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Auditions & Other News

WE DID IT !!

We were winners at the 2013 NJACT Perry Awards!

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Sue Conover Marinello, of Montville, NJ, won Best Director for Outstanding Production of an Original Play on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at the 40th annual New Jersey Association of Community Theaters' [NJACT] Perry Awards Ceremony. NJACT awarded Perry Awards for this production to: director, Marinello; producer, Tom Timbrook, of The Darress Theatre in Boonton, NJ; and writer, Lawrence Francis of Long Valley. The original plays, two one-acts entitled, RU FOR SALE? and SHE LOVES ME KNOT!, premiered in May 2013.

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"Life With Nostradamus" - TV Pilot by Carl Worner

Carl Worner - a NJ resident and former Broadway actor and playwright has adapted one of his stage plays, "Life With Nostradamus" as a TV pilot sitcom which he plans to enter in a contest in NYC for new TV shows as well as pitch to the networks. The requirement is to produce a pilot episode on video.

Many scenes have been shot at the historic Darress Theatre, using both the main stage and green room which is available for rent at an hourly rate. The owner of the theatre has made rooms available for various functions such as film auditions, meetings and special events.

Carl shot scenes of the 15th century Nostradamus who appears in the video in his private study in France on the main stage using a black curtain, a desk, a few props and candles with some simple back lighting to create a dark and mysterious opening scene, not showing much period detail. The results were fantastic. Other scenes required green screen shots and most of those scenes were shot in the green room in the back of the theatre. Carl shot on location in various parts of north Jersey but some scenes could not be completed on location. So Carl decided to have the actors do their scenes in front of a green screen and add photos of the location in the background later in post production. Tom, the owner of the theatre has made everything possible to get the job done, providing the space, lighting and occasional video camera to capture some of the scenes.

Carl plans to show the completed video at the Darress Theatre on the big screen.

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Screening Room
A new screening room is now available for showing independent films, holding private parties, meetings, sound recordings, rehearsals & tryouts, and other functions that might work better in a smaller, more intimate space.  Every other Wednesday  at 8 PM we will be showing films for the Darress Theatre Discussion Series in this space.  Check the schedule on the Coming Attractions page for the details about this series.