The Drowsy Chaperone Coming to the CDC

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The 2016 Tony Awards are in the news but it’s a 2006 multiple Tony Award winner that will be getting all the attention at the Cranford Dramatic Club this month. The Drowsy Chaperone will be presented May 6 through 15 at the theatre at 78 Winans Avenue in Cranford.

As they do their final rehearsals Cranford Radio spoke with the directors, Ken and Mary Webb, as well as three of the performers, E. Dale Smith-Gallo, Judi Laganga and Gene Lough. We began with Ken Webb giving an overview of the play.

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Dreyer Farms – A Cranford Treasure

Back in 1904, when Gustav and Henry Dreyer purchased their Cranford farmland, there were still quite a few farms around Union County. Today, Dreyer Farms is the last remaining farm in the county and a popular spot for not just vegetables, but a variety of foods, plants and more. One of the most popular programs at the farm is the CSA. Cranford Radio spoke with Dawn Salerno, who runs the CSA program and is involved with many aspects of the business.

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Shining Stars to Perform April 15

For the past five years, special needs students in Cranford have presented a night of music, dancing, singing and more. The performance will be on Friday, April 15 at Cranford High School starting at 7:15. This year’s show has a Disney theme. Beth Wolfe is one of the organizers.

Less than a week before the program, James Brown-Orleans,  who appears as Banzai in the Broadway production of The Lion King, stopped by at a rehearsal to offer some advice to the performers and to get a preview.

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American Idiot to Hit Cranford Dramatic Club Stage in February

Usually albums are created after a play is written. In the case of American Idiot, the album preceded the play. Green Day‘s album was their seventh and tells a story through its songs. The album won a Grammy Award in 2005 and inspired a Broadway musical. The Cranford Dramatic Club is taking on the unusual production which is nearly 100% music.

As the cast and crew prepare for the musical’s debut on February 12, Cranford Radio had the opportunity to speak with three of the leads, Ali Gleason (Whatsername), Bill Geltzeiler (Johnny) and Ben Simons (Will), as well as the director/choreographer Megan Ferentinos. We began by getting an overview of the play from Megan.

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