Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers cultural experiences for audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The multidisciplinary arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.
Jackie Collier-Thomas, the owner of Fitness With A Beat, has been a group exercise instructor for many years, experience that she now brings to Zumba classes for exercisers of all abilities. A licensed member of the Zumba Instructor Network, Jackie specializes in regular Zumba and Zumba Toning classes, which use Zumba Toning sticks and enhanced rhythms to help sculpt and tone the body. Jackie also conducts Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold Toning classes that specialize in moves for active older or deconditioned participants.
The Maplewood Theatre's name hovers above the marquee in an art-deco script over a row of lights, conjuring up nostalgia of the classic cinemas of yesteryear. But the retro-style facade doesn't mean that the movies are also throwbacks. Instead, the modern movie screens flicker with first-run films. The theater's 3D capabilities allow patrons to slip on glasses that make them feel as if they're in the middle of the action or to protect their eyes when they accidentally dunk their faces into 3-D popcorns.
Before taking the reins at Broadway Performing Arts, Elisa Heinsohn appeared on the TV series Fame, and Cleve Asbury acted in the Oscar-winning film Chicago. The duo also racked up an impressive set of Broadway credits—Asbury most recently played Mr. Ovington in the hit How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—and starred in more television commercials than a dog who can talk. Nowadays, the two continue their performing-arts work while co-owning and co-directing their studio, leading their team as they teach students from 3-year-olds to adults. The studio’s eclectic curricula hone students’ skills in disciplines such as musical theater, dance, and guitar.
4th Wall Theatre strives to expose audiences to a wide spectrum of unique voices with a diverse array of seldom-performed and original productions. Originally adapted for the stage by the creative team behind Ragtime, A Man of No Importance takes audiences to Dublin in 1964 as it depicts the life of a closeted bus conductor named Alfie Byrne and his struggles for acceptance. After the local church shuts down the amateur Oscar Wilde production he is trying to direct, Alfie reflects on the relationships he shares with his family and peers while learning to adopt a personal anthem, “You just have to love who you love.” Under the direction of 4th Wall's artistic director, Kate Swan, this 2.5-hour musical (including a 15-minute intermission) features moving melodies about understanding personal identity, sung by a cast of trained actors raised by tropical songbirds.
As baseball season draws to an end, and the Newark Bears empty their lockers, specters hiding in the mist materialize to transform Riverfront ballpark into the Stadium of Screams. Daring explorers of the unexplained can traverse through the seasonally haunted attractions, which include haunted locker rooms, where undead actors lie in wait, ready to terrify unsuspecting visitors, and bubbling cauldrons brewing viscous vats of Gatorade. Just beyond the cursed confines, shrieks of terror become shrieks of glee at the Stadium of Screams Fun Zone. Visitors can participate in a free nightly treasure hunt, or spend up to $1 on prize-riddled amusement park games. Costumed actors greet guests for photos and stage fear tastings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. to midnight. Although not included in the price of this Groupon, a hayride ($5) is available to tote guests around the baseball field, granting sublime views of the night sky and an eerily moonlit home plate.