It’s mid-semester, and the Berrie Center is still in full swing. The Berrie Center continues to excite audiences after a busy semester so far and a week-long break.
One of the most anticipated events of the season is “Spring Awakening,” which hits the stage soon. It’s a coming-of-age musical that shows the turbulent times a group of teenagers face during puberty. It also centers on the adults that are meant to guide them through this time and their attempts to protect and shelter them from the real world.
“There are a lot of emotions that run throughout the course of the show, so the audience should look forward to seeing the bond that the cast has come to life as the story builds,” said Ramapo junior Rachel Valovcin, who plays Anna in the musical.
With the help of director Cat Miller, who is well known for her work on “Of Mice and Men” that appeared on Broadway with famous actor James Franco, the musical is sure to be exceptional.
Another exciting event coming our way is the return of The Ladies of Laughter Funny and Fabulous Tour. The tour was here last year and is returning April 26 at 8 p.m. Kelly Blake, who will be ushering the show, gave an inside look at what she loved about the show.
“The show is targeted towards an older crowd, but I enjoyed it a lot myself,” she said. “It was funny hearing the comedians complain about and poke fun at their children, especially some of the same things I do that bother my mom.”
Forever Ray, a tribute to the music of Ray Charles, will also be coming to the Berrie Center on Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. This musical group has brought Ray Charles’ work back to life, and they have had sell-out crowds throughout the New York metropolitan area.
“Forever Ray has played at countless music and entertainment venues such as BB Kings, Mohegan Sun, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, but it’s always exciting to play in local theaters and colleges because it allows the timeless music of Ray Charles to reach a broader audience,” Samantha Whitley, a vocalist for the group, said. “Particularly, a younger audience who wouldn’t normally be drawn to this music in today’s society, but are always surprisingly pleased with their experience!”