(FLORHAM PARK, NJ and HOLMDEL, NJ) — The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) is happy to announce that there will probably be plenty of alternatives for audiences to get pleasure from its famend Shakespeare LIVE! firm carry out in-person on the finish of April.
STNJ will probably be re-opening its Again Yard Stage in Florham Park, an outside venue that was created final summer time by STNJ and designed to accommodate COVID security precautions. Shakespeare’s perennial favourite, A Midsummer Night time’s Dream, and the very well timed Julius Caesar will probably be carried out in 70-minute lengthy, abridged variations – good for each younger audiences and adults. On each Saturday, April 24th and on Sunday, April 25th, A Midsummer Night time’s Dream will carry out at 11:00 a.m. and later within the afternoon, at 2:00 p.m. on every of these days, Julius Caesar will hit the stage. Each productions are a part of STNJ’s “Brief Shakespeare” sequence, offered for audiences every spring. There are rain dates reserved for the next week, and public performances are additionally scheduled for Could 1st and a pair ofnd, once more with Midsummer acting at 11:00 a.m. and Julius Caesar at 2:00 p.m. These “Brief Shakespeare” performances are an annual favourite for STNJ audiences, and the possibility to expertise stay theatre once more is an added bonus. Tickets are on sale by way of the STNJ Field Workplace, at 973-408-5600. Tickets are solely $20 for adults and kids beneath 17 can attend at no cost.
Concurrent with these performances, the Shakespeare LIVE! firm will journey right down to Bell Works in Holmdel, to take part within the Axelrod Performing Arts Middle’s “The Bard at Bell Works” competition, simply in time for Shakespeare’s 457th birthday. Along with STNJ’s Shakespeare LIVE! exhibits, the competition will characteristic performances by the Axelrod Up to date Ballet Theater (AXCBT), and the scholars of the Axelrod Performing Arts Academy (APAA). Since January final 12 months, AXCBT and APAA have shared a studio at Bell Works, beneath the route of Gabriel Chajnik, a Julliard-trained dancer and choreographer.
“We’re delighted to be sharing stay theater at Bell Works, bringing collectively two skilled corporations and dozens of amazingly proficient younger apprentices, all discovering the sheer genius of Shakespeare collectively,” mentioned APAA Inventive Director Andrew DePrisco. “The Bard at Bell Works” will run three weekends, starting performances on April 11 and concluding on April 25. The competition contains three iterations of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedy A Midsummer Night time’s Dream, the abridged model of the unique play carried out by the Shakespeare LIVE! touring firm of STNJ; a reimagining of the ballet, choreographed by Chajnik danced by the skilled members of AXCBT; and at last a free screening of the 1935 Max Reinhart movie starring Mickey Rooney. Pageant-goers may also pattern Shakespeare-inspired meals created by Bell Market, every day pop-up performances, and brief academic talk-backs relating to all issues Shakespeare. Seating is restricted, as a result of social distancing necessities, so reservations are strongly inspired.
For the whole schedule and tickets/passes for “The Bard at Bell Works”, go to www.AxelrodArtsCenter.com. Tickets are supplied for particular person exhibits, a number of exhibits, and as an entire Pageant bundle! Bell Works is situated at 101 Crawfords Nook Rd in Holmdel.
“Nothing says spring fairly just like the return to vibrant out of doors productions, and what higher play for this time of 12 months than the Bard’s raucous and humorous A Midsummer Night time’s Dream,” mentioned Brian B. Crowe, Director of Training at STNJ. “We’re thrilled to be a part of Axelrod’s “Bard at Bell Works” competition and to additionally current performances for households in our picturesque Again Yard Stage conveniently situated in Florham Park.”
These performances are offered as a part of the New Jersey Theater Alliance’s (NJTA) annual STAGES Pageant. The Levels Pageant is a state-wide spring competition of free and low-cost theatre occasions for all ages. The Levels Pageant is designed to showcase the variety and excellence of New Jersey theatre, to interrupt down boundaries of price and entry, and to introduce new audiences to the work of NJTA member theatres.
STNJ’s LIVE! firm contains Jeffrey Marc Alkins, Dino Curia, Christian Frost, Ellie Gossage, Isaac Hickox-Younger, Katie Langham, Skye Pagon, Billie Wyatt, and Katja Yacker. A Midsummer Night time’s Dream is directed by Brian B. Crowe with costumes by Natalie Loveland and scenic design by Meri Lawson. AC Horton directed Julius Caesar with scenic design by Brian B. Crowe and Steven Beckel, and costumes by Rachel Moore.
The Shakespeare Theatre will probably be saying extra upcoming productions at their Again Yard Stage inside a couple of weeks.
Schedule for STNJ’s Shakespeare Stay! performances in April:
Friday, April 16 at 7:30 pm MIDSUMMER Axelrod Arts Middle @ BellWorks
Sunday, April 18 at 12:30 pm MIDSUMMER Axelrod Arts Middle @ BellWorks
Friday, April 23 at 7:30 pm MIDSUMMER Axelrod Arts Middle @ BellWorks
Saturday, April 24 at 11:00 am MIDSUMMER STNJ’s Again Yard Stage in Florham Park
Saturday, April 24 at 2:00 pm JULIUS CAESAR STNJ’s Again Yard Stage in Florham Park
Sunday, April 25 at 11:00 am MIDSUMMER STNJ’s Again Yard Stage in Florham Park
Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 pm JULIUS CAESAR STNJ’s Again Yard Stage in Florham Park
Saturday, Could 1 at 11:00 am MIDSUMMER STNJ’s Again Yard Stage in Florham Park
Saturday, Could 1 at 2:00 pm JULIUS CAESAR STNJ’s Again Yard Stage in Florham Park
Sunday, Could 2 at 11:00 am MIDSUMMER STNJ’s Again Yard Stage in Florham Park
Sunday, Could 2 at 2:00 pm JULIUS CAESAR STNJ’s Again Yard Stage in Florham Park
April 27 – Could 2 will present rain-dates as wanted and potential added college and public performances.
For extra info on any and all Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey performances, name the Field Workplace at 973-408-5600 or go to ShakespeareNJ.org.
PHOTOS: (LEFT) From left to proper: Ellie Gossage as Titania and Christian Frost as a Fairy. (RIGHT) Pictured, from left to proper: Dino Curia as Starveling, Isaac Hickox-Younger as Flute, Billie Wyatt as Comfortable, and Skye Pagon as Peter Quince. Pictures by Avery Brunkus