Greater Morristown weekend preview: You will need some ‘Hairspray’

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Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

If you are coming to Greater Morristown this weekend, you will need some Hairspray.

It’s the second annual local production by the Mayo Performing Arts Center, and chances are, you know someone in the cast.

But wait, there’s more! Much more: Bike rides, art talks, Heavenly Bodies, gay pride, fish and chips with Celtic thunder, controversial cartoons, and on and on.

Need even more stimulation? See our handy calendar for additional entertainment options!

THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014:

The Morristown & Township Library  concludes its Preston Sturges Film Festival with Hail the Conquering Hero (1944). Doors open at 6:15 pm, the film starts at 6:45 pm. Refreshments will be served. Admission: Free. “After being discharged from the armed services for hay fever, a small-town boy hasn’t the nerve to tell his mother that he isn’t a war hero. A group of friendly Marines try to help out.” At One Miller Road, Morristown.


Morristown’s Simon Gallery is hosting its first two-artist reception in a dozen years. Works by Mariana Russell and Joy White will be on display through June 28, 2014, at the gallery on 48 Bank St. The two-hour reception starts at 6 pm. On Saturday from 2 pm to 4 pm, both artists will participate in a gallery symposium about how universities and galleries can better collaborate to promote the visual arts.

Works by Mariana Russell are featured, with works by Joy White, at the Simon Gallery.
Works by Mariana Russell are featured, with works by Joy White, at the Simon Gallery.


Where did May go?  It’s time for another end-of-the-month Critical Mass bike ride, a leisurely loop through Morristown that departs from the town hall parking lot at 6:30 pm. Cyclists of all abilities and ages are welcome. The ride takes a half hour, give or take. Town hall is on 200 South St.; the parking lot is accessed via Franklin Street.

hairpsray, spring 2014 , mpacHow about a little Hairspray this weekend?  The second original production by the Mayo Performing Arts Center features a cast of more than 80 local youths.  This family-friendly musical, set in Baltimore in the early ’60s, won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway.  Showtime is 7:30 pm, with encore performances on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.  Tickets: $15. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more.


Rich Deans & The Rainmakers bring their powerful story-driven songs to The Minstrel in Morris Township at 8 pm. Opening is 14-year-old Sydney Kane,  a songwriter since age 7 who made a big impression at The Minstrel’s open mic. Admission: $8, children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

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Rich Deans, pictured at The Minstrel in 2011. Photo by Kevin Coughlin



Grow It Green Morristown invites the public to join employees from Kings Food Markets from 10 am to 2 pm to plant vegetables, spread mulch and tend to
flower beds at the Urban Farm at Lafayette, behind the Lafayette Learning Center at 31 Hazel St. in Morristown. Kings collected customer donations at its Morris County stores in April as part of an anti-hunger drive; proceeds benefit Grow It Green, a nonprofit that donates tons of food to area food pantries.

The Simon Gallery in Morristown is hosting a free panel discussion, Art, Higher Education and Professional Success, from 2 pm to 4 pm.  The session will explore how schools and galleries can “mentor the business aspirations of emerging visual artists.” Speakers will include artists Marianna Russell and Joy White, recent graduates of university art programs, whose works are on display at the gallery through June 28, 2014. Rounding out the panel are Robert Atwell, professor/professional artist, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Dragana Crnjak, professor/professional artist, Youngstown State University, Ohio; and Harry Simon, director of the Simon Gallery, which is at 48 Bank St.

Hairspray, the family-friendly musical featuring more than 80 local youths, continues its run at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center with shows at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. See Friday entry for details.

Enjoy music, poetry and images of the sun, moon and stars at Heavenly Bodies, the spring concert at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. The show starts at 7 pm and features the MUF combined choirs and chamber ensemble, with soloists Ella Ackerman and Kate McAteer. Tickets are $20 for adults ($15 in advance) and $5 for youths 18 and under.  Call 845-858-9895 or send an email for more details.

The Morristown-based Harmonium Choral Society is part of a massive 150-voice production of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, presented by the New Jersey Festival Orchestra at 7 pm in the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, at 140 Mountain Ave. The program includes the Ridge High School A Cappella Honors Chorus, and features soprano Lianne Coble and mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft as soloists. A pre-concert lecture is scheduled for 6:15 pm.  The concert also will be presented on Sunday at 3 pm (with a pre-show talk at 2:15 pm) at the Ridge Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School, 268 South Finley Ave., Basking Ridge. Tickets are $25-$75; $12 for students. Call 973-408-3978 for details.


Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will mark the start of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month with talks by Redeemer members Cindy Meneghin and Maureen Kilian, who will recount their 40-year journey as a lesbian couple at the 9 am adult forum and the 10:30 am worship service. All are welcome. The church is at 36 South St.

Hairspray, the family-friendly musical featuring more than 80 local youths, concludes its run at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center with a 2 pm matinee. See Friday entry for details.

The Bravo Alliance of Performing Artists presents its spring concert, Sing of your Country, at 2 pm in the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township. “This program explores timeless patriotic/folk songs from throughout our nation’s history. The program will also include Broadway classics that reveal an appreciation and love for our country.”  Tickets: $25 general public, $20 members, seniors and students (18 and under or with valid college ID). Call 973-971-3706 for more.  At 6 Normandy Heights Road.

The Morristown-based Harmonium Choral Society  joins the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, conducted by Davie Wroe, for a performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, at 3 pm at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge. See Saturday entry for details.

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Siblings Connor and Sharlys Dugan Leszczuk, pictured in 2010, return to the Great Hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Sunday. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

What could be more tasty than fish and chips and a Celtic concert?  You can enjoy both, from 4 pm to 7 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.  The Blarney Boys–featuring Dave Rimelis and Connor and Sharlys Dugan –take the stage in the Parish Hall, followed by dinner catered by the Argyle Restaurant. Tickets: Dinner and Concert: Adults, $25; children, $10. Concert only: Adults, $15; children, free. Tickets can be purchased at coffee hour, by phone at 973-538-0555 x 18, or by email.   The church is at the corner of South Street and Miller Road.

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Don Jay Smith
Don Jay Smith

Did Thomas Nast get a raw deal?  The father of American political cartooning–a Morristown resident who helped bring down Boss Tweed–was nominated three times for induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. But the Ancient Order of Hibernians vigorously objected, citing Nast’s depictions of Irish immigrants. Concert promoter Don Jay Smith, who was intimately involved with the Hall of Fame for years, will discuss this controversy at 4:30 pm at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, at 45 Macculloch Ave. in Morristown. Admission: Adults $8; seniors and students, $6; children 6 – 12, $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Call 973-538-2404 for more.


ellyblueBike & Walk Morristown is teaming up with Marty’s Reliable Cycle to kick off Elly Blue’s Dinner & Bikes the 2014 East Coast tour, at 7 pm at the bike shop on 173 Speedwell Ave. Elly Blue will discuss her new book, Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy.   Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online or purchased at Marty’s.


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