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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American Idiot Cast

Kids Take the Stage in Rapunzarella White

Each season the Cranford Dramatic Club puts on a children’s show and this year’s production is Rapunazrella White. Cranford Radio had the opportunity to speak with four of the participants, director Anita Esteve, Marlo Avidon (Snow White), Adena Weisholtz (Queen Rhoda) and Joel Redmont (Herschel, the Dwarf). We started off asking Anita to tell us a bit about the play.

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Union County Transportation Master Plan

An open house was held Monday evening in the Cranford Community Center, to get public input on the Union County Transportation Master Plan. Maps outlining transportation corridors throughout the county were displayed and citizens were invited to offer suggestions on how transportation could be improved. William Reyes, the Deputy County Manager and the Director of Economic Development for the county talked to Cranford Radio‘s Bernie Wagenblast about the event.

Union County Transportation Survey

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              William Reyes, Jr.                                Deputy County Manager/ Director of Economic Development

Rahway Valley Railroad Still Loved Decades After Its Last Run

At the end of the 19th century, a railroad was built in then rural Union County. For nearly a hundred years the Rahway Valley Railroad served a handful of towns on its 11 miles of track. Richard King has written two books about the RVRR, Just a Short Line – The Story of the Rahway Valley Railroad, and he talked with Transportation Radio‘s Bernie Wagenblast about the railroad and its unique personalities following a presentation at the Cranford Community Center.

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