Saturday, June 29, 2013


The Folk Project presents

The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Most Wanted Tour
Gathering Time * The Ya Yas * Honor Finnegan

WHEN: Friday, July 5 at 8:00 PM
:  Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown.
ADMISSION: $8 per adult at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
For further information, call 973.335.9489, or visit

The performance is part of The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored by the Folk Project each Friday evening at the Fellowship. For the July 5 appearance at The Minstrel, all three performers will be on stage in a round-robin format throughout the evening. The setting will be welcoming and informal, with added harmonies, conversation, and instrumental accompaniment for some songs.

The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is a three-day community celebration of music and dance held in Hillsdale, NY, at the foot of the Berkshires in east-central New York State. This year, the festival will be August 2, 3 and 4. Begun in 1988, Falcon Ridge is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. (There was no festival in 1991.) With an overflow crowd of approximately 8,000, the festival features established and emerging performers of Folk, World, Bluegrass, Cajun and Blues music, spread across four stages. The Emerging Artist Showcase has become a major event in the festival. Attracting 400-500 applicants for 24 performing spots, the Showcase is held on Friday afternoon. Each selected artist performs two songs, and the audience votes for the top three they want to see return next year in the Most Wanted Song Swap on the Main Stage. In 1998, FRFF sponsored the first Most Wanted Tour. This year, for the first time, the Most Wanted Tour performs on The Minstrel stage. Performing July 5 will be Gathering Time, The Ya Yas and Honor Finnegan.

L-R: Gerry McKeveny, Hillary Foxsong, Stuart MarkusGathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul and Mary, or a co-ed Crosby, Stills and Nash; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as “getting a whole beehive-full of buzz.” Founded in 2006, the trio (L-R: Gerry McKeveny, Hillary Foxsong, Stuart Markus) has strong roots in traditional folk, as well as '60s and '70s folk-rock, and they sometimes sprinkle classics among their original sets. No less an authority than WFUV's John Platt has written that they are “among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area......They appeal to audiences of all ages.”


PictureThe Ya Yas are an emerging and uplifting trio from New York's Hudson Valley region. Their distinctive sound is a blend of Catherine Miles' expressive, powerful voice, the percussive guitar stylings of Jay Mafale, and Paul Silverman's melodic piano. Their songs are stories we are all familiar with: the loss of a parent, the humorous ups and downs of marriage, the dreams of youth, the gift of friendship. Are they folk? Yes. Pop? Perhaps. But undeniably, they are personal. The trio's 2010 release, Paper Boats, has received airplay on more than 125 radio stations and rose to #4 on Roots Music Report's Top 50 albums chart.


Honor Finnegan is the Susan Boyle of quirky indie folk. Her songs are humorous, then heartbreaking, with melodies that soar. She combines elements of musical theatre, comedy, traditional folk, and poetry. She was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and learned to appreciate a variety of people and music living in a mostly African-American neighborhood. When Honor was 11, her dream of being an actress came true when she was cast in the 1st National Tour of “Annie.” In 1991, she moved to Ireland, singing with jazz bands, blues bands, big bands, and traditional Irish bands. Moving to New York in 1998, Honor immediately began making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs and ukulele playing.

The Folk Project is a non-profit 501(c) Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship and performance skills in the northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.



Joe Baker, Broadway Musical Director, Teaches Performance Intensive Program
Co-Sponsored by Bergen PAC and the Kaplen JCC School of Performing Arts

WHEN: July 10-28, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday; At 3:15 PM, students will be brought by bus from Bergen Pac to swim in the JCC outdoor Olympic pool until 4:30 PM
bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
TUITION: $995 members, $1195 non-members.
Enrollment is limited to 16 performers.
An audition/interview is necessary.
For further information or registration please call Deborah Roberts at 201.408.1492.

Drama  Dance Camp Auditions 007- MatthewJoe Baker, Broadway Accompanist for Lion King, Shrek, Wicked, as well as Musical Director and Director of the Broadway Youth Ensemble, will be teaching an exciting Performance Intensive program for intermediate and advanced performers, ages 9-17.

The program will help aspiring young drama students develop professional level performing skills in singing, acting, sketch comedy and movement.

Students will attend skill development sessions two to three days each week, led by specialists from the professional Broadway Theater, where they will be coached in musical theater, cabaret performing, and choreography.

They will also attend a session on how to get ahead in the world of theater that will be led by a member of the cast of Mary Poppins, Les Miserables and Jekyll and Hyde.

The program will culminate in a show that will be performed in several venues, including a Sunday, July 28 performance at the JCC Eric Brown Theater.


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Cyndi Lauper

WHEN: Sunday, July 7 at 7:30 PM

Cyndi Lauper

Pop rocker and Tony Award winner Cyndi Lauper makes her NJPAC debut with the She's So Unusual Tour, which includes a full performance of her 1983 LP ("Time After Time," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun") and other songs from her one-of-a-kind career.



WHEN: Saturday, July 20 at 8 PM

TGT: Featuring Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank

Three of R&B's top male artists in the last 10 years unite into a musical supergroup.Horizon



WOPL LogoWest Orange Public Library                  
46 Mt. Pleasant Ave.                                        West Orange                      

Hours: M, W, Th 10-9; Tu, Fri 10-5:30; Sat 9-5; Sun 1-5*

*Closed Sundays from the last Sunday in May through the Sunday after Labor Day.


Children's Programs
dig into reading

Sign up for summer reading. Read just four hours a week and you'll get a sticker and a prize!

Earthly Delights
WHEN: Monday, July 8 at 4:30 PM
WHO: Ages 3-11
Learn about gardening and recycling. Each child will take home a seedling. Advance registration is required. Sign up here.

Dinosaur Dig
WHEN: Monday, July 15 at 4:30 PM
WHO: Ages 3-11
Meet a 15-foot tall T-Rex when Field Station Dinosaur visits! Advance registration is required. Sign up here.

Ground Breakers
WHEN: Monday, July 17 at 2 PM (Rain date: Wednesday, July 24 at 2 PM)
All ages.
Climb aboard and explore DPW's work trucks!
Advance registration is required. Sign up here.

Magical Muddling with Backyard Friends
WHEN: Monday, July 22 at 4:30 PM

WHO: All ages.
Free magic show featuring Chestnut the silly squirrel and his friends.
Advance registration is required. Sign up here.

Underground Adventures of Rudy Root, Jr. 
WHEN: Wednesday, July 31 at 4:30 PM
Rudy the puppet and his animal friends discover underground treasures.
Advance registration is required. Sign up here

Coming next month...

Who Lives in that Hole?
WHEN: Wednesday, August 7 at 4:30 PM
WHO: Ages 3-8
Learn about burrowing animals with a naturalist from the Essex County Environmental Center.  Advance registration is required.
Sign up here.


Summer Storytimes

Book Buds
WHEN: Mondays at 3 PM

Teen mentors read with children.    

Night Crawlers Storytime
WHEN: Mondays at 7 PM
Drop-in storytime for infants up to age 3½.

Little Sprouts Storytime
WHEN: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
For ages 2 - 3½.

Blooming Bookworms Storytime 
WHEN: Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
For ages 3 ½ - 5. 

Rooted Readers Storytime
WHEN: Tuesdays at 4 PM
For grades K-3

Seedling Storytime
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For infants up to 24 months  

possum reading

Offshoots: Storytime at the Ginny Dunkel Pool 
WHEN: Thursdays at 2:30 PM
Pool membership required. 

Green Thumb Crafters
Stories and crafts at the WO Farmer's Market 
WHEN: Fridays at 3 PM
(Funding for craft supplies provided by WO Downtown Alliance.)


WOPL LogoWest Orange Public Library                  
46 Mt. Pleasant Ave.                                        West Orange                      

Hours: M, W, Th 10-9; Tu, Fri 10-5:30; Sat 9-5; Sun 1-5*

*Closed Sundays from the last Sunday in May through the Sunday after Labor Day.


teen logoKeep Reading!

Have you signed up for the "Beneath the Surface" teen summer reading club yet? Read four hours a week and earn the chance to win weekly prizes.



All "Rapped" Up
WHEN: Wednesday, July 10 at 7 PM
WHO: Grades 6-12

A celebration of hip hop music and history with DJ's, artists, educators and dancers. Free! Sign up online.

Unearth Your Inner Champion
WHEN: Wednesday, July 17 at 7 PM
WHO: Grades 6-12
Will you take the prize in our Super Smash Brothers competition? Sign up here.

Hidden Talents
WHEN: Wednesday, July 24 at 7 PM
WHO: Grades 6-12

Aspiring poets, musicians, actors, dancers - Unveil your inner artist at our open mic night! We provide speakers and mics; bring your own instruments and amps (if needed). Light percussion only. Sign up online.  

Creature Feature 
WHEN: Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 PM
WHO: Grades 6-12

We've dug up a real classic! Enjoy a free screening of the strange and funny film Beetlejuice (PG). Light refreshments will be served. Sign up online.

Zany Zombie Costume Party
WHEN: Wednesday, August 7 at 7 PM
WHO: Grades 6-12
Zombify yourself and stagger in to our costume party. Start planning now! Sign up online.  


WOPL LogoWest Orange Public Library                  
46 Mt. Pleasant Ave.                                        West Orange                      

Hours: M, W, Th 10-9; Tu, Fri 10-5:30; Sat 9-5; Sun 1-5*

*Closed Sundays from the last Sunday in May through the Sunday after Labor Day.



lifeboatBook Discussion Group
WHEN: Monday, July 1 at 1:30 PM

Catherine LaBelle leads the discussion of The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan.

Have you signed up for the "Groundbreaking Reads" summer reading program for adults? Read four hours per week to earn a chance in a weekly drawing.



Film & Dessert
WHEN: Friday, July 5 at 2 PM

Stop by for a free screening of Bella, a film about an ordinary day that turns into an unforgettable experience. Written and directed by Alejandro Monteverde.

Computer Basics

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9 at 10 AM
Learn the basics of using a computer in our free workshop. Topics include how to use a mouse and how to open and close programs.  

Space is limited; advance registration is required.  

Photo-emphasis: Working with Digital Photos 
WHEN: Thursday, July 11 at 7 PM

Learn how to edit digital photos and turn them into masterpieces! Sign up here

Can You Dig It?
WHEN: Thursday, July 18 at 7 PM

Enjoy a jazz concert featuring Dave Rimelis and Friends. Free! Sign up here.

Film & Dessert
WHEN: Friday, July 19 at 2 PM

Drop by the Library for a free screening of Bye Bye Birdie.    

Friday, June 28, 2013



Written & Directed by Robert Scott Sullivan

WHEN: August 9-11; Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton
609.945.1803 or

Rob“Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insulating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor.”— Roman Philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Love and liquor generally don’t mix…unless, of course, you’re talking about the new theatrical showcase of short dramas called Love & Liquor, by New Jersey playwright Robert Scott Sullivan (left). 

This intoxicating compilation of 6 emotionally-charged, character driven one-acts will feature 13 talented NJ actors and promises to explore everything from life & love… to family & fidelity… and sex & secrets.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


STNJ_AYLI_4075Outdoor theater, much like painting en plein air or dining al fresco, is a special experience. In the former, the light is clearer, brighter; in the latter, the food tastes better. But a theatrical performance under the stars—notwithstanding the occasional dive-bombing firefly, the hungry mosquito or the intermittent low-flying corporate jet—has a magic all its own. The Greeks may have gone in for tragedy at high noon, but a Shakespearean comedy at the close of day is near perfection.

And no professional company does outdoor comic theater better than the Shakespeare Company of New Jersey at the Greek amphitheater on the bucolic campus of the College of St. Elizabeth. This summer, they have tackled one of Shakespeare's loopiest comedies, As You Like It, in a full production (instead of their usual family-friendly 90-minute versions). The result: an effervescent romp through the Forest of Arden, complete with feuding brothers (two sets!), good people sent into exile because of jealousy, a woman disguised as a man who falls in love with another man, some dimwitted shepherds and shepherdesses and even a flock of sheep!

STNJ_AYLI_3816The convoluted plot of As You Like It follows the lovely Rosalind as she flees her uncle's persecution, accompanied by her cousin Celia and the court jester Touchstone, to the Forest of Arden. Similarly, a young gentleman of the kingdom, Orlando, escapes his evil brother Oliver's persecution, accompanied by Adam, his faithful elderly servant, to hide in the same forest. To complicate matters, before their flight, Rosalind and Orlando fall in love at a wrestling match in the ducal court (above right); things really get crazy when the two meet again at the camp where the usurped Duke (Rosalind's father) lives with a band of loyal lords. There, Rosalind, disguised as a male youth named Ganymede, instructs Orlando, now madly writing goofy love poems to her and posting them on trees, how to woo his lady—in this case, herself—to the audience’s merriment! Similar wooings among the rustics (and Touchstone) are tempered by the melancholic musings of the dour Jacques. In the end, all gets sorted out, and multiple simultaneous weddings bring the mayhem to a happy close.

For the 50th production she has directed, Bonnie J. Monte has set this convoluted comedy in the Renaissance era on a multipurpose set designed by Jonathan Wentz that utilizes a revolving turntable (pushed by actors) with a stand of poplar trees for the forest on one side and a formal room in a ducal palace on the other. With a few flags, some drapery swags and lanterns, scenes are changed quickly and evocatively. The action swirls smoothly on and off the playing space, with actors making entrances from the wingsand even from the top of the amphitheater’s semi-circle of seats. Paul Canada's lavish costumes enhance the effect, and the music composed for the script’s two songs, “Under the Greenwood Tree” and “Hey, Nonny Nonny,” sound like they could have come directly from Elizabeth I's court.

STNJ_AYLI_4609The two pairs of feuding brothers are real pieces of work. Jordan Laroya is appropriately nasty as the evil Oliver de Boys, who mistreats his youngest brother, the innocent and good Orlando, played with winning gentleness by Matthew Simpson. As Duke Frederick, Bruce Cromer is greed made manifest, a wonderful foil for the Old Duke, played with idealistic benevolence by the same Bruce Cromer, who even manages to find good in being thrown out of the court. On the distaff side, Caralyn Kozlowski (above, left) positively glows as Rosalind; when she is pretending—barely—to be a young man, while struggling to conceal her womanly ardor for Orlando, she is masterful. And because we are in on the joke, her "performance" as Ganymede is especially delightful. As her confidante, Maria Tholl's Celia (above, right) exudes loyalty and comic boredom while watching her cousin teach Orlando how to woo.

STNJ_AYLI_4538The wise fool, Touchstone, is played by Robert Clohessy (right), with a wise guy attitude and a barely detectable New York accent and expressive face that make his jests sound like grand philosophical observations. He is especially hilarious in his infatuation with the milkmaid Audrey, played with delicious dimness by Kristen Kittel.

STNJ_AYLI_4700As Jaques, the melancholic philosopher-courtier who accompanies the Old Duke into exile, Greg Jackson (right, with Matthew Simpson as Orlando) conveys a nagging cynicism and dislike for pastoral life, running on about the rather unlovely “Seven Ages of Man,” perhaps the play's most famous speech. The antidote to the idyllic life in the forest, Jackson is never so disagreeable as to be unlikeable. Raphael Nash Thompson as the wise old shepherd Corin (above, left) and Craig Bazan as the goofy young Silvius (courting the shepherdess Phebe, played by a spirited Jennifer Mogbock), embody the gentle rustic life well, especially the latter when he is being taught to woo by Touchstone. Benjamin Sterling is appropriately boastful as a muscle bound the wrestler, and Dan Bound-Black is very funny as the foppish Frenchman, Le Beau. And the five young actors who portray the sheep are to be commended for their convincing baaa's and proficient ability to crawl around on all fours!

Andrew Hungerford's lighting aptly indicates the passage of time and change of place. Rick Sordelet's nimble fight choreography is on full display when Orlando and Oliver duke it out and Orlando tangles with the much stronger and more proficient Charles.

On one level light and silly, As You Like It contains some of Shakespeare’s loveliest poetry and songs, brilliant themes and joyous odes affirming that life is good. So pull yourself away from the 24/7 news cycle, grab the older kids and head off to a fairy tale world where "life is most jolly." I think you will like it!

As You Like It will be performed at the College of St. Elizabeth's Greek Theatre, 2 Convent Road in Morris Township, through July 18. Tuesday through Sunday performances start at 8:15 PM with additional twilight shows on Sundays at 4:30 PM. For information and tickets, call 973.408.5600 or visit for updated information and directions to the Park Avenue entrance to the College.


Travel back in time and revisit the Colonial era when the Jonathan Ogden family lived in the original farmhouse at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. You can experience their life through farm and domestic chores that were typical during the late 18th century. On the farm, discover farming methods used during the American Revolution, and learn how broom corn is grown and made into brooms. Have fun with fibers by washing and carding fleece from the farm’s sheep, and try your hand at using drop spindles.

To complete the visit to the farm, be sure to take part in playing some Colonial era games such as graces, cup and bowl, and rolling hoops. Join a special tour of The Willows, a Gothic Revival mansion to learn about former resident Rosanna Revere, wife of General Joseph Warren Revere.

WHEN: Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7; 12 Noon – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
TICKETS: Admission to farm

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


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CAMP FOR A DAY returns to the Morris Museum! Each activity is led by our enthusiastic Education staff. Pick and choose the dates that work for your schedule. Camp dates and descriptions >

Bubbleology ImageCreatology and Bubbleology 
WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 10 AM-1 PM
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ
TUITION: $30/Members, $40/Non-members Create goo, do a liquid density experiment, and enjoy a performance of Bubbleology in the Bickford Theatre.


Child with DinosaurDinomania 
WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 10 AM-1 PM
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ
TUITION: $30/Members, $40/Non-members
Time travel to prehistoric New Jersey, Make an imprint fossil, and then enjoy a performance of Dino Man in the Bickford Theatre.

Lego Challenge
Tuesday, July 23, 10 AM-1 PM
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ
TUITION: $30/Members, $40/Non-members

Participate in LEGO® build challenges, make a free form 3D sculpture, and learn how to plot out a LEGO® mosaic.  A materials list will be provided with registration.

And so many more!

All camps are appropriate for children entering grades 1-4.

Please call 973.971.3718 or e-mail to reserve your child's space.  Reservations must be made at least one week prior to the camp date.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Dreamcatcher Repertory TheatreONE NIGHT ONLY...


WHEN: Friday, June 28, 8 PM
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit (Directions)
TICKETS: $16.52

Come see Dreamcatcher Rep perform a cabaret of selections from Broadway musicals such as "Spamalot," "City of Angels" and "Into the Woods." Performing are Dreamcatcher ensemble members Clark Carmichael, Laura Ekstrand, Dave Maulbeck and Scott McGowan, and special guest Vanessa Parvin, accompanied on the piano by the delightful Roberta Smith.

watch Laura on TV"An Evening of Summit Theatre" is a showcase of Summit's three resident theatres, all of whom will combine their talents for one night only at the Summit Playhouse on June 28. The evening will feature three acts, with each theatre taking a turn to showcase a variety of performances that represent the range of artistic experiences that audiences can enjoy throughout the year in Summit

Featured with Dreamcatcher:

  • Pebble Players Youth Theater will be performing a cabaret of new Broadway favorites including songs from "Newsies," "Bring It On" and Green Day's "American Idiot." Pebble Players is the youth division of Stony Hill Players in residence alongside Dreamcatcher at Oakes Center.
  • Summit Playhouse will showcase both youth and adult performers with an excerpt from Kaleidoscope Theatre's production of "Shrek: The Musical" and the Playhouse's recent production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

Discover Summit Arts is a week-long festival featuring art, music, theatre, film, live entertainment and other activities that celebrate the vibrant arts scene in the City of Summit.

Note:  DSA events take place throughout the city of Summit. "An Evening of Summit Theatre" takes place at Summit Playhouse at 10 New England Avenue near downtown Summit.


Discover Summit Arts


WHEN: June 23 - 29, 2013
Summit, New Jersey

A week-long festival featuring art, music, film, theatre, dance, live entertainment, art lectures and exhibitions, culinary arts & other activities.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Art Exhibition and Gallery Talk, Docent-led Tour of Frohawk Two Feathers: You Can Fall
WHERE: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit
Katherine Murdock 908/273-9121

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 8:00 PM
An Evening of Summit Theatre, Dreamcatcher Theater-Summit Playhouse- Stony Hill Players Collaboration 
WHERE: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue, Summit
ADMISSION: $15 per person
Sally Ponzio 908.273.2192.


  • The sculptures of Tom Holmes, ELEMENTS
    WHEN: June 1 - October 31, 2013
    Reeves -Reed Arboretum , 164 Hobart Ave, Summit
    ADMISSION: Free 
    Frank Juliano 908.273.8787 x1414.
  • Exhibit of paintings LOCAL SCENES
    WHERE: Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple Street, Summit ADMISSION: Free
    908.273.0350 x4 
  • 7th Annual Atlantic Health System Family Art Exhibition
    Passion Through Art - The Winner's Circle exhibition

    WHEN: Exhibit open June 21 – July 16, 2013
    Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Ave, Summit
    Emily Calicchio 800.247.9580,
  • ART in the Window
    Art displayed in downtown windows
    For further information, please contact either Lyle Brehm 908.273.1288 or Janet Whitman 908.273.1292
    Proceeds support DSA

Please share the program with friends and family, and register in advance to get your tickets today!

Donations payable to: Summit Area Public Foundation |DSA | P.O. Box 867 | Summit, NJ 07901-0867





WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 10 AM- 5 PM
WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

We're throwing a Bead Bash, and you're invited! Join us for a day of beading workshops*, 19 demonstrations, children's activities, a beading social and more. Learn from talented artists including Alice Heinzelman, Sandra Lupo, Mariel Murphy, Joan Tandler, Peggy Tepper, Sandra Van Ardenne and Mallory Weston. Bead Bash celebrates the memory of Extraordinary Beads owner and artist Linda Johnson, and the event concludes with a plaque presentation by the Clinton Guild honoring Johnson.

Visit their website for more information.

*Sorry, but as of June 25 Bead Bash workshops are full with the exception of "Bedecked and Bedazzled." Please join us for the demonstrations, children's activities and other events!

Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, New Jersey Cultural Trust and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey  Relay Service at (TYY) 1 (800) 852-7899.

Monday, June 24, 2013


John Keller (Orsino), Lacy Dunn (Olivia), and Caitlin Rigney (Viola) in Twelfth Night. Directed by Chris O'Connor. <br />Photo by Craig Wallace Dale.<br />

John Keller (Orsino), Lacy Dunn (Olivia) and Caitlin Rigney (Viola) in Twelfth Night. Directed by Chris O'Connor. Photo by Craig Wallace Dale.


WHEN: June 28-July 14, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 8 PM
Frank Sinatra Park, Hoboken

If music be the food of love, play on!

MST brings you free summer theatre in the park!

After a six-year absence, Mile Square Theatre returns to the Hudson River Waterfront with a dazzling production of Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy of true love, Twelfth Night.

Directed by MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor, the cast will feature MST audience favorites, with Matthew Lawler (God of Carnage, The Pavilion) as the puritanical Malvolio, Charlie Kevin (God of Carnage, It’s a Wonderful Life) as Sir Toby Belch, John Keller (It’s a Wonderful Life, Banner Yet Wave) is Orsino, and Jen Ring (Rikki Tikki Tavi, Flare) as Fabiana. Rounding out the cast is NYC actor and circus performer Peter Daniel Straus (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus) as Feste the Clown. Twelfth Night will feature original music composed by MST resident composer Sean Hagerty (A Christmas Carol, The Pavilion).

Mile Square Theatre’s riverfront productions are a great way to cool off on a hot summer evening, and Frank Sinatra Park’s amphitheater is a spectacular venue for summer theatre. With beautiful scenery, costumes, and lighting created by Mile Square Theatre’s resident design team, and set against a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the show promises to be a delightful and entertaining evening of theatre for the whole family.

Local restaurateur Anthony Pino (Anthony David’s, Bin 14) will serve fresh-made American-style summer fare at the Frank Sinatra Café. The menu will include lobster rolls, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, seared tuna nicoise salad, pulled pork, and beer and wine.

Sponsored by:

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National endowment for the arts and by funds from the national endowment for the arts, administered by the Hudson county office of cultural & heritage affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.



My friend and colleague Rick Busciglio is presenting a program at the Morris Museum. He is very knowledgeable and a great speaker. Go see him!

Great Movie Musicals
with Rick Busciglio

WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 2 PM
Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
Morris Museum Members $10 each; Non-members $15.00 each

Rick Busciglio will be your guide for a nostalgic tour of Hollywood Movie Musical favorites. Drawing on his 45+ years of broadcasting and entertainment experiences, the program features music and movie clips and is a salute to the music and performers from the great Hollywood musicals of the 30′s to the 60′s, including Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and more along with the music from Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Kern, Rodgers and many more.



Marcus is Walking
by Joan Ackerman on

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood

Populated by over 20 characters, men and women are sought for roles from all ethnic background and ages.  Scenes include small children, teenage schoolgirls, 20 and 30 year-old couples, middle aged spouses, and even grandparents.  In addition, there are two scenes devoid of dialogue, set entirely to music.  Therefore, we are seeking dancers or actors who are comfortable with movement.

The play consists of 11 scenes which examine the emotional landscape we roam as we travel in our cars. Control, navigation, love and escape, are some of the themes explored.

Scenes include a protective father shepherding his son through the neighborhood on Halloween; an actor on his way to perform Hamlet provokes a rear-end collision and confrontation with a Czech émigré cab driver; a devastated businessman who strikes up an unlikely alliance with a homeless woman who sleeps in his car.  A whole family in a sedan, two separate couples, and a pair of guys just trying to escape all find themselves woven throughout the fabric of the play.

No appointment is necessary.  Sides will be provided at the audition.

Performance dates are September 6th, & 7th at 8PM and September 8th at 2 PM

For Further information please contact Jim Coe at or after 5 PM at 201.725.5802.


WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 8 PM*
Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison


  • Saturday, July 27
  • Saturday, August 31
  • Thursday, October 31
  • Saturday, December 28

Friday, June 21, 2013


by New Jersey playwright Wayne Thorpe
directed by Matt McCarthy

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, June 21-22 at 8 PM
The Investors Savings Bank Theater at the ROXPAC, 72 Eyland Avenue in Ledgewood
TICKETS: $10 General Admission (with a "talkback" that Saturday with the cast and playwright) and Friday and Saturday, June 28-29 at 8 PM*; $17 General Admission.   
For more information, and for tickets, please email or call 973-945-2828.

JAM Theater CompanyJAM Theater Company of Morris County, NJ proudly presents the World Premiere of the play The Price of Illusion. Wayne Thorpe has written for newspapers, magazines, radio and television, and has one award-winning independent film to his credit, Conference Room C.

The play takes place during a social gathering of four professional women.  Things take a confrontational turn when secrets are revealed, allegations are made and relationships are permanently devastated. 

The play features Jillian Petrie of Hackettstown, Claire Bochenek of Netcong, Gianna Esposito of Ledgewood and Janine Papio of New York City and is directed by Matt McCarthy of Landing.

Please note: This show is suggested for ages 18 years and up due to harsh language and content.

*Complimentary drinks and desserts will be included in the ticket price for Friday and Saturday June 28-29th.


Harmonium Tour ConcertBON VOYAGE CONCERT

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 PM
Church of Christ the King, 16 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon

Just before departing on an international concert tour of Greece and Turkey, artistic director Dr. Anne J. Matlack and thirty-seven singers will present a concert that includes a selection of eclectic works on singing and soul, from Renaissance to World music, as well as songs of peace and spirituals.

Harmonium departs for Athens on Thursday, June 27. While there, the travelers plan to visit the ancient sites and perform a concert at the world-renowned Acropolis Museum. Another destination in Greece includes Chios Island with a concert in the Homerion Cultural Centre. Following a brief visit to Cesme (Turkey), Harmonium departs for Izmir and presents a concert in Buca Baptist Church. The itinerary includes two days in Istanbul highlighting tours of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Our final tour concert is scheduled at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul on July 5.

The 2012-2013 concert year marks the 25th Anniversary of Dr. Anne Matlack as Artistic Director of Harmonium. Since 1987 Dr. Matlack's passion for musical excellence and innovative programming has led Harmonium to become one of the finest choral arts organizations in New Jersey.

Dr. Matlack is also organist and choir director at Grace Church in Madison. She was named 2003 Outstanding Arts Professional by the Arts Council of the Morris Area. Under her leadership, Harmonium received national recognition in 2009 by winning the Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. In 2010 the chorus was selected to perform for the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Philadelphia and was a finalist for the 2010 American Prize for the Arts.

In July 2011 Harmonium sang at the opening convocation of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Region II Convention.

Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is a 100-voice choral society dedicated to inspiring and transforming the community by performing a diverse repertoire of choral music at a high artistic level.

One third of Harmonium's singing members are music educators. Harmonium seeks to advance the choral art by sponsoring commissions, musicianship workshops, community partnerships, the high school student composition contest and other educational programs. The Harmonium Outreach Chorus performs in schools, nursing homes and other venues. For more information about Harmonium, visit or call 973.538.6969.

Funding has been made possible in part by grants from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the instrumentalists is graciously provided by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Dance at RVCCArts

10 Hairy Legs10 Hairy Legs
WHEN: Sunday, November 3, at 3 PM
RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $20 & $30

10 Hairy Legs returns to open its second season at RVCCArts. Randy James’ all-male dance company returns after its world debut here one year ago to present an afternoon of stunning repertory including three world premieres: a work by James entitled Martha the King featuring original scenic projections by Kevin Draper; and new works by Tiffany Mills, Artistic Director of Tiffany Mills Company and Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; and Bull by David Dorfman and Dan Froot.

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American Repertory BalletEvening of Premieres
American Repertory Ballet
WHEN: Saturday, October 26, at 8 PM
RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $25 & $35

American Repertory Ballet presents an exciting and elegant evening of world premiere ballets. ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton and acclaimed guest choreographer Kirk Peterson have been commissioned to create new works especially for ARB's virtuoso dancers. Barton’s Straight Up With a Twist, Faerie Tyme and Five Men and a Concerto have been favorites on the RVCC stage in recent years, and Peterson’s The Eyes That Gently Touch was called “a contemporary classic” (Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger). Ann Marie DeAngelo’s athletic and eclectic Blackberry Winter will round out the program.

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Lustig Dance Theatre

Lustig Dance  Theatre
WHEN: Saturday, April 5, at 8 PM
WHERE: RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $20 & $30

The critically-acclaimed Lustig Dance Theatre (LDT) returns to our stage with another eclectic selection of works. LDT was established in 2010 by internationally recognized choreographer and director, Graham Lustig, and performs an annual repertory at major venues throughout New Jersey. A contemporary ballet company, LDT is recognized for innovative, dynamic performances that promise to “awaken your love of dance!”

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American Repertory Ballet: Romeo & JulietRomeo & Juliet
American Repertory Ballet
WHEN: Saturday, March 8, at 8 PM
WHERE: RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $25 & $35

American Repertory Ballet brings Douglas Martin’s brand new full length ballet, Romeo and Juliet to The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College. Based on Shakespeare’s tragic story, and set to Prokofiev’s passionate score, Martin’s masterwork is “an ambitious production...emotionally and artistically fulfilling...exuberant and exciting to watch...[and] invites comparisons to other well-known productions,…including…that of Sir Kenneth MacMillan” (Jerry Hochman, Critical Dance) and “an outstanding example of dance being perfectly adapted to dramatic interpretation, with the ARB dancers in full command of their art” (Marina Kennedy, Broadway World).

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WHEN: Sunday, March 30 at 2 PM
WHERE: RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $15 & $25

America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company, the Duquesne University Tamburitzans is a unique ensemble of talented young folk artists dedicated to the performance and preservation of the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring folk cultures. You’ll experience songs in numerous languages, footwork articulated in an abundance of styles, many authentic folk instruments and over 400 original and authentic and reproduced costumes. The result is a carousel of style and color from the first note to the final stomp and these talented performers bring eastern European folklore to the modern stage.

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