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Relive the Livingston Theatre Company’s Productions

Livingston Theatre Company - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oklahoma programsThe Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) and the Livingston Theatre Company (LTC) Alumni Association have partnered with the Internet Archive to scan and digitize the printed programs from the Livingston Theatre Company’s productions — from the first production in 1999, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, through the final production of the 19th season, Oklahoma!, in 2017.

Each year the LAA celebrates the LTC with an All-Alumni Theater Night/Afternoon.

This project is made possible through financial support received from the Rutgers University Alumni Association.

Links to the individual printed programs are below:

 


Show # Title Season Season/
Show
Show Opened Show Closed
1 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 1998-1999 1.1 4/23/1999 5/1/1999
2 The Fantasticks 1999-2000 2.1 10/22/1999 10/24/1999
3 Nunsense 1999-2000 2.2 11/18/1999 11/21/1999
4 Godspell 1999-2000 2.3 4/6/2000 4/9/2000
5 Moon Over Buffalo 2000-2001 3.1 10/26/2000 10/29/2000
6 The Wiz 2000-2001 3.2 11/16/2000 11/19/2000
7 Lucky Stiff 2000-2001 3.3 3/22/2001 3/25/2001
8 Fiddler On The Roof 2000-2001 3.4 4/26/2001 4/29/2001
9 Promises, Promises 2001-2002 4.1 10/25/2001 10/28/2001
10 Jekyll & Hyde 2001-2002 4.2 11/15/2001 11/18/2001
11 Carnival 2001-2002 4.3 3/7/2002 3/10/2002
12 Footloose 2001-2002 4.4 4/25/2002 4/28/2002
13 Something’s Afoot 2002-2003 5.1 10/24/2002 10/27/2002
14 The Scarlet Pimpernel 2002-2003 5.2 11/21/2002 11/24/2002
15 Evita 2002-2003 5.3 3/6/2003 3/9/2003
16 The Will Rogers Follies 2002-2003 5.4 4/24/2003 4/27/2003
17 Pippin 2003-2004 6.1 10/23/2003 10/26/2003
18 Kiss Me Kate 2003-2004 6.2 11/20/2003 11/23/2003
19 Company 2003-2004 6.3 3/4/2004 3/7/2004
20 Damn Yankees 2003-2004 6.4 4/22/2004 4/25/2004
21 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum 2004-2005 7.1 10/21/2004 10/24/2004
22 A Chorus Line 2004-2005 7.2 11/18/2004 11/18/2004
23 Once Upon A Mattress 2004-2005 7.3 3/3/2005 3/6/2005
24 Camelot 2004-2005 7.4 4/14/2005 4/23/2005
25 Little Shop Of Horrors 2005-2006 8.1 10/20/2005 10/23/2005
26 Working 2005-2006 8.2 11/17/2005 11/20/2005
27 You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown 2005-2006 8.3 3/2/2006 3/5/2006
28 Ragtime 2005-2006 8.4 4/20/2006 4/29/2006
29 Urinetown 2006-2007 9.1 10/19/2006 10/22/2006
30 Once On This Island 2006-2007 9.2 11/16/2006 11/19/2006
31 Baby 2006-2007 9.3 3/1/2007 3/4/2007
32 Cabaret 2006-2007 9.4 4/12/2007 4/21/2007
33 The Full Monty 2007-2008 10.1 10/18/2007 10/21/2007
34 Sweet Charity 2007-2008 10.2 11/15/2007 11/18/2007
35 Seussical 2007-2008 10.3 4/17/2008 4/20/2008
36 The Wiz 2008-2009 11.1 12/4/2008 12/6/2008
37 Parade 2008-2009 11.2 3/5/2009 3/8/2009
38 The Wedding Singer 2008-2009 11.3 4/9/2009 4/11/2009
39 Rent 2009-2010 12.1 11/5/2009 11/8/2009
40 Sweeney Todd 2009-2010 12.2 2/25/2010 2/28/2010
41 Tommy 2009-2010 12.3 4/22/2010 4/25/2010
42 The Wild Party 2010-2011 13.1 11/11/2010 11/14/2010
43 Into The Woods 2010-2011 13.2 3/3/2011 3/6/2011
44 Hairspray 2010-2011 13.3 4/14/2011 4/17/2011
45 The Rocky Horror Show 2011-2012 14.1 11/3/2011 11/5/2011
46 Bare 2011-2012 14.2 3/1/2012 3/4/2012
47 Legally Blonde 2011-2012 14.3 4/19/2012 4/22/2012
48 How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 2012-2013 15.1 11/15/2012 11/18/2012
49 Merrily We Roll Along 2012-2013 15.2 2/21/2013 2/24/2013
50 The Producers 2012-2013 15.3 4/18/2013 4/21/2013
51 Young Frankenstein 2013-2014 16.1 11/7/2013 11/10/2013
52 Hair 2013-2014 16.2 2/20/2014 2/23/2014
53 Footloose 2013-2014 16.3 4/17/2014 4/19/2014
54 The Drowsy Chaperone 2014-2015 17.1 11/6/2014 11/9/2014
55 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 2014-2015 17.2 2/19/2015 2/22/2015
56 In The Heights 2014-2015 17.3 4/16/2015 4/19/2015
57 Anything Goes 2015-2016 18.1 11/12/2015 11/15/2015
58 Spring Awakening 2015-2016 18.2 2/18/2016 2/21/2016
59 Urinetown 2015-2016 18.3 4/21/2016 4/24/2016
60 Little Shop of Horrors 2016-2017 19.1 11/10/2016 11/13/2016
61 American Idiot 2016-2017 19.2 2/16/2017 2/19/2017
62 Oklahoma! 2016-2017 19.3 4/20/2017 4/23/2017

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‘Education Is the Main Topic of Discussion’ in 1973; Graduates Have ‘Set the Pace’ for Classes to Come

Noah Hart, Jr.Noah Hart, Jr., a 1973 graduate of Livingston College at Rutgers University who attended the college for two years, edited its 1973 yearbook, Livingston in the Retrospect, 1969-1973. In the yearbook he included the following reflections on Livingston’s first four years:

On September 11, 1969, Dean Earnest Lynton addressed 300 students and faculty members on the newest branch of Rutgers University, Livingston College. One of the few times in the history of higher education in the United States had a dean of a predominately white higher education institution addressed such a racially mixed student body, and faculty.

Twenty-five per cent of Livingston’s student population was Black or Puerto Rican, the highest in the nation for a predominately white higher education institution. The faculty was composed of scholars from throughout the United States and the world. There too, minority people composed at least twenty per cent of the total.

On May 31, 1973, the students who entered Livingston that day in September, 1969 will graduate. They will be among the first official graduating class from Livingston College.

Then University President, Dr. Mason Gross called the opening of Livingston “A historic event,” because it was something new.

Livingston is still “something new”, and has a great deal to accomplish. From the 700 students who made up the original Livingston College class of 1969, has sprung a student body of 2800.

The college has grown from the mud coated, and pebble ridden, always growing embryo of 1969, to a modern and attractive addition to the Piscataway Township landscape.

Student life centers around a large games room in Tillet Hall, numerous dormitory lounges, and a huge newly completed gymnasium in the rear of quads II and III.

After only four years, the student population of Livingston College has sent men and women into many leadership roles in neighboring communities, and to many graduate schools.

The student body at Livingston College also has it’s own intercollegiate athletic program, which competes with teams on a small college level. Livingston teams compete in the Metropolitan Club Football Conference, in which they are the 1972 champions, and compete in the National Club Sports Association, which has recently ranked the football club as the 13th best in America.

Livingston has grown quite a bit since that day in September 1969. The student population has grown, the physical structure has been vastly improved, the student body is a great deal more stable, and education is the main topic of discussion.

Of all the classes which came before, and that will follow the class of 1973, non deserves more credit and acclaim than they.

Following four years of trekking to classes through mud, incompleted buildings and a host of other physical and social obstacles, the class of 1973 has found the endurance to set the pace for the many classes to come.

Noah Hart, Jr., ’73


Noah Hart, Jr., Ed.D., is the Coordinator of First Year Advising at Monmouth University.

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Livingston College Monthly Updates (2005-2007)

Tamar Kieval Br[See also the Alumni Newsletters page.]

Tamar Kieval Brill (pictured), then Livingston College’s Assistant Dean for Special Projects, compiled the Livingston College Monthly Updates, posted online from March 2005 through February 2007. PDF copies are available here:

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Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio, LC’06, Gave His Life in the Line of Duty; Posthumously Honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2009

Kevin ApuzzioKevin Anthony Bernardo Apuzzio, a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT), died on April 11, 2006, in the line of duty while attempting to rescue a woman in a house fire. He was 21, and the woman, Betty Scott, was 75.

A month later, Rutgers University’s Livingston College posthumously awarded him a bachelor’s degree. Also in 2006, Apuzzio was presented posthumously with the Rutgers University Alumni Federation’s Edward J. Bloustein Award for Community Service.

In 2009 the Livingston Alumni Association honored Apuzzio as a Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumnus.

Kevin Apuzzio, Firefighter with East Franklin Township Fire Department, Station 27At age 16, Apuzzio, a lifelong resident of Union, New Jersey, had trained to become an EMT. In 2002 he graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Apuzzio had worked as a part-time EMT in Rutgers Department of Emergency Services for more than three years, and for about two years as a volunteer firefighter with the East Franklin Fire Department, Station 27, in Somerset, New Jersey, where he obtained his Firefighter 1 certification and was promoted to foreman.

Apuzzio, who had studied criminal justice at Rutgers, wanted to become a police officer in New York City. On the day of his death, his family received his police exam test results in the mail. Apuzzio achieved an almost perfect score of 99.6.

Kevin Apuzzio, Rutgers University Emergency Medical TechnicianA 2009 tribute video to Apuzzio (embedded on this page) interweaves recollections from his parents and from Dan Krushinski, East Franklin Fire Chief.

Joseph Apuzzio called his son a role model. “If he even knew you just a little bit, he’d do anything he could. … He volunteered for just about anything.”

At the fatal fire, Chief Krushinski said, Apuzzio answered the call and entered the burning house “without hesitation, without doubt in his mind.”

His father also remembers taking Kevin fishing: “The first time I took him fishing, I guess he was 6, maybe 7 years old. And he caught a trout, a good size trout, OK? So he drags the trout onto the shore, and I got to pick it up and he saw where the hook was and he got very upset. He said he didn’t want to hurt the trout.”

Krushinski remembered Apuzzio as “a gentleman and easy-going, but he wanted to help people.”

“I think if you drove down (Interstate) 287 and passed five people with flat tires, he probably would have stopped and helped all five people change their tires.”

In 2007, one year to the day after Apuzzio’s passing, members of the Rutgers community and the Apuzzio family gathered in the university’s Public Safety Building to honor him by renaming the training facility the Kevin Apuzzio Training Center.

“Kevin personified the best of Rutgers students: hard work, community involvement and a desire to help others,” said Richard L. McCormick, then president of Rutgers. “We use this training center to prepare public safety personnel to serve and protect our community. It is only fitting that it bear Kevin’s name.”

In December 2013, the voting members of the East Franklin Fire Company established the Kevin A. Apuzzio Memorial Foundation to provide funds and support to student firefighters following in Apuzzio’s footsteps of community service. In June 2014, the foundation officially incorporated as a New Jersey nonprofit corporation. Funds raised support the foundation’s mission to carry on Apuzzio’s legacy through scholarships and outreach programs.

On the 10th anniversary of his death in 2016, friends and family remembered Apuzzio, with the Union Township Committee and the Union County Sheriff presenting commemorative resolutions to his family.

Apuzzio was survived by his parents, Joseph and Marili, and a sister, Leila. He is buried at Mount Olive Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey.

Read more about Apuzzio:

Watch the LAA’s interview and video tribute to Apuzzio (2 minutes, 32 seconds), embedded on this page, or open in a new window.

Photos courtesy of the Apuzzio family and the East Franklin Fire Department.

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Dean Paula Van Riper Remembered; Honored with Memorial Bench on Livingston Campus

Paula Van RiperRutgers University has honored Paula K. Van Riper, a former assistant dean and director of advising for Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and previously for Livingston College, with a tribute plaque erected on a bench outside the James Dickson Carr Library (formerly the Kilmer Library) on Livingston campus.

Rutgers dedicated the plaque to Van Riper’s memory at a ceremony on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Van Riper, 67, of Branchburg, New Jersey, passed away on August 20, 2015, after a long struggle with multiple myeloma.

Van Riper had served as a dean at Rutgers in various roles since 1992. Prior to joining the university, Van Riper served on the Piscataway, New Jersey, Board of Education as a member, Vice President and President, and as President of the PTA Presidents Council.

Diagnosed with myeloma in 1999, Van Riper founded the Central Jersey Multiple Myeloma Support Group, providing information, guidance, and support to many fellow patients and their families. She had spoken and written extensively in support of the myeloma community, and had appeared as its advocate before legislative bodies. She also started a yearly 5K race to support multiple myeloma research. In fall 2015, shortly after Van Riper’s death, the proceeds from the race funded a research grant in her name.

A fund-raiser for Van Riper’s memorial plaque, which ran from August 10-September 12, 2016, raised $8,840, with $7,000 earmarked for Rutgers and $1,840 for scholarships for Piscataway High School students. 

“Thousands of students remember her fondly as the advisor ready with a word of good advice, a smile and a gentle push forward,” her colleague, SAS Assistant Dean Robin Diamond, said in a video explaining the fund-raising campaign (also embedded on this page). “Need someone to talk to who would give it to you straight while still caring about your experience? Paula was your person.”

Among other accomplishments, Van Riper established a connection between the radio stations at Rutgers and Piscataway High School, allowing them to merge and serve both the university and the high school since 2000.

Garth Patterson, an academic advisor in SAS since its founding in 2007, remembers Van Riper as a professional mentor “and in uncountable ways, influenced my growth as a person.”

Jason Goldstein, a 2002 alumnus of Livingston College, remembers Van Riper from an open house event he attended before entering college.

“As a dean, Paula Van Riper provided remarks, led a panel discussion, and provided insight when answering questions from the audience. She showcased her warmth, energy, and love for students, a disposition that represented Livingston College very well,” said Goldstein, who is also a former President of the Livingston Alumni Association. “As an inquisitive high school student, I had a million questions. After the event ended, I approached Paula in the hallway to introduce myself and learn a little more. Paula spent what must have been a half hour with me and my parents sharing her passion for Livingston College and tips to be successful at Rutgers and in life. I felt there was now a face, with a beautiful smile, on this intimidating university.”

Sabrina Lauredent, an alumna from the SAS Class of 2015, remembers Van Riper as “thoughtful, kind, witty and very honest to me about everything.

“Dean Van Riper was thoughtful, kind, witty and very honest to me about everything. Dean Van Riper guided me through a lot of my academic and personal struggles, and was always willing to meet with me in between work and classes,” said Lauredent, a secretarial assistant at the Livingston Advising Center. “During each advising session she encouraged me to try harder and simply do better, and I always left feeling a little more confident in my abilities and myself.

“There were plenty of fun conversations too, about puppies, the weather and our hair. I loved everything about Dean Van Riper from the way she appreciated everyone around her, the way she spoke, the pretty scarves she wore, her cute green Prius, and the hugs she gave me before and after every long break.”

Van Riper was born in 1947 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and graduated from Franklin High School in 1965. Van Riper earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Rider University in 1969, and a Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers in 1997.

She is survived by her son Ryan Van Riper, daughter Renee (Whitman) and her husband Eric Whitman, brother Richard Bonopane, sister Bonnie (Fochi), brother Alan Bonopane, and grandson Alexander Whitman. She is predeceased by her parents, Vincent and Frances Bonopane.

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