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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!

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     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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

‘Mrs. Bob Crachit’s Wild Christmas Binge’ at Brundage Park Playhouse


Play Reading November 19 at Chatham Players

The Chatham Community Players to present Christopher Hampton’s, Les Liaisons Dangereuses as a part of their successful Play Reading Series.
One Night ONLY – Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:00 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Jeffrey Fiorello directs.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a play by Christopher Hampton adapted from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. It begins with two ex-lovers who scheme to ruin the reputation of an innocent young aristocrat. As their game of seduction and manipulation becomes more intricate, they quickly discover that the stakes are higher than they bargained for… and their last encounter may be their most dangerous by far.
Light snacks provided, patrons are encouraged to BYOB.  For more information, including the cast, please visit Chatham

News From Across the River: Off-Bway play Celebrates Its 100th Performance

On Friday, November 24th, PUFFS (or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic) will celebrate its 100th performance Off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street – between 8th and 9th Avenues.) Cast photo below.

When producers, David Carpenter and John Arthur Pinckard, established Tilted Windmills Theatricals, they did so to re-energize and re-vitalize both the creative and financial possibilities of the American Theatre. They produce at the intersection of the Performing Arts and the Popular Arts; a lucrative and now very busy corner.

Previously, on September 29th, they celebrated the First Anniversary of the universally acclaimed comedy’s journey to National presence.

Currently being heralded as one of the funniest productions on sale in America, PUFFS began at the Elektra Theater to wild acclaim from an electrified avalanche of New York’s critics.
When the Elektra began a massive renovation, the venerable Shubert Organization offered Tilted Windmills Theatricals a theatre at New World Stages, their Off-Broadway theatre complex on 50th Street.
It was a sold-out hit – all over again -  within weeks.
PUFFS’ inexhaustible cast plays 53 of the most certifiably off-balance and uproariously entertaining characters from this universe and others.

There is no intermission.   No one wants one. What the audiences want is to come again.  The repeat business is astounding.

20,000 people squeezed into the previous run.  The current Box Office staff at New World Stages wasn’t prepared for the onslaught.

The theatre’s capacity is 199 seats. There are 400,000,000 wizard enthusiasts alive today.

Do that Math!  The men at Tilted Windmills Theatricals have.

The Off-Broadway Playing Schedule:
Mondays at 8:00pm
Thursdays at 8:00pm
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm
Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm

Both the Saturday and Sunday matinee shows will be
Special Family Friendly Performances - for audiences of all ages.

General $67    Premium $87


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NJSO: This weekend! Family Concert—Shooting for the Stars

Blast off with a concert-going experience of astronomical proportions! Hear music inspired by the far reaches of space, including Holst’s The Planets, the otherworldly main theme from Star Trek and more. Your little astronauts can reach for the stars and dream their own dreams.

Sat, Nov 18 at 2 pm | NJPAC in Newark (Victoria Theater)
Sat, Nov 18 at 3:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark (Victoria Theater)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Disney’s Newsies The Musical at Centenary Stage Company


This Holiday Season “seize the day” with Centenary Stage Company’s family holiday spectacular production of Disney’s Newsies The Musical November 24 through December 10 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Disney’s Newsies, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy).  While on Broadway, Newsies received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.

Newsies is inspired by the real-life "Newsboy Strike of 1899," when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills and featuring eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”

Mckenzie-Custin-squareFeaturing a cast of over 50 performers from across the tri – state area, Centenary Stage Company’s production of Disney’s Newsies the Musical features many CSC favorites.  Returning to the Sitnik Theatre after her turn as everyone’s favorite nanny in last season’s Mary Poppins is McKenzie Custin (New York, NY-PHOTO) as the strong willed Katherine Plummer.  Centenary Stage Company’s own Carl Wallnau (Hoboken) and Stephen Davis (Hackettstown) return as publishing goliath Joseph Pulitzer and the weasel-y Wiesel respectively.  Young Performers Workshop alum Jake Jackson (Washington) plays the street wise charismatic leader of the newsies, Jack Kelly.

The full cast includes: Joe Anselmo (Dumont), Teax Armijo (Chester), Nick Bettens (Stanhope), Zack Clark (Hackettstown), Patrick Cogan (Union Beach), Richard Cort (Belvidere), Izac D. Cruz (Budd Lake), Zachary DeBevec (Hockessin, DE), Tyler Donovan (Blairstown), Bob Eberle (Hackettstown), Sean C. Fowley (Blairstown), Matthew Fralley (Netcong), Cina Gabel (Vernon), Samille Ganges (Newark), Sebastian Gutkin (Long Valley), Tony Lee (Princeton), AJ Lewis (Oxford), Cynthia Livingstone (Andover), Dominick Lusardi (Blairstown), Emma Mason (Mendam), Richard Malloy (Cedar Grove), Megan McGill (Easton, PA), Brianna Morris (Parsippany), Tim Nagle (Hackettstown), Chris Newhouse (New York, NY), Grace Noel (Evansville, IN), Kevin O’ Gorman (Andover), Sasha Onishchuk (Oakdale, NY), Raphael Pelczmann (Morristown), Anthony Raddi (Cedar Grove), Claudia Raglievich (Hackettstown), Kiana Rodriguez (Randolph), James Russo (Wayne), Lauren Santarelli (Hackettstown), Jack Scarsi (Budd Lake), Megan Schmiedhauser (Stanhope), Matthew Sigler (Hampton), Maxinne Spann (Washington), Lauren Taglienti (Hackettstown), Jonathan Tanigaki (Midland Park), Brandon Vita (Hackettstown), Brandon Wiener (Hackettstown), Saquan Williams (Hoboken), Andrew Wire (Branchville), Jackson Yawger (Columbia) and David Yawger (Columbia).

Do's and Don'ts (mostly the latter) of theatre etiquette


Tips and advice on how to practice good etiquette and appropriate manners when attending a live performance. Reprinted from NYTIX.

1. Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Somehow the most obvious rule of good Broadway theatre etiquette is still the most often disregarded. Turn it off, people. Turn. It. Off. And, no, putting your cell phone on vibrate isn't good enough - the people next to you can hear that weird buzzing sound, too.
2. Don't Send Text Messages During the Show
You may think you're being all incognito, but in a darkened theater, the light from your cell phone screen is incredibly distracting to those around you. And why do you still have your phone on anyway? We just told you to turn it off!
3. Eat Your Dinner Before the Show, Not DURING It
This isn't the movies. Munching on candy and chips during a live Broadway performance is annoying to your neighbors. Bringing hamburgers and buckets of KFC (oh, yes, we've seen people do it) is an outrage. If you're absolutely starving (after all, nobody wants to hear your stomach growling either), then a little quiet snacking on something fairly unobtrusive like M&Ms is acceptable. But it's still better if you avoid eating altogether during the show and get your treats in the lobby during the intermission instead.
4. If You Have To Cough, Cover Your Mouth
In this age of diseases-of-the-week from SARS to swine flu, there is nothing more bone-chilling to a Broadway theatergoer than the sound of a nearby cough and an accompanying gust of air. Yuck. Coughing is inevitable, but failure to cover your mouth is unforgivable, so try to keep kleenex or a handkerchief on hand. And if you have a cold, be sure to bring some lozenges with you.
5. Unwrap Cough Drops and Candies in Advance
If you anticipate any coughing fits during the show, be sure to unwrap your lozenges before the performance starts and have them at the ready. That crinkling sound is like nails on a chalkboard during a quiet play. And, no, unwrapping it S-L-O-W-L-Y does not help the situation ... it's much, much worse.
6. Don't Be A Disruptive Miss Manners
Sure, it's irritating when someone's cell phone goes off, but what's even worse is when the brief breach of Broadway theatre etiquette is followed by a series of overreactions from other audience members. Annoyed "Tsks," "Hmphs," hisses, snarls, and shouts of "Turn it off!" along with scandalized glares can be just as distracting as the original disruption.
7. Don't Talk During the Show
A quick whisper to your neighbor, or an audible reaction to something interesting that happens on stage is fine (this is the live theater, not the morgue), but keep conversations to the intermission and after the show. Nobody needs to hear your theories on what the next plot twist will be, and please refrain from asking your companion to explain to you what was just said onstage. By the time he or she explains it to you, you'll have both missed something else important.
8. Don't Sing Along
It's tempting sometimes, we know. But if you want to sing on Broadway, then you're going to have to audition like those people up onstage did. Your fellow Broadway fans paid the big bucks to hear the professionals flex their vocal muscles, not you. Save your sweet singing for post-show karaoke. (There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as when the performers onstage actually prompt the audience to join in.)
9. Don't Feel Like You Have to Dress Up
Although opening night audiences usually dress up a bit, there is no dress code for Broadway. Technically you can come in shorts and flip flops, but we advise against this, especially since Broadway theaters usually crank up the air conditioning.
10. Try Not To Fall Asleep
If the show is truly horrendously boring, then your snoring may be taken as a protest of sorts, but generally it's just disruptive to those around you. It's also insulting to the hard-working performers up onstage who were not allowed to change the words/songs and are just as bored as you. Note to the young people: do not be tempted to wake up the old people mid-scene as they often make gurgling noises as the come to their senses, wait for a song or intermission.
11. Standing Ovations and Entrance Applause Are Overdone - Don't Give In To Peer Pressure
Traditionally, applause for an actor when he or she first takes the stage and standing ovations at the end of a Broadway show were signs of an audience so full of appreciation and respect that they couldn't help themselves. Lately these reactions seem to have become obligatory, and unfortunately when standing ovations and entrance applause are done out of mere habit, they essentially become meaningless. Ultimately, how you react is up to you, but let your true feelings guide you on this.
12. Respect the Space and Comfort of Those Around You
The average Broadway theater seat makes Economy Class on a commercial airliner look luxurious, so sometimes a little elbow bumping can't be helped. But you can practice good Broadway etiquette by taking care to not lean into your neighbor, hog armrests, intrude on other people's already limited leg room, or let your big heavy coat hang so far off the back of your seat that it ends up in someone else's lap.
13. Come Clean
A day of busy New York City sightseeing in the summer or a post-work / pre-theater session at the gym can leave you sweaty and not-so-sweet smelling. For the sake of those sitting next to you, try to make time for a shower before arriving at the theater. And don't go too heavy on the aftershave or cologne afterwards - too much of a good smell can be just as bad as unpleasant body odor.
14. Stop Whooping
Your enthusiasm for the show is wonderful, but should be tempered out of consideration for both the audience and the performers. Nobody needs to hear people shrieking, whooping, screaming, and hollering after every song. It is a Broadway show, not a rock concert, not an arena or a sports stadium. If you are so moved to react to the show, then a gentle clap after the song is appropriate, but whooping is not. Save your whooping for the final curtain call, where you can whoop as much as you would like. Woop, woop!
15. No Photos At Any Time
No photos are allowed in Broadway theatres, so please do not attempt to take them. We do not care if they are for your facebook page or or for twitter as no-one really cares (except your mom, maybe). Taking photos in the theatre lobby is sometimes allowed, but the ushers can be really mean about it. Forget trying to impress the ushers with "who you know", or "who you are", as there is a famous story about when the ushers told George Lucas (of Star Wars fame) to stop taking photos before the show started. After this frosty reception, do not expect to see Star Wars The Musical anytime soon.