Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DLT SETS AUDITIONS FOR WICKEDLY FUNNY PLAY

dlt_logo_JPEGAUDITION ALERT!

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS
By Alan Ball (Academy Award -winning writer of American Beauty and the creator, writer and producer of the HBO drama series Six Feet Under and True Blood)
Directed by Gordon Smith

WHEN: Sunday, September 18, and Monday, September 19, at 7 PM. Possible Call Backs on Tuesday, September 20.
WHERE: Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover
973.328.9202
doverlittletheatre@hotmail.com

Production dates are November 11-13 and 18-20, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sunday matinees at 2 PM

Cast is 1 man, 5 women (all ages 20-30)

Please bring resume and headshot if available. Auditioners will read from the script.

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.

They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye.

As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

BREAKUP MUSICAL PREMIERES @ ReVISION THEATRE!

The East Coast Premiere of a new musical comedy for anyone who has ever been dumped and lived to tell about it.

WHEN: September 8-25, Wednesday – Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 7 PM
WHERE:
The Carousel House, Asbury Park
TICKETS: $18 to $53
732.455.3059

*Special ASL Interpreted performance & tickets available on 9/21*

For more info visit www.ReVisionTheatre.org

  To learn more about The Break Up Notebook click HERE

A KIDS FORUM SEEKS TO CAST 3 SHOWS!

AUDITION ALERT:

A Kids Forum will gear up for a long awaited 2011-2012 children’s theater season presenting three shows!

  • JACK & THE BEANSTALK, by Bert Bernardi
  • PIGS, THE MUSICAL, by Dawn Ward Lau
  • A final spring show TBA

Productions directed and choreographed by Dawn Ward Lau. Both shows will be cast at this audition. A stipend will be paid for most roles.

WHEN: Saturday, September 17, from 1-3 PM
WHERE: Forum Theatre Arts Center, 314 Main Street Metuchen, NJ

Jack & the Beanstalk performances: Saturday October 15 & 22, 11 AM;
Sunday, October 16 & 23, 1:30 PM

  • Please prepare a pop/rock song and bring sheet music in the correct key. (An accompanist will be provided)
  • You may be asked to dance.
  • Please bring a picture, resume, and jazz and tap shoes.

If you are unable to attend, please submit your picture and resume to dawnlaudance@aol.com or contact the Forum Theatre Arts Center at peter@forumtheatrearts.org.

ROLES FOR JACK & THE BEANSTALK

  • Jack: male, innocent, fun loving, playful, can be played by teen or adult (think Will Ferrell in ELF), tenor
  • Jack’s Mom: CAST
  • Giant: can be played by male or female with low voice, athletic, booming voice, role will be played on painter’s stilts
  • Linda, the Giant’s Wife/Beanseller: male, giant’s comical wife, cocky accent, also doubles as Beanseller
  • Three Beangirls: Similar to the Dreams from Dreamgirls, tight harmonies, also double roles as the narrator, harp, cow, red fairy (red fairy must roller skate)
  • Goosey Goose: can be male or female, Goose that lays the Golden Eggs, Merman type, alto/tenor

ROLES FOR PIGS, THE MUSICAL

  • Serena Pig: CAST
  • Granny: CAST
  • Bertha Pig: the svelte sister pig, weight loss coach, dissociates herself from being a pig, mezzo, high belt
  • Sammy Pig: afro American male, funny, robust, soulful, always eating, high tenor
  • Little Red: a fitness instructor, “angry yogi”, mezzo, high belt
  • Wolf: clumsy, misunderstood, fun loving, must be an excellent dancer a la Michael Jackson, bari –tenor
  • 2 ensemble roles: Play various characters must sing and dance
    (all roles must dance)

OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION @ FORUM THEATRE ARTS

Classes Start September 13
Stars On Stage Fall Program:
SEUSSICAL Jr.


WHEN: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31 and THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8 from 5:30 TO 7 PM.
WHERE:
Forum Theatre Arts Center, 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840
732-548-5600

WHO: students from 8 to 13 years of age. No experience necessary, only a desire to learn!
TUITION: $450 for the 10 week program and $425 if paid in full by September 13.
Performances are November 18, 19, 20 On The Forum Stage

Introduce your children to the world of musical theater! The FTAC's Performing Arts School program, Stars on Stage, offers children a valuable experience in both theater arts and music. Children will develop singing, dancing and drama skills for a public performance held at the Forum Theatre at the end of each class series. (Please note: Sign up more than one child and save 15% on each additional class.)

In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo.

"Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge—not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes "his kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS OPENS 2011-2012 SEASON WITH TONY AND DRAMA DESK AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL

clip_image0022504cTHE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Book by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn
Directed by Larry Landsman (Wyckoff)
WHEN: September 10 - October 2, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM
Special performances: Sunday, September 25, at 7 PM; Friday, September 30, at 11 PM, "Blue" adults-only performance

WHERE: Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell
TICKETS: online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201.261.4200, or at the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ.

2538Bergen County Players will kick off its 2011-12 season with the multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “perfect in every possible way – that rarity of rarities, a super-smart musical that is also a bona fide crowd pleaser.”

Cast: Timothy Meola (Flanders), Brad Forenza (Ridgewood), Phil Sloves (Fair Lawn), Elaine Thoman (Ridgewood), Lena Grotticelli (Mahwah), Louanna Factora (Flushing, NY), Nancy Feldman (New City, NY), Jim Lugo (Congers, NY), Jeff Foote (Denville).

Photos by Alan Zenreich
Top: (Back L-R) Brad Forenza, Louanna Factora, Phil Sloves, Nancy Feldman, James Lugo and Jeffry Foote (Front L-R) Lena Grotticelli, Elaine Thoman, Timothy Meola

Bottom: (Back L-R) Louanna Factora, Brad Forenza and Timothy Meola
(Front L-R) Phil Sloves, Elaine Thoman and Lena Grotticelli

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SHAKESPEARE’S GREAT AND WITTY ROMANTIC COMEDY “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” OPENS TWO RIVER THEATER’S 2011-2012 SEASON

Much Ado about Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most delicious and accessible comedies. My students loved reading and discussing this play. And seeing it performed is even better! Bring your own teens to a performance and you’ll unleash a love for the Bard!

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Buntrock

WHEN: September 10, 2011 - October 2, 2011 (see below for performance times)
WHERE: JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
TICKETS: Single ticket prices start at $37. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, students, and patrons aged 30 and under. 
Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or www.trtc.org.

Two River Theater launches their season with Shakespeare’s wittiest and most delightful romantic comedy, directed by Tony Award-nominee Sam Buntrock and starring two of the country’s most acclaimed Shakespeare actors, Michael Cumpsty and Kathryn Meisle, as Benedick and Beatrice.

On the sun-drenched island of Sicily, a group of soldiers have made a triumphant return from war, flush with victory—only to find that the battle between the sexes is not so easily won.

A great and witty romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing delights audiences with the sparkling banter between resistant lovers Benedick and Beatrice. Buntrock sets their “merry war” in the early 20th century, on the veranda of a family home owned by one of Sicily’s most powerful men. In this idyllic atmosphere, filled with music and sunshine, the sudden appearance of soldiers returning from battle brings romance—and an undercurrent of danger. In this world of honor and passion, two sets of lovers—Benedick and Beatrice, and the younger couple Claudio and Hero—determine their futures.

Discussions and Events

Before Play: Before every performance of each subscription show at Two River Theater, an artistic staff member, artist, educator or community leader hosts a free discussion to give context and background about the show. Audience members interested in attending the Before Play discussion should arrive at the theater 45 minutes prior to their scheduled performance.

Post-Play Conversations: The audience is invited to stay for a discussion with a member of the artistic staff and members of the cast after the following performances:  

Wednesdays: September 21 at 7 PM and September 28 at 1 PM
Sundays: September 25 at 3 PM

Accessibility: Two River Theater is fully wheelchair accessible and offers assisted-listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. To reserve wheelchair accessible seating or tickets for a performance listed below, patrons should call 732.345.1400.

Audio-described performances are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, at 1 PM and Saturday October 1, at 8 PM; tickets are $15 for patrons needing audio description. 

An open-captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, at 3 PM; tickets are $15 for patrons needing open captions.

HOLOCAUST COUNCIL OF METROWEST & JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT SEEK PLAY/MUSICAL SUBMISSIONS

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SHOAH STORIES

Call for Artists

The Holocaust Council of MetroWest and the Jewish Plays Project are seeking two new plays and musicals on Holocaust themes written by members of, and featuring the stories of Survivors from, the Metrowest Community. One play will be for adult audiences; the other for students in grades K-12. Selected plays will receive professional direction and staging.

These scripts will form the basis of Shoah Stories, a series of staged presentations of Holocaust-related plays and musicals. Created with a two-year grant from The Jewish Community Foundation and the Darivoff Family Foundation, these presentations will tour to adult and student audiences in New York and New Jersey, adding an innovative and engaging level to Holocaust education throughout our area.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS.

The Holocaust remains a pivotal event in world history, and the HCM and JPP are eager to hear all points of view on the subject.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Material: Full-length and one-act plays and musicals that deal with Holocaust themes and history that have never been produced in New York City.
  • Authorship: At least one principal artist involved in the piece (playwright, lyricist, composer, director, etc.) must be from, or have strong ties to, the Metrowest New Jersey Community.
  • Productions limits: Plays must be able to be performed by up to six actors and one musician/technician. Plays must be able to be produced in theatrical and non-theatrical spaces (20 x 30 feet staging area).
  • Intended audiences: General audiences, schools (K-12) and universities, synagogues, senior residences and nursing homes.

SELECTION PROCESS: Shoah Stories seeks to discover and develop new plays and musicals that reflect a 21st Century understanding of the Holocaust experience and history, and strives to engage a broad audience in a discussion of what that experience may be. Each script will be reviewed by a Community Panel of up to 30 lay leaders involved in the Metrowest Jewish Community who will score the play on the clarity, importance and personal connection of the historical ideas in it. A separate Artistic Panel of noted actors, directors, writers and academics will evaluate scripts for their aesthetic value, structural and stylistic innovation, and production feasibility.

Submissions will be due on December 14. Panel reviews will be completed in February 2012, and rehearsals will begin in March 2012.

A QUICK ROMP THROUGH SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS WILL LEAVE YOU MORE CULTURED THAN BEFORE!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Directed by veteran Dover Little Theatre actor John Trumbull in his directorial debut

WHEN: September 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23 & 24; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday Matinees, September 11 & 18 at 2 PM
WHERE:
Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover
TICKETS: $17
Reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 973.328.9202.

Shakespeare 1An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays—All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Warning! This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy. (Above L-R: Glen D. Post, Nicholas Pasquali, Sam Salter)

Featuring  Nicholas Pasquali of West Orange, Glen D. Post of Boonton and Sam Salter of West Milford.

A FEW WORDS FROM THE DIRECTOR:

Shakespeare 4John Trumbull said, “I love the show because it’s very literate, very funny, but at the same time wonderfully accessible. It’s funny even if you’re not a Shakespeare expert.”

This show looks to be perfect for the DLT audiences. According to John, “People are busy these days. Who has the time to see an entire Shakespearian play? We do Romeo and Juliet in 16 minutes, Hamlet in under a half hour, and we spend even less time on all those you haven’t heard of. After 97 minutes, you will walk out the theater remarkably more cultured than when you went in.” Laughingly, he added, “This show is perfect for people who love great works of theatre but who also have short attention spans!” (Above L-R: Glen D. Post, Sam Salter, Nicholas Pasquali )

“If you could”, quips John, “imagine Shakespeare Cliff Notes, by way of Monty Python, and you have a very good idea of the style of the show. The remarkable cast and I believe that, William Shakespeare would not only love this show, we also believe that he would go bowling with us after each performance.”

With a quick wink, John revealed a surprising show teaser. “I’m not supposed to mention this”, he whispered, “but we’ve actually contracted William Shakespeare to do a surprise cameo during one performance. Since I can’t say which one it’ll be, you’re just going to have to see every single show.”

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR RVCC’S FALL OFFERINGS

2011-2012 Season at The Theatre at RVCC

The Kathy & Mo Show, Oct. 1Major Artists Series
THE KATHY & MO SHOW
Kathy Najimy & Mo Gaffney
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, at 8 PM
WHERE: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Lamington Road, Branchville
TICKETS: ONLINE or 908.725.3420  

Longtime friends Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, Veronica's Closet, Dirty Blonde) and Mo Gaffney (Mad About You, Happy Texas, Absolutely Fabulous) created and starred in the Obie Award winning Off-Broadway production Parallel Lives, which propelled each of them to stardom and critical acclaim. Two award winning HBO specials followed. Their newest Off-Broadway show Afterbirth sold out its six week limited run before the first performance. With great insight, wit and compassion, Kathy and Mo bring a feminist perspective to an incredible variety of male and female characters of all ages in this review of their best work.

Paul Taylor Dance Company, Oct. 15The Merck Series
PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
WHEN: Saturday, October 15, at 8 PM WHERE: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Lamington Road, Branchville
TICKETS: ONLINE or 908.725.3420

Laura Shapiro once wrote in Newsweek, "Short course in modern dance: in the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the face of an art form and discovered a new world. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who stripped away the externals and showed us the heart of movement. And then there was Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in."

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is presented as a part of The Merck Series, made possible for twenty seasons through the generosity of the Merck Company Foundation.

Tuesdays With Stories
The American Place Theatre's Literature to Life stage presentation of

Southern Voices, Oct. 18SOUTHERN VOICES
WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, at 12 & 7 PM WHERE: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Lamington Road, Branchville
TICKETS: ONLINE or 908.725.3420

In our first multi-book presentation, actors will portray portions of each novel verbatim by a solo actor with a discussion with the audience at the conclusion. Novels include: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is about a proud, independent black woman's quest for identity, a journey that takes her back to her roots; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells of Scout and Jem's childhood and how a series of events shook their innocence and taught them about human nature.

Dave Leonhardt Trio, Dec. 16NEW: Club 28
DAVE LEONHARDT TRIO
WHEN: Friday, December 16, at 12 & 8 PM WHERE: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Lamington Road, Branchville
TICKETS: ONLINE or 908.725.3420

The David Leonhardt Trio, having appeared internationally with some of the biggest names in jazz, is a critically acclaimed acoustic ensemble that plays a blend of mainstream and modern jazz. The group relies on creative improvisation, playing both jazz standards and originals for an exciting and entertaining evening of music. Join us as we open a new series with a little Christmas from Dave's trio.

Leonhardt relies on immaculate timing as his hands float over the keyboard like a hushed breeze.EASTON EXPRESS TIMES

CLAY & MIXED MEDIA ON EXHIBIT @ HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM

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The New Jersey Artists Guild presents

VARIATIONS VIII

An Exhibition of Work in Clay and Mixed Media

WHEN: September 4–18; Opening reception, Sunday, September 4, 2 – 6 PM
WHERE:
Third Floor Gallery of the Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

Featuring works by Doris Aufschlager, Sande Benscoter, Val Bolan, Sheila Watson Coutin, Jean France, Ann Gattuso, Penny Gagne, Lea Allen Gebauer, Shellie Jacobson, Pat Mase, Lynn Maszer, Liz Mitchell, John Pilshaw, Steve Sitrin, Gail Trachtenberg, Phoebe Wiley

(Above: Butterfly Kimono, Liz Mitchell)

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SALE

during the reception

 


(Above: Tea Bowl, Pheobe Wiley)

For nearly sixty years, the non-profit Hunterdon Art Museum has celebrated the achievements of contemporary artists with exhibitions of fine art, craft, and design. The Museum offers education programs that include approximately 200 studio courses and workshops for children and adults, summer art camps, gallery talks, lectures, tours, and programs for schools and groups. Located at 7 Lower Center Street in Clinton, NJ, the Museum's hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM. For more information, contact the Museum at 908.735.8415. Suggested admission to the Museum is $5.

Monday, August 29, 2011

KIDS 10-17 WELCOME TO AUDITION FOR MUSICAL COMEDY

Pebble Players, the youth division of Stony Hill Players, will conduct auditions for the musical

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 4-8 PM; Saturday, September 10, 10 AM-3 PM; Sunday, September 11, 1-5 PM (callbacks only)
WHERE: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
Click here for directions.

Performances will be October 28 to November 6, Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees.

  • Ages 10-17 welcome, all voice types.
  • Accompanist provided.
  • Auditions will be conducted by appointment.
  • E-mail pebbleplayers@verizon.net to reserve a timeslot.

Auditioners are requested to bring music to sing. The song need not be from the show. Wear comfortable footwear (no flipflops) for a brief dance audition as well.

Generally, rehearsals will be Fridays 6-9 PM, Saturdays 10 AM-3 PM and Sundays 6-9 PM.

Please call 908.277.1732 or e-mail stonyhillplayers@yahoo.com for further information.

RENAISSANCE: 2 ALBUMS PERFORMED @ NJPAC SEPT. 2

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RENAISSANCE
Two Timeless Albums in Their Entirety:
Turn of the Cards & Scheherazade and Other Stories

One of progressive rock's most influential and innovative bands, led by longtime members Annie Haslam (whose five-octave voice is one of the most distinctive in rock history) and guitarist-composer Michael Dunford, brings its unique fusion of rock, folk and classical to NJPAC. The program will include two of their classic albums in their entirety: Turn of the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories.

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Victoria Theater, NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark

Listen to RENAISSANCE here
Get tickets online

Sunday, August 28, 2011

REGISTER NOW FOR CLASSES @ STUDIO LUNA IN WEST ORANGE

CLASSES @ STUDIO LUNA!

Luna Stage proudly announces a full program of theatre classes for the fall—for children, teens and adults.

Registration is open now and classes begin the week of September 26th.

Robin Irwin, the new Director of Education and Community Outreach, is developing an extensive and vibrant program of theatre education, with a mix of old and new classes, returning and new teaching artists. There is an exciting array of offerings for all ages and levels of experience—from the littlest artist to the seasoned professional. Little Luna is back; and there is Acting and Improvisation, Playwriting, and Musical Theatre for various age levels. To Read More and to download the brochure, please click here.

As an integrated part of a professional producing theatre company, Classes @ Studio Luna provide students young and old the unique opportunity of working with theatre professionals. Playwrights, actors, directors and choreographers bring their experience working on Broadway and at leading regional theatres (including Luna Stage), in TV, and in film to students in a safe, nurturing, and challenging environment.

For further information on all the classes being offered, please visit their website: lunastage.org

Saturday, August 27, 2011

FIELD DAY FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS @ THE KAPLEN JCC

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Special Games—Special People

WHEN: Sunday, September 11
WHERE: T
he Chuck Guttenberg Center for the Physically Challenged at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly

At Special Games—Special People event, a field day designed for individuals who live in greater Bergen County, age 3 and up, with physical, intellectual, behavioral and communication challenges, more than 100 “athletes” and volunteers will gather on the fields of the JCC to participate in this event.

DSC_0037The Games provide the “athletes” and volunteer staff with the opportunity to engage in physical activity, while interacting with others in a friendly, supportive environment. Separate events are held for children age 3-6, including a 10-yard dash and obstacle course. Family, friends and volunteers contribute the success of the day, bringing a sense of community and accomplishment to all those who attend and participate in this day. (Above: Three volunteers with a Special Games participant: Nomi Eijkenaar, Samantha Eisenberg, participant, and Maya Haber)

“The Games are a wonderful experience for everyone who gets involved, so we encourage people to both participate and volunteer,” says Special Services Director Shelley Levy. “All participants receive ribbons for each event they participate in, such as distance dashes, standing broad jump and basketball drills, and the community of volunteers who help and cheer the participants on really give these “athletes for the day” a great sense of accomplishment and something that boosts their self-esteem.”

For more information or to volunteer for the event, call Shelly Levy at 201.408.1489 or e-mail: slevy@jccotp.org

Special Games-Special People is held through the JCC Special Services Department, which provides vital services for children, teens, and adults whose disabilities range from developmental disabilities and autism to numerous physical challenges. The Chuck Guttenberg Center for the Physically Challenged, established by Adele and Bill Guttenberg in loving memory of their son, Chuck, provides programs and services at the JCC geared for individuals with physical challenges.

SWINGIN’ TERN CONTRA DANCES RETURN TO THE FOLK PROJECT

Summer PictureBob Nicholson calls the contras and squares and Nicholson and Smith provide the music

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 3, 8-11 PM
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, Parish Hall, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover. Band members include Eileen Nicholson on fiddle and Jill Smith on piano. Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 pm. No partner necessary.
TICKETS: Adults $10; students $5.
For more information, call 973.551.4441 or go to www.folkproject.org

Richard Fischer calls the contras and squares and Hot House Contra provides the music

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, 8-11 PM
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, Parish Hall, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover.
Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 PM. No partner necessary.
TICKETS: Adults $10; students $5.
For more information, call 973.551.4441 or go to www.folkproject.org

Band members include Sam Zygmuntowicz on fiddle and mandolin; Danny Elias on clarinet and dumbek; Danny Weiss on guitar; and Joe DePaolo on percussion.

Please carry in clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing.
Non-dancing children must be supervised at all times. Dance at your own risk.

THE MINSTREL BEGINS FRIDAY CONCERT SERIES IN SEPTEMBER

Dugan's HooligansA Farewell Concert by Dugan’s Hooligans
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 2, 8-11 PM.
WHERE: The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Adults $7; children 12 and under, free.
For more info call 973.335.9489 or go to www.folkproject.org. Handicapped accessible; free parking.

Open StageOpen Stage
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9, 8-11
WHERE:
The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Adults $7; children 12 and under, free.
For more info call 973.335.9489 or go to www.folkproject.org. Handicapped accessible; free parking.

Toby WalkerToby Walker
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 16, 8-11 PM
WHERE:
The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Adults $7; children 12 and under, free.
For more info call 973.335.9489 or go to www.folkproject.org. Handicapped accessible; free parking.

Rachel Streich and Jean Scully open.

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WHEN: Friday, Sept. 23, 8-11 PM

WHERE: The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Adults $7; children 12 and under, free.
For more info call 973.335.9489 or go to www.folkproject.org. Handicapped accessible; free parking.

Kirsten Lamb opens.

The Minstrel will be closed on Sept. 30 for the Fall Festival. For more information on the festival, go to festival.folkproject.org.

SPECIAL CHARITY EVENT: A NIGHT OF PLAYS TO COMMEMORATE TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11th…

Readers, here is another event commemorating 9/11:

CAPSULE
An evening of 4 original one-act plays & 2 monologues dealing with September 11th
By Eric Alter
Directed by Sharon Burde and Bob Lowy
The cast includes Vito Vissoci, Marc Gettis, Christine Varjian, Alexandra Collucci, Brenda Scott, Cy Friedman, Brenna Padesky, Jim Clancy, Daniel Arencbia and Meredith Yannuzzi.

WHEN:  Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10, at 8 PM
WHERE:
The Grove Street Theatre, at the Deron School of NJ, 130 Grove Street, Montclair
TICKETS: free, but there is a suggested donation of $15. profits from the show will be donated to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.
For more information, please visit www.apricotskyproductions.com or call 973.509.2350

Capsule is an evening of 4 original one-act plays and 2 monologues all dealing with different aspects of September 11th.

  • The Eleventh of September, a drama about a husband and wife struggling with their marriage who come to realize the impact of the attacks
  • Catch the Morning, a heartfelt drama about a young medical student who questions her place in the world after the attacks
  • Capsule; a bittersweet drama about two high school students forced to work on a science project together when one of them soon realizes the impact of that fateful day
  • The Grieving Pool, a drama about two strangers who met at a 9/11 Memorial site and share stories of loss

Alter, who began his playwrighting career 11 years ago, debuted his first-ever plays at The Grove Street Theatre. That night was called Under the Apricot Sky and debuted six one-acts. “Montclair is where it all began. What better place than here to d├ębut work about September 11th.  10 years ago, we did a show entitled Ribbons for the same cause,” said Alter. “I love showcasing plays in Montclair; the town supports the arts greatly,” He added.

About The Playwright: Eric Alter is a playwright, screenwriter and published poet residing in West Orange, NJ. He has written more than 100 plays, which have been produced and read throughout the country. He is the founder and Executive Producer of Apricot Sky Productions a theater and film based company in Montclair. Mr. Alter has written a screenplay entitled Exit 7, which is currently being developed in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild. While not writing, Mr. Alter works as the Director of the Deron School in Montclair with children who are learning disabled.

LOCAL WINE EMPORIUM FREE TASTING TOASTS “OTHELLO” @ STNJ WITH VENETIAN WINES

In celebration of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace will hold a

pouring wineFREE WINE TASTING FEATURING GREAT WINES OF THE VENETO

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, from noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Madison, Bernardsville and Wayne.*
During the tasting, each location will hold a raffle to win a pair of tickets to Othello, which begins performances on September 7 and continues through October 2 at The Shakespeare Theatre’s F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison.
For more information about Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, visit www.GarysWine.com.  
For more information or for tickets to Othello, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or call 973.408.5600.

“Gary’s Wine and Marketplace is a fantastic supporter of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey—these events are a pairing that will please the most discerning sommelier,” said Shakespeare Theatre artistic director Bonnie J. Monte.

“Our first event with the Shakespeare Theatre for The Misanthrope was such an exciting success that we decided we had to do another to kick-off the Fall Season.  To celebrate Othello, we’ll be pouring wines from Italy’s Veneto region, where the play is set,” added Gary Fisch, owner of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace. 

Artistic Director Bonnie J Monte directs Othello, which has not been seen on The Shakespeare Theatre stage in nearly a decade.  This epic tale of love, jealousy, and betrayal remains as compelling today as when it first exploded onto the stage in 1604. Often described as Shakespeare's most perfect play, the tragic downfall of the Moor of Venice and his beautiful Desdemona at the hands of the world’s most infamous villain Iago is one of Shakespeare’s most fascinating and heartbreaking tales.

*Gary’s Wine & Marketplace locations are in Madison at 121 Main Street; in Bernardsville at 100 Morristown Rd. (Rt. 202); and in Wayne at 1308 Rt. 23 North. 

WOODBRIDGE TO HONOR MEMORY OF 9/11 VICTIMS & FIRST RESPONDERS

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the NJ Arts Maven will post notices about various commemorative events. This is one of them.

A Township Remembers: 10th Anniversary Interfaith Memorial Service & Exhibition

A Township Remembers 9/11 Interfaith Memorial Service & Anniversary Exhibition to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the heroic actions of the citizens aboard United Airlines Flight 93.

WHEN: Sunday. September. 11, 2011, 2 to 5 PM

  • Barron Arts Center 10th Anniversary Exhibit & Memorial Opening Reception, Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge (2 to 4 PM)
  • Interfaith Clergy Council 9/11 Remembrance Service, St. Anthony’s of Padua Church, 436 Port Reading Ave., Port Reading, Woodbridge Township (4 PM to 5 PM)

The Woodbridge Township Interfaith Clergy Council will conduct an interfaith service at 4:00 PM on Sun., Sept. 11, at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Port Reading. The program stands as a memorial remembrance to the nine Woodbridge Township residents who tragically lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attack and honors the heroic response and efforts of Woodbridge Township First responders. In 2002, the Woodbridge Township 9/11 Memorial Committee constructed a permanent memorial in front of Town Hall to honor their memory and sacrifice.

The Barron Arts Center opens a month-long 10th Anniversary Exhibit and Memorial – “In Memoriam: Creative Responses to September 11” at the Barron Arts Center. The Memorial Exhibition features contributory works by local artists; commemorative posters from the “Voices of 9/11” Group; 9/11 artifacts; and works by guest artists. Members of the Woodbridge Township community are invited and encouraged to attend the Barron Arts Center Opening Reception and the following Interfaith Clergy Council remembrance program.

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY OPENS 2nd SEASON @ NEW THEATER

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Cocktails with Larry MillerCurtains Up GALA!
COCKTAILS WITH LARRY MILLER

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17

  • 6:30 PM: “Curtain Up Reception & Wine Tasting” (Gold Ticket)
  • 8 PM: performance
  • 9:45 PM: VIP Lounge (Platinum Ticket)

WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown (on the campus of Centenary College)
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"Larry Miller is, was and will always be the funniest guy I know."Jerry Seinfeld

Cocktails with Larry Miller: Little League, Adultery and Other Bad Ideas will be centerpiece of the Centenary Stage Company’s Curtain Up celebration for season two at the Lackland Center, which opened just a year ago in September, 2010.

In addition to the performance, the evening will feature a pre-show reception and wine-tasting option, a silent auction to benefit the CSC Artist and Event Fund, and a special option for a VIP evening, including a post-show "meet & greet" reception with the artist.

Hailed by Jerry Seinfeld as "the funniest guy I know," Miller is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. Having appeared in over 100 films and television shows, the comedian takes the stage at the Sitnik Theater to share his humorous perspective about marriage, children and drinking, and how each one leads to the other two.

Miller's film credits include Pretty Woman, Waiting For Guffman, The Nutty Professor, and more than fifty films.

See excerpts from Larry Miller's one man show, "Cocktails with Larry Miller",

ANOTHER CLOSURE DUE TO HURRICANE IRENE

Due to Hurricane Irene

Historic Sites

CLOSED To Public

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

LISTEN UP, FOLK MUSIC LOVERS: COLLINS & GUTHRIE @ UCPAC IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Calling all “folkies”: Two icons of the sixties will appear at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, a very nice venue! Bring back memories of your younger, more idealistic days, with their wonderful music. Tickets on sale now!

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Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie: Home for the Holidays

WHEN: Sunday, November 27, at 7 PM 
WHERE:
UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $45-$58-$95 (ticket prices include all fees)
BUY TICKETS HERE


JUDY COLLINS

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences for over 50 years. A classically trained pianist with a lifelong love of the
guitar, she is known for her interpretive renditions of “Both Sides Now,” “In My Life” and “Send in the Clowns.” This Grammy Award winning singer songwriter is drawn
to music of hope that speaks to the heart. A modern-day Renaissance woman, she is also an Academy Award
nominated director, author, record label head, children's book publisher, accomplished painter and speaker for
mental health and suicide prevention.


 

ARLO GUTHRIE
Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie is a legendary artist who shares timeless stories and unforgettable classic
songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. With his singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator, he has maintained a
dedicated fan base that spans the globe. A celebrated figure in American music, Arlo connects with communities far and wide leaving a lasting impression of hope and inspiration. His artistic ventures help bridge an often-divided world through his powerful spirit of song, and his inimitable musical ingenuity forges to new creative heights as he continues to entertain generations.

CANCELLATION INFORMATION RE: “SPRING AWAKENING”

If you have tix for this weekend’s performances of Spring Awakening at ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park (or were planning on attending), the following information is for you:

HURRICANE ACTION

Tonight's FRIDAY EVENING Performance of Spring Awakening is going on as planned at 8 PM. Good seats are still available

IMPORTANT NOTICE for all SPRING AWAKENING ticket holders for Saturday & Sunday Evening:

They have not as of now canceled the Saturday or Sunday evening performances of SPRING AWAKENING.

They do however expect that they will need to do so and will officially announce any cancellation no later than Saturday at 12 noon. For the most recent updated check back at www.ReVisionTheatre.org

Since it is EXTREMELY likely that they will cancel both Saturday and Sunday Performances, they urge you to attend tonight's Friday Evening performance if at all possible.

They will gladly exchange tickets to tonight's show as space is still available, but based on availability, so act quickly.

To exchange your tickets to tonight's show please either call:

732.455.3059 or e-mail info@revisiontheatre.org

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

  • BUY TICKETS HERE
  • Get tickets by phone 732-455-3059; hours available: 10 AM-7 PM daily
  • VISIT THE BOX OFFICE ITSELF Located right outside The Carousel House on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park! OPEN 12-7 PM DAILY

FASHION SHOW POSTPONED @ HISTORIC SPEEDWELL: NEW DATE POSTED

Annual 19th Century Fashion Show:

Fashion in the Family

POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE

NEW DATE:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011
Showtimes at 1:00 & 3:00 PM

Admission: $6.00 adults, $5.00 seniors, $4.00 children.

Learn what it was like growing up in the 1800s! Did children play? Did they get dirty? What rules did they have to follow? From infants and toddlers to teenagers; come find out what it was like to be a 19th century kid during this family-friendly fashion show displaying 100 years of children's history.

Please call 973.285.6550 for more information, or e-mail info@speedwell.org.