Arts & Entertainment

'A Night of Broadway' Opens New RPHS Auditorium

Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Saturday night, the grand opening of Roselle Park High School Auditorium was filled with the Broadway caliber talent of RPHS Alumni and staff for the third annual “A Night of Broadway” cabaret.  

This year’s cabaret marked the grand opening of the renovated Roselle Park High School Auditorium, the culmination of a four-year fundraising project which began with the wish of a determined Roselle Park teacher, Barbara Kemps. Roselle Park High School principal Sara Costa opened the evening paying homage to Kemps. 

“Before retiring, she wanted to do something to help with the renovations of the auditorium,” noted Costa. Kemps, a Roselle Park High School alum, performed in the first musical on the auditorium stage. The principal added, “Her idea was that she wanted to do a bake sale every week until she retired.”

Sign Up for E-News

“We are glad that it’s here and that the auditorium is finally done after four years of hard work,” said Patti Johns, president of the Friends of Roselle Park High School. Co-chair of the event Michelle Bodtmann continued, “We are grateful for everyone who helped contribute and sponsored a chair…to help celebrate this great accomplishment.”

Since then the Friends of Roselle Park High School along with the financial support of the Roselle Park Board of Education and custodial staff has teamed to create a new auditorium for future students to showcase their talents.

Music teacher Linda Green, the originator of “Another Night of Broadway” and cabaret performer, explained, “Three years ago we decided to raise money for the Friends of Roselle Park High School for a brand new auditorium.” She noted, ”We are very excited to be performing at the tonight’s grand opening.”

The evening was a wonderful two hour show with one intermission. Each performance and performer was a stand-out, wowing the audience with their amazing talents and vocals. 

After the ribbon cutting, the show opened with a dazzling production of, Another Opening, Another Show from “Kiss Me Kate”. 

One of the evenings many highlights was the sassy quintet of Linda Green, Melanie Carter, Samantha Nagengast, Stacy Feszchek and Michelle Casso performing I’m a Woman from “Smokey Joe’s Café,” belting out the number with flare and sensuality.

RPHS Alumnus Frank Mitacchione’s solo performance of Bring Him Home, from “Les Miserables,” entranced the audience with his vocals. 

The night ended with a powerful, full cast, performance of One Day More from “Les Miserables.”

For those who missed this wonderful performance, the show included:

Good Morning Baltimore, “Hairspray,” Michelle Casso; Sue Me, “Guys and Dolls,” Stacy Feszchak and Dan Green; And I am Telling You, “Dream Girls,” Margy Tocora; Take Me As I Am, “Jekyll and Hyde,” Eric Witkowski and Michelle Casso; The Grass is Always Greener, “Woman of the Year,” Mushnik & Son, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Howard Whitmore and Alex Tweed; Suddenly Seymour, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Frank Mitacchione and Alison Cogswell; The Quest (To Dream the Impossible Dream) “Man of La Mancha,” Anthony Delaney; For Good, “Wicked” Samantha Nagengast and Linda Green; Aquarius,  “Hair” Cast; Gee, Officer Krupke, “West Side Story,” Turn Back O Man, ”Godspell” Linda Green; Beautiful City, “Godspell” Jose Paz; In His Eyes, “Jekyll and Hyde,” Allison Cogswell and Stacy Feszchek; Being Alive, “Company,” Eric Witkowski; No Time at All, “Pippin”, Melanie Carter; No Matter What, “Beauty and the Beast” Dan Green and Margy Tocora; The Life of the Party, “The Wild Party,” Howard Whitmore; Easy Street, “Anne,” Anthony Delaney, Samantha Nagengast and Michelle Casso; and Selections from “Les Miserables” I Dreamed and Dream, Stacy Feszchak, Bring Him Home, Frank Mitacchione, One Day More Cast.

Piano accompaniment was performed by Roselle Park music teacher Jeff Manno.

Chair Sponsorships are still available for $150. Those interested should call Friends of RPHS Patti Johns at 908-216-2082.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Roselle/Roselle Park

Upcoming Events

Mon, June 4, 2:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Public Library Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Tue, June 5, 2:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Public Library Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Wed, June 6, 2:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Public Library Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Applications for Roselle Firefighter Exam to Start in July

May 23, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Fire Dept. has posted an announcement for those wishing to apply for the entry-level firefighter exam. 

According to the release, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission will announce an entry-level firefighter’s exam on July 1. Individuals wishing to take this exam should visit the NJCSC web site @ 

Applications will also be ...

Roselle First to Hold Job Fair this Wednesday

ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle First will be hosting a career fair on Wednesday, May 23, with doors opening at 10 a.m. sharp until noon. The event will be held at AGAPE House of Worship located at 239 East First Ave. in Roselle.  The event is open to all nearby towns. 

Everyone should bring fifteen or more copies of your resumes absolutely no printing will be available on ...

Goethals Bridge to New Jersey to be Closed Friday Night through Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Goethals Bridge to New Jersey will be closed to all traffic beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 9 p.m. Sunday, May 20. 

The Eastbound to NY will remain open. Officials said the closure is necessary to construct the entry and exit ramps for the new westbound span.

At 9 p.m. Sunday night, the westbound span is expected to open in its final configuration, three ...

Roselle Park High School to Hold Blood Drive

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Roselle Park high school we'll be holding a blood drive on Thursday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Roselle Park High School gym and is open to the public. 

Call for appointment or walk-in. Bagels, popcorn, cotton candy, and giveaways will be given out at the event.

For more information contact RPHS school nurse Jan Haddad or call ...

The 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth Comes to Elizabeth this Sunday

May 15, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Cyclists of every skill level are readying their bicycles in anticipation as the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that will roll through the city.\ this coming Sunday. 

This year’s ride, which is titled “Destination Elizabeth,” will begin and end at City Hall, is a family-friendly, 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic ...

Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Flees Country

May 22, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year-old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian May 15th has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante, age 36, of New Street, Plainfield, following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.


Q. When did you join

I joined in September, ...

NFL Alumni To Host Charity Event At MetLife Stadium on June 13, 2018 From 5:30PM To 9:00PM Fun for Adults and Kids Tickets Available. Kids Under 10 Free Meet NFL Players and Play Celebrity Flag Football Field Access. Pictures. Autographs. Tours. KanJam and Cornhole Tournaments

May 27, 2018

NFL Alumni To Host Charity Event At MetLife Stadium on June 13, 2018 From 5:30PM To 9:00PM

Fun for Adults and Kids 

Tickets Available. Kids Under 10 Free


Meet NFL Players and Play Celebrity Flag Football

Field Access. Pictures. Autographs. Tours.

KanJam and Cornhole Tournaments


The NFL Alumni Association (NFLA) will host a charity event on June 13th at ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...