Section 2, part 2
(1) Richard Shulman: Great photo of us at the Jazz for Justice event!
(2) Jean Brenner: You are the best self-promoter in the world!
Response: To quote Ken Blanchard, if you don’t toot your own horn, somebody else will use it as a spittoon. … But what I really enjoy is promoting others! So let me know when you’re next directing something.
(3) Kristil Deville: On dealing with grief
(4) Steve Darter: FYI. I thought that The Shack was pretty good. The book was much better (as it usually is.) The history behind the author (and what likely drove him to write such a book) and how this book took flight to become a best seller makes it even more interesting. But I think you have to be into this to really appreciate it.
Take care. Keep living fully as you are doing. Good luck with all.
(5) Ruthann Uhl: Leave a legacy, tell your story! If you’ve ever wanted to write your life story, now is the time. Write just 2 pages per week with a small, online group of like-minded people and finally write the memoir you’ve always wanted for y our children and grandchildren. You don’t have to be a writer; Ruthanne will guide you every step of the way. It’s never been more affordable either. Take advantage of her teaching from Germany where she’s charging only $99 for 8 weeks of fun and budding friendships. For more information and to register for the workshop beginning May 3, see www.cheerfulword.com or email Ruthanne@cheerfulword.com.
(9) Mike Martinelli: GOING IN STYLE **1/2
What do you get when you put Alan Arkin, Ann Margaret, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman in one Moive? A cute funny movie ( a remake from 1979)that isn’t the best but funny and well worth seeing if just to see all this great talent in one film. And it is no wher near as bad as the critics made it seem.
The story centers around 3 friends who end up losing their pensions due to a company merger. After Joe (Michael Caine)witnesses a bank robbery at Wiliamsburg Savings Bank and the three find out they lost their pensions he tells Albert (Alan Arkin) and Willie (Morgan Freeman) that they can pull off the same heist.
The film also features Chrisopher Lloyd and Matt Dillion. It was written by Theodore Melfi ( Hidden Figures) and produced and directed by Zach Braff (Scrubs)
Section 12A, NC events
Section 12B, PA/NJ event
(1) MCCC Theatre/Dance Program to Present Federico Lorca’s Classic ‘Blood Wedding’ April 21 to 30 at Kelsey Theatre
West Windsor, N.J. – The Academic Theatre and Dance program at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will combine storytelling, dance and music in the spell-binding production “Blood Wedding.” Wildly popular in its day and still performed regularly in Latin countries, this Spanish classic comes to Kelsey Theatre Fridays, April 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 22 and 29 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Written by Federico Garcia Lorca, “Blood Wedding” premiered in Madrid in 1933 and was an overnight sensation. It was performed around the world, including on Broadway. Incorporating song, chant, poetry, music, and rhythm, with action and sets that are highly symbolic and stylized, the show explores universal themes of love and death, family bonds and rigid societal laws that can lead to tragedy.
“Lorca wrote the play wanting to create a hit, and it was,” said Jody Gazenbeek-Person, the production’s producer and choreographer, and coordinator of the Theatre and Dance program. “It is a highly theatrical production that is emotional, thought-provoking and entertaining.”
Gazenbeek-Person notes that the cast includes not only MCCC students, but other Mercer County actors. “Many people came out to audition, specifically because they had always dreamed of performing a role in this particular play,” he said. “Blood Wedding is a highly regarded and much loved play,” he said.
Reflecting the play’s universal appeal, the production will feature a diverse cast and many different accents. “Especially in our choreography, we have absorbed elements from many of the original productions, including those performed in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Paris, and more,” Gazenbeek-Person said.
The cast of includes Marissa Edwards of Lawrenceville as the Bride; Chris Ryan of Trenton as the Bridegroom; Sari Ruskin of Princeton as the Bridegroom’s Mother; Dan Fowler of Flemington as Father of the Bride; Charles Acosta of Levittown, Pa., as Leonardo; Jessica Klatskin of East Windsor as Leonardo’s wife; Meaghan Lukacs of Robbinsville as Leonardo’s Mother-in-Law; Madelyn Morrison Lichtman of Monroe Township as The Neighbor; Kimberly King of Mercerville as the Beggar Woman/Death; Sonia Perez of Princeton as The Maid; and Max Lobben of Lawrenceville as The Moon.
Also featured are Nestor Pacheco of Lawrence as Woodcutter #1; Kay Salcfas of New Egypt as Woodcutter #2; Pierce Hittelman of Bordentown as Woodcutter #3; Francisco Estrada of Lawrenceville as Young Man; Kadeem Rockhead of Franklin Park as First Young Man; Bobby Ahmad as Second Young Man; Kayla Johnson of Wrightstown as Little Girl; Amy Annucci of Ewing as First Girl; Christan Ellis of Trenton as Second Girl; Kayla Johnson as Third Girl; and Brianna Rapp of East Windsor as Young Girl/Dancer.
In addition to Producer/Choreographer Jody Gazenbeek-Person, the production team includes Director Deena Jiles-Shuaib, Assistant Director Patrick Martin, Stage Manager Nicole Schulnick, and Assistant Stage Manager E. Lukas DiGiacomo. Lighting and sound is provided by MCCC Entertainment Technology students.
Tickets for “Blood Wedding” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.
(2) At ActorsNET in Morrisville, PA
In this zany romp, London’s Explorers Club is in crisis: the acting president wants to admit a woman who discovered a lost city. Worse still, the club’s bartender is terrible! Will the intrepid members resolve their dilemma and get a decent drink? And who is that blue-painted fellow at the bar?