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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Theater Thursday - 21 Chump Street

What: 21 Chump Street 

Where: Available on YouTube 

Who: Teens and Up

Between In the Heights and Hamilton, there was 21 Chump Street, a 14-minute musical written by Lyn Manuel Miranda. The show which is based on true story is about a high school kid who is busted for selling drugs that he obtains to impress an undercover police officer who has come to his school to bust a student drug ring. The show was written for and performed as part of This American Life radio program's live show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in 2014. Although the show is not exactly lighthearted and its subject matter makes it inappropriate for young children, the catchy songs are definitely up to Mr. Miranda's usual par. The cast is superb as well. The show stars Anthony Ramos, who would later go on to play John Lauren and Phillip Hamilton in Miranda's Hamilton as well as Lindsay Mendez,  who would go on to win a Tony award for her work in Carousel in 2018. The small ensemble cast includes Alex Boniello of Dear Evan Hansen and Gerard Canonico of Be More Chill. All in all, if you only have a little bit of time and you want to see a whole musical written and performed by top level talent performing at their usual level of excellence, you won't want to miss 21 Chump Street.

And that's our view. 


Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Liberty Hall


What:
Liberty Hall 

Where: 1003 Morris Ave.
             Union, NJ
              
Who: All ages


Liberty Hall was the home of New Jersey's first elected governor, William Livingston. Since then, it has passed through several generations of Livingstons and Keans. Since both families were very active in politics,  former New Jersey Governor, Thomas Kean, was a member of the latter family for one, as well as industry, the house has quite a storied history. Many famous people have passed through the house at one time or another including George and Martha Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Ulysses Grant and George H.W. Bush.
    


 

After being closed during quarantine, Liberty Hall recently reopened for limited size reserved tours. Mask wearing and socially distancing are required throughout the tours, In this case, the social distancing actually provides an advantage since instead of just being able to stand in the doorway and peek in different rooms, you are able to go fully into the rooms and get a closer look since more space is needed to allow for proper social distancing. Although only a small portion of the large mansion's numerous rooms are part of the tour, there is still quite a lot to see. Each room is filled with antique furniture, portraits, artifacts, and more. The juxtaposition of more modern items located in the home with those from earlier times in the building's history is fascinating and makes the tour quite unique. For instance, you will see historic portraits of early occupants of the home and their families on view as well as more current photos of the more recent occupants of the house, or you may see a quite modern-looking scrabble game in one area and a very early washing machine in another. It is also interesting to listen to the history of the home including stories of the previous occupants, information about some of the objects and artifacts located there, and more.

 

And that's our view.

For more information or to reserve a tour, visit https://libertyhall.kean.edu.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Animal Kind

We may have been given a complimentary copy of one or more of any books and/or other products listed below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Animal Kind


Today we are talking about Animal Kind by Emma Lock. This is mostly a book about how our animal companions help us get through the tough times in our lives. Anyone who doubts the validity of therapy animals should definitely read this book. Not all of the stories in the book seem to fit the theme, however, including the most interesting one which is about a man who is able to train tortoises. Each chapter in the book involves a different animal and includes facts about that animal. All in all, the book is very brief, maybe even too brief, especially if you are really interested in learning more about the deep connection between people and their animal companions. 

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Fascinating Facts About Colors

 Here are some interesting facts about different colors:

Blue - The color blue is the least popular color for food.

Green - Libya's solid green flag is the only solid colored national flag.

Purple - Purple is the hardest color for the eye to distinguish.

Pink - Flamingoes are pink because of pink pigments in their diet.

Red - There are least 23 different shades of red crayons.

Yellow - In Japan, yellow is the color of courage

Brown - The color brown represents family, comfort and stability

Gray - Less than 1% percent of people have gray eyes.

Black - Black was one of the most important colors used by ancient Greek artists.

White - The white rhinocerous is the second largest land mammal after the elephant.

What interesting color facts do you know? Please share below.

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Scoop Post of 9/20/20 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1)Abingdon Theatre Company Announces #I WILL CAMPAIGN
2) AMAS Musical Theatre & La Vie Productions Release Music Video
3) AMAS Musical Theatre Announces Third Year of Eric H. Weinberger Award
4) The Demystifying Diversity Podcast Begins September 9/22 
5) Empire Outlets Free Free Family Flick Friday to Close Out Summer
6) Escape Velocity to Present Exploration of Alien Cultures w/ Creator of Klingon Language 10/ 23
7) Garden of Eden Open at Cell Runs Through 10/10
8) Ghost Hunt The Halls-Mills Double Homicide A Multi-City Theatrical Adventure
9) Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classrooms
10) #MeBecomesWe Campaign to Encourage Voter Registration
11) The Prep Welcomes Broadway's Caissie Levy, Star of Frozen, to Teach Fall Masterclasses
12) Roundabout Theatre Alumni Announced to Support Charitybuzz Auction
13) Roundabout Theatre Company Announces Roundabout Theatrelab
14) Scott Folan and Broadway Podcast Network's Red Solo Cup Concert 9/26
15) The Silverfish Virtual Reading and Performance Available Online 9/23 - 9/27
16) TADA Youth Theater Free Virtual Open House 9/26
17) TRU Annual Meet and Greet Introduction Via Zoom 9/22
18) Two River Theater Presents Storytime with Kamilah: I Like Myself 10/23


1) ABINGDON THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES

#I WILL CAMPAIGN

AFFIRMATIVE VIDEOS & SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS FROM THEATRE ARTISTS & CREATORS

FEATURING: CHAD AUSTIN, KATE BALDWIN, FELICIA BOSWELL, BOBBY CRONIN, FLORENCIA CUENCA, RUTHIE HENSHALL, JUDY KUHN, JAMES LECESNE, ANDREW LIPPA, LIZ MIKEL, BIANCA MARROQUIN, ILDA MASON, FRANCES RUFFELLE, BILL RUSSELL, CHRISTINA SAJOUS, CARRIE ST. LOUIS, SALLY ANN TRIPLETT,
AND V (FORMERLY EVE ENSLER)

CAMPAIGN BEGINS WITH PREMIERE VIDEO

 Abingdon Theatre Company (Chad Austin, Artistic Director) today announces the #I Will campaign, a series of videos and social media posts bringing their patrons, colleagues, friends and family together in hope for the future. Rather than reflecting on what has been lost as a theatre community, the Company wants to shine a light on their goal of getting back on stage by asking artists to share what they commit to do as soon as it is possible to do so. The premiere #I Will video can be seen here.

Over the next few weeks, Abingdon Theatre Company will be releasing an array of “I Will” statements from performers, writers, producers and other creatives including Chad Austin (ATC Artistic Director), Kate Baldwin (Two-time Tony nominee), Felicia Boswell (Motown The Musical), Bobby Cronin (Writer/Composer), Florencia Cuenca (A Never Ending Line), Ruthie Henshall (Olivier Award winner), Judy Kuhn (Four-time Tony nomineeJames Lecesne (Academy Award winner), Andrew Lippa (Tony Award nominee), Liz Mikel (Lysistrata Jones), Bianca Marroquin (Chicago, In The Heights), Ilda Mason (West Side Story), Frances Ruffelle (Tony Award winner), Bill Russell (Tony Award nominee), Christina Sajous (Sponge Bob Squarepants)Carrie St. Louis (Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages), Sally Ann Triplett (The Cradle Will Rock), and V (Formerly Eve Ensler). This campaign is part of Abingdon’s ongoing mission to inspire all artists and prove once and for all that NYC is not dead.

Abingdon will be bringing theatre back. Currently looking ahead to the virtual “Fall Festival of Short Plays” next month, they are planning their 2021 program, including the introduction of “Abingdon Radio,” where for the first time ATC will bring entertainment in the form of recorded plays, starting with two American classics followed by two new works. They will continue the “One Night Only” series, the “Around the Table” free reading series, the “Carolyn Halpert Artist-in-Residence Program,” which nurtures up and coming artists making their way into the world of theatre, and many more exciting events. So, ATC would like to know, will you join them? By saying ‘I will’ and sending them your pledge, ATC promises to continue. They will write theatre, they will create theatre, they will perform theatre and they will share theatre.

You can join the #I Will campaign by making your statement at www.abingdontheatre.org/iwill
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2) AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE AND
LA VIE PRODUCTIONS
ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THE MUSIC VIDEO
“LOVE DON’T ANSWER TO NO ONE”
FROM THE NEW MUSICAL, VICTORY TRAIN
BY DAVID BUSKIN & JAKE HOLMES

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and La Vie Productions (R. Erin Craig, Producer) announce today the release of a Zoom-inspired music video of “Love Don’t Answer to No One” from the musical Victory Train by David Buskin and Jake Holmes. The music video is available at www.amasmusical.org and on YouTube here.

ncreasingly angered and distressed by the perpetuation of hate and violence in the world, Buskin and Holmes were urged by producer, R. Erin Craig to take a song from their new musical Victory Train, that would allow them to use their artistry to share their feelings. With the help of their friends and loved ones, they created the music video of their anthem, “Love Don’t Answer To No One” to remind us all that together we can work to erase the hate.

In Victory Train, with a country torn apart by social upheaval and the escalating war in Vietnam, two young people try to reach across their differences to find love and honor. Set in 1968, a year that was the crucible for so many of the freedom movements that have since grown and flourished, the most successful changes came through love, peaceful protest, and passive resistance. Victory Train examines those struggles for change which continue to resonate in our troubled times. Our song “Love Don’t Answer To No One" reflects these struggles as a declaration of a young generation's determination to live lives - and to forge a world - based on their convictions and beliefs.
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3) AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE
ANNOUNCES THE THIRD YEAR OF
THE ERIC H. WEINBERGER AWARD FOR EMERGING LIBRETTISTS

SUBMISSIONS OPEN SEPTEMBER 14-NOVEMBER 30, 2020

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) today announced the third year of The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists, a juried cash and production grant to be given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. The Award commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, that earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help pay cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2021 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, which is administering the Award. The development assistance culminates in the work being rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production. Amas was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

Submissions are now open and will close November 30, 2020. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found at Eric H. Weinberger Award For Emerging Librettists. Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced late February-early March 2021

For further information, please visit www.amasmusical.org.
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4) Drops September 22, 2020

   New Episode Released Every Two Weeks

Audience Q&A’s to Support Each Episode


Philadelphia-based journalists AnnaMarie Jones and Daralyse Lyons are launching the Demystifying Diversity podcast, an interview-based audio journalism initiative that amplifies the voices of a variety of experts, academics, and everyday people. Launching September 22, 2020, the first season of the ten-episode podcast will be available for free wherever you listen to podcasts.


Through racial literacy and cultural competency, the Demystifying Diversity podcast softens the sharp lines of discrimination. Lyons and Jones have interviewed more than 100 people about a wide array of topics pertaining to diversity. “I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but by asking questions and listening to the experiences of people from marginalized communities, my eyes have opened wider,” said Jones. “I believe that listening to the experiences of others from a place of empathy and openness illuminates our shared humanity” says Lyons.  The podcast will also be interactive, creating an opportunity for listeners to share what comes up for them. Daralyse and AnnaMarie will respond to listener questions and comments during Q&A’s between each episode.  Click here to listen to the trailer.



Click here to watch Daralyse and AnnaMarie discuss the inspiration for the podcast.

For more information, visit  DemystifyingDiversityPodcast.com.

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5) Empire Outlets FREE Family Flick FridayMovie Night 
to Close Out the Summer

Join Empire Outlets for  a socially-distant outdoor Flick Friday for FREEa part of EO’s new on-site programming. The Flick Friday event can provide your family an exciting yet safe Friday movie night featuring loved-by-all Disney Pixar film. Health and safety protocols will be followed to maintain safe conditions for all during the event and masks are required. So, come on out with your lawn chairs and blankets to settle in for the 20-foot projector outdoor screening of family-friendly movie!

    On Friday, September 25th Empire Outlets will show the iconic Pixar feature film Monsters, Inc. Adults and kids will laugh at the banter between the comical monster-duo of Mike and Sully. All guests will get to enjoy a free bag of popcorn provided by Empire Outlets. The film will be shown from 6PM to 8PM and you won’t want to miss out on this classic summer nighttime activity.

As a reminder, Empire Outlets has implemented revised hours which are Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 8PM, while Sunday’s hours are 11AM to 7PM. During this new normal, Empire Outlets is following the guidelines of health and elected officials and taking the necessary precautions to maintain a safe environment for all.

Visitors to Empire Outlets can take the FREE Staten Island Ferry, which is located steps from EO.
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6) Linguist Marc Okrand, Creator of the 

Klingon Language,

To Lead Exploration of Alien Cultures on Escape Velocity Extra

Wednesday night, September 23, 7:00 p.m. ET


Actors Robert O’Reilly and J.G. Hertzler to Provide Unique Insights

Into their Roles of Gowron and Martok


When Robert O’Reilly and J.G. Hertzler command the spotlight this coming Wednesday evening, September 23 for Escape Velocity Extra’s focus on Communicating with Klingons – Interpreting Alien Language and Culture, they will share the spotlight with the man who made the Klingon language “a thing.”

On Wednesday evening, Okrand, O’Reilly and Hertzler will discuss Klingon culture in general, as they explore what is undoubtedly the most popular and celebrated alien race in all of science fiction.  Klingon High Council Chancellor Gowron, portrayed by O’Reilly, made his debut in Star Trek: The Next Generation and emerged as a critical figure in the Klingon government.  His presence continued into Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where he shared prominence with Hertzler’s character, General Martok, leader of the Klingon fleet detachment to Deep Space Nine during the Federation-Dominion War who later, briefly, also became Chancellor.

 

Wednesday night’s program, will consist of a single 90-minute session, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.  The cost is a $5 donation to the non-profit Museum of Science Fiction.  Both O’Reilly and Hertzler will be available for three-minute one-on-one fan interactions immediately following the program (estimated for 8:30 p.m. ET) at a cost of $35, also tax deductible.

 

For additional information, or to register, please visit https://escapevelocity.events/evx/.

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7) THE CELL AND DARK MATTER LAUNCH NEW IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
GARDEN OF EDEN
Now Thru October 10, 2020

Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre with Dark Matter Immersive has launched a unique immersive experience entitled GARDEN OF EDEN.  Inspired by the tarot, New Orleans and backwoods wanderings, this indoor labyrinth “garden” encourages and fosters introspection as audience members are posed with reflective questions and prompted to engage in meditative activities throughout the experience.  Designed and created by  Ereka Duncan and Jaclyn Atkinson, GARDEN OF EDEN includes a virtual tarot reading from Melissa Madara with an ambient soundscape composed and engineered by Ricardo Romaneiro.

Available by appointment only, audiences visiting GARDEN OF EDEN will ponder their own hero’s journey, allowing them to shed their spiritual skin in order to move forward and evolve. Dark Matter’s co-founders Ereka Duncan and Jaclyn Atkinson encourage guests to “Arouse their senses and reconnect with their inner-selves.  Around each corner lies enlightenment. Each dead end is a new beginning.” Artistic Director of the cell Kira Simring says “Dark Matter creates a fusion of art forms reflecting the rapidly shifting boundaries of our times.  As a participant in the experience, you become the subject and co-creator, drawing you into the unconscious realm to embrace the unknown."

Private time slots for GARDEN OF EDEN are available Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm for $40. Audiences may either go in by themselves or bring an additional guest for an additional cost. It runs through October 10. Tickets are available at thecelltheatre.org.

Each private time slot lasts up to 50 minutes. Each audience member will be required to wear a face mask throughout the experience. Hand sanitizer is available and touched surfaces will be disinfected between patrons.

For more information, visit www.thecelltheatre.org
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Ghost Hunt
8) The Hall-Mills Double Homicide
An asynchronous multi-city theatrical adventure that re-imagines the Hall-Mills double homicide of 1922

Created by KAREN ALVARADO, J.M. MEYER, ANIA UPSTILL 
and members of the ensemble

FREE 

ON GEOCACHE SITES AND THINKERYANDVERSE.ORG

THINKERY AND VERSE, Karen Alvarado, J.M. Meyer, co-artistic directors, and BUTCH MERMAID, Ania Upstill, artistic director, are pleased to announce their collaboration in the world premiere experiential production of GHOST HUNT: The Hall-Mills Double Homicide, based on their more traditional Hall-Mills stage-play, THOU SHALT NOT, which was set to premiere this spring in New York City. Part podcast, part gaming (think Pokemon-go), part theatrical production, this unique experience is entirely Covid-19 safe (set in a NJ community which has lost over 1400 people to the illness) and uses a free gaming app called ‘GeoCaching’, in which audiences will track, hunt, and discover hidden caches at locations tied to Hall-Mills murders.

GHOST HUNT is a geo-cached audio adventure that invites participants to experience the story of a tragic double homicide at the sites where the murders occurred and justice was lost. The games began on September 16.

n 1922, a young woman found her life destroyed when her mother, a choir singer at a small New Brunswick, New Jersey church, was discovered murdered alongside the church’s rector in a ruthless double homicide: Reverend Edward Hall had been shot in the skull, while the woman next to him, Eleanor Mills, suffered three gunshots to the face and a slit throat. Someone eerily posed the bodies and scattered their love letters at their feet. The case has never been solved. Now Thinkery & Verse and Butch Mermaid collaborate with the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, the home parish of the minister and the choir singer, to present GHOST HUNT: the Hall-Mills Double Homicide, an asynchronous, multi-platform theatrical resurrection of an infamous unsolved crime. GHOST HUNT, with the support of the Saint John’s congregation, investigates a terrifying injustice, which enveloped a small-town society in a ruthless big-city circus.

Once logged into the GeoCaching application, each “cache” or “location” contains relics related to the failed investigation of the crime and a QR code that invokes a digital audio journey into the heart of the case: the haunted back-alley home of the murdered Eleanor Mills, the mansion of the doomed Edward Hall, the site of the murders on DeRussey’s Lane, the Venice enclave where Frances Hall recovered from ‘the shock’ of the murders, the courthouse brought to its knees by a media circus, the San Antonio train station visited by the replacement priest, a forgotten Virginia battlefield, the New York streets where the victim’s daughter tried to move on, the Brooklyn burial site of the wealthy Hall family, and more. 

While much of the experience does take place in New Brunswick, New Jersey there are opportunities to explore caches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Venice, Italy, Virginia, and Texas. Although the tangible experience is only available in said locations, one can still explore and listen from the comfort of their own homes as the audio material is available on the website for those unable to visit Venice and/or New Jersey.

For more information visit thinkeryandverse.org
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9) Lincoln Center Pop-Up 
Classrooms

Every Saturday morning at 7AM and 9AM ET, All Arts will air a Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classrooms lesson – from fun, easy to follow dance and theater workshops, to music and visual arts lessons appropriate for all ages. The classes are led by some of the world’s best artists and educators, with each creative learning activity utilizing simple materials found at home. 

Here is the latest schedule: 

Sept 26, 7/9AM – Steps with Ms. Yvonne 
Practice the fundamentals of stepping with Ms. Yvonne to combine percussive body movements with Rhythmic patterns. All ages welcome and no supplies needed! 

Oct 3, 7/9AM – Acting with Mr. B 
Flex your imaginative muscles by acting out a range of fun scenes with theater performer and Lincoln Center Teaching Artist, Mr. B. 

Oct 10, 7/9AM – Collage with Barbara Ellman 
Painter and visual artist Barbara Ellmann helps viewers of all ages experiment with making shapes from recyclable materials found around the house. 
 
For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org
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10) BRANDON VICTOR DIXON AND RORY O’MALLEY JOIN FORCES TO ENCOURAGE 
VOTER REGISTRATION IN 
#MEBECOMESWE CAMPAIGN

Brandon Victor Dixon and Ashley ‘Monet’’s WeAre Foundation and Rory O’Malley and Kristen Wyatt’s Belt The Vote are uniting the theatre community in a digital campaign to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 22nd. The #MeBecomesWe campaign commences this Thursday, Sept 17th at 8:30 pm, with a “What’s Your Why” Town Hall event exclusively hosted by Broadway Podcast Network launching a community voter registration campaign. In addition to Dixon and O’Malley, special guests include Andrew Rannells, Lin Manuel Miranda, James Monroe Iglehart, Adrienne Warren, Nikki James, Gavin Creel, Celia Godding, Julia Murney, Patti Murin, and more.  You can view the Town Hall live at http://bpn.fm/mebecomeswe.

Starting on Sept 17th, the #MeBecomesWe community collectively posted why they’re voting, with voter information on individual states, encouraging all to PLEDGE to USE OUR VOTES. Leading up to National Voter Registration Day, September 22nd, we are building a digital ‘phone tree’ to make sure our friends and family are informed and equipped to vote. Artists will be using their social media platforms (primarily instagram) to share voter information on deadlines and mail-in voting regulations while actively engaging followers on the many reasons  WHY they are exercising their right to vote.   Each artist will also ask three of their followers to perform action items based on: confirming their voter registration, and pleading to use their vote. Our voices are louder when #MeBecomesWe

WeAre & Belt the Vote will be deploying the campaign in tandem with other theatre/tv/film artists, universities & regional theatres, who will be posting each week and engaging their followers. This will include some of the artists opting to go Live during that week to hear from their followers about why they are voting. 

Join us by visiting http://WeAre.org 
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11)PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE PREP WELCOMES BROADWAY'S CAISSIE LEVY, 

STAR OF DISNEY’S FROZEN TO TEACH MASTERCLASSES THIS FALL


Professional Performance Prep (The Prep) is proud to announce Broadway Actress Caissie Levy will be continuing past the summer as part of their virtual programming through the remainder of the year. Levy will be teaching 90-minute masterclasses exclusive to The Prep’s private voice students from September to December 2020. Class themes include Healthy Belt/Mix, Song Interpretation, Virtual Auditions & Performances, and Rock Your Audition Cut.

Interested students can sign up for classes at theprepnj.com. New students visit ThePrepNJ.com/new.

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12)Roundabout Theatre alumni Liam Neeson, Blair Underwood & Kristin Chenoweth Among Stars Announced to Support RTC in 

Charitybuzz Auction


FRIENDS AND ARTIST ALUMNI

VOLUNTEER UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL ENCOUNTERS



A collection of Roundabout Theatre Company’s treasured alumni and artist friends are offering one-of-a-kind conversations and encounters for “Bid for Roundabout,” a fundraiser to support the theater in the face of an unprecedented financial deficit due to the COVID shutdown.  The auction, powered by Charitybuzz, began on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (auction link).


Theatre lovers and fans can bid for private virtual conversations and experiences with stars: Kristen Bell, Rachel Brosnahan & Michael Zegen, Alan Cumming, Sutton Foster, Victor Garber & Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Gyllenhaal & Peter Sarsgaard, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, John Lithgow, Rob McClure, Debra Messing, Sienna Miller, Liam Neeson, Marisa Tomei, Phylicia Rashad, Chita Rivera & Scott Ellis, Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams.


Tony Award winners Idina Menzel, Kelli O’Hara and Kristin Chenoweth will offer 30-minute private voice lessons.  Ms. Menzel’s auction will be made available as a sweepstakes with a $10 entry fee, powered by Prizeo. 


All auction proceeds help create and distribute virtual programs for students, teachers, and community members, keep vital staff and artists employed through the continued shutdown, and ensure opportunities for hundreds of artists and technicians when the theater’s doors open again.


AUCTION WEBSITE:

www.roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/2020-2021-season/bid-for-roundabout

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13) ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

ANNOUNCES

ROUNDABOUT THEATRELAB

 

Connecting Audiences with Artists to Provide Support During Theater Shutdown

Begins October 15


Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) recently announced the Roundabout TheatreLab, a program of interactive workshops designed to connect audiences interested in exploring the crafts of theatrical writing and directing, directly with Roundabout artists.  All enrollment fees will go directly to the artists.

The Theatre Lab will begin on October 15, offering five course options with five instructors:  Directors Margot Bordelon and Whitney White and Playwrights/Composers Adam Gwon, Jillian Walker and Joshua Harmon.  The length and structure of each interactive workshop is determined by the artists, to best suit their subject matter.  All courses will be strictly limited in attendance.

Director Margot Bordelon (Too Heavy For Your Pocket) will teach “Devising New Work Online:  An Exploration of Ghost Stories and Things That Haunt Us.”  This lab will use a number of specific ghost stories as a launching off point for visual exploration and creation.

Director Whitney White (Roundabout Associate Artist) will teach “The Director’s Way.”  This lab will look at directing process, technique, and collaboration.

Composer Adam Gwon (Scotland, PA) will teach “Musical Theatre Songwriting,” a musical theatre writing bootcamp designed to develop songwriting muscles.

 

Playwright Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Skintight) will teach “Reading Plays for Playwrights.”  This lab will focus on discussing plays in detail to discover what it can teach about elements of plot, story, and character.


Playwright Jillian Walker (Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series Winner 2017) will teach “Playwriting and Possibilities in Form,” which will provide a deeper look at the creative process and experiments in form, and explore the alchemy of playwriting.


For more information about the Roundabout TheatreLab or to enroll, visit Roundabout TheatreLab

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14) SCOTT FOLAN AND 
BROADWAY PODCAST NETWORK’S
RED SOLO CUP CONCERT
STARS MIRACLE CHANCE, JAMES HAMEED, BLAKE PATRICK ANDERSON AND MORE FROM
THE WEST END CAST OF BE MORE CHILL

Scott Folan and Broadway Podcast Network are pleased to announce the exclusive RED SOLO CUP CONCERT, reuniting most of the London cast of BE MORE CHILL (sort of) LIVE on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 9:00 pm BST (4:00 pm EST). Hosted by London’s Jeremy Heere, Scott Folan, the concert will welcome Miracle Chance, James Hameed, Blake Patrick Anderson and special guests. Tickets range from $7.50-$9.99 and are available at bpn.fm/be more chill.

Blake Patrick Anderson (Michael Mell), Miracle Chance (Christine Canigula), Eloise Davies (Brooke Lohst), Christopher Fry (Mr. Heere/Mr. Reyes) James Hameed (Rich Goranski), Eve Norris (Swing), Miles Paloma (Jake Dillinger), and more will be participating in a live chat and will be sharing performances of either their favorite numbers from the show (re-imagined) or a sentimental song they wanted to have their fans enjoy. Moderated by London’s Jeremy Heere, Scott Folan, this is an event all Be More Chill fans will not want to miss.

Tickets range from $7.50-$9.99 and are available at bpn.fm/be more chill

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15) Nikki M. James, George Salazar, Kate Wetherhead

and More

Join Urban Stages' THE SILVERFISH



THE SILVERFISH by Megan Loughran

Directed by Jennifer Werner

Available online Sept. 23th thru. Sept 27t


Urban Stages Artistic Producing Director, Frances Hill, announces THE SILVERFISH, a virtual reading, and performance. This will be part of Urban Stages’ September Play Fest & Fundraiser to raise funds and continue the theater’s decades-long efforts of discovering and producing new plays by diverse up-and-coming artists. The Play will be available for a limited time on urbanstages.org where viewers can also support Urban Stages and the creation of new theater by donating.

From September 23rd to September 27th, THE SILVERFISH, by Megan Loughran, directed by Jennifer Werner will be available online starring Nikki M. James (Tony winner, Book of Mormon) and George Salazar (Be More Chill), with Benny Elledge (Waitress) and Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde). Stage directions by Holly Davis (Kinky Boots)

About the Play:

THE SILVERFISH by Megan Loughran: Beth and Brandon are young and in love and they have no money. They're living in Brooklyn pursuing careers they are passionate about. Which is another way of saying they have no money. When they're suddenly thrown a Godawful, expensive curveball, they combine their desperation with their underutilized talents and come up with a plan. It might not be a plan that "good people" would go for, but when you're young and in love and desperate and poor, the word "good" can mean a lot of things.

For more information, visit urbanstages.org
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16) TADA! YOUTH THEATER ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE FALL SEMESTER CLASSES

Register Now for Classes from October 5th through December 17th

Designed for Ages 2 to 18

 

TADA! Free Virtual Open House on Saturday, September 26th


Families may register now for TADA! Youth Theater’s new online Fall Semester Classes, designed for ages 2 to 18. Interactive, fun online musical theater classes for toddlers to teens and every age in between! Young people will be engaged in musical theater training, stay active while at home, and make connections with new friends.  Students are welcome from New York City, the tri-state region, across the country, and around the world!


With smaller class sizes, TADA! Professional Teaching Artists provide personalized attention, offer one-on-one coaching and solo opportunities for each student in the areas of singing, dancing and acting. All classes take place on Zoom and culminate in a final sharing for an invited Zoom audience. TADA!’s goal is to bring kids together even when they’re apart. Financial assistance and scholarships are available.


For more information on TADA! Youth Theater Fall Semester Classes, including costs, please visit https://www.tadatheater.com/online-fall-classes.


For questions, please email education@tadatheater.com or call 212-252-1619 ext. 4.


Age 2: Broadway Baby & Me

Baby, take a bow! TADA! Youth Theater’s Broadway Baby & Me, age 2, combines musical theater and movement exploration using songs, dances and stories for toddlers and their favorite adults to enhance skills and engage the imagination.


Age 3: Musical Theater Minis

One step closer to the bright lights of Broadway! Musical Theater Minis, age 3, embrace Broadway basics of singing, dancing and acting. This class celebrates a child’s natural inclination to pretend play while learning skills that build towards a fun-filled Zoom performance.

 

Ages 4 – 5: Jazzy Juniors

Turn up the volume musically and theatrically!  Jazzy Juniors, ages 4 – 5, participate in an upbeat, high-energy class of singing, dancing and acting. Children will learn to bring their characters to life and belt out their favorite Broadway tunes.


Ages 6 – 7; Ages 8 – 10:  Rising Stars

Shine with confidence!  Rising Stars are divided into two age groups with classes designed for ages 6 – 7, and ages 8 – 10.  Children participate in musical theater training, character exploration, and theater activities to keep them engaged, as well as learn vocals and choreography to popular Broadway songs. These Rising Stars will shine in their final Zoom performance.


Middle School: Broadway Bound

Train! Rehearse! Record! Premiere! Broadway Bound Middle School students receive musical theater training and learn vocals and choreography to popular songs from Broadway musicals.  Personalized attention and one-on-one coaching help these young performers explore performance skills and learn how to captivate an audience, while taking them one step closer to becoming a triple threat performer.


High School: Broadway Bound

Premiere a Musical Revue featuring Broadway songs and dance! Broadway Bound High School students receive musical theater training and learn vocals and choreography to popular songs from Broadway musicals.  One-on-one coaching elevates the experience and provides young performers with the skills they need to be triple threat performers.


Free Virtual Open House for Fall Semester Classes on September 26th

 


If you would like to learn more about TADA! Fall Semester Classes, theyinvite you to join them for a free virtual Open House on Saturday, September 26th. Sample classes are divided by age groups from 9 am – 5:30 pm followed by a Q&A with TADA! Education staff. RSVPs are required in order to receive the Zoom link.

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17) Theater Resources Unlimited
Annual Meet and Greet 
Introduction to TRU via Zoom
Staying TRU in Tough Times, 
and What Our Community Can Offer You
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 5:00pm


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents its annual free Meet and Greet Introductory gathering, this year revamped for social distancing via Zoom and addressing the adjustments the organization has made during the current pandemic. You are invited to join us for Staying TRU in Tough Times, and What Our Community Can Offer You onTuesday, September 22, 2020 via Zoom. Reserve a spot on the event page at truonline.org/events/staying-tru/ or by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com - you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.


This free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet is a chance to meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited who make it possible to bring you the range of programming we offer for producers and artists, and learn how we have adapted our programming for these pandemic days. Our confirmed lineup includes:


  • TRU Vice-President and co-founder Cheryl Davis, award-winning playwright, attorney, General Counsel for The Authors Guild, and feedback panelist for How to Write a Musical That Works
  • Board member Merrie L. Davis, producer (Company London revival, Dear Evan Hansen, Eclipsed, Gigi; off-Broadway Himself and Nora)
  • Board member Cody Lassen, producer (upcoming How I Learned To Drive, Indecent, Spring Awakening revival; producing team of Tootsie, What the Constitution Means to Me, The Band's Visit, Significant Other)
  • Board member Neal Rubinstein (On the TownHedwig and the Angry Inch revival, upcoming Dangerous the Musical)
  • Board member Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 StepsThe Exonerated, Bedlam's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead), founding AD of Rhymes Over Beats, faculty for Practical Playwriting workshop
  • TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata, Faculty for Practical Playwriting and How to Write a Musical workshops)
  • Producer Jane Dubin (The Prom, Tony winning The Norman ConquestsFarinelli and the King, BandstandPeter and the Starcatcher, An American in Paris)
  • Ric Wanetik, producer (Tony nominated Twilight Los Angeles: 1992, Broadway's Marlene, Off-Broadway's Jolson and Company) who helps run our Director-Writer Communications Lab and is often a Speed Date producer. 
  • Plus two of the people who offer free consultations to new members: entertainment attorney Lee Feldshon and career consultant Joanne Zippel of Zip Creative. 

Doors open at 5:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 5:30pm - come prepared with your best half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; usually $12.50 for non-members, but free for everyone for this season opener (with a pay-what-you-can if you'd like to support us). Please use the bright red reservation box on at truonline.org/events/staying-tru/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 833-506-5550, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com 

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18) Upcoming Online at Two River Theater

STORY TIME WITH KAMILAH: I LIKE MYSELF!
WED, SEPT 23 | 11:00 AM | FREE | FACEBOOK LIVE

Two River Theater's Story Time Live series continues, with artists and staff presenting stories for you and your little ones to enjoy at home! Artistic Assistant Kamilah Bush shares I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont, with illustrations by David Catrow. This ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves, inside and out, from messy hair to beaver breath and everything in between! Both silly and serious, these joyous rhymes and wild illustrations are perfect for ages three and under. 


For more information or to join the event go to https://www.facebook.com/TwoRiverTheater/posts/10158823069942210

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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.