Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Whitehouse Wind Symphony Presents Free Holiday Concerts Throughout Central Jersey

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The Gift of Music

ADMISSION: All of these concerts are free and open to the general public, although donations will be accepted to benefit the band, a non-profit group comprised entirely of volunteer musicians, as well as the presenting churches and foundations. (Above: Percussionist Vince Anderson of Bridgewater stays focused on his music during a previous holiday performance by the Whitehouse Wind Symphony.CREDIT: Gene Hirschel)

WHEN: Friday, December 1st, at 7:30pm
WHERE:
Whitehouse United Methodist Church, located 73 Old Highway 28 in Whitehouse Station

WHEN: Sunday, December 3rd, at 3:00pm
WHERE:
historic courthouse at 75 Main Street in Flemington

WHEN: Saturday, December 9th, at 3pm
WHERE:
Liberty Church, located at 953 West Chestnut Street in Union.

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Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present three separate holiday concerts this December at various locations throughout central New Jersey. This annual concert series is one of the band’s most highly anticipated annual events.

Concertgoers will enjoy the band’s arrangements of classic Christmas carols such as “Good King Wenceslas,” “Il est Ne, le Divin Enfant,” “Pat-a-Pan,” “Fum, Fum, Fum,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Here We Come A’Caroling.” The band will also play some favorite holiday songs like “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Also planned is a medley from the animated TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In a special piece entitled “For Unto You is Born This Day!,” Gary A. Myer of Bridgewater, NJ will narrate the story of the first Christmas as the band accompanies him. Audience members will be invited to sing along for “A Christmas Festival,” and as is tradition with the band, children will be invited to ring sleigh bells as the band plays “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

The band first gave a holiday performance at the historic courthouse in 2011, and remains the first and only ensemble to do so in the courthouse’s 189-year history. This particular concert is made possible through the support of the Flemington Community Partnership and Mediatech Foundation. The concert is intentionally scheduled so that audience members can exit the courthouse after the concert and immediately enjoy the annual holiday parade in Flemington presented by the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce.

In the event of inclement weather, the announcement to cancel any of these concert will be made on the band’s website (whitehousewindsymphony.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/whitehousewind). Large print programs are available upon request, and all venues are handicapped accessible.

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork on April 15, 1996. It is dedicated to presenting the best in all varieties of wind band literature. Since its founding, the band has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. It is now comprised of approximately 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout central and northern New Jersey. It was recently voted the winner of the "Hunterdon Happening" list in the category of favorite musician/band for the third consecutive year. For more information, including information about future performances, please send an email to whitehousewindsymphony@gmail.com.

Funding has 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 funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

GUEST Review: Outstanding “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Two River Theater

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio November 19, 2017 (www.njfootlights.net)

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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Michael Cumpsty
Two River Theatre Company 11/10/17
SCENIC DESIGNER: Charlie Corcoran
COSTUME DESIGNER: Jess Goldstein
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Yuki Nakase
SOUND DESIGNER: Elisheba Ittoop
WIGS DESIGNER: Leah J. Loukas

Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson
© T Charles Erickson Photography
tcepix@comcast.net

Two River Director Michael Cumpsty and company have produced a marvelous, elegant version of Oscar Wilde’s comedy masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Billed as A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, it was first performed in London February 1895. It was favorably reviewed by H. G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. It is a hilarious farce that skewers Britain’s Victorian upper class.

Director Cumpsty has assembled an impressive cast of mostly New York stage and TV pros, supported by absolutely first class sets, lighting, sound and gorgeous costumes.

Earnest3 (1)The cast is led by Sam Lilja as Algernon, Federico Rodriguez as Worthing, Rosa Gilmore as Gwendolen, and Liesel Allen Yeager as Cecily and Randy Danson, (1992 Obie winner) as the formidable Lady Bracknell (photo right).

Supporting cast members are; Mahira Kakar as Miss Prism; Chris Kipiniak as Rev. Canon Chasuble; Henry Vick as Lane, Algenon’s manservant; and Bob Mackasek as Merriman, the butler at the Manor.

The plot centers on John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing played by Federico Rodriguez. He is perfect as Worthing, the wealthy young man who leads a double life. He has a country estate where he leads a respectable life as Jack Worthing. However, in London, he is a bit of a playboy as Ernest Worthing.

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Beyond the “pleasures provided by a double life” he has a unique upbringing. It seems he was discovered as an infant in a travelling bag in the ‘lost and found’ room at London’s Victoria train station! He was ‘found’ by a wealthy old man who adopted him as John Worthing and upon his death made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. Liesel Allen Yeager is a proper spunky delight as Cecily.

Meantime, as Ernest, his best friend is Algernon Moncrieff (played spot-on by Sam Lilja) is an idle, amoral bachelor blessed with a position high on the social ladder due in part to his aunt, the highly respected Lady Bracknell (played marvelously by Randy Danson). Algernon is the cousin of Gwendolen (Rosa Gilmore) who has her sights set on Ernest. One major hitch: She could only marry a man named Ernest! Jack is also set on marrying her. A big however, beyond his name, is the hard fact that his pedigree, or lack of, is totally unacceptable to her mother Lady Bracknell (Rosa Gilmore nicely nails the beautiful pretentious maiden Gwendolen).

We learn all this in the first act which is set in Algernon’s flat on Half-Moon Street, W. Unseen is Jack’s flat B4 at the Albany on Piccadilly (We lived in 1993 in E6!)

From there on, it is a joy of witty Wilde dialogue, numerous opportunities for major laughs (and giggles), marvelous eccentric characters, simply put, confusion reigns properly until the final moments. (Spoiler alert: It all ends happily!)Earnest4

Also, deserving of acknowledgement is the production team: Charlie Corcoran scenic designer; Jess Goldstein costume designer; Yuki Nakase lighting designer; Elisheba Ittoop sound designer; Leah J. Loukas wig designer; Heidi Griffiths and Kate Murray casting; and Rick Steiger production stage manager.

The play has had numerous revivals on Broadway and several films and TV versions, thus you may be familiar with the plot. Please don’t let that stop you from making the trip to the Two River Theater. We have seen it performed in all forms and still found this version totally enjoyable, in fact, It reminds us of a delightful visit with a charming, witty and very elegant maiden aunt (clearly not of the Lady Bracknell variety!).

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WHEN: Wednesdays through Sundays, through Dec. 3
WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
TICKETS: $20 to $70
INFO: 732-345-1400 or www.tworivertheater.org

Top Photo: Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen) and Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing)

#2 Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell)

#3 Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell), Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Henry Vick (Lane), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen) and Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing)

#4 Mahira Kakkar (Miss Prism), standing at center, with from left: Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing), Chris Kipiniak (Rev. Canon Chasuble), Rosa Gilmore(Gwendolen) , Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Liesel Allen Yeager(Cecily Cardew) and Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell)

#5 Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen), Bob Mackasek (Merriman) and Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew)

All Photos by T. Charles Erickson

WP Presents Fabulous Holiday Lineup

Moscow Ballet presents

The Great Russian Nutcracker

25th Anniversary Season Tour

WHEN: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 7:00 PM*
WHERE:
William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: $65 Gold Circle; $55 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge; $45 Rear Loge
Premium packages are available by calling the box office.

See the one and only Moscow Ballet's The Great Russian Nutcracker when it returns to the Shea Center for the 25th anniversary season tour. All ages are invited to celebrate the magic of the holidays with Moscow Ballet's exquisite Russian dancers, gorgeous costumes, and the spectacular scenic design of Carl Sprague (concept designer of the Oscar-winning film La La Land). The Great Russian Nutcracker is an American holiday tradition not to be missed.

*Come early for the 6:45 p.m. pre-show performance of the

WP Jazz Ensemble playing Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker Suite."


Glen Burtnik's

Summer of Love Concert 

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 8:00 PM
WHERE: William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS:  $38 Orchestra; $33 Loge

Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of "Summer of Love" 1967 and the Music of the Woodstock Generation

The Summer of Love Concert makes its return to the Shea Center, recreating the songs and psychedelically-flavored spirit of the Woodstock generation. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the "Summer of Love" 1967 with all your favorite music by The Doors, The Beatles, Joplin, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, and more! The concert will give a nod to the holiday season with music from Phil Spector's iconic Christmas album.

The Doo Wop Project

Featuring Former and Current Stars of Broadway's Jersey Boys, Motown the Musical, and A Bronx Tale

WHEN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 8:00 PM
WHERE: William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS:  $33 Orchestra; $27 Loge

Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical may have closed on Broadway, but you can still the catch the former stars of those shows onstage at the Shea Center. The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. From Bop to Pop, you will journey through the evolution of music from groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos, through Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons, all the way to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.

Child's Play Touring Theatre presents

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2:00 PM*
WHERE: William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS:  $17 Adults; $13 Children

The Christmas season is magical. For those behind the sparkle of Christmas,
the planning is not so easy. This delightful presentation is a special behind-the-scenes peek at the hustle and bustle and near disasters of Christmas preparations at the North Pole. These stories are written by children and brought to life on stage by Child's Play Touring Theatre professional artists.

Appropriate for all ages

*Free pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 8:00 PM
WHERE: William Paterson University Shea Center, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: : $45 Orchestra; $40 Loge

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out captures the essence of Led Zeppelin music. The band focuses on the early years and deeper cuts of "The Mighty Zep" with a passion and fury that makes a truly awe-inspiring performance. No wigs or fake English accents. The band simply delivers an honest, heart-thumping Zeppelin concert!

Shea Center for Performing Arts | 973-720-2371 | wp-presents.org

Shea Center Box Office Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pushcart Players Headlines Children’s Performances at Montclair Arts Festival

Velveteen CastPushcart Players’ 44th Season presents

Velveteen Rabbit

WHEN: Saturday, December 2, at 11:00 AM
WHERE:
United Way Theatre, located at 60 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair NJ
TICKETS: The Montclair Arts Festival runs from Wednesday, November 29, through Saturday, December 2. Tickets are available for full days of programming during the Festival. Admission prices begin at $20 for one day, with discounts for multiple day participation. To purchase tickets, visit: montclairartsfestival.brownpapertickets.com.

The performance is hosted by the Montclair Arts Alliance as part of the inaugural Montclair Arts Festival featuring theater, dance, visual arts, music, and opera.

Velveteen Rabbit is based on the beloved children’s book by Margery Williams, adapted for the stage by Pushcart Players’ artistic director, Paul Whelihan. Music and lyrics are by NJ composer, Paul Farinella, and orchestrations are by Tony©, Grammy, and Drama Desk award-winner, Larry Hochman.

Velveteen Rabbit explores the adventure of growing up, the necessity of building relationships, and the importance of using one’s imagination. A child’s love and a little nursery magic transform a favorite toy into a real rabbit. Breath-taking adventures—from deep, dark caves to the wide open sea, to winter wonderlands—show the meaning of true friendship.

The Pushcart Players cast features Oise Ohiwerei (Velveteen Rabbit), Corey Whelihan (Riding Horse), Carey Gsell (Boy), Aliza Sotsky, and Melessie Clark.

Oise Ohiwerei was recently seen as a videographer at the New York Fringe Festival, and as an actor in the short film “Solutions,” screened at the Chain NYC Film Festival. While performing with Pushcart, he is a full time student at Rutgers University. Corey Whelihan (Montclair) is an alum of Ithaca College’s BFA Acting program. He appeared off Broadway in the Pearl Theatre’s production of “The Winter’s Tale” and is a regular in the classical productions of Smith Street Stage in Brooklyn. He performed nationally in Chamber Theater’s touring production of “Eureka!” and with The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA.

Carey Gsell is an actor and designer, recently graduated from Montclair State University. A performer since he was nine years old with Yates Family Musical Theatre, Gsell was recently seen as Tobias in “Sweeney Todd” at Light Opera of NJ. Aliza Sotsky performed at Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory, The Hearth Theater Company, The Peccadillo Theater Company, S.T.A.R. at the Directors Company and BMI. She performed off Broadway at Theater at St. Clements in “Green Card: A New Musical!”

Melessie Clark is a Pittsburgh native who performed in “Gypsy” and “Wedding Singer” (Pittsburgh CLO), “A Sign of the Times” (Goodspeed Musicals), and “Dreamgirls” (Alhambra Theatre). Melessie starred in productions with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, New Horizon Theater, and Irving Street Rep.

Paul Whelihan is the producing artistic director at Pushcart Players. He directs, stage-manages and performs off-Broadway (47th Street Theater, 59 East 59 Theatres, NY Fringe Festival, 54 Below) and regionally (Royal Poincianna Playhouse, Broward Center for the Arts, Centenary Stage, The Bickford Theatre, The Growing Stage, Luna Stage Company, Forum Theatre Arts Center, Quillo Arts Center, Premier Stages, Dreamcatcher Rep) in musicals, dramas, original works and locally produced television, film and web series projects. NJ Theatre Alliance awarded Paul and his artistic director colleagues throughout the State for artistic vision and excellence in October of 2017.

Larry Hochman is the Tony and Drama Desk award-winner for best orchestrations for “The Book of Mormon.” He received Tony nominations for last season’s “Hello Dolly” with Bette Midler, “She Loves Me” (2016 revival, for which he won the Drama Desk Award), “The Scottsboro Boys,” ”Monty Python's Spamalot,” (Hochman also received Drama Desk nominations for both), “Fiddler on the Roof” (2004 revival), “A Class Act” and a Tony nomination the Drama Desk Award for 2016’s “She Loves Me.”  Larry composed additional music for Disney’s “Little Mermaid,” for Stephen Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and for numerous celebrity concerts.  Other awards include the ASCAP Award for Musical Theater (“One Man Band”), 4 Emmy Awards for “The Wonder Pets” television series, and a Bistro Award for composing “One Man Band.”  He has orchestrated and/or written the scores for the majority of Pushcart’s productions.

Pushcart’s performance is made possible in part by the Montclair Foundation, which supports not-for-profit organizations that meet cultural, educational, social service, health, and quality of life needs in the greater Montclair community. Montclair Foundation serves as a permanent conduit for charitable giving.

Pushcart Players is the award-winning professional touring theater company specializing in arts education for children. Twice nominated for an Emmy©, Pushcart is the recipient of numerous state and private awards for excellence and innovation. A social-profit organization founded in 1974, Pushcart brings substantive musical theater, workshops, and residencies to young people and their families in schools and theaters nationwide. The company has traveled more than 2 million miles nationally and abroad, from the rural red schoolhouse to the nation’s White House.  All performances are accompanied by innovative scenery, complete lighting, and state of the art sound systems, making them adaptable to any location.

Montclair Arts Alliance (MAA) is a service organization for Montclair area Arts Organizations and artists. MAA is a membership driven organization that offers a township-wide Arts Festival, an arts center with diverse programming, networking opportunities, roundtables,  joint marketing, and advocacy for the importance of arts to everyone’s lives.

For further information on this or any Pushcart Players program, call 973-857-1115, visit the website at www.pushcartplayers.org or email information@pushcartplayers.org.

12th Annual MADISON HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL COMING UP ON BLACK FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!

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Don’t be part of the chaos of the malls or big box stores on Black Friday this year. MACA, The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance, and the Madison Downtown Development Commission will present the

12th Annual MADISON HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th, 2017—34 events in 11 Venues from noon until the traditional Santa Parade comes down Main Street on Friday, and from 1:00 – 5:30 on Saturday.
WHERE: Musicians, dancers and artists will be featured throughout the borough of Madison
ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public.

This once a year celebration is held rain or shine. Folks can stroll through the town, shop for holiday gifts, dine at Madison’s unique eateries, see art and exhibits at the museum and in shops. Relax, meet friends, and experience art!

“We have put together a variety of events all within walking distance of each other,” said John Pietrowski, Festival Organizer. On Friday, you can spend the afternoon listening to Classical Music at Grace Episcopal Church, the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, and Harvest Bistro. We’ll have singers/songwriters and local bands at Drip Coffee, Short Stories Bookshop, Poor Herbie’s Pub, and The Hat Shop. Dance Innovations will be performing scenes from

The Nutcracker at Studio Yoga, and the evening will wrap up with a command concert by Jazz Pianist Jerry Vezza at Shanghai Jazz.”

“On Saturday we scale back a bit, with classical music Grace Church, and singers/songwriters at Drip, Short Stories, and Harvest Bistro.”

In addition there will be art exhibits concurrently running in Madison at Short Stories Bookshop (The Small Works Holiday Show) and Drip Coffee. The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts current offering-- “Spark! The Explosive and Dirty History of Light—will be open to the public during regular museum hours.

For a list of all the artists and venues please go to www.madisonartsnj.org .

LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE BAND TO PLAY NEW BRUNSWICK THIS WEDNESDAY

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Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin

WHEN: Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 8pm
WHERE:
State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $35-$45
For tickets or more information, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; and Saturday from 1pm-5pm. and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 536. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

Get The Led Out will perform favorites from various Led Zeppelin’s hit albums.

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed.

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

Band members include Paul Sinclair, Paul Hammond, Jimmy Marchiano, Phil D’Agostono, Adam Ferraioli, and Andrew Lipke.

State Theatre New Jersey—creating extraordinary experiences through the power of live performance. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of State Theatre New Jersey. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of State Theatre New Jersey. United is the official airline of State Theatre New Jersey.

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Book your tour today!

Questions? Call 973-845-6742 or e-mail Education@ShakespeareNJ.org for more information.

A Very Special Holiday to you from Dreamcatcher Rep in Summit

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8PM
WHERE:
The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
You can buy your tickets now. When purchasing, use the code HOHOHO for a 10% discount.
Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654
www.dreamcatcherrep.org
Buy your tickets now!

Kick off the season with your favorite Dreamcatcher actors! If you enjoyed the corny fun of those old-fashioned holiday variety shows starring Andy Williams, Perry Como and The Mandrell Sisters, you'll love A VERY SPECIAL (Holiday) SPECIAL.

The Dreamcatcher ensemble will entertain you with holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun. The show is appropriate for the whole family, and every year's show is completely original!

Circle Players announces Auditions for "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"

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AUDITION NOTICE:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
director Mikaela Kafka

WHEN: December 4th,and 7th at 7:30pm, with a callback date of December 16th. (Please note the callback is closed, therefore please do not attend unless you have been invited to do so.)
WHERE
: Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is a modern dramatic masterpiece that tells the tale of Hamlet from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, and reality and illusion intermix.

The production runs March 9th - March 25th, 2018

We seek actors with great comedic timing, physical training, and stage combat, a plus. No roles are ethnically specific. Please see the Character Breakdown below for more information about each role.

Audition sides will soon be available - please check back for more information.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or shoot us an e-mail at circleplayersnj@gmail.com

Character Breakdown:

  • Rosencrantz (20's 30's): Everyman. The more pragmatic of the duo.
  • Guildenstern (20's 30's): Everyman. The more philosophical of the duo.
  • The Player (m/f, any age): The commandeering, Theatrical Director of the Traveling Acting Troupe.
  • Alfred (male, any age): One of the tragedians of slight build. The Player's underling sidekick.
  • THREE Tragedians: Actors of the Traveling troupe. Very heightened physical comedy. Ability to play an instrument a huge plus. Especially Flute, Recorder, Percussion, and guitar of some sort (lute, uke, etc.)
  • Hamlet (male, late 20's, 30's)
  • Gertrude (female): Mother to Hamlet, Queen.
  • Claudius (male): Newly crowned King, step father to Hamlet.
  • Polonius (male): Pompous elderly Lord Chamberlain, father to Ophelia.
  • Ophelia (female): Polonius' daughter, potential wife to Hamlet.
  • Horatio (male): Hamlet's friend. will also double as soldier and ambassador.
  • Fortinbras (male): Contemporary of Hamlet, Prince of Norway. Will double as soldier and Court member.

Mount Calvary Baptist Presents a Jazz Brunch featuring The Antoinette Montague Experience, Friday, November 24

Jazz Brunch Presents:
The Antoinette Montague Experience

WHERE: Mount Calvary  Baptist Church, 251 Seymour Avenue, Newark, NJ
TICKETS: $40 food and top flight NY entertainment from 2017 Jazz and Blues Award Winning Entertainer, Antoinette Montague.
This is a fundraiser for a scholarship for young folk. Please consider a donation if you can’t make it. For Tickets 973-350-4121 (Odessa James)

She brings superb musicians with her for your listening pleasure.

  • Danny MIXON, Piano
  • Melissa Slocum, bass
  • Winard Harper, Drums
  • King Solomon Hicks
  • Lakecia Benjamin, Sax
  • AC Lincoln Tap dance

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

NBJP JAZZ WEEKLY EVENTS: November 21-Nov 22


WHERE: George Street Ale House, 378 George St., New Brunswick

  • WILL COMER - Leader-Piano/Accordion
  • ZACH HEINZE – Bass
  • EVAN TSIONI - Drums

Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians...the future "greats!" This is your chance to see them NOW!

Legendary tenor saxophonist, Jerry Weldon is noted for his work with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, is a veteran of the New York jazz scene. In 1990, Jerry became a charter member and featured soloist with Harry Connick Jr.'s newly formed big band. Since then Jerry has toured the world with Harry and can now be seen daily as a member of the "house band" on HARRY, Connick's daytime television variety show. Weldon also perform with his own bands in clubs around New York & the world.


NO JAZZ THURSDAY OR FRIDAY!

WE WISH YOU

FREE LECTURE IN NEW PROVIDENCE ON DECEMBER 1st

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Alfred Hitchcock—The Master of Suspense

WHEN: December 1 at 7:30 PM
WHERE:
NJ Film School, 755 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
ADMISSION: free
(908) 508-0800


Sir Alfred Hitchcock directed over 60 films spanning more than half a century.

With a distinctive style, both in front and behind the camera, his movies have influenced generations of filmmakers.  Watching classic scenes from "Rear Window," "North by Northwest," "Psycho" and "The Birds," we discover what made Hitchcock "the master of suspense." 

This lecture is being held at NJ Film School, which offers filmmaking classes for kids, teens, and adults.

Friday, November 17, 2017

MADISON HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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THE STROLLERS SET AUDITIONS FOR MUSICAL FANTASY

AUDITION NOTICE:

The Electronic Dragon

Book by Lee Frank Turner with additional material by Carol Cornicelli
Music by Joshua Stone, Lyrics by James Beloff
Musical Direction by Ebony Wiggins

WHEN: Monday, December 4, 7:30-9:30pm; Tuesday, December 5, 7:30-9:30pm. Callbacks: Friday, December 8, 7:30pm
WHERE:
10 Durand Rd., Maplewood

THE ELECTRONIC DRAGON is a musical fantasy for the whole family.  George Jones, a young actor in 1984, finds himself magically transported to the year 2020, where life in America is very much like one continuous Sci-Fi TV program.  Disturbed by the condition of this ultra-technological society, George gains access to the media by becoming the star of a new TV program designed to get America in shape and to encourage the people to open up to their innermost feelings and to one another—and out of this new awareness evolves a new world.

​Director Carol Cornicelli is seeking a multi-ethnic cast of adults, teens and child actors who can sing.

Performances: Friday, February 2, 7:00pm, Saturday, February 3, 2:00pm, Sunday, February 4, 2:00pm, Friday, February 9, 7:00pm, Saturday, February 10, 2:00pm, Sunday, February 11, 2:00pm

Rehearsals are generally Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30P (young children can leave earlier). There is a break for the holidays.

Come prepared to sing a song (bring sheet music) and to do some movement.  Script sides will be provided.

Character Break-Down [Note: All characters can be any ethnicity]:

  • George Jones (early 20’s-early 30’s) – idealistic actor from 1984. (3 songs.)
  • Our Leader (any age from 25 up) – charismatic female talk-show-host turned “President.”  (Lead in 2 songs.)
  • Jane – OL’s comedic side-kick.
  • Henrietta 045-72-0869-F (40+) – married to Harvey, mother to Miranda and Henry; the dutiful housewife and mother who once was a librarian. (Two duets, plus some ensemble.)
  • Harvey 069-73-4512-M (40+) – married to Henrietta, father to Miranda and Henry.  A recently unemployed doctor. (2 songs, plus some ensemble.)
  • Miranda 425-62-7311-F (late teens-early 20’s) – Henrietta and Harvey’s daughter.  A dreamer and doodler who is not as absorbed by technology. (2 songs, plus some ensemble.)
  • Henry (late teens-early 20’s) – Henrietta and Harvey’s son who is sullen and silent until… 
  • TV Actors: Ensemble of adults, teens and children who act in commercials and play other featured roles.  (3 ensemble numbers plus commercial jingles.)

Final Reading of The theater Project’s Fall Series in Cranford

The November presentation concludes the fall series in Cranford; 
we will be back in January.

Two One-Act Plays:

WHEN: 2 PM, Saturday, November 18.
WHERE:
Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford


COUSIN CLAIRE AND HER COATS
by Mary Jane Walsh

Mags cousin, Claire, certainly has led an adventurous life, but somehow that life ran off the rails. Claire, now homeless, spends each day sitting at the train station in Princeton, New Jersey. Mags is prompted, for reasons unclear, to find Claire and help her.

BULLET IN MID-AIR
by Ed Lataro

Randi has dark visions of violent future acts. He must figure out how to interpret the predictions before future fantasy becomes past tragedy.




Join us in Union for
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE:THE RADIO PLAY 
WHEN: December 2 and 3!
Details: TheTheaterProject.org

ARTS COUNCIL OF LIVINGSTON TO HOLD ANNUAL HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE OF WORKS BY LOCAL ARTISTS

Joan 2ACL "CELEBRATING ART " SHOW 

WHEN: Opening Reception on Sunday, November 19, from 4 to 6PM. Refreshments will be served. Show runs November 8 through January 6.  Show hours are Noon to 5PM Wednesdays through Saturdays. Other times can be arranged by appointment. 
WHERE:
Arts Council of Livingston Art Gallery, 2310 Town Center Way (enter on Carillon Lane, Livingston


The ACL Gallery announces Celebrating Art, the Gallery’s Holiday Art Show and Sale. This show features local artists creating artworks with the holiday season in mind.  There are several pieces of artwork priced for gift giving.  Artworks include paintings, sculptures, glassware, wearable art, jewelry and pottery.

The Arts Council of Livingston Art Gallery has been in existence for over 30 years and hosts six shows a year. The Gallery is a cooperative venue and is completely volunteer-staffed.  

For further information or to make an appointment to view the artwork, call Vivian Olshen at 973-650-6374.

EVENTS TO COME @ THE DOVER LITTLE THEATRE

Ballet Enchante performs

The Cat's-Meow Cabaret
a 1920-1930s variety show

WHEN:  Saturday, November 18, at 7 pm
WHERE: Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliot St., Dover
TICKETS: $25 each. $18 for dance students in groups of five or more.
50% of the money received will go to AmeriCares for hurricane relief.
To reserve your tickets please call 973-328-9202 or email doverlittletheatreboxoffice@gmail.com.

The performance will feature original ballet choreography, acrobatics, jazz vocals, poetry recitations from the Harlem Renaissance, and an excerpt from an F. Scott Fitzgerald story.

Brian, Kevin, and Barry McArdle share the stage to perform their individual original music.
Brian McArdle, Nannette Beatty McArdle, and Ray Sikora doing Brian’s originals from “Under the Radar” and more!
Kevin McArdle & Tropical Storm doing songs from “It Ain’t Easy Being Me.”
Barry McArdle & The Flying Fins doing songs from “No Pepper” and his 2017 release, “Finbar’s Lost & Found… and Lost Again.”
Join the McArdle Brothers and special guests Chris Cygan, Gary Georgett, and more for a fun filled night!

This Black Friday Party like it’s 1977 with Disco Inferno at White Eagle Hall

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Disco Inferno: Live Music Dance Party!
with Bonefide & DJ Sal Principato

WHEN: starts on Friday, November 24th and lasts until Saturday morning, Doors: 8:00/Show: 9:00 PM 
WHERE:
White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 03720

To purchase tickets, visit: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

Everyone can catch Saturday Night Fever again with Disco Inferno, the wildest retro dance party in the Northeast. It’s time to squeeze back into those bell bottom jeans. Guys grab your widest collars, put on your platform shoes and ladies make sure your hair is big and feathered just right, it’s time to party like it’s 1977!

The Golden Age of Disco returns with Disco Inferno—a live music dance party, complimented by a DJ—that promises to be a non-stop boogie down affair. Disco Inferno features New Jersey’s favorite disco/funk dance band Bonefide, and DJ Sal Principato spinning hits in between sets and all night afterwards.

The dance extravaganza is headlined by Bonefide, the high-energy disco/funk dance band from New Jersey who claims they were “formed just for the funk of it.” The band will perform interpretations everybody's favorite disco classics along with soulful selections of R&B, Funk and Rock Classics. This is one Jersey band who knows how to keep the dancers dancing.

Bonefide is fronted by John Donadeo who shares lead vocals with Alyssa Beckerman, a veteran of the Asbury Park music scene and Ernie Muhlback on guitar, a North Jersey pro. It also includes a three-piece rhythm section consisting of Kevin Smith on vocals and percussion, Skip Hopkins, a Florida club regular, on drums and Mike Soga, a member of many a New Brunswick band on bass. Bonafide’s newest member is Lauren Lastimosa on keyboard and vocals. The band also features a three piece horn section comprised of some of the best horn players in the Garden State.

During their years together, Bonefide have twice appeared at the Bourbon Street Blues Festival, won the Surf City battle of the Bands and have been featured at clubs and bars from South Jersey to North Jersey They are currently a regular act at the Old Bay in New Brunswick. When Bonefide plays the dance floor isn't empty for long!

Disco Inferno festivities will be led by DJ Sal Principato, a long time veteran of the NYC music scene—he was a founding member of the seminal punk funk outfit Liquid Liquid. Principato will be spinning underground as well as new disco nuggets.

What better way to spend Black Friday by dancing the night away?

Originally constructed in 1910, the newly restored White Eagle Hall is an impressive new venue for arts and entertainment, including concerts, theater, performances and other events in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. White Eagle Hall features complete food & beverage service, with two bars on the mezzanine level and one on the balcony level. The restoration enhanced the intimacy and charm of this historic venue while adding the latest in sound and lighting technology, creating a distinctive and memorable audience experience.

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS DISNEY’S “NEWSIES THE MUSICAL”

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WHEN: November 24 through December 10. Individual performance dates are Friday, November 24, December 1 and December 8 at 8PM; Saturday, November 25, December 2 and December 9 at 8PM; Sunday, November 26, December 3 and December 10 at 2PM; Wednesday, November 29 and December 6 at 2PM and Thursday, November 30 and December 7 at 7:30PM. 
WHERE
: Sitnik Theatre, Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $29.50 for adults and $20.00 for children under 12 for matinee and Friday evening performances.  Saturday evening performances are $32.00 for adults and $20.00 for children under 12.  Thursday evening performances are $29.50 for ALL SEATS with a Buy One/Get One Rush Ticket Special when purchased at the Centenary Stage Company box office in person as early as two hours prior to performance time.  BOGO Rush Ticket Special not valid for advance ticket sales and not available via phone or internet sales.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance. 

This Holiday Season Centenary Stage Company is set to “seize the day” with their family holiday spectacular production of Disney’s Newsies The Musical

Disney’s Newsies, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). While on Broadway, Newsies received 23 major theatrical nominations—including eight Tony Award nods—and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

Newsies is inspired by the real-life "Newsboy Strike of 1899," when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills and featuring eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”

Featuring a cast of over 50 performers from across the tri–state area, Centenary Stage Company’s production of Disney’s Newsies is directed by broadway, film and television Michael Blevins.  Blevins has appeared in several Broadway productions including Bring Back Birdie, Neil Simon's Little Me, and The Tap Dance Kid in which he created the role of Winslow Alexander. He has appeared in the Tony Awards Show, as well as many other television shows, feature films and TV commercials, is widely known for his portrayal of Mark in Sir Richard Attenborough's film A Chorus Line, and is also featured in Chaplin. He is also the director of the new Musical Theatre Works Academy.  He has worked with many noted directors and choreographers, among them Danny Daniels, Bob Fosse, Woody Allen, Vivian Matalon, Joe Layton, Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Peter Gennaro. He has choreographed music videos for Amy Grant, five national commercials as well as the off- Broadway production of The Mad Forrest, and his own show, the Musical Count to Ten at New York's Musical Theatre Works.  Blevins also serves as director of Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop. 

Broadway Stars To Perform at NiCori Studios & Productions' Winter Gala at Bloomfield College

NiCori Studios & Productions' Winter Gala

WHEN: Friday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. 
WHERE
: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield. A VIP dessert reception is to follow at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, home of NiCori Studios & Productions.
TICKETS: $40 for the performance and $65 for the performance and post show VIP dessert reception in advance and $45 for the performance and $70 for the performance and VIP dessert reception at the door.  Student prices are $20 for the performance only and $35 for the performance and VIP reception.
Visit nicoristudios.com for more information and to purchase tickets to the Winter Gala.

Performers include Liz McCartney (Sunday In The Park With George, Annie, The Phantom Of The Opera, South Pacific, Mamma Mia, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Miserables), Coleen Sexton (Jekyll & Hyde), Carole Demas  (Grease, The Fantasticks, The Baker's Wife, Morning Sun, How to Steal an Election, Rondelay, Celebration, Philemon, Enter Laughing, PBS-Great Performances, THE MAGIC GARDEN, Blue Bloods, Edge of Night, As the World Turns), Ami Brabson (Law & Order SVU, Homicide: Life on the Street, Damages), Kevin Dozier (MAC, Bistro and BroadwayWorld Awarded singer), Michele McConnell (Phantom of the Opera). All performers are subject to change.

NiCori prides itself on allowing as many students to take classes regardless of financial means. The Winter Gala is a springboard to ensure that no student is turned away due to financial hardship.

NiCori Students, Nayale Quimis and Alex DiFilippo will host the evening with Musical Direction by Corey Wachala.

"I think, as a person, I've gotten a lot more confident over the years, because when I came to NiCori Studios I wasn't very confident in my talent," said DiFilippo.

"NiCori is a place where you will not only grow as a person, but as an artist," added Quimis.

Headed by Artistic Director and three time Tony Award Nominee for Excellence in Theatre Education, Corinna Sowers Adler and Executive Director, Nicholas Adler, NiCori Studios & Production's mission is to Educate, Inspire and Entertain. To fulfill this mission, NiCori has produced several Off-Broadway shows and cabaret performances in Manhattan and the surrounding areas.

"I was a scholarship kid," recalled Sowers Adler. "If I didn't have someone I didn't know at all write a check to go to a summer theater program, I wouldn't be where I am today. For me, it was life changing."

The main focus of the studio is on Educational Theater. NiCori offers three semesters of classes, which all culminate in full performances. The spring semester is a "new works" cabaret that introduces students to brand new authors and composers with an opportunity to perform at Don't Tell Mama in New York City. The summer is an intensive five-week camp where students build self-esteem and grow confidence as well as rehearse a full-length musical theater show. The fall semester, which is currently underway, focuses on inclusiveness and ensemble. Students are currently rehearsing once a week for a four show run of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

About Bloomfield College

A comprehensive, liberal arts institution located in Bloomfield, New Jersey serving 2,000 students with inspiring stories. Bloomfield College offers 60 academic programs, Division II athletics, and co-curricular clubs and organizations. The College is committed to enabling students, particularly those who have been historically excluded from higher education, to realize their intellectual and personal goals. More than half of the student body identify themselves as first-generation and are the first in their families to enroll in college. The College was ranked No. 1 in NJ and No. 20 nationally in promoting the social and economic mobility of its low-income students to high economic achievement, including top economic quintiles. U.S. News & World Report ranked Bloomfield College the 14th most diverse National Liberal Arts College in the United States.

WINTER WORKSHOPS @ THE HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM IN CLINTON

Raise a Glass to These December Workshops for Adults
The Hunterdon Art Museum has several workshops planned for adults in December, including two that encourage you to discover the joys of working with glass.

Check out what's coming up and register via our website today!

The Art of Glass Fusing with April Anderson: 

Learn the fun and fascinating art of glass fusing. You will design and create several pieces of art and/or jewelry from a variety of colors, shapes and sizes of fusible glass. This workshop for adults and teens, ages 16 and up, runs on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. Join Us!

Wine Glass Painting with Linda Schroeder:

Our wine glass painting workshop is a fabulously fun way to create your own set of fancy or whimsical glasses either for yourself or for the perfect holiday gift for someone. Workshop is Friday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. All materials provided. For adults and teens, ages 16 and up. Cheers to learning more!

Friday Night Figure Study:

Join us on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for our open studio where you can draw or paint from a model. All sessions include short and long poses. Models vary from week to week; male or female, clothed or nude, based on availability. All skill levels welcome. For adults and teens, ages 18 and up. Register!


Our Pop-Up Dinner: City Sidewalks

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.
WHERE:
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton
COST: $100 per person, and reservations can be made by visiting our website or calling 908-735-8415.

Enjoy an unforgettable five-course dinner of classic holiday flavors at the Museum.
Learn more and reserve your space here!

Chef Mia Emerson of 15 Landsdowne Catering is working her culinary magic to create a menu of fabulous holiday fare including a New England oyster stew, roasted squash and gingerbread salad, and porchetta. (There's also a vegetarian option for the main course.) The evening ends with a delicious Panettone bread pudding. You can take a peek at the full menu here!

This pop-up dinner, titled City Sidewalks, seats only 30 guests and is filling up quickly, so early reservations are strongly encouraged.

Mile Square Theatre Closes Season with Send-up of Hitchcock Thriller, “The 39 Steps”

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WHEN: November 30 through December 23. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays @ 3pm
WHERE:
Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken
TICKETS: $30-40 • $18 students and seniors.
Tickets available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling 201-683-7014.
Discount Parking available at The Harlow at 1330 Willow Avenue and at Little Man Parking at 1300 Jefferson Street.
For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, closes its 2017 season with a rollicking send up of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, The 39 Steps. Just in time for the holidays, Patrick Barlow’s adaptation is a fast-paced comic romp that turns the classic Hitchcock’s masterpiece into an evening of pure comic joy that will be a welcome treat for audiences of all ages.

“We are so excited to produce The 39 Steps this holiday season,” says MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. “We wanted to present a show that would delight everybody, and this show fits the bill. It’s no exaggeration that our director, Mark Shanahan, is probably the best person in America to direct it, too. He was in it on Broadway, and has directed many regional theatre productions, including Houston’s Alley Theatre’s recent hit, which broke all box office records for them. Mark has an amazing knack for this type of comedy, and we’ve assembled a stellar cast.”

The cast includes Joe Delafield (Tartuffe on Broadway), Helen Hayes Award Winner Zachary Fine, Evan Zes (Signature Theatre’s Incident at Vichy), and Hoboken’s Alycia Kunkle

The creative team includes scenic designer Charlie Corcoran (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Two Rivers Theatre), MST resident costume designer Peter Fogel (Betrayal), lighting designer Jason Flamos (Betrayal), and original sound design by Ryan Rumery (Fool for Love on Broadway).

Singer/Songwriter John Sebastian To Appear in Morristown on November 30

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WHEN: Thursday, November 30, 8 PM
WHERE:
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown
TICKETS: $45.00 in advance, $50.00 at the door and are available through the Bickford Theatre website at www.morrismuseum.org/la-carte-series or by calling 973-971-3706.

For almost 50 years, songs by John Sebastian have been a permanent part of our American musical fabric. From The Lovin’ Spoonful to Woodstock to “Welcome Back Kotter,” this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter and virtuoso musician was responsible for a host of hits: “Do You Believe in Magic,” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Younger Girl,” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind,” “Summer In The City,” “Rain On The Roof,” “Nashville Cats,” “Darling Be Home Soon,” “Younger Generation,” and, of course, “Welcome Back.”

Raised in Greenwich Village by a mother who wrote for radio and a father who was a famed classical harmonica player, John honed his performance skill in New Jersey at Blair Academy. Making his professional debut with the Even Dozen Jug Band, John quickly became a much sought-after accompanist, working with Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Mississippi John Hurt, Judy Collins, and Bob Dylan.

With his group, The Lovin’ Spoonful, he became an international star and had a string of smash hits which led to writing music for films such as Francis Ford Coppola’s You’re A Big Boy Now and Woody Allen’s What’s Up Tiger Lily. And then came Welcome Back, a chart-topping solo recording for the popular television show. Since then he has not slowed down, recording, touring, writing and even creating a series of instructional materials for guitar. He was the subject of a PBS special “Do You Believe in Magic: The Music of John Sebastian” and his music is heard everywhere, in movies, on television, in commercials, and on the radio.

The legendary head of Artist Relations at Martin Guitar Dick Boak, who created more than 150 signature guitar series for the greatest guitarists of the past half century, will be on hand to introduce John Sebastian. Dick’s acclaimed book Martin Guitar Masterpieces tells the stories of those collaborations. In addition, he continues to pursue his art and his music.

Whether you made to Woodstock or not, you won’t want to miss this evening of great music and fascinating story-telling with one of this generation’s greatest songwriters. 

The Bickford Theatre offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums. The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location & Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit http://www.morrismuseum.org

The Shakespeare Theatre Concludes Its Acclaimed 2017 Season With an American Holiday Classic

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

WHEN: November 30 – December 31* (Scroll down for performance schedule)
WHERE:
36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), Madison, NJ (located on Drew University’s campus)
TICKETS:
begin at $29 for preview performances and $69 for regular performances. The Theatre is proud to bring back its successful 30 UNDER 30 program for the 2017 season. Patrons aged 30 and under can purchase tickets for only $30 with valid ID, subject to availability. For tickets, patrons can call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers various cost-saving opportunities, including $15 student rush tickets, which are available 30 minutes prior to each performance, with a valid student ID, and a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets for every performance on a first come, first serve basis. Season Memberships are also available and provide significant cost savings.

Special Performances:

  • For the same price as a regular ticket, the Symposium Series performances offer a post-show discussion with the cast and artistic staff. For It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, the symposia will be held following the Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. performances.
  • The Know the Show pre-show talks are offered free-of-cost. Prior to the show, an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre presents a pre-performance talk providing background information and an inside perspective on the production. This program is free with the purchase of a performance ticket, and for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be held on Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m., with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m. The Know the Show talk will be broadcast live on the Theatre’s Facebook page so patrons can watch and interact live from home on their electronic device.
  • There will be special family matinees in the final week of performances for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play on the following dates: Wednesday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m.; Friday, December 29 at 2:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 31 at 4:30 p.m.


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey wraps its 2017 season with a delightful adaptation of a treasured holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. After a successful staged reading of the play in 2016, director Doug West returns to direct this new take on a beloved tale. Adapter Joe Landry has brought the 1946 film to the stage where he has gathered a troupe of radio actors and live Foley sound artists to perform It’s a Wonderful Life in a 1940s radio station.

A group of actors and technicians gather in a 1940s radio station at holiday time to perform a live broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life. Replete with Foley sound effects, commercials from the era, and sprinkled throughout with a generous dose of humor and music, this charming piece brings the famous story to life in a new way and fills the theatre with the inspiring spirit of the holidays.

Director Doug West said, “It’s a Wonderful Life has been a part of my holiday tradition for years. We’ve assembled a fantastic cast and creative team for this production, and I’m very excited at the idea of sharing this iconic holiday tale with our audience.”

Turpin Realtors and Wegmans are presenting sponsors of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Todd Rosen, The Shakespeare Theatre’s Managing Director said, “We are thankful for the support from our Presenting Sponsors Turpin Realtors and Wegmans. Community partners are vital to The Shakespeare Theatre's ability to create ambitious productions and innovative education programs. We applaud their commitment to our Theatre and leadership within our community.”

Christmas from the Morris County Tourism Bureau: Holly Walk and Ornaments

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THE 2017 HOLLY WALK

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd from 11am until 4pm both days
TICKETS:
Advanced sale Holly Walk tickets are $30.00 per person and may be purchased online through December 1st at www.eventbrite.com.

WHERE:

  • The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall
  • The Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park
  • Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
  • The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
  • The Schuyler-Hamilton House
  • The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

The Morris County Tourism Bureau and its partners are pleased to announce the return of Holly Walk, a long-standing Morris County tradition that offers visitors the opportunity to visit six local historic sites decorated for the holidays, with one admission ticket, over two days. Tickets are on sale now.

Each site will offer something special for visitors. Acorn Hall will be decorated in Victorian fashion. Dr. Britton D. Evans, long-serving director of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital (1890-1920), will be on hand to discuss his philosophy that all patients should receive a Christmas gift. Visitors can tour the current exhibit “The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876-1976.” Acorn Hall will only be open on Sunday 11am-4pm.

At the Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, visitors will see the conference room ‘decorated” as though General George Washington and his staff have just finished a sumptuous holiday meal and have gone to make merry in town. Outside the Ford Mansion soldiers in period costume will stand guard. On Saturday, enjoy period entertainment (games and storytelling). On Sunday, there will be festive live music. The site is open both days.

Macculloch Hall will fully deck its halls with a tree in every room. Visitors can make an ornament on Saturday (11am-3pm) for the Drawing Room tree in memory of famous presidents celebrating Christmas at the White House. Tour the current exhibit of Thomas Nast’s famous holiday drawings including many images of Santa Claus. The site is open both days.

At the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, this historic building will be decorated for the holidays and offer musical entertainment throughout the day. Tour their exhibit “Spark: The Explosive and Dirty History of Light” and learn how early NJ residents lit their holiday homes with lights, lamps and early electric devices. Winter artifacts from the collection will also be on view. The site is open both days.

At the Schuyler-Hamilton House, there will be an exhibit of historic quilts gathered from four historic houses owned and managed by the Daughters of the American Revolution throughout New Jersey. Dating from 1821 to 1976, quilts are coming from The Isaac Watson House, Buccleuch Mansion, the Van Bunschooten Homestead, and Schuyler-Hamilton’s own collection. The site is open both days.

At the Stickley Museum, tour the 1911 Log House festooned in period Arts-and-Crafts style. The museum is suspending guided tours for the day so that visitors may stroll through the former Stickley family home at their own pace. Enjoy jazzy holiday tunes courtesy of the Aubrey Anne Trio. Stickley will only be open on Saturday.

In addition to the sites being open, their gift shops will be brimming with unique merchandise, so bring your holiday gift lists, and support local historic sites and preservation efforts.

2016 Hamilton Xmas OrnamentThe Morris County Tourism Bureau has an Alexander Hamilton-Elizabeth Schuyler Christmas ornament (left) for sale commemorating their “Match Made in Morristown”. Ornaments are available online for a $10 donation at: morristourism.org/Christmas-ornament but must be picked up in person at 6 Court Street, Morristown.

The Morris County Tourism Bureau is a Destination Marketing Organization that positively affects the economy of Morris County by promoting the area’s exceptional historic, cultural and recreational opportunities. Holly Walk is being generously underwritten by Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), the Washington Association of New Jersey, Normandy Partners, and KSA Capital Management-CAMBRiA hotel and suites-coming to Morristown in early 2019).