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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Madison Holiday Arts Festival 33 Free Events in 11 Venues

One of the "Top 15 NJ Arts Events of the Week"

-- Jay Lustig,

Madison Holiday Arts Festival

Thirty-three Free Events in Eleven Venues

November 24 and 25, 2017

Sponsored by the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance

and the

Madison Downtown Development Commission

All events are within easy walking distance

Calendar of Events and Performer Information

Events by Venue

Friday, November 24  12- 6 pm

Saturday, November 25 1-5 pm

Classical Music-- Grace Church, Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, and Harvest Bistro

Singers/Songwriters and Local Bands-- Short Stories Bookshop, Drip Coffee, Poor Herbies Pub, and The Hat Shop

Jazz-- Shanghai Jazz

Theatre/ Dance-- Short Stories Bookshop and Studio Yoga

Student Performers-- Presbyterian Church

                                                                                Caricatures-- Provident Bank (Friday) and The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Saturday)

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Auditions:"And The Winner Was..." at Bergen County Players


Bergen County Players of Oradell,
winner of NJACT's 2015 Community Theatre of the Year award, will hold
open auditions for "And The Winner Was...", an original musical revue
celebrating the shows that have won the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Auditions will be held Monday, December 4th, Tuesday, December 5th
and Monday, December 18th, all at 7:30 pm. Callbacks, by invitation
only, will be on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:30 pm.
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ
Production Dates:
March 24 - April 21, 2018 (no performances March 30-31 and April 1)
A musical revue featuring songs from musicals that have won the Tony
Award as Best Musical. Over 30 songs will be featured in original,
musically imaginative ways that highlight the talents of the
individual singers. While the content of this casual show with a
cabaret-like vibe is still in development, one thing is certain:
audiences (and performers!) can expect the unexpected.
We are seeking a company of 8 - 12 strong singer/actors.
* Strong singing voice...we nned cabaret-level performers, not just
people who can "carry a tune."
* Ability to learn music quickly
* Ability to "take stage" and deliver a song
* Ability to harmonize and blend into an ensemble when necessary
* Dance/movement skills are a plus!
* Flexibility, patience and a sense of humor! (We are, after all,
creating a brand new show from "scratch"!)
* 32 bars (maximum!) of a song which shows your vocal range and acting
ability. We should see the "real you"!
* Standard Broadway repertoire only, please. No rock, folk or country
* An accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in the correct key.
* Wear of bring comfortable clothes/shoes in case you are asked to
learn some musical staging.
Upon being cast, any non-members will need to become members of the
Bergen County Players; details will be provided at auditions. No
equity members will be cast for this production.
For more information, please contact the director, Ray Yucis, at
Further information can be found at

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Auditions: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Maurer Productions OnStage

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The Classic Musical

About the Show
Maurer Productions OnStage, the company that brought you the Perry Award winning Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Driving Miss Daisy and the Glass Menagerie will be holding open auditions for its upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof
on Dec 15-16-17.

The award-winning production team of MPOnStage brings the classic Fiddler on the Roof to the Kelsey. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving you crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. Fiddler on the Roof is the perfect mix of humor and heart.

24 Roles - plus ensemble

This production will be presented at Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. The show will require 24 actors plus ensemble

The production will be directed by John M. Maurer with Music Direction by Peter de Mets and Choreography by Kat Ross Kline.

Sign up to audition Now!

Directed By: John M. Maurer

Audition Dates:
Friday Dec 15th - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday Dec 16th - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday Dec 17th - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Performance Dates:
March 16, 17, 24, 2018 at 8pm
March 17, 18, 24, 25 2018 at 2pm

NJSO News: Next Weekend! Hough Plays Rachmaninoff

From one virtuoso to another, Rachmaninoff understood the music of Paganini very well. One of Rachmaninoff’s beloved works is Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini—a collection of 24 variations on an original theme by Paganini—which the NJSO will perform from Nov 30–Dec 3.

The 18th variation is the most famous, with signature Rachmaninoff luscious beauty, but is this really a variation? Although it sounds like Rachmaninoff, this particular variation is really an “inversion” of Paganini’s theme. In other words, if you were to hold Paganini’s theme up to a mirror, you would see Rachmaninoff’s famous 18th variation theme. Stephen Hough demonstrates in this YouTube video.

Also on the program is Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony, a personal favorite of Xian Zhang’s, and Rachmaninoff’s soothing Vocalise.

NJSO eNews feature:

Xian Zhang on works by Rachmaninoff
NJSO Music Director Xian Zhang previews the NJSO’s performances of Rachmaninoff’s lyrical Vocalise and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Xian Zhang on Prokofievs Sixth Symphony
NJSO Music Director Xian Zhang discusses Prokofiev's Sixth Symphony, his emotional tribute to the lives lost in WWII.


Thu, Nov 30 at 7:30 pm | bergenPAC in Englewood—NJSO’s Opening Night at bergenPAC!
Fri, Dec 1 at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark   
Sat, Dec 2 at 8 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick   
Sun, Dec 3 at 3 pm | NJPAC in Newark 

Review: Outstanding ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at Two River Theater

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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Michael Cumpsty
Two River Theatre Company 11/10/17
SCENIC DESIGNER: Charlie Corcoran
SOUND DESIGNER: Elisheba Ittoop

Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson
© T Charles Erickson Photography

Two River Director Michael Cumpsty and company have produced a marvelous, elegant version of Oscar Wilde’s comedy masterpiece ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Billed as A Trivial Comedy for Serious People it was first performed in London February 1895. It was favorably reviewed by H. G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. It is a hilarious farce that skewers Britain’s Victorian upper class.

Director Cumpsty has assembled an impressive cEarnest3 (1)ast of mostly New York stage and tv pros, supported by absolutely first class sets, lighting, sound and gorgeous costumes.

The cast is led by Sam Lilja as Algernon, Federico Rodriguez as Worthing, Rosa Gilmore as Gwendolen, and Liesel Allen Yeager as Cecily and Randy Danson, (1992 Obie winner) as the formidable Lady Bracknell (photo right).


The plot centers on John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing played by Federico Rodriguez. He is perfect as Worthing the wealthy young man who leads a double life. He has a country estate where he leads a respectable life as Jack Worthing. However, in London, he is a bit of a playboy as Ernest Worthing.

Beyond the “pleasures provided by a double life” he has a unique upbringing. It seems he was discovered as an infant in a travelling bag in the ‘lost and found’ room at London’s Victoria train station! He was ‘found’ by a wealthy old man who adopted him as John Worthing and upon his death made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. Liesel Allen Yeager is a proper spunky delight as Cecily.

Meantime, as Ernest…his best friend is Algernon Moncrieff (played spot-on by Sam Lilja) an idle, amoral bachelor blessed with a position high on the social ladder due in part to his aunt, the highly respected Lady Bracknell (played marvelously by Randy Danson). Algernon is the cousin of Gwendolen (Rosa Gilmore) who has her sights set on Ernest. One major hitch: She could only marry a man named Ernest! Jack is also set on marrying her. A big however, beyond his name, is the hard fact that his pedigree, or lack of, is totally unacceptable to her mother Lady Bracknell (Rosa Gilmore nicely nails the beautiful pretentious maiden Gwendolen).

We learn all this in the first act which is set in Algernon’s flat on Half-Moon Street, W. Unseen is Jack’s flat B4 at the Albany on Piccadilly (We lived in 1993 in E6!)

From there on… it is a joy of witty Wilde dialogue, numerous opportunities for major laughs (and giggles), marvelous eccentric characters, simply put, confusion reigns properly until the final moments. (Spoiler alert: It all ends happily!)


The excellent supporting players: Mahira Kakar as Miss Prism; Chris Kipiniak as Rev. Canon Chasuble; Henry Vick as Lane, Algenon’s manservant (a major contributor of the first act laughs); and Bob Mackasek as Merriman, the butler at the Manor. Mackasek’s time on stage is brief, but he reminds us of the line ‘There are no small parts, etc.’


Also, deserving of acknowledgement is the production team: Charlie Corcoran scenic designer; Jess Goldstein costume designer; Yuki Nakase lighting designer; Elisheba Ittoop sound designer; Leah J. Loukas wig designer; Heidi Griffiths and Kate Murray casting; and Rick Steiger production stage manager.

The play has had numerous revivals on Broadway and several films and tv versions, thus you may be familiar with the plot. Please don’t let that stop you from making the trip to the Two River Theater. We have seen it performed in all forms, and still found this version totally enjoyable, in fact, It reminds us of a delightful visit with a charming, witty and very elegant maiden aunt (clearly not of the Lady Bracknell variety!).

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio November 19, 2017

The remaining play dates are:   Wednesdays through Sundays, through Dec. 3

WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank TICKETS: $20 to $70

INFO: 732-345-1400 or 

All Photos by T. Charles Erickson

Top Photo: Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen) and Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing)

#2 Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell)

#3 Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell), Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Henry Vick (Lane), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen) and Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing)

#4 Mahira Kakkar (Miss Prism), standing at center, with from left: Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing), Chris Kipiniak (Rev. Canon Chasuble), Rosa Gilmore(Gwendolen) , Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew) and Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell)

#5 Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen), Bob Mackasek (Merriman) and Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew)

Center Players to present two special events in December

Humorist Randi Lupo Returns; (mostly)True Things storytelling



Center Players will present two special events in December to complement its Signature Series season of plays. Both events will be performed at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ.

On Sat. Dec. 9th at 8pm, local humorist Randi Lupo returns to the Playhouse with her “Sometimes I’m Ok” one-woman show. The performance is derived from her unique upbringing in Brooklyn, combined with her marriage to a rock ‘n roll roadie and her experience with various therapists. Lupo first appeared at Center Playhouse this past summer, and audiences responded positively to her blend of humor and pathos. Tickets are priced at $22. More information about Lupo’s background, appearances and videos can be found at

On Sat. Dec. 16th at 2pm and 8pm, Center Players will host a holiday edition of (mostly) TRUE THINGS, a game wrapped in a storytelling show with a side of music. Four engaging multigenerational storytellers tell true stories about the holidays from their own lives. Three of those stories include little white lies woven into the narrative - details that force the audience to listen closely to detect. The audience gets to interview the storytellers, then votes for the person they think told it straight, and winners get a prize. The event is suitable for all audiences. The performance features songs written for the show by host/creator Jude Treder-Wolff and composer Wells Hanley. There is also some improvisation involved. Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for children; holiday refreshments will be served at intermission.

Tickets for both events are available online at or by calling 732-462-9093.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Importance of Being Earnest Trailer Video

Holiday Special at Dreamcatcher Rep

Start the holiday season happy: Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8PM.

Kick off the season with your favorite Dreamcatcher actors! If you enjoyed the corny fun of those old-fashioned holiday variety shows starring Andy Williams, Perry Como and The Mandrell Sisters, you'll love A VERY SPECIAL (Holiday) SPECIAL.

The Dreamcatcher ensemble will entertain you with holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun. The show is appropriate for the whole family, and every year's show is completely original!

You can buy your tickets now.

When purchasing, use the code HOHOHO for a 10% discount.

Buy your tickets now!

Brown Paper Tickets

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

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

Auditions: Circle Players’ ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’


Circle Players, along with director Mikaela Kafka, is pleased to announce auditions for the fourth production in our 2017-2018 season, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" by Tom Stoppard.

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" is a modern dramatic masterpiece that tells the tale of Hamlet from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, and reality and illusion intermix.

The production runs March 9th - March 25th, 2018

We seek actors with great comedic timing, physical training, and stage combat, a plus. No roles are ethnically specific. Please see the Character Breakdown below for more information about each role.

Auditions will be held at Circle Players on December 4th, and 7th at 7:30pm, with a callback date of December 16th. (Please note the callback is closed, therefore please do not attend unless you have been invited to do so.) Audition sides will soon be available - please check back for more information.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or shoot us an e-mail at

Character Breakdown:

· Rosencrantz (20's 30's): Everyman. The more pragmatic of the duo.

· Guildenstern (20's 30's): Everyman. The more philosophical of the duo.

· The Player (m/f, any age): The commandeering, Theatrical Director of the Traveling Acting Troupe.

· Alfred (male, any age): One of the tragedians of slight build. The Player's underling sidekick.

· THREE Tragedians: Actors of the Traveling troupe. Very heightened physical comedy. Ability to play an instrument a huge plus. Especially Flute, Recorder, Percussion, and guitar of some sort (lute, uke, etc.)

· Hamlet (male, late 20's, 30's)

· Gertrude (female): Mother to Hamlet, Queen.

· Claudius (male): Newly crowned King, step father to Hamlet.

· Polonius (male): Pompous elderly Lord Chamberlain, father to Ophelia.

· Ophelia (female): Polonius' daughter, potential wife to Hamlet.

· Horatio (male): Hamlet's friend. will also double as soldier and ambassador.

· Fortinbras (male): Contemporary of Hamlet, Prince of Norway. Will double as soldier and Court member.

Circle Players

416 Victoria Ave

Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA

(732) 968-7555

Friday, November 17, 2017

Get in the Holiday Spirit with ‘Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa’ at Chatham Playhouse


Chatham Community Players to present “Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa” an evening of heartwarming holiday sketches by playwright G. David Post. Crazy cat ladies, wide-eyed children, sock-knitting witches, ghosts and geese and angels and elves abound in this holiday romp that will be fun for the whole family Join us for a delightful evening (or matinee) of laughter and holiday fun by Post and guest playwright, Steve Ruskin, from December 8 – 16, 2017. Amy Sellars of Ridgewood is making her directorial debut at the Chatham Playhouse.

Sometimes written in crayon, sometimes pencil, on notepaper, construction paper, with drawings and without.  We smile at the innocence of children reaching out to Mr. Kringle, whether they ask for one thing or for a list that needs three pages.  These are expressions of faith in kindness and hope for happiness.  These are the Letters to Santa Claus. Post says, “I love Christmas and I love to make people laugh.  There is nothing I’d rather do than to help people connect with their humanity and tap into the joy that is theirs for the taking.”

Julie Anne Nolan and Chip PresteraComprised of actors from four surrounding NJ counties, this talented and lively bunch includes Connie Masterson, Molly Farrell, Andrew Palmieri and Julia Hearne of Chatham, Joelle Bochner of Springfield, Howard Fischer and Aidan English of Berkeley Heights, Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls (photo), Chip Prestera of Stirling (photo), David Kapferer of West Orange, Maria Brodeur of Rockaway, Ginny Crooks of Bloomfield and Glen D. Post of Sparta.

Rounding out Sellars’ talented production team, our Producer is Maybelle Cowan-Lincoln, Stage Manager is Liz Tartaglia, Production Coordinator is Chip Prestera, Scenic Designer is Roy Pancirov, Scenic Artist is Carol Saso, Props/Set Decoration is Kate Pierce, Costume Designers are Bev Wand, Lighting Designer is Eric Holgerson and Sound/Projection Designer is Joe DeVico. “You won’t want to miss these funny and touching scenes that capture the heart of the Christmas spirit, with a hint of nostalgia”, said Director Sellars.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are December 8, 9, 15, & 16 at 8pm and December 9, 10 & 16 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $15 for youth (Under 18).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Jersey Symphony to present Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music from Star Wars, Star Trek and Beyond

Marina Sirtis of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ fame hosts

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents “Sci-Fi Spectacular,” featuring music from Star Wars, Star Trek and more, January 6–7 in Newark and New Brunswick. Marina Sirtis, best known as counselor Deanna Troi on the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the four feature films that followed, hosts.

Highlights include memorable themes from The Day the Earth Stood Still, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more, with music by John Williams, Bernard Herrmann and other composers who have made great moments in science fiction come alive.

Performances take place on Saturday, January 6, at 8 pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and Sunday, January 7, at 3 pm at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick. State Theatre New Jersey co-presents the January 7 performance.

The program features vocalist Kristen Plumley and the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir; Bob Bernhardt conducts.

NJSO Accent events include a cosplay contest for audience members who dress up as their favorite sci-fi movie characters, beginning one hour before each performance.

For more information, visit


Single tickets start at $20 and are available from the NJSO online at, by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or in person. The NJSO Patron Services office is located at 60 Park Place, 9th floor, in Newark; hours are Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and concert Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm.

Tickets for the January 7 performance are also available from State Theatre New Jersey online at, by phone at 732.246.SHOW (7469) or in person. The State Theatre New Jersey Guest Services office is located at 15 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick. Hours are Monday—Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified.


Sci-Fi Spectacular: Music from Star Wars, Star Trek and Beyond

Saturday, January 6, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Sunday, January 7, at 3 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Marina Sirtis, host

Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Kristen Plumley, vocalist

Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir | Shayne Austin Miller, director

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

The January 7 performance is presented in collaboration with State Theatre New Jersey.

Additional information is available at


Cosplay Competition—Sat, Jan 6 and Sun, Jan 7, one hour before the concert
Dress up as your favorite sci-fi movie character and beam yourself into our costume parade and contest.


Marina Sirtis, host

Known to “Star Trek” fans the world over for her role as counselor Deanna Troi, English-born Marina Sirtis began her acting career as a member of a West Sussex repertory company at the Connaught Theater. During her time there, she appeared in productions of What the Butler Saw and Hamlet before parlaying her stage experience into film and television roles.

Counselor Troi was one of the respected and trusted characters in “The Next Generation,” and Sirtis’ portrayal endeared her to fans through seven television seasons and four feature films.

Sirtis’ post-Trek work includes appearances in series such as “Diagnosis: Murder,” “The Outer Limits,” “Earth: Final Conflict” (originally created by Gene Rodenberry), “The Closer,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Stargate SG-1” and “NCIS,” as well as roles in the films Crash and Spectres.

Beyond her live-action work, animation and gaming fans will recognize Sirtis’ voice from her roles in the fondly remembered Disney series “Gargoyles,” as well as “Adventure Time,” “Family Guy,” “Young Justice” and the hit “Mass Effect” gaming franchise.

Sirtis can next be seen in the comedy series “Internity” and the feature film 5th Passenger.

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ now at Two River Theater


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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Michael Cumpsty
Two River Theatre Company 11/10/17
SCENIC DESIGNER: Charlie Corcoran
SOUND DESIGNER: Elisheba Ittoop

Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson
© T Charles Erickson Photography
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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Michael Cumpsty
Two River Theatre Company 11/10/17
SCENIC DESIGNER: Charlie Corcoran
SOUND DESIGNER: Elisheba Ittoop

Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson
© T Charles Erickson Photography

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, directed by Michael Cumpsty. Performances will continue through Sunday, December 3 in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ.  Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or

The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest includes Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen Fairfax), Mahira Kakkar (Miss Prism), Chris Kipiniak (Rev. Canon Chasuble), Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Bob Mackasek (Merriman), Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing), Henry Vick (Lane), and Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew).

The creative team includes scenic designer Charlie Corcoran, costume designer Jess Goldstein, lighting designer Yuki Nakase, sound designer Elisheba Ittoop, and wigs designer Leah J. Loukas. The casting is by Heidi Griffiths & Kate Murray, and the stage manager is Rick Steiger.


1: Randy Danson (Lady Bracknell), Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Henry Vick (Lane), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen Fairfax) and Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing)

2: Sam Lilja (Algernon Moncrieff), Liesel Allen Yeager (Cecily Cardew), Rosa Gilmore (Gwendolen Fairfax) and Federico Rodriguez (John Worthing)

All Photos by T. Charles Erickson  

Auditions: ‘The Electronic Dragon’ at the Strollers in Maplewood


The ELECTRONIC DRAGON is a musical fantasy for the whole family.  George Jones, a young actor in 1984, finds himself magically transported to the year 2020, where life in America is very much like one continuous Sci-Fi TV program.  Disturbed by the condition of this ultra-technological society, George gains access to the media by becoming the star of a new TV program designed to get America in shape and to encourage the people to open up to their innermost feelings and to one another -- and out of this new awareness evolves a new world.

The Electronic Dragon

Book by Lee Frank Turner with additional material by Carol Cornicelli

Music by Joshua Stone, Lyrics by James Beloff
Musical Direction by Ebony Wiggins

​Director Carol Cornicelli is seeking a multi-ethnic cast of adults, teens and child actors who can sing.

c1301d73fcffb60e5d51cbd019dfaa3cThe community theatre company in residence at

The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts

10 Durand Road, Maplewood, New Jersey


Monday, December 4, 7:30-9:30pm

Tuesday, December 5, 7:30-9:30pm


Friday, December 8, 7:30P


Friday, February 2, 7:00pm

Saturday, February 3, 2:00pm

Sunday, February 4, 2:00pm

Friday, February 9, 7:00pm

Saturday, February 10, 2:00pm

Sunday, February 11, 2:00pm

Come prepared to sing a song (bring sheet music) and to do some movement.  Script sides will be provided.

Rehearsals are generally Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30P (young children can leave earlier).   There is a break for the holidays.

Character Break-Down [Note: All characters can be any ethnicity.]:

George Jones (early 20’s-early 30’s) – idealistic actor from 1984. (3 songs.)

Our Leader (any age from 25 up) – charismatic female talk-show-host turned “President.”  (Lead in 2 songs.)

Jane – OL’s comedic side-kick.

Henrietta 045-72-0869-F (40+) – married to Harvey, mother to Miranda and Henry; the dutiful housewife and mother who once was a librarian. (Two duets, plus some ensemble.)

Harvey 069-73-4512-M (40+) – married to Henrietta, father to Miranda and Henry.  A recently unemployed doctor. (2 songs, plus some ensemble.)

Miranda 425-62-7311-F (late teens-early 20’s) – Henrietta and Harvey’s daughter.  A dreamer and doodler who is not as absorbed by technology. (2 songs, plus some ensemble.)

Henry (late teens-early 20’s) – Henrietta and Harvey’s son who is sullen and silent until… 

TV Actors: Ensemble of adults, teens and children who act in commercials and play other featured roles.  (3 ensemble numbers plus commercial jingles.)


The Strollers

PO Box 83

Maplewood, NJ 07040


New Jersey’s Statewide High School Musical Competition Now Accepting Applications




Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2018

(Millburn, NJ) November 15, 2017- – As one of the nation’s leading theaters, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for the Great White Way. The theater was the recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award this past June. Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre presented by the Investors Foundation have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey.  Among the early nominees and winners are Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Tony Award winners Laura Benanti(Gypsy) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), Shanice Williams, star of NBC’s The Wiz Live! and Olivier Award nominee Jared Gertner (The Book of Mormon).

  • anne hathaway paper mill playhouse alumni

    Anne Hathaway

    2013 Academy Award & Golden Globe winner for Les Misérables

  • ali stroker paper mill playhouse alumni

    Ali Stroker

    Broadway revival Spring Awakening (Deaf West) with Marlee Matlin

  • joshua delacruz paper mill playhouse alumni

    Joshua Dela Cruz

    Broadway’s Disney’s Aladdin (Aladdin understudy)

  • nikki m james paper mill playhouse alumni

    Nikki M. James

    2011 Tony Award winner for Broadway’s The Book of Mormon

  • shanice williams paper mill playhouse alumni

    Shanice Williams

    “Dorothy” in NBC TV’s live national broadcast, The Wiz Live

  • laura benanti paper mill playhouse alumni

    Laura Benanti

    2008 Tony Award winner for Gypsy (Louise)

  • robert mcclure paper mill playhouse alumni

    Robert McClure

    2013 Tony Award nominee for Broadway’s Chaplin(Charlie Chaplin

Any New Jersey school that produces a musical between January 18 and April 15, 2018, is eligible to participate. The application for schools to participate is now available online at Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and only the first 100 schools to apply will be able to participate in the program. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.

The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation are modeled after the Tony Awards, and Paper Mill Playhouse's program serves the entire state of New Jersey, with 100 entered productions from public, private and parochial high schools. Paper Mill Playhouse conceived and created the awards in 1996 to give schools the opportunity to showcase their musical arts programs on a statewide level. The musicals are adjudicated by Paper Mill Playhouse throughout the spring by a group of 70 evaluators, with each school receiving four independent evaluations.  Schools nominated for Outstanding Overall Musical and Leading Actor/Actress nominees perform at the event, and award recipients are presented with an engraved crystal award from Tiffany & Co. The 2018 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation ceremony will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse on Monday, June 4, at 7:30pm, featuring presenters from Broadway and beyond.