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BERGEN NEWSBRIEFS September 1, 2016

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Offers Individual Voice Coaching and Lessons for Ages 5+

Serious young actors who would like to work on monologues for professional auditions or on audition scenes for films, plays and television, can take private or semi-private coaching at the School of Performing Arts at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. The school’s Director, Deborah Roberts, and Broadway-experienced instructors Anne Pasquale and Adam Seitz are available to teach 30-, 45- or 60-minute sessions. Deborah Roberts also teaches 45-minute lessons focusing on accents and speech, where students can learn Southern, British, French, German or Irish accents to bring a distinctive cadence to a role in a film, play, video or voiceover.

The JCC School of Performing Arts Vocal Conservatory Program offers vocal students the opportunity to work with our highly trained instructors Amelia DeMayo, Liliana Sotirova, Mariana Karpatova and Glenn Gordon, who team-teach students to build proper technique so they can increase their vocal range and strength and gain confidence on stage. Students take part in a vocal consultation with Amelia DeMayo, who evaluates and then recommends the program best for each individual.

Vocal lessons are also offered with expert trainer Katherine Keyes, who sang with NY City Opera for 13 years and whose Broadway credits include La Boheme, Coram Boy and The Crucible. Katherine tailors her lessons to fit the specific needs and goals of each singer. Singers learn proper vocal techniques to create a beautiful tone and maintain a healthy voice. Katherine has been featured as the alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, and the witch in Hansel and Gretel in NYC and with the Shreveport Symphony and the Opera Company of the Highlands.

All coaching and lessons are by appointment and have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Same-day cancellations must be paid in full. Visit http://www.jccotp.org/drama-lessons for pricing. For more info or to schedule a lesson or coaching, contact Debbie Langweil at 201-408-1494 or [email protected].

Palisades Players at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Holding Auditions for 1776

Palisades Players, the resident theater company of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, in Tenafly, will be holding auditions for 1776 on Monday, September 12, and Tuesday, September 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. (with callbacks on Sunday, September 18). Limited special appearance contracts and stipends are available. The production, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone, will be directed by Nancy Ringham Smith, whose numerous Broadway performance credits include The Three Penny Opera (Polly), My Fair Lady (Eliza), and The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake).

Auditions will be held in the JCC Eric Brown Theater. Please come prepared to sing an up-tempo and a ballad in the style of the show. Selections from 1776 are acceptable, but not preferred. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. The auditions may also include readings from the script. To schedule an audition please contact [email protected].

Rehearsals are scheduled to begin the week of September 25 (October 9 for Equity members); performances are scheduled for November 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20.

Black Box Studios to Present Joshua Harmon’s ‘Bad Jews’

Black Box Studios proudly presents a new production of “Bad Jews” by Joshua Harmon, directed by Black Box Performing Arts Center’s artistic director Matt Okin. “Bad Jews” will play for three weeks from September 7 (preview) through September 24 at Black Box Studios’ new home, Teaneck’s Black Box Performing Arts Center, 200 Walraven Drive (just off Palisade Ave.), Teaneck, NJ 07666. Tickets are $20 ($18 students/seniors) and are available at www.blackboxpac.com. Group rates for groups of five or more are available by calling (201) 357-2221.

In “Bad Jews,” three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle on the night after their grandfather’s funeral. In one corner is Daphna Feigenbaum, a “real Jew” who is volatile, self-assured and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his “shiksa” girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather’s precious chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.

Audience talk backs with the cast (Michael Gardiner, Molly Rose Heller, Emily Loewus and David Meyers), creative team and special guests will take place after most performances. More information can be found at www.blackboxpac.com.Advisory: “Bad Jews” contains mature language not suitable for children under the age of 14.

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