" on HARRY, Connick's daytime television variety show. Weldon also perform with his own bands in clubs around New York & the world.


NO JAZZ THURSDAY OR FRIDAY!

WE WISH YOU