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The Ashley Lauren Foundation Theatre Ensemble of Monmouth County Wins Grunin Foundation Award
originally published: 12/02/2016
(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation has named The Ashley Lauren Foundation Theatre Ensemble of Monmouth County as the winner of the Engage Toms River Giving Tuesday Theater Group Challenge Adjudicator’s Choice award. The organization has won $5,000 for their performance which included scenes from Shrek. The performances were judged by two professional adjudicators, Tony Petito and Carlyle Owens. The audience had one-third of the vote and their applause was measured by a decibel reader.
The event started with a reception at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College where guests enjoyed light fare and networking with community leaders and non-profit organizations. After the reception, the theater opened to a sold-out audience that watched five theater groups from Ocean and Monmouth Counties perform ten-minute musical comedy scenes. The groups performing were The Ashley Lauren Foundation Theatre Ensemble, Bellarine Theatre Company, Brick Children’s Community Theatre, Our Gang Players and Toms River High School North Nautical Stars Theatre Company. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, ticket sale proceeds were donated to The Ashley Lauren Foundation to help children with cancer.
Jeremy Grunin, Executive Director of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation said, “It was a wonderful night full of fun and philanthropy. Each group was so talented; it makes it very difficult to choose. Our professional adjudicators did a great job and we were thankful for a sold-out audience who not only participated in judging, but helped us give back to a great non-profit organization.”
Now it’s time for the people to vote for their favorite group to win the People’s Choice award for an additional $5,000. Voting is online and will be open until midnight on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. You can vote once every 24 hours and the winner will be announced on December 8, 2016. To access the videos of the performances and the link to vote, visit www.engagetomsriver.com.
ABOUT THE JAY AND LINDA GRUNIN FOUNDATION
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The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation uses philanthropy to increase citizen activity and economic development opportunities through the arts, healthcare and education. The Foundation is a proactive grant maker heavily active in the communities it has targeted to make an impact in, and is committed to identifying leaders and teams who it feels can bring their organizations to the next level, and beyond. Since 2013, it has invested over $8 million in the community, with an additional $14 million committed. For more information on the projects and impact the Foundation has made, please visit www.jayandlindagruninfoundation.org.
New Feathers Productions To Present "Naked Call" by Ken Kaissar
(NEW HOPE, PA) -- New Feathers Productions will present the featured, full-length, new works reading of Naked Call by award-winning, playwright Ken Kaissar on Thursday, December 20th. Naked Call will be professionally produced and presented for one night only and is the featured reading as the successful season concludes at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Tickets include a museum pass with access to the latest exhibitions and the ever-popular, pre-show wine gathering with the creatives at 6:15pm, Naked Call starts promptly at 7:00pm and runs approximately 75 minutes.
Women's Theater Company Presents "Carol Channeling, Caroling"
(PARSIPPANY, NJ) -- The Women’s Theater Company, a professional theater company in Parsippany, NJ, presents Carol Channeling, Caroling starring Maggie Graham with Music Direction by Seth Weinstein on December 15 and 16 Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm. Carol Channeling returns to the Parsippany Playhouse with her band of merry impersonations for 2 performances only.
State Theatre and Crossroads Theatre Company Present "Common Ground"
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey and the Tony Award®-winning Crossroads Theatre Company present Common Ground – A Holiday Musical Celebration of Community on Sunday, December 16 at 3:00pm. Featuring star Shanice Williams from NBC's broadcast of The Wiz Live. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $5 for children.
Playhouse 22 Presents "A Christmas Carol"
(EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ) --- Playhouse 22 will be presenting its annual production of A Christmas Carol from December 7 - 16. Directed and adapted by Tony Adase, A Christmas Carol at Playhouse 22 is based on the Charles Dickens' piece by the same name. It is the story of a miserable miser who learns to keep Christmas in his heart with the help of several ghostly visitations. A show for the whole family, the Playhouse 22 production is celebrating its 23rd annual year at the theater.
The Ritz Theatre Co. Presents "Scrooge, The Musical"
(HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- The Ritz Theatre Co. will present its annual holiday classic Scrooge, The Musical from December 7th through December 23rd. This show is a tradition for families across our region, and is fun for all ages. Led by Producing Artistic Director Bruce A. Curless, Bruce plays the title character of Ebenezer Scrooge. This will be the twenty-third year and final year that Bruce dons the wool cap and is chased through visions of his life by three famous ghosts!
PHOTOS from "The Winter's Tale" at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s concludes its 56th season with its sixth and final Main Stage production, The Winter's Tale. Last seen at The Shakespeare Theatre in 2008, Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte directs this production of Shakespeare’s tragicomedic romance. Veteran company members Jacqueline Antaramian, Jon Barker, Erin Partin, John Keabler, Raphael Nash Thompson,Seamus Mulcahy, Patrick Toon, and Ames Adamson are among a cast of 20 actors. Performances run now through December 30.
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Betsy Aidem is a veteran actress you might have seen on Broadway. Or maybe on an episode of “Law & Order: SVU.” Or maybe on the big screen last year in “The Greatest Showman.”
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