CRANFORD — With ten nominations in nine categories, the CDC Theatre, 78 Winans Ave., Cranford, was honored Sept. 22 with the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of a Musical for the 2012-2013 season.
The New Jersey Association of Community Theaters is dedicated to supporting local theater around the state. The NJACT Perry Awards, New Jersey’s premiere community theater awards program, celebrates outstanding achievements by artists of all disciplines involved in the performance and production of New Jersey Community Theatre.
More than 200 shows produced by theater companies around the state are submitted each year for consideration. Directors Ken and Mary Webb led the talented cast and a production team that included Producers Elizabeth Howard and Becky Randazzo and Musical Director Alva Nelson.
CDC Theatre will open its 95th season on Oct. 11 with “Little Shop of Horrors”, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman. Based on a film by Roger Corman, with a screenplay by Charles Griffith, it was originally produced by the WPA Theatre, Kyle Renick Producing Director at the Orpheum Theatre, NY, by David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization.
Down and out skid row floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, played by Zach Mazouat, discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Jenna Ravenda is Audrey, the object of Seymour’s affection. Soon the plant,“Audrey II”, voiced by Sean Marcus Moton, grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B singing carnivore who offers Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, this affectionate spoof of 1950’s era sci-fi never fails to entertain.
For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.cdctheatre.org.