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ORANGE COUNTY PUPPET PREMIERE!
Orange County: New York’s premiere puppet company Up In Arms will debut a new family puppet musical FREE for area residents during events in May and June, 2014 in Newburgh, Warwick and Middletown, NY. After successfully being funded by the arts grant through Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange, Up In Arms will premiere their new puppet musical “Monster Intelligence”. Hosted by Just Off Broadway, Inc. at the Theatre at West Shore Station, 27 South Water Street in Newburgh, NY, the premiere event will take place Saturday, May 10 at 2pm. Reservations for the May 10 premiere can be made online at UpInArmsPuppets@gmail.com.
The next free presentation will take place at Warwick’s Albert Wisner Public Library, One McFarland Drive, Warwick on Saturday, June 7 at 2pm with reservations at the library or online at albertwisnerlibrary.org.
The third and final free presentation will be held at the St. Joseph Community Center, 149 Cottage Street, Middletown on Saturday, June 14 at 2pm. No reservations for this final, high-capacity show but, patrons are encouraged to arrive early. Doors will open at 1:30pm. The show runs approximately one hour.
In “Monster Intelligence”, Melvin the monster is another year older but still not old enough for his license to scream. His birthday wish changes that and the Division for Monster Screams grants his wish on the condition of passing his test. Learning this new information can be difficult for Melvin and he sets off on a quest to learn with his friend Red the Rat by his side. Along the way, Melvin meets a cast of friendly, colorful monsters. Original songs from a Green Day-style rocker, to classical, jazz, pop, and Broadway standards, makes this a journey never to forget!
“Monster Intelligence” marks the third show written for Up In Arms by New Jersey educator Alex Ishkanian. In 2012, David Manley launched Up In Arms after a partnership with Ishkanian spawned the anti-bullying puppet musical “Helping Drew” which has been seen by thousands of students from Albany to Long Island as well as recent performances in Michigan and Maryland. Manley builds the puppets and produces the shows while Ishkanian writes the script, music and lyrics. “Monster Intelligence” also incorporated the talents of Scott Test, a Hudson Valley music arranger and voice talents from the area theatre scene including Just Off Broadway’s Joyce Presutti and Ed Romanoff along with Scott Test, Todd Thomas and John Marro.
Press images for this story located online at upinarms.biz/monsterpress.
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Just Off Broadway, Inc., is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, producing live entertainment in a professionally-enhanced theatre setting at The Theatre at the Historic West Shore Station in Newburgh, New York.
Just Off Broadway, Inc. produced their 2012 Season of plays and musicals, a Concert Series, Theatre for Young Audiences, at the Theatre at The Historic West Shore Station. JOB, Inc. also offered classes, seminars, workshops, and special events at The Just Off Broadway Professional Theatrical Academy.
Utilizing the vast talent from the local area and surrounding regions, as well as professionals from Broadway, television, and film, JOB, Inc. will create a unique and exciting performance and educational experience for the ever-growing population of the Greater Hudson Valley.
Who We Are
Just Off Broadway, Inc. was established in 1986 in Newburgh, NY, for the purpose of bringing quality and affordable live theatre to Newburgh and the surrounding communities. It operated under the name Heritage Entertainment until the name was changed and its not-for-profit status granted in 1988. Over 70 musicals, plays, new works, readings, classes, seminars, and special events were produced while operating out of the 195-seat Mandel’s Grand Street Theatre in Newburgh, NY.
Since theatre impacts our lives in so many intangible ways, the mission of Just Off Broadway, Inc. is to offer the residents of the community and visitors to the area a full range of professional quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable price. In achieving this mission, we will strive to produce a mixture of classics, contemporary and new plays, musicals, theatre for young audiences, concerts and special events, including thought-provoking, socially relevant works with vision.
The Just Off Broadway, Inc. Professional Theatrical Academy will embrace the findings by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts on Learning, which found that learners can attain higher levels of achievement using the arts as a tool. Learning through the arts can actually “level the playing field” for youngsters from disadvantaged circumstances. Additionally, Howard Gardner’s well-accepted theory of multiple intelligences and learning styles proposes that children learn in a variety of ways. Many children do not learn well sitting at a desk and may assimilate information more effectively while singing or moving. A 1996 report by the Getty Institute found arts education as the most effective way to develop the workforce of the next generation. This workforce must be multi-dimensional and flexible with strong creative, productive and critical thinking skills.
Once considered a “frill”, arts education is now seen as an integral component to the academic process. The Academy will accept all students at all levels and will strive to give them a healthy, supportive, and exciting arena in which to stretch and expand their studies, helping them to achieve a vision of success for their future, no matter their career choice.
We even have a snail mail address:
Just Off Broadway, Inc.
P.O. Box 4557
New Windsor, NY 12553
If you would like to submit a picture & resume or a design portfolio, please send all inquires to:
The Romanutti Agency
P.O. Box 306
New York, NY 10040
Attn: Just Off Broadway Casting
Joyce A. Presutti
Executive Artistic Director