Ciaran Sheehan, who starred in "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables" on Broadway, was born in Dublin, Ireland, but moved as a child with his family to Hamilton Square in 1979. While attending Notre Dame High School, he befriended the chaplain and athletic director, Monsignor Nolan, also the pastor of St. Paul Church in Princeton. The two became great friends and have stayed in touch since that time.

Recently, Sheehan, who made his Carnegie Hall debut on Tuesday, December 6, approached Monsignor Nolan and asked if he could give a concert during the holidays at the church. The "Peace and Joy" concert, the same program as he gave at Carnegie Hall, takes place Saturday, December 17. Sheehan will bring with him much of the same talent from his Carnegie Hall debut, including Broadway star Gae Willis, harpist Aideen O’Donnell, and pianist Eily O’Grady, wife and accompanist of the late Irish tenor, Frank Patterson.

After winning the role of Tom in Hal Prince’s acclaimed play, "Grandchild of Kings," Sheehan went on to play the roles of Babet and Marius in "Les Miserables" and the young, dashing Raoul (1,000 performances) and the Phantom (1,000 performances) in "Phantom of the Opera. He has appeared in several other Broadway productions, and has appeared on television on Law and Order, One Life to Live, Another World, Late Night with David Letterman, and the PBS presentation of "The Irish…and How They Got That Way."

He has enjoyed many memorable singing engagements on Broadway with stars like Vanessa Redgrave and Rosemary Clooney, and he touched the hearts of millions worldwide with his rendition of "Danny Boy," sung at the internationally televised Memorial Mass for John Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Kennedy, at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

"Peace and Joy" Christmas concert, featuring Broadway star Ciaran Sheehan, Saturday, December 17, 8 p.m, St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street Proceeds benefit the parish and a Gulf Coast Catholic parish. $30. For more information call 609-924-1743.

Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra announces "Youth in the Arts Competition: 2006," and invites students in grades 4 to 12 to submit original compositions in music, art, and poetry. The selected works will be showcased at the annual Youth in the Arts Concert on Saturday, March 18. Application forms due by Tuesday, January 10, are available at or call Maria Mirsky at 215-321-7970.

Playful Theater Productions seeks actors with singing and dancing skills, ages 16 and up, for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Cats." Auditions are at Kelsey Theater on Thursday, December 15, 7 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, December 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be prepared to dance. Production opens Friday, March 24. Call 609-799-3158 for appointment.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center seeks performers ages 8 to 12 (no taller than five feet, two inches) to sing and stand still for long periods of time for the national tour of "Evita" to play at NJPAC from December 19 to 24 for seven performances. Audition is Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 24 Rector Street, Newark. Call Patricia Blair at 973-742-8989 ext. 3356 for information.

Villagers Theater seeks actors for "The Rocky Horror Show" for March production. Auditions are Sunday and Monday, December 11 and 12, 7 p.m. at 415 Demott Lane, Somerset. Also seeking actors for "Rounding Third," a comedy for February production. Auditions are Tuesday and Thursday, December 13 and 15, 7 p.m. at the theater. Contact Tina Lee at

Riverside Symphonia has the fifth biennial Caprio Young Artists Competition. Open to all non-keyboard instrumentalists ages 22 or younger who live or study in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. First round deadline is Friday, January 6. Visit or call 609-397-7300.

Newark Black Film Festival seeks entry applications for the 2006 Paul Robeson Awards. Original 16 mm optical track prints, DVDs, and videotapes are welcome. Deadline Monday, February 20. Visit or call 973-596-6635.

New Hope Arts calls for entries for the fourth annual indoor and outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Open to sculptors in any mediums to create three-dimensional objects, all work must be for sale. $20 application fee for slides of four works. Deadline is Friday, December 30. Visit

Friends of the Trenton Bath House, an architectural advocacy group, has been formed to monitor the fate of Louis I. Kahn’s small 1955 masterpiece and adjoining day camp in Ewing. The Jewish Community Center of the Delaware Valley will be selling the structures, which are the changing rooms for its outdoor pool, and the pavilions for campers, in the next few years. To join visit

Shalom Heritage Center’s Clothing Drive for Israel seeks baby clothes sizes newborn to toddler for destitute families in Israel. Bring to Shalom Torah Academy, 639 Abbington Drive, East Windsor on Sunday, December 11, 3 to 8 p.m. E-mail or call 609-448-9478.

Princeton HealthCare System seeks nominations for the second annual Physician Humanitarian Award. Send essay of 400 words or less before Friday, December 9. Visit or call 609-497-4191.

Plainsboro Township Police Department in conjunction with Plainsboro Township P.B.A. seeks new,unwrapped toys for the annual Toys for Tots program. Donations will be distributed to needy families within Plainsboro Township. Drop-off locations include Superfresh, Plainsboro Police Department, Al’s Sunoco in West Windsor, and Deer Creek Apartments leasing office. Call Officer Michael Kelly at 609-799-2333, ext. 681. Deadline is Thursday, December 15.

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