Saturday, December 8, 2012
Theatre of the community now resides at The Baird.
interACT Theatre Productions has moved into its new home at The Baird in South Orange, where auditions will take place in early 2013 for its next two mainstage productions, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite and The Full Monty. interACT, now in its fourth season, presents inclusive and accessible community theatre. This fall, it presented Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Currently, interACT is rehearsing its youth production, Charlotte’s Web. “We were overwhelmed by the community's support of live theatre,” said Elena Svitavsky President of interACT Theatre Productions, of this Fall’s presentation of The Crucible. “As the opening production of our first full season, we were thrilled to have full houses during the second weekend of our run, and look …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Auditions with InterACT for this children's classic are Oct. 23 and Oct. 24.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Auditions for Charlotte's Web will be held Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Baird Theater in South Orange. Callbacks will be Saturday, October 27 at 1 p.m. There are roles for all the enchanting characters of this children’s classic: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The 2012 South Orange Recreation & Cultural Affairs ID badges are now available for purchase at the Baird.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
2012 South Orange Recreation & Cultural Affairs ID badges are now available for purchase at the Baird Community Center. Membership fee through May 15 is $30 per person, with a maximum family fee of $120. Effective May 16, the fee will increase to $35 per person, with a maximum family fee of $140. Register early to save money. Badge holders receive discounts on many recreation and cultural sponsored classes and programs. Badges are issued at The Baird, 5 Mead Street, with two proofs of residency.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The Baird temporarily closes for repairs, finds home for pre-school; Dreamcatcher offers comedy improv class for adults
The Baird closes for boiler repair Village officials updated the website today to say that The Baird will be closed through February 4th for building repairs. They have found a temporary home for the pre-school at First Presbyterian & Trinity Church on Irvington Ave and pre-school will resume there on Jan. 31. Meanwhile, some other programs and activities have been canceled and some have been relocated, depending on program needs and space availability.The Baird staff has been contacting participants by telephone and/or email. To complicate matters, all activities on Wednesday were canceled because of the snow, which was heavy most of the day and into the night.Even the weekly after-school ski trip to Mount Peter was canceled. While snow …
Monday, January 17, 2011
Dreamcatcher captures the Astonishment that comes with growing old; Coalition holds 10th Annual MLK Interfaith Service today
The magic of the theater is not only where it takes you but how it makes you look at the world. This weekend’s performance of Astonishment at The Baird took the audience on a trip though time -- letting the young see life from a view in the future and the old ponder the past. What was astonishing about it was that all that could take place in only an hour. The 90-year-old author of the book the stage production was adapted from sat on the front row, holding hands with her daughter, smiling, laughing and wiping away tears. “I had no idea it was so good,” said Jan Slepian, an author of 28 books, whose columns for her retirement home’s newsletter were turned into a collection of essays that Dreamcatcher Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand …
Friday, January 14, 2011
Dreamcatcher Rep brings 90-year-old author's book about aging to the stage
Jan Slepian is astonished – by growing old, by the absurdity of life and by the fact one of her 28 books has been adapted for the theater. “It’s not every day, or any day for that matter, that a 90-year-old lady is going to have a play produced,” Slepian said. “I’m taken aback.” The Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater will perform a collection of her essays titled Astonishment on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at The Baird and next weekend in Cranford. Astonishment consists of what she calls “essay-ettes" about “life in the slow lane” that grew from her musings while living in a retirement community. “When I first came, I looked around for something to do more than just look around at the old people. They had a newsletter, so I started writing a…
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Mark your calendars now for The Village's free rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs
If your pet's rabies vaccination expires before Nov. 1, 2011, you can renew it in a few weeks for free at The Baird. The South Orange Health Department will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs on Jan. 22. A licensed veterinarian will administer the vaccines. Clinic hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the The Baird garage, at 5 Mead Street. Your pet must have its rabies vaccination updated if the license expires between now and November. Check the expiration date on your pet's last rabies vaccination renewal form on file with the Village. First time vaccinations provide immunity for one year beginning 30 days after the vaccination. This is one of the perks of living in South Orange if you have a pet, so you might as …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
"Four Points of View" exhibit at The Baird closes Sunday; District hosts evening to help families enroll in free or affordable health insurance
This is the last week to catch the "Four Points of View" exhibit at the Pierro Gallery in The Baird Center. In this exhibit, four artists look at the world differently. South Orange artists Gary Park and Jennifer Takahashi curated the exhibit, which includes artists Pilar Almon of South Orange, Beatrice Coron of New York, Haeley Kyong of Franklin Lakes and Myra Serrins of Sherman, Conn. Here's some information about the artists, from the Pierro Gallery's website: Pilar Almon's paintings recall her youth in Barcelona, Spain, as well as in the United States, and pay homage to naturalists of the last several centuries. With works in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Beatrice Coron's papercuts tell stories wherein she …
Monday, December 6, 2010
South Orange 7th Grader plays murderous adolescent in Bad Seed
By day, 12-year-old Peyton Hassler is a caring and kind student at South Orange Middle School. By night, at least for a couple more weeks, she is a perfectly evil, psychopathic adolescent. Peyton plays the lead role of Rhoda in the interACT Productions version of Bad Seed, the 1950s psycho-thriller about an adolescent girl who has everyone except her mother convinced she's perfect, all the while doing anything it takes to get what she wants. "It's actually a lot of fun because I'm not bad, and I get to feel what it's like to be so evil," she said. "It's pretty intense, saying the lines. "I like the fact that when you're acting, you put yourself in someone else's shoes. Inside I'm still myself, but when I'm going through the lines, I …
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
High School Offers a Look to the future, Hoops contest to raise money for Haiti, and The Baird will teach you to defend yourself
What? High School already? As the mother of an eighth grader, I am, like several hundred other parents in South Orange, a bit in denial that our babies are headed to high school in less than a year. Thanks to Columbia, we can begin getting used to the idea starting tonight, when eighth graders and their parents get our first look at life in high school. The Ninth Grade Preview and Open House at CHS is aimed at giving prospective students an overview of the school's guidance counseling, academic programs, sports, clubs, activities, elective courses and more. The evening begins at 7 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium. Current high school parents tell me this is a worthwhile evening for all prospective students and even those considering other …