Section 2, part 2
(1) Chuck F. in NC: Thanks, Blaine, for the heads up about our house. Can you tell me about the regimen your physical therapist lays out for your posture? I look like a neanderthal especially when I drive. BTW, you and Cynthia must dine out for every meal and see every performance in AVL. Keep it up.
Response: Please see Section 2 of this week’s blog for information on that regimen.
(2) Pat H. in PA: What is the one exercise that the PT guy showed you for your slouching.
(5) Rodney R. in NJ: re sharing phone numbers etc. … great idea is to carry a business card or card with your info on it to hand out. I have em for my publishing business, ABLiA Media Co …. but you don’t have to have a business.
(6) What Are the Purple Dots on Michael Phelps? Cupping Has an Olympic Moment
(7) The merits of reading real books to children
(8 Need a babysitter? Don’t count on grandma
Section 12A, NC event
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(3) Community Choreography Projects presents a 9-week artistic conversation and workshop starting Sept. 12
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A person’s belongings and life experiences often inhabit his or her aspirations, heritage and personal identity. These belongings and life experiences are “archival threads.” They can run through a grandmother’s ring, a child’s drawing, a father’s hammer, or years of collected journals. But what do we do with these archival threads after a certain time: do we treasure them for the next generation, or let them go?
Asheville-based Community Choreography Projects presents Our Stuff: Trinkets, Treasure or Time to Let Go, a 9-week artistic conversation, exploration, creative collaboration and presentation workshop centered around the theme of memory, time and identity as influenced by objects in our lives.
The workshop, which begins September 12, invites all participants to engage in creative activities and to collectively design a presentation for the community. This two-fold approach serves as a doorway to personal discovery.
Workshop attendees will explore and express how ordinary things, tangible and intangible symbolize the personal and universal experiences, aspirations and identity using stories, movements and images to craft a performance piece.
“Throughout life, we come to decision points about things we cherish and what is no longer useful – and that includes real objects as well as personal habits or behaviors,” says CCP Artistic Director Barrie Barton. “These ‘things’ are the archival threads of our life, mapping where we came from and where we are going.”
Established in 2006, Community Choreography Projects creates twice-annual creative, collaborative performances with workshop participants in western North Carolina. Past performances have garnered critical acclaim as well as successfully raised funds for local community initiatives while starting conversations around deeply personal themes.
Barton explains, “The CCP creative process is to harness the unspoken, the hidden, the unshared and the taboo and transform it into the spoken, seen and expressed actions through the container of creativity, performance and community.”
People of all experience levels are invited to join Barton as she facilitates and helps attendees engage in expressive activities using movement, story, writing and art. Our Stuff: Trinkets, Treasures or Time to Let Go culminates with a community-based movement-theater piece to be performed on Sunday, Nov. 20th.
“This was the most creative experience I’ve ever been involved with,” says recent CCP cast member Christey Carwille.
Our Stuff series is currently open for registration. Class will meet Monday, Sept. 12 – Nov. 14 at Jubilee! Community in Asheville from 6-8pm.
• Registration is currently open
• 9-week workshop starts Monday, Sept. 12
• Class meets at Jubilee! Community, 46 Wall St. in Asheville, from 6:00-8:00pm.
• Course fee: $170
• Participants can attend a sample first session for $15.
• All experience levels and body types welcome.
• For information and to register (828) 658-1217 or go to www.communitychoreography.com
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(2) MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Opens Season with Epic Musical ‘Miss Saigon’ Sept. 9 to 25
West Windsor, N.J. – “Miss Saigon,” the international musical sensation that ran on Broadway for a decade, opens the new season at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. PinnWorth Productions proudly presents this blockbuster show for nine performances: Fridays, Sept. 9, 16, and 23 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Sept. 9. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 1991, and the winner of three, the show is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, this tragic love story pairs Chris, a U.S. Marine sergeant, with the beautiful, innocent Kim, who is working as “the new girl” in a boisterous bar. Pressured into a night together, the two quickly fall in love, only to be parted during the chaotic fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years test the honor and integrity of all involved, leading to a climax that stretches the bonds of love – both romantic and parental – to their breaking point.
Hailed for its universal emotional power and unforgettable musical score, the show’s creators are Alain Boubill and Claude-Michael Schonberg (Les Miserables), with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil. Filled with show-stopping numbers like “I Still Believe,” “Why God Why” and “The American Dream,” “Miss Saigon” remains one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time.
LouJ Stalsworth, PinnWorth’s artistic director, is thrilled to be directing this show. “It’s a beautiful story filled with soaring music and deep emotions on many levels. And, it’s visually awesome,” he said. “And, of course, there’s the helicopter. Yes, we will be landing a helicopter on the Kelsey stage. You’ve got to love the challenge.”
He notes that the show shifts the politics of that difficult war to a personal level by telling the story of Chris, the American who is trying to do good, and Kim, who is determined to secure a better life.
“Miss Saigon” stars Lianah Sta. Ana of Freehold as Kim; Michael Scibilia of Willow Grove, Pa., as Chris; Michael Zweig of Philadelphia, Pa., as John; Michael Schuimo of Horsham, Pa., as the Engineer; Tressa McCallister-Scibilia of Willow Grove, Pa., as Ellen; Logan Jo of Palisades Park as Thuy; and Mason Romeo of Maple Shade as Tam.
Featured as “Dreamland” girls are Seika Itoh of East Elmhurst, NY, as Mimi; Mariah King of Lawrenceville as Yvette; Lina Lee of New York, NY, as Miss Chinatown; Mai Nishioka of Sunnyside, NY, as Gigi; and Mai Odaira of Belleville as Yvonne. The ensemble also features Jeremy Barson of Richboro, Pa., Kim Cupo of Fairless Hills, Pa., Charlie Gormley of Morrisville, Pa., Simon Hamilton of Princeton, Harley Herrell of East Windsor, Jennifer Hsiao of Lawrenceville, Tom Kelly of Lakewood, Wyatt Kim of Yardley, Pa., Beverly Kuo-Hamilton of Princeton, Jina Nam of New York, NY, Arielle Rabano of Hillsborough, Sasha Saco of Trenton, Liam Smith of Yardley, Pa., Matthew Snyder of Levittown, Pa., Yuko Suzuki of Jackson Heights, NY, Dennis Tolentino of Manalapan, and David Zarish of Cream Ridge.
The production team includes Producer/Director LouJ Stalsworth; Co-director/Choreographer Koren Zander; Music Director Francios Suhr; Producer/ Costume and Set Designer Kate Pinner; Master Carpenter Jim Petro; Sound and Lighting Designer/Photographer Robert Terrano; Videographer Kevin Finn; Props Master Evan Griner; Stage Managers Nicole Schulnick and Jon Cintron; Associate Lighting Designer Star McCloud; Assistant Lighting Designer/ Master Electrician William Schager, and Associate Sound Designer Nick Mastalesz.
Stalsworth is especially pleased with the stellar cast of actors who have signed on for this show. “We have some of the finest talent from the tri-state area – from our leads to our ensemble women to our music director and choreographer, as well as the sound and light designers,” he said. Stalsworth’s wife, Kate Pinner, who is designing both sets and costumes, is the long-time costume designer for Kelsey Theatre.
The production crew includes more than 15 current and former MCCC students, many of whom are graduates of the Entertainment Technology program and have gone on to earn bachelor’s degrees in the field.
Tickets are $20 for all and may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or ordered online starting Aug. 20 at www.kelseytheatre.net. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater. For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.