Farah Alvin, Tituss Burgess and More Star in New Musical A WIND IN THE WILLOWS CHRISTMAS at Two River Theater, 12/8-30

Music Director James Sampliner made his Two River debut with In This House. His Broadway credits include The Wedding Singer and Legally Blonde.

Director Amanda Dehnert is a director, composer, and adapter. Her recent projects include Richard III for The Public's Mobile Shakespeare Unit; Julius Caesar at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and Peter Pan (A Play), which she wrote and directed for Lookingglass Theatre Company. She has directed many productions for Trinity Repertory Company including Annie and My Fair Lady.

The creative team includes scenic and costume designer Philip Witcomb, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, and sound designer Zachary Williamson. The orchestrations are by Danny Larsen, the casting is by Cindy Tolan and Adam Caldwell, and the stage manager is Samantha Greene.

Two River Theater is hosting a special December 11 performance of A Wind in the Willows Christmas for local families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donors may contribute to a Family Sponsorship that will provide free tickets to approximately 100 families in need; donors of $500 and $1,000 will receive benefits and recognition as part of the theater's Backstage Pass program. Families will be selected through a ticket drawing on December 3. Families are invited to nominate themselves; anyone may make a nomination. To contribute to this fund and/or to nominate a family in need, please contact Ellen Hahn, Institutional Development Associate, at 732.345.1400 ext. 1830 or ehahn@trtc.org by December 2.

In a continuing tradition for Two River's annual family show, A Wind in the Willows Christmas will be the centerpiece of region-wide community events that introduce young people to theater and promote reading and conversation. The community programs are sponsored by OceanFirst Foundation.

Pre-show Activities: Interactive activities including a free photo station, coloring tables, and boutique with merchandise for purchase will be available in the lobby prior to every performance.

Post-play Discussions with the Cast: Every performance will include a post-show opportunity for children in the audience to ask questions of the cast.

One Book, One Community: Now in its third year, this town-wide celebration of The Wind in the Willows includes partnerships with more than a dozen local libraries and businesses. Free events include readings, discussions, arts and crafts, movie screenings, and other programs, as well as discounts at area retailers. For a complete schedule of events, supporters, and community partners, visit TRTC.org.

Día de la Familia, Sunday, December 9 at 4pm: Each season, Two River offers a performance with live Spanish-language translation (available through audio-description headsets). Día de la Familia brings Spanish-speaking and bilingual children and their families to the theater-many of them for their first experience of seeing a play. This free performance also includes refreshments and theater games beginning at 3pm.

Scout Days, Thursday, December 27 at 12pm, and Friday, December 28 at 12pm: Two River offers two performances for local Boy and Girl Scouts. In addition to the performance, the scouts take part in theater games and workshops, and enjoy a guided tour of the theater and refreshments. Participants receive a Two River Theater Company Scout Day special-interest patch. The price per scout is $30; tickets can be reserved through Brian Holland, Director of Audience Services, at 732.345.1400 ext. 1813 or bholland@trtc.org.

STUDENT MATINEES AND FULL PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

Student Matinees: Two River Theater will offer 10am Student Matinee performances on Wednesday, December 12; Thursday, December 13; and Wednesday, December 19. The price per student is $15; tickets can be reserved through Brian Holland, Director of Audience Services, at 732.345.1400 ext. 1813 or bholland@trtc.org.

Saturday, December 8 at 12pm
Sunday, December 9 at 12pm and 4pm (Día de la Familia)
Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm (Special Performance for Families Affected by Hurricane Sandy)
Wednesday, December 12 at 10am
Thursday, December 13 at 10am
Friday, December 14 at 7pm (First Press Night)
Saturday, December 15 at 12pm and 7 pm
Sunday, December 16 at 12pm and 4pm
Wednesday, December 19 at 10am and 7pm (American Sign Language Interpreted)
Thursday, December 20 at 7pm
Friday, December 21 at 7pm
Saturday, December 22 at 12pm and 7 pm
Sunday, December 23 at 12pm and 4pm
Wednesday, December 26 at 12pm
Thursday, December 27 at 12pm (Scout Day)
Friday, December 28 at 12pm (Scout Day) and 7pm
Saturday, December 29 at 12pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 30 at 12pm and 4pm

TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, is dedicated to producing great classics from the American and world stage, creating new plays and musicals for the American theater, and serving its diverse and multigenerational community through unique partnerships and education programs. Founded in 1994 by Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz, the theater supports the most exceptional and adventurous artists in the American theater and provides opportunities for its audiences to be part of the creative process. Two River Theater is a member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and ArtPride New Jersey, and has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Visit TRTC.org.

Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi

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