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PR #37 September 18, 2007


From amazing acrobatics acts and mesmerizing illusions, to a theatrical staging of Civil War life?the Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) 2007-2008 Family Series promises entertainment to suit every style and taste.

The series is specially designed for families with children ages eight and older. All performances will be held at 7 p.m. at the College?s North Branch Campus. Tickets cost $20 each.

The 2007-2008 Family Series will include the following performances:

Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats , Friday, November 2

Under the direction of acrobatic legends the Hai Family, the company flawlessly interprets the precision and grace of an art form honed by years of training and discipline. The multifaceted and multicultural production features dazzling acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, explosive Kung Fu moves, brilliant costumes and even a touch of Chinese comedy.

Theatre of Illusion (The Spencers), Friday, January 25

Is it possible for a person to be folded inside a 12-inch box, to walk through the whirling blades of an industrial fan, or to escape from a water-filled container? Audience members will cross over a threshold of disbelief mere moments after the Spencers take the stage. Theatre of Illusion is a magical concert for the eyes, combining theatrical elements with cutting-edge illusions. The Spencers have propelled the age-old art of magic into the 21st century.

Addy: An American Girl Story (Seattle Children?s Theatre), Saturday, February 9

Addy Walker is a hopeful nine-year-old girl growing up in slavery during the Civil War. Her life changes forever when Poppa and her brother, Sam, are sold from their North Carolina plantation. Despite the terrible risks, Momma and Addy realize they must go on the run before they lose each other, too. Addy?s courage helps save her and Momma as they face the road to freedom. Building a new life in freedom isn't easy, and Addy desperately misses her loved ones. Through it all, Addy and Momma hold fast to their dream of having their entire family together again.

Les Parfaits Inconnus (Perfect Strangers), Saturday, April 26

A performance by Les Parfaits Inconnus is an hour of sheer delight, featuring comedy, acrobatics, ?unbalancing? acts, juggling and electrifying music?all performed by four guys armed with a bicycle, a ladder, a barrel, a board and some balls. Four eccentric characters meet on stage and try to outdo one another in a contest of increasingly outrageous antics.

For the fourth year in a row, Courier News readers voted The Theatre at RVCC as the ?Best of the Best? in 2007 in the ?Playhouse/Theater? category.

In addition to the Family Series , the Theatre will present this season the Major Artists Series ; the 16th annual Merck Series , made possible by a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation; School-Time Performances , a series for teachers and their students; and the Sampler Series , a series of transformational events for youngsters age four and older and their families.

A variety of subscribers? packages are available for all Theatre series. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org . Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances.

The Theatre offers birthday parties for both the Family and Sampler Series. For further information, call 908-725-3420.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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