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Readers' Theatre Presenting World-Premiere 'Spoon River Anthologies'

 

The Readers’ Theatre Project at Camden County College is premiering an original presentation based on the epitaph poems making up Edgar Lee Masters’ 1915 book Spoon River Anthology.

“Spoon River Anthologies: For Voices” will be performed at 8 p.m. April 13, 19 and 20 and at 2 p.m. April 14 and 21. All shows will take place in Dennis Flyer Memorial Theater, which is located inside Lincoln Hall on the College’s Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

The more than 200 short, free-form epitaphs of Spoon River Anthology describe life in a fictional small town and are written from the perspective of each of the dead. They were originally published in a Midwestern magazine of the day called Reedy’s Mirror before being compiled into a book.

CCC’s original production was adapted and is directed by instructor Curt Whipple Owens of Blackwood. Instructor Lynn B. Berkowitz of Cherry Hill is serving as dramaturge and outreach director for the show. Professor Tom Murray of Bristol, Pa., and students in his “Filmmaking I” class (Scott Bonette of Voorhees, Kimberlin Broomall of Cherry Hill, Joe Cohen of Laurel Springs, Robert Crawford of Oak Valley, Vince DiLorenzo of Somerdale, William Emmanuel Hoheisel of Haddon Township, Kellar Moore of Cherry Hill, Karen O’Toole of Pennsville and Matthew Scheer of Mays Landing) created the multimedia that will accompany the reading and are filming a documentary about the production. Instructor Donald Swenson of Pitman is the lighting, scenic and technical designer. Melissa Rittman of Sicklerville, a frequent performer and crew member for Camden County College productions, designed and is coordinating the costumes.

Performing will be the following CCC students, CCC employees and community members: Nick Boucher of Erial, Dana Lee Capanna of  Glassboro, Julian Class of Pine Hill, Sheila Dougherty of Bellmawr, Jillian Hair of Glassboro, Katheryne Koch of Clementon, Antony Le of Pennsuaken, Dan Patrick of Laurel Springs, Erika Whitney Raiken of Gloucester City, Rose Raiken of Gloucester City and Marisol Torres of Moorestown. Also performing will be Bonette and CCC Professor Allison Green of Cherry Hill, the artistic director of Readers’ Theatre at Camden County College, who is appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Admission is a suggested donation of $15 in general or $10 for students and senior citizens. For additional information, contact Green by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4362, or via e-mail at ReadersTheatre@camdencc.edu.


Published: April 12, 2013