Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LIGHT OPERA OF NJ TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR UPCOMING SEASON

AUDITION NOTICE:

Light Opera of New Jersey (formerly Ridge Light Opera of NJ )

Auditions for upcoming season, including The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti

WHEN:

Sunday, August 17th, starting at 1 PM (in New Jersey)
Tuesday, August 19th, starting at 11 AM (in New York City)
Sunday, August 24th, starting at 1 PM (in New Jersey)

WHERE:

New Jersey Audition Location:
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
140 South Finley Ave
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

New York City Audition Location:
Nola Studios Studio C
250 West 54th St.
New York, NY 10019

Auditions are by appointment only. To be considered for an audition time, please submit your resume/experience and photo (if available) by email to lightoperanj@optonline.net

Other contact information can be found at http://lightoperaofnewjersey.org

Please no calls.

An audition fee of $15 to cover accompanist costs is payable upon arrival. Fee is waived for current company members and those only auditioning for ensemble or secondary roles.

Exact performance dates for the additional 2015 and 2016 productions shown above to be determined.

Principal roles are paid positions including additional commuting travel stipend based on distance and transit type.

October 2014 show:

The Gondoliers
by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan

Roles
The Duke of Plaza Toro, A Grandee of Spain:
Comic Baritone
Luiz, his attendant: Baritone
Don Alhambra Del Bolero, The Grand Inquisitor: Bass
Marco: Tenor
Giuseppe: Baritone
Antonio: Baritone
Francesco: Tenor
Giorgio: Bass
The Duchess of Plaza Toro: Contralto
Casilda: Soprano
Gianetta: Soprano
Tessa: Mezzo Soprano
Fiametta: Soprano
Vittoria: Soprano
Giulia: Soprano
Inez: Mezzo Soprano
Ensemble of Gondoliers and Contadine et al

Performance dates:
Friday, October 10th, at 8 pm
Saturday, October 11th, at 8 pm
Sunday, October 12th, at 2 pm
Thursday, October 16th, at 8 pm
Friday, October 17th, at 8 pm
Saturday, October 18t,h at 8 pm
Thursday, November 13th, at 7:30 pm
(Gilbert and Sullivan Society, NYC)

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AN ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND IN MONMOUTH COUNTY

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The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County and the Axelrod Performing Arts Center are teaming up to present a summer Israeli Film Festival featuring recent acclaimed films. On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 7 PM the Museum will offer Bethlehem, and on Sunday August 3, 2014 at 2 PM it will show the peppy spy comedy Kidon. Tickets are $10.00 per person per film. All performances are partially funded by the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County.

Bethlehem is a police procedural drama that highlights Israeli Intelligence use of Palestinian informants. It shuttles back and forth between different, conflicting points of view and is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas. It stars first time actors Tsahi Halevi and Shadi Mar’I and was directed and co-written by Yuval Adler. It was shown at the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival where it won first prize.

Kidon is a different kind of Israeli film. Using Oceans Eleven as his inspiration, Israeli film maker Emmanuel Naccache uses the assassination of Mahmoud al Mabouh in his hotel room in Dubai in January, 2010 to launch his re-imagining of events movie. The hotel security cameras have caught the images of four Mossad agents red handed and their photos are splashed across newspapers world wide. Most surprised are Mossad leaders who know the faces in all the newsrooms had nothing to do with the incident. From then on it is a race against time to find the perpetrators.

For further information and tickets please call the Museum at 732-252-6990 or visit www.jhmomc.org to buy tickets online. The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is located at 310 Mounts Corner Drive in Freehold Township. It is a 501(c) (3) organization and is handicapped accessible.

DREAMCATCHER & MONDO SUMMIT: MONOLOGUES IN AUGUST

WHEN: Every Wednesday in August at 8:00 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Mondo Summit, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit (Brownstone Theater, 3rd level)
TICKETS: $20
Food and Beverage Sold Separately
For reservations: info@mondosummit.com or 917.969.4534

Wednesday, August 6, at 8:00 PM

101 Humiliating Stories
by Lisa Kron
Featuring: Laura Ekstrand (right)

Lisa Kron dives deep into the universal experience of humiliation. With charm and intimacy, the play shares a series of humiliations past, present, and future, including exquisitely detailed anecdotes like "Geeky Celebrity Encounters" and "How I Spent All the Petty Cash From My Office on Makeup." An invitation to perform at her high school reunion in Lansing, Michigan, triggers another series of anxiety-filled fantasies. How will she, a lesbian East Village performance artist, cope with her Midwestern classmates? 101 Humiliating Stories is evocative, moving, and, overall hilarious.

"On the surface 101 Humiliating Stories is a lighthearted monologue that touches only glancingly on sexual political issues. But underneath, it is a subtle and intriguing exploration of the nature of performance." —NY Times


Wednesday, August 13, at 8:00 PM

The Tricky Part
by Martin Moran
Featuring Harry Patrick Christian (left)

A true story of sexuality, spirituality and the mystery of human experience, THE TRICKY PART is one of the most heralded one-man plays in recent memory. Between the ages of 12 and 15, the author had a sexual relationship with an older man. Now 42 and an established New York actor, he has transformed his story into a riveting, often funny and always surprising journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire and human trespass. (This play was a hit at Two River Theater in Red Bank last season.)

"A translucent memoir of a play...shattering." —NY Times.
"Powerful." —NY Post.
"Surprising and moving! Startling, marvelously told." —NY Newsday.


Wednesday, August 20, at 8:00 PM 

The Year of Magical Thinking  
by Joan Didion
Featuring Noreen Farley (right)

In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir (which The New York Times called "an indelible portrait of loss and grief...a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage"), Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play.

"Didion has a peerless ear for the music of words in motion." —NY Times.
"Poignant, heartbreaking and wry...In Joan Didion's beautifully written play, the emotions are so genuine we can't help but be deeply affected." —Newsweek.


Wednesday, August 27, at 8:00 PM

Title and Deed  
by Will Eno
Featuring Terrence P. Burnett (left) 

Behold the newest nobody of the funniest century yet. He's almost Christ-like, from a distance, in terms of height and weight. Listen closely or drift off uncontrollably, as he speaks to you directly about the notion of home, about the notion of the world. All of it delivered with the authority that is the special province of the unsure and the un-homed, which is a word he made up accidentally. The running time, if he doesn't die or think of anything else, is roughly one hour.

"Leaves you happily word-drunk! Gorgeously and inventively wrought. Haunting and often fiercely funny."— NY Times.
"Daring, spectacular and hilarious! Stage poetry of a high order!" —The New Yorker.

FREE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT @ MENNEN SPORTS ARENA NEXT TUESDAY

www.morrisparks.net

A CHANCE FOR TEACHERS TO EARN CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CREDITS)

In New Jersey, teaching the Holocaust is mandated for our public schools. If you, as I did, already teach this subject or are preparing to teach it,you can take online course and get Continuing Education credits,

Ruth Ross

CEU Credits

www.jewishpartisans.org/learning

Monday, July 28, 2014

FREE 2014 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN RAHWAY THIS AUGUST

WHERE: behind the UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway (if it rains, the show will move inside the theater)
ADMISSION: FREE

STNJ SETS FALL CLASSES FOR YOUTH, TEENS & ADULTS

www.ShakespeareNJ.org/Classes

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Sponsors

“ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR” IN LINCOLN PARK THIS WEEKEND

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aspirepac@gmail.com
201.440.4933

SUN, SURF, CARS & GIRLS: BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE BAND @ CENTENARY STAGE

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GOOD VIBRATIONS

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 2, 8 PM
WHERE:
Sitnik Theatre, Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $35.00 adults, $25.00 under 18, Day of add $5.00
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

This exciting show takes us on a musical journey of sun, surf, cars and girls as these incredible musicians and performers capture the incomparable harmonies of THE BEACH BOYS, recreating their unique sound right before our ears. This is a high-energy show that gets the crowd on its feet as it moves to the greatest hits of America's most legendary band.

NEIL SIMON COMEDY OPENS @ RHINO THEATRE ON AUGUST 1

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TEENS PRESENT STAGED READING OF CLASSIC DRAMA @ MONDO SUMMIT

Another novel program at Mondo Summit, an interesting venue in downtown Summit:

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info@mondosummit.com for information and reservations

Saturday, July 26, 2014

REVIEW: “JERSEY VOICES 2014” A DRAMATIC FEAST IN CHATHAM

By Ruth Ross

Since I started reviewing in 1996, I think I have missed only three of the Jersey Voices one-act play festivals produced by the Chatham Community Players. Often, among the six offerings each summer, several soar while others fall a bit short. This year, however, to celebrate their twentieth anniversary, the troupe has selected 12 best of the best and presented them in repertory (six at a time). In doing so, they have given us a gift beyond value!

Grandparent's_DayThe six productions in Series A that I saw Friday night focus in the theme of love—in many forms. In Sickness and in China, written by Margaret Ruvoldt and directed by Steve Catron, a bride and groom's squabble about china on the wedding registry escalates into an existential struggle over the nature of their relationship. At the other end of the age spectrum, in Grandparents Day, written by Grace Wessbecher and directed by Joann Lopresti Scanlon, Irish Catholic Mary and Irish Protestant Albert recount their lost young love and the struggles they faced in forming their relationship—from the poignant vantage point of old age.

Desiree Caro and Anthony Rubolotta's dance sequence, Love Me Deadly, presents a dangerous side of love that ends badly for all involved. And Eleanor Descending a Staircase, written by Ian August and directed by Jon DeAngelis, the original director, hilariously recounts a woman's obsession with purchasing for her husband a print of Marcel du Champ's iconic Dadaist painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, that it seems no gallery or gift shop in New York, DC, Paris or Afghanistan (!) wants to sell her because it is considered anti-art and "we only sell art here."

The two final playlets take as their topic filial love. In Ebbets Field, written by Frank Briamonte and directed by Arnold J. Buchiane, a middle-aged man visits his demented father in a nursing home, during which he gets a glimpse of the man his father once was, an event triggered by the program for the third game of the 1955 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. The Run of the River, written by William C. Kovacsik and directed by Maybelle Cowan-Lincoln , reunites an aging father with his long-dead son as the two fish and recall the past.

I haven't given too much plot detail—just enough to whet your dramatic appetite—because each mini-production has charms and emotion you must experience for yourself, or the magic will be lost. Suffice it to say that, this time out, the performances and direction are better than ever—tight, fresh and delightful.

In_Sickness_and_Fine_ChinaMiriam Salerno is the quintessential bridezilla; Ken Vespasiano is equally as fine as her rather bewildered groom-to-be (left). Likewise, Geraldine Baillod and Howard Fischer (top photo), complete with credible Irish brogues, break our hearts as the unfulfilled lovers who missed out on shared happiness by the religious "troubles" in Northern Ireland. Judi Laganga is delightful as the obsessed art buyer, doggedly attempting to purchase that print; Brian Carroll plays the various clerks with cool assurance that he is right, thus turning the saying "the buyer is always right" on its pointy head!

Ebbets_FieldTake out the tissues for the final two plays. Michael King's very natural delivery conveys his delight at recalling the time his dad took him out of school for the baseball game paired with hopeful despair when Art Delo's Vince awakes from his Alzheimer stupor to talk to his son about the game, giving his son a glimpse of the man he used to be. Kendall Green is efficient yet kind as Leslie, the nursing home attendant (right photo). In the last play, Christopher C. Gibbs is perfect as the crusty old fisherman, obviously still grieving over his son killed in Vietnam and amazed to find the young man's ghost (played by Matt Lafargue) beside him in the boat. Their final conversation is moving without being maudlin; the two performances are equally first-rate.

The dance sequence, set to "Dead and Lovely," by Tom Waits, features Desiree Caro's fluid choreography performed with elegance and fine lines by Darius Delk as cold-hearted Charlie who preys upon women, killing them after wooing them. Katey Szabo is a naive First Love; Zetta Cool an elegant Starlet, and Melissa Kaban as the seductive Vixen—all of the dead but able to wreak revenge upon their killer.

Thank you to the Chatham Community Players for this anniversary gift. Writing a one-act play is much harder than it seems; maintaining a dramatic arc and actually having something to say in about ten to 15 minutes is quite a feat. These six writers, directors and performers do just that, in spades. Jersey Voices 2014 is a not-to-be-missed dramatic feast of fine proportions. Come hungry.

All performances of Jersey Voices 2014 will take place at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham through August 3. Series A will be performed July 27 at 7 PM and August 2 at 8 PM; Series B will be performed July 26 and August 1 at 8 PM and August 3 at 7 PM. There is a talk-back with the directors and actors after each performance.

For information and tickets, call the box office at 973.635.7363 or visit www.chathamplayers.org on line.

Photos by Jill and Howard Fischer.