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Thrills By Day, Light By Night at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Holiday in the Park®

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Holiday in the Park - Looney Tunes at Holiday in the Park
Looney Tunes at Holiday in the Park
Jackson, NJ — November 9, 2017 — The World’s Ultimate Thrill Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, lights up the nights to magically transform into a winter wonderland for Holiday in the Park weekends and select days November 18 through January 1, 2018. More than a million glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s village and many of the park’s most popular rides provide the perfect setting for memorable holiday moments at Six Flags Great Adventure this winter.
“Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great Adventure not only delivers thrills, but world-class entertainment for all ages,”
“Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great Adventure not only delivers thrills, but world-class entertainment for all ages,” said Park President Neal Thurman. “This one-of-a-kind festival allows families to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season and create new traditions to enjoy for years to come.”Opening for its third season in 2017, Holiday in the Park features new attractions, shows, rides and a variety of new dining options. This incredibly immersive and magical holiday experience features 13 specially-themed areas with sights, sounds, scents and experiences coordinated to provide each section with distinct character. The event is included with all Season Passes and active Memberships.

New in 2017

  • Spirit of the Season: A Holiday Celebration — This all-new song and dance show embodies the most wonderful time of the year, featuring contemporary holiday hits and a twist on the classics in the Showcase Theatre.
  • North Pole Research and Development — Guests can join Mrs. Claus as she visits the North Pole Research and Development Lab to investigate all of the newest goodies for 2017. This magical show is filled with unexpected surprises and fun for all ages in the Adventure Theater.
  • Holiday Heroes — This newly-themed area lights up the bridge to Metropolis where guests will find red, white and blue glowing lights, JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis and two new food locations serving snacks, soups, sandwiches, beer, wine and more.
  • Yuletide Brews — Guests can enjoy seasonal beer and warm up with spiked hot chocolate at this holiday-themed bar located in the Merry Market Place.
  • Arctic Orbs — Polar Point boasts an expanded glow with the addition of the Arctic Orbs area. These ground level glowing balls light the path from SkyScreamer to THE JOKER and create an amazing photo opportunity.
  • Expanded ride package — In addition to nearly 30 favorites like Nitro, BATMAN the Ride, SUPERMAN: Ultimate Flight and THE JOKER, guests can now take a spin on the all-new interactive family thrill ride, JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis. All rides are weather permitting. Frontier Adventures including Safari Off Road Adventure, Bugs Bunny National Park and Plaza del Carnaval do not operate during the festival.

Signature Holiday in the Park attractions include

  • Holiday Magic: A Celebration of the Season — Spectacular light show on a 52-foot-tall tree in the heart of the park that dazzles nightly every 30 minutes through eye-popping effects, stirring music and gently falling snow.
  • North Pole — Guests are invited into the warmth of Santa’s home for a meet-and-greet and holiday photos, plus kids can write letters to Santa and even meet a talking reindeer.
  • Gingerbread Junction — A giant, inflatable gingerbread man welcomes guests to this whimsical section along with Dot & Drop Gingerbread, featuring peppermint swirl-wrapped trees, the regal Peppermint Princess and dancing lights around the carousel pavilion.
  • Joy to the World — Tranquil pathway of warmly lit trees, luminaries and stained glass showcasing religious holidays from around the world.
  • Polar Point — Stunning, ice-blue trees twinkle with the illusion of falling snow up above, while her highness, the Snow Queen meets guests below.
  • Poinsettia Peak — Skull Mountain roller coaster has been transformed into a mountain of dazzling red lights with a crimson beauty, the Poinsettia Princess, greeting guests nearby.
  • Holiday Fire Pits — Four sections of the park feature wood-burning fire pits that warm the soul and are popular spots for toasting s’mores.
  • Holiday Eats — The sweet and savory tastes of the holiday season can be found throughout the park, like spiked egg nog, holiday-flavored coffee and hot chocolate, peppermint and mocha fudge, seasonal beers, festive funnel cakes, specialty holiday platters of sliced turkey, smoked turkey leg and chicken platters with cranberry sauce, chili bowls, harvest salads and flatbreads and hot soups.
  • Festive Photo Spots — An antique sleigh, twinkling mistletoe, larger-than-life characters and decorations, Santa’s elaborate home, and a kiddie train are just a few of the fun photo spots guests can preserve their holiday memories.

Holiday in the Park Special Events

Holiday in the Park’s opening weekend features two special events Sunday, Nov. 19. The morning begins with the Santa Run 5K race at 11 a.m., and an Elf Run 1K for kids that includes a meet-and-greet with Santa at noon. Tickets and registration are available online. The Holiday Express band will perform at 4 p.m. and the show is free with park admission. Holiday Express is comprised of 1,700 volunteers including more than 100 professional musicians and delivers music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those in need during the holiday season.On December 9, Six Flags theme parks across the country will host Six Flags Snow Day and invite guests to participate in the world’s largest snowball fight. Participation is limited and free with theme park admission. Guests will receive soft, indoor snow balls to toss during this family-friendly event. More information will become available on the park’s website.

Save a Life and Get a Free Ticket

The Central Jersey Blood Center will host a holiday blood drive December 10 in the park’s Employment Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests who donate a pint of blood will receive one theme park ticket valid for Holiday in the Park. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged and available by visiting the web.
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Six Flags Great Adventure

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Six Flags Great Adventure 40.137068, -74.440215 Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ (Directions)

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For over 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com 

New Jersey lighthouses and museums host Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey
October 21-22

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East Point Lighthouse
Lighthouses and select museums throughout the state will host the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.Challenge yourself to visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend as you tour the state to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey’s history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to learn more about state and national maritime history.Begin the Challenge at any of the participating 11 New Jersey land-based lighthouses, two life-saving stations or one museum, and purchase a souvenir lanyard ($2). New this year: obtain a pin unique to each site to commemorate your participation in the event. Also new this year: East Point Light and U.S. Life Saving Station 30 are both newly restored and open to the public.Hours of operation for each lighthouse can be found at participating lighthouse and museum websites and at www.lhchallengenj.org.The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is also on Facebook where lighthouse fans can communicate with other fans.The following lighthouses and museums are participating and invite the public to take advantage of this special weekend to support and preserve the maritime history of New Jersey: Night climbs will be offered at Absecon, Cape May and Tucker’s Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport.
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Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey

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Absecon Lighthouse: 39.366225, -74.414328
Barnegat Lighthouse: 39.764344, -74.106216
Sandy Hook Lighthouse: 40.461638, -74.002077
Cape May Lighthouse: 38.933002, -74.960355
East Point Light: 39.195893, -75.027266
Finns Point Light: 39.617128, -75.533808
Hereford Inlet Light: 39.006771, -74.791596
Navesink/Twin Lights: 40.396257, -73.985775
Sea Girt Lighthouse: 40.136656, -74.027524
Tinicum Light: 39.847476, -75.239765
Tucker\'s Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport Museum: 39.601861, -74.343108
Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum: 39.759998, -74.105223
Tatham Life Saving Station 35 (American Legion): 39.041301, -74.767744
U.S. Life Saving Station 30: 39.281869, -74.565672
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Absecon Lighthouse
Absecon Lighthouse, South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, United States
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Barnegat Lighthouse
Barnegat Lighthouse, Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ, United States
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Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Mercer Road, Highlands, NJ, United States
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Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May Lighthouse, Light House Avenue, Cape May Point, NJ, United States
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East Point Light
East Point Lighthouse, Maurice River, NJ, United States
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Finns Point Light
Finns Point Lighthouse, Pennsville, NJ, United States
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Hereford Inlet Light
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, North Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ, United States
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Navesink/Twin Lights
Twin Lights State Historic Site, Light House Road, Highlands, NJ, United States
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Sea Girt Lighthouse
Sea Girt Lighthouse, Ocean Avenue, Sea Girt, NJ, United States
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Tinicum Light
Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse, 2nd Street, Paulsboro, NJ, United States
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Tucker's Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport Museum
Tuckerton Seaport & Museum, Bartlett Lane, Tuckerton, NJ, United States
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Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum
Barnegat Light Museum, Central Avenue, Barnegat Light, NJ, United States
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Tatham Life Saving Station 35 (American Legion)
11617 2nd Drive, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247, United States
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U.S. Life Saving Station 30

U.S. Life Saving Station 30

801 East 4th Street, Ocean City, NJ 08226, United States
Proceeds support the preservation of these sites. For further information including directions and map of participating lighthouses go to www.lighthousechallengenj.org.

Centenary Stage Company Presents the Cast of Freyda Thomas’ Hilarious Adaptation Of Moliere’s “The Learned Ladies”

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Isabel Cade as Martine, Lea Antolini as Arista, David Cantor as Chrysale, Amy Griffin as Belise, Sandy York as Philamente, Nadia Denise Brown as Armande, Lizzie Engleberth as Henriette, Nick Bettens as Vadius, Christopher John Young as Lycandre and David Edwards as Trissotin in the CSC production of The Learned Ladies
Isabel Cade as Martine, Lea Antolini as Arista, David Cantor as Chrysale, Amy Griffin as Belise, Sandy York as Philamente, Nadia Denise Brown as Armande, Lizzie Engleberth as Henriette, Nick Bettens as Vadius, Christopher John Young as Lycandre and seated center – David Edwards as Trissotin in the CSC production of The Learned Ladies adapted by Freyda Thomas, Oct 6-22 2017 at the Lackland Performing Arts Center in Hackettstown
Centenary Stage Company announces cast for upcoming production of Freyda Thomas’ hilarious contemporary re-imagining of Moliere’s penultimate play The Learned Ladies. Presented in the Lackland Performing Arts Center the production will run from October 6 through October 22 in the over 500 seat state of the art Sitnik Theatre.
Cast of Centenary Stage Company's the Learned Ladies
Lea Antolini as Arista, Christopher John Young as Lycandre, Sandy York as Philamente, Lizzie Engleberth as Henriette, David Cantor as Chrysale, Isabel Cade as Martine, Nadia Denise Brown as Armande, Amy Griffin as Belise, Brianna Morris as the servant, and (under table) Nick Bettens as Vadius in the CSC production of The Learned Ladies, adapted by Freyda Thomas,
Set in the 1930s, this zany web of love stories, farcical romps and battle of the sexes keeps true to Moliere’s original while providing a smorgasbord of modern treats for contemporary audiences. As the story unfolds it is evident the household of Chrysale and his wife Philamente is in absolute disarray. Philamente has decided to dedicate herself and her home to the “life of the mind”, the pursuit of noble thought and the practice of intellectual rigor pushing aside her wifely duties. Chrysale simply wants his dinner and to assert his place as head of the family. Throw into the mix a questionably skilled poet who will not leave, an eccentric sister, a sexy maid, a hotheaded suitor to the youngest daughter, a frustrated older sister and numerous pretentious “hangers on” and this contemporary comedy has all the makings of a true screwball comedy.Directed by Centenary Stage Company’s own award winning Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau, the cast of The Learned Ladies features a blend of new and returning professional actors, with credits ranging from Broadway to television to film. Leading the professional ensemble are Sandy York, David Edwards, Amy Griffin and David Cantor.As Philamente, CSC audiences will remember York from her turn as Lillie Langtry in last season’s production of Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Jersey Lily. Other credits include work at Bristol Riverside, Cape May Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Forestburgh Players, Trinity Rep and McCarter among a slew of NYC credits including Pan Asian Rep, Prospect Theater Company and Pulse Ensemble Theater.Amy Griffin returns to Centenary Stage Company to play Belise, the eccentric but lovable sister to Chrysale. CSC audiences will remember Griffin from her performances in The English Bride and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily. Griffin’s other credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Broadway (original cast, cast recording), as well as, the first national tours of Seussical the Musical (starring Cathy Rigby) and Grinch. Griffin’s regional work at such theaters as Savannah Rep, Bickford Theatre, Old Castle Theatre, Depot Theatre and Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival to name a few.
David Cantor as Chrysale, Lizzie Englemerth as Henriette, Nadia Denise Brown as Armande, and Sandy York as Philamente in the CSC production of The Learned Ladies
David Cantor as Chrysale, Lizzie Englemerth as Henriette, Nadia Denise Brown as Armande, and Sandy York as Philamente in the CSC production of The Learned Ladies, adapted by Freyda Thomas, Oct 6-22 2017 at the Lackland Performing Arts Center in Hackettstown
David Edwards also returns to CSC as Trissotin a poet of questionable merit and would be husband to Henriette. Edwards’ previous CSC credits include productions of Light Up the Sky, The Mousetrap, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Bittersuite. Edwards’ extensive resume includes the Broadway musical The Rothschilds with other Broadway/national tour credits including The Producers (as both Max Bialystock and Roger DeBris) and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s By Jeeves directed by Alan Ayckbourn. Off-Broadway he was the final “El Gallo” in the record-breaking original run of The Fantasticks and starred in the critically acclaimed revival of Room Service. Other work includes theaters such as The Ordway, Eugene O’Neill Center, Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Old Globe, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Portland Stage Co., GeVA, Bristol Riverside, Gateway Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre and Syracuse Stage.Joining the cast of The Learned Ladies as Chrysale the husband of Philamente, father of Henriette and Armande and making his CSC debut is David Cantor. Cantor appeared on Broadway as Bobinet in La Vie Parisienne and covered the role of Che in Evita, later playing Che with the First National Tour on the West Coast. He appeared Off-Broadway for a year and a half as both Amshel and Nathan Rothschild in the critically acclaimed revival of The Rothschilds at Circle in the Square Downtown. Other credits include Grahame Chandler in The Fix Off-Broadway at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Padre in Man of La Mancha, Benny, the comic lead, in a national tour of The Desert Song; Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer; John Adams in 1776; Charlie in Tintypes; Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Fagin in Oliver!, Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks, Buddy Fidler in City of Angels, and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps. In addition, David has performed principal roles in all thirteen Gilbert and Sullivan operas in the USA, Great Britain, and Italy. Television and film appearances include Orange is the New Black, Madam Secretary, Redrum, Shadow of Doubt, Evil Lives Here, Man in Progress, All My Children, Loving, Another World, and Ryan’s Hope.
Lea Antolini as Arista and David Cantor as Chrysale in the CSC production of The Learned Ladies,
Lea Antolini as Arista and David Cantor as Chrysale in the CSC production of The Learned Ladies, adapted by Freyda Thomas,
The principle cast also features Centenary Stage Company’s own Leah Antolini – Lid and Christopher John Young. Antolini – Lid is the Assistant Program Director for Centenary Stage Company and Associate Professor of Theatre for Centenary University, Antolini – Lid has been delighting CSC audiences with such memorable performances in CSC productions of Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz and Oliver! Other credits work at the Women’s Theater Company, The Growing Stage and Blessed Unrest Theater Co. Antolini – Lid is also a founding member and managing director of the XY Dance Project, a professional dance company in NJ/NY. Christopher John Young is the Publicity and Social Media Manager for Centenary Stage Company, as well as, an adjunct faculty member for Centenary University’s Theatre Department. Young was last seen in CSC productions of Start Down, The Nether, Harvey, The Liar and Quartermaine’s Terms. Other credits include regional and film work, including The Monomoy Theatre, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Valley Young Players, Alliance Repertory Theatre and 12 Miles West. Film includes; the upcoming 2018 release of Hunter’s Weekend, Hotel (winner Best Actor, Atlantic City Cinefest), Star Crossed Lovers and Jess Archer Vs (streaming on Amazon Prime).Making their Centenary Stage Company debut are Elizabeth Engleberth as Henreitte, with credits including work at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ and The Bickford Theatre; Nadia Brown as Armande, with credits including work at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and New Jersey Repertory Company; and Isabel Cade as Martine, a recent graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse Cade’s most recent credits include work at Classic Stage Company. Rounding out the cast are Centenary University theatre students Nick Bettens as Vadius, Joseph Anthony as the Judge and Brianna Morris, Connor Goerk, AJ Lewis and Megan Schmeidhauser as a host of saucy servants.

Performances

Performances for The Learned Ladies run October 6 through October 22. Specific performance dates are Fridays Oct 6, 13 and 20 at 8PM; Saturdays Oct 7, 14 and 21 at 8PM; Sundays Oct 8, 15 and 22 at 2PM; Wednesdays Oct 11 and 18 at 2PM and Thursdays Oct 12 and 19 at 7:30PM. All performances will be held in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Centenary Stage Company’s production the The Learned Ladies is sponsored by season sponsor Heath Village and series sponsor The House of the Good Shepherd.

Tickets

Tickets for The Learned Ladies are $27.50 for adults on matinee and Friday evening performances. Saturday evening ticket prices are $29.50 for adults. Tickets for children under 12 are $17.50 for all performances. Thursday evening performances are $27.50 for all seats with a Buy One/Get One rush ticket special. To qualify for BOGO offer tickets must be purchased in person at the Centenary Stage Company box office as early as two hours prior to performance time. BOGO offer not valid for advance ticket sales and may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Centenary Stage Company also offers special Buffet Matinees on Wednesday afternoon performances for groups of 25 or more. Enjoy lunch/brunch in one of Centenary Stage Company’s private dining rooms and receive discounted tickets to the performance. To reserve a buffet matinee or to inquire about additional group sales contact the Centenary Stage Company box office directly.
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Centenary Stage Company

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Centenary Stage Company 40.846818, -74.834421 Centenary Stage Company, Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ, United States (Directions)
For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.
The 2017-2018 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, House of the Good Shepherd and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Star Trek Convention – “The Continuing Voyage: New Jersey”, Sept 29 – Oct 1!

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Special Tribune with “Star Trek: Next Generation” Cast Members of 30th Anniversary Saturday Night!

Star Trek fans will celebrate a weekend of everything “Trek” as Creation Entertainment returns to New Jersey with The Continuing Voyage Convention, Friday through Sunday, September 29 – October 1.  This three-day event will be held at the Hilton Parsippany, 1 Hilton Court, Parsippany, 07054.

Meet the Stars of Star Trek

The Continuing Voyage fan event will celebrate Gene Roddenberry’s legacy to all of us with on stage appearances by a Starfleet worthy line-up of Star Trek celebrities including: On Friday, John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox of Enterprise), Tim Russ (Tuvok of Star Trek: Voyager), Martha Hackett (Seska on Star Trek: Voyager) Robert Picardo (Voyager’s Doctor) and Daniel Davis (Prof. Moriarity in Star Trek: The Next Generation); on Saturday, Michael Dorn (Worf of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine), and Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation).On Sunday, the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation is celebrated with on stage appearances by: Brent Spiner (Data) Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. Riker), Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), and Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), as well as a appearance by JG Hertzler (Martok of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).   Throughout the weekend signing autographs and doing photo ops will be Karl Urban (Bones in New Star Trek Films) and Nichelle Nichols (legendary original cast member from Classic Star Trek Uhura)In addition to celebrity appearances, the non-stop auditorium show will include behind the scenes presentations, costume and trivia contests, no minimum bid auctions of unique collectibles and one-of-a-kind items, and special salute videos and previews of upcoming sci-fi television shows and motion pictures.  Also there will be an exhibit hall on Star Trek and sci-fi collectibles, and autographs and photo ops.

After Hours Events

The excitement will be turned up on the weekend with two lively after- hours events.  On Friday night, a Karaoke Party, free for all, takes place with some drop-in celebrity guests Then, on Saturday Night, the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members come together for a special reunion event that promises to be hilarious and a time to remember.  A separate ticket is required and starts at $30.

Tickets

General admission tickets are available in advance or at the door for $30 on Friday, $65 on Saturday and $50 on Sunday.  Children six and under are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Show hours are Friday, 11:00 – 7:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Sunday, 10:00 M – 6:00 PM (times are tentative).
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Hilton Parsippany 40.841244, -74.455298 1 Hilton Court, Parsippany, NJ, United States (Directions)

Premiere Stages at Kean University Increases Awards for 14th Annual Play Festival

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Ariel Woodiwiss as Leslie and Kurt Uy as Josh in Chris Cragin-Day's Foster Mom
Ariel Woodiwiss as Leslie and Kurt Uy as Josh in Chris Cragin-Day's Foster Mom, winner of the 2017 Premiere Play Festival. Photo by Mike Peters.
UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, is now accepting submissions for the 14th annual Premiere Play Festival.  This yearly competition for unproduced scripts offers developmental and production opportunities to four playwrights with strong ties to the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).This year, Premiere Stages is excited to announce increases to all financial awards for winners, and has expanded its eligibility to include playwrights from Delaware. Premiere will accept submissions now through December 15, 2017, and select four finalists by early March 2018; any submissions received before or after this submission window will not be considered. All four finalists will receive developmental readings, scheduled for March 15-18, 2018, with a winner and runner-up to be announced in April 2018. The festival winner will be awarded a $2,500 advance and receive a full Equity production during Premiere Stages 2018 Mainstage Season; the runner-up will receive $1,000 and an Equity 29-hour staged reading in June 2018. The two remaining finalists will each receive an honorarium of $750.Through the uniquely accelerated Play Festival process, Premiere Stages provides an encouraging and highly focused environment in which playwrights can develop their work. Premiere Stages also actively advocates for Festival writers by reaching out to other theatres to secure subsequent productions, and partnering with other organizations and theatres to extend the profile and life of the works developed.
Ariel Woodiwiss as Leslie and Kurt Uy as Josh in Chris Cragin-Day's Foster Mom
Ariel Woodiwiss as Leslie and Kurt Uy as Josh in Chris Cragin-Day’s Foster Mom, winner of the 2017 Premiere Play Festival. Photo by Mike Peters.
“We are pleased to increase the awards and developmental opportunities that we can afford to regional dramatists. We are developing a record number of playwrights at Premiere in 2017 and we look forward to this trend continuing in 2018,” stated John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director and founder of Premiere Stages.
In the fourteen seasons since its founding, the Premiere Play Festival has received over 3,500 submissions and developed more than fifty plays. Multiple plays produced at Premiere have been honored by the American Theatre Critics Association, and/or been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company, Playscripts, and Broadway Play Publishing. A number of Play Festival winners and finalists have subsequently been produced in New York and at regional theatres across the country, including 2017 finalists Patricia Cotter’s 1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson) premiering at Jackalope Theatre Company in October, and Sarah Gancher’s Seder, premiering next month at Hartford Stage.All 2017 Premiere Play Festival entries will be evaluated by a panel of theatre professionals in consultation with Premiere artistic staff. Agents and theatre professionals with an affiliation to Premiere Stages may submit full scripts; playwrights may submit a synopsis and script sample directly. The submission window is September 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017, and there is no fee to enter the competition. Complete submission guidelines are available online at http://www.premierestagesatkean.com/play-festival. Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to submit. All entrants are encouraged to review Premiere Stages’ production history, which is also posted on the website.Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advance notice. Please call 908-737-4077 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, please visit Premiere Stages online at www.premierestagesatkean.com.
Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Investors Foundation, The Union County HEART Grant, and through the generous support of individual patrons and local organizations. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit www.JerseyArts.com for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State. 
ABOUT PREMIERE STAGES Created in 2004, Premiere Stages is the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University. Through its unique partnership with Kean, Premiere’s play development programs, educational initiatives, and professional development opportunities actively embrace the university’s academic curriculum while expanding the scope, accessibility, and prestige of the professional programming on campus. For more information, please visit Premiere Stages online at www.premierestagesatkean.com.
ABOUT KEAN UNIVERSITY Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University’s five undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctoral degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu.

Kean Stage Season Kicks Off with a Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune World Premiere

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Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera, with Kean Stage Manager Steve Cochran
Broadway legends Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera, with Kean Stage Manager Steve Cochran, toast the start of the 2017-2018 Kean Stage season, which opened with the world premiere of Chita & Tune, Just in Time at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall on Saturday, September 16.

Kean University theatre students get private viewing of Chita & Tune, Just in Time

UNION, N.J. – Broadway legends Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune kicked off the Kean Stage 2017-2018 season with the world premiere of Chita and Tune, Just in Time at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall on Saturday, September 16. A group of Kean University theatre students were welcomed for a private audience at the final dress rehearsal and had an opportunity to speak with the show’s director and choreographer, Graciela Daniele, a 10-time Tony Award nominee and Theater Hall of Fame inductee.
Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera, with Kean Stage Manager Steve Cochran
Broadway legends Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera, with Kean Stage Manager Steve Cochran, toast the start of the 2017-2018 Kean Stage season, which opened with the world premiere of Chita & Tune, Just in Time at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall on Saturday, September 16.
Sitting in the balcony, the students erupted into applause after each song, demonstrating an enthusiasm that Tune acknowledged from the stage.“I love our balcony audience. Would you come back tonight and every night?” he told the students.After the performance, Daniele met with the students to get feedback. They listened attentively as she gave words of gratitude and advice from her 70 years of experience in the theatre.“For you to see performers like Chita and Tommy, it is a history lesson in the musical theatre,” said Daniele. “These two people have been in the theatre forever. They have just three musicians, a very limited amount of light, and one costume change at the end, but they gave you an hour and a half of storytelling.”
“One of the thrills when I got to Kean a year and a half ago was to be able to bring some wonderful artists to our stages, and I think tonight is exceptional,” said Steve Cochran, manager of Kean Stage.
This is the latest example of Kean students having the opportunity to work with, learn from or closely observe professional performers. In the last year, they have performed onstage with a number of artists, including Broadway’s Patti LuPone, folk music’s Judy Collins and Michael Mao Dance. In the next few months, students will perform with classical crossover ensemble Sons of Serendip and Heidi Latsky Dance. In addition, they will have master classes and workshops with Spanish guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Academy Award-nominated percussionist Antonio Sánchez and classical violinist Yevgeny Kutik, who will also give a lecture-performance at the Kean University Human Rights Institute.The access to Rivera and Tune’s rehearsal process reinforced what the students are learning in their theatre classes.“I think it’s beneficial to watch dress rehearsals. Especially as students, because you can see similarities in your performance. We see that professionals do what we do,” said Brianna Javis of Union, a senior theatre performance major.A few hours after the rehearsal came the premiere of Chita & Tune. The two Broadway icons, who have 12 Tony Awards between them, dazzled the Enlow Hall audience, with songs from West Side Story, Chicago, and other Broadway hit shows. They would return the next day for their second performance.“We just feel so welcomed. This really was our world premiere,” said Tune. “You are the first people to have ever seen it.”Rivera and Tune spoke with members of the audience at a VIP meet and greet after the premiere.For more information about upcoming Kean Stage shows, visit www.keanstage.com, email [email protected] or call (908) 737-4081.
ABOUT KEAN UNIVERSITY Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University’s five undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctoral degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu.ABOUT KEAN STAGE Kean Stage at Kean University educates, entertains and challenges audiences by presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the region and of the arts. These cultural offerings complement the intellectual life of the classroom for our students, increase opportunities for community engagement, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of professional theatre, Broadway tours, dance performances, concerts, international films and family-friendly shows. In addition, Kean Stage encourages University students to attend events, and provides several options to explore the performing arts through master classes, workshops, lectures, employment opportunities as ushers, backstage technicians and box office staff. Visit www.keanstage.com

“Roll Out the Barrels” – 17th Annual Highlands Oktoberfest is October 7th

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HIGHLANDS, NJ – Grab your lederhosen and beer stein and head to Highlands’ 17th ANNUAL Oktoberfest. The festival is modeled after the traditional Munich, Germany Oktoberfest with an emphasis on eating; drinking and being merry while providing something for everyone. Authentic German food, live music, dancing and other great entertainment will be part of the Highlands Business Partnership’s 17th Annual Oktoberfest celebration taking place in Veterans Park on Bay & Shrewsbury Avenues on Saturday, October 7th from 2:00 – 9:00 PM. Admission and Parking is free. The rain date is October 8th from 12 – 8 p.m.The park is festive with fall decorations, the food is great and the varieties of German beers are even better. Authentic German food is a highlight of this famous festival. Executive Chef Butch Greenwaldt is preparing the menu with plenty of traditional German favorites hot off the grill such as bratwurst, knockwurst, kraut, potato pancakes, goulash, sauerbraten and Bavarian noodles. Join our local restaurants, Chilangos, Havana, Bay Avenue Bakery and the Highlands Fire Department for other tasty fare.Quench your thirst with a large variety of Oktoberfest Beers, both light and dark. The beer garden will also serve Pumpkin beer, Riesling wine and Sangria. Join the thousands of visitors who annually attend to enjoy the live Oompah and polka music performed by the Ed Hendela Band. The Bayern Verien German Dancers will surely get the crowd moving. Festivities will include a “Best-Dressed” Contest, and a “Beer Stein Holding” Contest with special prizes. There will also be 50/50 drawings with 50% of the proceeds going to the lucky winners. There is something for everyone at the Highlands Oktoberfest. The festival is family friendly and there will be children’s activities and face painting, along with a wide variety of retail, specialty and craft vendors.
The Highlands Business Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering economic growth as well as preserving the area’s historic past. Programs and events are made possible by our generous sponsors including, Shore Point Distributing Company, WRAT Radio 95.9, Montecalvo/Bayshore Family of Companies, Hufnagel Tree Experts, Sprinkler Master, In The Garden and TriBar Services.For directions or any additional information on Oktoberfest, please visit us at www.highlandsnj.com or call (732) 291-4713.

The George Gee Swing Orchestra To Open Jazz Showcase Season At the Bickford Theatre

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George Gee Swing Orchestra at Bickford Theatre

September 28th Concert Features Food Truck Picnic

(Morristown, NJ) — The George Gee Swing Orchestra opens the new expanded jazz showcase season at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown on Thursday, September 28. One of the most popular big bands in the world, the George Gee Swing Orchestra will appear for the first time at the intimate theatre. The concert begins at 7:30. The food truck picnic, which was extremely popular for Summer Jazzfest, will begin at 5:00 for those who want to enjoy some early fall tailgating. All seats for the concert are reserved and available online at www.morrismuseum.org or by phone at 973-971-3706.Led by the charismatic George Gee, the only Chinese-American big band leader around, the 11-piece orchestra is comprised of some of New York’s top jazz musicians including Michael Hashim, tenor sax; Julius Tolentino, alto sax; Tony Lustig, baritone sax; trumpeters Freddie Hendrix and Andy Gravish; David Gibson, trombone; Steve Einerson, piano, Brian Fishler, drums; and Clark Terry’s longtime bassist Marcus McLaurine. George Gee is pleased to introduce a young singer making a name for herself in New York City, Shenel Johns. In the past few months, she has been featured in tributes to two of her idols, Billie Holliday at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Lena Horne at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room.About the band, Gee has said, “Our enthusiasm is obvious and infections. Swing music generally is upbeat and cheerful … It was created during a challenging era expressly to uplift audiences. And it continues to uplift us today.”The George Gee Swing Orchestra was the first big band to play on MTV and has been spotlighted on many television shows from “Entertainment Tonight” to “Live at Lincoln Center.” The band has provided specially scored music and made an “animated” guest appearance in a Fantastic Four cartoon. Not only have they toured across the entire country from Boston to Beverley Hills, they have appeared all over the world in places as diverse as Europe, Asia, and South America. A mainstay at New York City’s famed Rainbow Room, the band is now a regular headliner at Swing46 Jazz and Supper Club in midtown Manhattan.Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. All seats are reserved so order your tickets early. The concert begins at 7:30 with food trucks onsite for tailgating starting at 5:00.
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Bickford Theatre 40.796223, -74.448596 Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum, Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ, United States (Directions)
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.