Oradell – A loyal member of the Bergen County Players in Oradell for nearly half a century, Jerry Hurley was recently awarded the NJACT Lifetime Achievement Award.
At BCP, Hurley, of Hackensack, has been an executive board member, director of about 10 shows and helped build the set of virtually every show since he joined the volunteer organization in 1967. Hurley also taught theater at Westwood Regional Jr. Sr. High School, in Washington Township, for 36 years until he retired in 1997. The district named one of the two high school theaters in his honor.
"We're keeping live theater totally living and breathing. Go break a leg!" Hurley said with a smile during his acceptance speech. The awards were presented recently at the 43rd Annual Perry Awards ceremony at the Doubletree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center in Somerset. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special Perry award given to a theater organization volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the community.
The New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting local theater around the state. Perry awards are often nicknamed the Tony Awards of community theater.
The Bergen County Players was awarded NJACT Community Theater of the Year last year. BCP, on Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, has more than 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage. They make possible the nine productions presented each season. Further information can be found at bcplayers.org.
PHOTO: Winner Jerry Hurley, of Hackensack, center, BCP President Lynne Lupfer, of Tenafly, left,
and Board of Governors Chair Margie Druss Fodor, of Westwood. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL SMITH