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SCCC Students to Perform Comedy “Almost, Maine”

in Performing Arts

A charmer…Unexpected magic lingers in the air like someone’s breath on a cold winter’s night. John Cariani aims for the heart by way of the funny bone.” —Star-Ledger. “…a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts.” —NY Times.

The production of ALMOST, MAINE will be performed by the Sussex County Community College’s Performing Arts Club in the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. SCCC students Jessica Kabbash will be the Producer while Katerina Slaska and Ashley Hohmann, a theater arts major, will be directing the various vignettes. Club Advisors Stella Trikouros, SCCC Theater Faculty, and Bryan Zellmer, SCCC Assistant Cultural Affairs Director, are proud of the creativity, talent and maturity of these SCCC students. They urge everyone to come to see this humorous play that will touch people of all ages.

The students of the SCCC Performing Arts Club selected ALMOST, MAINE by John Cariani for its student production because of the humor and the characters that they could relate to in the independent but related scenes. The story takes place “…on a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost — in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.” —DPS.

The cast and crew from SCCC and the Community include:
Branchville – Ethan Connelly; Byram – Zaida Cseke;
Franklin – Aly Lewis; Newton – Connor Doherty, Ivan Gonzales, Megan Smaletz;
Ogdensburg – Abigail Brandner, Jessica Kabbash, Katerina Slaska;
Sparta – Eric Fredericksen, Connor Nelms, Mark Witten;
Stockholm – Cassandra Maguire, Taylor Turkington;
Vernon – Joe Marotta; Walpack – Tristan Dunzelman;
Wantage – Marcus Gomez, Ashley Hohmann, Kristin Hohmann;
West Milford – Matt Dorniak

Tickets are $7 for SCCC students, faculty, staff, and under 18 years of age; $8 for senior citizens; $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online through the SCCC Box Office at sussex.edu, by calling 973-300-7900 or at the door.

This production is made possible through Dramatists Play Service, Inc.440 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10016

Family Magic Show featuring “Gary the Great” Performing at SCCC

in Campus Life, Performing Arts

The Sussex County P.B.A. Local #138 along with the Sussex County Community College (SCCC) Criminal Justice Club will be hosting the first annual Family Magic Show. The event will be held on Sunday, March 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College.

“Gary the Great” is the kind of magician who performs anywhere from backyard barbecues to headlining events for Morgan Stanley, Ralph Lauren and many others. He has many years of experience on stage captivating audiences with his magic. He performed his first trick for his kindergarten show-and-tell and has been in love with the theatricality of magic ever since. Gary belongs to the International Brotherhood of Magicians and is a resident magician for the Brooklyn Public Library and About.com, and he regularly volunteers at several New York pediatric hospitals.

Admission to the show is $7 for children and seniors; $9 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the SCCC Box Office at sussex.edu. A $2 per ticket processing fee will be added to each ticket.

Kinky Boots Broadway Show Trip

in Campus Life, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box, Performing Arts Spotlight

Thursday, April 23
Bus leaves at 2:30 pm and returns at 12:30 am for a 7 pm show • NYC
Tickets go on sale to students on March 09 for $65, staff on March 30 for $123, and community on March 30 for $133

Kinky Boots features the first-ever Broadway score by Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper. This new musical packs a punch and provides catchy songs, top-notch performances, colorful costumes, big sets, dazzling dance sequences and even a few scenes that could make you cry. Join Charlie Price as he suddenly inherits his father’s failing shoe factory. While trying to save his family business, he soon finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Ladies Night of Comedy

in Campus Life, Foundation, Performing Arts

Saturday, April 11
8 pm • PAC
Admission: $18-$22, Note: Admission is included in select Ladies’ Saturday Retreat tickets

Get ready for a fun night featuring three hilarious comedians that will leave you in stitches. Their observations of the world will take your stomach muscles to places they’ve never been to. All three have long lists of TV credits, ranging from Nick Mom’s Night Out to The Late Show with David Letterman. You’ll see why so many people love Karen Bergreen, Alexandra McHale and Sherry Davey. As if that wasn’t enough, the host for the evening will be the award-winning celebrity impersonator, Scott Mason, as the fabulous DAME EDNA. This event is in conjunction with SCCC’s Ladies Retreat but open to the public. For mature audiences only.

Firehouse German Band

in Campus Life, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box, Performing Arts Spotlight

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
10:50 • Gazebo
Admission: Free to student/staff w/SCCC ID, Community $10, School Groups $5 per student
Root beer and pretzels are included with admission

Members of the Firehouse German Band are living legends in the Polka industry. The Fire House German Band has been performing an upbeat, fast-paced repertoire of traditional “Oktoberfest” music for decades. Dedicated to the music of central Europe, Fire House German Band believes in the preservation of ethnic German and Austrian Polka music as a means of keeping the culture of the Alpine region alive. Credited with being one of the most beloved Polka bands in the mid-Atlantic regions, the Fire House German Band relies on a vast repertoire of Polka and Waltz selections, as well as traditional and original renditions of German, Polish and Slovenian standards. Today, the Fire House German Band’s signature-style Polka music continues to embrace a unique blend of ethnic and cultural influences. Combining an irresistible personality with a festive atmosphere, Fire House German Band has earned a growing regional audience and finds themselves in the mainstream of contemporary world music.

Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY

in Campus Life, Performing Arts

Friday, April 10, 2015
Bus leaves at 8 am and return at 5 pm
Ticket price: Students ($10) Staff ($20) Community ($30)

The Bronx Zoo is located in the Bronx borough of New York City, within Bronx Park. It is the world’s largest metropolitan zoo, with some 6,000 animals representing about 650 species from around the world. Connecting People to Wild Nature. Tickets go on sale beginning March 10 for students and March 23 for staff and community at the SCCC Box Office.

Irish Blessings Music and Dance

in Campus Life, Performing Arts


“Irish Blessings” Music and Dance
Thursday, March 12, 2015
11 am-12 pm • PAC
Admission: Community $10.00, Student Groups $5.00 per student, Free to students/staff w/SCCC ID

Irish Blessing, one of the mid-Atlantic’s most beloved Irish Heritage programs includes James & Cushla Srour and their multi-talented sons, Jonathan & Josh. Together the Srour family is one of the most requested Irish music and dance ensemble on the contemporary world music scene today. Jonathan & Josh have danced with the Chieftains at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Myerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD. Jonathan currently ranks 6th in the world and recently won the prestigious North American Senior Belt for the second time in a row. Josh, a rising fiddle phenomenon, has become famous for his signature-style melodic phrases, heavily influenced by the “old school” players form Ireland such as Michael Coleman and Andy McGann. With a love of family and Irish culture, Irish Blessings embraces “An Tradisiun Beo” – the living tradition, keeping classic Irish folk music and dance alive at home and on stage. Between breathtaking dance numbers and impeccable musicianship, Irish Blessing has attracted the attention of major record labels, concert promoters and music fans across the country.

New York Chinese Cultural Center Performance

in Campus Life, Performing Arts

Tuesday, February 17
10:50 am–12:05 pm
Performing Arts Center

Free for Students/Staff with SCCC ID, Community $10, School Groups $5 per student

Experience a world of colorful myths, historical drama, and timeless beauty! Enjoy an acrobatic display and dazzling dance performances as performers from New York Chinese Cultural Center introduce you to Chinese culture through language lessons, historical background, on-stage demonstrations, and audience interaction. The diversity of dance selections, costumes, music, props, and narration illustrates and explains traits, customs, and patterns of Chinese life.

Black Maria Film Festival

in Campus Life, Performing Arts


Tuesday, February 10
10:50 am–12:05 pm
Student Center Theater
Free for Students/Staff with SCCC ID, Community $10, School Groups $5 per student

Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival has taken its name from that of the world’s first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison in 1893. The festival’s annual competition of short-format, under an hour, videos and film is juried by noted exponents of independent work and results in 40 to 60 works chosen for the festival’s annual tour which visits 65 diverse institutions in 20 states.

Alive! ’75 – A Tribute to KISS will perform at SCCC

in News, Performing Arts

Alive! ’75 is a live concert concept performance that brings the KISS Alive! album to life within a period-specific 1975 atmosphere. Alive! ‘75 will be performing two amazing shows at Sussex County Community College on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. Both shows will be held in the Performing Arts Center and begin at 8 p.m.

The show brings so much more than just guys dressed as KISS playing KISS songs. The overall experience is designed to take you back to 1975, to see, hear and feel what a 1975-era KISS performance was really like. Alive! ’75 promises to blow their audience away. There are a significant number of “wow” moments throughout the show. Beginning with the opening power-chords of “Deuce” and continuing right on through the closing crescendo of “Let Me Go, Rock and Roll”, this event promises to leave the audience thoroughly entertained and completely exhausted.

“We really wanted to deliver a complete experience – to bring folks back to this classic time in KISS-tory” says Anthony De Lucia, Jr., the show’s creator and producer. “Alive! ’75 is not a tribute band. It’s a full-on theatrical performance that creates the atmosphere and provides a raw and energized KISS concert experience like no other. We think it’s very unique and a pretty big deal.”

Behind the scenes, there is a bit of a nostalgic storyline as well. Everyone involved with the production is a lifetime KISS fan. And three of the show’s four cast members originally formed and performed in what may prove to be the very first KISS-a-mania tribute band in history way back in 1979! All seasoned, professional working musicians, they bring a passion and an enthusiasm to their craft that is reflected in their performance.

For tickets visit the website and click the Box Office link. Complete details may be found at www.alive75.com.
Contact ‘info@alive75.com’ for more information.