Pemberton Township Seniors enjoyed a great trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Dinner Theatre. “The Great American Songbook 4” is a completely original musical production which was conceived and arranged by the resident actors and musicians of the playhouse. Costumes, created by Lore Schwarz, enhanced all the production numbers. She is a talented seamstress and was making last minute alterations until curtain time. She usually is in charge of the dining room and welcomes guests.
Lead actor Don Amorosi worked with cast members to produce a truly original show including a medley of songs from the early 1900’s until the 1960’s. The resident orchestra was conducted by Ted Brancato who also played the keyboard. The orchestra included a second keyboard, woodwinds, trumpet, bass fiddle, and drums. One instrumental selection included a rousing dueling pianos selection. Musical interludes featured individual instrumentals and solos.
The cast included three men and five women; all are frequent playhouse performers. The energy and the non-stop action kept the audience entertained throughout the performance. It seemed almost like perpetual motion for most of the cast, especially Amorosi who sang in a few special comedy acts. The group was sorry to see the final curtain come down, but happy that another trip is planned for July, 2014 when a new original musical is scheduled. The Playhouse provides a well rounded experience with an excellent meal, fabulous service, dessert buffet, and a quality theatrical/musical production. This show will run until August 24, 2013.
The sit down dinner includes a fresh fruit cup and choice of entrée with fresh homemade breads and full beverage service. The dessert buffet includes numerous choices of “bite sized” pastries. One table was filled with sugar free desserts for the diabetics in the crowd. Fresh strawberries were large, sweet and tasty. Servers prepared slices of cheese cake and cream filled cakes. There certainly was something there for everyone.
There is a small boutique with many choices of accessories and a selection of separates. This trip they donated “Door” prizes for each bus. Fashion scarf winners were Charlau Stitzel and Barbara Monahan and winners of the candy packs were Rose Lampitt and Marie Downey.
Many seniors found just the right items to purchase as prices were reasonable and there were many sales. The retail bakery was located in the lobby and had many different breads and cakes available for sale. There were generous samples of most products available for tasting. Almost everyone left with one or more tasty delights to enjoy at home.
Pemberton Seniors always look forward to the musical productions. Monthly trip information is available on the Pemberton web site. Seniors can enjoy a fun filled day with no worries; buses usually leave the Browns Mills Acme parking lot at 9 am.