By: John Sapida
Features Editor

 

As the Bergenstages’ 2011-2012 season continues, one cannot help to look back on the successful fall season of Bergen Community College’s theater department.
The season began with a successful three week run of “The Mousetrap”, a play written by the pronounced “Queen of Crime”, Agatha Christie.

This production, directed by Prof. Ken Bonnaffons, set a record for the most sold out shows in the Ender Hall Lab Theater’s history, as well as most cancelled shows. The latter was due to unfortunate circumstances including the freak snowstorm in October and power outages on campus.

This murder mystery, and it’s cast of characters and production staff, have truly etched their legacy in BCC history. Through its successful record breaking run, the production filled the seats of the Ender Hall Lab Theater with audience members of all age groups.

    The season continued with Robert Bolt’s acclaimed historical play, “A Man For All Seasons.”

This production was directed by Prof. Tom O’Neil and took on BCC’s main stage at the Anna Maria Ciccone Theater early last December. It’s bewildering story of the life of Sir Thomas More and his family captivated the audience not only with their acting, but also with the life lessons that Sir Thomas More taught during his time in England during the Reformation Era.

    Finally, the Bergenstages season ended with the Theater Club’s semi-annual Vaudville Night.

During this Vaudeville night, the Ender Hall Lab Theater became the hub for BCC’s talented students. From singers, poets, musicians, actors, dancers, bands, comedians and even magicians, Vaudville Night and the Theater Club promised to produce some of the best talent that BCC has to offer. The night proved a great success, full of great performances and surprises.

    Other than Vaudeville Night, the Theater Club also hosts a weekly Open Mic Night on Thursday nights in the Ender Hall Cyber Cafe. Various talents have shown up in this weekly event as the performers continue to impress their fellow students and others.

The Theater Club, with the support of Bergenstages, will continue to have bake sales and collect donations for “Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS” during each showtime for all productions.

Bergenstages has promised to kick of their Spring season with “The Heiress”, opening on Mar. 23 in the Ender Hall Lab Theater. This questionable love story will be followed by the Spring Musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” which will open mid-April. Be sure to see six hopeful spellers as they spell and sing their way to become the next Spelling Bee Champion while dealing with their everyday lives

Following the Spring Musical is the Director’s Lab show where students in a Directing class, taught by Bergenstages producer, Prof. James Bumgardner, put on a series of one act plays directed by the students taking the course.

Last, but certainly not the least, is the 20th Annual Playwright’s Festival where writers from various Northern New Jersey high schools compete to have their plays produced and act in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theater in June.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to be a part of Bergenstages! Whether you want to be center stage or just backstage, Bergenstages continues opportunities for you to delve into the arts.

 

TO BE PLACED ON THE OTHER SIDE ALONG WITH HEIRESS ANNOUNCEMENT!:

The Heiress

by Ruth and Augustus Goetz

February 24, 25, March 1, 2 & 3, 2012

Ender Hall Lab Theatre

ARS Electronica 2012: Ron Mazurek Scholarship Concert

March 8, 2012

Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Music & Lyrics by William Finn

April 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21, 2012

Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre

Director’s Lab

May 3, 4 & 5, 2012

Ender Hall Lab Theatre

20th Annual Young Playwrights Festival

June 7, 2012

Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre