Editor's Note: Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts has issued the following statement regarding the community's use of their facility: 

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

  • Our rental space is available to the community. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization.
  • Other activities coming up in our space include a Fall Faculty Concert on October 15 at 3:00 p.m., a practicing workshop on October 21 at 3:00 p.m., and our Salon Series on November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Come join us for a fantastic evening of performances by world-class singers, actors and musicians from Berkeley Heights and neighboring New Providence!

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On Thursday, Oct. 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, event-goers can enjoy the entertainment, light refreshments and learn about Susan Poage and Alvaro Medeiros, candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council; the election is on Nov. 7. Longtime active members of our community, Susan and Alvaro will talk about their vision of Change We Can Agree On for our wonderful town.

Take a look at the talented local artists who will be performing for you:

JOANNA HOTY RUSSELL is a performer, stage/music director and private voice educator for over 24 years in NJ.  Currently she is in her third season as the Music Director of The Larks [sponsored by the Junior League of Summit] and was recently appointed Conductor of Shir Libeinu of Temple Sinai, in Summit.  Joanna proudly serves as President of Light Opera of NJ, responsible for show selection, casting, administrative, technical and production elements.  She also serves as Music Director for Footlights, llc, a children’s theatre program in Martinsville, conducting Seussical, Jr., Shrek, Jr, Into the Woods, Jr, Once on This Island, Jr, High School Musical, Jr, Annie, Jr  and Honk, Jr . As a performer, Joanna has sung a wide range of musical theatre and operatic roles, including:  Miss Andrew (Mary Poppins), Muzzy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), 2nd Lady (Magic Flute), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Domina (A Funny Thing Happened…..). Stage and Musical directing credits include: Aladdin, Jr (Stage and Musical director), Amahl & the Night Visitors (Stage Director), and The True Story of Cinderella (Stage Director). 

CAITLIN ALONGI, soprano, has been praised by the Two River Times for her “gorgeous voice, nigh perfect pitch, and thrilling high notes.” Ms. Alongi was most recently seen as Johanna in Sweeney Toddwith Light Opera of NJ. Past productions include West Side Story (Maria), Into The Woods (Cinderella), Les Misérables (Cosette), The Music Man (Marian), Anything Goes (Hope), Kismet (Marsinah), Hello, Dolly!ToscaSuor AngelicaStreet SceneThe Merry Widow, and Il Tabarro, among others. Caitlin lives in Westfield with her husband and their sweet little girl, and maintains an active voice and piano studio. Bachelor of Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts.

JULIE WALDMAN-STIEL, a native Californian, left home to pursue a theater career in NYC.   Since arriving. she has performed in the National Tour of Cats (Grizabella US), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel US) starring Topol and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Featured Vocalist) starring Michael Crawford.   She was an entertainer at Tokyo Disneyland and has also performed her one woman show on various cruise ships.  Other regional/community theater credits: Sunset Boulevard (Norma), Evita (Eva), Triumph of Love (Hesione), The Graduate  (Mrs. Robinson), Little Women(Marmee), I Do, I Do (Agnes), City of Angels (Donna/Oolie) Into the Woods (Witch), Oliver (Nancy).

MADISON WASHER attended Westminster Choir College and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre with a concentration in voice performance from Montclair State University. She has worked with various theater companies in the NY and NJ area for the past 6 years, most recently worked with White Plains Performing Arts Company in the NY Regional Premier of Heathers, where she played the role of Miss. Fleming.  She also recently finished a holiday contract with the NJ and NYC Yuletide Carolers.  Other recent roles include Petra in NJ Light Opera’s production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Percy Talbott in Hackensack Cultural arts Centers production of Spitfire Grill, Mary Poppins, in YArts Theatre company’s production of Mary Poppins and Nancy in Montclair Operetta Clubs production of Oliver. When Madison is not on the stage she works as the Youth Program and Event Director at the Montclair Golf Club in West Orange and teaches voice and dance at various studios around NJ.

JENNA ROSE RAVENDRA is a graduate of New Jersey City University with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in classical and musical theatre voice. She is a private voice and piano instructor in North Jersey and an active performer in NY/NJ. Some favorite credits include Urinetown (Little Sally), Spelling Bee (Olive/Logainne), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Les Misérables (Cosette), The Secret Garden (Lily), and Little Women (Jo March).  She is currently performing with NYSOM, The Music of Billy Joel and has spent countless hours in the recording studio doing original music but also in collaboration with GKM, Sony Records, and The Metropolitan Opera. Jenna has appeared in the USA World Showcase at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas where she took first place in “Best Original Song.” Additionally, she has performed with the Encore Orchestra of New Jersey and at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and NJPAC where she had the pleasure of opening for Kool and The Gang.

KEN MAGOS is thrilled to join these incredibly talented colleagues onstage! Opera/Concert Highlights (US and Italy): principal roles in Boris GodunovSamson et DalilahLa Fanciulla del WestRodelindaIl Turco in ItaliaWertherCarmenMaskeradeTaming of the ShrewLa TraviataRigolettoAidaIl Trovatore, Tenor Soloist in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Mozart’s Requiem, multiple Three Tenors concerts throughout the NY/NJ/CT region, command performance for Queen Elizabeth II.  Theater Highlights:  Sweeney Todd (Sweeney) at SOPAC, The Apple Tree (God) at the Chicago Theater, South Pacific (Emile de Becque), Deathtrap (Sidney), Spamalot (King Arthur), Light in the Piazza (Sr. Naccarelli), Boys from Syracuse (Antipholus from Syracuse),  My Fair Lady (Freddy), Rapunzel’s Song(Joshua, world premiere), Sunday in the Park with George (Soldier/Lee Randolph), Follies (Ben Stone), Footloose (Rev. Shaw), EvitaA Christmas Carol.  Film/TV:  Dangerous Affections (w/ Judith Light and Jimmy Smits), Plain Clothes(w/Arliss Howard and Loren Dean), Delco Radio commercial (w/ The Beach Boys).  He is the Series Creator and Host of the NJTV/PBS series Drive By History produced by SMTWTV.  He teaches voice privately in Maplewood and NYC, and on faculty at Seton Hall University. 

When: Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts

60 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights 

How: Register at: bit.ly/Concert4Change

All contributions welcomed!

Website: ChangeWeCanAgreeOn.com

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