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"Kid's Cabaret: I Won't Grow Up" Brings Nostalgic Feel to Randolph


RANDOLPH, NJ- The Brundage Park Playhouse will continue presenting its' annual summer play since 2005 this weekend; The Kid’s Cabaret.  This year, the play is being co-directed by Nicole Howell, who is participating in her sixth Kid’s Cabaret, and Matthew Ross, a student of NYU.  “Kid’s Cabaret: I Won’t Grow Up” is this year’s particular title and is being performed with kids from the age of 8-16.  This version of the Kid’s Cabaret features the theme of looking back into and reflecting the feelings of one’s childhood.

“We chose this theme in order to look back and reflect on our experiences growing up, and hope that it gives the audience a second look back into their own childhood as well,” said Howell.

Both Howell and Ross have just finished up their first year of college away from home and put together this musical show that supplies plenty of humor in the spirit of the nostalgia they experienced coming home.  Howell said she wanted their show to,”draw attention to the often undervalued spirit and imagination of childhood.”

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The Brundage Park Playhouse itself had its first show performed back in 1979, and has been supporting local theater ever since.  The playhouse hosts a very wide variety of shows during the year ranging from kids’ productions to comedies and dramas.  Over 20 children played an integral part of making this year’s Kid’s Cabaret come to life, and they still have two shows left this weekend.

Both directors are extremely proud of their staff and the work they have done so far.  “They all shine on stage and the audience can’t help but reflect, laugh, smile and (hopefully) leave the theater humming the songs and thinking about the lyrics,” said Howell.

The Kid’s Cabaret has two shows left on Saturday August 16 at 2 p.m. and Sunday August 17 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are still available and can be reserved by calling the playhouse at 973-989-7092.

The show is sure to take all members of the family back to a more simple time and entertain viewers of all ages. 

Howell said,” People must certainly ‘grow older’, but they never have to ‘grow up’.”

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