Friday, December 13, 2019

HOLIDAY EVENTS IN JERSEY CITY

In light of the tragic events on Tuesday, it was a very difficult decision for us whether or not to cancel our Greenville Holiday Art Sale. We have decided to not cancel because we believe that art, as an integral part of the Jersey City, must play a role in the healing of that community. This special gallery event showcases affordable art by Greenville artists.

Light refreshments will be available, a toy drive is being conducted and we invite the community to share their stories, their grief and their feelings. As a community, we need to heal and move forward together and hopefully in at least some small way, this special event can be part of that process.

Join us for our Annual Holiday Art Sale in Greenville with Jersey City Artists as part of our Stories of Greenville. It will feature Greenville and Jersey City Artists. Works for sale will be under $150.

Greenville Holiday Art Sale 

WHEN: Saturday, Dec 14, 1PM - 5PM
WHERE
: Cyan Condos, Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Jersey City
ADMISSION: free
REGISTER HERE

JCTC HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

WHEN: Mon, December 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM EST
WHERE:
White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave., Jersey City  View Map
TICKETS: $250 for the VIP reception, $150 for the main event. The VIP "meet and greet" with major donors, entertainers, special guests, etc. is from 6PM - 7PM. The main event is from 6:30PM - 10:30PM. TICKETS

Jersey City Theater Center and our Board of Trustees & Advisers cordially invite you to attend our annual Holiday Celebration!

The hottest party of the season! This event will bring our community together for music, dancing, and art highlighting talented performers and amazing artists from our upcoming programming.

A highlight of the Holiday Celebration will be JCTC's Community Service Awards recognizing individuals who have contributed to Jersey City arts & theatre and enhanced our quality of life. The 2019 Honorees are: Mira Prinz-Arey, Gaye Dunstan, and Gillian Sarjeant-Allen.

Federico Castelluccio, (known as Furio Giunta, Tony’s driver on the Sopranos) will be making a guest appearance lending his support to JCTC.

This promises to be an exciting fun filled evening! Food is being catered by Ruth Chris and our headliner performer is Janice Robinson (X Factor UK) with Grammy winner, DJ Hex Hector – AND Gene Simmons of KISS has donated a signed “Axe” guitar for our silent auction. We’ll also be featuring incredible JCTC musicians, performers & other artists.

We’ll be announcing even more exciting details in the next weeks! So get you ticket early!


New Colossus Poetry Slam
Presented by Jersey City Theater Center and Jersey City Slam
ALL AGES

WHEN: Thu, December 19, 2019, 7:00 PM EST Doors at 6:00 PM
WHERE:
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City  View Map
TICKETS: $10  BUY TICKETS

Jersey City Slam has taken the torch to host a regional poetry slam in the absence of the National Poetry Slam. The New Colossus Poetry Slam will feature five teams from the New Jersey/New York Area. Teams include: Jersey City Slam, Jersey City, NJ; Brooklyn Slam, Brooklyn, NY; Life:Vest:Slam, Staten Island, NY; Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ; and Lucid Language (Rutgers University), New Brunswick, NJ. The New Colossus Poetry Slam, name comes from the poem, “The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus. “The New Colossus,” is a poem about the Statue of Liberty which can be seen from Jersey City. Jersey City is recognized as the most culturally diverse city in the United States and the goal of The New Colossus Poetry Slam is to be a beacon for poets in the North East who want to be a part of a large-scale poetry family gathering.

HBO Def Poet, Big Mike will be the host.

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik's “Music from the Suitcase,” December 21 and 22 at The Bickford Theatre

Image result for Yevgeny Kutik by Rachel Tines"Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik’s Music from the Suitcase 

WHEN: Saturday, December 21 at 2pm; Sunday, December 22 at 2pm
WHERE: Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Non-members: $40, Museum members: $35, Students with valid ID: $25
Visit: https://morrismuseum.org/livearts/ for more information.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.morrismuseum.org, by phone at 973.971.3706, or in person at the Morris Museum. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik known for his “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times) is presented by the Morris Museum in Bickford Theatre with pianist Randall Hodgkinson. This program, entitled Music from the Suitcase, features works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Rubinstein and Strauss. 

When Yevgeny Kutik was five years old, he and his family emigrated from the deteriorating Soviet Union to the United States with the help of the Jewish Federations of North America. Although they had to leave most of their possessions behind and fit everything else into just two suitcases, Kutik’s mother, a violin teacher, filled one of the suitcases with sheet music from the family’s collection, believing that their music was a significant part of their family’s musical history.

Years later, Kutik began to explore the music from the suitcase and was enthralled with the pieces he discovered. He recorded a selection of this music on his critically acclaimed 2014 album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures (Marquis Classics), which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in The New York Times. Kutik says, “The pieces on this album carry with them a simplicity and directness, and with this immediacy, a striking beauty...It reminds me of what we went through and how far we have come.”

Kutik and Hodgkinson open the program with Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94b and Stravinsky’s Duo Concertante. After intermission, Kutik presents two works from Music from the Suitcase Prokofiev’s Waltz from Cinderella and Rubinstein’s Romance. Kutik and Hodgkinson close the program with Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18.

About Yevgeny Kutik: Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. Praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, he is also lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of standard works as well as rarely heard and newly composed repertoire.

Yevgeny Kutik made his debut at the Kennedy Center, presented byWashington Performing Arts in April 2019. He made his major orchestral debut in 2003 with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops as the First Prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. He was a featured soloist in Joseph Schwantner’s The Poet’s Hour – Soliloquy for Violin on episode six of Gerard Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-television classical music concert series released on DVD by Naxos and broadcast nationally on PBS.

Throughout the United States, Kutik has performed with orchestras including the Rochester and Dayton Philharmonics, Tallahassee, New Haven, Asheville, Wyoming, and La Crosse symphony orchestras, as well as Florida’s SYMPHONIA, New York City’s Riverside Symphony and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.

Abroad, he has appeared as guest soloist with Germany’s Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock and WDR Rundfunk Orchestra Köln, Montenegro’s Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, Japan’s Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble, and the Cape Town Philharmonic in South Africa. He has appeared in recital as a part of the Dame Myra Hess Concerts Chicago, Peoples' Symphony Concerts, Merkin Hall Tuesday Matinee Series, and National Sawdust in New York City, the Embassy Series and The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and at the Lobkowicz Collections Prague presented by Prince William Lobkowicz. Festival performances have included the Tanglewood Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Pennsylvania’s Gretna Music, Germany’s Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

As an extension of Music from the Suitcase, Kutik commissioned a diverse group of today’s leading composers for Meditations on Family. Featured composers include Joseph Schwantner, Andreia Pinto Correia, Gity Razaz, Timo Andres, Chris Cerrone, Kinan Azmeh, Gregory Vajda, and Paola Prestini. Kutik recorded each of the new pieces for weekly digital release online as singles on Marquis Classics, starting in January 2018 with the full EP released on March 22, 2019. Kutik’s other recordings include his debut album, Sounds of Defiance (Marquis 2012), and Words Fail (Marquis 2016), both released to critical acclaim.

Passionate about his heritage and its influence on his artistry, Kutik is an advocate for the Jewish Federations of North America, the organization that assisted his family in coming to the United States, and regularly speaks and performs across the United States to both raise awareness and promote the assistance of refugees from around the world. He was a featured performer for the 2012 March of the Living observances, where he played for audiences at the Krakow Opera House and for over 10,000 people at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Yevgeny Kutik began violin studies with his mother, Alla Zernitskaya, and went on to study with Zinaida Gilels, Shirley Givens, Roman Totenberg, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory and currently resides in Boston. In 2006, he was awarded the Salon de Virtuosi Grant as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Jules Reiner Violin Prize. Kutik’s violin was crafted in Italy in 1915 by Stefano Scarampella.

For more information, please visit www.yevgenykutik.com.

Meet the “Unmasked” Cast, Paper Mill Playhouse’s Next Production

Unmasked

UNMASKED
Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Written with RICHARD CURTIS
Directed & Choreographed by JOANN M. HUNTER

WHEN: LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: JAN 30–MAR 1! Best Availability: Feb 27 at 7:30PM, Feb 28 at 8:00PM, Feb 29 at 8:00PM, and Mar 1 at 1:30PM.
WHERE
: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn
BUY TICKETS

One of the most successful musical theater composers of all time takes audiences behind the scenes in Unmasked, a new musical revue featuring stories and songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s remarkable life and celebrated work. Based on his recently released autobiography, this funny and warm musical portrait offers an intimate look at Lloyd Webber’s five decades in the spotlight and beyond, from his quirky family and bohemian youth in London to the creation of such smash hits as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard. You’ll hear new and sometimes unexpected interpretations of his best-loved songs, rediscovered gems, and some new material specially written for this production.

Meet the cast who will sing the songs and tell the stories of Andrew Lloyd Webber's remarkable life and celebrated work.

NICHOLAS EDWARDSNICHOLAS EDWARDS is thrilled to be making his debut at Paper Mill Playhouse! Broadway: Frozen (u/s Kristoff/Pabbie). Off Broadway: Spamilton. National Tours: Les Misérables (u/s Enjolras), Sister Act (Pablo). DC Area: Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus, Signature Theatre).


ALEX FINKE ALEX FINKE was most recently seen as Janice & Others in the Broadway musical Come From Away. Broadway: Les Misérables (Cosette). Off Broadway: Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre (Johanna). First National Tour: Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt). Regional: Denver Center, PCLO, Music Theatre Wichita.


ALYSSA GIANNETTIALYSSA GIANNETTI is thrilled to be performing at Paper Mill Playhouse for the first time! She made her professional debut as the Christine Daaé understudy with the first national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.



KARA HALLERKARA HALLER makes her Paper Mill debut! Broadway: School of Rock. National Tours: School of Rock, Beauty and the Beast. Select regional: Harmony (Ahmanson Theatre), Anything Goes (Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (Musical Theatre West).


JEREMY LANDON HAYSJEREMY LANDON HAYS originated the role of Enjolras in Les Misérables at Paper Mill and on tour. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul), Les Misérables. National Tour: Cats (Rum Tum Tugger). Television: The Oath, Bull, FBI, The Blacklist, Broad City.


AMY JUSTMANAMY JUSTMAN makes her Paper Mill debut! Broadway: Carousel, In Transit, The Phantom of the Opera, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, White Christmas. Opera and concert credits include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, and Syracuse Opera. TV: Fosse/Verdon.


ANDREW KOBERANDREW KOBER is starring as Jean-Michel in Paper Mill's Cinderella. Broadway: Beautiful, School of Rock, Sunday in the Park with George, She Loves Me, Les Misérables, Hair. National Tour: Spelling Bee. Numerous Off Broadway and regional credits. TV: Fosse/Verdon, Ray Donovan, House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, and more.


ANGEL LOZADAANGEL LOZADA is making his Paper Mill Playhouse debut in Unmasked! Favorite credits include Jesus Christ Superstar both live on NBC and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Che in Evita at Riverside Theatre and ACT of Connecticut, and Bernardo in West Side Story at Maltz Jupiter Theatre.


MAURICIO MARTINEZ MAURICIO MARTINEZ played Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! on Broadway and on tour. TV: El Vato (International Emmy Award), Señora Acero 2 (Telemundo), and numerous telenovelas for Univision. On the Mexico City stage, he starred in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, The Drowsy Chaperone, A View from the Bridge, and others.


BRONSON NORRIS MURPHY BRONSON NORRIS MURPHY makes his Paper Mill Playhouse debut with Unmasked. He became best known to American audiences for premiering the role of the Phantom in the first North American production of Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns. Broadway/NYC: The Phantom of the Opera, Evita (Encores). National Tours: Cats, Love Never Dies.


MAMIE PARRISMAMIE PARRIS makes her Paper Mill debut. She garnered acclaim as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats and originated the role of Patty in School of Rock. Additional Broadway and tour credits include Wicked (Elphaba), 9 to 5 (Judy), On the Twentieth Century, Ragtime, The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde, and 110 in the Shade.


DAVE SCHOONOVERDAVE SCHOONOVER is currently appearing in Cinderella at Paper Mill. National Tours: Love Never Dies, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Cats. Off Broadway and Regional: The Fantasticks, Annie, Sweeney Todd, Parade, The Music Man, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Toxic Avenger, Little Shop of Horrors, and others.


REMA WEBBREMA WEBB recently appeared in Footloose (Kennedy Center), Hercules (Public Theater/Disney Theatrical), and Little Shop of Horrors (Cape Playhouse). Broadway credits: Escape to Margaritaville, The Color Purple, Violet, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime. Rema is the founder and executive director of the On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (Composer) has composed some of the world’s best-known musicals, including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, ThePhantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and School of Rock. His awards, both as composer and producer, include seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, an Emmy, the Praemium Imperiale, the Kennedy Center Honor, and a Grammy. He is passionate about the importance of music in education, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.

JOANN M. HUNTER (Director & Choreographer) just choreographed Paper Mill’s current production of Cinderella; her previous credits here include Annie, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Grease, Oliver!, and Curtains. Choreography on Broadway: School of Rock (also national tour and West End), Disaster, On a Clear Day…, Broadway Bound; Regional: Ever After (Alliance), world premiere of Beatsville (Asolo), Harmony by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman (Ahmanson), world premiere of The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, and many more.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED YOUNG PERFORMERS WORKSHOP 2020 SPRING SESSION

YOUNG PERFORMERS WORKSHOP 2020 SPRING SESSION

WHEN: The spring session will begin Saturday, February 15 with performances scheduled for May 22 – May 31. Classes meet Saturdays, by section, between the hours of 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
WHERE
: Centenary University, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TUITION: Tuition for the 15-week program is $425 per student, with a family discount of $395 for a second child and $300 for a third child. A $75 non-refundable registration fee applied towards tuition is required. Tuition must be paid by the first session. The registration deadline is February 10 and there is a $30 late fee for registration payment received after this date.

For more information, to register or to schedule an interview 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 and is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers. (TOP: Godspell YPW Summer 2019)

Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop is now seeking new and returning applicants for the 2020 Spring Session. No experience is necessary. All new applicants must complete an interview with the program director prior to acceptance.

Hailed as “a state treasure” the Centenary Stage Company Young Performers Workshop (YPW) is a musical theatre training program for children 8 – 18 years old and operates under the auspices of the Centenary Stage Company, a not-for-profit Equity Theatre Company in residence at Centenary University. Dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through the use of theatre arts, the Young Performers Workshop is one of a few youth theatre programs to offer both formal training along - side practical production experience. Career-minded students can prepare for the rigors of a professional career; yet, students not aiming for a professional career benefit from the program, with its emphasis on discipline, self-worth and development of communication skills.

Under the direction of Broadway, film and television veteran, Michael Blevins, the 15-week spring session has been designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced performers. The program includes the full production of at least two major American musicals. Once registered, students are guaranteed a part in the production.

Students selected to the program will rehearse productions while also studying voice, dance and acting. Although no experience is necessary to participate, all new applicants must complete an interview process with program director, Michael Blevins, prior to acceptance. The interview will be held in Centenary’s Little Theatre located at 400 Jefferson Street in Hackettstown. Early appointments will receive priority, as enrollment is competitive and limited. Interviews can be scheduled by contacting the Centenary Stage Company box office.

The Centenary Stage Company Young Performers Workshop is made possible by the generous support of Panther Valley Pharmacy.

The 2019-2020 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including our Season Sponsors the House of the Good Shepard, Heath Village Retirement Community, Hackettstown Medical Center Atlantic Health System, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Evan Sherman Big Band Holiday Swing, Friday, December 20

Tea for Two - Evan Sherman Big Band Featuring Prof Roots (aka Ku-Umba Frank  Lacy) who will be performing with band on December 20! CLICK TO LISTEN HERE

THE GIGANTIC MINIATURE SHOW FEATURES NEW SMALL WORKS OF ART

Add Drama and Music to your Special Needs Classroom

Professional Development: Online, Asynchronous and Self-paced

  • 5 Continuing Education Units Version
  • 3 Continuing Education Units Version
  • Google Classroom Platform

This creative, asynchronous online Professional Development course is intended for educational theatre troupes, teachers, teaching assistants, parents, paraprofessionals, therapists, aides and administrators who work with young people with special needs, ages 4 to 21.

Online participants will acquire skills in conducting creative drama and music activities for students who have a wide range of disabilities, as well as abilities. When you employ these newly acquired inclusive skills, your students will gain much improved communication, self-esteem, cooperation and a sense of fun.

Highlights include Universal Design for Learning, Multiple Intelligences, National Core Arts Standards, lesson plans, quizzes and ongoing communication with your online instructor via the assignments.

This course was crafted by Leslie Fanelli, Executive Director of the Arts Education Company, Theatre in Motion, honored by the Kennedy Center and part of the Tony Award-winning team at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

If you wish to enroll or obtain more information, please email: lfanelli@theatreinmotion.com. Please type “Online Drama Interest” in the subject line or call 908.723.0564.

There is also a non-credit version for anyone from other career circles, who is interested in the course but does not wish to pursue Continuing Education Units.

“This is a fantastic resource that all teachers can benefit from! These tools will help bring classrooms to life through the use of music and drama. Through this Google Classroom, I have been inspired to take some of these approaches and apply them to my teaching. These lessons build self-confidence, involve students in the learning, and promote positive and creative peer interaction. I would love to see this style of teaching used more in classrooms.”  WATCH HERE —Adam Ziering, actor and SPED teacher, South Orange-Maplewood, NJ, School District

“This course provides a substantial amount of quality activities, resources, and research. The lesson plans are thorough and provide many modifications and teaching materials which will prove useful when teaching students with disabilities. Self-esteem, strengthened communication skills, and pure joy are just some of the outcomes. I can attest that these activities can change a life.” —Molly Zervoulis, actress and Masters of Science in Teaching Exceptional Adolescents, Fordham University Special Education Teacher: Bayonne Board of Education, NJ

Thursday, December 12, 2019

New Shanghai Circus: 20% OFF during Sale of Celebration! Now through Jan. 2.

Contortionist from New Shanghai Circus

New Shanghai Circus

WHEN: Friday, March 27, at 7PM
WHERE:
RVCC Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $30 & $40

(VIDEO)

Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats of incredible skill in this spellbinding show that draws upon 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions. From Broadway to Branson, this troupe awes with a repertoire of jaw-dropping circus arts that reach (literally) breathtaking heights of skill and put audiences’ nerves to the test. If it’s humanly possible—and even if it’s not—Shanghai’s acrobats, jugglers and contortionists do it with spectacular flair and extraordinary grace. This beautifully orchestrated performance is enhanced by fabulous choreography, enchanting scenery and powerful music.

Feats of circus art that reach literally breathtaking heights of skill...the New Shanghai Circus is providing entertainment in abundance. —NORFOLK DAILY NEWS

Holiday Open Mic this SATURDAY NIGHT in Chester!

Produced by Rachel Lichter Friden

Our popular Open mic night from this past summer is back! This time with a holiday twist. Come sing your favorite holiday classics around the piano, Enjoy some mulled wine and good ol' holiday cheer, take to the mic yourself or just sing along from your seat.

As before, please reach out to the evening's organizer, Rachel, at: Rachelwl425@gmail.com to secure your spot at the mic. All those who perform will have their tickets comped. Ugly sweaters are optional.

RUMORS THAT THE JOLLY MAN HIMSELF MAY BE DROPPING IN
This Saturday, the 14th, at The Chester Theatre Group

TICKETS: General admission is $10 and includes a complimentary drink.
WHERE: 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester, NJ
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
908-879-7304
www.chestertheatregroup.org

December at the RVCC Planetarium

Astronomy and Laser Shows

The Alien Who Stole Christmas

WHEN: Saturdays, Dec 14 & 21 at 3:00 pm
WHERE:
RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

Discover the stars visible in tonight's sky. Then follow Santa on an adventure through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on other planets want presents too, you know! (Recommended for ages 6-10)


Winter Wonder Lights laser concert

WHEN: Saturdays, Dec 14 & 21 at 4 pm and 8 pm
WHERE:
RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

Sing along with holiday hits like "Dominic the Donkey," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "Feliz Navidad" while lasers animate the songs on the dome overhead. (Recommended for all ages)


Mystery at the North Pole

A Who-Done-It Mystery

WHEN: Saturdays, December 14 & 21, 7:00 pm
WHERE:
RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

Santa has been poisoned! Who did it? Help us question the suspects at the North Pole and see who secretly wants to be the next Santa. (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)



Sensory-Friendly Programs are presented monthly

The Sky Above 

Saturday, January 4, 5:00 pm
WHERE:
RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

Enjoy music, laser lights, stories, and information about the planets, Moon, and constellations. Content is presented on a kindergarten level.

RVCC Planetarium offers special astronomy and music shows designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. These sensory-friendly shows, which are appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level.

3M Observatory

On Saturdays, weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open to the public from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

There is no fee to visit the Observatory.

The Planetarium, Observatory, and College are closed December 22- January 2. 


Sky Highlights

The Moon is Full on December 12. The December Full Moon is sometimes called the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon.

  • Full Moon Dec 12
  • Last Quarter Dec 18
  • New Moon Dec 26
  • First Quarter Jan 2

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend. The best time to see any meteor shower is after midnight, when the part of the Earth that you are on is moving into the stream of meteors. Get up early (or stay up late) and go outside in the early morning hours of December 14 and 15. The Geminids is one of the best meteor showers of the year, with as many as 50 meteors per hour. But light pollution from street lights and the nearly full Moon will outshine some of the dimmer meteors. This shower is called the Geminids because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Gemini

The Winter Solstice is on December 21 at 11:19 pm EST. This marks the start of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere and the summer season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Planets to look for:

Venus is shining brightly in the southwest right after sunset.

Saturn is just to its right, but much dimmer. Look for Venus and Saturn between 5:00 and 5:30 pm in the southwest sky.

The Sun is rising around 7:10 am. About an hour beforehand, you can find Mars is the southeastern sky about 20 degrees above the horizon. Mercury is less than 10 degrees above the eastern horizon, so that will be a bit of a challenge.

Constellation to look for this month:

Auriga, the Charioteer

On these long December nights, look high overhead for the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer. It's brightest star is the yellow star Capella.

Kids Night Sat + New Years Eve Kids Night in Hoboken

Festive Fun Party

WHEN: Sat., Dec 14th, 5:30pm-9pm
WHERE:
Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, 1018 Washington St., Hoboken
TICKETS: $35 for 3.5 hours of FUN or $60 for Siblings!  

Ages 3+

What's Included?

  • Dinner: Pizza, juice, and a cupcake
  • Art Project: Festive Holiday Craft
  • Dance/Music Class: An upbeat movement and music class with fun games and activities.
  • Movie: Shown on our professional 6 foot by 8 foot movie screen and projector for a mini movie theater experience

New Years Eve Kids Night

WHEN: Dec 31st, 9pm-1am
WHERE: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, 1018 Washington St., Hoboken
TICKETS: $75 per child, ages 4-12 welcome.

Miss Annie + Family and our top Garden Street Staff will provide so much fun and celebration on New Years Eve. We will have a fun dance party, art projects, dinner and dessert, and a sparkling grape juice toast included with tons of games and prizes for everyone to enjoy!

This is less expensive than a New Years Eve sitter and way more fun for the kids! Go out on the town and have the best time knowing your kids are at the most safest and most fun event in town!

Email dance@gardenstreetmusic.com to reserve your spot now.


Our new Winter schedule is filling up and space is extremely limited. We offer Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Song and Dance, Acro, Bollywood, and Irish Step. We also offer private Piano, Voice, and Guitar lessons. go to www.gardenstreetmusic.com for more info.

EMAIL US ASAP TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. WE ONLY HAVE A FEW SPOTS LEFT

dance@gardenstreetmusic.com

Tickets are selling faster than you can say, "Bah, humbug!"

Tickets are selling faster than you can say, "Bah, humbug!"

Contact the Box Office to inquire about performance availability. Weekend matinees are selling fast!

The Shakespeare Theatre's ticket policy for Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Due to the recent ransomware attack on The Shakespeare Theatre, a temporary ticket policy has been implemented while we regain our footing. For future performances, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Please note, the elevator is currently under repair.

For more information, contact the Box Office.

Ticket policy

Pictured, top, from left to right: Quentin McCuiston, Ames Adamson as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Emma O'Donnell.

Pictured, bottom: Billie Wyatt. Photo credit: Joe Guerin, 2019

Beginner and Intermediate Winter Improv Classes for adults and teens start January 18 & 19

Improv Comedy Classes for Adults & Teens

Winter Class Beginner:

WHEN:  Saturdays, January 18 - February 22, 2022 (six weeks) 12:00 - 2:00 pm 
WHERE:
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

Winter Class Intermediate:

WHEN: Sundays, January 19 - February 23, 2020 (six weeks)7:30 - 9:30 pm
WHERE:
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes
(Instructor: Laura Ekstrand)

Read more about our classes at:

https://www.dreamcatcherrep.org/2019-2020-improv-classes

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Lulu French first took improv classes at Gotham City Improv two decades ago and has been improvising ever since. In addition to being a graduate of GCI, she has also studied improv under Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, and Matt Besser, various Second City alumni such as Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys), and improv masters Michael Gellman, Dave Razowsky, and Aretha Sills. She has appeared in numerous improv performances in NYC improv theaters such as Gotham City Improv, the Magnet Theater, and Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as with Dreamcatcher’s own The Flip Side. Lulu has been teaching improv since 2000 and has recently opened her own business, Rocket Improv.

Laura Ekstrand was one of the founding members of Dreamcatcher's house team, The Flip Side (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder) in 2002. Laura is the Artistic Director and founder of Dreamcatcher Rep, where she has appeared in What Stays; Sister Play; Rapture, Blister Burn; Motherhood Out Loud; and Shakespeare in Vegas, among many others. She has also performed on various New Jersey and New York stages and in film and television. Laura is a playwright, director, and a private monologue and public speaking coach and holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Laura is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild.

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JAM Theater Company Presents “The Velveteen Rabbit”

JAM THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS:

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

WHEN: December 13th, 2019 at 7:00 PM; December 14th, 2019 at 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM; December 15th, 2019 at 3:00 PM
WHERE:
Investors Bank Theater at the Horseshoe Lake Complex, 72 Eyland Ave, Succasunna
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The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of a child whose love brings a favorite toy to life. In her adventures, the stuffed rabbit learns about friendship and what it truly takes for a toy to become “real.”

Join us for a modernly magical take on this timeless classic that will be fun for the whole family!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens TOMORROW in Holmdel

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

WHEN: DEC. 13, 14 @ 7 PM; DEC. 15 @ 2 PM
WHERE:
Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733 (The white barn in front of the Holmdel High School) Click for map
TICKETS: ADULT $20, SENIOR/STUDENT $15
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Bah, humbug.

Experience the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge like never before!

For one weekend only, Michael Kroll brings this classic holiday favorite to life in all new ways—all by himself!

We're ushering in the season of cheer with this quirky spin on a classic story, as Kroll weaves the tale of coldhearted Ebenezer Scrooge, a joyless, old penny-pincher, and his journey to Christmas past, present and future. This one-man show sheds a new light on Charles Dickens' often-told tale of finding joy, making amends, and goodwill towards men.

It's a show like no other.

Experience the magic of Michael Kroll's one-man-production of A Christmas Carol, in the barn THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

Written by Charles Dickens and originally published in 1843, A Christmas Carol is a holiday masterpiece which recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

“A Broadway Christmas” Opens Tomorrow @ Rhino Theatre in Pompton Lakes

WHERE: Rhino Theatre, 247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes
973.248.9491
www.RhinoTheatre.com for tickets or more info
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CLICK HERE FOR SOUNDS OF THE SEASON FROM THE RHINO THEATRE CAST OF A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS!

ANNIE THE MUSICAL CONTINUES DEC 20 - 29TH Tickets HERE



BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

TONY GROVA'S ELVIS
WILL ASTOUND YOU!

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CHECK OUT THE A CAPPELLA SOUNDS OF

THE RHINOTES!

RHINO THEATRE'S OWN A CAPPELLA GROUP

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