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This was prepared for the August 30, 2006 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Top Of PageConquer Fear of Singing

Have you always wanted to sing but have been stopped by fear? Singer/dancer/actor Marci Lynne Solomon of West Windsor holds a workshop addressing that common fear on Thursday, September 7 in Hamilton. Solomon has been performing on stage for more than 50 years and has been working with beginners, intermediates, and professionals as a coach for many years.

Solomon, who as a child wowed classmates with her version of "Over the Rainbow," recently moved to West Windsor and is ready to share her experise with singers of all ages. A third generation performer (her grandparents and her mother worked in vaudeville), she began singing the song under ther mother’s tutelage when she was only three.

She has more than 50 years of singing, dancing, and acting – for stage, films, and television – under her belt. Solomon is a graduate of the American Theater Wing and the Herbert Berghoff School of Acting, both in New York City. She toured the continent with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and has had numerous one-woman shows in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin.

She owns the Performing Arts and Human Concern Center in Austin, Texas, where she has taught pop, jazz, blues, acting, public speaking, and rap. Two of her students, Autumn Barr and Mary Jo Pierce, have been Star Search winners.

Her CD, "The Life of a Singer: Marci Lynne Solomon," features her signature song as well as songs relating to her life. It is available thorugh

Singing Workshop, Thursday, September 7, 7 p.m., Cookie Cottage, 3697A Nottingham Way, Hamilton. Register. Free. 609-530-0320.


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Bridge Players Theater Company seeks eight girls and two boys ranging from 5 to 18 years-old for "The Clubhouse Christmas." Auditions are at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 36 East Broad Street, Burlington, on Monday, September 17, at 2 p.m.; and Monday, September 18, at 7 p.m. Visit or call 609-267-1253.

Philomusica, an auditioned community choir, seeks central New Jersey singers with good reading skills for Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3 concerts of Renaissance to 20th century music. Open rehearsal auditions by appointment at the Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Land, East Brunswick. Visit or call 888-744-5668.

Suburban Dance Force seeks dancers for "Holiday Magic" to be performed at the Yvonne Theater at Rider University on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3. Auditions are Saturday, September 9, at 25 Lexington Avenue, Ewing. Ages 12 and under, 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 13 and over, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit or call 609-530-0979.

Mill Ballet School offers beginner Latin dance for students in grades four and up. $100 for the six-week series beginning Friday, September 15. Visit or call 609-397-7244.

Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County seeks submissions of listing for its 2007 Arts and Cultural Director of the Bucks County region through Friday, September 15. Visit for entry form. Please also send listings to U.S. 1 by E-mail to

Princeton Pro Musica is taking appointments for auditions for volunteer and paid choral singers in all voice parts from Tuesday to Saturday, September 5 to 9. Visit or call 609-683-5122.

Middlesex County Earth Center offers "Introduction to Water Color: Painting in the Garden" to Middlesex residents interested in art and horticulture. Adult classes are Tuesday and Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Children’s classes are Saturdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $25 for the course. Call 732-398-5262.

Professional Center for the Arts announces auditions for children ages 7 to 17, actors and dancers (all levels) for "One Tough Nut," a new version of the holiday classic, choreographed by Geoffrey Doig-Marx as "a comic change to all the Nutcrackers you might be forced to sit through this holiday," Sunday September 10, 11a.m. The story is transferred to Bulgaria, where a young girl named Clara Darling, whose parents vanish while on a smelting trip in deepest Africa, suddenly and sadly becomes a ward of the state and is placed in Frauline Edna and Arlene Schnizelhoff’s Home for Wayward Girls. The occupants of the school shun Clara and make her life a living nightmare until a magical visitor whisks Clara away to the Land of the Sweets.

Performances in early December. Fee per performer is $75 (to cover costume cost).

Also, auditions for the Company, Junior Company, and Team Hip Hop, Wednesday, September 6. Visit or call 609-586-3008.

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio offers fall acting classes for children and adults with professional actor and new faculty member Jody Wood. Perhaps best-known for his role as Detective Wallace Danby on Boston Public, Wood has also appeared in guest spots on numerous other television shows including NYPD Blue, ER, and CSI Miami, as well as in films like LA Confidential, Boogie Nights, and Rules of Engagement. Classes in acting, comedy improvisation, acting for the camera, cold reading/audition technique, and public speaking/ presentation. For information call 609-514-1600.

Also, a 12-week session on West African Dance with Yewande Kelly-Johnson begins on Sunday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. Tuition $216.

Phillips Mill invites artists within a 25-mile radius of New Hope to submit work for a juried acceptance into the 77th annual exhibition. Registration and submitting of art work will be Friday, September 8, 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Phillips Mill. Visit or call 215-862-0582.

Turtle Shell Productions seeks stories, memoirs, poems, and monologues about Irish and Irish American women that will be compiled and workshopped into a play premiering in March in New York City. Deadline is Friday, September 1. Visit for information. Send by E-mail to

The Arts Council of Princeton offers fall semester class registration. Visit for a full description of all courses and programs. Call 609-924-8777.

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Evergreen Forum offers courses in literature, art, music, geography, history, politics, and science for adults. Sponsored by the Princeton Senior Resource Center and held at Princeton locations beginning Monday, September 25. $50 for one course and $35 for additional courses. Visit or call 609-924-7108.

George Street Playhouse offers "Cure for Stress Packages" including theater tickets in addition to perks like spa treatments, dinner, yoga, guest speakers, and hotel stays. $50 to $250. Visit or call 732-846-2895.

Bucks County Audubon Society offers training sessions for Audubon Teacher Naturalists beginning Thursday, September 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults interested in working with school children at the center should register by Tuesday, September 12. Free. Visit or call 215-297-5880.

Isles is accepting applications for fall enrollment in a new Brownfields Job Training Program featuring the skills necessary to enter a career in an environmental industry. Participants will also have the opportunity to enhance their skills in writing, mathematics, computer use, time management, teamwork, and healthy habits. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, live in Trenton, and be able to participate in a 10-week training course. Call Megan Ruf at 609-341-4724.

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Special Olympics New Jersey is taking registration for its inaugural Lawrence Loop, a community day on Sunday, October 1, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The benefit features a certified 10K, and a one-mile family-friendly run/walk through Lawrenceville. Early registration of $18 must be received by Wednesday, September 20. On-site fee is $25. Visit or call 609-896-8000.

NJ Ride Against AIDS, a three-day 250-mile bike ride from High Point to Cape May, is scheduled to begin on Friday, September 29. Register at or call 908-581-8273.

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One Yoga and Wellness Center offers a 500-hour yoga teacher training program for self-development beginning with a yoga and meditation retreat weekend on Friday to Sunday, November 3 to 5. $700. Deadline Saturday, October 14. Visit or call 609-918-0963.

CONTACT of Mercer County is recruiting for the 24-hour crisis intervention hotline that receives calls from area residents who may be lonely, depressed, grieving, dealing with job loss, experiencing conflict, abuse, or violence, thinking of suicide, or dealing with a physical or mental disability. Volunteer training courses are offered on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. or 7 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Ewing beginning September 12. Call 609-883-2880 for information.

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Kelsey Theater offers a fall session of Kelsey Kids Playshops beginning Saturday, September 9. The 10-weeks program is in collaboration with Youth Stages for kindergarten and up. New this year is the Playshops Master Class, a two-semester acting class, runs for 21 sessions through March, 2007. Visit or call 609-570-3566.

Beth Chaim Pre-School is accepting registration for fall classes for children ages newborn to 34 months and a caregivers. Classes begin in September. Call 609-799-8811 for registration form and prices.

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