Monday, September 1, 2014


Dance at RVCCArts

If you are a fan of dance, we have a varied lineup of terrific performances that will keep you coming back all season long. We are pleased to welcome back our New Jersey companies 10 Hairy Legs, American Repertory Ballet and Lustig Dance Theatre. We'll celebrate the season by offering Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker—children's roles performed by students of Gotta Dance. We'll close our season with an amazing display of step and tap when The StepCrew takes the stage. So, if dance is what moves you, just call the box office (weekdays, 11-4), download a subscription form, or order on-line.

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An Evening of Premieres, ARB

A Night at the Ballet
American Repertory Ballet
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 PM 
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

A Night at the Ballet will feature a world premiere by American Repertory Ballet's Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, Kirk Peterson's dynamic and lyrical Tears of the Moon, and more.


10 Hairy Legs

10 Hairy Legs
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 PM
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg 

10 Hairy Legs, founded by Randy James in 2012, is a repertory dance company—comprised entirely of men—of James' work as well as existing and new works by today's most significant choreographers.


The Great Russian Nutcracker

The Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 12, at 4 & 8 PM 
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

Spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes, and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dancers have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed!


American Repertory Ballet

Diaghilev Revisited
American Repertory Ballet
WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 14, at 8 PM 
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

Inspired by the 20th-century works of Sergei Diaghilev's revolutionary Ballets Russes, this evening includes Artistic Director Douglas Martin's Firebird.


Lustig Dance Theatre

Lustig Dance Theatre
WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 11, at 8 PM
WHERE: The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

A contemporary ballet company, LDT is recognized for innovative, dynamic performances that promise to "awaken your love of dance!"



The StepCrew
WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 25, at 2 PM 
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and Tap come together as this cast of champions show you the amazing similarities and differences between these three captivating styles.





for kids, teens and adults this fall and winter



Improv Comedy for Teens and Adults

WHEN: 5-weeks,  September 20 through October 18 on Saturdays from 12:00-2:00 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Improv expert Lulu French (Maplewood)
The class delves deep into the craft of improv with more complex games as the weeks progress. This class is great for all levels of improvisers, and also for actors who want to add another dimension to their skills. Improv is a valuable skill for countless situations such as public speaking, auditions and job interviews as well. Lulu French has long performed with and taught for Gotham City Improv in New York City, and has taught improv to theatre students at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, among many other places.

Acting Skills for Middle and High School Students
WHEN: October 25 through November 22 on Saturdays from 12:00-2:00 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Harry Patrick Christian (Montclair)
In a supportive, fun environment, students will hone their talents and explore new dimensions to their acting ability. Through a variety of games and exercises, they will learn the skills they’ll need to develop characters, be great collaborators, and make active choices. This class empowers and inspires students to acknowledge their own creative abilities and fosters collaboration and teamwork in a creative setting. Harry Patrick Christian is a member of Dreamcatcher’s acting company with a long career acting onstage and onscreen, and is an experienced teaching artist with such organizations as the Pushcart Players and Essex Youth Theatre.

Monologue Prep for College and Professional Auditions
WHEN: January 3, 10 and 17, Saturdays from 12:00-2:00 PM
INSTRUCTOR: Laura Ekstrand (Livingston), Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher
This class is ideal for students preparing for college auditions or actors working on a new monologue (or brushing up a familiar one). The instructor will give the feedback and coaching needed to make the best possible impression, and to make sure the monologue communicates the particular strengths and individuality of the actor while telling a cohesive and compelling story in a matter of a few minutes. Laura Ekstrand, a former casting director, has been coaching auditions both privately and in class settings for over twenty years, with students enrolled in such programs as NYU, Carnegie Mellon and Mason Gross School of the Arts.

WHERE: Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit. 
Parking is available in the lot behind the theatre on Ashwood Avenue and at the Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue. The facility is wheelchair accessible. 
To register for the classes or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908.514.9654.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:
Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing life-affirming stories in an intimate environment.  We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

Dreamcatcher's core company of professional local actors performs contemporary work that entertains and challenges, and has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Summit Area Public Foundation, the Manley-Winser Foundation, and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is a senior member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites

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WHEN: Dec. 19-22
Joan & Robert Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank



Created Equal:  the Abolitionists
WHEN: Sunday, September 21, at 2 PM
West Orange Public Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery.  Join your community for a discussion on how civil rights history matters to us today in the third of our four part series.

Dr. Stephanie Steplight Johnson of Essex County College will introduce the film and moderate the discussion.

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  This event is locally sponsored by the West Orange African Heritage Organization.

Creative Connection
WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, at 7 PM
Drop by and join the discussion on the creative process.  Receive constructive feedback on your work.  Presented in partnership with the West Orange Arts Council.  

West Orange Writers Group 
WHEN: Thursday, September 11, at 7 PM
Are you a writer interested in meeting other writers for gentle critiquing of one another's work?  Join an open, informal forum for anyone interested in any kind of writing—fiction, nonfiction, children's poetry, etc.  Bring a sample of your work.    

Poetry Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 9:30-11:30 AM
Share your poems or work on a new one. Bring paper and pencil. Peg Vassallo leads this casual roundtable. Bring ten copies if you have a poem to share.   Presented in partnership with the West Orange Arts Council.  

ESL Classes
WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 3-4:30 PM
Beginning in September, the Library will offer an ESL Class for West Orange residents. Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons at 3pm. The teacher is an accredited ESL Instructor with many years of experience. 

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WHEN: Thursday, September 18, at 7 PM
This free SCORE seminar will help the small business owner protect his or her business, know when to seek help from a legal professional, and understand the day to day legal issues. 

Film & Dessert  

Winter's Tale
WHEN: Friday, September 5, 2 PM





To Kill A Mockingbird
WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2 PM

teen logoVolunteer Opportunities for Teens 
WHEN: Wednesday, September 3, from 7-8 PM
Teens will learn about what local community service opportunities are available.  Presented by the Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life.

Read 'n Chat Book Discussion Group
Grades 6-8 
WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, from 7:30-8:15 PM
The group will discuss When You Reach Me  by Rebecca Stead.  Stop by to pick up a copy of the book.

Teen Game Night 
Grades 6-12
WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, at 7-8:30 PM
Hangout and play a board game, bring your DS or come play against other West Orange teens on the big screen Wii!
No registration required!

Anime Club 
Grades 6-12
WHEN: Wednesday, September 24, at 7-8 PM
Do you like Manga Comics and Anime films? Do you want to interact with other teens that share your passion, make crafts, play games and watch movies? Then this is the club for you!
No registration required. Bring your friends and make new ones.

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20% Off Tickets to The School for Wives
Use Promo Code: MOLIERE20

Some restrictions apply. Sale ends Tuesday, September 2. Call the box office at 732.345.1400 for details.

WHERE: Two River Theater Company, Rechnitz Theatre, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank



WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 1 PM
The Performing Arts School of bergenPAC, located at 1 Depot Square in Englewood, New Jersey.
The site is handicapped accessible. A parking lot has a designated handicapped parking space.
For further information about the program or Verismo Opera, call 201.886.0561.

Artistic Director and Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Verismo Opera Music Director/Principal Conductor Anthony Morss, General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif, Chorus Director/Associate Conductor Mara Waldman, and President Dr. James Garvin, MD will discuss Verismo Opera’s mission, vision, and history. They will introduce the grand opera company’s new production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, as well as the 2015 season performances of George Bizet's Carmen and Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.

Set in Paris, France, La Bohème will be performed on Sunday October 19 and 26 at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey. The 2015 season will open with Carmen on April 26, followed by Lucia di Lammermoor on October 18, with all performances presented at bergenPAC.

The open house program will present vocalists performing solos from La Bohème. Exhibits will display memorabilia and photos from Verismo Opera’s 25 years of producing grand operas, sponsoring an annual international vocal competition, presenting concerts, holding master classes, giving operalogues, and training the stars of tomorrow. Opportunities to perform in the chorus, act as a supernumerary in non-speaking and non-singing roles or volunteer behind-the-scenes with the company will be presented. Verismo Opera representatives in costume will be available to answer questions.

To continue the grand opera company's work, a silent auction will feature a range of fine items available for purchase. Among the operatic products available to bid upon will be CDs with Lucine Amara; ivory, alabaster collectible opera plates by Italian master Franco Ingargiola; and others.




WHEN: Wednesdays, September 10 and 17 beginning at 6:30 PM
WHERE: 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey.

Male and female vocalists—amateur, professional, and retired—are invited to audition and learn more about the opportunity to sing in the Verismo Opera Chorus. Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed.

Applicants interested in learning more about Verismo Opera, the 2014-2015 season, and the Verismo Opera Chorus are invited to attend the organization's Open House on Saturday, September 6 at 1:00 PM at The Performing Arts School at Bergen Performing Arts Center, 1 Depot Square, in Englewood.

Applicants should have a working ability to read music and experience singing. The audition consists of singing five note scales. During the audition process, each singer's range and vocal category will be determined by Chorus Director Waldman. Applicants do not need to bring a song or music to the audition.

Download an application HERE or send a request to For information or to schedule an appointment to audition for the chorus, call 201.886.0561.

The audition site is handicapped accessible. Designated handicapped parking is available. Vocalists requiring a special accommodation should call 201.886.0561 at least two weeks before the audition.

During the company’s 25th anniversary season, Vive la France, choristers will perform in the company’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème on Sunday, October 19 and 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

"Many of the great singers such as Sutherland and Caruso started their careers in an opera chorus, including myself. Singing in a chorus gives the vocalist a chance to be on a professional stage, helps get rid of nerves, and work with some of the top pros. A great chorus is the life blood of every opera,” said Amara.

Under Chorus Director and Associate Conductor Mara Waldman, singers will explore grand opera through live performances. The opera will be fully staged, with the cast performing in costume accompanied by an orchestra under internationally renowned Principal Conductor and Music Director Anthony Morss.


I know for some of us in the metropolitan NYC area, Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg sounds like it’s worlds away. But a trip west on Routes 78 or 80 to Route 287 South will take you there in no time. They have some wonderful events scheduled for the upcoming season. Check these out. Click on the titles for more information.

Capitol Steps
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 PM
The Steps plan to bring down the house...and Senate with their unique blend of music and political comedy. For this show, they're bringing Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Marco Rubio, Pope Francis and many more.   video


Broadway's Next H!T Musical
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 PM
Every song is fresh. Every scene new. Every night different. It's all improvised and all funny. The cast gathers suggestions from the audience and creates a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter.   video


Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show
Vicki Lawrence
when: Friday, Apr. 17 at 8 PM
Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. This very funny show with Vicki and Mama is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and observations about real life.   video


WHERE: The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey 08876

BOX OFFICE: 908.725.3420  
Weekdays, 11 - 4, 90 minutes prior to curtain on show days.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


You are invited to join us for a free reading.

HTC Monthly Reading Series
By Sam Shepard
Directed by John Dowgin

Steve Bartlow
Thom Boyer
Cody Dalton
Dave Murray

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 1, 7:00 PM
Coffee will be served

WHERE: Holmdel Theatre Company, at The Duncan Smith Theater,
36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733
(on the grounds of the Holmdel High School)


Friday, August 29, 2014


Due to circumstances beyond our control The Holmdel Theatre Company is regretfully canceling our fall production of The Lion in Winter. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience.

Holmdel Theatre Company
at The Duncan Smith Theater

36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733
(on the grounds of the Holmdel High School)





WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 1 PM-4 PM; Monday and Tuesday, September 15, and 16,  7 PM – 9 PM.
Phoenix Rehearsal Center, 111 Monmouth Street at the corner of Pearl Street and right next door to the Count Basie Theatre.

All roles are open for this revival of the award-winning Broadway musical which will open at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank in mid-November. 

The show will be directed by Gary Shaffer with musical direction by Bob Sammond and choreography by James Steele.

Spamalot is an irreverently hysterical musical comedy "lovingly ripped off from" the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with many roles for men from 30 to 50 years of age. 

The director is looking for people with excellent comic timing who can move well, with the ability to do accents a plus. Most of the roles are character voices and the ability to be funny supersedes vocal and dance skills.

  • Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 to 32 bars of an uptempo song, preferably a comic number.
  • Bring your own sheet music.
  • An accompanist will be provided.
  • be prepared for a dance audition which will range from light movement exercise to strong tap, depending on role. Gymnastic ability is a plus.          

More information is available on the Phoenix website.  For answers to specific questions, contact