Friday, June 29, 2012

STOP THE SUMMER SLIDE IN MATH TOO!

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summer@bedtimemath.org

www.bedtimemath.org

REACH FOR THE STARS @ RVCC PLANETARIUM THIS SUMMER

The Sky Above RVCC planetarium show for families with children on the Autism Spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.

WHEN: Sunday, July 8,  4:30 - 5:30 PM, Sunday, August 12,  4:30 - 5:30 PM
WHERE:
Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg
All ages are welcome to this one-hour sensory-friendly program. The show will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The doors will remain open so that children will be able to come and go. Lights will be left dim and audio will be lowered and at a consistent level. The sky show will include: music, videos, planets, the Moon, constellations and laser lights. Ticket Price: $5.00 per person Please call 908-231-8805 to make a reservation as we are limiting the number of visitors for each show.

July & August – RVCC Planetarium Schedule
All shows run approximately 40 minutes. 
ADMISSION: $7 for one show, $12 for two shows on the same day. 
Call 908.231.8805 for reservations!

Solar System Odyssey
WHEN: Tuesdays, July 10 - August 28, 2:00 PM

Go on a futuristic journey through our Solar System.  With Earth's resources being rapidly depleted, a tycoon sends our hero, Jack Larson, on a mission to discover a new home to colonize.  This character-driven show is perfect for middle school students!  (recommended for ages 8-12)


Attack of the Space Pirates PosterAttack of the Space Pirates
WHEN: Tuesdays
, July 10 – August 28, 3:00 PM

Hidden somewhere in the vast reaches of space is an alien technology so powerful that it threatens the very galaxy itself. A gang of rogue pirates will stop at nothing to find that technology and unleash its awesome power against the rest of the universe. Now, only one valiant ship stands between the pirates and their total domination of space. It’s a race against time for the Starship Intrepid as it seeks to find the alien technology first while defending itself against the attack of the space pirates!  (recommended for ages 8-12)


Magic Tree House Space Mission PosterMagic Tree House: Space Mission 
WHEN: Wednesdays, July 11 - August 29, 2:00 PM   and Fridays, July 6 - August 24, 7:00 PM

What would you do if you found a note with lots of question on it?  "How many stars in the starry night sky?  If we flew to the Sun, how long would we fly? Will we travel to planets and will it be soon? Will we ever be able to live on the Moon? How does it feel to journey through space?  Why is our Earth so special a place?" From the authors of the best-selling novel series, join Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more.  Who can help them answer the mysterious "M's" questions?  (recommended for ages 5 and older)


Laser Kids
WHEN: Wednesdays, July 11 - August 29, 3:00 PM

This popular show has gotten a new song list.  Songs include "The Lion Sleeps  Tonight," "Supercalifragilisticsexpialidocious," and "Yellow Submarine," to name just a few.  (recommended for ages 5 and older)


Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon
WHEN: Thursdays, July 5 – August 23, 2:00 PM

Exploring shapes in space: are the Moon and its orbit "round" like a ball or a pancake?  Play connect-the-dots with the stars to find triangles and squares and constellations. Meet Tycho, a dog who doesn't just howl at the Moon, but wants to go there. Blast off on an amazing ride.  Learn about night and day, space travel, the phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface. Watch meteors shoot across the sky and see the Earth from space. (recommended for ages 5-10 accompanied by an adult)


Moon Rock RockSkyLights
WHEN: Thursdays, July 5 – August 23, 3:00 PM

The youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (Family Ride, Kalien the Alien) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song). Some songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images.  (recommended for ages 5-10)

“AMERICAN STARE” A HIT @ NJ REP: THROUGH JULY 22

Personally, I did not get to see/review this production, but my fellow critics have given it a thumbs-up:

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CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT PERFORMANCES & TICKETS

 

AMERICAN STARE
A World Premiere by Tony Glazer
Directed by Evan Bergman
Starring Becca Ballenger, Summer Crockett Moore, Trey Gibbons,
Brad Holbrook, LeeAnne Hutchison, Shane Patrick Kearns

WHEN: Thursdays, Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 3 PM & 8 PM; Sundays at 2PM; Now thru July 22; Special Added Performance Monday, July 16 at 7:30 PM
WHERE:
New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch
TICKETS: $40; $36 (seniors 65+); $25 (full-time students 13 -25)
www.njrep.org
njrep@njrep.org
732.229.3166

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SWING AND DANCE KICK OFF THE JAMMIN’ IN JULY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT CENTENARY STAGE

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SWINGADELIC  
WHEN: Saturday, July 7,  8 PM
WHERE: Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25 in advance and $30 the day of performance, and they are available online at www.centenarystageco.org, or by calling the box office at 908.979.0900. A special discounted Summer Concert Series Flex Pass subscription is also available, offering all five events for $120 per person, or three events for $75 per person.

Swingadelic delivers the traditional big band music of Ellington, Basie and Sinatra, mixed with the soulful sounds of Ray Charles, as well as sophisticated, classic standards a la George Gershwin and Cole Porter.  In a new venture at CSC this summer, a special Dance Floor area will also be available for this performance for patrons motivated to get up and dance to the beat. 

A favorite at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing,  Swingadelic formed in 1998 as the neo-swing movement was just gaining momentum, enchanting its audiences with a “feel-good range of offerings,  from slow, steamy blues and foot-stomping swing [Star Ledger].”    The band has played venues up and down the eastern seaboard,  and their numerous albums include their newest release “The Other Duke,” a valentine to the music of Duke Pearson, a pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader of the 60‘s and 70‘s who was very influential in shaping the “hard bop” sound of Blue Note Records.

David Strange of Musichead Magazine  raves about Swingadelic, “...these groovin' cats craft and balance reverence, chops and a big ole dash of fun into an original gumbo of jump blues, rockin' rhythms, jazz and soul. Did I mention fun?.. Jump on this one!”

The bandleader and bassist of Swingadelic is Dave Post, co-owner of  New Jersey’s  premiere rock n roll nightclub, Maxwell's in Hoboken.  Other band-members include Southside Johnny trombonist and vocalist Neal Pawley, Julliard grad student Rob Edwards and drummer Paul Pizzuti, who recently played with Harry Connick on a Broadway production of The Pajama Game. Another trombone player is Rob Susman (Riverdale). The sax section consists of Audrey Welber/alto (East Brunswick), Paul Carlon/tenor (Manhattan) and John DiSanto/baritone (New Brunswick).  The trumpets feature Carlos Francis (East Orange) and Grammy nominee Albert Leusink, a native of Netherlands, now residing in Queens. In addition to Post &  Pizzuti, the rhythm section features Boo Reiners (Union City) who won a Grammy with The Klezmatics, and the piano and vocals of Emmy Award winner John Bauers, who lives in Jersey City.

The  CSC Box office is located in the Lackland Center, on the campus of Centenary College, at 715 Grand Ave.   Box office hours are 1-5 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to each performance.    

Other upcoming events in the CSC 2012 Summer Series include the Cab Calloway Orchestra (July 14),  Sarah Borges in concert (July 21), Smokey Joes’ Café ( July 26-29) and Beatlemania (Aug 4).

The Jammin’ in July Summer Series at Centenary Stage Company is made possible in part by a grant from  Premier Sponsors Heath Village Retirement Community and Fulton Bank. The 2012-13 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and CSC members and sponsors, including  Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center,  and Mama’s and Café Baci in Hackettstown.

MUSICAL REVIEW A BENEFIT FOR EVP & ALLIANCE REP

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BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS ANNOUNCES ITS 2012-13 SEASON

Long considered one of America’s premier community theater groups, Bergen County Players (BCP) is proud to announce for 2012-13 another ambitious, passionate and playful year of audience-pleasing musicals and innovative plays for its 80th consecutive season. From toe-tapping musicals to hilarious comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for outstanding quality productions at affordable prices. 

Tickets for The Music Man and the rest of the 2012-13 season are available online at www.bcplayers.org. Phone messages left at 201-261-4200 will be returned on a regular basis until the box office, located at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ, opens on Thursday, August 16th for walk-up sales. Discounts are available for groups and students throughout the season, with a special Group Sales Hotline at 201.262.0515 monitored on a continual basis. 

ON THE MAINSTAGE

THE MUSIC MAN
Book, Music & Lyrics by Meredith Willson
WHEN: September 8 – October 6, 2012

Kicking off the celebratory 80th season is the BCP stage debut of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, described by the NY Times  as “American as apple pie and a Fourth of July oration ... a marvelous show, rooted in wholesome and comic tradition." The Music Man revolves around Harold Hill, a traveling salesman and con man who stops in River City, Iowa and convinces the town that forming a boys’ brass band will solve all of their problems.  Winner of six Tony Awards, this family favorite’s amazing score is worth the price of admission alone, including classics such as “76 Trombones”, “Trouble”, “Gary, Indiana”, “The Wells Fargo Wagon” and the romantic standard hit “Till There Was You”.

FOOLS
By Neil Simon
WHEN: October 20 – November 10, 2012

BCP has presented many of the shows in the Neil Simon catalogue, but Fools is one of the most laugh-out-loud funniest that has never been seen to date.  Set in Kulyenchikov, a mythical Ukrainian village of long ago whose residents all live under an evil 200-year-old curse of stupidity, this fairy tale for adults features vintage Simon schtick drawn upon his brilliant use of vaudeville, slapstick, puns and wordplay.  “Profoundly funny, entertaining and well off the beaten path!” (Herald-Tribune).

RAPUNZEL
Book by David Crane and Marta Kauffman
Music by Michael Skloff, Lyrics by David Crane and Marta Kauffman
WHEN: November 24 – December 16, 2012

While this famous lady with the long tresses has appeared briefly in other BCP family shows, this is her first time as the title character. This witty, tongue-in-cheek retelling of a long-time favorite story gives us a possessive mother who happens to be a witch, a tentative young man who happens to be a prince and a strong-willed but naïve young girl with the longest hair you're ever likely to come across – not to mention a contemporary moral about parent-child relationships which will have young audiences rejoicing.  Featuring delightful music, singing and dancing, with book and lyrics by the co-creators of the hit television show Friends, this show will have something for everybody in the family!

THE PRICE
By Arthur Miller
WHEN: January 12 – February 2, 2013

Arthur Miller was one of the premier dramatic playwrights of the 20th century, as proven by this character-driven drama about two estranged brothers who, in the course of selling their deceased father's belongings, find that the price they paid to maintain their illusions about their lives has been more than they are willing to pay.  Making its initial appearance on the BCP stage during this landmark 80th season and nominated for a Tony for Best Play of 1968, this classic play of confrontation has been called “scintillating, powerful and moving” by the Telegraph of London.

BEEHIVE, the 60’S MUSICAL
Created by Larry Gallagher
WHEN: February 16 – March 9, 2013

A musical about the home for honey-making insects?  Hardly!  This Off-Broadway hit finds its way to the BCP stage for the first time showcasing its nearly 40 songs that made the 1960s THE decade for female vocalists, ranging from Leslie Gore to Carole King to Tina Turner to The Supremes.  This incredibly fun revue is all about the songs, the women singers and how deeply they were influenced by their social and political times.  So if your musical tastes run from "My Boyfriend's Back" to "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" to "Proud Mary" and "Respect", don’t miss what is sure to be “…a rollicking good time…you’ll be singing along in no time!” (St. Louis Magazine).

BETTER LATE
By Larry Gelbart
WHEN: March 23 – April 20, 2013 (no shows on March 29 or March 31)

The last play by the magnificently clever Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Sly Fox, City of Angels, the movie “Tootsie”, TV’s “M*A*S*H”), this production is not only new to BCP but to the entire state of New Jersey!  Called a “bitingly funny December-December-December romance” (Playbill.com), the play features first husband Julian, who is forced to move in with his ex-wife Nora and her second husband Lee in order to recuperate from a sudden illness.  This “breezy entertainment with serious themes explores love, divorce, aging and death with a mature sensibility and a decidedly mainstream comedic tone” (Variety).  Mature language.

BOEING, BOEING
By Marc Camoletti
WHEN: May 4 – June 2, 2013 (no shows Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26)

BCP is known for mounting great comedies, and the first appearance of this hilarious French farce about an American businessman living in Paris who juggles three different “air hostesses” promises to shine on the Little Firehouse stage.  Nominated for six Tony Awards in 2008 and winner of Best Revival of a Play, this sex comedy “…is not smutty at all. It’s deliciously, deliriously innocent.  A masterpiece that levitates low burlesque into high comedy!” (Ben Brantley, NY Times).  The final mainstage production of our milestone 80th season makes no promises…except that you’ll leave the theater in hysterics!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

POWERFUL COURTROOM DRAMA TIX NOW ON SALE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

INHERIT THE WIND 
Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
Directed by Tom Frascatore
Produced by Rebecca Zaccagnino

Don't miss the powerful drama of the greatest courtroom clash of the century

WHEN: July 20, 21, 27, 28, Aug 2, 3, & 4 @ 8 PM with matinées on July 22 & 29 @ 2 PM
WHERE:
Holmdel Theatre Company, Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel (on the grounds of the high school)
Get Directions

HTC presents Inherit the Wind, the seldom seen masterpiece of courtroom drama based on the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. It is an edge-of-your-seat dramatization of the events in and around the historic trial where the forces of Creationism and Evolution faced each other for the first time in a court of law. The results were explosive.

"Dazzling... an electric flash of true theater," raved the New York Times.
"Brilliant... exciting and absorbing," said the New York Post.
The World Telegram called Inherit the Wind "A tidal wave of drama."

THE CAST (in order of appearance)

Melinda Krebs .........................Ryan Murray
Howard Blair ...........................Theo Modla
Rachel Brown ..........................Michelle Budzyna
Meeker ....................................Dave Murray
Bertram Cates .........................Volney Stefflre
Goodfellow ..............................Jim Walsh / David Clarke
Mrs. Krebs ...............................Gina Shuster
Sillers .......................................Patrick Dean
Rev. Jeremiah Brown ...............Steve Bartlow
Bollinger ..................................Russ Ortiz
Mrs. Blair ..................................Brett Sabo
Elijah .......................................Jim Cusick
E. K. Hornbeck .........................Michael Irvin Pollard*
Timmy ......................................Jon Erik Nielsen
Reporters/Photographer .........Trevor Cahill
Matthew Harrison Brady ..........Ed Schiff*
Mrs. Brady ............................... Laurie Devino
The Mayor ............................... Dave Harris
Tom Davenport ....................... Mark S. Gumble
Henry Drummond .....................Michael Kroll
The Judge ............................... Paul Nixon
(* Member of Actor's Equity, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.)

Monday, June 25, 2012

COLOMBIA CHILDREN’S CHOIR ENTERTAINS @ GIGGLES CHILDREN’S THEATER

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As part of the exciting 2012 Serenade! Washington Choral Festival, Verata E Liberi will bring a free performance of Colombian and World Music to the Giggles Children's Theater at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.
WHEN: Tues., June 26, at 1:30 PM
WHERE: Giggles Children's Theater on the 2nd floor of the Seton Building at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital located at 703 Main Street in Paterson.
ADMISSION: Free
The ensemble is a children's choir from Colombia, South America. The concert will feature mostly fun songs of Colombian origin, but the choir will also sing songs in other languages (they sing in 9 different languages!). Their goal is to share their culture, friendship, smiles and laughter.
Questions? Contact Giggles Director Marie Caliendo at 973.754.4960 or mcaliendo@mmissions.org.

BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS INVITES LOCAL BANDS TO BE PART OF THE MUSIC MAN

Music Groups to Join in Rousing Finale Rendition of “76 Trombones”

Oradell’s Bergen County Players (BCP) will kick off its 80th season (2012-2013) with Meredith Willson’s classic musical, The Music Man.  As part of BCP’s ongoing commitment to community engagement, the production will feature school and community music ensembles at performances between the dates of September 6th through October 6th, 2012.  This exciting venture has been dubbed “The Music Man Band Project.”

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Music Man is described by the NY Times as “American as apple pie and a Fourth of July oration…a marvelous show, rooted in wholesome and comic tradition.” The Music Man revolves around Harold Hill, a traveling salesman and con man who stops in River City, Iowa and convinces the town that forming a boys’ brass band will solve all of their problems. Winner of six Tony Awards, this family favorite’s amazing score is worth the price of admission alone, including classics such as “76 Trombones,” “Trouble,” “Gary, Indiana,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon” and the romantic standard hit, “Till There Was You.”

At the climactic finish of the play, bands featured in “The Music Man Band Project” will make a grand entrance into the theater with a rousing rendition of “76 Trombones.”

In addition to the thrill of being a part of live theater in action, benefits of participating in “The Music Man Band Project” include the following:

  • Ensembles are invited to join the cast onstage for photos following the performance. (Groups will provide their own cameras; BCP will not supply a photographer.)
  • Groups are welcome to provide literature, display information or memorabilia to share at our Arts in Education table in the lounge on their performance date.
  • Groups are welcome to sell materials from their schools to help fundraise for their own projects.
  • The school or organization will receive 4 tickets to their musicians’ performance which can be used for a raffle/fundraiser.
  • BCP will provide a Group Code for each participating school or organization; every ticket purchased using that code will result in a $4 per ticket contribution from BCP back to the group.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Joe Lanteri at 201.669.9388 or exitthewarrior@gmail.com, Melissa Welz at 201.320.6089, or log onto www.bcplayers.org/themusicmanbandproject.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

GET YOUR KIDS TO READ AND AVOID “THE SUMMER SLIDE”

As a former high school English teacher, I think it is imperative that kids continue to read (anything) over the summer so their brains don’t hibernate. Check out the statistics below (thanks to Carol Levin of the Somerset County Library system):

Parenting.com10 Ways to Get Kids Reading Over the Summer By Melissa Taylor

Motivate your reluctant readers without forcing them to read this summer. Try one or all of these ideas.

1. Choice is essential—let your child choose what she reads, even if it's magazines.

2. Time to read. Do you have a chunk of time in you day to read?

3. Read aloud to your child -- even older kids. Read at a meal or bedtime.

4. "Read" audiobooks - they count as reading for a variety of reasons. Try Playaways (available through our library) or Tales2Go .

5. Read comic books—they count, too.

6. Read with a headlamp and stay up late. Breaking the rules is fun!

7. Get help. Ask a librarian or bookstore employee for suggestions.

8. Start a parent-child book club. Let your child pick the book. Socialization can be very motivating.

9. Get him a library card to use voraciously. (Hint: don't limit the number of books!)

Use bookstore money (or join the library Summer Reading Club and get books and other prizes) as a reward.

More resources:
Reading Rockets website
Scholastic - ideas for reading over the summer
Reading is Fundamental website
PBS Kids reading games

Here's one more secret to motivate your kids to read.

It's really easy. Be a reader YOURSELF!
You know that old adage, "Practice what you preach"? It's a good rule, don't you think? So, if we want our kids to read, we need to read, too.

The Reading Is Fundamental website agrees saying, “As much as they may deny it, most children want to be like their parents. Their lifelong habits start to form at the earliest ages, often by mimicking older members of the family.

LUNA STAGE OFFERS EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT FOR SEASON

Join Luna for their 20th Anniversary Season

A Season Of Love, Sex, Betrayal...And A Little Salsa!

SPECIAL EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT:
PURCHASE A 2012-2013 SEASON PASS BY JULY 3RD
AND SAVE 25% OFF THE SINGLE TICKET PRICE

Buy one…buy two…buy many and give the gift of theatre!

VITA AND VIRGINIA
By Eileen Atkins

Adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

WHEN: September 27th - October 28th; New Jersey Premiere
WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
973.395.5551

Virginia Woolf<br />

Vita Sackville-West was a wealthy socialite and aspiring poet. Virginia Woolf (left) was of more modest means, and widely considered to be a brilliant writer. Yet, these two women shared a long and complex relationship. Told mostly through letters that sparkle with wit and insight, Vita and Virginia sheds an intimate and provocative light on these two visionaries as they negotiate what it means to be a sexual woman in their respective worlds.

CARNAVAL
By Nikkole Salter


WHEN: January 31st - March 3rd; World Premiere

Playwright Nikkole Salter<br />

A year ago in Brooklyn, two young men mourned the untimely loss of their best friend. In his honor they decided then and there that, despite their differences, no matter where life took them, they would take care of his younger brother and get together on the anniversary of his death to celebrate the life he should have had. So, on a cold day in the winter of 1996, these three twenty-somethings board a plane for Rio De Janeiro for a taste of the good life: sun, fun and, of course, women paid to serve—What better way to pay homage to a fallen friend? But what starts out as a joyride takes an unexpected turn and the three sex tourists find themselves in a situation that will change their friendships and their lives forever. (Above: Nikkole Salter)

*Please Note: this play contains mature content and language

 

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
By Eugene O’Neill


WHEN: April 4th - May 5th

Playwright Eugene O

Josie Hogan is a strong woman, with a sharp tongue and a reputation. She is the rock that holds together her family farm. When the fate of the farm is rumored to be at risk, Josie and her conniving father scheme to trap their landlord, Jim Tyrone, into assuring their future on the property. But, Josie has eyes for Tyrone, and perhaps he returns her feelings. Love, desire and betrayal vie for dominance in this classic story by one of our greatest American playwrights.

 

 

MI CASA, TU CASA
Created by Michael Aquino, Deivis Garcia and Dania Ramos

Back by popular demand!

WHEN: November 28th - December 16th

The smokin’ Mi Casa Band and stellar storytellers are back with some new songs and stories and a multi-cultural bundle of holiday cheer! Come to our fiesta and sing, dance and celebrate in this bilingual treat for the entire family.

Here is what the critics said about this show:

Luna Stage has given the community a beautifully wrapped gift…We are all famiglia—now and all year!”…Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

No matter what your culture, age or family tradition, do not miss being part of this joyous, often hilarious and sometime poignant fiesta”…West Orange Patch

*Mi Casa Tu Casa is not being offered as part of the season pass packages, but tickets to this show can be purchased as an add-on to any season pass package for an extra charge of $10, 50% off the regular adult ticket price of $20.

 

AS A SEASON PASS HOLDER…

  • Attend any performance during the run of a show
  • Exchange your tickets up to 24 hours in advance of a show
  • Enjoy discounts at local partnering restaurants and businesses
  • Receive advance notice and discounts for other Luna programming

It’s so easy!

ILLUMINATE YOUR WORLD

Thursday, June 21, 2012

FREE CONCERT CELEBRATES AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN SONG

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Presents

A FREE CONCERT

“OH SAY CAN YOU SING”

AN HISTORICAL MUSICAL JOURNEY OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive/ Rt. 10- Mt. Pleasant Avenue, West Orange
ADMISSION: Free

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The Bravo Alliance singers and David Maiullo/Artistic Director/pianist will pay homage to America and her people through song as portrayed in American Musical Theater.

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FINAL AUDITION NOTICE FOR MADISON’S SUMMER MUSICAL

FINAL AUDITION NOTICE

EEDED: ALL Students Ages 14-21(or Madison Dads ~ see roles available below)

 

The Madison Department of Recreation, in partnership with Playwrights Theatre, announces their production of the musical

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
By Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer

Performances are July 26, 27 & 28.

If you are available for ALL full rehearsals* (July 16-25, 2012) and performances please come to the first major rehearsal

WHEN: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Madison Civic Center, 28 Walnut St. (2nd floor above the Health Dept.)

*Full schedule will be on the website

CALLING ALL MADISON DADS! Auditions for the still available roles of KING SEXTIMUS and THE WIZARD (Can you or your dad do magic tricks?)

WHEN: Monday, June 25, at 9:00 PM
WHERE:
the Civic Center

 

Once Upon A Mattress is a fun twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s Classic Fairytale The Princess and the Pea. It has an added subplot that has a more adult theme, and the show features some wonderful up-tempo full cast musical numbers, as well as very humorous songs and situations. The original Broadway cast was led by Carol Burnett and the revival by Sarah Jessica Parker. Many may have seen the made for TV version with an all-star cast (with Ms. Burnett as the Queen this time) as well.

Also needed: musicians (must audition), stage crew, sound & light crew members.

FOR DETAILS CALL OR CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE TODAY!
973.514.1787 ex. 13
www.ptnj.org

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

AUDITIONS FOR COMIC STRIP INSPIRED MUSICAL

AUDITION NOTICE

The Theater League of Clifton is holding auditions for the October production of the musical

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN
Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
Book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner. additional dialogue by Michael Mayer, additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Kathleen Kellaigh
Musical Direction by Marsha Schreier


Ages 16 and up will be considered.

WHEN: Tuesday 6/26 & Friday 6/29 from 7-10 PM
WHERE:
ATC Studios, 68 Union Ave, Clifton, NJ

CAST:
Charlie Brown
Linus
Schroeder
Snoopy
Lucy
Sally Brown
Plus an ensemble of 6 from the Peanuts Gang
     (not all ensemble roles have individual speaking parts)

  • Please bring a prepared song with accompaniment (CD) and/or sheet music.
  • Songs from the show are ok.
  • Auditions will be from sides and some improvisation.Familiarity with the story is a plus.

Performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: October 26, 27, 28 & November 2, 3, 4 at the Theresa Aprea Theater, 199 Scoles Ave, Clifton NJ.

Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark, Inc.

For additional information, visit The Theater League of Clifton’s website www.theaterleagueofclifton.com or call 973.928.7668.

ARE THERE ANY MERMAIDS IN JERSEY CITY? PUPPET FASHION SHOW @ CREATIVE GROVE

Creative Grove Artist & Designer Market

Puppet Fashion Show

WHEN: Friday, June 22, 3-9 PM
WHERE:
Creative Grove Jersey City, Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City

A PUPPET THEATER will start with puppet fashion show, improv pieces and shorts by Rafael Cruz, Uta Brauser

  • first performance at 5 PM
  • bring a pillow for seating
  • music : DJ Neva with Music for the Masses
  • world music, live drumming
  • bring your hoola hoops
  • artists, food, artisan handmade local designs, sustainable designs, recycled/upcycled creations,
  • mom products for expecting mothers and moms with babies,

fabulousness

  • for the Fashion Junkie made in Jersey City or metro area,
    or vintage
  • Every Friday a new story
  • welcome to the outdoor lounge where you meet the neighbors, pets and friends

NEW PLAYS BY LATINO WRITERS, ETC. @ TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY: FREE TICKETS

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

SING A LULLABY TO BROADWAY @ AXELROD PAC IN DEAL

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Directed and Choreographed by Jose de la Cuesta

"A musical made in heaven" —Time Magazine

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 8 PM; Thursday, June 28, 8 PM; Sunday, July 1, 3 PM; Thursday, July 5, 8 PM; Sunday, July 8, 3 PM
WHERE:
Axelrod Performing Arts Center , 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park
TICKETS: $28, Senior & Students: $25, Opening Night & Groups: $22
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42nd Street is an unforgettable musical extravaganza that won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1980. It is a celebration of Broadway. Musical hits include You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Dames, I Know Now, We're in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and Forty-Second Street.

The PERFECT WAY TO KICK OFF THE SUMMER!

ART DISPLAYED IN DOWNTOWN BASKING RIDGE, JUNE 23

Farmstead Arts presents

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an indoor/outdoor art exhibit and sale

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, from 11 AM - 3 PM
WHERE: Downtown Basking Ridge

Throughout the day, guitarist Arturo will provide entertainment on South Finley Avenue by Ridge Family Dentistry.  Following the event, The Ridge Tavern will host an Artists’ Reception that includes complementary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar open to the public from 3-6 PM.  

This is the first Art On The Ridge exhibit hosted by Farmstead Arts to bring awareness to the arts.  Farmstead Arts is located at the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge.

Five downtown businesses will be displaying art work and hosting artists, including The Brick Academy, 15 West Oak Street; Cafe Lotus, 77 South Maple Avenue; Coldwell Banker, 1 South Finley Avenue; Remax Classic Group, 47 South Finley Avenue; and Ridge Family Dentistry, 44-A South Finley Avenue.  Look for the balloons located outside the locations.

Participating artists include Vivian Bedoya, Alex Bigatti, Joanne Devine, Filip Everaert, Abi Fellows, Maryann Ficker, Anthony Galati, Laurine Gilbert,  Jim Gilbert, Mary Gunning, Kathleen Kirchner, Hilary Klimek, Linda Lam, Cinder LeDell, Kristina Lloyd, Yitzchok Moully, Letty Oratowski, Lorraine Regan, and David Smalley.

Other Farmstead Arts events in June include Filip Everaert’s photography show Impressions of Nature Exhibit and Sale that runs through June 24.  Gallery hours are 1-4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, except Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17.  The show is free and open to the public.

Artist Susan Antin of Princeton is offering art classes for teens and adults from June 23 through July 28. Due to construction at the Farmstead, the classes will take place at the Brick Academy at 15 West Oak Street.  Antin is offering a six-week Drawing and Mixed Media Class on Saturdays from 10 AM to 12 noon for $175.  She is also offering a one-day introductory workshop: Contemporary Collage on Saturday, June 16, all from 10 AM to 2:30 PM.  The introductory workshop is $90.  Register online at http://FAartclasses2012.eventbrite.com/ or send a check with your contact information and class(es) to Farmstead Arts at PO Box 155, Basking Ridge, NJ  07920.

Farmstead Arts is a non-profit, volunteer-run arts center located at the historic Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead in Basking Ridge. The center offers classes, art shows, concerts, and workshops by professional and emerging artists in the performing, visual and practical arts.  For a current list of Farmstead Arts events and classes, visit www.farmsteadartscenter.org, www.facebook.com/FarmsteadArts, e-mail farmsteadartscenter@gmail.com, or call 1.347.927.8748.

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is requested to make a request by sending an e-mail to farmsteadartscenter@gmail.com
at least three weeks in advance.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

CIVIL WAR ARMY INVADES MORRISTOWN AT HISTORIC SPEEDWELL

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WHEN: 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, June 23 and 24
WHERE:
Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown
ADMISSION: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children ages 4 – 16, and children under 4 FREE

Step onto the battlefields of the American Civil War, the struggle that altered the political, social, and economic landscape of the nation, and into the lives of those involved. The Second New Jersey Brigade is stationed at Historic Speedwell in Morristown for a unique two-day event that presents the lives of Civil War soldiers more vividly than dull text books.

The re-enactors lead activities throughout the eight-acre site, presenting the daily lives of soldiers and culminating with a staged skirmish. Soldiers’ camps are a recreation of daily life with authentic cooking, dress, and general setup. Most amazing is the massive period cannon! Watch musket, and artillery drills and firings. Marching drills include period instruments as soldiers proudly go into battle. A Civil War era Signal Corps group authentically demonstrates how important messages were sent between units using colorful flags to signal.

Activities include soldiers preparing for battle, and the basics of battlefield medicine for soldiers who suffered from battle-inflected injuries or disease. Visit the medical area where re-enactors care for the “wounded” and demonstrate how these emergency units functioned during battles. Around every corner there is something to discover.

While enjoying your visit to the past, tour Historic Speedwell, known as the “Birthplace of the Telegraph,” including the National Historic Landmark Factory Building. Recently, an interactive, hands-on exhibit on the telegraph opened to the public and received rave reviews. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit this unique and fun exhibit.

Tour the Vail Home, built more than 150 years ago. See exhibits on the Speedwell Ironworks, a Granary full of early farm implements, and watch the enormous 24-foot overshot waterwheel turn in the Wheelhouse.

A trip to Historic Speedwell would not be complete without a visit to the Gift Shop to select a unique souvenir to take home. Light picnic fare is also available for purchase. For more information, please call 973.285.6550.

FREE parking and FREE shuttle service available.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

WOODBRIDGE WEDNESDAYS PRESENTS FREE CONCERT

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BROTHER SUN 

WHEN: June 20, @ 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge
732.596.4048
www.WoodbridgeArtsNJ.org

Pat Wictor, Greg Greenway and Joe Jencks have formed a dynamic new male trio. Their harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Calling upon contemporary songwriting, and informed by the deep roots of gospel, blues and folk, the trio weaves a tapestry of harmony that is brilliantly fresh and yet familiar.

On WFUV in New York City, John Platt, host of "Sunday Breakfast," and Bob Sherman, host of "Woody's Children," both picked Brother Sun for their "Best of 2011" list.

LISTEN HERE!

UPCOMING SHOWS

June 27 - The Revelations featuring Tre Williams

July 11 - The Dirty Urchins

July 18 - Tom Chapin Family Show

July 25 - Runa

Aug 1 - Brown Bird

Aug 8 - Delta Rae

Aug 15 - Lipbone Redding & the Lipbone Orchestra

Aug 22 - Tusk

Aug 29 - Sharon Little

JEFFERSON STARSHIP TO LAND AT THE NEWTON THEATRE

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JEFFERSON STARSHIP

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, at 8 PM
WHERE:
The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring Street, Newton
TICKETS: $47 Premium seats, $42 Orchestra seats and $37 Balcony seats.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.TheNewtonTheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 97.383.3700
www.TheNewtonTheatre.com.

Beginning in 1974 as a break-off of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship is arguably one of the most well-known bands to come out of that decade. Known for their hits We Built This City, Sara, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Miracles, Jane, Somebody To Love, White Rabbit, Volunteers and Count On Me, their first album Blows Against the Empire was the first ever rock music recording nominated for literary science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Award.

The band consists of Paul Kanter, David Freiberg, Mark “Slick” Aguilar, Donny Baldwin, Chris Smith and Cathy Richardson.

Founded in 1924 as Sussex County’s premier entertainment venue, The Newton Theatre 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. More information on The Newton Theatre may be found by calling 973.383.3700 or by visiting its website at www.TheNewtonTheatre.com.

LEGENDARY ROCK BAND TO PERFORM @ NEWTON THEATRE

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SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES

WHEN: Friday, June 22, at 8 PM
WHERE:
Newton Theatre, 234 Spring Street, Newton
TICKETS: $59 Premium seats, $49 Orchestra seats and $39 Balcony seats.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.TheNewtonTheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 973.383.3700. The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM- 2 PM
www.TheNewtonTheatre.com.

“I’ll stack my group against any group out there. We enjoy playing, and the audience enjoys having a good time. Music is a shared emotion. We distill it down to that.” For over a third of a century, Southside Johnny has been a staple of the music industry with over thirty albums and thousands of live performances done around the world.

The bands newest album, Pills and Ammo, is full of new material and packed with the bands legendary exuberant rhythm and blues feel and the Jukes horn section, but has a sharper, guitar-oriented, rock and roll vibe to it.

Known for their hits I Don’t Want To Go Home and Havin’ A Party, the band consists of Southside Johnny, Glenn Alexander, Chris Anderson, John Conte, John Isley, Jeff Kazee, Neal Pawley and Tom Seguso.

Founded in 1924 as Sussex County’s premier entertainment venue, The Newton Theatre 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. More information on The Newton Theatre may be found by calling 973.383.3700 or by visiting its website at www.TheNewtonTheatre.com.

JAM @ THE DARRESS THEATRE COFFEE HOUSE OPEN MIC

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Coffee House Jam

Open Mic Night 
Hosted by Tommy Mahoney

   

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, at 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Darress Theatre, 615 Main Street, Boonton
ADMISSION: $10 (Admission fee is refunded to performers.)
973.334.9292
Free Coffee, Tea, and Bagels

Tommy Mahoney, is a native of the area who grew up in Morristown and has lived in Denville for over thirty years. He has been a member of The Folk Project since 2005 and is currently an active volunteer with "the Minstrel" concert series. He has also been on the staff of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival for the past 6 years. His many talents include playing 6- and 12-string guitars and singing lead, duet, and background vocals. He is also a cameraman on the TV show Horses Sing None of It, does setup and repair on acoustic and electric guitars, and teaches beginner guitar lessons.

 

Please check the website for details. (www.darresstheatre.com)