Oliver with a CCC Twist

By SUZETTE MALDONADO

Staff Writer

Cumberland County College is known for the broad academic programs, but the BROADway quality shows they put on are also very popular. Deborah Bradshaw is the director and producer of all shows that the college produces. 

Bradshaw is a Broadway veteran singer and actress who literally brings Broadway to Vineland. She has been featured on shows such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, just to name a few. 

As CCC’s director and producer, she is in charge of choosing what plays the actors will present and is strategic about when the shows will go on. “I think about shows we have done and how we might present something different. With all the changes Cumberland County College is embarking on now, I felt that a family show would be in order. Next, I look at our students and how they could be utilized in addition to members of the community and our own faculty and staff. I also try to produce shows that I love and feel passionate about. Oliver is a dark show but ultimately has a happy ending,” Bradshaw explains. 

Oliver is a musical about the life of a young orphan boy who ultimately finds a forever home. Most audience members who enjoy the show, do not realize the hard work that the cast and crew put into a musical to create such an outstanding show. All shows differ, but the incredible outcome is undeniable. “The different casts in each show bring very different dynamics to the process and the productions. Oliver has eighteen children in the show that is very different for us and approximately fifty actors.  It is big and so far lots of fun!,” Bradshaw shares.

As the cast and crew rehearse for the show, they come together twice a week and are a very dedicated group. They are respectful even when being critiqued. The cast members are helpful with one another and are not shy showing off their many talents. They come ready to sing, dance, and bring Bradshaw’s Oliver vision to fruition. “I am so proud of what we have accomplished.  Sometimes, I want to freeze frame a moment because when the show is over, we have to put it away alongside wonderful memories. There is definitely a recovery period or mourning process after every show,” shares Bradshaw.

The cast have the utmost respect for their director and show it in their constant dedication in Oliver. With the show quickly approaching, opening day is the most nerve wracking as closing day is emotional for all according to Bradshaw, “Opening is exciting and nerve racking because I feel the nerves in the air from the actors and I want it all to go as rehearsed. I worry about the technical end and everyone’s feelings. Closing is emotional, for everyone, lots of pictures, cards, gifts and tearful hugs. I would say I hit the spectrum of emotion from opening through closing.” 

CCC’s production of Oliver will premiere November 15, 2018 and November 16, 2018 at 8pm. Other show times include November 17 at 2pm and 8pm. The last day to catch the show will be November 18 at 3pm. 

There are no excuses to miss this phenomenal show. “It takes an army and a leap of faith. We have faculty, staff, alumni, current students and community actors involved in this production.  Give theatre at Cumberland County College a chance and spend an evening with us!” exclaims Bradshaw. From Oliver’s heartfelt journey to all of the musical numbers, this show will not disappoint.

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“I See you Shiver with Antici……..Pation”

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By SUZETTE MALDONADO

Staff Writer

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is coming to Millville’s Levoy Theatre. It’s a musical that is known for it’s dark twisted diverse characters and plot. This show is considered science fiction and has been acted out on many stages as well as television shows. Glee had an entire episode dedicated to this iconic movie. 

The show is based on the cheesy plot of a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, getting a flat tire and having to enter a “spooky” mansion. This isn’t just any mansion, it is Frank-N-Furter’s mansion filled with different characters and the head of household is none other than Frank-N-Furter. Mr. Franken-N-Furter is a man that can be described as eccentric and optimistic. He is comfortable in his own skin and wants everyone who enters Frank-N-Furter’s mansion to be exactly who they are. 

The music will get you moving and singing from beginning to end. This show is considered a classic and some would even say it is iconic, “This musical is very diverse and it is always exciting to see it being portrayed. It is interactive and really brings you into Furter’s world.” Cumberland County College’s alumni, Adrian Lelli explained. 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show debuted in 1975 and the messages it sends is still relevant today. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was definitely ahead of its time. Self acceptance is the main message it sends to its viewers. For example, Rocky is a man that wears panty hose and heels and sings to the beat of his own drum. This isn’t considered “masculine” to some which is why the show is controversial. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show is about self acceptance. Along with how entertaining it is, it helps those who may feel like they aren’t normal feel that they are just as equal and normal as everyone else. Being yourself is beautiful and a key to a loving life. Keep those around you who uplift and believe in you!” Lelli said. 

The show will be performed at The Levoy Theatre in Millville by Philadelphia’s own Transylvanian Nipple Productions cast on October 27, 2018 at midnight. 

Having this production performed near our community is a plus. “Growing up here in Vineland, I found that when I was younger there weren’t many activities for my friends and I to do. I grew up a theatre kid. I performed in many plays, but I always loved to be in the audience of shows as well. Having this show so close to home will bring positive press to our community. I’m sure the turn out will be great,” Lelli voiced. 

If you have never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show it’s suggested that you watch and get familiar with the musical numbers. 

The songs are fun and catchy. From “Over At the Frankenstein Place” to “The Time Warp” knowing these lyrics will have you feeling like you are indeed a part of the show. 

It won’t hurt to know the Time Warp dance and jump to the left with the cast either.The shows produced at the Levoy are great productions and all previous plays have had positive reviews. 

You can enjoy a night out on Halloween weekend with the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and friends for $15 a ticket. 

Gather your family and friends and go visit Rocky at the Frank-N-Furter Mansion Halloweekend! 

So Dammit Janet, let’s welcome Philly’s Transylvanian Nipple Productions and go out and see their rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

CCC’s FPAC programming future plans?

By Mike Guilford

Staff Writer

Since 1995, the Frank Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center has entertained the community with dazzling shows in its mission to bring quality performances to Cumberland.

At the end of August 2017, that mission could be in jeopardy as non-academic performances for the 2017-2018 year have been placed on indefinite hiatus. The future for the Luciano Theater is unknown.
All is not lost, Deborah Bradshaw’s stellar sellout offerings will continue as academic programming would not be impacted. Scheduled for a November debut, Bradshaw’s production of Godspell is sure to dazzle audiences, with its messages of kindness, love and peace and a parade of hits like “Day by Day” and “Learn Your Lessons Well.”
However, she will do so without support of Assistant Director of Theater Programming, Christopher Totora, who served as Technical Director since 2004. Totora will continue his career as Technical Director at the Mandell Theater in Philadelphia. The decision to place future programs on hiatus was made in conjunction with Totora’s departure by campus administrators, however, the program has been in jeopardy for several years now as programming failed to make a profit. Continual decline in enrollment, annual shortfalls in budget for the performing arts, lack of awareness; the program was already primed for the chopping block. Running a skeleton crew of volunteers and part-time staff the program was left with no fat to trim to stay afloat, despite departures from the box office manager and Totora.
Things have changed since the program’s inception 20 years ago. Competition from renovated theaters such as the Levoy in Millville, 8 miles from the Luciano, as well as the renewal of Landis Theater in downtown Vineland act as stiff competition for a theater situated almost equidistant from two rivals.
Also, down the road from the Luciano Theater, is the Cumberland Players, within a short 10 mile radius of the Luciano theater are three competitors vying for limited patron’s attention with similar content.
In a perfect world, an oversaturation of the arts would be seen as a boon and business would be booming, unfortunately things don’t always work out the way they should. As theater managers at Luciano reported difficulty even giving tickets away to patrons.
It’s tough to point toward a single cause for the discontinuation of programming but the lack of public interest could point toward one culprit: limited marketing.
Given limited amount of public attendance and the success of other programs in the area, it would be reasonable to speculate that awareness of the programs existence was limited at best.
The original mission of the theater was to attract people with quality programming who wouldn’t normally visit. Volunteers, working for the theater act as advocates, bringing visitors to campus promoting CCC.
Children were bussed in frequently from schools to experience the wonder of theater. Director of theater programming at the Luciano Theater, Beatrice Hughes, remarked on the impressions of children coming to the theater for the first time; “The doors opened and their expressions were just WOW! before the show even began.”
Hughes mentions how she will miss seeing their cute faces on campus. The program was a great tool to attract younger generations of students to CCC. It showed what they’d have available as they grew, promoting college accessibility through the arts.
The college plans to reevaluate the future of the FPAC program during the 2017-2018 year, to see if there is a new direction it could take.
Without private funders to help buttress the program; as other theater programs in the county have access to, it may be difficult for the college to shoulder the burden of operating the theater alone, leaving the future of the College’s theater program unknown.

Prepare Ye for CCC’s Godspell

By CODY HIGINBOTHAM

Staff Writer
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Prepare Ye, The Way of the Play. This year at Cumberland County College, the drama club will be performing the Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell. This broadway classic, follows God’s holy son Jesus as he takes followers on a journey through many biblical events, while putting a 70s disco spin on it.
The show is directed by Broadway-veteran Deborah Bradshaw. “When I was choosing the fall musical, I thought Godspell would be a nice way to bring people together during the tumultuous time in our country, through its message of peace, love and community,” Bradshaw said.
The plot of the musical includes various passages from the Holy Bible, ranging from the story of the Prodigal Son to the journey of Noah and the flood. “The story is based on the book of Matthew in the Bible and the stories are told through familiar parables. The first acts focuses on the formation of a community of followers of Jesus. Act II follows the Passion Story, through stories of the interrogation of Jesus by the Pharisees, the Last Super, interspersed with stories and teachings of Jesus,” Bradshaw stated, regarding the musical itself. Originally, CCC has only done musicals in the winter or spring season, as most schools typically hold them around that time. It wasn’t until recent years, that the school started doing fall musicals.
Bradshaw shared, “We began doing a fall musical and spring play to accommodate different personnel schedules. I actually like doing them this way!” Last year’s fall musical was the interactive puppet production Avenue Q, making this years musical an interesting change since the previous year.
The musical features some of the most catchy and entertaining songs from a musical including the ballet “Day by Day” and the upbeat-rhythmic “We Beseech Thee”. Regarding her favorite song, Bradshaw replied, “It is hard to choose but I love the song By My Side.  It is a beautiful commitment to Jesus and the harmonies are full and lush”
While the musical only has three named characters that drive the plot, being Jesus, Judas Iscariot, & John the Baptist, the show can include a number of cast members as possible in the ensemble, with some shows casting as few as 10 actors to others casting an incredible 70 actors. Since most of the songs don’t specify who has to sing that song, this gives ensemble members a chance to sing for the audience.
Bradshaw is also no stranger to acting in the play either, “I did this show as a performer many, many years ago. I am still in touch with my cast mates. When I posted that I was going to direct this production on Facebook many of them immediately contacted me with wonderful memories. (1979)”
The performances will be November 16-19, at 3pm on the 19th, 8pm on 16th & 17th and 2pm & 8pm on the 18th. The admission prices ranges from $12 to $17. Be sure to come and see this spectacular production, because “It’s All For the Best.”

Fall 2017 Must-see Movies

By CODY HIGINBOTHAM
Staff Writer

Lights, Camera, Action. 2017 has had many events and headlines, but one of the things that stand out, have been the movies. The year has been full of critically and commercially successful films in the past few months. In late February, actor director Jordan Peele, introduced the world with his horror thriller directorial debut film Get Out, about a young African-American who takes a visit to the family of his caucasian girlfriends, however once he arrives, he soon realizes that he shouldn’t have come at all. The film earned a 99% on Rotten-Tomatoes, and is a strong contender for awards season. In mid-March, Disney released a live-action adaptation of their 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast. The film has since become the years highest grossing film.
SUPERHERO MOVIES
The year has been called the superhero movie year, as the year has at total of 8 movies related to superheroes. One of the most popular films that have already been released is Logan, the 10th film in the X-Men film series. The film follows an elder Logan/Wolverine, as he and a sick Professor X discover a young mutant named Laura, who turns out to be Logan’s genetically cloned daughter; however, the trio soon find themselves having to go on the run from dark forces who are planning on capturing Laura. The film was a major success with audiences and critics, stating it to be the best X-Men movie yet. The summertime also had two successful superhero films for both Marvel and DC. First was Spider-Man Homecoming, where Tom Holland’s Spider-Man finds himself up against the Volture (played by Michael Keaton). This film was praised for it’s light tone, visuals, and acting; specifically Tom Holland. CCC student Adam Clark commented on the film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming blew me away. I loved it” The next film was Wonder Woman, which showed the titular hero’s rise to heroism and battle in WWII. The film became DC Extended Universe’s most successful film and the it’s director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gabot were praised for brining the character successfully to film.
MOVIES COMING SOON
In the weeks to come, more anticipated films are still on their way. The most anticipated among fans is Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. Premiering on December 18th, the 8th film in the Star Wars franchise will follow Rey as she continues her Jedi training. Another film to come is The Disaster Artist, a film about the making of the 2003 film The Room, which is considered to be so bad it’s good. staring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau.
OSCAR BUZZ
With the many successful films and anticipated films to come, there’s been a lot of buzz for the Oscars. This event awards the best in cinema and this year has some films that have been constantly considered “Oscar Worthy”. Whether it’s for a category like Best Actor, Best Director, or even Best Picture, the predictions just keep flowing. One summer blockbuster that’s a high contender is Christopher Nolan’s war drama Dunkirk, most viewers say it could be the film that earns Nolan his well deserved Best Director Oscar. Other contenders include, Kathryn Bieglow’s Detroit and the previously mentioned Get Out.

CCC’s FPAC programming future plans?

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By Michael Guilford

Staff Writer

Since 1995, the Frank Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center has entertained the community with dazzling shows in its mission to bring quality performances to Cumberland.
At the end of August 2017, that mission could be in jeopardy as non-academic performances for the 2017-2018 year have been placed on indefinite hiatus. The future for the Luciano Theater is unknown.
All is not lost, Deborah Bradshaw’s stellar sellout offerings will continue as academic programming would not be impacted. Scheduled for a November debut, Bradshaw’s production of Godspell is sure to dazzle audiences, with its messages of kindness, love and peace and a parade of hits like “Day by Day” and “Learn Your Lessons Well.”
However, she will do so without support of Assistant Director of Theater Programming, Christopher Totora, who served as Technical Director since 2004. Totora will continue his career as Technical Director at the Mandell Theater in Philadelphia.

The decision to place future programs on hiatus was made in conjunction with Totora’s departure by campus administrators, however, the program has been in jeopardy for several years now as programming failed to make a profit. Continual decline in enrollment, annual shortfalls in budget for the performing arts, lack of awareness; the program was already primed for the chopping block. Running a skeleton crew of volunteers and part-time staff the program was left with no fat to trim to stay afloat, despite departures from the box office manager and Totora.
Things have changed since the program’s inception 20 years ago. Competition from renovated theaters such as the Levoy in Millville, 8 miles from the Luciano, as well as the renewal of Landis Theater in downtown Vineland act as stiff competition for a theater situated almost equidistant from two rivals.
Also, down the road from the Luciano Theater, is the Cumberland Players, within a short 10 mile radius of the Luciano theater are three competitors vying for limited patron’s attention with similar content.
In a perfect world, an over saturation of the arts would be seen as a boon and business would be booming, unfortunately things don’t always work out the way they should. As theater managers at Luciano reported difficulty even giving tickets away to patrons.
It’s tough to point toward a single cause for the discontinuation of programming but the lack of public interest could point toward one culprit: limited marketing.
Given limited amount of public attendance and the success of other programs in the area, it would be reasonable to speculate that awareness of the programs existence was limited at best.
The original mission of the theater was to attract people with quality programming who wouldn’t normally visit. Volunteers, working for the theater act as advocates, bringing visitors to campus promoting CCC.
Children were bussed in frequently from schools to experience the wonder of theater. Director of theater programming at the Luciano Theater, Beatrice Hughes, remarked on the impressions of children coming to the theater for the first time; “The doors opened and their expressions were just WOW! before the show even began.”
Hughes mentions how she will miss seeing their cute faces on campus. The program was a great tool to attract younger generations of students to CCC. It showed what they’d have available as they grew, promoting college accessibility through the arts.
The college plans to reevaluate the future of the FPAC program during the 2017-2018 year, to see if there is a new direction it could take.
Without private funders to help buttress the program; as other theater programs in the county have access to, it may be difficult for the college to shoulder the burden of operating the theater alone, leaving the future of the College’s theater program unknown.

Get your hands dirty at Pottery Boot Camp

By KYLEE BAGLEY

For anyone who is interested in honing in on their crafting skills, it’s not too late to sign up for spring classes at CCC’s Clay College! Located on High Street in Millville, the Clay College offers noncredit classes to anyone interested, student or not. Annual pottery classes of multiple levels are offered in the spring including: Intro to Pottery, Advanced Pottery for Adults, and Intro to Pottery Wheel. Pottery Boot Camp will be available for the first time this spring. Whatever your skill level is, you will be able to find your niche at the Clay College.

Intro to Pottery classes run from May 23 to June 27 on Monday evenings, 6-9 PM. It costs $135 to register with no previous experience needed. According to flyers advertising the courses, “[Intro to Pottery] explores hand-building techniques such as pinch, coil and slab, and throwing on the pottery wheel. Glaze, firings, and studio access are including in this six-week class.” This class is best for people that want to begin learning the craft or are just looking for a creative activity to try.

Advanced Pottery for Adults begins on May 18 and winds down on June 29. Classes are from 6-9 PM on Wednesdays and costs $190 total. “It is a seven-week course is for the more advanced student who already has some knowledge of creating pottery. Ceramic processes and techniques will be covered while developing student’s individual work.” Clay College will provide some of the necessary materials, but TBD materials will be up to the students to obtain themselves.

Intro to Pottery Wheel is another beginner’s class, but this one focuses solely on pottery made on a wheel rather than hand crafted items. This class runs from May 31 to June 28 on Tuesday’s from 6-9 PM. Classes cost $135. As advertised, “students will learn through weekly demonstrations and hands-on instruction how to make basic forms on the wheel.”

Pottery Boot Camp is the Clay College’s newest class. It is a four-week intensive class that teaches beginning hand-building techniques and a quick lesson on the wheel. This class is ideal for people who don’t have the time to commit to a regular class. However, it is limited to 10 available spots for prospective students. This class takes place on Saturday’s from 1-4 PM between April 30 and May 21. It is the least expensive of the classes, costing only $125.

As an added bonus, participants will receive two months of studio time during the months of July and August for absolutely free, along with their purchase of any of the classes provided. To gain more information or sign up for a class, visit http://www.claycollege.com.