Thursday, March 31, 2011


First it was shoes, then teapots, now hats and purses! The Morris Museum has mounted a plethora of off-beat exhibits this year that reminds us what a treasure trove we have nearby!

On the Head and In the Hand: 200 Years of Hats and Purses from the Morris Museum Collection

WHEN: March 31 – September 25, 2011
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, at the corner of Columbia Turnpike, Morristown
Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11 AM to 8PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit

Calling all fashion lovers! The Morris Museum is unveiling its rich costume collection to present an exhibition of 87 hats and 52 purses representative of style eras from the 1770’s to the 1970’s. Twenty Judith Leiber bags from a private collection will also be on view as of April 8, 2011.

About the Hats and Purses
1920s beaded purse webThe museum’s Costume Curator, Elizabeth Laba, describes the exhibition as illustrating the changes in fashion, fine design and craftsmanship in both hats and purses over the last 200 years, which accompanied the changing role of women. Hats were a standard element of women’s attire until the late 20th century, when the social changes of the 1960’s led to more casual styles. The purses in the exhibition are smaller than today’s structured, larger bags, which became more prevalent beginning in the 20th century as women went to work and also traveled, needing something more substantial in which to carry personal items. The purses on view are mostly small, sack-shaped, or with a small frame, with many examples of extraordinary beadwork, embroidery and weaving, incorporating semi-precious stones, and often giving the appearance of tapestry.

Calash bonnet 1775 WSome of the designs, colors and materials in the exhibition are over two hundred years old, yet could be worn with contemporary styles; others reflect the materials and craftsmanship available in different eras.  One of the oldest pieces in the exhibition is a wool flame-stitch embroidered wallet which was used by a young man fighting in the Revolutionary War. Viewers will see how fashionable ladies in the 1770’s protected their hair from bad weather in a calash hat (left) , which has a collapsible frame and is named for the Pink pillbox hat W18th century hooded carriage with a similar frame. Some visitors will remember iconic styles, such as a Rosie the Riveter turban-like scarf worn by factory workers during World War II, a style later adopted by women at-large; and a pink pillbox hat (right)  from the 1960’s, similar to one worn by Jacqueline Kennedy. Hats by designers Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli are featured in the exhibition.

MM Mens Wallet c1770 wThe accessories selected for On the Head and In the Hand are grouped by decade and show the changes not only in fashion but also the influence of technology, for example in the availability of the sewing machine for home use in mid 19th century; of history, as reflected by style changes after women went to work outside the home in the 20th century; and of culture, such as the Egyptian design influences in accessories after the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

Judith Leiber Bags
Judith Leiber bags wTwenty artful Judith Leiber bags from the collection of Sunny Turnquist of Morristown are also featured. Judith Leiber bags are renowned for creative styling and fine craftsmanship in unique luxury handbags and minaudières. Speaking of her bags, Leiber says, “I love to design beautiful objects that can be worn of course, whether it is made of alligator, ostrich, lizard or silk, or a great metal box/minaudiére that can be held in the lady's hand. Top quality is a great concern and it pleases me greatly to keep that paramount.”

Judith Leiber bags are in the wardrobes of Hollywood celebrities, Queen Elizabeth and U.S. first ladies. This private collection includes fruit and vegetable and other minaudiéres as well as bejeweled and fine animal-skin clutches and handbags.

Images above:
1. Calash bonnet of 1775, brown silk mounted on cane arches.
2. Calash bonnet of 1775, brown silk mounted on cane arches.
3. Men’s wool embroidered wallet; lining of green homespun linen, c 1770. Note on wallet was stitched on by a family member; additional notes are in the wallet.
4. Judith Leiber bags, Collection of Sunny Turnquist


Playwright Stacie LentsNEW MOON READING SERIES
By Stacie Lents

College Colors looks at racism on the American college campus in both the tumultuous 60s and the present day. This funny and moving new play follows two pairs of students as they grapple with questions of identity and inclusion, and asks, how far have we really come in the fight for equality?

WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TICKETS: There is a suggested donation of $5 and reservations are not required.

There will be a talkback session with the playwright after the reading.

Stacie Lents wrote the book and lyrics for Daisy in Disguise, which ran off-Broadway through Vital Theatre Company with an original cast recording released during the run. Other writing credits include Tidal Waves in the Neighborhood, Focus, Laugh out Loud (cry quietly), a comedy about internet dating, which Peter Filichia of TheaterMania wrote "is the best comedy I've seen all year," and Written on Her Face which was recently given staged readings at Luna Stage and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey.

This past fall she was commissioned to write Just in Case for The New Brunswick Play Festival/ Collaborative Arts. She also wrote three plays for the 2011 New Jersey One-Minute Play Festival. She adapted and directed Black History, Black Voices in celebration of FDU's Black History Month 2010.

Professional acting credits include the Jose Rivera play Boleros for the Disenchanted (Florida Studio Theatre), Bread and Butter, Recklessness (New York's Provincetown Playhouse); Between the Lines (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Ikke, Ikke, Nye, Nye Nye (Ohio Theatre); As Bees in Honey Drown (Hangar Theatre); o you (Terra Firma Dance Theatre); Beau Jest and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (What Exit? Theatre Co.) as well as the film 7 to the Palace by Aasif Mandvi and Jonathan Bines. She originated the one-woman play Six Hands by Eric H. Weinberger, at Luna Stage in New Jersey and on tour to several other venues. Stacie is an assistant professor of theater at Fairleigh Dickinson University and previously taught at Rutgers University. She is a member of both Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Stacie received her MFA from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and her B.A. in Theater from Yale University.


Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Jule Styne and book by Arthur Laurents
Directed by Bob Cline
Musical Direction by Gonzalo Valencia

WHEN: April 8–17; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2 PM
Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, at Franklin & Fremont Streets in Bloomfield
TICKETS: $25 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and $15 for students with ID. GROUP RATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PARTIES OF 20 OR MORE.
To order tickets call the box office at 973.744.3133 and leave a message for a callback. Tickets can also be purchased online at

585b63ed220edbd7a735e06304c028c2[1]M.O.C. Musical Theatre, one of America’s oldest continuing community theatres, continues its celebration of theater legend Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday with this production of his 1959 Broadway hit. 

Gypsy tells the story of stage mother Rose as she pushes her daughters Louise (later known as Gypsy) and June into vaudeville. The score includes the standards "Let Me Entertain You" and "Everything's Coming up Roses."

The cast features Nutley resident Bianca Sutlovich (center) as Rose, Jacqueline Taylor (right) of New York as Louise; Richard Colonna (left) of Garwood as Herbie and Allison Acquafredda of Lodi as June. The younger versions of June are played by Alexa Kerner of Short Hills and Glen Ridge resident Katie Schults. Younger Louises are Casey Gorab of Wayne and Rachel Khutorsky of Englewood.

Gonzalo Valencia has assembled an orchestra of 12 fine musicians to accompany a top-notch cast. Jim Kroener is the assistant director. Erin Lundstrom joins M.O.C. as stage manager for Gypsy.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Kids Go Free to Shakespeare LIVE! on April 16

Last chance to see these acclaimed abridged performances in 2011!

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at 11 AM

Julius Caesar at 2 PM

Call 973.408.5600 for tickets!




WHEN: Friday, April 8, at 8 PM
Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South Street, Morristown
TICKETS: $125 (Golden Circle), 100, $85, $75
Box office 973.539.8008 or online:

Itzhak Perlman is truly the reigning violin virtuoso. He has achieved great success performing and conducting with symphonies and even had the honor of performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. He is one of the greatest and most famous violinists.

Perlman was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and studied music there before moving to the United States to study at the infamous Julliard School. He made his musical debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963 and began making occasional guest performances in 1970s on television programs such as Sesame Street and The Tonight Show. Throughout his career, he had performed for my dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II at the state dinner at the White House in May 2007. He has conducted in great symphonies such as the Detroit Symphony and has taught at Julliard School.

Such talent eventually receives many accolades. President Reagan granted him the “Medal of Liberty” in 1986. President Clinton gave him the “Medal of the Arts” in 2000. Perlman was Kennedy Center Honoree in 2003. He has received four Emmys and fifteen Grammys throughout his career.

Itzhak Perlman has had beautiful career. He performed for influential world leaders and the public during his nearly 50 year professional run. His music moves its listeners. Itzhak Perlman has helped keep the love of classical music and the arts alive.

The Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2010-2011season is made possible in part by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Photo Credit: Akira Kinoshita


You may not want to be an actor but may be interested in what goes on behind the scenes. Here’s a symposium for you on sound design:


WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, at 3:15 PM
University Center Little Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union
TICKETS: Admission and parking for the Premiere Artists Series is free. Please e-mail or call 908.737.4092 for more information and to reserve tickets. Reservations are recommended.

Premiere Stages invites students and the public to attend an in-depth conversation of design technology and careers in sound design and engineering. The panelists’ expertise encompasses work at a broad range of theaters on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally and in nationally leading regional theaters.

Tom Clark has been a sound designer for 30 years and is the founder of Acme Sound Partners, a prominent theatrical sound design company, currently on Broadway with Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Lombardi and The Addams Family. In addition to classical music and various live performance events, other designs include the Broadway and / or national tours of Fences, Hair and 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights. Internationally, Acme designed the 2011 Olivier Award Best New Musical winner Legally Blonde, as well as Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone & Avenue Q in London, and South Korean and South African productions of Dreamgirls.

Brett Moore has been the resident sound engineer for the Tony Award-Winning Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn since 2009, where he has helmed the sound board for productions from the current A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum to 1776 to The Importance of Being Earnest. He has worked at Utah Shakespearean Festival, Utah Musical Theater, Riverside Theater in Vero Beach and the Barrington Theater Company.

The Premiere Artists Series is offered in collaboration with Kean University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and brings world-class theatre professionals to engage students and the campus community in uniquely tailored master classes, lectures, and residency programs. These events provide excellent networking opportunities and often lead to internships, assistantships, and employment in the field. Past visiting artists who have participated in the Premiere Artists Series include Woodie King, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Norbert Leo Butz, Olympia Dukakis, John Lee Beatty, Rick Sordelet, Kim Zimmer and Lee Blessing.




Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University, a professional theater company in residence at the University, will present The Lear Project, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear that will be directed by Jessica Perez, a senior at McNair Academic High School.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jessica Perez
WHEN: Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10. Performances will be held at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday and at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
NJCU’s West Side Theatre, 285 West Side Avenue in Jersey City. TICKETS: free and open to the community.

The Lear Project marks the first time in ASC at NJCU’s 11-year history that a production has been directed by a high school student. Ms. Perez will be mentored by Colette Rice, ASC at NJCU producing artistic director, and other ASC at NJCU members. Although ASC at NJCU is known for its outstanding workshops and educational programs throughout Hudson County, this will be the first time that the Company will teach a student how to direct Shakespeare.

Inspired by the late award-winning teacher Sara Solberg, who introduced her to King Lear as a sophomore at McNair, Ms. Perez wrote a letter to ASC at NJCU. In her letter she explained the origin of her passion and expressed her dream of directing the play.

“When Jessica wrote to me and asked for help in realizing her dream—to direct King Lear—I knew that ASC at NJCU could help her. This is a ‘made for our mission’ opportunity for the Company to help a bright, enthusiastic young person explore the wealth of experiences that the play and work in the theatre have to offer,” said Ms. Rice.

“Jessica has strong ideas, and has already done a great deal of editing work, and is determined to complete her project before she graduates and goes to college.”

As with its main stage productions, ASC at NJCU will invite local schools to a matinee presentation of The Lear Project. Students can attend on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM. Schools should call 551.200.2931 for more information and to make reservations. Donations for the theatre company are accepted at all performances.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The plays of George Bernard Shaw may have gone out of fashion (we don't necessarily find his social and political stances very radical today), but that hasn't prevented some of our most esteemed theater companies from mounting productions of his plays every couple of years—witness the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's sparkling Arms and the Man last summer.

Now, along comes the Two River Theater Company with their splendid version of Shaw's droll comedy, Candida, a play inspired by Ibsen's A Doll's House, which has as its protagonist a very capable woman who makes her own decisions about love and marriage, without leaving her husband and family, as did Nora in Ibsen's groundbreaking play.

Candida, by George Bernard Shaw at Two River Theatre Company  3/20/11<br />Set design: <br />Lighting design: <br />Costume Design: <br /> <br />© T Charles Erickson<br /><br />tcepix@comcast.netWritten in 1895, only four years after his debut, Candida promotes a cause dear to Shaw's heart: the importance of individual thought. Over the course of one day, Candida Morrell finds herself the object of two men's delirious affection: her husband, 40-something social reformer Reverend James Morell, and Morrell's protégé, 18-year-old poet Eugene Marchbanks, who plans to "free" her from what he believes is an unhappy marriage. Somewhat flummoxed at receiving all this amorous attention, Candida assesses the situation and, by the end of the day, makes her own decision, changing the life of everyone involved.

Director David Staller has ample experience with George Bernard Shaw, having directed every show Shaw wrote (65) at Project Shaw for the past six years, and it shows in his knowledgeable and firm direction of Candida. On a magnificent set designed by Tony Cisek depicting the Morrell sitting room cum vicarage study, six amazing actors bring Shaw's words to wondrous life. Bookcases soar to the ceiling, children's toys litter the floor, voluminous draperies envelope a large window and sliding doors through which a staircase can be seen convey a feeling of a comfortable family life well-lived.

Candida, by George Bernard Shaw at Two River Theatre Company  3/20/11<br />Set design: <br />Lighting design: <br />Costume Design: <br /> <br />© T Charles Erickson<br /><br />tcepix@comcast.netAs Reverend James Morrell, Steven Skybell portrays a confident man much in demand as a speaker, a man of deep social convictions. Skybell ably conveys Morrell's mad love for his beautiful wife, who has been away for three weeks with their children. His anticipation at her imminent return is charming, and when his relationship with her is challenged, he's even willing to fight for her! That Skybell is quite handsome (and rather cool looking with a scarf thrown nonchalantly around his neck) reinforces the passion inherent in his relationship with his wife. Often, Morrell is played by an older, more stuffy looking actor, so Staller’s choice of Skybell levels the playing field between the two rival for Candida’s heart.

His official life is managed by the acerbic secretary Proserpine ("Prossy") Garnett, played by Elizabeth Morton with an appealing bossiness and a mouthful of opinions she utters whenever she want. Garnett gets to poke fun at male arrogance and strength; her crisp behavior belies the emotionality with which women are so often charged. Played with a snooty British uppa-class accent by Jordan Coughtry, Reverend Alexander ("Lexy")Mill is clearly impressed with himself, despite the fact that most of what he says and does imitates his boss.



Holocaust Council of MetroWest

Real to Reel Film Series:
The World Was Ours

Produced by Vilna native Mira Van Doren, The World Was Ours is
a documentary film dedicated to the memory of Jewish Vilna. The film chronicles the rich, vibrant history of the Jewish community of Vilna as it was before World War II.

Tola Urbach, who was born in Vilna, will be the guest speaker.

imageWHEN: Tuesday, April 5, at 7 PM
Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany
TICKETS: Free Admission. Open to the public. Light refreshments
will be served.
973.929.3194 or


(Above: The Vilna Dramatic Circle on tour, 1931. Photo: Ghetto Fighters’ House)


Love old movies? This one is a goodie! Best of all, it’s free!

Free Movie Night featuring The Phantom of the Opera on April 7.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 7 PM
UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway


Those of you who have read my blog long enough know that I am a big fan of high school productions as a way to introduce youth to the theater without having to take out a loan to go into NYC to see a Broadway show. Paper Mill Playhouse did Hairspray this season, but if you missed it, West Orange High School (who usually puts on stellar productions) is performing the musical this weekend. Take your middle schoolers (and up) to see this toe-tapping, socially relevant show—locally! Remember: kids love to see other kids perform!


Entrance to the HS Auditorium is on Pleasant Valley Way.


What Exit? Theatre Company presents

The StrangeDog Eat Dog and Pony Show
A festival of manic comedies by Ben Clawson and rock and roll by
Bern and The Brights and The MiCKS

WHEN: April 7, 8 & 9
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts 10 Durand Place, Maplewood
Tickets and showtimes are available at

To explain the title — StrangeDog is a New Jersey-based collective of actors, directors, artists and designers, Dog Eat Dog is the supposition that the world is harsh, competitive and selfish place, and A Dog and Pony Show is a 19th century form of traveling entertainment.

Put ‘em all together and you’re left with The StrangeDog  Eat Dog and Pony Show, a fast-paced and larger-than-life conglomerate of original plays, sketches, monologues and music.

The show is directed by Artem Yatsunov and stars some of StrangeDog’s favorite collaborators and co-conspirators.StrangeDog, one of North Jersey’s most ambitious young theater companies, is excited to meet you, Maplewood area—and hopes you’ll come check out their unique and bizarre blend of laughs, tunes and showmanship


The 2011 season has officially started, and The Morris County Historic Sites folks want YOU to come out for some family fun!

WHEN: April 2, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

What is there to do?


  • The mill celebrates 33 years as a museum!
  • Take a tour of the mill for the first time this year!
  • COST: Donations appreciated

Call 908.879.5463 for more information, location and directions..




  • Help Caroline Foster celebrate her 134th birthday by enjoying a slice of cake!
  • View Fosterfields’ new exhibit "Letters to Emma."
  • “Caroline Foster and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm: A Life and a Legacy” Book Signing: Author Rebecca Hoskins, Superintendent of Fosterfields Education, will present and sign books at 12:30 PM.
  • COST: $6.00 adults, $5.00 seniors, $4.00 children (4-16) $2.00 children (2-4)

Call 973.326.7645 for more information, location and directions.


  • Unveiling of Speedwell's brand new Orientation DVD!
  • Guided tours through the Vail Home and Factory Building
  • Visit the re-opened Friends of Historic Speedwell Gift Shop!
  • Explore our new exhibit Expanding Speedwell's Horizons: The S.S. Savannah!

COST: $4.00 adults, $3.00 seniors, $2.00 children (4-16)

Call: 973.285.6550 or e-mail for more information.


Celebrate our feathered friends with family hands-on fun activitesSkies Alive Family Fun Day with lots of fun activities.  Saturday, April 2, 2011

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 11Am–4:30 PM
The Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark

Monday, March 28, 2011


Chorus Line 1 copyThe Centenary Stage Company continues its tradition of nurturing young artists by offering the TYRO(beginner) Acting Program and the Young Performers Workshop Summer Intensive Program during the months of June, July and August.

  • The TYRO Theatre Programs provide an introduction to theatre skills and performance in a two week session from 9:30 am to 12 noon for 6-8 year olds and from 1–3:30 PM for 9-11 year olds from runs from June 27th-July 8th. The cost of tuition is $200 per student.

    The TYRO Program is led by Maria Broadeur, the CSC Education Director. Brodeur is a professional actress and arts educator with experience in children’s theatre who hold a BA in Theatre and Education from Rutgers University. One TYRO parent recently exclaimed, “I saw so much growth in Christine this summer as a result of the wonderful handling given by all of you!”
  • The Young Performers Workshop, hailed by the Star-Ledger as “a state treasure,” is a professional musical theater training program for young people ages 8-18. The five-week program runs July 11th–August 14th on the campus of Centenary College. The YPW Summer Intensive Program runs Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-4:30 PM with a special evening project by invitation of the program director. The cost of the summer program is $995 for the first student and $895 for the each additional student.

    The Summer Intensive offers training in acting, voice and dance with specialized electives taught by theater professionals. The program includes three full-length musical productions and The One Act play festival performed for the general public. Acceptance into the program is based on an interview with program director Michael Blevins. Blevins is an alumni of the University of North Carolina and New York University. He is a television, film and Broadway veteran with over 15 years of experience teaching musical theatre to young performers.

The TYRO and YPW summer programs represent the educational arm of the Centenary Stage Company, a professional Equity theater-in-residence at Centenary College under the leadership of Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau.

For more information regarding TYRO, YPW, and CSC programming, or to arrange an interview for YPW contact 908.979.0900 or visit

Programming for the CSC is made possible through generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, CSC sponsors and members.


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has begun enrollment for its summer educational programs which offer training in classical theatre by professional theatre artists for middle and high school aged students.   Applications for the Junior and Senior Corps are now being accepted.  

For more information or to register, call 973.408.3980, e-mail, or visit


The Junior and Senior Corps provides a forum in which young people ages 11 to 17 can expand their performance skills and gain a deeper understanding of classic texts, while at the same time, meet new friends and have a great time.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Junior Corps is a two-week summer acting program for ages 11 through 14. The program offers a unique opportunity for aspiring young actors as well as youngsters making their first foray into theatre. 

Each two-week Junior Corps session offers daily classes including training in voice and speech for the stage, movement for the actor, Shakespeare’s text, improvisation, stage combat and scene study. The focus of the Junior Corps program is ensemble work. The sessions culminate in a short original production, adapted from Shakespeare or another piece of classic literature, which is performed before an audience of family members, friends, local residents and Shakespeare Theatre company members.

While developing basic acting skills, the Junior Corps curriculum also emphasizes self-confidence, collaboration, creativity and teamwork. The Junior Corps offers two sessions—July 11 through 23, and July 18 through July 30.   No audition is required for admission into the Junior Corps, but space is limited. Tuition for each two-week Junior Corps session is $650.  A $100 discount is applied to returning students or those whose parents are subscribers to The Shakespeare Theatre.   To register, or for more information, call 973.408.3980 or e-mail

The Senior Corps is a three-week program designed for students ages 14 to 17 who demonstrate an aptitude for performance or a strong interest in theatre. The Senior Corps builds upon the foundation of the Junior Corps curriculum with an enhanced focus on Shakespeare, the rehearsal process, performance techniques and the nuts and bolts of the profession.

Students take daily classes in voice and speech, movement for the actor, improvisation, Shakespearean scene study, stage combat, and audition technique. The sessions culminate with a performance piece—either a collection of Shakespeare scenes, or a condensed version of a Shakespeare play—which is presented to family, friends, local community residents and Shakespeare Theatre company members. Admission to the Senior Corps is by audition only and space is limited.  

Students will meet with The Theatre’s professional resident artists in master classes and discussions. Each student will also come away from the program with a rehearsed and critiqued Shakespeare monologue of his or her choice—a great asset for auditioning for colleges or other theatre programs. All members serve as ushers at the Theatre’s performances, providing an opportunity for students to work with the public while experiencing the Theatre’s professional productions.

Two sessions are offered—June 20 through July 9 and August 1 through 20. The three-week Senior Corps sessions are $750 each.  Returning students or children of 2011 season subscribers receive a $100 discount.  To sign up for an audition slot, or for more information, call 973.408.3980 or e-mail

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theater company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theaters in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s only professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.


Lend Us Your Ears
Play Reading Series

Launched in 2010, this exciting new readings series continues in 2011 with three diverse and exciting offerings. These script-in-hand readings by company and guest actors will begin with a brief presentation about why the play was chosen as well as some background information about the piece. Following the reading, we'll look forward to a spirited discussion with you, the audience. Your feedback is instrumental in our consideration of these plays for future production.

This year's selections include:
April 4thThe Notorious Lady Susan by Jane Austen, adapted by Tom Fontana
September 19thEve of Ides by David Blixt
November 14thThe Winslow Boy by Terrence Rattigan
All titles subject to change.

All readings are at 7:00 PM
The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison
TICKETS: Students: $10 / $24 for all three; Adults: $15 / $36 for all three

Don't Miss The Notorious Lady Susan!



kaplen jcc logoWHEN: Monday, April 4, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Taub Auditorium, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
TICKETS: Funds raised (suggested minimum donation: $10) will be donated via the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the American Red Crossto the recovery effort from the country’s March 11th earthquake.

The Concert for Japan will feature student and faculty performers from the JCC’s Thurnauer School of Music and School of Performing Arts, as well as other special guests. Musical selections include works of Bach, Schubert and Chopin, and a traditional Japanese folk song sung by The Young People’s Chorus at Thurnauer.

Students and faculty from the JCC’s School of Performing Arts will present works of various genres, including readings of a traditional Japanese children’s story, a scene from Brighton Beach Memoirs and an original poem. New York City-based Caron Eule Dance Company will also perform a scene from The Crane’s Wife, based on a traditional Japanese story. Origami cranes, created by JCC members, Tenafly community members and area school children, will be on display.

For more information, contact the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades at 201.408.1465.



WHEN: July 1 through July 29.  Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (with a special performance July 29 at 7:30 PM)
The Baird Center, 5 Mead Street in South Orange. The program is open to actors aged 10 to 13 and 14 to 17. 

Students in this varied program will take classes in subjects like acting technique, improv, voice and dance and will have the opportunity to create and put on a show! 

hippo circleThe STC is a fun way for students to explore their interest and deepen their skills in the performing arts during their summer vacation.  Participants can tailor the program to suit their preferences and their family’s schedule, attending the Conservatory for one, two, three or all four weeks.  Professionals in their field teach all classes, and students receive individual attention, constructive feedback and the support needed to achieve their personal goals.

  • Week 1, the Actors’ Workshop (July 1 – 8 with no class on the 4th), provides a strong foundation in the building blocks of acting:  vocal and physical preparation, Acting Technique, Improvisation and Scene Study. 
  • Week 2, the Musical Theatre Workshop (July 11 – 15), will include classes in Acting Technique as well as in Musical Theatre dance and singing, with the chance to put all three skills together each day. 
  • Weeks 3 and 4, Dreamcatcher Junior (July 18 – 29), will be a combination of skill-building and rehearsal, as the students put together their own show under the guidance of a professional direction staff.  Past shows have included a modern adaptation of a Shakespearean tale called THE HAMLET PROJECT; a brand-new musical review of John Farrell’s songs for kids called TOUCH THE SKY, and a review of Shel Silverstein’s poetry and music entitled HIPPOPOTAMUS SANDWICH. 

Students from last summer’s Summer Theatre Conservatory commented:  “You are the most fun teachers ever!” and “I think this camp is a great camp!”

COST: $250 for one week, $450 for two weeks, $635 for three weeks, and $800 for all four weeks, with limited scholarships available.  Discounts are provided for South Orange residents and those who register before April 15.  Admission is on a first come, first served basis until the program is filled or until the deadline of June 1, and applications for the Summer Theatre Conservatory and more information on the program may be obtained by calling Dreamcatcher’s business office at 973.378.7754, ext. 2228, e-mailing or may be downloaded at



School of Rock in Waldwick, New Jersey

Offers  Kids A Unique Summer Camp Program

June 27 – August 26

sor6WHO: School of Rock is the nation's leading performance-based rock music program for students ages 7-18, located in Waldwick, New Jersey. 

WHAT: A Unique Summer Camp where students will learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument while playing actual rock music on professional equipment taught by real musicians. The program allows kids to transform the learning environment into a fun, social and authentic home for “self-expression.” Special emphasis is placed on self-esteem, communications skills and team building. Students will learn classic rock appreciation, music theory, recording sessions, composition and much more.

WHEN: Register before May 15 and receive a discount

Camps run from 9:00 AM to 3 PM

  • Camp 1: June 27 – July 1
  • Camp2: July 5 – July 9
  • Camp 3: July 11 – July 22
  • Camp 4: July 25 –August
  • Camp 5: August 8 –August 1
  • Camp 6: August 22 – August 26

WHERE:  School of Rock, 159 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick
201.444.4425 or

About School of Rock
School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids.  Our mission is to inspire kids to rock on stage and in life.  Our proprietary performance-based curriculum teaches kids to play rock music in a unique and interactive way, which is changing the way kids learn to play music across America.  Professional musicians teach students of all levels, developing both their music skills and confidence.  School of Rock operates 58 schools in 23 states and has developed an aggressive growth strategy seeking franchise partners throughout the United States.  For more information about School of Rock, visit


Looking for things to do with the kids in April? Read on, pick out those that interest you and mark your calendars (and make reservations if necessary). Most are inexpensive.

easter 3aKean University welcomes the spring season with a series of cultural events for the entire family. Easter Egg hunts, exhibits, afternoon tea, theater productions and dance recitals are in the line-up for all ages at Union County’s leading institution of higher education.

Liberty Hall Museum hosts the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 23 at noon. Children will explore the grounds of Liberty Hall searching for plastic eggs hidden throughout the landscape, filled with holiday treats. A surprise visit from the Easter Bunny caps off the events of the day. Reservations are required, and admission is $5 per child, one adult is free per paying child, additional adults are $5 each.

On April 16 from 1 – 3 PM. the museum offers The Girls of Liberty Hall — A Children’s Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show. Guests will be treated to a luncheon of scones, breads, finger sandwiches, sweet treats, lemonade, iced tea and sherbet punch on real china while watching a fashion show of reproduction historic children's clothing from colonial times through early 20th century. There will also be a dress-up and play tent with games and prizes. Admission is $25 per person, reservations are required.

The on-going exhibit at Liberty Hall is Stitches in Time: Three Centuries of Hemlines, Necklines & Everything in Between. The show displays over 40 pieces of clothing and accessories from the vast fashion collection of the Liberty Hall Museum. The fashions range from 18th century shoes and fans to 20th century Christian Dior cocktails dresses, featuring elegant gowns, glittering accessories, refined evening attire and vintage undergarments in a display called “Victorian Secrets.”

General admission to the museum for regular visits is $10 for adults, $6 for students and free to children under three, Liberty Hall Museum members and Kean University students, faculty and staff. Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4PM. For reservations and further information, call 908.527.0400, e-mail or visit



The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra 

WHEN: Sunday, April 3, at 3 PM
Wilkins Theatre, Kean University campus, Morris Avenue, Union
TICKETS: $30 and are available by calling 908.737.SHOW (7469), and online at 

This 50-piece ensemble under the direction of Russian-trained Svetlana Nikonova will will perform Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European folk music on traditional folk instruments such as the balalaika, domra and bayan. Featured soloists include Olga Orlovskaya (soprano) and Andrei Saveliev (balalaika).



The Tap Connection.

WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8 PM
Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street (at the corner of Franklin and Fremont Streets) in Bloomfield
TICKETS: General Admission $20 and Seniors/Students(w/ID) $15. To make reservations please call 973.748.9008, x279 or to purchase tickets online, go to . 

NJTAP has defined rhythm tap dance for a new generation of dancers and audiences. Through NJTAP’s touring performances, people are discovering and re-discovering Tap Dance—a uniquely American art form.

The Tap Connection is an intimate, inspiring evening of musical theatre for audiences of all ages.  Through tap dancing and storytelling, the dancers of NJTAP Ensemble share with the audience the life altering experiences that ultimately lead them to their everlasting connection to the art form of tap dancing.

“Our passion and love for the art form is the thread that ties us together. But, like Dorothy following the path of the yellow brick road to Oz, each of us followed our own path to the art form. Often, it was one incident or experience that sparked the connection,” states Artistic Director Deborah Mitchell.

The company performs in collaboration with other major performing arts organizations and at tap dance festivals such as the New York City Tap Festival, Tap Extravaganza, and other festivals nationwide. The resumes of first company members boast credits beyond NJTAP: Black and Blue, Play On!, Riverdance, Tap Dogs, Steel City, Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk, tours with Savion Glover and ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars.


The comedy sensation is back by popular demand!
"You’ll weep – with laughter!” —New York Daily News
“Awesome and hilarious!”—
See it with friends and SAVE!

Celebrity Autobiography

Jim Breuer
Jim Breuer

Steve Guttenberg
Steve Guttenberg

Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason

Eugene Pack
Eugene Pack


Buy 3 tickets, get 1 FREE

Celebrity Autobiography
One Night Only!
WHEN: Friday, April 8, at 8:00
One Center Street, Newark
TICKETS: Buy 3 tickets, get 1 free!

Cast (subject to change):

Jim Breuer (Saturday Night Live)
Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony)
Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy)
Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl)
Eugene Pack (Emmy Nominee, Co-Creator, Celebrity Autobiography)
Dayle Reyfel (Co-Creator, Celebrity Autobiography)
Alan Zweibel (Multiple Emmy Award Winner and Best-Selling Author)
Celebrities skewered in memoir mayhem— word by unbelievable word! In Celebrity Autobiography, a rotating cast of comedic stars act out superstar memoirs live on stage in an evening Entertainment Weekly calls “brilliant and delicious.”

For this engagement, Marsha Mason, Steve Guttenberg, Jim Breuer, Eugene Pack, Tovah Feldshuh, Alan Zweibel and Dayle Reyfel will read from the actual memoirs of Justin Bieber, Diana Ross, Ivana Trump, Mr. T, Cher, Kenny Loggins, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Vanna White, and more. This is sure to be a dishy, delirious bash. You’ll walk away asking, “Did they actually write that?” And the answer will always be—yes, we couldn’t make this stuff up. Please note that this performance contains adult language/content.

Choose your seats online and, when you reach the "Checkout" page, enter promotion code Auto3 in the "Enter Promotion Code" box, then click on "Apply Promo" to receive your discount. This offer also applies when you order at 1.888.466.5722 or at the NJPAC Box Office and mention promo code Auto3. Note that standard per ticket handling fees apply.

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This special offer applies when you order online, via phone at 1.888.466.5722, or at the NJPAC Box Office, One Center Street, Newark and use promo code Auto3. The NJPAC Call Center is open Mon.-Sat. from 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sun. from noon to 5 PM. The NJPAC Box Office is open Tue. to Sat. from noon to 6 PM, and Sun. from noon to 5 PM. Please note that this discount does not apply to previously purchased tickets and can be discontinued at any time. Tickets purchased online and via phone are subject to a per ticket handling charge.

If you have any questions or comments, please send an e-mail to


Help NJPAC Break the Record for the World's Largest Chorus Line!

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2011
The Shops at Riverside, 390 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, Lower Level

  • To break the World Record for the world’s largest chorus line. (Current record: 1628 people, April 13, 2004, in Santa Monica, California)
  • To promote A Chorus Line at NJPAC, April 26-May 1

Captains Arrive: 9:00 AM
Teams/Participants Arrive: 10:00 AM (Must check-in at registration)

Walk up registration starts at 10am on day of event, but pre-registration is strongly recommended

To pre-register, complete the simple Registration Form and

  • Fax to: 973.648.6724
  • E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Or mail to: NJPAC
    Attn: World’s Largest Chorus Line
    1 Center Street
    Newark, NJ 07102

Questions? Call 973.35.-8007


The Union County Performing Arts Center is a gem in central NJ. It’s only 14 miles (and 19 minutes) from my house in West Orange! Here are some events they are sponsoring for the first week in April:

Union County Performing Arts Center presents

The Music Of The Beatles performed by THE INCREDIBLE SIMULATORS featuring Marshall Crenshaw, Liberty DeVitto & Glen Burtnik
WHEN: Saturday • April 2, 2011 • 8:00 PM
UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: VIP $95, $45 & $35  (Ticket prices include all fees.)
Box Office: 732.499.8226 or visit

Don’t miss the debut performance of The Incredible Simulators featuring Marshall Crenshaw (right), Liberty DeVitto and Glen Burtnik. Among their countless musical accomplishments, Marshall Crenshaw and Glen Burtnik first met in the cast of the original Beatlemania—Marshall in the role of John Lennon and Glen in the role of Paul McCartney. Legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto is best known providing the beat for over three decades behind Billy Joel. Also playing in the Incredible Simulators will be Mark Muller on guitar (Shania Twain) and Mike Stein on keyboards.  Opening the show will be Lisa Bouchelle.

Rahway Arts District presents
Fred Hersch – A Fazioli Piano Loft Concert
WHEN: Sunday • April 3, 2011 • 6:00 PM
WHERE: UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
Box Office: 732.499.8226 or visit
Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has been called "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation" by Down Beat, and has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today.

Union County Performing Arts Center presents
Free Movie Night featuring The Phantom of the Opera
Starring Lon Chaney
WHEN: Thursday • April 7, 2011 • 7:00 PM
WHERE: UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
Presented as part of the Rahway Arts District’s First Thursday events.  Visit Downtown Rahway on the first Thursday of every month and enjoy free fun: exhibits & performances, arts & crafts, food & drink, antiques & more.

Friends of the UCAC presents
Asbury Shorts New York's The NY Short Film Concert
WHEN: Saturday • April 9, 2011 • 8:00 PM 
WHERE: UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $15 general admission  (Ticket prices include all fees.)
Box Office: 732.499.8226 or visit

Asbury Shorts, New York City’s longest running exhibition of award winning, independent short films, brings their NY Short Film Concert to the historic and beautiful Union County Performing Arts Center. Don’t miss this exhibition of international award winning short films from the past 12 years! “Best of Sundance!” “Best of Tribeca!” “Best of London!” 

An evening of new short films sprinkled with a few classics...just like a concert.

Featured short films include Backwards (above), an international festival award winning animated short from acclaimed animator Aaron Hughes; Anything You Can Do, the story of a rambunctious young woman who needs to do everything better than anyone else, by filmmaker Evan Buxbaum; and Love Does Grow on Trees, a coming of age story about a teenager who becomes obsessed with adult magazines, from British filmmaker Bevan Walsh.

Rahway Arts District presents
Robert Glasper – A Fazioli Piano Loft Concert
WHEN: Saturday • April 16, 2011 • 8:00 PM

Glasper comes informed by the broad range of influences that a jazz musician of his generation inevitably does, with deep jazz roots and the sometimes subconscious influence of having grown up also listening to hip hop, R&B and alternative rock.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


In less skilled hands, a farce could land with a thud, like a lead balloon. But having honed his comedic chops on Lend Me a Tenor, Ken Ludwig is at it again with an uproarious look at the game of golf and country club tournaments in The Fox on the Fairway, now at George Street Playhouse through April 17.

The Fox On The Fairway, by Ken Ludwig, directed by David Saint at George Street Playhouse  3/20/11<br />Set Design: Michael Anania<br />Lighting Design: Christopher J. Bailey<br />Costume Design: David Murin<br /><br /> © T Charles Erickson<br /><br />tcepix@comcast.netThis madcap romp around the tap room of Quail Valley Golf Club, directed snappily and snazzily by David Saint, revolves around the Annual Inter-club Golf Tournament between Quail Valley and their archrivals, Crouching Squirrel, in which the latter has triumphed for the past five years. With his job on the line, Q.V. Director Henry Bingham (right in photo left) has enrolled a scratch golfer named Tramplemaine, only to have the guy quit the day before the match and join Crouching Squirrel, for whom he will play in the tournament. To add to Bingham's worries is a bet he has placed for $200,000 (plus his wife's antique shop) with C.S. Director Dickie Bell, the master of the malaprop and wearer of the ugliest golf sweaters on the planet.

Upon learning that his newly hired assistant Justin Hicks (left above) is a golfer in the same category as Tramplemaine, Bingham immediately signs him up and sends him out to play, with much success: at the end of 16 holes, Hicks is down eight strokes while Tramplemaine is down only one!

Matters are complicated, however, by Justin's new fiancée Louise's losing her engagement ring and the untimely arrival of Muriel Bingham, who discovers her husband embracing the comely Q.V. VP Pamela (center below), who just happens to be Dickie Bell's former wife, among other incredible connections (no spoilers here)! Needless to say, the ending, while satisfying, stretches our credulity and ties everything up neatly, just as a farcical ending should.

The Fox On The Fairway, by Ken Ludwig, directed by David Saint at George Street Playhouse  3/20/11<br />Set Design: Michael Anania<br />Lighting Design: Christopher J. Bailey<br />Costume Design: David Murin<br /><br /> © T Charles Erickson<br /><br />tcepix@comcast.netLudwig has peopled his play with six off-the-wall characters, stock characters of farce, only this time in golf attire (Louise calls golf "a game played by people wearing mismatched clothing"). There are two ingénues (male and female), a clownish dolt, a Nervous Nellie main character, a beautiful older woman and a battle-ax matron. The entire cast appears to be loose-jointed as they gallop around the nifty set designed by Michael Anania (complete with golf-themed accessories that add to the merriment), flop around on the floor, dance across the furniture and toss around a precious vase with great comedic timing. They've got this farce thing down pat.

Friday, March 25, 2011




Enlow Recital Hall is located on Kean University’s East Campus (215 North Avenue in Hillside, NJ). 
TICKETS: $25 Single Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets can be purchased in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office, by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 908.737.SHOW (7469) or online at

Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University (Enlow Hall) announces Arco Ensemble string orchestra’s second performance at Enlow Hall during this 2010-11 Inaugural Season.

Stewart Robertson, the dynamic conductor of opera and contemporary music, will lead Arco Ensemble in a concert of All American works including two pieces by New Jersey composers.  Arco Ensemble will premiere Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra by New Jersey composer Matthew Halper, professor in Kean University’s Conservatory of Music, and featuring soloist Christopher Kenniff, also a professor in Kean University’s Conservatory of Music.  Serenade for String Orchestra, by New Jersey composer George Antheil (1900-1959), along with Rounds for String Orchestra by David Diamond and Suite in E by Arthur Foote will be performed by Arco Ensemble in this one-night-only concert at Enlow Hall.

WNYC is a media sponsor of Enlow Hall.