Category Archives: Local Live Theater

Hudson Theater Ensemble presents “THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER”

Hudson Theater Ensemble presents  Songs, Laughs, and Positive Messages

By Sally Deering

 Hudson Theater Ensemble Once upon a time in Hoboken a little theater company decided to put on plays for adults and kids, and now, celebrating its 14th season, Hudson Theatre Ensemble presents the newest musical in its “Silly on Sixth” children’s series, THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER

 

Richard Dwyer in Hudson Theater Ensemble The Elves and the Shoemaker
Richard Dwyer and Deborah Michels rehearse their roles as elves in
THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER

The show, adapted from the old fairy tale, is by Karen Boettcher-Tate and takes a comedic twist on a shoemaker and his wife who have a very demanding landlady. When their luck seems to run out, a complete stranger invites three kooky elves into their lives who start making magical shoes that save the poor shoemaker and his wife from eviction and the unemployment line.

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PHOENIX ENSEMBLE ON THE RISE

Theater Company to Enrich Jersey City’s Cultural Life with Performances, Readings and Workshops

 By Sally Deering

Jersey City Phoenix Ensemble
Cast of IMPERFECT WOMEN OF THE BIBLE by Marsha Trice, performed by the Phoenix Ensemble of Jersey City

Sometimes friendships lead to creative collaborations and nobody knows that better than Marsha Trice, Artistic Director of the Phoenix Ensemble theater company in Jersey City. Trice and several company members met taking acting classes and doing plays in college and now they are collaborating as producers, actors, costumers – you name it – as the Phoenix Ensemble once again becomes a viable theater venue on Jersey City’s cultural landscape.

Phoenix Ensemble
Oliver Pinkard and Marsha Trice of Phoenix Ensemble of Jersey City

Phoenix Ensemble began in the early 1990s and it has been on again-off again until recently, when the company regrouped with Trice as artistic director with co-founders Tony Wilkes, Oliver Pinkard, Michael Laval and Dave Robinson sharing the helm. Together with producer Michele Baldwin, the creative team supports Phoenix Ensemble’s mission to bring theater, workshops and classes to Jersey City residents, especially to kids and teens who need creative opportunities to express themselves.

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Hudson Shakespeare Company presents “On the Waterfront” at The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery and Other Venues

Taking a break from its usual program of touring Shakespeare, the Hudson Shakespeare Company of Jersey City delves into a modern story that is known as a classic film but not as a stage play. In honor of the film’s 60th anniversary, the company will be producing a stage adaptation on:
WHERE:
•Saturday, October 11@1pm at The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ Continue reading Hudson Shakespeare Company presents “On the Waterfront” at The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery and Other Venues

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ATTIC TREASURES Jersey City Theater Company Attic Ensemble Raises the Curtain on its 43rd Season

 By Sally Deering

ae-sand  Tucked away in the back of Barrow Mansion, a beautiful old building on Wayne Street in Jersey City, men and women dressed in 1940s costumes roam the rooms like ghosts waiting for their guests to arrive.

And arrive they will as The Attic Ensemble prepares for the first show of its 43rd season with the 1949 police drama DETECTIVE STORY by Sidney Kingsley. It opens Fri, Nov. 8th and runs the next couple of weekends. Directed by Attic’s Executive Director Billy Mitchell, DETECTIVE STORY features 22 actors who play 34 shady and not-so-shady characters who come through the doors of a New York City police station.

It’s a Sunday evening just five days before the show opens and actors are rehearsing in their costumes – designed  by Yolanda Keahey of Jersey City – while Mitchell keeps things moving, correcting lighting cues and coaching actors in their scenes. The stage is set with old, worn-out  desks and chairs, period typewriters and telephones which ring constantly throughout the play. Think TVs “Barney Miller” only set in the 1940s instead of the ‘70s.

There’s a certain charm about The Attic Ensemble even though there’s an underlying uncertainty about its future. For the past 42 years Attic has presented contemporary plays and musicals in Jersey City and after 42 years of struggling to make ends meet, the company’s future is as wobbly as a backstage prop table. Continue reading ATTIC TREASURES Jersey City Theater Company Attic Ensemble Raises the Curtain on its 43rd Season

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Jersey City Presents a Jam Packed Summer: The Annual Summerfest Concert Series and Dance Fest

JERSEY CITY SEAL LOGOJERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Municipal Council, and the Division of Cultural Affairs present the annual Summerfest Concert Series, the annual Jazz for Lunch Music Series, Free Concerts at the MLK Hub, and the Summer Dance Fest Series during the months of June, July and August.
Kicking off the summer entertainment lineup are the Free Concerts at the MLK Hub, which are held every Wednesday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, July 10th through August 28th. Continue reading Jersey City Presents a Jam Packed Summer: The Annual Summerfest Concert Series and Dance Fest
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Art House Productions presents- Font of Knowledge a noir comedy

FONTA washed-up word jockey and a sexy librarian team up to stop the world’s deadliest font from falling into the clutches of the Commies in this mash-up of 1950s genres, from noir to sci-fi.

PERFORMANCE DATES
Thurs – Sat, June 20-22 at 8pm
Sun, June 23 at 4pm
Thurs – Fri, June 27-28 at 8pm
Sat, June 29 at 7pm**

SPECIAL EVENTS
** Saturday, June 29: Special 7pm show followed by
the Art House Summer Blowout,  our annual end-of-season party w/live music, food, raffles & more ($10)

TICKETS
$18 general admission
$12 students/seniors

VIP TICKETS
$25 VIP seats with Complimentary Refreshments (limited availability)

$35 VIP Opening Night Reception
Includes a pre-show wine & cheese reception
at Madame Claude Wine (7pm)
and premium seating

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE:
http://fontofknowledge.brownpapertickets.com

STARRING
Baltsar Beckeld, Lindsay Brill, Terence MacSweeny*, Paul Nugent*,
Alexandra Pflaster, Elena Zazanis* Continue reading Art House Productions presents- Font of Knowledge a noir comedy

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STAGEfest 2013 at The landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Journal Square

danceteam    
Presents Sally Deering’s
One Act Play   
  ”SIT ON MY LAP”     
The play is about an old Vaudevillian and the reporter who
comes to interview him at the Actors’ Home
              and its a comedy!!             
                                  Starring  William Cantor and hank morris
Directed by   dorcey winant –  Production Designer  David Bayne
Fri, Mar. 22, 7:30 pm, Tix $10

  Sat, Mar. 23, 12:30 pm, Tix $15
           Sun, Mar. 24, 4 pm, Tix $10
7:30 pm, Tix $10
For more info:  201-667-3636
                                             To Order Tix Online at Brown Paper Tickets
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COVER STORY:Sugar Plum Fairies, Jersey Style-Nimbus Dance Works’ “Jersey City Nutcracker” to Enchant Audiences Once Again

By Sally Deering

During the holidays, take a walk down Wayne Street in Jersey City (right off Grove) and you might hear strains of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” blasting from a boom box inside the Barrow Mansion, a community center where theater and dance companies hang their hats – and shoes. In one of the larger rehearsal rooms, professional dancers and students from local schools are spinning, leaping and paying close attention to Nimbus Dance Works’ Artistic Director Samuel Pott as he choreographs their movements for the company’s upcoming production of “Jersey City Nutcracker.”

NUTCRACKER PHOTO 1

Artistic Director and Choreographer Samuel Pott rehearses dancers in a scene from “Jersey City Nutcracker”

 

The curtain goes up Fri, Dec. 21st at the Frank R. Conwell Middle School on Bright Street in Jersey City and runs through Sun, Dec. 23rd — for tickets, go to www.nimbusdanceworks.org. After attending a recent rehearsal, it pleases me to report that this is going to be one fabulous show.

Nimbus Dance Works’ version of Tchaikovsky’s classic features the composer’s beautiful score with a twist on its tale. In the original E.T.A Hoffman story, the boy and girl, Christopher and Maria, fall asleep and the toys that are placed under the tree spring to life. In the Nimbus version, Christopher and Maria embark on a journey through the urban landscape instead where dancers play Sugar Plum Fairies, an Arabian Princess, The Rat King and so much more as Tchaikovsky’s score helps bring the story to life. Continue reading COVER STORY:Sugar Plum Fairies, Jersey Style-Nimbus Dance Works’ “Jersey City Nutcracker” to Enchant Audiences Once Again

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Local Theater-Attic Ensemble- The Dining Room

September 14-23, 2012,

The Attic Ensemble, Theater for a New Jersey City, presents the first production of its forty second season: a production of The Dining Room byA.R. Gurney, directed by Wanda Maragni.

The Story: The Dining Room is a play set in a single dining room. This is a real dining room, by the way, not just a room attached to the kitchen where the table is set up. This is the sort of room in which a long wood table is accompanied by a matching hutch, buffet, and beautifully carved chairs. It’s the type of room in which manners are of the utmost importance and the rules of behavior are as uncompromising as the crystal of the water glasses. In some ways, the dining room table and chairs become a character in this play. It is the only fixture that remains constant from scene to scene. While the play is written for six actors–three men and three women–there are 57 different characters who perform 17 scenes throughout the course of a “day.”

The cast features of six features Jean Brookner, Ben Holmes, Katie Lawson, Will Nagy, Jessica Nelson and Ross Pivec Continue reading Local Theater-Attic Ensemble- The Dining Room

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AUDITIONS FOR THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW AUGUST 29 & 30th Monroe Center in Hoboken

The Theater Company is seeking a cast of freaks, geeks, whole-some types and one incredibly fabulous entertainer for its 2012 version of Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW This cult classic is also a TTC classic, which will be directed by Clara Barton Green, with musical direction by David Zimmerman, and choreography by Robert Gonzales Jr. …

Audition Dates: August 29 & 30, 2012 from 7-9:30pm – no appointments necessary – you will be seen on a first come, first serve basis Requirements: – Must be at least 16 years old to audition –
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