Looking for a little glamour with your cocktails? This Monday, January 23, the Turtle Club is hosting a “wild party” in true speakeasy fashion. The night is a celebration for the arts, namely, the Theater Company and their upcoming production of “The Wild Party,” which is a musical set in the Roaring 20s and will be performed at the Monroe Center in February.
The fundraising event includes an open bar, live music, passed appetizers, door prizes, a raffle and more. The event will embrace the feeling of the decade, with drinks flowing and jazz playing – all night long.
David Zimmerman, artistic director of the Theater Company, says the night will be memorable and promises live performances by cast members who will entertain attendees with songs from the show.
He believes now more than ever that people should embrace theater and help support it:
“I think we have gotten so far into a world where people sit alone and tweet or play with their iPad or sit at home watching a reality show,” said Zimmerman. “I think people really want more than that. So let’s get you out. It’s completely different seeing an actor do something in front of you compared to watching it on a screen.”
While everything is in order for the party, the cast and director are still busy preparing for the show, which is set to open on February 10 at 8 p.m. Zimmerman believes the audience will find a lot of similarities to the story and modern day Hoboken.
“The darkness, the sex, the booze – it fits right in with the Hoboken party scene,” he said. “Everything is cyclical. They didn’t have a lot of money then and they drank a lot.”
Director Jenny Fersch has been with the Theater Company for 5 years, as a performer and a stage manager. She has always loved the show for its emotional resonance and complex musical score. But while she loves it, she says the show presents challenges as a director.
“There are many over arching themes: old age, love, jealousy,” she said. “It’s also a challenge dealing with 15 main characters. Even though it’s Queenie’s story, it’s an ensemble piece.”
Kelly Anne Wadler, who plays the lead character Queenie, agrees:
“It’s one of the most difficult pieces I’ve ever done in my life,” says Wadler. “I think it’s very different from other productions.”
Wadler says that the themes presented in the play should strike a chord with the audience as they are similar to issues going on now.
“Especially now, with the parade (being cancelled) and Major Bloomberg. It is this idea – Can the government control what I do? Yes, it does ring true right now. History does repeat itself,” said Wadler.
But it’s not all government control. The musical promises a party, and cast member Michelle Samarel says it will be a good time.
“It’s pretty much a wild, wild affair,” says Samarel. “It has crazy characters and crazy music that puts you back in time.”
Guests attending the event at the Turtle Club are encouraged to dress up. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. “The Wild Party” will be performed on Feb. 10 -19. For more information about the event or the show, visit: www.thetheatercompany.org.