Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BONJ 2012 SUMMER FESTIVAL OPENS AUGUST 12

BONJ 2012 Summer Festival

FRESH BREEZES

WHEN: Sunday, August 12 - 18
WHERE:
The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown and Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: August 12/19 - Adults: $35, Seniors: $25; August 17/18 - Adults: $20, Seniors: $15; Students (under 22, with ID): $5; Festival pass of $70 includes all four exciting concerts
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  • At 12:30 PM on August 12, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Next Stage Ensemble will present an adaptation of Beaumarchais's play The Marriage of Figaro outside Dolan Hall at the College of St. Elizabeth.
  • The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will then present the opening concert at 3:00 PM in beautiful Dolan Hall. Internationally renowned recorder artist John Burkhalter will refresh the audience with a delightful recorder concerto of Antonio Vivaldi.    Winners of the prestigious Pearl and Julius Young Rising Stars Music Competition—clarinetist Jessica Smith, bassist Alex Bicard, and violinist NaYoung Yang—will perform concertos by Mozart and Dittersdorf. Guitarist Celil Refik Kaya will premier Derwyn Holder's Guitar Concerto, an eagerly anticipated highlight!
  • Friday Night, August 17, is Chamber Music Night, at 7:30 PM at Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave, Madison, New Jersey.    Presenting a dazzling array of music from all periods will be early music ensemble Arioso Consorte and the esteemed faculty of The Calderone School of Music.
  • Saturday Night, August 18, is Theatre Night, at 7:30 PM at Grace Church. Presented in cabaret style will be the 5th episode of Cakes and Ale, a farce in 17th century style written by Jewel Seehaus-Fisher and featuring a zany cast of beloved characters (portrayed by John Lamb, Brian Jamieson, Don Sheasley, Laine Sutton, E. Michael Markwis, Nancy Connell and Anthony Bevilacqua) and songs of Henry Purcell and John Dowland.   
    Cakes and Ale will be followed by the first semi-staged performance of Mark Twain and the General.  The one-act opera was composed by Robert W. Butts to a libretto by Seehaus-Fisher.   Starring in this emotionally moving production will be John Lamb as Ulysses S. Grant, Brian Jamieson as Mark Twain, and Karole Lewis as Julia Grant.
  • Fresh Breezes concludes with a spectacular concert-staged production of Mozart's most beloved opera—The Magic Flute.   The all-star cast with orchestra and chorus will bring Mozart's unforgettable characters to life in the summer's most fun-filled and musically memorable performance.

Don't miss the summer's most refreshing week of great musical events!  For further information, please watch the performers discuss the performance or visit the BONJ website to order your tickets today.

Monday, July 30, 2012

WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT, THE LAUGHS ARE IN @ KAPLEN JCC

Bergreen, Karen_Credit Lauren KochKAREN BERGREEN
Comedian, Author & Stressed-Out Mom

WHEN: Thursday, August 9, 11 AM
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
TICKETS: $10 JCC members; $12 general admission.
It is not necessary to have read Karen’s book to enjoy the show.
For more information on JCC University or to purchase tickets for Karen Bergreen, call Kathy at 201.408.1454 or Michele at 201.408.1496.

JCC University–a new and innovative educational program launched this past spring at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades—is taking a break from its regular programming to present some light summer fare with Summer Break with Karen Bergreen, Comedian, Author and Stressed-Out Mom.

Karen Bergreen earned a degree in European History at Harvard, interned for politicians, museums, and non-profit development organizations, and then became a lawyer and clerked for a federal district judge. And after all that, she switched gears and become a comedian—and a very successful one.

Karen has performed all over the US and Canada and has entertained audiences at just about every club in New York City. She is a regular at Gotham and The Comic Strip, frequently appears on Comedy Central, and was a regular panelist on Can You Tell, a game show on The Oxygen Network. She has performed at the Friars’ Club, the Kennedy Center and the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. In addition to her stand-up comedy, Karen has made cameo appearances on VH1, Court TV, Law and Order and USA Networks. Now married and a mom, Karen has also taken up a new form of creative expression—writing—and has published two highly entertaining books: Following Polly and Perfect is Overrated.

Join others for this entertaining event, meet others in the community, and learn about what JCC University is planning for its fall programming.

Photo by Lauren Koch.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

NJ STATE OPERA STARS SHINE @ THE AXELROD ARTS CENTER IN DEAL

SHOWSTOPPERS FEATURING
THE NJ STATE OPERA
 
WHEN: Sunday, August 5, at 4 PM

WHERE:  Axelrod Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
TICKETS:  $23
CLICK NOW FOR TICKETS
WWW.AXELRODPARTSCENTER.COM
732.531.9106, ext. 142

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

SNEAK PEAK OF “PIPPIN” @ ReVISION THEATRE IN ASBURY PARK

ReVision Theatre

PIPPIN

WHEN: July 26 through August 12
WHERE: Theatre at Saint George, 700 Grand Ave., Asbury Park NJ.
BUY TICKETS HERE

The year was 1972. Broadway legend Julie Harris was starring in The Last of Mrs. Lincoln, Hermione Gingold was raising eyebrows in A Little Night Music, Robert Morse was wearing women’s clothes in Sugar and Ben Vereen was leading an all-star cast in Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway debut musical Pippin.

Forty years later, ReVision Theatre puts is unique mark on this Tony Award winning musical. Take a look behind the scenes as the cast and crew prepare for their first production in their new theater.

Check out the rehearsal video here!

Friday, July 27, 2012

BIBLE STORY MUSICAL TO BENEFIT BROOK ARTS CENTER

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Joseph DreamcoatStorm Productions, presents

JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT

When: Friday, August 3, and Saturday, August 4, 8 PM
Where: The Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St, Bound Brook, NJ
TICKETS: $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults, available through Ticketweb.com.
Tickets may also be purchased from Mama Rosina's at the Bound Brook Train Station, Lou's Sub Shop and Pranzatelli's Audio Outlet.

Storm Productions, in association with the Brooks Arts Center and Dance Storm International, is proud to present two benefit performances of JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT to support the Brook Arts Center in downtown Bound Brook, New Jersey.  

Executive producers Ed Cronk and Lysette Coraggio are working with producer Mark Kalet in arranging two nights of performances to benefit the restorations at the Brook Arts Center.  "If people want to support a great cause AND experience a wonderful night of theater, they should come on down to the Brook!" Kalet said of the 85 year old former vaudeville and movie house.  

Starring Old Bridge resident Dan Zorovich as Joseph, with South Brunswick resident Kristin Contrino as the Narrator, JOSEPH tells the biblical story of the twelve sons of Jacob set to various styles of music (western, soft shoe, and calypso).  

Director Ana Kalet and music director Mike Stein have assembled a talented cast, ranging in age from six to sixty, to bring this great family musical to life. Choreography is by Danielle Mondi.

Further information can be found at Dance Storm International and the Brook Arts Center

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT is presented through an exclusive arrangement with R & H Theatricals and The Really Useful Group Limited.

BUY TIX NOW FOR CHRISTOPHER DURANG COMEDY & MORE @ McCARTER THEATRE IN PRINCETON

McCarter Theatre Center: Single Tickets on Sale for FALL Events on July 30.<br />    <br />    VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE<br /> <br />By Christopher Durang <br />Directed by Nicholas Martin  <br />Sept 7 - Oct 7, 2012<br />Featuring Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, and Kristine Nielsen

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Limited Engagement<br />    <br />THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) <br />October 26-November 4, 2012<br />Based on the novel The Sun Also Rises by ERNEST HEMINGWAY<br />Created by ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE<br />Directed by JOHN COLLINS          <br />

McCarters 2012-2013 Season!<br />Purchase tickets beginning July 30 <br />for performances through December 2012.<br /><br />Call 609.258.2787 or       Buy Tickets Online <br />SUBSCRIPTIONS STILL AVAILABLE        BECOME A MEMBER - SAVE BIG!<br /><br /><br />

“SOUND OF MUSIC” RINGS OUT @ SURFLIGHT THEATRE IN BEACH HAVEN

The Sound of Music

THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Based on “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp
Directed and Choreographed by Charles Abbott

WHEN: July 24 through August 25; Tuesday-Saturday 8 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 2 PM
WHERE:
Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven
TICKETS: $36-$54; Youth Tickets (ages 12 and under) are ½ price with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket.  Student Rush tickets are available one hour before performances with Student ID.
Tickets are available online at www.surflight.org. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Surflight box office, by phone at 609.492.9477. For groups (15 or more) call: 609.492.9477 x201.

Surflight Theatre, under the leadership of award-winning Broadway Producers Timothy Laczynski (The Pee-wee Herman Show, A Christmas Story), Executive Producer and Roy Miller (A Christmas Story, The Pee-wee Herman Show, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ragtime, and the upcoming new musical Animal House) Artistic Director, are proud to present this family friendly classic, last seen on the Surflight stage in 2000.

Based on Maria von Trapp’s inspiring novel, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, The Sound of Music features an unforgettable score by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The story revolves around Maria; a free-spirited, aspiring nun assigned to serve as a governess who restores harmony to the von Trapp family before the Nazi Anschluss forces them to flee their beloved homeland.

The unforgettable score features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs including “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Surflight’s production also features two songs written by Richard Rodgers for the film version, “I Have Confidence” and “Something Good.”

The cast for Surflight’s The Sound of Music includes Crystal Kellogg (Maria), Al Bundonis (Capt. Von Trapp), Megan Thomas (Mother Abbess), John-Charles Kelly (Max Detweiler), Kristen Marie (Elsa Schraeder), Jenavene Bazacas (Liesl), Sasha Hayden Zitofsky (Friedrich), Devlin Stark (Louisa), Gavin Brennan (Kurt), Sienna Grinwald-Alves (Brigitta), Hadley Magaziner (Marta), Nina Randazzo (Gretl), Marsha Waterbury (Sister Berthe), Jessica Kelly (Frau Schmidt), Kayley Anne Collins (Sr. Margaretta), Seth Bazacas (Franz), Daniel Plimpton (Rolf), Alliy Drago (Sister Sophia), Vincent D’Elia (Baron Elberfeld/Admiral von Schreiber), Mike Longo (Herr Zeller), Melissa Rose Hirsch (Frau Zeller), P.J. Adzima, Emily Brennan, Sarah Feinmark, Alexandra London, Jennifer Margulis, Colton Pometta, Chrissy Hartzell, Jillian Riley, Rob Ryan, and Scott Shaefitz.

The production team of The Sound of Music includes Kevin Allen (Set Designer), Cathleen Edwards (Costume Designer), Sam Gordon (Lights), and Alan Douches (Sound).  Kevin Clutz is production stage manager and Julie Watson production manager.

The final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. The Sound of Music opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959. Starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, with direction by Vincent Donohue and choreography by Joe Layton, The Sound of Music ran in New York for a total of 1,433 performances, and won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical (it tied with Fiorello!). Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer starred in the universally acclaimed 1965 Academy Award-winning film version. Hallmark produced a 1998 Broadway revival that starred Rebecca Luker and Michael Seberry, who were succeeded by Laura Benanti and Richard Chamberlain. Since its Broadway debut in 1959 the score for: The Sound of Music has captivated theater and movie-goers all over the world, and its timeless story line—the joys of love and family threatened by impending war—continues to resonate with audiences, especially today as we experience a world in conflict.

PLAYHOUSE 22 RECEIVES 16 NJACT NOMINATIONS

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Playhouse 22, East Brunswick's Community Theater, received 16 nominations from the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) on Saturday, July 21.  The nominations were in various categories including Best Original Musical as well as Best Play, among others.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by NJACT for the level of talent exhibited both on and off stage," said Ray Dobovolsky, President.  "We would like to congratulate our nominees for their hard work and dedication they brought to Playhouse 22." 

Nominees included the following.

  • Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play: Kevin Gunther, Extremities
  • Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical: Tommy Williamson, Razia’s Shadow
  • Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical:  Marc Rogol and Jamie Brill, Sweeney Todd
  • Outstanding Costume Design for a Play: Sue Takacs, Lend Me A Tenor
  • Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical: Ana Kalet, Sweeney Todd
  • Outstanding Properties for a Musical: Jill Work, Sweeney Todd
  • Outstanding Production of a Play: Kate Matseur & Adam Neary, Producers and Deb Pedretti, Director, Extremities
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Tara Cioletti, Cat on Hot Tin Roof
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Faith Dowgin, Extremities
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Patrick Andre, Lend Me A Tenor
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Catherine Rowe, Barefoot in the Park
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Bob Dumpert, Barefoot in the Park
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Mark Kalet, Lend Me A Tenor
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Russ Ortiz, A Christmas Carol
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Jeff Maschi, Barefoot in the Park
  • Outstanding Production of an Original Musical: Ray Dobovolsky & Adam Neary, Producers; Greg Scalera, Director Razia’s Shadow

The New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) awards ceremony is scheduled to be held on Sunday, September 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset. 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT @ KAPLEN JCC IN TENAFLY

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Photographs by Guler Ugur

WHEN: On display August 1-28; Meet the Artist Reception: Sunday, August 5, 1-3 PM
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
ADMISSION:  free and open to the community.
For more information contact Ophrah Listokin, Waltuch Gallery Director, at 201.408.1408 or visit the JCC website at www.jccotp.org.

Guler Ugur was raised in a Turkish ghetto in Germany. She studied photography in Dortmund and became an assistant to Eli Reed of Magnum Photos in NYC. Her travels have brought her to Brazil, Peru, Colombia, India, Israel, Portugal and other places where she always connected with children and woman.

“I grew up in a Turkish culture where woman and children were my whole world,” says Ms. Ugur. “But living in NYC and traveling to exciting places around the globe has opened me to experiences beyond my expectation. I studied Judaism and eventually converted. Photographing my first Bat Mitzvah was the beginning of a wonderful journey that led me to create what I call photo essays—stories about families told in images.

“I strive to capture ephemeral moments that allow me to capture emotions that sometimes last only for an instant. It is in those moments that we can see the unseen, those fleeting moments in time and life, and my goal is to capture them forever.”

Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 10 PM; Friday and Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays.

NEW YOUTH MUSICAL NEXT WEEKEND @ LUNA STAGE

DIVERSITY YOUTH THEATER PERFORMS

THINK! for yourself

Luna Stage has been hosting a very special youth theatre company this summer. DIVERSITY YOUTH THEATER does wonderful work with young artists ages 7-23.

WHEN: August 1, 1 PM: August 3, 1 PM & 3 PM; August 4, 7 PM
WHERE:
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TICKETS: Children $12, Adults $20

Over a six-week summer session, the leaders of this company have been guiding their young ensemble toward the creation of a brand new theatre work. The piece, THINK! for yourself will be performed for the public next weekend on Luna's main stage.

For information and tickets, please call DYT: 862.224.4188

TRAVEL BACK IN MUSICAL TIME TO THE 60’S @ CENTENARY STAGE

Beatlemania Now

BEATLEMANIA NOW

WHEN: Saturday, August 4, 8 PM
WHERE:
Sitnik Theatre, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown (on campus of Centenary College)
TICKETS: $30-$35 in advance and $35-$40 on the day of the performance with discounts for children under 12.
Tickets for the Jammin’ in July Summer Concert Series are available through the CSC Box office at 715 Grand Ave., open 1-5 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to each performance. They may also be purchased using Secure Online Ticketing, or by calling the box office at 908.979.0900.

xxBeatlemania Now is a blast from the past that recreates the energy of an original Beatles show set against a backdrop of iconic images evoking many memories from the 1960’s. “Not only does this group capture the Beatles’ music, look, and style, but the background video puts the audience in the 1960’s, evoking the hope, deep sadness, and energy of the time,” says critic Harriet Diamond. The transcendent music of the Beatles is a “must see” for all ages, says travel writer, Stacey Smith.

Watch Beatlemania Now Video Clip!

For more information see Beatlemania Now’s official website.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

THE WOMEN’S THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

DONATE NOW

Go to their new website to support this Exciting 20th season!

 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW AND PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THIS EXCITING THEATER GROUP!
 
 
 
 
 
 

ANNUAL CONSERVATORY CONCERT NEXT WEEK @ PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE

 


This is an evening at Paper Mill that you won't want to miss! The 2012–2013 season culminates with the New Voices concert—an exciting and unique concert event which features 120 of New Jersey’s most talented young performers singing, dancing and acting in a musical celebration about growing up and changing the world.

Three performances only!

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WHERE: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn

COME TO WONDERLAND IN BOUND BROOK THIS FRIDAY WITH THE KIDS

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The Brook Arts Center & Kelsea's Performing Arts Center present

KPACALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.
When: Friday, July 27, 6 PM
Where
: The Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St, Bound Brook, NJ
TICKETS: $10 in advance $15 day of the show.
Tickets may be purchase locally at Lou's Sub Shop, Rosina's and Pranzatelli Audio along Bound Brook's Main Street, at www.brookarts.org and www.ticketweb.com.

Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Further information can be found at Kelsea's Performing Arts Center and the Brook Arts Center.

LATE AUDITION NOTICE FOR SUMMER FUNDRAISER: SORRY!

 

Auditions For Summer FundRaiser Teen Cabaret Are Happening NOW!

 

SORRY EVERYONE FOR THE SHORT NOTICE.  AUDITIONS ARE TOMORROW JULY 26.  SEE INFO BELOW:

AUDITION NOTICE

A SUMMER TEEN CABARET
Directed by Janet Villas

WHEN: Thursday July 26, 4 – 8 PM
WHERE: Grace Church, 45 Hazel St., Clifton
Call backs may be on Friday, time to be determined.

Performance dates are Saturday, August 25 at 8 PM and Sunday, August 26 at 4 PM at the Clifton Masonic Temple, 1476 Van Houten Ave., Clifton

A cast of 12 singers will present their favorite New York/Broadway themed musical numbers at TLC's annual fundraising benefit.

Each singer will perform two songs and participate in a finale number. 

Teens aged 13 to 19 or grades 8 through freshman year of college are eligible to participate.

Singers will be coached individually to bring out the best in their musical choices.  Duets are also welcome.  All singers will work with tracks.

When auditioning, bring a track of the song on a CD, Ipod or thumb drive.
Songs should be age-appropriate, upbeat and fun!  Be prepared to work with a hand-held microphone.

For more information please call 973.928.7668.

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE AUDITION ON THURSDAY BUT ARE STILL INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING.

PLEASE CALL THE ABOVE PHONE # AND LEAVE A MESSAGE.  YOU WILL BE CONTACTED IF AN ADDITIONAL AUDITION DATE IS SCHEDULED 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LAST WEEKEND TO SEE “COMEDY OF ERRORS” @ STNJ OUTDOOR STAGE: BRING THE FAMILY

Don't miss THE COMEDY OF ERRORS on the outdoor stage!

Pictured: (L to R) Allison Layman and Matthew Simpson in The Comedy of Errors. Photo © Gerry Goodstein 2012

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AUGUST PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS @ MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM

To register for workshops, call 973.259.5139. Click on titles for more information.

Family Programs: Park Bench

Public Programs: New! Summer Concert Series
Adult Workshops: Focused Anatomy: Capturing Movement / Adobe Creative Suite Integration / Introduction to Photo Retouching Using Photoshop / Intensive Watercolor Week

Save the date! Registration for MAM's Trip to the Barnes Foundation is now open!
WHEN: October 6, 9 AM – 6 PM
TICKETS: $115 Members, $125 Nonmembers
Be among the first to see this collection in its much-anticipated new home.
Call 973.259.5153 to reserve your spot today. Limited spaces available.

 

Focused Anatomy: Capturing Movement

By Julian Tejera<br />

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, August 4 – 5, 10 AM – 4 PM
TICKETS: $200 Members, $220 Nonmembers
Julian Tejera

Intended for students with life-drawing experience, this two-day workshop focuses on capturing energetic gestures and working toward a finished drawing that maintains its initial energy. Key anatomical landmarks will be highlighted with attention directed to the intricate play of skeleton and muscles affecting the superficial form as the body shifts and moves. A long demonstration on day one will help students visualize the process and take note of how exaggeration and accuracy go hand in hand. For a list of suggested supplies, please visit montclairartmuseum.org.

 

Monthly Family Programs

Photo by Angela Frasco<br />

Park Bench
WHEN: Second Wednesday of the Month—August 8, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
ADMISSION: $6 per child, Adults $12 (FREE for adult Member)
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Join MAM Park Bench for a special summer field trip. This month our project and tour will take place a few blocks away from MAM off-site at the beautiful Van Vleck House & Gardens located at 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. Check in at the rear of the garden near the new education classrooms. (Photo by Angela Frasco)

 

New! Summer Concert Series

Mary's Basement
WHEN: Friday, August 10, 7–8 PM
WHERE: Montclair Art Museum's Front Lawn
ADMISSION: FREE
Enjoy wonderful summer evenings of music, snacks, and fun for free, sponsored by the Montclair Art Museum and our neighbor Whole Foods Market Montclair. The galleries and The Store at MAM will also have extended hours from 5–8 PM. The Store at MAM will offer a special 15% discount (25% for Members).* The TFQ food truck will also be on hand serving up delicious Cajun food.

Come early and stop by the SummerART Reception to see the amazing artwork of our SummerART campers. The reception will be held in Leir Hall, 4:30–5:30 PM.

*valid for one regularly priced item.

TIX ON SALE JULY 27 FOR HOLIDAY CONCERT

RSI Bank presents Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea on Saturday 12/08 at 8PM.

Just Added! On Sale Friday 7/27 at 11 AM.

RSI Bank presents

ORCHESTRA OF ST. PETER BY THE SEA
featuring Father Alphonse Stephenson

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, at 8 PM
WHERE:
Union County PAC, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $27 (Ticket prices include all fees.)

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
Purchase tickets online at ucpac.org or call 732-499-8226

BOX OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday – 11 AM until 5 PM; Thursday – 11 AM until 8 PM; Friday – 11 AM until  5 PM; The Union County PAC Box Office is also open 2 hour prior to any ticketed event and will remain open through intermission.

BRING YOUR GROUP AND SAVE!
Groups of 10 or more may be entitled to a discounted ticket price.  Limited discounted tickets are available.  Call the box office today to make your reservations.

ACCESSIBILITY
Patrons needing assistance should contact UC PAC at least three weeks prior to the performance for which you have tickets.  Call the box office for details.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

Parking is available to our patrons at Rahway's multi-level parking deck, located on the corner of Main Street and Lewis Street (across from the Rahway Train Station and behind Hotel Indigo).  A free shuttle is often available to and from the theatre. 

Click here for directions to the Union County PAC.
Call the box office for more information.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

  • For an up-to-date listing of UC PAC events visit the
    Calendar of Events page of our website at www.ucpac.org.
  • Programs, artists, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice. 
  • Please contact the Box Office for further details (732.499.8226).

JURIED ART/FINE CRAFT EXHIBIT/SALE IN LIVINGSTON SEEKS ARTISTS

Art at the Oval 1CALL FOR ARTISTS!

ART AT THE OVAL
WHEN: Sunday, October 7, 2012
WHERE:
The Oval at the Livingston High School/Livingston Public Library complex, South Livingston Ave., Livingston
FEE: The fee for a 10x10 exhibit space is $75 and there are a limited number of fencing spaces available.
Art at the Oval application forms may be downloaded http://www.livingstonnj.org/artatoval-app2012.pdf and are also available to be picked up at the ACL Art Gallery in the Livingston Town Center at 1170 Town Center Way, next door to Silverman’s.
For further information please contact Irene Feigen at 973.994.1516 or feigenfinearts@gmail.com or Vivian Olshen at 973.992.1950 or vivolshen@aol.com.

Art at the Oval  CALL FOR ARTISTSThe Arts Council of Livingston will be holding its thirteenth annual “Art at the Oval,” on Sunday October 7, 2012. Art at the Oval is a juried, outdoor fine art and fine craft exhibit and sale with unique exhibits from many well-known area artists. The event, which spans the picturesque Livingston Oval, is a well-known tradition in town and draws artists from the entire tri-state area and beyond.

Applications are now being taken and all artists are invited to compete in this prestigious event. Due to the demand we will be accepting the applications on a first-come first-served basis. Categories are: paintings in oils, watercolor and pastels, drawings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and wearable art.

Cash prizes are awarded in each category.

In addition to being a juried art show, the event will feature many free activities for children and adults including face painting, clay sculpture and crafts projects plus live music by Paul Stefany, an outstanding musician and composer.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

“PIPPIN” OPENS IN ASBURY PARK THIS THURSDAY!

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WHEN: JULY 26 THROUGH AUGUST 12; Preview: Thursday, July 26, 8:00 PM, Opening Night: Friday, July 27, 8:00 PM; 8 PM Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Wednesdays and Sundays
WHERE:
ReVision Theatre, THEATRE AT SAINT GEORGE, 700 Grand Ave., Asbury Park
TICKETS: $15-$40
Box Office: 732.455.3059
BUY TICKETS NOW!

ONE MORE WEEK TO SEE “THE LIAR” @ STNJ

Don't miss THE LIAR!

www.ShakespeareNJ.org to order tickets

ORDER TIX TO “A CHORUS LINE” BY AUGUST 2 & SAVE 10%

Monday, July 23, 2012

REVIEW: SISTERS FROLIC ON BICKFORD STAGE IN SUMMER PRODUCTION OF “NUNSENSE’”

Sheila-current3By Sheila Abrams

It was just a little mishap in the kitchen of the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Sister Julia, Child of God, made the tiniest slip-up in her vichyssoise recipe, and 52 sisters bit the dust. The need to bury them fast (four are being stored in the freezer) has caused a financial crisis. Thus, the remaining five sisters have joined to put on a show and raise some money. The result: Nunsense.

The extremely silly musical based on that premise, which holds the record as the second longest-running Off-Broadway show (after The Fantasticks), opened last weekend at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre, where it will continue through Aug. 12.

For a hint about the humor, note the name of the cooking nun in the first paragraph. There isn’t much subtle or sophisticated in Nunsense, but it really is a lot of fun.

Based on observation of the audience, we feel secure in saying that those who are Roman Catholic and grew up being taught by nuns seem to get more of the jokes and enjoy the show more. But even those of us who don’t fit that profile can appreciate the musical numbers by Dan Goggin and the script that puts these holy women into unexpected situations.

The five professional actresses—three are Actors Equity members—are deftly cast to take advantage of their talents. Leading the group is Gwendolyn F. Jones as the Reverend Mother Mary Regina. Possessed of a powerful voice, both singing and speaking, and a wonderful knack for broad physical comedy, Jones brings the house down more than once.

Though it would be easy for Jones to dominate the stage, the others hold their own and each personality has her chance to shine. Kristen Michelle, with the marvelously descriptive name, Sister Mary Amnesia, is a wonder of innocent confusion. And the youngest of the group, a novice, Sister Mary Leo, played by Amanda Yachechak, who wants to be a ballerina, successfully pulls off a dance called “The Dying Nun” with a tutu over her voluminous habit.

The habit is also put to good use in a very funny routine by Katie Mott as Sister Robert Anne. Longing to be a star, she uses her veil in a variety of creative ways in a series of impressions, probably not sanctioned by the Vatican. The voice of reason in all this mayhem is Sister Mary Hubert, played by Geraldine Leer. Although her role offers the least opportunity for broad comedy, she nonetheless has the chance to show her chops as a hoofer and she sings beautifully.

Supporting the sisters is an on-stage pianist Wayne Mallette. Laurie Piro did the choreography and Eric Hafen, the Bickford’s Artistic Director, directed the piece.

As we heard someone remark exiting the theater, “It ain’t Sondheim.” No, it isn’t, and the humor is often infantile. But there’s a reason it had such a long New York run and is so popular with community theaters. It’s fun, and in the middle of the summer, that’s a pretty good recommendation.

PAPER MILL CONSERVATORY SHOWCASES REGION’S MOST TALENTED STUDENTS IN PERFORMANCE

Click on the slide!Paper Mill Playhouse Showcases More Than 110 of the Region’s Most Talented Students

NEW VOICES OF 2012: IT’S OUR TIME

WHEN: Friday, August 3, at 7:30 PM and Saturday, August 4, at 1:30 and 7:30 PM 
WHERE:
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn
TICKETS: $25 to $45. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, online at www.papermill.org, or visit the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

IMG_9477-2Paper Mill Playhouse is proud to present more than 110 of the of the region’s most talented young performing artists from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory in a fully produced, original concert on the Paper Mill mainstage titled New Voices of 2012: It’s Our Time. Members of the competitive Conservatory who earned coveted spots in the Senior, Junior Plus, and Junior Companies (ages 10-18) are directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in this concert which is the culmination of the five-week program. Also appearing are numerous winners and nominees of the 2012 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards who won scholarships to attend the Conservatory.

IMG_9519This year’s New Voices theme is a musical celebration of growing up and changing the world. “The show contains many solos and duets, but the most exciting pieces are the full company numbers,” explains Paper Mill’s Education Program Manager, Carrie Rubino. “It is thrilling to hear a company of over 100 students sing in perfect harmony. It really gives you a feel for what the future of Broadway holds, and anyone who’s a fan of musical theater should come and see the show.”

Students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Conservatory have gone on to appear in numerous Broadway productions, film, television, and regional theater.

Check out the 2012 performers:

Quinn

Surdez

Aberdeen

Lauren

Dennis

Basking Ridge

Emma

Granowitz

Basking Ridge

Nick

Siccone

Basking Ridge

Andrea

Abello

Bedminster

Hannah

Skokan

Bedminster

Adam

Cantor

Berkeley Heights

Julia

Duthie

Bernardsville

Annie

Reynolds

Bloomfield

Sarah

Ethridge

Chatham

Daniel

Marconi

Chatham

Charlie

Thomson

Chatham

Kelly

Hedden

Colonia

Mae Rose

Adubato

Cranford

Olivia

Cupo

Cranford

Garret

Forrestal

Cranford

Jake

Forrestal

Cranford

Michael

Nigro

Cranford

Abby

Espiritu

East Hanover

Brianna

Garrick

Elizabeth

Wakeem

Jones

Elizabeth

Greg

Ippoltio

Freehold

Sally

Beriont

Garwood

Juliette

Candela

Glen Ridge

Brent

Hartwell

Glen Ridge

Stephen

Hoebee-Elardo

Glen Ridge

Katie

Shults

Glen Ridge

Cressida

Adler

Glen Rock

Amanda

Whiteley

Ho-Ho-Kus

Emma

Shapiro

Holmdel

Julia

Shapiro

Holmdel

Claire Joy

Moss

Iselin

Imani

Hightower

Jersey City

Andrew

Travis

Jersey City

Chris

Brodbeck

Langhorne

Andrew

Plinio

Lebanon

Jared

Aronoff

Livingston

Katie

DeGuzman

Livingston

Christian

DeGuzman

Livingston

Anna

McCarthy

Madison

Haleigh

Carabin

Mahwah

Kristina

Conzo

Mahwah

Natalie

Parks

Maplewood

Ruby

Zinner

Maplewood

Taylor

Feldman

Marlboro

Jamie

Asreen

Metuchen

Samuel

Dantowitz

Millburn

Maiya

Blaney

Montclair

Rory

Furey-King

Montclair

Amanda

Harris

Montclair

Chris

Cheeseman

Montvale

Isabella

Bucci

Morris Plains

Justin

Chimoff

Morris Plains

Erin

Bender

Mountain Lakes

Ryan

Kiernan

Mt. Laurel

Montana

Byrne

New Vernon

Courtney

Kofoed

North Bergen

Mitchell

Epstein

North Caldwell

Amaya

White

Old Bridge

Taylor

Bera

Parlin

Maggie

Bera

Parlin

Kalyn

Altmeyer

Princeton

Shanice

Williams

Rahway

Danielle

Barbera

Randolph

Alexandra

Barbera

Randolph

Griffin

Hecht

Randolph

Ethan

Lynch

Randolph

Katherine

Miao

Randolph

Julia

Miao

Randolph

Kaitlin

Quann

Randolph

Nikki

DeParis

Ridgewood

Alex

Carr

Ringoes

Mike

Ferlita

Sayreville

Paris

Mercurio

Scotch Plains

Caroline

Scobee

Scotch Plains

Jake

Butter

Short Hills

Jonathan

Charette

Short Hills

William

Kaiser

Short Hills

Carly

Maitlin

Short Hills

Naomi

Fisch

South Orange

Caroline

Haskins

Springfield

Michael

Wang

Springfield

Shannon

Campbell

Stirling

Mariah

Dalton

Summit

Hayley

Dalton

Summit

Samantha

Kelleher

Summit

Michael

Kelleher

Summit

Kailey

McGinn

Summit

Caleigh

Pan-Kita

Summit

Owen

Pan-Kita

Summit

Allison

Scott

Summit

Connor

Briggs

Tuxedo

Kayla

Casale

Union

Darius

Lee

Union

Jasmine

Taylor

Union

Sam

Groisser

Upper Montclair

Maya

Fortgang

Verona

Grace

Gault

Verona

Emily

Sheppard

Warren

Nicholas

Berninger

Wayne

Alex

Maizus

Wayne

Marcus

Shacknow

Wayne

Rachel

Berger

West Orange

Duncan

Cook

Westfield

Steven

Del Col

Westfield

Madeline

Hudelson

Westfield

Geoffrey

Ko

Westfield

Matt

Lynn

Westfield

Emmanuelle

Nadeau

Westfield

Rebecca

Skowron

Westfield

The Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory is a program of rigorous study allowing students to enhance their individual performance potential while developing a broad base of theater experience and knowledge. Students participate in intensive classes including musical theater performance, acting, dance, and improvisation, while also attending guest workshops led by professional actors, directors, and casting agents. The final weeks are devoted to rehearsals for the New Voices Concert, performed annually on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage. The Conservatory offers the unique opportunity for gifted and talented young performers to work at their own level and challenge themselves to achieve new goals and learn new skills. Key to the curriculum is the development of self discipline, respect, and a commitment to excellence that will serve these young artists throughout their lives.