BERGEN PAC & JERSEY NATIVE ANTHONY CROUCHELLI
The star of bergenPAC Performing Arts School’s AIDA is none other than New Milford native Anthony Crouchelli, playing Radames. His first role was Tony Vega in FAME right here at bergenPAC in 2011. This local triple threat performer excelling in voice, acting and dance has since become a professional. He boasts a resume that includes Collegiate, National Touring, Regional, and Off-Broadway productions. This past year he was the musical director at New Milford High School. He is now back to his roots at bergenPAC to give back to the community in which he started.
Dancing has captured a special place in his heart and now Anthony is a board member for M.O.V.E. for Autism, a non-profit organization run by dancer and CEO Nicole Johnson.
Aside from performing Anthony is also a rising producer in the Broadway community. His recent "Putting the Pieces Together" concert series have sold out at 54 Below and The Triad Theater in NYC.
Some of the Broadway talent is his concerts include two time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus (In the Heights, La Cage Aux Folles), Marla Mindelle (Cinderella, Sister Act), Jessica Hendy (Aida, Cats), Heather Parcells (Soul Doctor, A Chorus Line), Teal Wicks (Wicked, Jekyll and Hyde), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture), Dana Costello (Jekyll and Hyde), Blake Daniels (Spring Awakening), Paul Pilcz (Bye Bye Birdie), Mj Rodriguez (RENT), and Will Ray (Little House on The Prarie)
Each year The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC presents their annual summer musical featuring an all-student cast, technical crew and orchestra. Working alongside bergenPAC staff, students gain greater self-confidence and teamwork skills, and receive professional level experience that they can use in their future endeavors. Past musicals include: FAME, Children of Eden, 42nd Street, and CATS. The musical is for performers ages 13-25.
This year’s show, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). It will be located on the bergenPAC main stage at 30 N Van Brunt St in Englewood, NJ. Performance dates are Friday July 31, 2015 at 8PM, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8PM, and Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 3PM. Tickets are $36 and $26. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.
The triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends warring nations and brings a country together.
Winner of four 2000 TONY Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.
An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. Aida and Radames's love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
With an unforgettable score featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging, and singing for large cast sizes.
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