Artistry Of Theatre And Gardening Communities Showcase Drumthwacket On Stage This Holiday Season
Garden State theatres support the economic development of New Jersey, contribute to their communities with outreach and arts education opportunities, and offer theatric works that inspire, challenge and entertain close to one million theatre goers annually. In addition, the Garden Club of New Jersey has donated countless hours decorating Drumthwacket in its holiday finery, with many members working since the summer to create the beautiful arrangements, garlands and ornamental accompaniments to compliment this year’s theatrical theme.
"We are grateful to the First Lady and the Drumthwacket Foundation for the opportunity to be part of this holiday tradition. New Jersey's professional theatres bring such enrichment to the state, and it's wonderful that so many people will have the opportunity to visit the residence to see some of the 'backstage' artistry of these theatres at Drumthwacket on Stage," said John McEwen, Executive Director, New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
The Drumthwacket Foundation Holiday Open Houses, which are open to the public, are scheduled for Wednesday December 4; Sunday December 8 and Wednesday, December 11. Reservations are required and can be made at http://www.polclients.com/drumthwacket/housetour.cfm. School field trips and groups of more than fifteen people should contact 609-683-0057, extension #5.
DINING ROOM: Decorated by the Dogwood Garden Club of Princeton, the long table is set for a holiday dinner for 10, hosted by the stars of the film version of White Christmas: Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Danny Kay and Vera-Ellen.
PARLOR: Decorated by Premiere Stages and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the theme for the Parlor Room is Madison (by Guillermo Reyes)and The Misanthrope (by Molière).The Keyport Garden Club has used its location on the Raritan Bay to inspire the parlor’s holiday décor. Local greens and oyster shells adorn the arrangements. The costumes in the parlor are reflected in the design elements of colors, feathers, plumes and spiced orange pomander balls.
MUSIC ROOM: Decorated by The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, the theme for this room is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The West Trenton Garden Club welcomes Rudolph all dressed up and updated for the holidays. Rudolph’s whimsical wonderland is filled with sophisticated white orchids and silver mercury glass with red-nosed accents. The Club has also incorporated the environmentally conscious theme of “Choices Make Changes” into the décor.
LIBRARY: Decorated by Centenary Stage Company, the Library’s theme is A Christmas Carol based on the story by Charles Dickens. Adorned by the Shrewsbury Garden Club, the tree is decorated with Marley’s silver chains with natural ornaments and touches of snow to remind us of Christmas past. The fireplace niche has lanterns and greens to lead the way to the village scenes presented on the coffee tables.
GOVERNOR’S STUDY: Decorated by East Lynne Theater Company, the room’s theme is It Pays to Advertise (by Roi Cooper Megrue and Walter C. Hackett). Decorated by the Shrewsbury Garden Club, the scene evokes an English period of time gone by. The fireplace is adorned with a swag of greens, antique ornaments and silver Christmas crackers and ribbon. The side tables add a touch of elegance with caches filled with orchids and greens.