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UPDATED
6/18/16

Announcing WCP's 2016-2017 Season
2016 - 2017 Season
A murder mystery

And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie

Directed by
Steve Lemenille
Produced by Kay Macrae

Oct. 15, 22, 23m, 28, 29, 2016
A musical parody

The Musical of Musicals…the Musical
by Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart

Directed by
Linda Viel
Produced by Steve Lemenille

Jan. 14, 21, 22m, 27, 28, 2017
A farcical comedy

Boeing-Boeing
by Marc Camoletti

Directed by Fred Cuozzo
Produced by TBD

Mar. 11, 18, 19, 24, 25, 2017
A dramatic comedy

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey

Directed by Ken Webb
Produced by TBD
May 6, 13, 19, 20, 23m, 2017
Dates subject to change



AUDITIONS FOR One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ANNOUNCED
see: Cuckoo's Nest auditions

Line! Memory Training for Actors!



ATTENTION ACTORS!!!!! If you've ever struggled to remember your lines, the creative memorization techniques taught in LINE? will help you break through your mental blocks and accelerate the line memorization process. Author Jared Kelner has applied his experience as an actor and acting teacher and combined that with his expertise as a memory improvement trainer and created an imagination and sensory based process for actors to use when memorizing lines. It is an innovative approach to line memorization that taps into the actor's imagination and acting training rather than relying on monotonous rote memorization methods

Pounding lines into your head via rote memorization methods like highlighting, saying them over & over, and audio recording eventually works, but rote memorization is frustrating and fails to leverage the actor's single best asset...Imagination.

Also - If you forget your lines while on stage & you do not have a craft technique to retrieve the lost line, your only options to be faithful to the script and get back on track is to (1) make something up until you figure it out, (2) rely on a the other actor to covertly feed you a cue line, or (3) run off stage in shame, never to return.

Well, there is a better way to memorize lines for actors and if you attend this 2-Hour Seminar you will leave with powerful tools that will transform the way you memorize your lines.

Jared Kelner (founder of Actor's Approach Acting Academy of East Brunswick - www.actorsapproach.com) is the author of the book "LINE? The Creative Way for Actors to Quickly Memorize Monologues and Dialogues" which hit #1 on Amazon.com in Acting/Auditioning and this seminar teaches the foundation techniques presented in the book.

Remember, if you don't have a reliable, repeatable & dependable line memorization process and craft tool at your disposal, you are setting yourself to fail. And all that incredible work you did building your character from the ground up will be for naught if you can't remember your lines.

This same seminar has been taught in New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles for $50 per student, but this seminar hosted by Westfield Community Players is only $10 and the proceeds are going to support the WCP Building Fund.

To reserve you ticket for this seminar, just email WCP at tickets@westfieldcommunityplayers.org or complete PRE-REGISTRATION FORM at REGISTRATION FORM

Here's some feedback from a Master Acting Teacher and a few actors about the Image-Based Line Memorization Technique you'll learn at the seminar.

"I have been teaching acting for over 50 years and I rarely come across innovations to the craft process that I believe in and support. Without hesitation, I fully endorse and recommend Jared Kelner's book LINE? The Creative Way for Actors to Quickly Memorize Monologues and Dialogues. Every actor must memorize lines and most actors look at the line memorization process as something outside of the craft of acting, but in fact, it is very much an integral part of the craft process and as such, actors need a craft technique to help them. In his book LINE?, Jared Kelner brings something inventive, innovate and important to the craft of acting. The technique of imaging that Jared teaches for line memorization mirrors imaging concepts I share in my book Acting, Imaging and the Unconscious. I am pleased to endorse Jared Kelner and his contribution to our craft. LINE? is a must read for every actor." -Eric Morris: Actor, Master Acting Teacher and Author of "No Acting Please", "Being and Doing", "Irreverent Acting", "Acting From the Ultimate Consciousness", "Acting, Imaging and the Unconscious", "The Diary of a Professional Experiencer" and "Freeing the Actor"

"Jared, I was in your class at The Network last night. OMG!!!! You are unbelievable. I am so excited, you have changed my life in a night with the information you gave us. I worked with the book all the way back home on the train last night and was up early this morning to continue. Did the monologue in the Room Pegging method. WOW. So easy. I can't tell you what anxiety and fear has been plaguing me all these years. There is nothing worse than working with A-listers and famous directors and you go up. The fear is huge. What you have done in a single night has changed my life. I can already feel the weight lifting off my shoulders and the fun coming back into my work. I literally felt like skipping back to Grand Central last night. Next Sat I leave for a cruise to the Caribbean and you know what book I am bringing!!!!! In January I will be reaching out to set-up some practice coaching sessions with you. (Oh god this is fun) Thank you so much for taking the time to write the book on this topic and I can't wait for your next project on NLP. All the best," -Thomas Benton, Actor

"So I had the privilege of taking this amazing Line Memorization class taught by my acting teacher, Jared Kelner of the Actor's Approach Acting Academy in East Brunswick, NJ. It was from his book "LINE? The Creative Way for Actors to Quickly Memorize Monologues & Dialogues". Within 15 minutes, by applying the technique, I was able to memorize a 10 line monologue, forward & backwards, skip every other line forward & backwards, skip every 3 & 4 lines...same deal. Within the next 20 minutes I was able to memorize a dialogue scene, my lines & the scene partner's lines, forward & backwards, skip every other line forward & backwards, skip every 3 & 4 lines...same deal again. I woke up this morning. I couldn't remember anything. The SECOND I applied the technique I was saying the monologue & all lines of the dialogue scene starting from the last line to the first line. I recommend the book...& I see why it was the #1 Best Seller for Actors on Amazon. The technique is fun and creative, & as actors that is what we love." -Di Shawn J. Gandy, Actor



In memory of
Linda Giuditta




Linda C. Giuditta, Devoted Mother, Friend and Actress Linda C. Giuditta, a 65-year resident of Westfield, passed away on Sunday, July 19, at the age of 91after a long illness. Born and raised in Garwood, she was the daughter of the late Carmine and Olympia Guerriero, and she was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Dr. Nicholas A. Giuditta, of 42 years in 1993.

A passionate lover of theatre and music since she was a child performing in the backyard, Linda attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City as a young woman. There she learned how to create the comedic and dramatic characters and accents that were the hallmark of her theatrical career throughout her life in community theatre. She also loved playing piano, and gave her children and numerous nieces and nephews many happy hours around the piano playing and singing Christmas carols. For numerous years, her home was the site of joyous family barbecues and holiday parties that she and her husband Nick orchestrated as a team.

Linda and Nick were instrumental in the founding and securing of property for Westfield Community Players, one of the longest continuously running community theatres in New Jersey. Together they were involved with shows at Grant School and Roosevelt Junior High School, which provided the earliest venues for Community Players' fledgling productions. Over the years, on the Community Players' stage, she had leading roles in "Social Security," "The Cemetery Club," "There Goes the Bride," "Cactus Flower," "Enter Laughing," "The Crucible," and "Look Homeward Angel," in addition to many other parts. She was on the Playreading Committee for ten years and was in charge of the Casting Committee for many years as well. Also a longtime member of the Cranford Dramatic Club, she played some of her favorite characters there: Miss Hannigan in "Annie," Bloody Mary in "South Pacific," Mrs. Van Daan in "The Diary of Anne Frank," Grandma in "Lost in Yonkers" and Madame Arcati in "Blithe Spirit."

She ran her husband's dental office for many years after her children were grown, as well as managing the many details of the professional dental groups that he headed. Linda was a generous person who always shared her bountiful life with her children with family trips to Hawaii, Italy and many day trips to New York and New Jersey theatre. She was pre-deceased by her two older sisters Garentina Riccardo and Virginia Guerriero, who always smoothed the way for her; and her three brothers, James, Anthony and Carmine. She will be deeply missed by her children, Camille Giuditta Sorensen of Washington, D.C.; Roz Giuditta of Scotch Plains, N.J.; Nicholas A. Giuditta III and his wife Francine of Cranford, N.J.; their sons Nicholas IV and Christopher, along with many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Westfield Community Players will be establishing a Memorial Fund named in honor of Linda Giuditta's. Donations can be made to the fund through Westfield Community Players, Attn. Giuditta Memorial Fund, 1000 North Avenue West, Westfield, N.J. 07090.

You may also complete the form located at: Giuditta Fund


WCP 80 Years of Live Theater
WCP begins its 81st Year
Since 1934, WCP has brought quality theatre to the Westfield area.


Check back often for further details.









WCP Board of Directors for 2016-2017

At WCP's Annual Meeting, held June 22, 2016, the new Board of Directors was announced:

Steve Lemenille - President
Sally Lee - Vice-President for Business
Barbara Ruban - Vice President of Productions
Russ Ortiz - Secretary
Bill McMeekan - Treasurer/Director of Technical
JoAnne Lemenille - Director of Performance
Renate Bieber - Director of Box Office
Katie Engel - Director of Marketing
George Hiltz - Director of Facilities
Don Mokrauer - Director of Grants/Newsletter
Open - Director of Membership


Katie Engel, Director of Marketing - elected June, 2016



New Board Members
2015-2017


Russ Ortiz, Board Secretary; George Hiltz, Facilities Director
elected June, 2015

WCP raises funds for Wounded Warrior Project

Steve Lemenille, WCP President
Bill McMeekan, WCP Treasurer

WCP receives grant from Investors Foundation

[l-r] Randall Hernandez of Investors Bank, Don Mokrauer, WCP Grants Director, Steve Lemenille, WCP President

WCP receives ten 2012 NJACT Perry Award Nominations for Rehearsal for Murder
Outstanding Production of a Play: Steve Lemenille - Producer

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Brian Remo

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Angel Duncan

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Steve Lemenille

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Ami Martino [recipient]

Outstanding Properties of a Play: JoAnne Lemenille

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play: Bill McMeekan; Brian Remo

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play: Jessica Foerst

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play: Glen Crane

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play: Naomi Yablonsky


WCP nominated for Perry Awards for 2013

Steve Lemenille
for
Outstanding Director of a Play
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John Correll
for
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
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WCP nominated for Perry Awards for 2016

Ross Pohling
for
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
for
Veronica's Room as the Young Man
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WCP Actors perform at Westfield Historical Society.
Three of Westfield Community Players actors portrayed three Westfield historical citizens during the Westfield Historical Society's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sept. 19, 2012 at the Echo Lake Country Club.
WCP actors, Lou Savarese portrayed Samuel Downer, Jr. (1760-1848), while Russ Ortiz portrayed Charles Codding (1866-1925). WCP actor and resident play director, Steve Lemenille portrayed Charles D. Clark. (1753-1821).
The Westfield Historical Society seeks to:
- preserve and share the rich heritage of the Westfield Area for future generations,
-to give voice to under-represented groups and tell the story of the common person;
-to build and support a community of people interested in history and culture;
-and provide tools for historical research and publication.

Click on each picture for larger view

[l-r: Russ Ortiz, Lou Savarese;
c: Steve Lemenille]
           
[l-r: Lou Savarese, Sherry Cronin,
VP Historical Society; Steve Lemenille,
Russ Ortiz]
           
[Lou Savarese; Sally Brown, WCP producer;
Steve Lemenille, Russ Ortiz]

WCP Atlantic City Bus trip on July 17th, 2009 to Showboat Casino.





WCP Trip to Atlantic City [2009]-- Showboat Casino


[Proceeds to benefit WCP Building Fund]
WCP President JoAnne Lemenille presented with Township Resolution by Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky at Council meeting April 27, 2010.
see more on Photos page


WCP President JoAnne Lemenille and WCP Board member Lucille Bills were interviewed on April 24, 2010 by Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky for Ch. 36. The taped interview was part of WCP's 75th Anniversary.
see Photos page


WCP received NJ Legislative RESOLUTION celebrating WCP's 75th season. See photos from the event Click here for photo
WCP received County RESOLUTION celebrating WCP's 75th season. See photos from the event Click here for photo
WCP's 75th Gala Anniversary Event...a success. See photos from the event Click here for details
WCP is actively seeking individual(s) interested in technical lighting to assist with our productions. Some experience is preferable, but we are happy to train eager volunteers! Please contact Bill McMeekan, Technical Director, at: Lighting Technician or submit your resume to: Bill McMeekan, Westfield Community Players, 1000 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

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