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New York' nights without the price

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March 31st, 2009

TINTON FALLS, NJ Entertainment may be one splurge left off the to-do list this year, but not at one local community. People who live at Seabrook enjoy Broadway singers, theatrical performances, bands, comedians, and lectures right in their own backyard for just $3 to $15. "I like bringing highquality entertainment to our residents without the highquality price," says Angie Crippen, community resources coordinator, who schedules the performances. "The entertainment comes right to them without the high costs of transportation or dining out in New York."

"We strive to bring our residents a wide variety of educational, informational, and entertaining activities throughout the year." Community Resources Manager Susan Coulson. New York, New York Seabrook has its own auditorium featuring a full stage, theater seating, and high-tech acoustics and lighting. Singers like Daniel Rodriguez, the New York City policeman who brought an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his rendition of "God Bless America" after September 11, 2001, have graced Seabrook s stage. "We strive to bring our residents a wide variety of educational, informational, and entertaining activities throughout the year," says Community Resources Manager Susan Coulson. Crippen says most entrance fees are reasonable, ranging from $3 to $5 for a performance of one of the most sought-after female vocal groups in the Tri-state area, The Angeltones, or The Watchmen, a local barbershop quartet. Prices increase to just $15 a ticket for a performance by "The Three Christines" (fromThe Phantom of the Opera), Chris Groenendaal, or David Aaron s five-piece band.

Residents offer feedback Last summer, residents gathered together to discuss what they look for in entertainment, how often they would like to have performances, and the top price they would be willing to pay. They also have the opportunity to sound off on the comment sheets provided after each performance. "Bands topped the list of favorites for our residents," Crippen says. "They love the Mummers the Philadelphia string band. The resident feedback really goes a long way toward helping us pick the best entertainers for our residents to enjoy."

Life in Malawi Lectures are a big favorite, as well. While audience members enjoyed David Aaron and his Big Band lectures and Fred Miller and his lecture in song, they recently had the opportunity to learn about life in Malawi when Sr. Theresa Mfune, a biology student at Georgian Court University, visited Seabrook as part of Georgian Court s Service Learning Program. Residents learned where Malawi is located in Africa, the country s agriculture of tea and tobacco as "cash crops," its mode of transportation (foot), and how the religious orders have a major role in running schools and hospitals. "Malawi is known as a spiritual country where the people are peaceful and united," Sr. Mfune says. "We express joy and sorrow in song and dance, and we are known as the warm heart of Africa." "We enjoy all of the special programs that are offered here," says Geraldine Kick, who attended the lecture with her husband, Edward.