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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.

ImageThe 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.

ImageFiorello 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.

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Jersey Voices Seeking One Acts for 2015 Festival Thursday, 18 December 2014

ImageThe Chatham Community Players is seeking original, one-act plays, short musicals and/or original dance pieces, written by New Jersey authors, for Jersey Voices' 21st Annual Production.

Play submissions of any genre, style and length up to 20 minutes running time will be accepted through March 15, 2015. Selected pieces will be performed in our black box theater in Chatham in July and August.

Email submissions to:
jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

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

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