Executive Director of Communications
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL JEREMY AND THE THINKING MACHINE
PREMIERES AT QUEENS COLLEGE ON JUNE 25 AND 26
--Outdoor Event for the Entire Family Features a Seven-Piece Orchestra--
FLUSHING, June 9, 2005—Jeremy and the Thinking Machine, a musical for children ages five through ten, will premiere at Queens College in Flushing on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26 (an excerpt was recently performed at the National Theatre in London). Presented by the college’s Drama, Theatre and Dance department and Aaron Copland School of Music in association with Commerce Bank, Jeremy is the story of a young boy who develops confidence in himself and changes his life using a “thinking machine” bestowed on him by his Fairy Godmother.
The production is based on a story by Barbara Greenberg, with book and lyrics by Janet Neipris and Barbara Greenberg. It is directed by Susan Einhorn, the department chair, who has directed 60 productions in her career, most recently at Theatre for the New City. Music is by Janet Neipris and choreography is by Edie Cowan, whose work includes Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors.
“Commerce Bank is proud to partner with Queens College to premiere Jeremy and the Thinking Machine,” said Peter Meyer, regional vice president, Commerce Bank. “We are committed to partnering with innovative organizations that create unique and fun activities that help the local community to thrive.”
Featuring a seven-piece orchestra and a cast of 11, the family-oriented, hour-long show will be performed in the outdoor Amphitheatre behind Goldstein Theatre. The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, quilts and sand chairs. For those unable to sit on the ground, seating will be made available. In the event of rain, performances will be held in LeFrak Concert Hall in the Music Building on campus.
Performances are Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, at 12 noon and 3 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under ten, and may be purchased by calling (718) 793-8080. Tickets are also available one hour before the start of each performance at the Amphitheatre. For directions to Queens College, please visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php .
A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the Commerce Bank philosophy. Overall, Commerce Bank's Corporate Giving Program has contributed more than $38 million – 5100 contributions and $7.8 million in 2004 alone – to nonprofit organizations, helping improve the quality of life of the people living in the communities served by the bank. Commerce Bank provides financial and other support to educational, arts, community, human service and health-related programs, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.
The 2006 edition of The Princeton Review America’s Best Value Colleges ranks Queens College #8 in the nation—a rating based on outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs. Founded in 1937, the college offers an exceptional liberal arts curriculum, with over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and a variety of specialized honors programs. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means, the college has nearly 17,000 students from more than 140 nations, which fosters an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment.