Wednesday, April 24, 2013
South Orange Performing Arts Center asks the public to complete a survey
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) wants to know what the community thinks. The organization, headed by new Executive Director Mark E. Packer, has launched an online survey. A letter from SOPAC follows: Dear South Orange Community Members: The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is seeking your guidance and opinions about how our organization can better serve the community. We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete a brief survey and share your thoughts with us. Please click on the link below or copy and paste the entire URL into your browser to access the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G5BH6VJ If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me. I welcome the opportunity…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Maplewood scouting troop hosts mini career expo to introduce girls to different professions.
Girl Scout Troop 20718 of Maplewood will host "Girls Can Do These Jobs Too!," an educational leadership workshop and fundraiser at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Saturday, April 20 from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The program seeks to encourage girls of all ages -- from elementary school through high school -- to learn what it takes to be successful in any job, including those in typically male-dominated professions. The event marks the completion of the Troop’s Leadership journey on women, stereotypes, and teaching girls to reach out and speak up. "In leading the girls, we found that the jobs that came to mind for them were teacher, nurse, doctor, lawyer, finance or professor," said Troop Leader Sherina Larrier. "These were …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Special live shows, part of "Integration through the Arts," are on March 16.
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Tuesday, March 12
The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race (CCR) will sponsor a special theater performance for children, as part of its "Integration through the Arts" program, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A $5 donation is recommended. This year’s program includes a theater production for children using two well-known children’s books. These productions are live theater performances by local professionals that use stories to get kids to think about fairness and discrimination, to learn to not fear people who are different, and to work together to solve problems. Gertrude McFuzz, which demonstrates how accepting our differences can be the source of our strength and …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sign up for the Patch newsletter and email your name to win two pairs of free tickets to one-man show on Saturday, Feb. 2.
John Waters has done it all in Hollywood. He’s directed, produced, written, acted in and edited such as “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester,” “Serial Mom” and “A Dirty Shame” and has had several of his commercial films adapted for the stage. During that time, Waters has met and gotten to know many of today’s biggest Hollywood stars. Patch is teaming up with the South Orange Performing Arts Center, located at 1 Trenchard Place in South Orange, and giving away two pairs of tickets to the 8 p.m. performance of “John Waters: This Filthy World” at SOPAC on Saturday, Feb. 2. “John Waters: This Filthy World” focuses on Waters’ early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
He takes the helm March 1
Wednesday, January 9
The Board of Governors of the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) today announced the appointment of Mark Packer as its new Executive Director. Packer will assume his official duties at SOPAC on March 1, 2013. From a release issued by SOPAC: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at SOPAC,” says Packer. “It’s an honor to soon be at the helm of what has become the cultural center of the South Orange–Maplewood communities as well as a cultural beacon for the state of New Jersey. This marks a new chapter for SOPAC and I’m excited to be playing a role in it.” As the long-time Executive Director of Appel Farms Arts & Music Center, Packer expanded the center to a year-round performing arts organization offering a diverse array of …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sign up for the Patch newsletter and email your name to win two pairs of free tickets to see a live staging of a 1940s-style radio performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" and two pairs of free tickets to "The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble Featuring Carla Cook."
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Thanksgiving 2012 is history, as are Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, the holiday season is here. Everybody has his or her favorite holiday song, favorite holiday movie or favorite holiday show. To help you get in the holiday spirit, Patch and the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) are offering Patch readers a chance to enjoy two holiday classics for free. We’re teaming up with SOPAC, located at 1 Trenchard Place in South Orange, and giving away two pairs of tickets to the winner’s choice of the 2 p.m. matinee or the 8 p.m. evening performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at SOPAC on Saturday, Dec. 8. Winners must specify which show is their preference in their entry. Presented by …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Sign up for the Patch newsletter and enter your name to win two free tickets to see local comedian Jessica Kirson and Friends at South Orange Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The last several weeks here in North Jersey have been tough – a devastating storm followed by power outages, long gas lines, closed schools and damaged buildings. But local residents have persevered. Most towns have power restored, gas lines are winnowing and life is returning to normal. After what we’ve been through, we could all use a good laugh and the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) and Patch have just elixir for what ails you. We’re teaming up with SOPAC, located at 1 Trenchard Place in South Orange, and giving away four pairs of tickets to a night of comedy at SOPAC featuring New York City’s top comedians on Saturday, Nov. 17, including South Orange comedian Jessica Kirson. Kirson will take the SOPAC stage with fellow …
Monday, September 24, 2012
"Broadway's Night Off" will feature acclaimed local actors
Editor's note: the article has been corrected to show the event date as Monday, October 1. Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) will present "Broadway's Night Off," a fundraising concert, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Monday, October 1. The event will feature a Broadway-themed silent auction followed by a special concert performed by MDR company members including Ron Bohmer (Phantom of the Opera), Catherine Brunell (Mary Poppins), Michelle Federer (Wicked), Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde) and more, singing selections from Avenue Q, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Rent and Wicked. Auction items include house seats, back stage tours, and signed memorabilia from Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Did you miss this week's headlines? Here is a recap of the top stories in Maplewood.
Columbia High School Ranked in State's Top 50 Columbia High School (CHS) is the 47th best public high school in the state, according to the recently-released ranking of 328 public high schools by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Executive Director Discusses Split with SOPAC Michael Bollinger is leaving his position as executive director of South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), effective immediately. His sudden departure, a decision he said was mutual, comes two years after Bollinger was appointed to the position. Bollinger’s interim replacement is SOPAC director of development Linda Onorevole. How Generous Are Maplewood and South Orange? Maplewood residents donate 4.2% of their annual income to charity and South Orange residents …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
His departure comes after a season of record-setting attendance and ticket sales.
[UPDATED: 7:23 p.m.] Michael Bollinger is leaving his position as executive director of South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), effective immediately. His sudden departure, a decision he said was mutual, comes two years after Bollinger was appointed to the position. Bollinger’s interim replacement is SOPAC director of development Linda Onorevole. "The board has decided it was time for a change," SOPAC Director of Marketing and Communications Scott Sullivan told Patch today via phone. "As we are getting ready for the 2012-13 season, the board felt a change of leadership was necessary." When asked if the board was disappointed with Bollinger's performance, Sullivan would only say, "There are definitely things the board was happy about…