High School Play, Last Farmers Market of Season This Weekend
From a Thanksgiving food drive to a school play and a choir performance, there are plenty of events around town this weekend.
Morristown High School's production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, an adaptation of the Broadway show from the 1940s and the 1953 film starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, directed by Joe Wohlgemuth, will be performed three times this weekend, complete with a cast of 23, including a trio of singers that will entertain during scene changes–not quite a musical, but a drama with music from the era the play is set in, the 1920s.
"It's a really fun show," said Wohlgemuth, now in his third year directing plays at Morristown High. "The word that we've be using is that it's breezy … it's light, it's entertaining."
Aside from the strength of the story itself, Gentleman Prefer Blondes was chosen because of the strength of the leading female roles.
"[The] focus of the play is on the friendship between the two lead women. Really, it is a play that shows strong women," Wohlgemuth said.
There are three chances to catch the show this weekend: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., all at the Morristown High School Theater.
There is much to do before or after you catch one of this weekend's performances at the high school as well, all described below.
Friday, Nov. 19
- The psychological effects that cancer has on patients will be discussed by Dr. Jimmie C. Holland, the author of The Human Side of Cancer: Living with Hope, Coping with Uncertainty, at Morristown Memorial Hospital from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Preschool through second graders and their families can enjoy a Shabbat Dinner from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael.
Saturday Nov. 20
- The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is hosting a food drive at Kings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., where they will be accepting donations of frozen turkeys, canned goods, and cash. They are also looking for volunteers to help with the drive.
- A professional photographer will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morris Animal Inn to take holiday pet photos for charity. The $10 fee goes to the Make a Wish Foundation.
- Reverend Billy and the Gospel Choir of Life After Shopping will be performing at St. Peter's Episcopal Church from 4 to 6 p.m. Some may be familiar with their message of less consumerism from their documentary, "What Would Jesus Buy?"
Sunday, Nov. 21
- The last Morristown farmers market of the season is open from 8:30 to 2 p.m. at the intersection of Spring and Morris streets. If you miss this one, you'll have to wait until next summer!
- The harder of the two weekend rides hosted by Marty's Reliable Cycle is between 30 and 50 miles and begins at the Loantaka Brook Reservation at 8:30 a.m.
- Bayanihan: The Philippine National Folk Dance Company will be performing at the Community Theatre at 3 p.m., complete with the music and costumes of the Philippines.