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Magical BELL, BOOK and CANDLE
Runs May 5-20
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The Chatham Community Players concludes its successful 95th Season with John Van Druten’s “Bell, Book and Candle”, a play that is at once a charming and magical romantic comedy, and a commentary on power as a corrupting force. This production will run from May 5 through 20. Elizabeth Rogers from West Orange directs.

Set in the late 1950’s NYC, Bell Book and Candle centers around Gillian Holroyd, a modern-day witch. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival, partly because she is bored, and partly because she is attracted to him. He immediately falls head over heels in love with her and soon wants to marry her. But, witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love. If they do, they lose their powers. This tiny complication leads to a number of difficulties. As truths are told and tempers flare, Gillian is surprised to discover that she has fallen in love, but is it too late?

The talented and diverse group of actorsImage making up the “Bell, Book and Candle” cast is Christine Talarico from Denville as Gillian Holroyd, Pierce V. Lo from Middleville as Shep Henderson, Anthony Bentrovato from Morris Plains as Nick Holroyd, Lisa Barnett from South Orange as Aunt Queenie Holroyd and John A.C. Kennedy from Springfield as Sidney Redlitch. Director Rogers describes her production as one that is filled with “magic, mortals, love spells, and hidden agendas swirling around a New York City brownstone in 1959, where a powerful witch casts a love spell on her unsuspecting tenant. What happens when the tables turn and she finds herself falling for a mortal? You’ll have to come find out!”

Rounding out Rogers’ talented production team, the Producer is Steffi Denmark, Production Coordinator is Andrea Sickler, Scenic Designers are Bob Lukasik, Stage Manager is Geroge Seylaz, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Fran Harrison, Lighting Designer is Nicholas Marmo and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

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Performance dates are May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8pm and May 14 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 new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to ccp.booktix.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 April 25 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. “Bell, Book and Candle” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP
by Billy Mitchell
Monday, 20 February 2017

Chatham Community Players are excited to be hosting a “Playwriting Workshop” presented by Billy Mitchell on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM..

ImageOriginally from Maine, Billy is an award-winning director and playwright whose fill-in-the-blanks comedy "Villain: DeBlanks" has been seen in New York City (The Triad, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, The Laurie Beechman Theatre); regionally at Bucks County Playhouse and Saco River Theatre; Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles; and will make its London debut in September of this year. "Villain: DeBlanks" has featured Tony, Emmy and Olivier-winning performers such as Bruce Vilanch, Annaleigh Ashford, Barrett Foa, LaChanze, Beth Leavel, Lesli Margherita, Brenda Braxton, The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley), Justin Guarini, Lena Hall, Nancy Opel and many others.

A member of the Dramatists Guild, Billy is the author of several plays (his script "Blood & Oil" is currently represented by the Freedman Agency), and a series of original TYA pieces. His first commissioned work, "Bartholomew Fair, New Jersey" - a 90-minute comedy-in-verse - enjoyed runs in NJ and NYC. He has a Bachelor's in Performance and a Masters in Directing from UMaine, studied educational theatre at NYU, and is frequently the host at events where the first choice was unavailable.

The class will consist of discussing of the nuts and bolts of getting started: types of plays, theatre spaces, basic play structure and manuscript formatting. It will also cover creating characters, making them speak and telling the story. Participants will also be advised on how to get their writing read. There will be a short, in class writing exercise followed by a share and response period. Participants should bring pens/pencils, and a notebook.

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 16 years old and older. Spaces are limited - please reserve yours by sending your name, age, contact number /address to ChathamWorkshops@gmail.com

"Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series
Present BENT
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The Chatham Community Players' successful "Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series is proud to present Martin Sherman's, BENT. One Night ONLY - Sunday, June 4, 2017 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 and Salvador Navarro co-direct this evening's reading.

In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grifter and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest's throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked lower on the human scale than Jews, the men as awoved homosexuals, flee. Desperate and on the run, Max asks his own "discreetly" homosexual Uncle Freddie for help as the older man offers little more than suggestions on how to live, as he does, practicing homosexuality on the side. Attempting their escape, Rudy is beaten to death as Horst, another homosexual prisoner, warns Max to deny his lover. Taken to a death camp at Dachau, Max and Horst branded with the "pink triangle", hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage but it is not to be.

The Cast:


Dale Monroe as Max

Shane Jared as Rudy

Pete Fournier as Wolf

Tom Schopper as Captain 1

E Dale Smith-Gallo as Greta

Patrick Horan as Uncle Freddie

Scott Baird as Officer

Christopher Harrison Parkhurst Abbott as Horst

Chip Prestera as Guard

Dominick DeNucci as Captain

With Stage Directions Read by Kate Pierce

Produced by Gus Ibranyi and Leslie Gayle Williams


Light snacks provided, 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.

Seeking Directors for Our 96th Season Wednesday, 05 April 2017 Image

The Chatham Community Players are seeking directors for their 96th (2017-2018) Season. This group has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. For the upcoming season they have secured rights to produce, “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon in October (Oct 6-21) and “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling in early March (Mar 2-17)

Over the next month, we will be interviewing candidates for these two productions. Please send your resume and references to Directing@chathamplayers.org before April 21, 2017 and indicate which play you are interested in directing. Please be sure to include the word, "Director" in the Subject Line of your email. These are paid positions and amounts can vary depending on experience & show. For additional information on the Chatham Community Players, please visit www.chathamplayers.org.

Chatham's 2017-2018 Season ~ 96 Years Sunday, 09 April 2017
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Barefoot in the Park - October 2017

By Neil Simon

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word in this romantic comedy by Neil Simon. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Adjusting to married life isn't so easy!

Steel Magnolias - March 2018

By Robert Harling

Steel Magnolias (the basis for the much loved multi Oscar-nominated film) is the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small US Southern town. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin. Steel Magnolias is a heart warming portrait of friendship and love.

GREASE - May 2018

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the 1950s with the iconic musical sensation that became the soundtrack of a generation! Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.

Rest in Peace & In Your Light Wednesday, 22 March 2017 Image