Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Chatham Community Players will put on the Shakespeare comedy in March.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Chatham Community Players announced open auditions for William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" to be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Chatham Playhouse. The play, a fast-moving battle-of-the-sexes comedy, has been made familiar to modern audiences through the musical "Kiss Me, Kate" and the film "10 Things I Hate About You" starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. The plot revolves around the courtship of Katherina, the headstrong "shrew" of the title, and Petruchio, a down-on-his-luck gentleman of Verona who covets Kate's dowry. She, however, is not eager for the match—or any match—and the two engage in a battle of wits and strength for the upper hand. A subplot involved Kate's flirtatious sister Bianca and the men who …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Chatham Community Players' put on their biennial production of the musical based on Charles Dickens' holiday story.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Chatham Community Players bring some of Charles Dickens' most beloved characters to life in their biennial production of "A Christmas Carol" beginning Friday. The musical by Philip Wm. McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer features the author, Dickens himself, as the narrator and a character in the play who guides the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through a journey of discovery and wonder in Christmases past, present and future. Chris Furlong, the executive producer for the Chatham Community Players, said the story has become a traditional holiday activity within northern New Jersey. "While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends," Furlong wrote in a press …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Bell Wesel said the play is enjoyable for Hitchcock fans and for those who never saw the 1935 film.
Almost 80 years after Alfred Hitchcock's suspenseful thriller "The 39 Steps" hit theaters, a play based on the film is about to hit a different kind of theater. "The dialogue is actually lifted directly from the original film [screenplay], but it’s a complete twist on it so it’ll be very funny," Director Bell Wesel said. Wesel drove to Chatham from her home in Brooklyn every day for months for the chance to direct "The 39 Steps at the Chatham Playhouse. The play opens the 91st season for the Chatham Community Players Friday. Hitchcock fans might be surprised to see the suspense turned into what Wesel termed "a combination of vaudeville and farce," but, she said, "we have special appearances from some other of Hitchcock's stories: 'Psycho…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Male and female actors and singers needed.
The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for their biennial Christmas play, "A Christmas Carol" by Philip Wm. McKinley, beginning Sunday. Director Jeffery Fiorello and Choreographer Megan Ferentinos need a large cast of various types and ages, all of whom must be able to sing and move well. Auditions will take place at the Chatham Playhouse on the following dates: Those who wish to audition should bring their own sheet music in the appropriate key and marked with chord changes for the accompanist. Child actors without previous audition experience or material can choose a traditional holiday or non-rock song. Production dates are Dec. 7 to 23. Major roles for the production include: Additional cast members are: Various other …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Madison Young Playwrights Festival gives budding writers a chance to shine.
The Playwrights Theatre in Madison will soon be alive with stories about a conflict between Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the backstage drama of an “American Idol”-like belly dancing competition, and a young girl who learns something about herself when she becomes famous. Pretty interesting and pretty diverse, right? But all of these plays have something in common—they're written by Madison students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Those plays and others are part of the 25th Annual Madison Young Playwrights Festival at the Playwrights Theatre March 26. The festival will feature 21 plays written by students who started their journey to the stage with a 10-week residency program in the fall. “We have a teaching artist who’s either…
Monday, March 7, 2011
Community theater presents stunning performance of Pulitzer prize-winning drama.
In a well-done production of "Glengarry Glen Ross," the tension is palpable the minute the first characters take the stage. And on the opening weekend of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play by the Chatham Community Players, the tension hung in the air like fog from the moment the lights came up. The play depicts two days in lives of four real estate salesmen who are desperate to make sales as they compete to get their names on “the board” and win a Cadillac. The play’s title comes from the two Florida developments they are selling – Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms. Shelly Levene, played with a touching mix of strength and vulnerability by Michael King of New Providence, is the oldest of the salesmen and down on his luck. He …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The results for the 2010 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Awards were announced Tuesday.
The Chatham Community Players were named the Favorite Community Theater (non-Equity) in New Jersey by the Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards. This is the second consecutive year that the Chatham Community Players have won the award. Chris Furlong, the executive producer of the Chatham Playhouse, said, "We are so grateful to everyone who took the time to vote. Our audience play a big part on our continued success, it's where we get our future volunteers. "Without our volunteers, we would not be in business," Furlong said. Over 6,200 ballots were cast in this year's Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Chatham Community Players hosts benefit for NYC theater Keen Co.
Chatham native Carl Forsman presented a cabaret of performers at "Broadway in the Boro" on Monday, a benefit for Keen Co., the off-Broadway theater where Forsman is artistic director. Held at the Chatham Community Playhouse, the evening featured the comedic stylings of Matt Servitto, best known for his role as FBI Agent Harris on HBO's "The Sopranos," and musical numbers by Paul Anthony Stewart, Sarah Ambrose, Colleen Fitzpatrick and Joy Franz. The performers played to a packed house. "It was a big success. So many local residents came out in support of Carl. It just touches our hearts. And when someone comes to experience theatre for the first time, that is really special," Chris Furlong said. Furlong and Forsman grew up together and …
Friday, January 21, 2011
The theatrical benefit performance happens Monday and offers a rare chance to see and meet Broadway stars.
Carl Forsman has come a long way from working backstage at the Chatham Playhouse. As the artistic director of the Keen Theater Companty in New York, he now works producing Off-Broadway plays. Once a year, though, Forsman brings a few actors and actresses home to perform in "Broadway in the Boro," a specialty benefit performance for the company his old theater haunt, the Chatham Playhouse. Chris Furlong, the executive producer of the Chatham Community Players, said he is delighted to offer use of the theater for one night, free of charge, to a member of his adopted family. “It’s like a homecoming,” Furlong said. “Our father was the minister at the Methodist Church for decades, and Carl always comes back.” The cast for Monday night’s benefit…
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Chatham Community Players' production mixes veterans and fresh faces.
The Chatham Community Players will open their 15th annual production of "A Christmas Carol" on Friday at the Chatham Playhouse on North Passaic Avenue. The run at the Chatham Playhouse will continue through Dec. 19. This musical adaptation by Philip William McKinley features actors who have appeared in the show before, along with performers making their "Carol" debut. Among the returnees is director Bob Cline, who first staged the play in 2008. This followed many earlier successes with the troupe, including his initial assignment, "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 2002, as well as "Into The Woods," "Pippin" and "Crimes of the Heart." "When I was asked to direct their beloved 'Carol,' I quickly agreed," Cline said. "Chatham is a fantastic place to…