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A Christmas Carol: A Holiday Tradition Sunday, 09 November 2014 Image

The Chatham Community Players keeps their longstanding holiday tradition alive with its production of Philip Wm. McKinley & Suzanne Buhrer’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL opening Friday, December 5 and running until December 21. Returning to the Chatham Playhouse, Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair directs the show, Jack Bender of Jersey City is the musical director and Megan Ferentinos of Cranford is the Choreographer.

ImageIn this version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. “As a child, every year, around the Holidays my father would read "A Christmas Carol" to my brothers and me. I guess in his own way he was trying to do what the character of Dickens in McKinley’s version of "...Carol" is doing... that is, to educate us about the true meaning of Christmas and the care and concern for our fellow man,” explains Jeffrey Fiorello.

The large and talented cast includes actors from all around New Jersey: Chip Prestera of Stirling, Alan Semok of Somerset, Pierson Salvador, Andrea Thibodeau and Sarah Rappoport of Westfield, Scott Baird of Upper Montclair, Samantha Kaplan of Verona, Steven Nitka of Hackettstown, Adunni Rae Charles of Maplewood, Will Carey of Glen Ridge, Adrian Rifat of New York City, Brielle Raddi of Cedar Grove, Maryann and Randy Post of Madison, Joelle Bochner and Eila Francis of Springfield, Jody and Parker Ebert of Plainfield, Alyssa Franck of Basking Ridge, Dash Green, Sasha Jacobs and Meghan Sabin of Chatham, and Graham Helfrick of Mendham

A Popular Holiday Tradition

ImageThis marks the 17th time that the Chatham Players has produced this show. From 1988-1995, the group produced the show every December, and it now produces the show on a biennial basis. This unique production has become a popular family tradition for many in the area – entertaining more than 32,000 audience members since 1988.

After presenting the show essentially the same way since 1988, Chatham Players re-staged the show in 2005 and in 2008 gave it a new look and feel. Our current production focuses on the joyous uplifting message that Dickens intended, with all the music that our audiences have found so enchanting over the years. This year’s production this year marks the 20th anniversary of Alan Semok’s first appearance as Ebenezer Scrooge. We are also excited to debut the song, “Marley’s Lament”, which has never been heard since the musical was workshopped in the early 80’s in Las Vegas. The show will have audience members leaving the theatre with the "true Christmas spirit," and will remind each and every one of them to embrace the joy and happiness associated with the holiday season.

Fiorello shared, “I hope that audiences will come see this production, and make "A Christmas Carol" a part of their holiday tradition. A story like this, with its themes of: a second chance, re-birth, humanitarianism, forgiveness, compassion, love, family values, and hope, are timeless, as timeless as Christmas itself.”

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00PM, December 7 at 7PM and December 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 3:00PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior. The theater expects this show to sell out and encourages people to reserve their tickets early.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office accepts phone reservations at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.

Seeking Versatile Actors for Neal Bell’s “Spatter Pattern” Tuesday, 04 November 2014
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The Chatham Players will hold auditions for Neal Bell’s psychological drama, “Spatter Pattern” on Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Production dates are March 6 thru 21, 2015 with rehearsals to begin mid-December.

Director Shannon Barry O’Grady is looking for 6-7 actors unafraid to delve deep into the thrilling abyss of this incredible psychological drama with dark comedic accents. Those auditioning for Tate and Dunn should prepare one of those character’s monologues from the script, no more than 2 minutes long, and be prepared to read from sides. Those auditioning for supporting roles should prepare a comedic monologue, no more than 1 minute long, and be prepared to read from sides.

Sides and Auditions Form are available prior to the auditions.


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Hard copies will also be available at the auditions.


Synopsis

The play centers around a college professor accused of murdering one of his students meets a grieving writer in search of a story. The specter of truth hangs between them as the audience is propelled through the shadowy city they inhabit.

Character Breakdown (4-5 actors will be cast to play multiple Supporting Roles)

EDWARD DUNN (38-55) A grieving writer, desperate for a story and salvation. His complex imagination often becomes indistinguishable from reality. MARCUS TATE (40-50) A college professor accused of murder. His despondent temper and web of lies make all question his innocence. SELMA (35-55) Edward’s heartless agent who sees only dollar signs. ELLEN (30-45) Tate’s wife, scared and angry. She is ready to leave her husband despite being unsure of his guilt. HOOKER (female, 38-50) Faded, jaded, weary and unimpressed. FISHER (male or female, 25-65) Disgruntled mortuary employee. MRS ROTH (65-95) Tate and Dunn’s neighbor. Hard of hearing. ANDREA EVANS (18-23) Young, impulsive, naïve, curious, bitchy, sexy. Questions authority and humanity’s purpose. REALTOR (male or female 28-68) Impatient. DETECTIVE MUNOZ (male 30-60) Determined, passionate. MOXLEY (male or female, 25-65) Funeral parlor salesperson, nicknamed “Lurch” by co-workers. MANCHESKI (male 18-25) A student of Tate's Impulsive, mysterious, confused. Thinks he may be in love with Andrea. HUSTLER (male, 18-35) Confident, worldly, sexy. HOMELESS MAN (male 18-65) Desperate, destitute.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Leslie Reagoso at (973) 769-3886 or email her at ccpcasting@gmail.com.

Fantasy Theater Presents a Classic Fable for Kids January 9 - 11 Thursday, 20 November 2014 Image

Chatham Community Players' Fantasy Theater presents a play based on Aesop’s “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg” by Stacey Lane on January 9 at 7pm and January 10 & 11 at 1 pm and 4 pm at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. All tickets are $10. Eric Holgerson directs this fun-filled play appropriate for children of all ages!

Based on one of Aesop’s best known fables, this clever story is told from the perspective of a poor farmer’s wife named Gretchen. When a wayward traveler reluctantly leaves his pet goose in her care, Gretchen discovers that the goose lays golden eggs. The woman goes on frivolous spending sprees, but her greed for fine clothing and jewelry only grows. Hoping to get even more golden eggs, she showers the goose with special treats and neglects her hard-working chickens as well as her husband, who remains shoeless. But her new trinkets of wealth bring Gretchen only short-term satisfaction, and no matter how much she purchases from the merchants at the marketplace, she finds herself always wanting more. This fable’s message is that “happiness cannot be purchased.”

The cast includes Colleen Grundfest as Gretchen, Julia Musilli as Scrambled, Sadie Whitman as Omelet, Talia Miller as Poached, Bill Wagstaff as Benedict, Claire Harpel as Sunny Side Up, Rob Bazaral as Wendell, Howard Fischer as George, Maycee Campano as Golda, Andrea Sickler as Millie, Jennifer Mitchell as Jewell, Jennifer Sisco as Percy/Umbert, Sean Day as Colby, Mary MacDonald as Taylor and Sarah Kmiecik as Orella

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations in January 2015 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.

Funding has been made possible in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chatham's 2014-2015 Season ~ 93 Years Friday, 11 April 2014
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Clybourne Park - October 3 - 18, 2014

By Bruce Norris

Winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, in addition to the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, Clybourne Park is a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun". The first act, set in 1959, is from the perspective of the white family moving out of the neighborhood, and the neighbors' concerns regarding an African American family moving in. The second act takes place 50 years later, during which time the Clybourne Park neighborhood has changed significantly, and a white family has decided to move into the house. Hailed by The New York Times as a "strong, ferociously smart play", it is both funny and provocative in dealing with issues of race and real estate.

Directed by John A.C. Kennedy

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2014

Original musical adaptation by Philip Wm McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer

This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper.

Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello, Musical Directed by Jack Bender and Choreography by Megan Ferentinos

Spatter Pattern (Or, How I Got Away With It) - March 6 - 21, 2015

By Neal Bell

This psychological drama takes place at the intersection of two haunted lives with nothing but a wall separating them. Tate is a college professor who is suspected of murdering a female student, and his new neighbor, Dunn is a writer in search of a story. Over the course of the play, the two men become close, but the specter of the truth hangs between them, as we try to figure out whether Tate is a murderer, or whether he's been falsely accused.

Directed by Shannon Barry O'Grady

The Three Musketeers - May 1 - 16, 2015

Adapted by Ken Ludwig

Based on the timeless tale by Alexandre Dumas, this play is set in 1625, as d'Artagnan (and his younger sister, Sabine) travel to Paris. Upon his arrival, he meets up with, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers, and is quick to join them in fighting for the Queen's honor against the evil Cardinal Richelieu and infamous Countess de Winter. Stopping at nothing to revenge themselves on d'Artagnan and the Musketeers for their meddlesome behavior, the Countess and Cardinal are surprised to find that Sabine is more than a sweet girl going to join the convent.

Directed by Mike Burdick