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Monday, June 26, 2017

Winners in The Princeton Festival’s annual Competition for Young Pianists


Randy Brown of Jacobs Music Company presents Junior Artists award to Elizabeth Yang of Belle Mead, New Jersey

On Sunday, June 11, six young pianists were declared winners in The Princeton Festival’s annual Competition for Young Pianists. The annual event was held at the Clark Music Center on the campus of The Lawrenceville School.

The Competition began with over 100 participants, competing in six categories, each playing a selection from a list of assigned pieces. After the preliminary rounds on June 3 and 4, adjudicators Elena Lisitsian and Eun H. Yun sent winners of the preliminaries on to the final round of the competition on June 11.

Jacobs Music was again the sponsor for the Young Pianists Competition, which has been a highly anticipated feature of The Princeton Festival since 2008. Lois Laverty and Glenn Smith were Masters of Ceremonies.

Winners were named in the following categories:

Elementary Artists (ages 6-9):  Elijah Yoon of Glen Mills, PA, a student of Natalie Zhu

Intermediate Artists (ages 10-12):  No winner named in this category

Junior Artists (ages 13-15): Elizabeth Yang of Belle Mead, NJ, a student of Grace Yang

Senior Artists (ages 16-18): Qinghong Lian of Flushing, NY, a student of Jeffrey Cohen

Four Hands: Elizabeth Yang and James Yang of Belle Mead, NJ, students of Grace Yang

Open Class (under the age of 25):  Ziang Xu of Boston, MA, a student of Victor Rosenbaum

tangRichard Tang Yuk Award for Outstanding Performance (and the winner of the Jacobs Music Grand Prize trip to Tanglewood):  LiYuan Byrne of Verona, NJ, a student of Chiu-Tze Lin

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Auditions: ‘Sleuth’ at OnStage at Kelsey

Viist MPOnStage on the Web

The Ultimate Game of
Cat and Mouse

About the Show
Maurer Productions OnStage, the company that brought you the Perry Award winning Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Neil Simon's Jake's Women, Driving Miss Daisy and the Glass Menagerie is holding open auditions for its upcoming production of Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth on Saturday July 22nd from 12pm to 5pm and Sunday July 23rd from 12pm to 5pm.
The award-winning production team of MPOnStage brings Sleuth to the Kelsey. The ultimate game of cat-and-mouse is played out in a cozy English country house owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke. Invited guest Milo Tindle, a young rival who shares not only Wyke's love of the game but also his wife, has come to lay claim. Revenge is devised and murders plotted as the two plan the ultimate whodunnit. Shaffer said the play was partially inspired by one of his friends, composer Stephen Sondheim, whose intense interest in game-playing is mirrored by the character of Wyke.
Casting 2 Men
This production will be presented at Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. The show will require 2 actors*. The production will be directed by Diana Gilman Maurer.

Directed By: Diana Gilman Maurer

July 22nd - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

July 23rd - 12:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Oct 6, 7, 13, 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Oct 8 & 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550


Box Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 9am-12pm;
One hour before show time.

Friday, June 23, 2017

NJSO Rain Alert for Free Concert Tonight in Scotch Plains


June 23 free concert moved to rain site at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

Free program features music from Beauty and the Beast, Rodeo, Lincoln, Bruce Springsteen hits and more in ‘Road Trip Across the USA’

Sponsored by the County of Union

Fri, June 23, at 7:30 pm

NEWARK, NJ (June 23, 2017)—Due to inclement weather, tonight’s free New Jersey Symphony Orchestra summer concert—originally scheduled to be held at Oak Ridge Park in Clark—has been moved to a rain location. The free concert will take place at 7:30 pm at Scotch Plains–Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains.

The family-friendly “Road Trip Across the USA” program takes a memorable musical trip from our New Jersey home with a medley of Bruce Springsteen hits through the heartland with John Williams’ moving score to Lincoln, to the Wild West and Copland’s iconic Rodeo, all the way to the Magic Kingdom with favorite music from Beauty and the Beast.

Sameer Patel, associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony, conducts the summer parks concerts, which are an annual tradition that reflects the Orchestra’s commitment to bringing live symphonic music to communities throughout the state.

Scotch Plains–Fanwood High School is located at 667 Westfield Road in Scotch Plains. Parking is available at the high school.

The concert, sponsored by the County of Union, is free and open to the public. No prior ticket reservations are required.

Updated event details are available at

Welcome back the Surflight Theatre: ‘Footloose’ opens this weekend!


Surflight Theatre presents Footloose- The Musical

​Book by Dean Pitchford and David Saint. Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Music and lyrics by Eric Carmen, Michael Gore, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, Tom Snow, Jim Steinman, Bill Wolfer and Dean Pitchford

Surflight Theatre under the leadership of  Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner and under the new ownership of Al Parinello (Producer The People in the Picture, The Fantasticks) will be reopening officially after a 2 year closure and bankruptcy liquidation on June 23rd with the musical sensation Footloose based on the 1980’s blockbuster movie of the same name. With mega hits like Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise , Let’s Hear it for the Boy and of course the title track Footloose, the musical is sure to thrill the Long Beach Island audiences with its unforgettable score, vibrant dancing and  poignant story of youth, rebellion and family.

Under the Direction/Choreography of Karen Babcock Brassea and Musical Direction of Michael McAssey, the 2017 Surflight Cast will feature Ricky Pope as Reverend Moore, Logan Farine as Ren, Meggan Herod as Ariel, Andrew Foote as Cowboy Bob (recently returned from the Korean Jekyll & Hyde as Spider and stand by for the title role which he performed often), Adrianne Hick as Lulu/Betty Blast (also just returned from the recent Jekyll & Hyde Korean tour), Jakki Joia as Vi Moore, and Colleen Burns Dunn as Ethel McCormack.

Also featuring the 2017 Resident Cast including: Emily Cobb, Bobby Davis, Gabriella Nina Gross, Jonah Hale, Sabrina Kalman, Daniel Neale, David Ossmon, McKenna Christine Poe, William Rivera, Madeline Rodrigue, Eoin Rude, Wyatt Slone, Seth Weinstein, Donte Wilder, and Vision Wilkes-Davis.

DATES: June 23-July 9

TIMES: June 23, 24, 27-30; July 1, 5-8 at 8pm; June 25, 27, July 2, 9 at 2pm

WHERE: Where: Surflight Theatre

201 Engleside Ave.

Beach Haven, NJ 08008

Tickets: Adults- $39.00; Children 12 and Under- $29.00

TONIGHT ONLY: Surflight Theatre and Show Place Ice Cream Parlour are excited to welcome Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel and Miss Ocean County Olivia Suarez to their Grand Re-Opening on June 23rd, 2017. Olivia recently represented Ocean County at the Miss New Jersey Pageant where Kaitlyn was crowned Miss New Jersey. Both ladies will be attending the opening of FOOTLOOSE the Musical as well as Show Place. Both ladies are crownholders in the Miss America Organization, the largest provider of scholarships to young women in the United States, and a New Jersey tradition for since its inception.

For more information please call (609) 492 9477 or visit us online at,

To purchase tickets; go to, or call (609)492-9477 ###

Summer Creative Arts Academy at the Growing Stage

Summer Creative Arts Academy Programming

Join us in Summer 2017 – SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE!

2011 Summer CampBack Again – GROWING IN STAGES

A Morning Program for Younger Campers

Grades Pre-K to 3rd ONLY

June 26 – 29, 9AM – 12PM

Click here to register and more info


Grades Pre- K through 8th

Weekly Sessions: July 10 – August 11, 9AM – 2PM

Click here to register and more info

The Growing Stage · The Children's Theatre of New Jersey
973-347-4946 · 7 Ledgewood Avenue Netcong NJ 07857

Auditions: ‘Mothers and Sons’ at the Barn Theatre in Montville

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Auditions for the Barn Theatre’s production of the Terrence McNally drama “Mothers and Sons” will be held at The Barn on Sunday and Monday July 16 & 17 from 7pm to 10pm. “Mothers and Sons” will be directed by Tom Schopper.

At turns funny and powerful, the play centers on Katharine Gerard, a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of Cal, her late son Andre's partner. Cal, however, is now married to Will, with whom he has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as Katharine revisits the past and begins to see the life her son, Andre, might have led.

Written by acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally, “Mothers and Sons” was nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play and for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tyne Daly). “Mothers and Sons” is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Premiere Stages to Present New Jersey Premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Skeleton Crew’

Premiere Stages will present the New Jersey Premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Obie Award-winning play Skeleton Crew at Kean University in Union July 13-30. In this compelling portrait of American workers struggling to hold on against the tide of technology, ambitions, secrets and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy an automotive plant’s status as a sanctuary in a rough city. Faye, the matriarch of a small family of line workers, gives her all to keep her team employed in one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit. Skeleton Crew is the third play in Ms. Morisseau’s award-winning Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which also includes Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and National Black Theatre).

Premiere’s production, helmed by producing artistic director John J. Wooten, will feature an accomplished professional company of actors, including Kristen Adele, Daniel Boisrond, Patricia R. Floyd, and Shane Taylor.

D MMs. Morisseau currently serves as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless,” and is the book writer for the new musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Temptations premiering at Berkeley Repertory Theatre this fall. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a NAACP Image Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama. Her most recent play Pipeline is currently in previews at Lincoln Center Theater.
Under Mr. Wooten’s direction, the Premiere Stages productions of The Beautiful Dark and The Good Counselor were honored by the American Theatre Critics Association and both plays were subsequently published. Mr. Wooten also produced and directed the first production of Ms. Morisseau’s Follow Me to Nellie’s, which was also honored by ATCA. Other new plays Mr. Wooten has directed at Premiere include Las Cruces, The People Before the Park, Duck Crossing, Any Other Name, and ODD. New Jersey Premieres he has directed include Soldier’s Heart, Rabbit Hole, Snakebit, Shmulnik’s Waltz, and Boy Gets Girl.

“We are pleased to welcome Dominique back to the Premiere fold,” stated Mr. Wooten. “Skeleton Crew exemplifies our mission and we could not be more excited to share this richly topical play with our audience.”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Reading of Pia Wilson’s Back to the Real concludes the third season of the Stage Exchange

Spend your FRIDAY with Crossroads at NJPAC!

NJPAC Stage Exchange - Back to the real - June 23, 2017

NJPAC Stage Exchange:The 2017 Commissions

In partnership with New Jersey Theatre Alliance and NJPAC

Pia Wilson's

Back to the Real

Friday, June 23 at 7pm

The Chase Room

A dramatic reading of Pia Wilson’s Back to the Real concludes the third season of the Stage Exchange, presented by NJPAC in collaboration with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
In Back to the Real, a brother and sister define just how and which Black lives matter in light of a revelation about one of their fiancé’s heritage.
Cutting-edge play development meets insightful community dialogue at the Stage Exchange, a collaboration of three professional New Jersey theaters and a talented trio of Garden State playwrights. Following readings and Q&As related to each work at the Stage Exchange, world premiere productions are staged by each dramatist’s partner theater.
Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick is the partner theater for Back to the Real.
Admission is $5.

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Crossroads Theatre Company thanks its major supporters:

American Express

Johnson & Johnson

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund

Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders

New Brunswick Cultural Center

New Jersey Council on the Arts/ Department of State,

a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Crossroads Theatre Company | 7 Livingston Avenue, PO Box 238, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Light Opera of NJ’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ at SOPAC in July


South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079 

Tickets $35, $40 and $45 Reserved Seating
Tickets are available for purchase HERE or by calling (973) 313-2787.



   Ken Garcia         Julie Galorenzo   Caitlin Alongi     Shane Long

Sweeney Todd           Mrs. Lovett             Johanna               Anthony

Georgia Engel joins cast of Paper Mill’s ‘Half Time’… a new musical

Georgia Engel (center)  (c)Matthew Murphy

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce early casting for Half Time, a new musical, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Five-time Emmy nominee Georgia Engel (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Sesame Street) will lead the cast in this uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. Half Time has a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Nell Benjaminand additional music by Marvin Hamlisch and Ester Dean. Half Time will run at Paper Mill Playhouse from May 31 to July 1, 2018. Half Time is produced in association with Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2017-2018 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten determined dreamers who audition to dance at half time for a major basketball team. They have three things in common: they love to dance, they have something to prove, and they are all over 60. Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa or swing—instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip-hop. Take the uplifting journey with these dreamers—and the young coaches who inspire them along the way—as they battle self-doubt, stereotypes and even each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Together they remind us that in life, when the odds are stacked against you and the challenges seem too great to overcome, it’s not the end of the game—it’s Half Time.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hip to Hip Theatre Company Free Shakespeare in the Parks

Hip to Hip Theatre Company Announces 2017 Season
Henry IV, Part 1: The Prince and the Rebel and Measure for Measure
Running in repertory July 25th – August 20th

“I wholeheartedly endorse Hip to Hip’s belief that great plays and great performances can change lives.” Gabourey Sidibe, Board Member & Oscar Nominated Actress

 Hip to Hip Theatre Company, under the Artistic Direction of Jason Marr is proud to announce its 2017 season of Free Shakespeare in the Parks. Now in its eleventh season, Hip to Hip will tour in repertory with William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1: The Prince and the Rebel and Measure for Measure from July 25th to August 20th. The family friendly tour will travel to 12 parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City, Jersey City, and Southampton.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Laurie Berkner Greatest Hits Solo Tour at the 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Laurie Berkner solo photo credit Jayme Thornton 72dpi





1:30 PM, FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

"The undisputed queen of kindie rock" -- USA Today
"The queen of children's music" -- People Magazine
"The Adele of the preschool crowd" -- The New York Times
"In the world of children's music, Laurie Berkner isn't just popular, she's an icon. Her earworm tunes have taken her from the Today show to the White House." -- Denver Post

NEW YORK -- Bestselling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will bring her Greatest Hits Solo Tour to the 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning with a family show at 1:30 p.m. on the Festival's opening day, Friday, July 28, 2017, at Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station (Readington Township), NJ.

Final week for Princeton Festival

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The Princeton Festival closes its 2017 season with a week of high quality, exciting performances across a diverse range of performing arts genres. Included are the second and final performance of Beethoven’s dramatic opera Fidelio; a concert by the Festival’s original-instrument Baroque orchestra; choral music of the Baroque period accompanied by the orchestra; a dazzling ballet troupe in contemporary works; and five sold-out performances of this year’s musical.

The premiere of Fidelio won a standing ovation and critical praise. The Festival repeats Beethoven’s paean to liberty, justice and conjugal loyalty at 3 pm on Sunday, June 25 at the Matthews Theatre in the McCarter Theatre Center. Both the plot and the music of the opera are heroic. The brave and faithful Leonore is determined to save her husband, imprisoned and scheduled to die at the hands of a political tyrant. Emotions soar in arias by the principals and the famous ode to liberty sung by the chorus of prisoners. Deeply human and grounded in moral values, Fidelio is a thrilling and uplifting theater experience.

On Saturday, June 24 at 8 pm in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center the internationally acclaimed contemporary ballet company BalletX will make its Central Jersey debut. Dedicated to introducing new works performed with the impeccable classical technique, BalletX has over 50 world premieres by foremost choreographers to its credit. There will be a free talk for ticket holders by the company’s Artistic and Executive Director, Christine Cox, at 7 pm.

Audiences have responded so strongly to the Festival Baroque Orchestra since its debut in 2015 that it has become an integral part of the Festival season. On Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30 pm the full orchestra will play a program of Stradella, Handel, Bach, Telemann and Hasse in Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary. On Saturday, June 24 at 5 pm the orchestra will again be heard in Miller Chapel, this time accompanying the Festival Chorus in music by Handel, Monteverdi, Vivaldi and Zelenka. The Festival Chorus is led by professional conductors who have just completed the Festival’s week-long master class in conducting led by Dr. Jan Harrington, retired Professor and Chairman of the Choral Conducting Department at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Free “Meet the Artists” receptions follow both events.

The Festival’s production of Man of La Mancha has received universal rave reviews. All remaining performances are sold out, but theater-goers may apply for seats on a stand-by basis beginning one hour before each performance. The critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “If you can get any of those last few seats, do.” The musical completes its run at 185 Nassau Street with 8 pm performances on June 22, 23, and 24, a 3 pm matinee on June 24, and a final performance at 4 pm on June 25.

For more information and a link to ticket sales (handled by McCarter Theatre), visit To purchase tickets by phone, call McCarter Theatre at 609-258-2787.

Photo: BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company.

Enroll your child in this summer's Dreamcatcher Jr.

Dreamcatcher Jr. is a 3-week summer theatre camp
at Oakes Center in Summit, NJ.
Classes run July 10 to 28, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3 pm
We have combined the best of our conservatory, where students build skills and study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects, with our beloved Dreamcatcher Junior program, where the students create and perform their own play.

Read more!summer-theatre-conservatory/ctfi

Dreamcatcher’s Monologues @ Mondo in Summit set for July

In the summer of 2014, DRT presented a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit. The series was received with such enthusiasm, that since then we return to MONDO every summer with our Monologues@MONDO series.

$20 in advance

$25 at the door


Call: 917-969-4534
Thursday Evenings at 8PM, July 8 ~ July 27
MONDO * 426 Springfield Avenue * Summit, NJ 07901

Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

by Holland Taylor

Featuring: Noreen Farley

ANN is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written and originally performed by Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor, ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family

"... fiery, salty and brash!" - The New York Times

Thursday, July 13,  2017 at 8:00 pm

All the Rage

by Martin Moran

Featuring: Harry Patrick Christian

Martin wondered for most of his adult life about anger. Surely he should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy, shouldn't he? Everyone thinks so. The question haunts him and sends him on a quest from west of the Rockies to south of Johannesburg. Jumping from dream to memory to fact, he finds himself in an electric encounter with his fuming stepmother, lost in Africa with a guide who can't read maps, in a room translating the details of an asylum seeker's torture. With equal parts honesty and entertainment, ALL THE RAGE attempts to solve an ancient human riddle: How is it that one moment we might reach out in compassion and the next...kill?

"... brilliant, funny and touching." - The New Yorker

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Night Watcher
by Charlayne Woodard

Featuring: Nicole Callender

Simultaneously a best friend, mentor, psychologist, and surrogate mother to the many young people who call her "Auntie," Charlayne Woodard is childless only by biological standards. Told with penetrating grace, candor and wit, THE NIGHT WATCHER is the story of a woman who chooses not to have children-only to be pulled into the real-life struggles of kids of all ages, races and backgrounds.

"Marvelous storytelling...a truly affecting piece of theater."

Scott McGowan

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Only Worse Thing You Could Have Told Me
by Dan Butler

Featuring: Scott McGowan

Billed as a "whirlwind tour of the gay American landscape," this one-man show juxtaposes ten predominantly gay characters in fourteen vignettes. Moving, funny and eye-opening, THE ONLY THING WORSE... turns inside out the experiences and perceptions surrounding gayness in modern America. The characters question, contradict and especially challenge one another's credo of what "being gay" really means.

" certainly don't have to be gay to appreciate Butler's people ... recognizable life as lived to straight or gay alike." - The New York Post

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654