April 1, 2013
For Immediate Release:
Effective April 1, 2013, “Ridge Light Opera of New Jersey” is now “Light Opera of New Jersey”. In 1995 this group started as an outgrowth of Lauran Corson’s vocal arts studio (Corson Studios) in Basking Ridge, NJ; Shortly after, they became “Ridge Light Opera of New Jersey” and were incorporated in December 2003. Lauran Corson remains their artistic director and William C. Corson is executive producer.
After 18 years of productions, this seasoned and highly recognized arts entity is taking a step that they believe will give them stronger identity and greater opportunity to promote their mission: “dedicated to increasing, preserving and maintaining awareness of the musical treasures of Light Opera and Musical Theatre of the 20th Century through high-quality performance, education and community outreach, by featuring extraordinary professional artists and outstanding amateur performers.”
Executive Producer, William Corson said “We want to do this as we are ready to take the next step, having a real ‘season’ to offer to the public. We are poised to make several adjustments now including a new outreach group called “Savoy Faire” which is designed to provide a 45 minute presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan favorites, for schools, retirement communities and other public organizations. We are also very excited about the construction of a new theater at Fellowship Senior Living in Basking Ridge, where we hope to be performing very soon.”
Currently LONJ is also engaged in collaborative opera and operetta works with several orchestras and choral groups. In March 2014 they will be performing Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The upcoming season also includes Orpheus in the Underworld in September 2013 and Amahl and the Night Visitors in December 2013.
The Corsons and the members of the current Board of Directors wish to thank Father Rick Morley and the parishioners of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the use of their church for many performances over the years, the residents of Basking Ridge, plus the hundreds of audience members that come from all over Northern and Central New Jersey for all their support.