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Little Shop of Horrors Features Award-winning NJ Actress

Opening Nov. 6th – Tickets on Sale Now!

This Cult Class achieved success on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in the movies – and we know you’ll love it too!

2015 perry awardThe cast includes Amaya White, Winner of the 2015 Perry Award for Outstanding Youth Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Wiz with the Main Street Theater Company, as well as many other talented TLC alumni and new faces: George Adamo of Cedar Grove, Nadiya Braham of Hackensack,  Eden Casalino of Jersey City,  Frank Favata of North Arlington,  Kenneth Fowler, Gregory Gwyn and Kurt Irizarry of Clifton,  Erin Pach of Bloomfield, Rebecca Shuster of Basking Ridge, Michael Smith-Gallo of Montclair,  Victoria Webb of Union, Amaya White of Old Bridge and Craig Ernest Woodward of Little Falls.Little Shop is directed by Bill Kaufman a veteran community theater director of over 100 productions in the Tri-State area.  Bill, and Choreographer Judi Niebuhr, join the TLC team from “Fiddler On The Roof” including Musical Director Jalmari Vanamo, Producer Maryann Irizarry, Lighting Designer Tom Vigilante, Set Designer Kurt Irizarry, Technical Lead Kyle Parkin and Stage Manager Tara Freifeld. Presented through special arrangement with Musical Theater International (MTI). Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken.

This show will also feature a fully functioning, one-of-a-kind Audrey II character, designed by local artist Julie Chrobak, built and operated by Kurt Irizarry – don’t miss it!

Fall Show – Little Shop of Horrors – Tickets On Sale!

We are excited to bring Little Shop of Horrors to the Aprea Theater this November!

Little Shop of Horrors is a cult classic that has achieved success on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in the Movies.  The story centers on Seymour, an orphan and nerd, who is taken in by Mr. Mushnik, the owner of a rundown florist in the seedy part of town. Seymour spends his time doing menial tasks and dreaming of the shop assistant, Audrey. One day Seymour discovers a strange plant. He buys it, names it Audrey II and discovers the plant’s rather unique appetite.

Bill Kaufman
Bill Kaufman

This show’s production will be directed by Bill Kaufman, a newcomer to TLC but a veteran community theater director.  Bill has directed over 100 productions throughout the Tri-State area.  With great enthusiasm, he now returns to the Aprea Theater, one of his earliest performance venues. Bill, and Choreographer Judi Niebuhr, join the rest of the team that brought Clifton the rave review production of Fiddler On The Roof in 2014 including Musical Director Jalmari Vanamo,Producer Maryann Irizarry, Lighting Designer Tom Vigilante, Set Designer Kurt Irizarry, Technical Lead Kyle Parkin, Stage Manager Tara Freifeld, and Assistant Stage Manager Devin Sogluizzo.  Little Shop is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theater International (MTI).  Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken.

This show will feature a fully functioning, one-of-a-kind construction of the Audrey II character, designed and created by local artist Julie Chrobak, built and operated by Kurt Irizarry – you won’t want to miss it!

Show dates are Nov 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15. Times are Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 2pm.

You can save $5 by ordering your tickets in advance!  Non-member advanced tickets are $20/adults and $15/students & seniors, $25 adults /$20 students & seniors at the door.  Tickets and seat selection can be made here or by calling our Box Office at (973) 928-7668.  Mail checks to: Theater League of Clifton, PO Box 4072 Clifton, NJ 07012, include the show date & time.

Group Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, please call (973) 928-7668 for details.

South Pacific Comes to life on Clifton’s Aprea stage

"South Pacific" opened to great reviews at the Aprea Theater last weekend. The Theater League of Clifton production directed by Kathleen Kellaigh, will wrap up on May 17.
“South Pacific” opened to great reviews at the Aprea Theater last weekend. The Theater League of Clifton production directed by Kathleen Kellaigh, will wrap up on May 17.

CLIFTON — “South Pacific” opened Friday, May 8 at the Aprea Theater to positive reviews from the large audiences. Saturday night’s show featured an opening weekend and member appreciation reception with standing room only in the Aprea Theater lobby for snacks and wine before the show.

Featuring crowd favorites including “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” and “Some Enchanted Evening” many in the audience were heard humming along to these classic songs.

"South Pacific" opened to great reviews at the Aprea Theater last weekend. The Theater League of Clifton production directed by Kathleen Kellaigh, will wrap up on May 17.

 

 

Alex Biro, of Clifton, said the “singing was excellent, Don Flynn and the children were perfect and overall it was a very good show.”

Kelana Curry, of Paterson, said she found the show “very entertaining,” and Lynn Oliver, of Bloomfield, agreed saying: “Don Flynn was wonderful as Emile, it was a terrific production!”

Mayor James Anzaldi, Councilmen Joe Kolodziej, William Gibson, Joe Cupoli and former Mayor Gloria Kolodziej all attended the Saturday reception to congratulate TLC on its 10th anniversary in Clifton.

The Theater League of Clifton, begun in 2005, and continues its mission to bring the theater arts to the greater Clifton community and host larger productions and audiences at the upgraded Aprea Theater. As part of its work there, many upgrades have been made to lighting, sound and stage effects by the Theater League technical crew to improve the performance as well as the venue.

The “South Pacific” crew includes director Kathleen Kellaigh, musical director Jalmari Vanamo, choreographer Malinda DiPasquale, producer Maryann Irizarry, lighting designer Tom Vigilante, set and sound designer Kurt Irizarry, technical lead Kyle Parkin, stage manager Tara Freifeld, and assistant stage manager Devin Sogluizzo.

“We are so thrilled to be going strong 10 years later in Clifton. We are thankful to our members and sponsors who help make these great shows possible,” said Mark Peterson, president of the Theater League.

The cast features a diverse group of actors with many new faces from Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties including: Katie Shuster, Rebecca Shuster, Alexandra Poage, Erin Pach, Juan Beltran, Sabrina Curry, Marquise Figueroa, Kenneth Fowler, Gregory Gwyn, Susan Liberti, Bill Powers, Michael Purdy, Felipe Rodriguez and Michael Sconzo, of Clifton; Wyatt Remegio, Arabelle Luke, Zach Abraham, Craig Ernest Woodward, Nicole Aleles, Judi Niebuhr, Paul Carrazzone, Ayana Ayscue, Mariah Ayscue, Mia Balsamo, Sydney Chan, Frank Favata, Alyssa Flaherty, Don Flynn of Nutley, Noa Avital, Kate Liptak, Joe Pacella, Leslie Silverman, and Danielle Petrucelli.

“South Pacific” is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic based on James A. Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific.” The show centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the idyllic South Pacific during World War II, and intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking.

Remaining show dates are May 15, 16, 17; Friday, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Non-member advanced tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, (each ticket is an additional $5 at the door).

A discount of just $12 per ticket is offered to groups of 10 or more confirmed in advance only (not available at the door). Call the box office for details at 973-928-7668.

Clifton Journal, May 15, 2015