RAHWAY—Rahway has been alive with the sound of music thanks to some of the city’s talented young performers.
The Division of Recreation’s annual Summer Theater Workshop will present “TBA: To Be Amazing!,” an evening of cabaret featuring songs from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, representing more than 50 years of musical theater, from the “Golden Age” to recent award-winners.
The ensemble of young performers, ranging in age from 10 to 21, features Rahway residents Dimitri Armstrong, Claudesha Blackwell, Rosa Bonetti, Samantha Brenner, Elizabeth Brown, Steven Michael Collins, Cole Eastman, Damonique Harris, Richard Jellison, Sarah Mozdzierz, Karissa Nabbie, Khadijah Rashada, Victoria Rose VanSant, Claudio Venancio, and Megan Winey. Rounding out the cast are Drew Brennan of Iselin, and Faith Florczak and Lauren Knef of Colonia.
Cast members Armstrong, Jellison, Mozdzierz and VanSant appeared this spring in the Rahway High School production of “The Will Rogers Follies,” which was named Outstanding Overall Production by the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Star Awards, in addition to receiving three other awards.
In a cabaret setting, the cast of “TBA: To Be Amazing!” will perform vocals from such shows as “Spring Awakening,” “Rent,” “Hairspray,” “Wicked,” “South Pacific,” “Les Miserables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Avenue Q,” and many others. Audience members, who will be seated at tables, will be able to enjoy refreshments while they watch the young performers sing.
“TBA: To Be Amazing!” is produced by Andrea Zapcic and Bill VanSant of Rahway, who also is the show’s director. Teenagers on the staff are Tyler Picone of South River, who serves as stage manager, and his assistants, Lance Chadwick Bilodeau and Reid VanSant, both of Rahway. In addition to performing, Venancio serves the production as vocal director, and Blackwell and Collins are assistant directors.
“TBA: To Be Amazing!” will be presented July 31 and Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Rahway Senior Citizens Center, 1306 Esterbrook Ave., Rahway. Tickets are $5. For information and reservations, call the Recreation Center at 732-669-3600 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Theater Workshop will present “TBA: To Be Amazing!,” an evening of cabaret featuring songs from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Rahway Recreation)
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