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Play Reading Series - "On Golden Pond"
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Monday, 01 February 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players is excited to offer a love story across the generations for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Join us for Ernest Thompson's play, "On Golden Pond". One Night ONLY – Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 7:00 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Jeffrey Fiorello directs.

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

The Cast:


Norman - Christopher Gibbs

Ethel - Judi Laganga

Chelsea - Liza Harris

Bill - Bill Schineller

Charlie - Salvador Navarro

Billy Jr. - Graham Helfrick


Stage Directions and Forward by Leslie Gayle Williams and Gus Ibranyi

Light Refreshments Will Be Served. Patrons are encouraged to BYOB

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 Players Announce Dates For
Monty Python’s “Spamalot” Auditions
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 Image

The Chatham Players is seeking performers for their upcoming production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”, book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. The production runs May 6 – 21, 2016 at the Chatham Playhouse. James Mosser directs, Patrick Phillips is Musical Director and Jennifer Williams, the Choreographer. Rehearsals to begin in early March.

Auditions will be held on Monday, February 22 and Friday, February 26 from 7pm until 10pm at The Bickford Theatre located at the Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. Please prepare a joke and 32 bars of a song (in the style of the show). Be sure to bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Come prepared to dance. Performers will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance combination. Headshots and resumes are not required but gladly received.


Download the Auditon Form prior to the auditions.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Audition Form


Hard copies will also be available at the auditions.


Synopsis

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail in song, Monty Python's Spamalot features "a chorus line of legless knights, men in tights (with legs), killer rabbits and sexy dancing divas! Monty Python's Spamalot is a adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the tale, but it differs from the film in many ways.

Character Breakdown: (13 Males, 7 Females)

KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer. SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave,’ though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk. SIR LANCELOT (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent. PATSY (30s-40s): King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2. SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes Knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari tenor singing required. SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse. No solo singing. THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20s-30s): A diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers, especially seeking actresses of all races for this role. HISTORIAN/NOT DEAD FRED/ PRINCE HERBERT/ MINSTREL/ FRENCH GUARD (Tenor): A tweedy academic. Also plays NOT DEAD FRED, a sickly little fellow who -- despite others' beliefs -- claims he is "not yet dead"; a FRENCH GUARD, the condemnatory sidekick to the French Taunter; a MINSTREL in Sir Robin's band; and PRINCE HERBERT, the hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower. Tenor singing required. Very good mover. MALE ENSEMBLE (6 men): Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the other Knights of the Round Table, Sir Not Appearing, Sir Bohrs, Bodies in "Not Yet Dead," the Dancing Monk, the Dancing Nun, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, a French Guard, Robin's Minstrel, and more! Strong dance skills preferred; tap skills a bonus. FEMALE ENSEMBLE (6 women): Seeking strong dancers and singers to play many roles including the Camelot Girls, the Laker Girls, a French Guard, Knights of Ni, two of Robin's Minstrels, French Citizens, Finland Citizens, and more! Strong dance skills preferred, tap skills a bonus.

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 Williams at (973) 769-3886 or email her at ccpcasting@gmail.com.

Chatham Players Presents the Historical
& Humorous, “The Lion in Winter”
Monday, 08 February 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players continues its 94th Season of producing quality, powerful & challenging theater with James Goldman’s modern day classic, “The Lion in Winter”. This play will run from March 4 through March 19. Jim Peskin from West Orange directs.

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons, all can be found in James Goldman’s modern day classic, “The Lion in Winter”. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action; this play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception. Director, Jim Peskin explained that “Lion in Winter took place a long time ago. Europe was just emerging from the reign of the tribes who destroyed the Roman Empire into the medieval feudal world. At first glance it is very foreign. William Goldman, the playwright, took a brilliant leap of imagination and found an amazing story of a love and family. The play he wrote contains a couple profoundly and passionately in love and the battles they have with three sons who test every fiber of their being. Along the way get to see brilliant characters who live or die by their wits, situations that are tender, moments that have true humor and several scenes that are really sexy.“

ImageThe talented and diverse group of actors comprising The Lion in Winter ensemble are ruled by Kevern Cameron of Hamburg as Henry II, King of England, Maria Brodeur of Rockaway as Queen Eleanor, Matt Coakley of Gillette as John, Scott Tyler of Morristown as Geoffrey, Dominic Denucci of Teaneck as Richard the Lionheart, Adriana Spizuoco of Millburn as Alais Capet and Shane Long of Madison as Philip II, King of France.

“There is nothing like the succession of power to get everyone's blood boiling. This play is like 12th century version of `House of Cards', with everyone vying for power, plotting behind each other’s backs and doing everything they can to impress those around them with their political skills,” said Producer, Joelle Bochner.

Rounding out Peskin’s talented production team, the Producer is Joelle Bochner, Production Coordinator is Steve Ruskin, Stage Manager is Kate Pierce, Assistant Stage Manager is Mara Lundstrom, Scenic Designers are Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik, Scenic Painting by Andrea & Dean Sickler, Costume Designer is Beverly Wand, Lighting Designer is Diane Giangreco and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.

At the center of the play is a struggle we all face, who am I in this world. There’s a lot going on and it’s fun to create and hopefully fun to watch,” said Peskin. Producer, Joelle Bochner added, “What a rich tapestry our director, Jim Peskin has woven, with not a single thread out of place.”

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8pm and March 13 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior.

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 on February 23 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. The Lion in Winter is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2015-2016 season, visit www.chathamplayers.org. Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Art of Stage Management” Workshop
by Christine Whalen
Thursday, 21 January 2016 Image


The Chatham Community Players are excited to be hosting a workshop on “The Art of Stage Management (or Why Stage Managers Rock!)” presented by Christine Whalen on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 3:00 until 5:00 PM. Have you ever wondered how the heck all those props get on and off the stage with such efficiency and grace? Have you ever witnessed that perfect theatrical moment where an actor hits an emotional high -- at the EXACT same time as the sound and lights? Have you ever heard the phrase "HOLD PLEASE!" Well, then you must have encountered a stage manager.

Christine will give an overview of the stage manager's vast and varied job, tell the tale of her career path from community theater to professional AEA status, share some backstage paperwork, offer up some tips and tricks, and field any questions participants may have.

Christine Whalen began her stage management career at the Chatham Playhouse, where she worked on various productions between 1997 and 2003. She has since spent 13 seasons as a stage manager with The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ where favorite credits include Timon of Athens, Amadeus, Pride and Prejudice, and multiple shows on the theatre’s Outdoor Stage. Christine toured the Eastern United States with The Acting Company’s 2007 production of Jane Eyre and also worked in the production offices of both Two River Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre Center, where additional stage management credits have included Fetch Clay Make Man (with Ben Vereen), Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also at Papermill Playhouse) and the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon (also at Playwright’s Horizons.) She recently served as Associate Producer for Premiere Stages’ Summer 2015 season. Christine teaches stage management at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

The workshop is being held at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Admission at the door is $20 and is open for anyone 14 years old and older.

Jersey Voices Seeking One Acts for 2016 Festival Thursday, 18 December 2014 Image

The Chatham Community Players is seeking original, one-act plays, short musicals and/or original dance pieces, written by New Jersey authors, for Jersey Voices' 22nd Annual Production.

It is once again time to be thinking about submitting one-acts for Jersey Voices. For those of you who have already sent along submissions for Jersey Voices 2016 - thank you! For those of you who have not, we want to remind you that the deadline is coming up soon - this year’s DEADLINE is MARCH 15th, just under four months away!

So please put the finishing touches on those plays sitting on your desk/desktop and send them along. This year, like last year, we are only accepting submissions by e-mail to the address listed below.

Play submissions of any genre (including short musical and dance pieces), style and length up to 15 minutes running time (we're serious about this) will be accepted through March 15, 2016. Selected pieces will each be performed in our Black Box Theater in Chatham on the last weekend in July and first weekend in August.

If we've not chosen your work in the past, please don't give up on us. Each year we have produced new pieces by an author whose work we've passed over in the past; it usually has more to do with trying to balance 6 separate pieces for an enjoyable evening of theater than it has to do with the quality of the piece which has been passed over. In fact, under these circumstances, we have often held over a piece we've liked and given it consideration in the following year. Some of these 'holdovers' have subsequently been chosen, produced, and favorably received.

We are looking forward to seeing your work this year and, as we know that many of you come to see Jersey Voices, to seeing you again this summer. If you have not already introduced yourself, when you're in the audience please stay for the reception we have after each performance and introduce yourself. We'd love to meet you.

Email submissions to:jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

For more information, write to: jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

Chatham's 2015-2016 Season ~ 94 Years Sunday, 05 April 2015
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August: Osage County - October 2015

By Tracy Letts

"In Tracy Letts' ferociously entertaining play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled-over laughing. A massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord—not to mention on the decline of American integrity itself." ~ Variety

The Lion in Winter - March 2016

By James Golden

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

SPAMALOT - May 2016

Music and Lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Book by Eric Idle

It's comedy fit for a king! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, "a chorus line of legless knights”, men in tights (with legs), not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French taunters. This show features one of the most energetic, tuneful scores of the last decade. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations.