I was delighted when I saw in the local paper that Triskelion, a new theater group, has arrived in my town, Scotch Plains.. The group, founded this spring, is non-profit and based at All Saints Episcopal Church on Park Avenue. A small outfit so far, Triskelion hopes to do productions involving professionals with amateur adults and children.
Richard Johnson, artistic director and founder, is a member of All Saints. He said the church has ample room for productions because of its large parish hall, although he hopes to expand into the schools and other locations.
Planned for early fall is a murder mystery dinner show, which is being written by Johnson and two others. In the late fall, “A Christmas Carol” is being adapted for a five-man show. Also this coming year, auditions will be held for an improv group, which will be announced in advance giving those who want to try out time for preparation.
This is all good news for me since I love going to the theater and maybe once again auditioning for a play. However, it has been a long time since I did that. Perhaps if they are looking for a “mature middle aged” woman, or a “newbie senior”, or maybe just a “granny”, I could qualify.
A recent benefit at the church was successful. The entertainment was provided by a live band, known locally as the “Wandering Scotchwoods”. Band members were all from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. They were Craig Kiell, Tommy Le Pano, Dan Wasik,and John Besser.
Triskelion gets its name from an old symbol which appeared in ancient Rome and Greece on coins, and subsequently used throughout history on many objects. It consists of three interlocked spirals or human legs bent at the knee and joined at the hip, or three of any kind of protrusions which could rotate easily. It is used on the flag of Sicily. See the illustration. According to Johnson, the symbol stands for “unity of community” and culture.
Johnson has long been involved in theater production. He has been in the field for 25 years, having been a founding member of Spiral, Inc. in New York City, which is sponsoring Triskelion. From there he went on to start Mix Productions, which brought “Fancy Footwork” to Scotch Plains in the spring and which was given a very positive review by the Westfield Leader.
He emphasizes that children will be involved, providing acting programs as well as a children’s theater. He will welcome kids of all ages. And maybe a few of us older hopefuls with stars in our eyes.