The grand Legacy Castle on Route 23 in Pompton Plains has been the selected venue, fitting to celebrate the club’s 50 years of supporting Morris County first responders from Fire, local Police, New Jersey State Police departments and Emergency Medical Technician services on Thursday, May 5th, 2022. Weather permitting, outside displays will be available for the attendees from those services prior to the event. Trained personnel will greet guests and be available for questions and walk-through. Stay-tuned in the coming months for additional information!
Guests will be welcomed inside by magnificent 55-foot ceilings, hand-painted gold detailing, and a dual floating staircase featuring the richly worked Italian marble medallion at the base.
In keeping with the ambiance, the 200 Club is proud to showcase professionally accomplished Soprano Laura Zupa D’Avella, who will lead the evening’s festivities with The Star-Spangled Banner.
Laura Zupa D’Avella, Soprano, has been performing professionally since 2005, when she made her debut in Verdi’s Il Trovatore under the baton of her late mentor and New Jersey State Opera founder Alfredo Silipigni. Her lyric soprano has delighted audiences in numerous concerts and operas throughout the United States, and her most recent engagements include performances with the Light Opera of New Jersey (LONJ), Opera New Jersey, Eastern Opera, Pacific Opera, and Empire Opera in such roles as Papagena, Adele, Susanna, Despina, Papagena, Gilda, Micäela, Frasquita, Mabel, and Josephine. In 2021, she debuted the role of heroine Elsie Bengough in Paul Ziegler’s well-received chamber opera, The Beckoning Fair One. She is a founding member of Savoy Faire, LONJ’s educational outreach ensemble and has been the soprano section leader and soloist for many churches including St. Peter’s Episcopal Chancel Choir, Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair, and St. Mary’s Abbey Delbarton. Laura received her Master’s Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and holds a BA in music from Barnard College of Columbia University. She is a NATS certified teacher and currently maintains an active private voice studio. www.lauravoice.com.
For the past four years, Laura has served as the Co-Music Director of Montclair Kimberly Academy (MKA)’s Upper School musicals (Annie and Chicago). During the 2020-21 school year, she was proud to have been the Music Director and Conductor of a musical movie version of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World at MKA. Laura looks forward to returning to MKA as Music Director of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in March of 2022.
Laura and her husband BJ reside in Essex Fells. They are proud parents to Ben and Liliana and enjoy giving back to their community. For six years, Laura was an active Trustee and then President of the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence, an organization comprised of community members who provide financial support and enriching programs, including the annual musical, variety show, and assemblies for the students at Essex Fells School.