New Work Development Series: Bottle Fly

 

Third installment of the Eagle Theatre's New Work Development Series focusing on the voice of women writing for professional regional theatre today. A one night only staged reading of Bottle Fly by Jacqueline Goldfinger features a talk back Q&A with the playwright, director, audience and cast.


MTC Presents "Broadway Kids III."

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents "Broadway Kids III" at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

August 23 at 7 PM

August 24 at 10 AM, 2 PM, & 7 PM

August 25 at 10 AM & 2 PM

MTC’s fourth all-pre-teen summer cast will present a new musical revue highlighting songs from such favorite musicals as "Hamilton", "Moana", "Anastasia", and "Guys And Dolls", among others.

Come and see MTC's cast of children bring this original musical revue to life. All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $12. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


MTC Presents "West Side Story: School Edition"

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents the Delaware Valley Premiere of "West Side Story: School Edition" at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

August 16 at 7 PM

August 17 at 10 AM, 2 PM, and 7 PM

August 18 at 10 AM & 2 PM

MTC’s sixth all-teen cast will present the stage version of the 1961 Hollywood movie that still holds the record for most Oscars by a movie musical with 10. Our teens will bring this modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet to life as ‘Tony’ and ‘Maria’ and their ‘Jets’ and ‘Sharks’ gangs sing and dance their way into your hearts.

Come and see MTC's cast of 63 teens (including 21 boys!) bring this PG-13 musical to life. (We are using this rating due to the death and violence that occurs in this musical.) All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $12. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


MTC Presents "Willy Wonka, Jr."

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents "Willy Wonka, Jr." at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

Wednesday, August 2 at 7 PM

Thursday, August 3 at 10 AM, 2 PM and 7 PM

Friday, August 4 at 10 AM & 2 PM

MTC will present the Roald Dahl musical that features such beloved characters as ‘Augustus Gloop’, ‘Veruca Salt’, ‘Violet Beauregard’, ‘Mike Teevee’, ‘Charlie Bucket’, the ‘Oompa-Loompas’, and, of course, the title character. The six-to-17-year-old cast will sing such favorites as “The Candy Man”, “Cheer Up, Charlie”, “Think Positive”, “(I’ve Got A) Golden Ticket”, “I Want It Now”, and “Pure Imagination”.

Come and see MTC’s cast of children bring this musical to life. All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $12. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


MTC Presents "The Wizard of Oz"

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents "The Wizard of Oz" at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

July 20 at 7 PM

July 21 at 7 PM

July 22 at 2 PM and 7 PM

July 23 at 2 PM

July 26 at 7 PM

July 27 at 7 PM

July 28 at 7 PM

July 29 at 2 PM and 7 PM

A 64-member all-ages cast, directed by MTC’s Producing Artistic Director Mark Morgan, will perform this musical with such well-known songs as “Follow The Yellow Brick Road”, “If I Only Had A Brain / A Heart / The Nerve”, “We’re Off To See The Wizard”, “Merry Old Land Of Oz”, “King Of The Forest”, “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead”, and the Oscar winning “(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow”.

Come and see MTC's cast bring this classic musical to life. All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $17 (for Adults) and $13 (for Seniors and Students). For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


MTC Presents "Disney's High School Musical, Jr."

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents "Disney's High School Musical, Jr." at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

July 12 at 7 PM

July 13 at 10 AM, 2 PM, & 7 PM

July 14 at 10 AM & 2 PM

This recent Disney franchise started with this musical about the students at East High School. It features these favorite songs: “Start Of Something New”, “Get’cha Head In The Game”, “Breaking Free”, “Stick To The Status Quo”, and, of course, “We’re All In This Together”. A 77-member cast will present the story of ‘Troy’, ‘Gabriella’, ‘Ryan’, ‘Sharpay’, ‘Chad’, ‘Taylor’, ‘Coach Bolton’, ‘Mrs. Darbus’, and the rest of the ‘Wildcats’.

Come and see MTC's cast of 77 performers bring this Disney musical to life. All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $12. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


At Kingsway Regional, red-letter days for the arts

Skylar Galati, a junior at Kingsway Regional High School, is earning a varsity letter for her work on the stage, not on the field.

In a pioneering move, the 2,700-student Kingsway Regional School District in Gloucester County will begin conferring the honor on actors, singers, dancers, and other eligible students in the high school’s well-regarded performing arts program.

A seven-inch fabric “K” similar to those earned by athletes will be awarded to Galati and about 100 of her peers at Kingsway’s annual Performing Arts Banquet on March 19.

To which I say: Bravo!

“I’m looking forward to it,” says Galati, a 17-year-old Mullica Hill resident.   A soprano, she already has a resumé packed with semiprofessional and school performances in musical theater productions.

“The letters are fabulous,” says her mother, Ceri, a paralegal who took it upon herself to launch the letters effort last year.

“Other parent groups in other districts have reached out to me to see how they can make this happen in their schools,” she adds.

The New Jersey School Boards Association began calling for expansion of varsity letter criteria 35 years ago. It cites five other New Jersey high schools that award them for non-athletic accomplishments. Among them is Rancocas Valley Regional in Mount Holly, which has awarded varsity letters for academic achievement for the last 13 years.

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Kevin Riordan
Philadelphia Inquirer / Philly.com


South Jersey child actors hope for similar stardom as others

Keira Mitchell recited some lines from a script with her grandmother Gail Jasper in Jasper’s Atlantic City home on a recent Monday.

Keira’s practicing to audition for a Disney Channel television show.

“I’d rather be on camera, share my creativity with the world and show off my stuff,” Keira, 12, of Atlantic City, said in an earlier phone interview.

Mitchell isn’t alone. She’s among performers in the region who would like a change of ZIP code to the Hollywood region.

South Jersey has seen a few of its young performers get their lucky breaks.

Gaten Matarazzo, 14, a Little Egg Harbor Township native, found success last summer in the Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Micah Fowler, born in Barnegat Township, stars as J.J. DiMeo in ABC’s sitcom “Speechless.” The teen actor has cerebral palsy.

Mitchell isn’t there just yet, but she is trying.

In 2016, she had a speaking role for the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. She was an extra in a music video at Char-ter Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point. She also takes dance lessons and has taken classes at the Weist-Barron-Ryan Acting Workshops in Atlantic City.

“I want to be a triple threat,” she said.

She wants to be like her role models.

Mitchell’s biggest influences come from former Disney Channel child actor Zendaya and Academy Award-nominated actor Will Smith — a Philadelphia native whose success started at a young age on NBC’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Those actors also have succeeded in the music industry, but for Mitchell, she’s just trying to have another productive year in 2017.

“I want to be in more commercials, and I want to be in a TV show,” she said.

Mitchell isn’t worried about the bleak odds. She’s too focused on her lines.

“You just have to believe in yourself and be confident,” she said.

Violet Berk has been practicing dance since she was 4. Now, at age 9, she participated in improv work on NBC’s “Meredith Vieira Show” with other child actors.

Violet’s mother, Tricia Keeper, said Violet works on her on-camera performance by filming videos on her phone.

The process doesn’t stop, Keeper added.

“Auditions, recitals — it’s hectic,” said Keeper, of Atlantic City.

Violet’s stepfather, grandmother and aunt help out. The reason they’re all willing to help is because they know it’s something Violet loves to do.

And if it doesn’t work out for Violet?

“It will be good experience for dealing with the real world,” Keeper said.

And if it does work, would Keeper want to be her daughter’s manager, something that has plagued some child actors in the past?

“Oh, no,” she laughed. “I’m a teacher, and I’m lucky to have my job, so I’d find someone else to do that.”

For 2017, Violet wants to get in front of the camera more. She wants to have as much fun as she had in the NBC studio for Meredith Vieira.

“I got to really meet new people, and I got to really see what was behind the scenes before they go on stage,” she said.

Violet will take more acting classes and work on a monologue.

“I like how (when you have a monologue) you have to practice, you can add details to it and really get into the story,” Violet said.

Tripp Corson, 11, attended workshops four years ago but stopped. He plays football and baseball and swimming, but he recently told his mother he wanted to go back to classes.

“This is what he wants to do and he asked to do it, and I will take steps necessary to achieve that dream,” said Marylou Corson, of Linwood.

Corson attended Weist-Barron-Ryan workshops when she was starting her legal career, because she wanted to learn how to speak in front of a crowd. Now her son would be returning to the same classes.

Tripp said he would love to be on a show like “Stranger Things.” He said a South Jersey actor, like Gaten from that show, can be good motivation.

“Even (in) a place not very well-known like South Jersey, people like (Gaten) can still be an inspiration and inspire people like me,” Tripp said.

 

Maxwell Reil, Staff Writer
Press of Atlantic city


It's fine art vs. food art at Atlantic Cape through Jan. 21

Food — as any reality cooking show proves — has become an art. From the precise ingredients chosen right down to the dramatic presentation, food has to appeal to the eye as much as to the taste buds. Which is why Joyce Hagen, coordinator at Atlantic Cape Community College, devised the idea for “Food as Art,” a 13-person exhibit that runs through Jan. 21 at the Atlantic Cape Art Gallery.

Think of it as fine art vs. food art.

“Fine art” because the majority of those involved are indeed fine artists. “Food art” because three of the artists are baking and pastry students at the school’s Academy of Culinary Arts, and one is Chef Michael Williams, executive chef and owner of The Diving Horse Group, a boutique food and beverage consulting firm based in South Jersey. For the fine artists, food had to be represented in their work in some way. For the students and chef, their pieces are actual food.

“I try to do programming that’s related to the curriculum of the school,” Hagen says.

It was a culinary professor who mentioned the students’ decorative work to Hagen, so she asked Alexandra Falciani, Anyssa Perez and Gina Raccaniello, as well as Chef Williams, to include pieces. Their sculptures are made of marzipan, lard, tallow and more.

How they stay … presentable, shall we say? … for the entire duration of the show “remains a mystery” to Hagen.

“Food as Art” also includes works by Wanda Chudzinski, Donna Connor, Susan Irland, Doreen Khebzou, Mary Ann Kline, Chuck Law, Dustin Rebecca, Ethan Rubin and Linda Wexler.

In her career, Wexler, a nationally recognized artist who has primarily made her living from commissioned work, has done everything from fine art and illustrations to porcelain work and miniatures.

Her three paintings in “Food as Art” are part of a larger series titled “Tea Cup with …” The “with” is whatever vegetable is in the painting — snap peas, squash, artichokes and more. Every tea cup, however, is Blue Willow china.

“I’m in love with it (Blue Willow china),” Wexler says. “I always find a way to get Blue Willow in my work.

“This series is particularly important to me. It began in a point in my commission work when I decided to do a piece just for me. And the first thing I did was a Blue Willow piece with apples. It was just for me to enjoy,” muses Wexler, who eventually began adding more fruits and vegetables to the mix. “UCLA saw my work online and asked if they could use my images and license it for their organic restaurant.

A former teacher and self-described “lucky girl” — because “God gave me this talent” — Wexler has a Masters in fine art, but considers herself self-taught.

“I always tell my students the same thing. What you learn in school, for me anyway, helps you to learn more. It teaches you how to learn,” she says. “When you’re really interested in something, you have to research it, investigate it and then practice it. You become self taught by this.”

Having already been proficient in food art with her Blue Willow series and her work with UCLA, Wexler was pleased to have been asked by Hagen to participate in “Food as Art.”

“This college specializes in food so I think it’s a great theme,” Wexler says. “I love to contribute. I love to give back because I’ve been so blessed. I believe very strongly in that.”

 

Pamela Dollak,
Press of Atlantic City