The Highland Park arts scene leaps to life this spring with two must-see productions

10 Hairy Legs dance company performs at Crossroads Theatre, Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m.

The internationally renowned but Highland Park-based Randy James’ all male dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, returns to Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick for its fourth consecutive annual appearance on Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 pm. The performance showcases the company’s diverse repertory that explores the range of the male dancer. Tickets are $25 for Adults, $20 Students, Children under age 18, Wheelchair Users and Groups of 10 or more.

Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. The theater is located at 7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. This performance is suitable for all audiences. There is no intermission. The theater is fully accessible for those with physical disabilities. Large print program: contact Executive Director Betsy Sobo at by March 18.

The Program:

  • Slapstuck – David Parker
“Once you’ve seen what Choreographer David Parker does with Velcro, you’ll never look at the hook-and-loop fastener the same way again.”– Thea Singer, The Boston Globe
  • Friends of Dorothy – David Parker
Technically demanding with inventive partnering, Parker set the work on 10HL, adding new sections.
  • “Rook” – Randy James
“A quieter, more subtle affair in which subtle gestures are important.” – Robert Johnson, The Star-Ledger
  • “BathTub Trio for Three Men – Cleo Mack
Originally created for an all-female cast, this New Jersey choreographer set the work on our men.
  • Trouble Will Find Me – Doug Elkins
“…the dancers throw themselves into Mr. Elkins’ vigorous blend of salsa, capoeira and hip hop…a burst of good cheer.” Gia Kourlas, The New York Times. A 10 Hairy Legs commission, this work had its World Premier at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center on February 8, 2014.

About 10 Hairy Legs

10 Hairy Legs, founded by Randy James in 2012, is a dance company – comprised entirely of men – performing James’ work as well as existing and newly commissioned works. 10 HL does not reflect a specific point of view about the male experience, but rather celebrates and explores the tremendous technical and emotional range of the male dancer. Randy James, at the forefront of this generation’s choreographers, educators and arts advocates, is the driving force of 10 Hairy Legs, serving as its Artistic Director. James was awarded his third Choreographic Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2014. In 2015 10 Hairy Legs launched 10 HL Projects, which includes women for specific productions outside of the all male company. The first of these is a new full-length work based upon C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, choreographed by James that had its World Premiere at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in January 2016.

“…since its formation in 2012, its rapid growth has been astonishing…The diversity of this programming is a treat for audiences…this company has also become a welcome source of choreographic commissions.” – Robert Johnson, 2014

Our Artistic Collaborators are choreographers Julie Bour, Seàn Curran, David Dorfman, Dan Froot, Doug Elkins, Heidi Latsky, Cleo Mack, Tiffany Mills, Luke Murphy, David Parker, Stephen Petronio, Claire Porter, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, Doug Varone, Manuel Vignoulle, Christopher Williams and Megan Williams; musicians Tigger Benford, Sarah Biber, Jane Chung, Lachlan Glen, Kyle Olson, Robert Maggio, Michael Wall, Dorian Wallace and Peter Whitehead; and designers Abraham Cruz, Oana Botez, Cindy Capraro, Benjamin Heller, John Lasiter, Mary Kokie McNaugher, Dennis O’Leary-Gullo, Lauren Parrish, Amanda Ringger, Amanda Shafran, Ken Tabatchnik and Olivier Theyskens.

In addition to their work with 10 Hairy Legs, our company members are currently featured artists with The Bang Group, Stephen Petronio Company, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., Tiffany Mills Company and Zvi Dance, among others.

Education is an important component of our work. We provide a wide range of programs suitable for all ages, whether for the aspiring professional, novice beginner or artist citizen, focusing on the many facets of maleness as expressed through dance.

Since our founding, we have served more than 30,000 patrons, students, artists and educators with our programs of performance and education throughout the NY/NJ region, in New York City at New York Live Arts, The 92nd Street Y, The Brooklyn Dance Festival, Modern Dance at Bryant Park, Dixon Place, Gibney Dance, Joe’s Pub, The West End Theatre as part of the Soaking Wet Festival, on Fire Island for the Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit Week End, Dance at Socrates, in

Philadelphia as part of the Koresh Come Together Festival, on tour in The Cayman Islands and New England and broadcast nationally and internationally on NJTV’s State of the Arts, The Meredith Vieira Show and Nick Cannon’s Red Nose Dancathon.


Highland Park High School Drama Club produces ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ April 14, 15, 16

Squeals of delight and screams of fright will fill the theatre with Highland Park High School Drama Club’s grand-scale production of Little Shop of Horrors. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name and family favorite, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Little Shop of Horrors never fails to entertain. Under the direction of Tova Halpern and Nikole Rizzo, Little Shop of Horrors opens on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. with two other performances on Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Highland Park High School Auditorium.

A doo-wop spoof of 1950s sci-fi disaster movies, Little Shop of Horrors follows the misadventures of Seymour, a down-and-out floral assistant who longs to get the girl of his dreams and escape life on skid row. He becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore, who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! Laced with quirky humor and irresistible music, Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest- running off-Broadway shows of all time. Needless to say, critics have been effusive about this musical describing it as a “horticultural horror (that) will have you screaming with laughter” (New York Post), “Giddy, irresistible entertainment” (Women’s Wear Daily), and “It leaves the audience feeling just like Audrey II between victims — ravenous for more” (The New York Times). Little Shop of Horrors is presented in special arrangement with Music Theater International.

This is the perfect show for both the intimate venue and the company. The Highland Park High School Drama Club has been delighting and entertaining audiences for several years. Little Shop of Horrors is designed by the HP Drama Tech crew under the guidance of Technical Director Chris DeLuca and directed by Tova Halpern and Nikole Rizzo, with muscial direction by Gregory Jung, and features a talented cast including: Chris Nolan (Seymour), Mackenzie Volpert (Audrey), Olivia Weaver (Chiffon), Mikaela Zirin (Ronnette), Talia Sclafani (Crystal), Ben Borow (Orin), Keith O’Donnell (Bernstein), Luke McCarter (Snip), Jenna Sargent (Mrs. Luce), Ben Borow (Audrey II), and Amir Gad (Audrey II puppeteer).

Tickets for the production on April 14th, 15th and 16th are now on sale online at . Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Tickets are priced at $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and children. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Audrey II, the man-eating plant, after the show.




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