HOLMDEL, NJ: Support local theater and reserve your tickets for the exciting production of The Outsiders right in Holmdel, at the Duncan Smith Theater, located at 33 Crawfords Corner Road. Four Holmdel students are cast in the production, and the opening night July 20th, is already a sold-out event! The performance dates and times are: July 20, 21, 27, 28, Aug 3, 4 @ 8pm and July 22, 29, Aug 5 @ 2pm. You can reserve tickets today click here. 

We drive by the Duncan Smith Theater, some of us everyday passing the property with the white farmhouse and former barn in front of Holmdel High School. Those that grew up in Holmdel understand the rich history of one of our town's founding families (the Holmes family), and several remember well the history of The Duncan Smith Theater.  The handsome, energetic bright young man named Duncan Smith. His articulate voice, his laughter and song was heard loud and clear, as he performed in plays on the Holmdel High School stage. Theater was Duncan's passion. After Duncan graduated from Johns Hopkins University as a history major, he followed his passion and was enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Meadow School of the Arts.

Many of us don't know or perhaps need a reminder of how the past was handed down to us to take care of and appreciate. Watch this interesting short documentary on the Duncan Smith Theater. Listen to the history by co-founders of the theater; Wendell Smith and Paul Hart.  Wendell is the father of Duncan. While at Meadow earning his Masters, Duncan was diagnosed with cancer and tragically passed at age 22, from a pulmonary embolism. His love for life and passion for theater lives on in his hometown. The video also includes rare footage of  'Holmdel's Matriarch' a friend to many who miss her today; beloved Adeline 'Addy' (Holmes) Lubkert.  Addy is a descendant of the Holmes family for which Holmdel gets its name.  She was born in the existing farmhouse and lived there for most of her life, until she passed in September 2016, at age 100. Addy and her husband Harry gifted the barn to Wendell Smith, when he presented them with a proposal for a community theater. Today because of the passion of the Smith family and others, and the generosity to the community from the Holmes/Lubkert family, the Holmdel community is the beneficiary of Holmdel's  Duncan Smith Theater. The memory of a talented young man lives on in every production at The Duncan Smith Theater. See video here: 

TAPinto Holmdel spoke to Freeholder Assistant Director, Lillian Burry, a friend of Addy's for many years. Burry commented, "We miss our friend Addy Lubkert. I was happy to know her, a real original, she was unique in so many ways. She was and is very much the heart of Holmdel, and her legacy and giving spirit lives on. They just don't make them like Addy anymore."

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Those close to Addy know she was always dressed beautifully, never without her lipstick and always ready with a great joke to share. Today, the actors listed below are rehearsing in what was once Addy's family barn. The PNCBank Arts Center, the Satz and Holmdel High School and the sports fields, track, tennis courts... all were once her father's farm. The Holmes Farm, the farm of the early settlers of Holmdel.

The cast for the summer production of S.E. Hinton's classic, "THE OUTSIDERS" is as follows: 

Pony - Danny Tramontana
Soda - Stephen Robertson
Darry - Frenel Legentus
Dallas - Hudson Eder
Johnny - Thomas Hernandez
Two-bit - Morgan Minatee
Cherry - Bella Ashton
Marcia - Faith King
Sandy - Grace Molloy
Bob- Robert Landau
Randy - Wesley Swan
The Man- Michael Gencarelli
Greases & Socs - Matthew Blankley, Faith King, Robert Landau, Daniel Nugent, Isobel Rampulla, Neddy Rossi, Paige Singer, Rebecca Yi

The production would not be possible without all of the stage, lighting and sound folks, and all of the direction and production. Directed by Kirk White

July 20, 21, 27, 28, Aug 3, 4 @ 8pm
July 22, 29, Aug 5 @ 2pm

For more information, to buy tickets or to sign up for the Holmdel Theatre mailing list  click here .

To see Addy Holmes Lubkert's obituary click here.

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Publisher's note: Addy was a dear friend of our family. She celebrated at our wedding and embraced all of our children, showering them with love. She chose personalized special gifts for them, keepsakes displayed in their rooms today that remind us of her kind and generous heart. Every year we carefully unwrap the ornaments from Addy to hang on our tree. We miss Addy's sharp wit,the phone call out of the blue that started off with, "Did I ever tell you the one about...?"  We miss her very detailed Christmas newsletters, her sharing of comics and coupons and rainchecks!  She was always ready with a listening ear and words of wisdom. Her back door was always open for friends who would enter the kitchen and call out her name so she could yell back for them to 'come on in'. My husband introduced me to her as a close friend when we were engaged. I soon grew to call her my dear friend as well. Addy was a blessing to all who knew her.  We miss her and we also very much realize that Addy is here with us in Holmdel.  When I drive by her house I often whisper her name and smile. Addy's spirit is here always--'Holmdel's Matriarch'.