Cranford Dramatic Club Announces 95th Anniversary Season Productions

CDC outgoing President Cricket Cardoza, left, and new President Liz Howard

CDC outgoing President Cricket Cardoza, left, and new President Liz Howard (Photo courtesy of Cranford Dramatic Club)

CRANFORD – The Cranford Dramatic Club (d.b.a. CDC Community Theatre) elected its executive officers at its closing meeting in June and announced its scheduled productions for its 95th anniversary season in 2013-14.

Little Shop of Horrors will open the schedule, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 11-26. Dear Edwina will be the annual children’s production, with performances on Dec. 6, 7 and 8.

In 2014, the schedule continues with Spring Awakenings on Fridays and Saturdays from Feb. 14-March 1. Doubt, A Parable concludes the season, with Friday and Saturday performances from May 2 – 17.

Newly elected President Liz Howard of Cranford will be joined by Business Vice President Megan Ferentinos, Marketing Vice President Maureen Monroe, Production Vice President Becky Randazzo, and Recording Secretary Judi Chandler, all of whom reside in Cranford. The Corresponding Secretary will be Leslie Richie of Roselle Park. Mark Douches of Scotch Plains will serve as Membership Vice President. Joel Redmount, also from Scotch Plains, will continue to serve as Treasurer.

Elected to the Board of Governors were Corrine Chandler of Woodbridge, Brian Hall of Cedar Grove and Raven Dunbar of Dayton. Each will serve a 3 year term ending in 2016. They join current Board of Governor members Alan Van Antwerp of Little Falls, Joe Leo of Cranford, Bill Chamis of Roselle, Gira Derise of Morris Plains, John Duryee of Cranford and Mary Webb, also from Cranford.

CDC Theatre is a non-profit, all volunteer, community theatre offering award-winning plays and musicals since 1919. One of the longest continuously producing theatre groups in New Jersey, it reaches out to all audiences, offering senior rates, family oriented theatre, and provisions for those needing assistance.

In Little Shop Of Horrors (Book by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman, based on the film by Roger Corman) a floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi is charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. The fall production will be directed by Alan Van Antwerp

Dear Edwina (Book by Marcy Heisler, Music by Zina Goldrich, Lyrics by Marcy Heisler) is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up. Thirteen year-old Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-Palooza Festival. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown, she trots out her musical advice giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. The Children’s Production will be directed by Megan Ferentinos.

Spring Awakening (Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik, Based on the play by Frank Wedekind), winner of 8 Tony Awards, is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tribulations and exhilaration of the teen years. Spring Awakening explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. The winter production will be directed by Jeffrey Fiorello.

John Patrick Shanley’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama, Doubt, A Parable closes the season. Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. The spring production will be directed by Gina Lupi.

Tickets to all performances can be purchased online at, or by stopping by the Box Office at 78 Winans Avenue, Cranford, during a performance. The 2013-14 season is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through grants administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.


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