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Plays & Players’ cabaret

Like most performing arts organizations in the region, throughout the state, across the country, and around the world, Haddonfield Plays & Players has suffered greatly from being forced to go dark during the pandemic.

But theater types are nothing if not creative and resourceful. To raise sorely needed funds, the local troupe of thespians will present a livewatch, virtual cabaret titled “It’s Only Intermission” on Saturday, November 21 at 7pm.

The show will feature more than 30 performers singing selections from popular past productions, as well as from the upcoming season.   

Plays & Players’ goal is  to raise $10,000 to help ensure the theatre’s future and enable it to plan its 2021 season with confidence. The line-up for the new year includes: The Last Five Years, Art, The Shadow Box, and Songs for a New World, plus a few special programming surprises.

Performers scheduled to participate include Megan Balne, Tommy Balne, Andy Bochetter, Evan Brody, Taylor Brody, Abby Brown, Pat DeFusco, Trisha Dennis, Arielle Egan, Amanda Frederick, Nick French, Tami Funkhouser, Jake Gilman, Matt Goodrich, Joe Grasso, DJ Hedgepath, Nicky Intrieri, Andrew Jarema, Ava Kapelus, Allison Korn, Ben Lipitz, Faith McCleery, Christopher McGinnis, Annie Raczko, Jasmine Roosa, John Sayles, Cassidy Scherz, Emma Scherz, Tess Smith, Dave Stavetski, Darryl Thompson, Justin Walsh, Dana Weiss, and Gabrielle Werner.

To register for the livewatch, go HERE. To donate directly, at any time, go HERE or text GIVE to 856-208-7111, or mail a check to Haddonfield Plays & Players, PO Box 145, Haddonfield NJ 08033.

Since 1934, Haddonfield Plays and Players has provided quality community theater at an affordable price to a wide range of Delaware Valley audiences, as well as a creative outlet for non-professionals – all in an atmosphere of personal and social enrichment that is open to all persons with a commitment to non-profit theater.

Gotta sing!

Treble voice singers aged 8 to 18 are invited to join ChildrenSong in a summer workshop in voice development on Zoom for four days from Monday, August 24 thru Thursday 27. 

There are three divisions: 

  • Children’s Choir (grade 3 to 5) 5:30 to 6:30pm
  • Youth Choir (grade 6 to 12) 6:30 to 7:30pm
  • Select Choir (grade 8 to 12) 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Auditions are required for those interested in participating in the Select Choir program. Auditions are NOT required for the other two programs. 

Singers will develop vocal technique, learn how to read music, create a virtual performance, and meet new friends with similar interests! 

This program is free and can be accessed anywhere via Zoom. Registration is required, at childrensong.org/events.

In normal times, ChildrenSong’s home base is at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Haddonfield.

The Art of Beer

The Markeim Arts Center will present the third of three Art of Beer classes on Tuesday, August 18.

Titled Fabulous Fall Beers, the class will enable participants to sample and discuss five different fall beers – some of the best seasonal suds for fall.

Participants will have the option of participating via Zoom or outside King’s Road Brewery, if weather permits.

For more information and to register, go HERE.

Movie Night canceled

“Out of an abundance of caution due to evolving safety guidelines for public gatherings,” Haddonfield Plays & Players has canceled the Beach Blanket Movie Night showing of “Mamma Mia!” originally scheduled for Friday, July 24.

But, they add … “Stay tuned for soon-to-be-announced future programs!”

Virtual arts and crafts for kids

The Markeim Arts Center is offering virtual classes with the theme, “Under the Sea.”

The classes, for ages 6 to 12, will give students the opportunity to create artwork inspired by the ocean and animals that live in the ocean.

During each class, participants will create 2D and 3D crafts using items typically found around the house.

Classes will be held via Zoom on Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31. There will be two one-hour sessions each day, starting at 10am and 2pm.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Creative exercises and challenges for teens

The Markeim Arts Center is offering virtual lessons in Creative Exercises and Challenges.

The classes, for ages 12 to 17, aim to help students break out of an art block, think in new ways, and get into the creative head space. Each lesson will present a new drawing challenge, and together everyone will create their own piece. 

The Markeim says that students will “learn several tips and tricks, as well as plenty of resources to motivate, inspire, and keep you challenged in a fun and informative format.”

Classes will be held via Zoom on five Tuesdays starting July 28, from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Markeim seeks financial support

The COVID-19 shutdown has dramatically affected the Markeim Arts Center’s ability to conduct classes, camps or galleries – all of which supply much needed funding to pay our staff and overhead operational costs. While our board of directors has cut back on everything we can, we find ourselves in dire need of funds to continue even skeletal operations at Markeim. Your support of the Markeim Arts Center today could save this community cornerstone.

We are calling upon our artists, current and former members, students, camp families and all our patrons to HELP Markeim continue our nearly 65 years as the heart of Haddonfield and the home to arts in our community. We appeal to you – if you’re in any position to do so at this time – please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership, or consider making a one time gift to Markeim. 

Membership starts at just $45 for individuals; members are given discounted rates for classes, camps and gallery fees throughout the year. Your financial support enables us to hire staff to conduct classes and run camps that are the backbone of Markeim as a community organization, as well as pay the overhead to keep our space functional for galleries and private rentals – all revenue streams that keep us afloat. We cannot tell you just how much your membership patronage and gifts mean for our organization.

During uncertain times, Markeim will continue to support the hope, inspiration and courage that the arts provide for our community. Some examples of how we have been fostering our community’s artistic spirit can be found on our Facebook page, where we regularly post children’s art tutorials, have launched a virtual art gallery and have just announced registration for an all new virtual Art of Beer summer series. We hope to bring more programming as we are able, both virtually and once we are able to safely reopen.

The safety and health of our staff and patrons of Markeim remains our number one priority, which is why we remain closed as of this writing. We will continue to comply with all government guidelines to reopen when it is safe to do so, as we continue to do our best to bring the arts to the residents of Haddonfield and all of our surrounding communities.
Your donation tells the world that you value the arts, especially in Haddonfield. Every membership and donation counts, no matter the amount!

We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. To learn more, information is available at markeimartscenter.org and on our Facebook page.
Thank you for your support!

Summer theater camp

Haddonfield Plays & Players has developed a virtual OnStage Camp that offers “flexible and age-appropriate options for kids ages four to 17 that can be done at home, down-the-shore or wherever the road may take you and your family this summer!”

The camp will have virtual masterclasses, workshops, and performance opportunities for the Stage Teenies, Stage Kidz, and Stage Players programs.

Camp starts on Monday, July 6. Registration is open HERE.

Giraffe sculpture gets a name!

The 15-foot tall sculpture of a giraffe, installed by Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust in the Tatem Memorial Garden on May 6, 2020, now has a name … Tumaini. (“Tumi” for short.)

Selected from more than 200 entries received by the closing date of May 31, the winning name was submitted by Elizabeth Asher, 11, a sixth grade student at Haddonfield Middle School. Tumaini means “hope” in Swahili. The contest judges said they felt that word was particularly appropriate, in these challenging times.

The name submitted by another sixth-grader, Lilah Mallemat, 11, was chosen as the runner-up: Peanut Butter.

Elizabeth will receive a family package of four tickets to the Philadelphia Zoo; Lilah will receive a five-foot stuffed giraffe.

The prizes will be presented, and the name will be officially announced, at 10am on Friday, June 12 at the Children’s Sculpture Zoo (within Tatem Memorial Garden, at the corner of Kings Highway East and Evergreen Lane).

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HMHS Drama Club livestream

In partnership with the Haddonfield Educational Trust, the High School Drama Club will present an evening of showtunes on Thursday, June 11 at 7pm. (This event was originally scheduled for June 4.)

Titled “Places! At Home,” the event will be livestreamed on the Drama Club’s YouTube channel, HERE.

Admission is free, but viewers are asked to donate to the HMHS Auditorium Improvement Fund, on the Trust’s website, HERE.

The Trust also is planning a golf tournament for August 17, 2020, at Tavistock Country Club. (Stay tuned.)

This Haddonfield Today news story sponsored by Lisa Wolschina & Associates (Keller Williams Realty).