Countdown to ‘Supernova’ begins

BY JENNIFER KOHLHEPP
Staff Writer

Area residents ‘bursting with talent’ sought for show

MILLSTONE — A stellar explosion is about to take place.

Artistic director and producer Rose Kleinberg is reaching for the stars with her latest production. Her “Supernova” is set to go off at 4 p.m. Nov. 5, and the search for area residents “bursting with talent” has begun.

Kleinberg, a Millstone Township, Monmouth County, resident, harnessed the talents of hundreds of professional and amateur entertainers and blew audiences away with two “Millstone’s Got Talent” showcases for the benefit of township public schools.

“This is going to be one big adventure,” Kleinberg said of her latest production.

Kleinberg, who gained a wealth of knowledge about entertaining while performing in a one-woman show, cabaret, commercials, sketch-comedy and musical theater, takes pride in producing extraordinary theater experiences.

“Live theater is so cool,” she said.

Kleinberg helps spread passion for theater with stage productions that feature novice and seasoned performers, giving up-and-coming stars the opportunity to work and interact with professionals in the industry.

Those who join the cast of “Supernova” will share the stage with “American Idol” pre-finalist Alexa Pantaleo, singer/songwriter Frank Annunziata, award-winning dancers from New Jersey Center of Dance and Freehold Academy of Performing Arts, actors from Spotlight School of Drama, topranking competitors from the Freehold Fencing Academy, stand-up comedians and other professional artists.

“I would love to have local talent, not just from Millstone Township, but from this entire area come perform and be a part of this show,” Kleinberg said.

No audition will be required to participate in two of the show’s musical ensemble numbers.

“Everyone — kids, teens, young adults, adults, seniors — from local Jersey towns are welcome to sing and dance in one or both of these numbers,” Kleinberg said. “They have suitable choreography for all levels of talent.”

Freehold Academy of Performing Arts choreographer Marc Ferre seeks performers age 8 to adult for the “Footloose” portion of the show. Children ages 6-11 can perform in the “Monsters and Marigolds” part of the production, with music, lyrics and choreography by Janet Gravatt. No previous dance or vocal experience is necessary.

Those who are interested in taking part in “Supernova” should show up to the first rehearsal to be held 4:45-7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Millstone Township Middle School. The cast will rehearse at the same location every Wednesday and Saturday during October. Cast members will also have technical rehearsals on stage 4:45-9 p.m. on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3.

“It’s OK if you cannot attend all of these, OK if you need to scoot out a little early or arrive a smidge late, but please don’t miss more than one or two,” Kleinberg said.

“Supernova” will explode on the stage at the Millstone Performing Arts Center, a 1,200-seat auditorium, at 4 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets are $20 per adult and $12 per child under the age of 12. The first 50 military servicemen and servicewomen leaving for or returning from an active tour of duty who send their full name, branch of service, platoon name and rank to Kleinberg will receive two free tickets to the event.

For tickets or to participate in the show, contact Rose Kleinberg by sending an email to rosekleinberg@optonline.net or call 646- 512-3190.