A group of local teenagers put on a special show, “TJB – a concert tribute to the four seasons”, which will be presented next weekend at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theater in Washington Crossing Park in the Titusville section of Hopewell Township.
The sessions will be at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday June 25 and 26 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday June 27. Tickets are $ 10 to $ 15, with proceeds going to Mercer County NAMI and the outdoor theater renovation.
The concert was designed and hosted by high school graduates Mya Corby, Emily Schneider and Fabianna Rincon, who all admit to “growing up listening to Four Seasons music” after being initially exposed to the group through the Broadway musical, “Jersey boys.
The cast to play the four members of the group will be Mario Rizzo, a sophomore student at Montclair State University specializing in musical theater, who will sing the role of Frankie Valli; Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Matt Woodward, as Tommy DeVito; Ronan Green, a musical theater student at the Boston Conservatory, playing Bob Gaudio; and Hudson Walker, a junior at the College of New Jersey, as Nick Massi.
Although not a production of the musical, the concert will follow the sequence of the “Jersey Boys” soundtrack.
Organizers cited specific reasons for choosing the Local National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Washington Crossing Theater to receive the proceeds from the show.
“In addition to our passion for the theater, we also take strong initiatives in mental health advocacy,” the teens noted in their publicity material for the concert. “In our first year, we unfortunately lost a friend of ours to suicide. She was very active in the theater community and played a role in each of our lives. Since then, we have dedicated our work to the importance of mental health awareness in our community. NAMI is an amazing charity that works to promote the mental health and stability of young people like us and we are honored to donate to them. “
They continue, “Our venue, the open-air amphitheater at Washington Crossing State Park, was tragically affected by vandalism in the summer of 2019. With COVID preventing the park from getting the repairs it needed, and the lack of visitors causing a proliferation as a Consequently, the theater is far from the form it was. (It) was once a vibrant center of art and music, and with this performance we hope to use our passions to help restore it.
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