[Press release from Red Bank Regional]


The various programs of the Visual Performing Arts academies had a packed winter filled with activities at Red Bank Regional High School, as well as around Monmouth County.

Read More »


AnythingGoesCo-starring in the Red Bank Regional production of Cole Porter’s ANYTHING GOES are (left to right) Eliana Swartz, Davis Bush, Dana Brown and Justin Giegerich. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, March 26-29.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

As the Spring 2015 student production at Red Bank Regional High School, the Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) and the Red Bank Regional Theatre Company will present Cole Porter’s timeless musical comedy Anything Goes. Going up Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28 at 7 pm (with a 3 pm matinee on Sunday, March 29), the production marks the last in a distinguished career for retiring RBR drama teacher and production director Joe Russo.

Taking place on a raucous London-to-New York ocean liner cruise in 1934, Anything Goes presents the age-old tale of boy-meets girl with ensuing complications that include stowaway stockbrokers, merry mobsters and bible-thumping burlesque queens. The vintage musical-comedy revue was fortified for its Broadway revival with a collection of enduring Cole Porter songs that include “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and the signature song, “Anything Goes.”

Read More »


SummerSlamStudents at Summer Slam, the month-long high school transition program for rising freshmen at RBR, participate in a hula-hoop dance courtesy of the Community YMCA.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The phrase “lazy days of summer” does not apply to Red Bank Regional High School — at least in the mornings when the school is abuzz with various programs to maintain and sharpen student skills for September.

The largest program is Summer Slam, with over 90 students representing all sending towns of the regional school district.  This year marked Summer Slam’s 14th year of operation in preparing incoming freshmen for the very different world of high school. The program runs throughout the month of July, for four mornings a week. It is operated by the Source, RBR’s School-Based Youth Services program, and supervised by the Source Director Suzanne Keller. Ms. Keller is also the director of the RBR Freshman Academy, which provides continuity for the school’s newest students once they begin their high school careers.

Ms. Keller states of the program, “Summer Slam is primarily an academic program to prepare our kids for the rigors of high school and bridge the skill slide that research shows occurs during school vacations. It is also a great opportunity for kids to meet their classmates from other towns, so they will know just a few more faces, including their teachers, when the doors officially open for their first year of high school.”

Read More »


OklahomaRed Bank Regional 2014 graduate Matthew Rosen recently returned from Oklahoma as the winner of the prestigious National Clarinet Competition at the University of Oklahoma.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Matt Rosen, who graduated from Red Bank Regional High School in June, continues to soar to new heights as a concert clarinetist. Last month, he traveled to the University of Oklahoma to compete in the National Young Artist Competition as one of five finalists from around the US. He was humbled — and yet ecstatic — to be judged the winner of that competition.

Before an audience that included professional musicians and music educators from around the country, Matt was given the opportunity to play the world premiere performance of a piece written specifically for the competition. As a first place winner, he also received a new clarinet, many clarinet accessories, and a cash prize.

Matt, who plays the bass clarinet and saxophone in addition to the Bb clarinet, will continue to perform throughout the summer; traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to play in the International Clarinet Association Festival, and upstate New York for the New York Summer Music Festival.  He will also attend a week-long chamber group program at Rutgers University. By the end of the summer, he heads off to the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY. There he will study music performance with a concentration in clarinet, to achieve his career goal of becoming a musician in a professional orchestra.

Read More »


SeniordancersRed Bank Regional senior dance majors are dressed for the concluding number of their Spring Dance Performance (as well as their high school careers), which is appropriately named Celebration. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Red Bank Regional High School presents their Spring Dance Performance on Thursday, May 15 at 7 pm, with an encore performance on Sunday, May 18, at 2 pm.

A total of 47 dancers will perform 29 numbers in a mix of jazz, contemporary, hip hop and lyrical dance styles, choreographed by students and six professional dance/choreographers. Guest artists include Jessica Berube, who teachers dance at the School at Columbia; RBR alumna Cari France, who teaches and choreographs dance; Alex Vari who has performed in musical theater and Bollywood; Barbara Vari, Director of the Woodbridge School of Dance; Meredith Koloski Wehr, a dance and yoga instructor, and New York City dance instructor Dylan Smith, who has danced in national musical tours.

Read More »


SarahVatesNJchampionPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On March 2, Red Bank Regional High School senior Sarah Vates realized a long-term goal in winning the New Jersey State Tournament of Champions in a competitive forensic event.  In a few weeks, she will travel by invitation of Governor Christie to the Governor’s mansion, Drumthwacket, to celebrate her achievement along with the 19 other New Jersey students who took first place in their respective forensic categories.

As Sarah explains, “Forensics is similar to acting, but more disciplined since there are many rules by which competitors must abide. It is also pure performance, without props, or costumes and depends solely on voices, gestures and facial expressions.  It is much nuanced and can be different every time you perform a piece.”

The Holmdel resident — pictured holding two trophies; one each for herself and for her school — won the New Jersey state championship in prose interpretation. She chose her own material from a novel (The Paris Wife by Paula McClain) in which she synthesized the author’s words  into a ten minute forensic performance. Sarah had recently qualified to compete in the state championship when she placed fourth in the University of Pennsylvania’s Liberty Bell Classic national competition. Thirty contestants (who similarly qualified by placing in other high-level tournaments) competed in twenty categories using material chosen from other published sources.

Read More »