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PR # 175 March 5, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will stage a student production of Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas, March 26-29, at 8 p.m., in the Welpe Theatre at the College?s North Branch Campus.

The bewitching romantic fantasy features two young lovers, Peter and Rita, and a strange old man. The production is being directed by Gloria Trombley of Bridgewater, RVCC adjunct assistant professor. The student cast includes:

Jeff Green, Middletown (Peter Hoskins)
Ashley DelPizzo, Branchburg (Rita Boyle)
Eddie Reynolds, Middlesex (Old Man)
Lynda Dickson, Bridgewater (Mrs. Boyle)
Timothy O?Neill, Middlesex (Dr. Boyle)
Brandon Weiss, Bridgewater (Taylor)
Carina Metz, Hillsborough (Leah Blier)
Mary Vliet, Hillsborough (Aunt Dorothy)
Tyler Mussel, Bernardsville (Uncle Fred)
James Castanien, Annandale (Tom)
Brett Cohen, Basking Ridge (Minister)
Jerome A. John, Somerset (Demarcus)
Jessica Crespo, Somerset (Taylor?s girlfriend)
Ronnie Coco, Neshanic Station (Piano man)
Tressa Giardina, Flemington (Stage manager)

The comedy focuses on the romantic relationship between Peter and Rita, who meet by chance at a party and fall madly in love. They quickly marry, only to experience the unthinkable: Peter ?loses? Rita. Peter finds himself on his honeymoon with a stranger and soon learns that the odd old man who mysteriously appeared at their wedding may really be the love-of-his-life, Rita. Together they embark on an extraordinary journey of wonder and confusion that will test the strength of their love and commitment to each other.

Prelude to a Kiss contains mature themes and is recommended for audiences age 16 and older. Tickets cost $5 for students and seniors, $8 for general admission. For tickets, call 908-725-3420. For further information, call 908-218-8876.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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