Friday, July 19, 2019

Save the Date: Opening Night Celebration for NJSO

WHEN: October 11; 5:30 pm Cocktail Reception; 7:30 pm Concert: Holst’s The Planets in HD. Dinner immediately following the concert
WHERE:
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark
Tickets & Info

For event sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact Laura Bessey at 973.735.1729 or Lbessey@njsymphony.org 

All proceeds from the gala event will support the NJSO as it enriches lives through its artistic, music education and community engagement programs.


Amani, Those Master Instrumentalists, Channel the Silky Sounds of the Legendary Nat King Cole @ the Bickford Theatre

Amani: Nat King Cole at 100!

WHEN: Thursday, July 25th, at 7pm
WHERE:
The Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Museum Members: $18, Non-Members: $20. All seats are reserved.
https://youtu.be/9jZYhkb-iS8
Get Tickets
For More Information: http://morrismuseum.org/jazz

On-line ticket sales end two hours prior to a performance.  At that time, please call the Box Office for tickets at 973.971.3706.

The versatile instrumentalists of Amani will recreate the sound of Nat King Cole, among the most famous entertainers in the 1950’s and 60’s. The members of Amani are veteran musicians Stephen Fuller – Featured Vocalist, Fred Fischer on piano and vocals, Flip Peters on guitar and vocals, Marty Eigen on Tenor Sax, Alex Grissel on bass, and Vern Mobley on Drums.

Nat King Cole recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. He recorded songs in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and at least one non-Romance language – Japanese! The history behind these recordings is a testament to Nat King Cole’s ability to break down barriers. “I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music,” said Nat King Cole.

Amani means “peace” in Swahili. The group was formed to share the concept of peace through music, performing for people of all ages, races, and religious affiliations. Amani presents music from a wide variety genres including: The American Songbook, Blues, Jazz and Bossa Nova.

New! Pre-Performance Boxed Dinners!

Get a gourmet boxed dinner with a unique flair created by Chef Andrew Pantano of Culinary Creations. Dine in the Museum’s elegant Court or North Gallery, or enjoy dining al fresco on the grounds!

Choose from:

  • Honey citrus poached Wild salmon with smashed green bean salad ($25)
  • Chicken walnut and grape salad croissant with heirloom tomato salad ($20)
  • Rainbow vegetable shirataki bowl with peanut lime sauce (vegetarian) ($20)

Orders can be placed up to 4 days in advance of the concert and picked up between 6:00PM – 7:00PM on the day of the event.  Beverages will be available for purchase on-site.

Order a Boxed Dinner for this evening.

THIS WEEKEND! Pop 2000 Tour Hosted by Lance Bass of *NSYNC

www.ucpac.org

Thursday, July 18, 2019

3D VIRTUAL DESIGN WORKSHOP IN FREEHOLD, AGES 10+

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Jewish Heritage Museum Presents

A 3-D Virtual Design Workshop

with Marc Diament, In-House Digital Exhibit Designer

WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7 PM
WHERE:
The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn.
ADMISSION: $5, students free
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable,) call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit jhmomc.org/events.  Maximum capacity for this event is 12, so paid reservations are recommended.

The Museum presents its in-house digital design guru, Marc Diament, who will be teaching a workshop on 3-D Digital Design in virtual spaces on. 

As part of this workshop, attendees will be taught to plan, design, build, decorate and script digital items such as a kiddush cup, menorah or other items that attendees may wish to create that relate to their Jewish heritage.

A short tour will also be conducted of the Museum’s 3-D Virtual Timeline, exploring the story of Jews coming to America and Monmouth County. 

Attendees of ALL ages, 10 and up, are encouraged to learn this new skill. They should have an interest in design and digital creativity. They also must have a minimum of experience using a computer mouse.

Please contact Marc Diament with any questions about the program at mdiament@jhmomc.org.

This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2019 – 2020 SEASON OF EVENTS

Centenary Stage Company announces 2019/20 season of events with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Darlene Love slated to kick off the season. Now available to Season Subscribers the 2019/20 season features a host of professional theatre productions including the return of Centenary Stage Company’s popular Fringe Festival, the January Music Festival highlighting an array of top tier musicians, as well as a vast selection of dance events featuring premiere professional dance companies. The 2019/20 season of events is now available for Season Subscribers only. 

Individual ticket sales will be available to the general public beginning July 1, 2019.

Curtain Up with Darlene Love

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, at 8:00 pm
WHERE:
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $49.50 for orchestra seating and $45.00 for mezzanine seating in advance. All ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the performance.

The 2019/20 season launches with the annual Curtain Up event featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love. Hailed as “One of the greatest singers of all time,”by Rolling Stone, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” hit factory, this great lady has done it all from major motion pictures to Broadway hits, even starring as herself in Leader of the Pack, credited as Broadway’s first “jukebox musical.”

Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock. Her background vocals as a lead member of The Blossoms for Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star. Her billboard hits include “He’s A Rebel,” “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and the #1 holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home.” An autobiographical film is currently on the drawing board and another recent film Twenty Feet from Stardom that prominently features Darlene landed the Academy Award in 2013. Darlene is currently working on a new CD being produced by Stevie Van Zandt.

Professional Theatre Series

Centenary Stage Company’s 2019/20 Professional Theatre Series offers a mix of genres including a thriller, family musical spectacular, laugh out loud comedy and a world premiere.

The series begins October with Arnold Ridley’s comedic suspense thriller The Ghost Train. First produced in 1925 and filmed no less than three times, The Ghost Train has been a long running success in London, on Broadway and is packed with thrills, chills and laughter.

WHEN: October 4 – 20
WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

The 2019/20 Professional Theatre Series continues with Centenary Stage Company’s annual Family Holiday Spectacular Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. An international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway, nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Musical and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature. Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Spectacular marks a culmination in all of CSC programming by combining professional guest artists with Centenary University students, students from our critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop and local regional talent.

WHEN: November 29 – December 15
WHERE:
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

Neil Simon’s laugh-out-loud comedy The Sunshine Boys continues the Professional Theatre Series. Featuring comedy duo of CSC artistic director Carl Wallnau and CSC favorite Allen Lewis Rickman, Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs.

WHEN: February 14 – March 1
WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

A world premiere rounds out Centenary Stage Company’s mainstage Professional Theatre Series with Turning by Darrah Cloud March 26 through April 5. In the heart of 1930s Newark, New Jersey a group of scrappy young women began to train in backyard gyms for what would become the experience of a lifetime. Inspired by the real life stories of Hackettstown resident and 1st US Gymnastics Team member, Ada Lunardoni, Turning brings to life the story of the first US Women’s Gymnastics team to compete in the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics. Part of the NJ Stage Exchange Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

WHEN: March 26 through April 5
WHERE
: Edith Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

FRINGE FESTIVAL

The festival launches with Tim O’Brien’s literary classic The Things They Carried. Dramatized by Jim Stowell, The Things They Carried is the powerful telling of Tim O’Brien’s personal journey from his innocent years in rural Minnesota to the jungles of Vietnam. Audience discretion is advised.

WHEN: October 24 – 27
WHERE: Edith Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

The Fringe Festival continues November 7 through 10 with a celebration of the life and work of George M. Cohan in Cohan & Company. Based on the life of George M. Cohan this evening of song, dance and drama gives insight to one of America’s most prolific singing and tap dancing entrepreneurs.

WHEN: November 7 – 10
WHERE: Edith Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

The Fringe Festival closes with Kvetches of 1932. The production features songs and comic sketches from Yiddish and American vaudeville with miscellaneous related frou-frou and stars Yelena Shmulenson, Allen Lewis Rickman, the Shtetl couple from the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and Shane Baker, the best loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today.

WHEN: November 14 through 17
WHERE: Edith Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

JANUARY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Centenary Stage Company’s January Music Festival returns for the 2019/20 season.

  • Big Brass opens the January Music Festival with Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass on Saturday, January 11, at 8:00 pm.
  • The festival continues on Saturday, January 18, at 8:00 pm with the Bosa Nova Wave featuring Diego Figueiredo and Ken Poplowski.
  • The festival closes on Saturday, January 25, at 8:00 pm with Sam Reider and the Human Hands.

WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS:  $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance for each event. All ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the performance.

Concert Events

Centenary Stage Company also offers a selection of individual concert events for the 2019/20 season.

  • On Saturday, March 14, at 8:00 pm Centenary Stage Company presents legendary Irish musician Seamus Egan in the Seamus Egan Project.
  • Centenary Stage Company welcomes back Irish Tenor Timothy Liam Smith for a brand new show entitled ACT III: A Musical Journey on Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 pm.

WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

Professional Dance Series

Professional Dance finds a home in the 2019/20 season with an array of dance events. The New Jersey Ballet returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center’s Sitnik Theatre with two performances.

WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

  • On Saturday, November 2, at 8:00 pm The New Jersey Ballet presents the All-American Program featuring the American Masterwork Rodeo by Agnes De Mille with score by Aaron Copeland.
  • Then on Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 pm The New Jersey Ballet returns with the family favorite Hansel & Gretel.
  • Known for their site specific work Moe-tion Dance Theater, under the artistic direction of Maureen Glennon Clayton, returns to Centenary Stage Company on Saturday, March 7, at 8:00 pm.
  • XY Dance Project returns to Centenary Stage Company on Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 pm with their unique movement style that blends contemporary dance through the spiritual rhythms of African dance, the grace and peace of Tai Chi and the heart of street dance.

NEXTSTAGE Repertory

Centenary Stage Company and Centenary University’s all student NEXTstage Repertory also returns for the 2019/20 season. NEXTstage Repertory productions feature Centenary University students in all elements of production from performance and design to technical and stage management.

  • NEXTstage Repertory will present Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical September 26 – 30 in the Little Theatre
  • Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor October 31 – November 4 in The Edith Kutz Theatre
  • The Bachelorette by Leslye Headland February 6 – 10 in the Little Theatre
  • Marisol by Jose Rivera March 19 – 23 in the Little Theatre
  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change April 17 – 26 in the Sitnik Theatre.

TICKETS: range from $10.00 to $27.50 and vary by production and performance.

The 2019/20 Season of events is now available for season subscribers. Centenary Stage Company offers a variety of subscription options including the Season Producer Package. Centenary Stage Company’s Season Producer package offers patrons admission into 17 CSC events, including Curtain Up with Darlene Love, and all 5 NEXTstage Repertory events. In addition to up to 70% cost savings, the Season Producer package offers additional benefits including, early access to events, advance season renewal with preferred seating selection, no restrictions on the date/time of performance selection and no order, exchange or mailing fees. The Season Producer is $275 per patron.

Centenary Stage Company also offers a variety of Flex Pass subscription packages to bundle events and save. Flex passes provide patrons with discount ticket prices and the convenience of purchasing tickets at any time for each event. Series A Flex Pass grants entry to any 4 professional theatre series events, including Fringe Festival productions, for $100 per patron. Series B Flex Pass grants entry to any 6 CSC events for $150 per patron. Series C Flex Pass grants entry to any 3 CSC events for $84.00 per patron. Additional benefits include advance season renewal with preferred seating selection, no restrictions on the date/time of performance selection, discounted ticket prices and no order, exchange, or mailing fees. Patrons who wish to have specific seating for each event must provide dates and times when purchasing the Flex Pass by contacting the CSC Box Office directly. Flex Passes do not include Curtain Up with Darlene Love and do not carry over to the next season.

Individual tickets will be available for purchase to the general public beginning July 1, 2019. For more information, specific performance dates and ticket prices or to purchase your season subscription package 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 on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours before every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

COLLIDE: Converge. Create. Connect. Saturday, July 27 from 5 to 7pm

CREATIVE SUMMIT PRESENTS...

Four arts experiences in a one-night-only event.

Enjoy the theatre, dance, music and visual arts that enrich the Summit community and region.

Collide is an arts experience that combines the work of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, The Music Moment, the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and local musicians and artists. The evening, with the participation of Civic Story, includes samples of all of these genres as the audience moves from studio to studio in the beautiful home of the NJDTE.

At the culmination of the evening, all guests will move to a common space to participate in or enjoy a spontaneous drum circle in which each individual's creativity is celebrated.

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
WHERE:
NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble, 315b Springfield Avenue, Summit
TICKETS: $35 general, $30 seniors, $15 students with ID
Buy tickets online: https://collide.bpt.me

ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS TO CELEBRATE UNDER THE STARS AUGUST 1 IN JERSEY CITY

Cocktails Under the Stars 2019

Cocktails Under The Stars

WHEN: Thursday, August 1st, 2019, 6:00-9:30 pm
WHERE:
Rooftop Terrace of Charles and Co., 201 Montgomery Street  Jersey City, NJ. Charles and Co. is located near the Grove Street PATH Station. Charles and Co. is wheelchair accessible. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please contact info@arthouseproductions.org or call (201) 918-6019.
TICKETS: $75 online and $85 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased at www.arthouseproductions.org.

Join Art House Productions and SILVERMAN for a glamorous midsummer party honoring actor Matt Servitto (The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Brotherhood) with the AHP NJ Performer Award, Robert Policastro with the AHP Most Valuable Volunteer Award, and Morgan Refakis (Producer of AHP's Your Move Festival) with the AHP Producer Award.

With breathtaking, panoramic views of Jersey City’s skyline, Cocktails Under the Stars will feature cocktails, wine & beer, music, hors d'oeuvres, and a 50/50 raffle. The event is sponsored by SILVERMAN, CoolVines, Genova Burns LLC,  CORGI, David Gibson, Samantha Green, IATSE Local 59, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, The Ashford, Brightside Tavern, Carvao, FM, and South House.

About Art House Productions

Art House Productions is a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. We engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with ambitious visual and performing arts programs; we provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse community; and we celebrate the essential power of the arts to illuminate our common humanity.

Since 2001, Art House has been a pioneering force in the Jersey City Arts movement, supporting artists in the creation and presentation of primarily new work, and encouraging artistic growth and experimentation across all mediums, while fostering a widespread appreciation for the arts in our community. From our theater productions to gallery exhibitions to multi-media art festivals, Art House reminds you that home is where the art is.

For more information about our programs, please visit our website at www.arthouseproductions.org. Art House Productions is located at 262 17th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310.

LOTS OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES @ HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM

Upcoming Workshop Features Transformed Artist

WHEN: Sunday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:
7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Artist Wendy Letven, who is featured in our current show Transformed: Paper in Dimension will lead a workshop on the art of creating dimensional drawings cut from paper.

In this hands-on program, for adults and teens ages 18 and up, you will learn how to create two- and three-dimensional pieces of art with paper. Try different cutting methods, participate in making a collective art piece and leave with a unique paper-cut work you made that day.

Variety of Summer Camps in July/August

We have several weeks of fabulous Summer Camps to go, and there's still time to join us!

Click on the camps below to learn more about them and register!

Summer Camp Week 6 (July 22-26): Fun Forms; Nature Art; Pinhole Photography; Sketch Book Club; Tie Dye & Fabric Styling; Webs, Wings & Watercolors.

Summer Camp Week 7 (July 29-Aug. 2): 2D/3D Art Studio; Creative Explorations; Design, Sculpt, Build; My Pet Project; Off the Wall: 3D Art; Theater Camp: Dr. Seuss Anthology; Theater Camp: Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Summer Camp Week 8 (Aug. 5-9): Young Artists Portfolio; All About Color; Cartooning Around; Draw, Paint, Sculpt; Go Green; Mix It Up: Paint, Clay, Fiber.

Summer Camp Week 9 (Aug. 12-16): By the Sea; Drawing 101; Pop Art; Wonderful Watercolor.

Drawing Workshop for Adults

WHEN: Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.
WHERE
: 7 Lower Center St., Clinton
REGISTER

Join us  for a one-day drawing workshop that introduces and builds upon fundamental drawing concepts.

Artist Lena Shiffman will provide expert guidance as you practice and experiment with pastel, charcoal and pencil. Discover what you like best and develop your drawing skills!

An exciting opportunity for dancers of all ages...

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The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts in partnership with The Moscow Ballet is proud to announce an exciting opportunity for dancers ages 6-18.

They need Snowflakes, Party Guests, Mice and more!

All levels are encouraged to participate.  1 year of ballet is the minimum requirement.

Email us to enroll!

FEE: $99 per month

PERFORMANCE: December 3rd, 7pm
WHERE:
William Paterson University, Wayne

REHEARSALS: Mondays starting on Sept. 16th.

  • 4:15pm-5pm Snowflakes ages 6-8
  • 5pm-6pm Mice and Party Guests ages 9-Teen
  • 6pm-7pm Variations Soloists age 9-Teen
WHERE: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, 1018 Washington St, Hoboken
201-683-9100
www.gardenstreetmusic.com
dance@gardenstreetmusic.com

AVAILABLE ROLES:

  • 12 Party Children (max. 14) | Ages 8-11 |
  • 10 Mice |Ages 9-12
  • 12 Little Snowflakes (max 14) | Ages 6-8 |Must have 1 year ballet training
  • 12 Snow Maidens (max 14) |Older girls from 10 to 14

ACT II VARIATIONS

  • 4 Spanish: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 dancers ages 12-16
  • Chinese: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 older dancers ages 12-16
  • Russian: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 dancers ages 11-16
  • 2 French: 2 dancers ages 7- 9


AUDITIONS FOR “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” TO BE HELD IN DOVER

AUDITIONS:

Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman - Music by Alan Menken
Directed by: Larry Pelham

WHEN: SATURDAY, July 27, at 7:00 pm; MONDAY, July 29, at 7:00 pm  (TBA). CALLBACKS (by invitation only) WEDNESDAY, July 31 ,at 7:00 pm  (TBA)
WHERE:
Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover

PERFORMANCE DATES:  October 4,5,11,12,18,19 at 8:00 pm, October 6,13 at 2:00 pm

REQUIRED:

  • Headshot/Photo or yourself, even a candid photo is acceptable.
  • Please prepare a song from the show that showcases your voice.  We are able to plug in a phone, use a CD for you to sing a long to, or you may bring in a bluetooth speaker if you have one.
  • CALLBACKS (if invitted) - a cold reading from the script will be done

QUESTIONS?? Email doverlittletheatre@gmail.com - put LITTLE SHOP AUDITIONS in the Subject Line

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II"—after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue-in-cheek comedy has been produced worldwide to incredible success with technical aspects running the gamut from Broadway to PTA budgets.

Character Breakdown

Seymour Krelborn - Lead
An insecure, put-upon florist's clerk and eventual hero. He is a genuine, well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 35
Vocal Part: Tenor

Audrey - Lead
Bleached-blond, Billie-Dawn-like, secret love of Seymour's life. She has poor self-worth and education, but incredibly good looks and a sweet and vulnerable demeanor.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 35
Vocal Part: Mezzo-Soprano

Mr. Mushnik
The seasoned owner of the failing East Side flower shop and Seymour's nosy boss. He is profit-driven, greedy, and manipulative.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65
Vocal Part: Baritone

Orin Scrivello
An egotistical dentist with a passion for leather and sadistic tendencies. Audrey's abusive boyfriend, who is targeted by Seymour.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal Part: Baritone

The Plant (Audrey II)
Puppet. An anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado, the plant has an appetite for human flesh that is appeased by Seymour. Puppeteer doubles as other sizes of the plant.

Voice Of The Plant
An actor/vocalist located offstage. The voice is that of a conniving, street-smart 'villain.' A funky Rhythm and Blues voice is best.
Gender: Male
Vocal Part: Baritone - Must be an R&B voice type

Crystal / Ronnette / Chiffon
Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon are  street urchins, acting as the occasional Greek Chorus. Young, hip, and smart, these girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 35
Vocal Part: Mezzo-Soprano

Note: All ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” Auditions This Saturday & Tuesday

AUDITIONS:

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Carrie Jackson Dynamic Duo in Ewing NJ this Sunday

Carrie Jackson Featured Event

Carrie Jackson Dynamic Duo

w/ Radam Schwartz, piano

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 7:30 pm
WHERE:
1867 Sanctuary Arts & Cultural Center, 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ

For info call: 609-392-6409
www.1867sanctuary.org

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Seeks Artists to Exhibit at its Waltuch Gallery

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is currently seeking painters, photographers, digital artists and other creative designers to exhibit at its Waltuch Art Gallery, located on the center’s second floor.

The focus of the gallery is to exhibit thematically Jewish artwork or art produced by Jewish artists.

To be considered for a solo exhibition, please submit the following:


• A brief bio and artist’s statement

• The title of your show and the show’s theme

• 3 or 4 high resolution jpegs of pieces that you’d plan to include in the show, as well as your website, if you have one.

• Price range of your work.

Important information for artists who are selected for exhibition:

• Exhibits run monthly

• Exhibits include a meet-the-artist reception, hosted by the artist, who purchases food through the JCC Cafe. The JCC will provide coffee, tea and paper goods for the event.

• All work on exhibit should be for sale, allowing a portion of the proceeds to support JCC programming.

• The JCC publicizes all shows and receptions in local newspapers and websites, as well as in JCC marketing materials and on its website.

• Exhibitions are accessible for viewing and purchase during all hours of JCC operations from 9 am to 10 pm, Monday through Thursday, and Friday and Sunday from 9 am to 5pm. (Fridays in winter JCC closes at 4 pm).

Submissions should be sent to Nina Bachrach at nbachrach@jccotp.org. For further information, Nina can also be reached at 201.408.1406.

FREE Summer Concert Series Starts Thursday in Succasunna

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – HOI POLLOI

WHEN: July 18th at 7:00pm
WHERE:
Investors Bank Theater at the Horseshoe Lake Complex, 72 Eyland Ave, Succasunna
TICKETS: FREE
VIEW MORE DETAILS

This summer marks the 15th Summer Concert Series presented by the Roxbury Arts Alliance. These 4 free concerts take place weekly during July and August at the bandshell* at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna—be sure to bring blankets or chairs to sit on.

Starting out in the early Nineties, Jersey’s Own Hoi Polloi has enjoyed entertaining at clubs & restaurants, wedding receptions, corporate & private parties, birthday parties, graduation celebrations, and ceremonial fertility rituals. We’ve met tons of fun-loving people at the eateries, bars, catering halls, and other venues that we’ve played throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area (though we’ve played as far north as Massachusetts, as far west as Dallas, and as far South as Key West).

For more information about the band, visit: rockandfun.com

*In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to the Investors Bank Theater.

REVIEW: OVERSTUFFED “WAKE” DISAPPOINTS @ PREMIERE STAGES IN UNION

by Ruth Ross

There’s a great deal of sturm und drang in Tammy Ryan’s drama, The Wake, now receiving its world premiere at Kean University in Union. In fact, one might say that there is a surfeit of “storm and stress” propelling the plot line and character development. The atmosphere becomes so clouded with conflict—psychological and natural—that it’s often difficult to see the forest for the trees.

At its center, this winner of the 2019 Premiere Stages Play Festival, focuses on a fraught encounter between siblings Maggie and Rosemary (and their respective male partners) in a rented Florida beach house. The two have come together six months after her death from oral cancer to honor their sister Kathleen by scattering her ashes in the ocean she loved so much. Over the course of two days, the sisters engage in almost nonstop sniping to reveal familial secrets, many of which would better be left hidden. Add to this, a real weather event, a Category 4 hurricane, batters the bungalow, puts the occupants in physical danger and serves as a perfect metaphor for the sturm und drang within the four walls. (Above, Kelley Rae O’Donnell and Kathy McCafferty)

These two storms—one psychological, one actual—could be enough for a family drama, but Ryan adds three more points of contention involving economic, environmental and marital discord, none of which advances the plot or adds to character development. And therein lies the rub: Too many storms spoil the dramatic brew so that I found myself disliking the characters and not caring much about their past, present or future.

One of the hallmarks of a Tammy Ryan Play (Lost Boy Found at Whole Foods and Soldier’s Heart—both previously produced by Premiere Stages) is her natural dialogue and, for the most part, she doesn’t disappoint in The Wake. Director John Wooten has assembled a quartet of fine performers who deliver Ryan’s words in a convincing manner. Too, Wooten’s taut direction matches the rising storms inside and outside the cabin, to great effect. And, if you ever wondered what sound and lighting designers contribute to a production, well, Emily Auciello and Greg Solomon, respectively, give a master class in the craft as the light changes to yellowish-gray, the rain pelts the roof and the wind howls outside.

Kelley Rae O’Donnell’s Maggie and Kathy McCafferty’s Rosemary are a study in contrasts. Maggie “lives moment to moment and takes people at face value” and earnestly worries about the health of the environment. In contrast, drama queen Rosemary leads a more luxurious life, as emphasized by her revolving wardrobe, affection for fine wine and love of grand accommodations. She is a judgmental harridan, still griping over being “ganged up on” by Maggie and Kathleen as kids. She rarely speaks in a conversational tone; rather, she rants—about Florida, about her marriage, about her sister. Even her story about being dragged out to sea while on a walk on the beach during a lull in the storm sounds preposterous. She’s loud, and tiresome. Both actresses play their parts well, especially given the rather thankless roles Ryan has developed for them.

The male characters are more of a cipher. Maggie’s boyfriend Doyle (played by James Gushue) is a down-and-out biker dude who sells junk on eBay for a living. Thanks to Gushue’s body language and Karen Lee Hart’s costumes, he’s a bit intimidating, certainly a fish out of water even in this family, with his earring, missing teeth, tank top, bracelets and tattoos. He’s there not only to support Maggie but to rant against the 1% at the top of the economic ladder and for conserving nature by better recycling. These sound more like polemics than conversation and add to the sturm und drang onstage. On the flip side, there’s Rosemary’s husband Ed (played with buttoned-up aplomb by Wayne Maugans), CFO of a fracking company in Pennsylvania, a man with secrets about money he’s attempting to hide from his wife (who thinks he’s cheating)—this plot thread leads nowhere and is superfluous. Doyle’s berating him about the effect of fracking on the environment made my head ache. (Above, McCafferty, O’Donnell, James Gusue and Wayne Maugans)

Bethanie Wampol Watson’s scenic design is pure Florida modern; Helen Tewksbury has assembled nifty props appropriate to a rental cottage: board games (Monopoly, Sorry, a Ouija board), a funerary urn, and even a pelican who attacks the windows (and Doyle).

According to Aristotle, an integral characteristic of drama is conflict. Unfortunately, The Wake suffers from too much conflict, hopscotching from one to another, so that our heads spin and we lose interest. And with four characters holed up with nowhere to go and nothing to do, the proceedings become very talky, leading to a verbose, long second act.

Ryan’s play would have been more successful had she focused on the sisters’ complicated relationship so we would learn why Maggie and Kathleen shut Rosemary out, why Rosemary feels guilty over her sister’s death. With personal issues trumping the ideological ones, The Wake would have been more engrossing and satisfying.

The Wake will be performed at the Bauer Boucher Theatre Center on the campus of Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, through July 28. For information and tickets, call the box office at 908.737.7463 or visit Premiere States online at www.premierestagesatkean.com.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Blue Curtain Concerts Continue with The Prodigals and Rio Mira on Saturday, July 20

Blue Curtain, presented in co-operation with the Princeton Recreation Department, continues with

Irish rockers The Prodigals and South American ensemble Rio Mira

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, starting at 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Due to this week's hot weather, this concert will be held in the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center located at 16 Walnut Lane, Princeton
ADMISSION: free, no tickets needed

The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East Coast Irish scene. The band combines original lyrics and melody with a genuine passion for the tradition music of Ireland and a funky energy that is pure New York. The roots of the music are unmistakably traditional Irish; the branches that shoot off delve into rock, worldbeat, jazz and punk and the result has been called “the best Irish trad-rock band” (The Village Voice).

Named for the river that separates Ecuador and Colombia, supergroup Río Mira brings together marimba masters Esteban Copete and Larry Preciado and Ecuadorian singer Karla Kanora, plus a talented group of Afro-Latin folkloric musicians from the cities of Cali, Colombia and Esmeraldas, Ecuador. The ensemble’s cultural identity is rooted in the Pacific coast of Ecuador and Colombia, a musical habitat of East African diaspora traditions, with the marimba playing a unifying role in both the local culture and Río Mira’s unique sound.

Love and Heat: Petite Celine’s Passion and Global Pastiche Burst Forth on “Man Made Fire”

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PETITE CELINE

WHEN: July 20, 8 PM
WHERE
: Just Jake’s, 30 Park St, Montclair

Petite Celine’s songs sometimes arrive full blown, after she sits in silence for a time. They’ll come as polychrome images, vividly blowing the embers of ideas into little flames. She then sits down at the piano or harmonium, or with her guitar, and captures the song.

On Man Made Fire (release: March 15, 2019), Celine shows how varied the lights and shades of these moments can be, projecting through an extremely personal lens of globally inflected indie pop. She may sing in multiple languages in the same song, or incorporate steel pan and tuba (“The Great Unknown”), koto and trumpet (“Jezebel”), Brazilian drums and Django Reinhardt-esque pentatonics (“Qui Sommes Nous”).

The combinations are deliberate, and they get to the heart of what Celine wants to express as an artist. “I create these fusions because I want to build bridges,” she reflects. “Beauty is everywhere and it’s interconnected.”

Interconnection comes naturally to Celine, who is also a visual artist and uses her work as part of her performances and videos. Growing up bilingual, savoring summer stays with family in France, she recalls wondering at the range of sounds she heard on French radio, how it varied from the America-centric pop dominating the airwaves in the US. The notion that music could be catchy and quirky, yet hop from language to language intrigued her. “It’s the sound I hear in my head,” she notes.

That sound sometimes bursts into Spanish (“Explorame”) or Portuguese (“Cartographers”), French (“Tigre Fondant”) or German (a passage in “Man Made Fire”). Each language has a feeling, a sound that enriches the song or its story. “I would love at some point to experiment with singing in a made-up language,” laughs Celine. “I feel you don’t need to know what I’m saying to know what I mean. It just needs to resonate with you.”

Celine’s talent for conveying emotions through music was honed during her first years as a performer, when she found herself busking regularly in New York’s Washington Square. She was homeless at the time, and playing for spare change was her only source of income. She had to make a connection with the passersby to survive. She mastered the art, and that urgency to reach listeners remains palpable in her songs.

The songs on Man Made Fire create a narrative that resonates universally: the struggle to find and honor one’s self in a world of conflicting messages and confounding relationships. “This whole album is about discovering myself as a very independent woman, discovering love and heat, and learning how to heal,” muses Celine, “and becoming comfortable in my skin. All those moments in my past when I had felt less than, like someone weird; it’s the  beginning of me saying, no, there’s nothing wrong with me.” Sometimes Celine traces this process via loss and heartache, and sometimes via delicious snark, on tracks like “Wine and Cheese,” the delightfully barbed musings of gal sitting at a wine bar, contemplating the guy serving her.

Beyond its immediacy and openness, what makes Celine’s songwriting stand out is its globetrotting curiosity. She imagines a Miriam Makeba and Camille collaboration (the vocal choruses of “We Were All Good Kids”), a track where reggae and polka collide (“The Great Unknown”). She loves these “mad scientist” moments, when anything goes and all her influences can intersect, a process further bolstered by the album’s savvy co-producer Christian Medice.

The risks are worth it, as they translate into songs that relay the intensity and joy of life. “In the end, it’s about confronting your own heart, but you’d rather embrace it than suffer any longer.  About new beginnings and taking leaps and risks,” reflects Celine. “Being alive is all about that. It’s about recognizing when it’s time to move on, let go, and hope for what can be built.”

GUEST REVIEW: “NUNSENSE” @ CENTENARY STAGE A PERFECT SUMMER CONFECTION

Guest Reviewed by Rick Busciglio, July 14, 2019

Through next weekend, The Centenary Stage Company is presenting a perfect summer confection: the very funny, family friendly musical comedy Nunsense with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin. The play which first opened off-Broadway in 1985 and ran for 3,672 performances, second only to The Fantastics, has been so successful that it has spawned six sequels.

The wacky plot concerns a convent in Hoboken that is presenting an all-Nun performing fund raiser at a local theatre complete with scenery for an amateur production of Grease. The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in need of cash in a hurry due to a "minor" accident in the convent kitchen by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. She has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds to complete the burials. Their funds ran out after burying 48...the remaining four are resting in the kitchen freezer ... a big "no-no" with the Hoboken Health Department. This unique predicament is recognized in song ..."We've Got to Clean Out the Freezer"! 

The cast consists of five nuns; Cynthia Livingstone (Reverend Mother Mary Regina), Ali Rose Harton (Sister Hubert), Rach Phelan (Sister Mary Amnesia), Brianna Morris (Sister Mary Leo) and Megan Schmiedhauser (Sister Robert Anne) and on piano Father Dan (Music Director Greg Paradis).

Each of the five nuns is nicely cast and demonstrate considerable talent, most impressive is their obvious enjoyment—they seem to be having as much fun as the audience. Each gets an opportunity to perform a solo, however, the star-turn belongs to Cynthia Livingstone. She is absolutely marvelous as the Mother Superior. She sings with charm, dances with ‘grace’ and displays fine comic timing.  Ali Ross Harton is spot-on as the second in command Sister Hubert who plans some day when she becomes the M.S. to elevate the Little Sisters of Hoboken to The Big Sisters of Newark! She and Cynthia Livingstone have a fun time with the duet "Just A Coupla Sisters." Rach Phelan ("So You Want to Be a Nun"), Brianna Morris ("Benedicite") and Megan Schmiedhauser, a major comedy talent, ("I Just Want to Be a Star") each have fine amusing solo singing turns. In total there are 19 musical numbers all clever, bright, and nice on the ear. They cover every type of song – country, gospel, religious. The jokes are offered at the pace of Superman’s speeding bullet. If a joke doesn’t land fully, don’t worry another one is following in the next sentence.  The audience even gets in on the act as the sisters interact throughout the show.

The creative team is impressively led by Director Jeremy Hilgert. Other major contributors are: Artistic Director/producer: Carl Wallnau, Producer, Costume design and Choreographer Lea Antolini-Lid, Music Director: Greg Paradis, Drummer: Justin Kemp, Choreographers: Jillian Petrie and Megan McGill, Lighting Designer: Chris Kolwicz, and Production Stage Manager: James Russo.

Don't be put off if you are not Catholic, this is a very ecumenical laugh-fest. If you are Catholic you are sure to enjoy the loving pokes at the church provided by the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Many of the jokes, puns and turns of phrase may be of the less sophisticated variety, but the ladies are clearly having fun performing their fund raiser and it is contagious. In fact, forgive me, habit-forming! You have until July 21, 2019 to participate in the fun.

Note: Nunsense is recommended for audiences age 12 and over.

The performance dates: July 11 through July 21 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University. Individual performances run Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets range from $18.00 to $30.00 with discounts available for students and children under 12. Tickets are available on line at centenarystageco.org or by phone at (908) 979 – 0900.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love @ Hunterdon Art Museum

Escape the Summer Heat with These Cool Camps

WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Looking to break the monotony of your kids' summer vacation by engaging their creativity with a challenging and fun summer camp?

We have a number of camps coming up that your children are going to love. Below are a few highlights, but visit our website to see everything. All our camps are taught by professional artists and teachers, ensuring a rewarding and fun camp experience.

Fun Forms (starts July 22, 1 p.m. for ages 8 to 11): Kids will have a blast working with clay and fabric as they learn the building blocks of 3-D art. Join Us!

Dr. Seuss Anthology Theater Camp (starts July 29, 9 a.m. for ages 9 to 15): Oh, the places you'll go in our Dr. Seuss Theater Camp! Kids will develop scripts, work on staging and narration, perform in groups, make props, and act out the poems and stories of Dr. Seuss from an anthology of his work. Join us!

Design, Sculpt, Build (starts July 29, 1 p.m. for ages 8 to 11): There are no limits to what you can create in this open studio camp that encourages kids to create cool 2- and 3-D art working with paint, clay, model magic, wood, wire, paper and plaster. Join Us!

My Pet Project (starts July 29, 1 p.m. for ages 5 to 9): This camp is purrrfect for young artists who love all kinds of pets—real and imaginary. Pet-themed projects bring art and animals together, and include sculpting and painting using a variety of materials. Join us!


Feminine Sacred Circle Discussion Group
Join us for our Feminine Sacred Circle Discussion Group

WHEN: Sunday, July 21 and Aug. 18 at 3 p.m.
WHERE
: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton
FEE: $10 Museum members; $12 non-members.
For women ages 18 and up.
For more information on this program, visit our website.

Feminine Sacred Circle is a place for women to meditate together and express their authentic selves in a safe non-judgmental space.

Shealynn O'Toole will lead the discussion.

Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Investors Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, The Large Foundation, Unity Bank, 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 (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899.

New at the Princeton University Art Museum


Art on Screen
Summer Film Series

WHERE: Brown/Dod Lawn, Princeton University, Princeton

This year’s selection of outdoor film screenings features romantic comedies set in New York City, inspired by the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity and the artist’s lifelong connection with the city. All films begin at sundown.

In the event of rain, films will be shown at 8 p.m. in 106 McCormick Hall.

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
WHEN: Thursday, July 18
104 minutes, rated PG-13; directed by Susan Seidelman

A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan. Starring Madonna and Rosanna Arquette.

Moonstruck (1987)
WHEN: Thursday, August 1
102 minutes, rated PG; directed by Norman Jewison

A Brooklyn widow, engaged to a mama's boy, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls in love with her fiancé's estranged, hot-tempered younger brother. Starring Cher and Nicholas Cage.

In Case You Missed It
Lecture: Painting Printing Frankenthaler: The Process of Abstraction
Carol Armstrong, Yale University

On June 29 the Museum hosted a community celebration of the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity. Carol Armstrong *86, professor of the History of Art at Yale University, delivered the opening lecture in which she addressed the paradoxical relationship between Helen Frankenthaler's printmaking and her famous "soak-stain” technique of painting.

Armstrong received her PhD from Princeton University, where she was a professor of Art and Archaeology and the Doris Stevens Professor of Women’s Studies. Click here to watch the lecture in its entirety.

Exhibition Tours
Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity
WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
Art Museum

Dive deeper into one of the Museum's special exhibitions with a docent-led tour, offered free of charge. This week, Museum docent Rob Coghan will discuss Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity. Tours meet at the entrance to the Museum.

Art for Families
Artful Adventures

Join us on a trip around the world and through the ages. Pick up your Passport to Adventure at the Museum Information Desk and choose from our many Artful Adventures, a series of self-guided tours and activities for families to enjoy at their own pace.

CREDITS
Rosanna Arquette and Madonna star in Desperately Seeking Susan. © 1985 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved
Helen Frankenthaler, Deep Sun, 1983. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Bedford Village, New York
Helen Frankenthaler, Madame Butterfly, 2000. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York

POP-UP DANCE CLASSES, CAMP, MUSIC LESSONS & CABARET CONTINUES IN HOBOKEN

Pop Up Dance Classes with Miss Kim

WHEN:  July 20th and 27th
WHERE:
Garden Street Music, 018 WASHINGTON ST, HOBOKEN, NJ 07030

TUITION:  $14 per class
dance@gardenstreetmusic.com

Drop in for one class or come all 3 Saturdays. Easy, flexible, and affordable so you can try our classes to see if it's something your child will want to do in Sept. All classes taught by Miss Kim—one of our most loved teachers at the studio!





  • Mommy and Me Ballet ages 18 mos - 3yrs 9am-9:45am
  • Ballet ages 5-7 9:45am-10:30am
  • Ballet ages 3-4 10:30am-11:15am
  • Musical Theatre ages 4-8 11:15am-12:15pm
  • Tap/Jazz Combo ages 5-8 12:15pm-1:15pm

Summer Dance, Theatre, Arts Camp

We still have spots available in our Summer Camp. Next week, July 15th is Mary Poppins week. You can do a drop in day or the full week. Find out why we are the most loved Summer Camp in Hoboken!

Act Now: Only A Few Spots Left

All ages and levels welcome.

Check the website for more details about the most loved Summer Arts Camp in Hoboken! SUMMER CAMP INFO CLICK HERE

Summer Music Lessons and Cabaret

We offer Piano, Voice, and Guitar lessons throughout the Summer. Set up weekly private lesson and participate in our Summer Cabaret the evening on August 22nd.

Email dance@gardenstreetmusic.com to enroll in any of our Summer Programs

www.gardenstreetmusic.com

25TH ANNUAL “JERSEY VOICES” TO OPEN JULY 26 FOR 2 WEEKENDS IN CHATHAM

The Chatham Community Players

Jersey Voices 2019

An evening of one-act plays by New Jersey playwrights

WHEN: July 26 through August 4. Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sunday, August 4, 7 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $15
BUY TICKETS
For more details and information, including the Cast List and the Production Team, please visit ChathamPlayers.org

We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theater in The Chatham Playhouse, where Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995. There’s a risk in coming to see any author’s new work, whether you’ve heard of them before or not. It’s brave and courageous, and we’re grateful our audience trusts us enough to share the experience. Jersey Voices has presented the work of more than 80 authors in their 25 years. “I'm constantly amazed by the talent and creativity of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer,” said Co-Producer, Bob Denmark.

Each year dozens of people from our extended New Jersey community—authors, actors crew, directors—do their best to give us new material, fresh faces, different perspectives and interesting ideas—in short, good theater.

Co-Producer Jessica Phelan went on to explain that, "Jersey Voices is a true collaborative process allowing members of our community to get involved in all aspects of a production, even trying something new. The fun of Jersey Voices for me is seeing familiar faces in roles we don't expect to see them in. This year, of our six playwrights, one has previously directed, one has previously acted, and one has previously both acted and directed in prior Jersey Voices productions. Three of our six directors have been previously seen on Chatham's stage. Though I am producing Jersey Voices this year, I have been involved in previous Jersey Voices as an actor and as a director."

One-Act Plays are:

  • Meet Millie by Amanda Sage Comerford, Directed by Karen Thornton.
    Millie, eager yet unsure in her new job as a real estate agent, prepares for her first open house. However, when her parents show up to cheer her on, Millie’s day take a hilarious turn.


  • A Visit in the Afternoon by Fred Dennehy, Directed by John A.C. Kennedy.
    A dying man insists on one last visit with his granddaughter, to share a story, a secret, and an unexpected responsibility.


  • Infinite by Jackie Jacobi, Directed by Julie Anne Nolan.
    The story of a couple in their late 30s who are staring, side-by-side, into the infinite possibilities life provides in those moments between knowing and not knowing. (Right: Brian Merrill and Sarah Pharaon)


  • Rearranging the Ham by Eleanor Kennedy, Directed by Arnold Buchaine.
    A 60 something husband and wife coping with one of life's most difficult situations.


  • On Pause by Lauri MacMillan, Directed by Roseann Ruggiero.
    While a mother and son play a video game, it turns out it is more than winning at the game that is at stake. A bonding occurs as each reveals their strengths and weaknesses and not just in the game… (Right: Alexander Wolfe and Gloria Lamoureaux)


  • Chair Dancing by Steve Ruskin, Directed by Joann Scanlon.
    A feisty "older" woman struggling with physical challenges from a stroke works with a physical therapist who knows how to challenge/encourage his patient and bring back the sparkle and enthusiasm she thought she had lost. (Right: Dan Deguzman and Jean Kuras)

PHOTOS BY HOWARD FISCHER


ANNOUNCING CHATHAM COMMUNITY PLAYERS’ 98TH SEASON:

Chatham Players 2019-2020 Season

The Chatham Community Players announce their 98th (2019-2020) Season. This group has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922.

For the upcoming season they have secured rights to produce, The Humans by Stephen Karam in October; Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon in early February; and the musical, Tuck Everlasting with music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle in May.

Season Subscriptions will be available soon at ChathamPlayers.org