Thursday, April 27, 2017

‘Just Be You’ Performing Arts 2nd Annual ‘A Showcase of Stars"


Just Be You Performing Arts; a mentoring, enrichment, and training organization based in New Jersey, presents our 2nd Annual "A Showcase of Stars". To be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Rahway Public Library - 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, New Jersey 07065 - in the auditorium meeting room.

Last year's program was a huge full-house success; held at the Union County Performing Arts Center's Main Stage Cafe, in downtown Rahway last summer. This year, in keeping with Just Be You Performing Arts philanthropic contributions to the arts and the community, we are proud to hold the event at the Rahway Public Library; with FREE admission.
Aspiring artists ages 5 to 18 year's old will be performing in this year's showcase. You will enjoy music, poetry, singing, and acting. These children have worked very hard to prepare for the show and we truly hope that you can attend this marvelous family friendly event.

Just Be You Performing Arts is a media magnet. This year's event; as in last year's, was featured in various media publications and outlets, such as: The Home News Tribune,,,,, and several others.

Prior to the showcase, we are hosting a free theatre acting technique master class, for aspiring young actors ages 5 to 23 year's old. This fun and interactive workshop will be conducted by seasoned actress, producer, writer and director, Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke, the founder and executive director of Just Be You Performing Arts.
Registration is required because space is limited!
Contact us today at: to register your child for the program.

JBY Presents our 2nd Annual "A Showcase of Stars"

A wonderful family friendly program!

  • theatre acting workshop and showcase - FREE admission
  • Rahway Public Library - 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, New Jersey 07065 - auditorium meeting room
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Circle players to present staged reading of new mystery


Circle players to present a staged reading of  new mystery by local playwright Ryan Kaminski. The performance will take place on Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m.

When Dr. Frank Irving learns that his new patient, John Danes, a recently released parolee, killed a man in prison, he realizes he’s found an answer to his ongoing problems. Stuck in the middle of a nasty and humiliating divorce with his wife, Nicole, Frank hires John to murder her in a seemingly flawless plan. But when a relentless homicide detective begins an investigation, Frank witnesses his perfect plan begin falling apart, and quickly realizes John is far more dangerous than he ever thought possible.

Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation.  A talkback with the author immediately follows the reading.

Appearing in the cast are:

Eric Parkin of  Belleville

Christie Leigh Carver of  Bound Brook

Dawn Lanoue of Metuchen

Stephen A. Mennella of  Dunellen

Victor E. Martinez of South Amboy

The theater is located at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway. Please be advised: due to the unique layout of this theater in the round, latecomers cannot be seated after the performance has started. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain.

For more information, call (732) 968-7555, or

Circle Players  416 Victoria Ave Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA (732) 968-7555

MPAC's Spring Musical - West Side Story!

Tickets are on sale now for MPAC's 5th Annual Spring Musical, West Side Story! The show will run for 4 performances only, June 2 - 4. 

Featuring a cast of over 50 talented young performers, the original Jerome Robbins choreography and professional production values, this beloved musical will capture your heart. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

Take a walk down memory lane with this photo album of our past productions! Click here or on the image below to visit the album. 

MPAC's Spring Fundraiser

"Take off" to MPAC's Spring Fundraiser June 7th and help us raise critical operating funds and support for our growing education programs. 

Click here for ticketing information, sponsorship and more details!

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Don’t miss a moment—it’s a fantastic season!

Xian Zhang’s second season as Music Director is spellbinding from beginning to end, andresonates with abundant moments of magic, of vision, of wonder and elation. Enjoy momentous masterpieces including Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony and sublime “Emperor” Concerto, arresting works from Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff and the awe-inspiring Mozart Requiem.
The 2018 Winter Festival, “America, Inspiring,” celebrates artists and composers who found creative inventiveness within this great nation, featuring works from Britten, Ravel, Korngold and Dvorák.
The whole family will love a variety of Pops programs, including Jason Alexander (George Costanza on “Seinfeld”) singing Broadway hits, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert with the NJSO, and Radio Hits Live: The Music of Abba, Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago & more.

McCarter Special Tix Offer

A powerful portrait of one woman’s discovery of her own empowerment and the true meaning of intimacy.

The year is 1905. A single African American seamstress is supporting herself by creating elegant lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When a letter arrives from a stranger, it awakens a desire within her that leads to the love she yearned for, but is nothing like she expected. Jade King Carroll (The Piano Lesson) returns to McCarter to direct this tender, exquisitely-written romance from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat).

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Saturday, May  6 – 8pm
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Saturday, May 27 – 8pm
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Tuesday, May 30 – 7:30pm

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Three shows this weekend at Dreamcatcher

Three shows this weekend: Fri. & Sat. @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm


See the offer to our theatergoers from The Hat Tavern and read about the sneak pop-up performance. 

Things Being What They Are

By Wendy MacLeod 

As Bill waits anxiously for his unfaithful wife and his furniture, he is visited by Jack, a divorced neighbor who suggests the loneliness of life after marriage. At first, Jack appears to be a nightmare neighbor-intrusive, needy, boorish-but gradually Bill's perception of his new "friend" deepens. While it's true that Jack managed to lose his wife's trust and his children's love, Bill discovers that Jack is wrestling with circumstances that would challenge the best of us. A funny and wistful exploration of love, loss, masculinity, and the needs that bring people together and drive them apart.


Friday, April 28: 8pm

Saturday, April 29: 8pm

Sunday, April 30: 2pm

Friday, May 5: 8pm

Saturday, May 6: 8pm

Sunday, May 7: 2pm


April 30

Free post-show talkback

Dover Little Theatre's 85th Season

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces 2017 Season

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Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces 2017 Season

For the first time in its 13-year history, Premiere Stages will provide expanded development to five new works in one season, including the New Jersey Premiere of Skeleton Crew, the third play in Dominique Morisseau’s critically acclaimed Detroit cycle, and the first professional production of Chris Cragin-Day’s heartwarming play, Foster Mom, winner of the 2017 Premiere Stages Play Festival. This season will also feature free developmental workshops of Patricia Cotter’s 1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson), runner-up for the 2017 Play Festival, and two exciting new play commissions, Nicole Pandolfo’s Brick City, developed in cooperation with NJPAC and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and Martin Casella’s Black Tom Island, recipient of the 2017/2018 Liberty Live Commission in partnership with Liberty Hall Museum. Tickets go on sale May 22.

A searing story of power, struggle, and hope in uncertain times, Ms. Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew (July 13-30 in the Zella Fry Theatre) makes its Garden State debut after a critically acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2016. In this compelling portrait of American workers struggling to hold on against the tide of technology, Faye, the matriarch of a small family of line workers, gives her all to keep her team employed in one of the last automotive stamping plants in Detroit. A two-time NAACP Image Award winner and recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, Ms. Morisseau will again team with Premiere’s producing artistic director John J. Wooten, who directed her first play, Follow Me to Nellie's, at Premiere Stages in 2011.

JohnWootenWe are honored to welcome Dominique back to Premiere,” stated Mr. Wooten. “Skeleton Crew is an ideal fit for our season and we are excited to be sharing this richly topical play with our patrons. The emergence of Dominique as one of America's leading playwrights makes the project particularly special.”

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir Announces New Jersey Tour

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Award-winning Ensemble to Present Fully-staged Production Numbers

Paper Mill Playhouse has  announced  the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir’s 2017 tour of their fully-staged concert event “Paper Mill Sings.” This song and dance extravaganza will feature production numbers from popular Broadway shows including Newsies, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, The Wiz, A Bronx Tale, Disney’s High School Musical, Annie, Sister Act, and more. The program will also feature pop favorites from Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, ABBA and Pentatonix. This is the second year of Paper Mill Playhouse’s newest ensemble Voices of Paper Mill, which will be performing ‘extreme acapella’ in the style of the recent “Pitch Perfect” films. This year, the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir was selected as New Jersey’s Favorite Choral Group by the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards. The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is sponsored by Overlook Medical Center.

This year’s tour includes Villagers Theatre in Somerset, New Jersey (Sunday, May 14; 7:00PM), Bickford Theater in Morristown, New Jersey (Sunday, May 21; 3:00PM), Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Providence, New Jersey (Saturday, May 27; 3:00PM), Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey (Saturday, June 3; 4:00PM), Hamilton Stage in Rahway, New Jersey (Friday, June 16; 8:00PM) and The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, New Jersey (Saturday, June 24; 8:00PM). For a complete listing of performances visit

New Jersey Dance Companies Launch The Disruption Project in Jersey City

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Dance is soon destined to disrupt Jersey City with original choreography deliberately designed to do just that.

On May 5 & May 6, Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents The Disruption Project at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City.

The Disruption Project is an evening of performances by two leading New Jersey-based based dance companies: Robert Mark Dance and Connolly & Co. Developed for JCTC’s Disruption series, The Disruption Project features QUAKE, choreographed by Robert Mark Burke, Artistic Director of Robert Mark Dance and An Endless Pause, choreographed by Lauren Connolly, Artistic Director of Connolly & Co.

Through visual arts, theatre, readings, performances and music, JCTC explores topics global in scope yet relevant to the community. Disruption – the current thematic series by JCTC, which runs through June— looks at the personal, social and political impact of our present era of disorienting change.

Audition: Open Call for ‘Doodle – All American Sing Along’


Center Players, Freehold’s resident theater company, will be holding open auditions for its “Signature Series” presentation of “Doodle – All American Sing Along,” to be directed by Leslie Hochman.  It will be presented 6/16-6/26/17 at Center Playhouse, located at 35 South Street in downtown Freehold.


WHAT:                     Auditions for “Doodle – All American Sing Along,” written and directed by Leslie Hochman

WHERE:                   Center Playhouse, 35 South Street, Freehold, NJ.

WHEN:                     6/16 – 6/26/17

                                 six performances, Fri & Sat at 8PM and Sun at 2PM

AUDITION DATES: Sun. May 8th 7-9pm

Mon. May 9th 7-9pm


PREPARE:               16 bars of uptempo song; bring sheet music

    Sides from show will be available


Headshot and resume if available.


Doodle Dandy *- Boy or girl- Age range- 9 to 14 years old. Must sing and tap dance

Violet Dandy- Doodle’s Mother - Age range- 25 to 40 years old

Prof. Griffin Neidenheimer- Highly intelligent gentleman - Age range- 25-40 years old

Elliot- The American Bald Eagle

Mayor Arnold Schwartz- The loud mouth politician- Age range- 40 +

Deputy Mayor Sheldon Nagle- Mayors sidekick- Age range - 30 +

Althea Snutkins - Wealthy member of the town council

Foreign exchange student- Age range- 9 to 20 years old

Stanley- The town jokester

Possible small ensemble - All ages

All cast members must sing with limited dancing


"Doodle" is the story of the town of Dependence which is planning their annual 4th of July celebration. It seems that all the citizens are concerned about is having a good time and having a day off. Doodle Dandy feels that they have forgotten the real meaning of the holiday. With the help of Elliot, the bald headed eagle, and a special friend from a foreign land, the town of Dependence is shown the true meaning of the holiday.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact: Leslie Hochman    (

Non-union, no pay.


Mile Square Theatre annual 10-minute play festival ‘7th Inning Stretch’


Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, presents its annual 10-minute play festival, 7th Inning Stretch: 7 10-minute plays about baseball .

In celebration of Hoboken’s historical claim as the birthplace of baseball, since 2003 MST has commissioned some of America’s most celebrated playwrights to create short work on the theme of baseball. This year’s lineup of writers has eagerly accepted the assignment and will be hitting it out of the park on May 12, 13, and 14 when this annual event is presented at Mile Square Theatre’s new performance venue.

This year’s writers include Raquel Almazon (Signature Theatre, La Mama, Intar), Bob Clyman (Alley Theatre, 59E59), Megan Hart (O’Neill Finalist), Steven Haworth (LA Weekly Award, Ovation nominee), Erin Mallon (InViolet Theatre), and Joe Sutton (Pulitzer Nominee).

Chris O’Connor, MST Artistic Director and producer of the festival, says, “Once again, we have an accomplished and diverse list of playwrights for the Stretch. In reading the plays they submitted, I’m struck by the imagination and skill they bring to their work. I find them moving, funny, and downright entertaining. 10-minute play writing is to playwriting as shorts stories is to prose. This event never fails to dazzle our audience, and the most common remark I hear from our regulars is, ‘I can’t wait for this year’s Stretch!’ They will not be disappointed.”

7th Inning Stretch, presented by Mile Square Theatre

1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken

May 12 @ 8pm

May 13 @ 6:30pm: The Triple Play Party! Join the actors and the board for an evening of food, drink, and incredible auction items!

May 14 @ 3pm

Tickets available at, or by calling 201-683-7014.

Tickets are $30 • $18 students and seniors.

Triple Play Party: $75

Discount Parking available at The Harlow @ 14th and Willow, and at Little Man Parking at 1300 Jefferson Street.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 Summer Jamfest starts in July


Centenary Stage Company announces exciting line-up of musical guests for the 2017 Summer Jamfest.  Set to rock the Lackland Performing Arts Center all summer long, Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 Summer Jamfest will feature; Drive:  A Tribute to the Cars on Saturday, July 15 at 8pm;The Doo Wah Riders on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm; The British Invasion Years on Saturday, July 29 at 8pm; the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra on Saturday, August 5 at 8pm and Dr. K’s Motown Revue on Saturday, August 12 at 8pm.  All performances will be held in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Algonquin Youth Ensemble stars in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


Algonquin Arts Theatre produces a play by William Shakespeare for the first time as the Algonquin Youth Ensemble stars in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on April 28 & 29.

Algonquin Youth Ensemble is the Algonquin’s marquee instructional program. Students are selected to participate through a highly competitive audition process prior to the start of the semester. In addition to rehearsing for their main stage performances, AYE students are enrolled in a class that runs in conjunction with the rehearsal period teaching theatre skills and concepts that are applied to the production.

Due to the support of Algonquin donors and sponsors, participation in this AYE production and class is completely tuition free to participants for the first time.

“By offering AYE as a tuition free program we have taken the important step of removing barriers to participation in our marquee education program,” said Algonquin Executive Director Pamela Ward. “This isn’t possible without the support of our sponsors, especially ‘Broadway Ray Soehngen’ and Eliot Arlo Colon, who made tuition-free AYE a reality.”

Tickets are available online at and by phone at 732-528-9211 for performances on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. The cast will also appear in two daytime performances for school groups on April 28 as part of the Algonquin’s Education Series.



Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Bank of Americais the Major Sponsor of Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins takes us on a magical and memorable journey. It’s an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and a little bit of magic. The show received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including best musical. It’s a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure!

Shaddow, ElenaDirected by Paper Mill’s Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, with choreography by Denis Jones and music direction by Meg Zervoulis, the principal cast will feature Paper Mill favorite Elena Shaddow as Mary Poppins (photo), Mark Evans as Bert, Dierdre Friel as Mrs. Brill, Liz McCartney as Bird Woman/Miss Andrew, Adam Monley as George Banks, Bill Nolte as Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman, Jill Paice as Winifred Banks, Blakely Slaybaugh as Robertson Ay, Danielle K. Thomas as Mrs. Corry, and alternating as the mischievous Banks children, Abbie Grace Levi and Madi Shaer as Jane with Maddox Padgett and John Michael Pitera as Michael.