jacquie-lee-nbc-630x359 copyTHE VOICE finalist Jacquie Lee (pictured) and Grammy nominee Charlie Puth are among the graduates of the Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy, the new session of which is accepting registrations now for its spring 2016 classes.

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

Online registration for spring classes at the Count Basie Theatre’s Performing Arts Academy is now open at Classes for young thespians, rock stars in the making, vocalists and other creative types are available for students this session.

Classes run throughout March, April, May and June, with tons of daily options for students. On Mondays, the Academy’s “Kids On Stage” classes and its “Beginning Acting” and “Teen Audition Techniques” take center stage, while on Tuesdays, “Broadway Bound” and “Acting For TV And Film” are session highlights. Wednesday titles include “Dialects and Diction,” “Teen Improvisation” and private one-on-one vocal coaching classes, while Thursdays offer students lessons in show choirs, beginning acting and advance acting for teens.

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jacquie-lee-nbc-630x359 copyTHE VOICE singing sensation Jacquie Lee joins the Rock and Roll Chorus for a special Saturday night concert at Brookdale’s Collins Arena, dedicated to ongoing post-Sandy relief efforts in Union Beach.

She made a nationwide splash last year on The Voice, when the 16-year old was hand-picked by Christina Aguilera to join her team on the NBC competition series. Before Jacquie Lee was through, she’d surged past all but one of her fellow contestants (Tessanne Chin) — and made fast Twitter fans of eminently droppable names like Jennifer Hudson and Lady Gaga.

Drop Jacquie Lee’s name around the Count Basie Theatre, and you’ll hear congratulations, exultations — but little in the way of surprise, since the graduate of the Basie-based Rockit! program already had all observers convinced that hers was a rare and rocketing talent. Having gone on to release a Top 20 iTunes single (“Broken Ones”) and taken to the touring circuit with Chin and some of their fellow Voice finalists, the Colts Neck teen returns to the greater Green this Saturday, August 23, as headliner of a special benefit concert event at Brookdale Community College.

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jacquie1It’s a Count Basie Homecoming for JACQUIE LEE — seen here performing at a 2012 Rockit! concert in Red Bank — when the VOICE runner-up who wowed everyone from Jennifer Hudson to Lady Gaga returns as part of A SOULED-OUT CHRISTMAS on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ms. Lauryn Hill (below) has rescheduled her Sunday “Homecoming” show at the Basie to February 7, 2014.

Friday, December 20:

RED BANK: “Life can get pretty hectic and crazy the week before Christmas,” says Gerda Liebmann, the internationally exhibited multimedia artist who established Gallery 135 in the second-floor space shared by Red Bank Community Church. With that in mind, Liebmann comes to The Oyster Point Hotel for a special opening event that “gives everyone a chance to take a little step back from the madness, and enjoy some artwork that hopefully will induce a little serenity into their holiday season.”

view_image.aspThe artist will be present for a Friday evening reception (6 to 8 pm) for a display of encaustic paintings — an ancient technique that uses beeswax, resin and pigments melted together — that includes a set of banners based on the Christmas narrative, and abstract paintings (on wood and paper) that include tea and tea leaves. The paintings remain on display at the Bodman Place hotel through the end of December, and are available for purchase as a unique Christmas gift — call Gerda at (732)687-3580 for more info.

RED BANK:  One week after celebrating the feast days of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a procession that brought hundreds of marchers out on a frosty Red Bank evening, the Music Ministry at St Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church takes it indoors — with a special Christmas concert presented in association with the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library. The 8 pm event,   a performance of Handel’s Messiah and traditional Christmas carols, spotlights the Trenton Diocesan Festival Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Shawn T. Mack — with soloists Lauren Walters (soprano), Jody Doktor (mezzo soprano), Justin Gonzalez (tenor), and Wilbur Lewis (bass). Call (732)747-0813 ext. 10 to reserve tickets ($20.00 adults; $10.00 students). Church doors open at 7 pm as part of a silent auction and raffle of gift baskets, to benefit the Friends of the RBPL and their work on behalf of the Library.

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