Thursday, November 20, 2014

CTG’s ’Ruthless’ opening delayed until the 28th



November 28th - December 7th at Chester Theatre Group

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, CTG must regretfully postpone opening night until Friday, Nov. 28th. Ticket holders for the cancelled shows will be contacted. We apologize for any inconvenience.”


Music by Marvin Laird
Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley
Directed by Cindy Alexander
Music Direction by Clifford Parrish
Choreography by Megan Ferentinos


Tina Denmark, the greatest song-and-dance sensation to ever hit the third grade, will stop at nothing to win the title role in her school musical. Not even murder. This outrageously funny musical comedy deliciously skewers agents, stage mothers, critics, school drama teachers, over-sized theatrical egos, precocious showbiz brats and so much more.

TICKETS: $25.00

Senior citizens 65+ and students under 18: $23.00


54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester, NJ ~ 908-879-7304

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

‘The 1940’s Radio Hour’ next at Algonquin Arts Theatre


Turn back the clock to Christmas time in 1942 with a dynamic musical that captures the spirit of a bygone era when radio was king, the world was at war, and popular music was really good music.

One of the Algonquin’s best-selling shows of all-time, “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” returns to the stage for seven performances from November 29 through December 7. The production’s previous run in 2011 played to sold-out crowds, and several of the show’s stars return.

“This a great way to start the holiday season — just sit back, relax, and have some fun,” said The Coast Star in review of the original production. “The audience will fall in love with the characters … From the hysterical announcer and general manager to the bubble-headed waitress turned singer, each character does a spectacular job with their individual part to keep you smiling throughout.”

Set, coincidentally, in the Algonquin Room of New York City’s Hotel Astor, “The 1940’s Radio Hour” recreates the evening radio broadcast of the “Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” on WOV featuring era music, sound effects and dancing.

The music takes center stage, with a live big band on stage playing hit songs written or made famous by The Andrews Sisters, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and more. Famous standards in the show include “Love is Here to Stay,” “Blue Moon” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

Tickets start at are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors and $20 for students and are available online at, by phone at 732-528-9211 or in person at the Algonquin Box Office at 173 Main Street in Manasquan from 12-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Premium seating in the first 14 rows is available for $7 more. Each ticket subject to a $2 processing fee.

Two of the Algonquin’s favorite leading ladies return from the 2011 production. Since last appearing in “Radio Hour,” Audra Mariel has continued to make a name as a jazz vocalist. She returns to the role of Ann Collier, the Cavalcade’s featured vocalist, and perfectly performs “That Old Black Magic” and “I’ve Got It Bad.” Ali Gleason, an Algonquin regular appears in her fifth Algonquin production again playing the former singing-waitress who loves the color red, Ginger.

Fresh off his appearance as Sitting Bull in “Annie Get Your Gun,” Eric McDonough returns to the “Radio Hour” cast as the sometimes harried producer and host of the Cavalcade, Clifton A. Feddington. Ian Moore comes back to play the cab driver by day, triple threat by night Neal Tilden.

The cast includes Algonquin regulars including Matt Giunco as Wally Fergusson, a hopeful from Altoona, Pa., who is looking for his showbiz break, and Terrence Berry as Stanley, who controls the control room. Courtney Elliott Anzalone features as Connie Miller, the bobbysoxer from Utah, and Joe Ficarra plays Lou Cohn, the sound effects man who runs the show.

A pair of New York City-based actors join the cast and make their Algonquin debuts. A leading man at prominent regional theatres including Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, Matthew Ragas plays Johnny “The Tone” Cantone. Cantone, a featured vocalist in the Cavalcade, is a rough and tough former boxer from Brooklyn with a velvety voice that has him on the Frank Sinatra bandwagon. Adam T. Biner, a veteran of New Jersey’s biggest stages including NJPAC and Paper Mill Playhouse, features as B.J. Gibson, the squeaky-clean Yale undergraduate.

Other debutants include Andrew Kosinski as Biff Baker, the teenage trumpeter who is about to ship off to war; Perry Award-winner Tony Milillo as Pop Bailey, the full-time door man and part-time bookie; and DeGregorio who leads the on-stage band as Zoot Doubleman.

Veteran director David Leidholdt, most well-known at the Shore as the former co-artistic director at ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, leads a team of musical director Nick DeGregorio, choreographer Casey Abel, lighting designer David Sexton, costume designer Jacquie Revier and stage manager Bryn E. Farace. Jan Topoleski and Gina Lupi co-produce.

The seven performances of “The 1940’s Radio Hour” include an 8 p.m. curtain on Saturday, November 29, Thursday, December 4 and Saturday, December 6. Traditional 3 p.m. Sunday matinees will be on November 30 and December 7. Additional matinees will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6.

Cast List: Name (Hometown); Past Algonquin Credits

Ann Collier: Audra Mariel (Colts Neck); The 1940s Radio Hour (Ann)

Ginger Brooks: Ali Gleason (Lanoka Harbor); The 1940s Radio Hour (Ginger), Joseph … Dreamcoat (Narrator), Oliver! (Nancy), SPAMALOT (Lady of the Lake), Evita

Connie Miller: Courtney Elliott Anzalone (Monroe Township); Annie Get Your Gun

Stanley: Terrence Berry (Asbury Park); Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Joseph … Dreamcoat (Judah), Oliver!, The Full Monty, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun.

Johnny Canton: Matthew Ragas (New York); Algonquin debut

B.J. Gibson: Adam T. Biner (Fanwood); Algonquin debut

Clifton A. Feddington: Eric McDonough (Pt. Pleasant); Annie Get Your Gun (Sitting Bull), The 1940’s Radio Hour (Clifton), The Wizard of Oz (Wizard), Oliver! (Mr. Sowerberry)

Lou Cohn: Joseph Ficarra (Pt. Pleasant); A Year With Frog & Toad (Frog), Man of La Mancha, Scrooge! (Ghost of Christmas Past)

Wally Fergusson: Matt Giunco (Manasquan); 13: The Musical (Evan), Oliver! (Artful Dodger)

Biff Baker: Andrew Kosinski (Wall); Algonquin debut

Pops Bailey: Tony Milillo (Tinton Falls); Algonquin debut  

Neal Tilden: Ian Moore (Brielle); SPAMALOT (Sir Bedevere), The 1940’s Radio Hour (Neal), Oliver! (Bill Sikes)

Zoot Doubleman: Nick DeGregorio (Livingston); Algonquin debut

algonquin-arts-theatreAbout Algonquin Arts Theatre
Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with the mission to provide cultural enhancement and arts education to all audiences at the Jersey Shore through high-quality performances and programs in theatre, music, film and dance. The end goal is to foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning, particularly among underserved audiences including the economically disadvantaged, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; by funds from the Paul F. Zito, M.D. Educational Foundation, by Simon Kaufman, Esq. & Maria Zito-Kaufman, and by Manasquan Savings Bank.

Miracle Reel Films Casting for Television Series ‘Clairvoyance’ in Atlanta


Television Location: Atlanta Duration: July 2015, starts December 4, 2014

Audition Details: PRINCPLE SPEAKING ROLES/LEAD SUPPORTING ROLES:Clairvoyance Clairvoyance, a Thriller will be prepping and shooting in Atlanta November/December 2014 into January 2015. Currently seeking actors of all ages for extras, background and principle speaking roles. All interested candidates submit to:

Please put “ Actor ' – followed by your name and age in the subject heading. List the following in the body of the email: (attach headshot and demo reel) NAME PHONE NUMBER (s) (XXX-XXX-XXXX format) Email address CITY and STATE where you live AGE Height Weight SIZES!!! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine Men : Jacket, Collar, Sleeve, Waist, Inseam and Shoe SIZES!!! Women: Dress, Skirt, Blouse, Waist , Inseam and Shoe


More Info: Apply to: Cindy Adams Created: 17 Nov 2014, Expires: 1 Dec 2014 User id: 1308915 Director: Carl Millender. Clairvoyance TV Series Payment is available for this project. (For SAG/AFTRA ACTORS this is a new media contract Non-Union will be mimimum Wage or more.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

‘Peter Pan’ next at Centenary Stage with Osborn Focht and Lea Antonelli – Lid

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Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John in the high-flying timeless Broadway musical that will whisk you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!  On November 28th running through December 14th Centenary Stage Company will venture into “Neverland” for the family holiday production of Peter Pan.  Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.  Peter Pan is one of the most beloved family favorites of all time.

Directed by Broadway veteran, Michael Blevins, Peter Pan features a company of 72 actors, musicians and crew working in close collaboration to bring this tale to life. The holiday musical is meant to celebrate all the programs of the Centenary Stage, including talents from professional Equity actors, as well as, members of the acclaimed Young Performers Workshop, Centenary College theatre students, and local performers.

Osborn Focht returns to the CSC stage in the lead role of Captain Hook.  Focht is best known for his appearance in Paul Simon’s The Capeman on Broadway, and as Benny Anderson in Kristina at Carnegie Hall.  No stranger to CSC, audiences will remember Focht as Bill Sykes in Oliver! and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; to name a few.

Centenary Stage Company’s very own multi-talented Lea Antonelli – Lid graces (or flies) the CSC stage, once again, as the title character, Peter Pan.  As the Program Director for the Dance Conservatory, the Young Audience Series Tour Director and Professor of Dance/Theatre at Centenary College, Antolini – Lid will be recognized by CSC audiences for her performances in Oliver!, A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz.

Tickets prices for Peter Pan are $27.50 for adults on Matinees and Fridays with discounts for seniors, students and children under twelve.  Saturday performance prices are $29.50 with discounts for seniors, students and children under twelve. Thursday evening tickets are $27.50 for all seats with a two-for-one Family Night discount when purchased at the door two hours prior to performance.

CSC is also offering a special “Scout Troop Night” on Friday, December 5th and Friday December 12th at 8pm.  Scout Troop Night is a group sales discount of $15 per ticket.  To be eligible for “Scout Troop Night”, scouts must attend with troop and appropriate scout attire must be worn, i.e. uniform shirt or vests (or sashes) with patches.  The special discount applies to the troop, it’s leader and co – leaders.  Regular ticket price applies to parents or siblings.  Reservations are required.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotions.

CSC’s production of Peter Pan is sponsored by The Holiday Inn of Budd Lake and the Fulton Bank.

For a comprehensive performance schedule and to purchase tickets visit us online at  Tickets may also be purchased at the CSC Box Office in The Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, or by calling 908-979-0900.

The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m., and 2 hours prior to performance times. CSC also operates a second Box Office during the season at 217 Main Street in Hackettstown open Monday through Friday 3-6 p.m.

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ at UCPAC in Rahway

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Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk (photo) brings to magical life A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future on Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:00 PM, at UCPAC's Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, in Rahway, NJ.

Using over thirty character voices, Jonathan delivers a dramatic retelling that distills Dickens to its essence. You'll experience this holiday classic as never before- complete with musical accompaniment by piano wizard Jim Keyes.

Jonathan Kruk has been inspiring active listening and vivid imagining at schools, libraries, parks and concert halls across the U.S. Recently honored as Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley, Jonathan's vast repertoire of tall tales, fairy tales, ancient myths and American History characters includes Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, Barkface and Rootnose, East of the Sun West of the Moon, The Minotaur, Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, The Rainbow Dragon and scores more! For more information, visit

Tickets are $18, General Admission. Please call 732-499-8226 or visit  Photo below: the Hamilton Stage


OPENING DELAYED: ‘Ruthless: The Musical’ at Chester Theatre Group delayed one week!


Due to a last-minute casting change, CTG must regretfully postpone opening night until Friday, Nov. 28th. Ticket holders for the cancelled shows will be contacted. A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN ADDED ON THURSDAY, DEC. 4th at 8PM. CTG apologizes for any inconvenience.

The Chester Theatre Group will present New York Outer Critics Circle award-winning musical Ruthless! The Musical at the Black River Playhouse on Grove Street in Chester, NJ. November 29 (new opening date)–December 7, 2014.

Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25. Seniors over 65 and students under 18 are $23. Tickets may be purchased online at or call 908-879-7304.

Ruthless! The Musical, a hilarious parody of Broadway musicals and iconic Hollywood movies, tells the story of suburban housewife Judy Denmark and her daughter Tina, who is the greatest song-and-dance sensation to ever hit the third grade. She's cute. She sings. She dances. And she would KILL to get the lead role in her school play.

With book and lyrics by Joel Paley and music by Marvin Laird, this outrageously funny musical comedy deliciously skewers agents, stage mothers, critics, school drama teachers, over-sized theatrical egos, precocious showbiz brats and so much more. It’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” meets “The Bad Seed.”

The talented cast of Ruthless! includes:

Judy Denmark………Maria Ludwig Brodeur

Lita Encore…..Lisa Deane

Louise Lerman/Eve...Raven Dunbar

Miss Thorn/ Ms. Block…Beth Amiano Gleason

Sylvia St. Croix……Michael Foley

Tina Denmark…….Molly Farrell

The production team includes Cindy Alexander (Director), Cliff Parrish (Musical Director), Robert Longstreet (Assistant Director), Megan Ferrentinos (Choreographer), Ellen Fraker-Glasscock (Producer), Diane Butler (Stage Manager) and Steve Catron (Set Design/Construction).

Monday, November 17, 2014

McCarter Theatre Center’s production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol runs December 5 through 28

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The McCarter Theatre Center’s production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has become a welcome holiday treat for families across the region. This heartwarming and powerfully honest musical adaptation of Dickens' classic novel is a wonderful way to honor tradition while experiencing the joys and warmth of a holiday favorite. A Christmas Carol runs from Dec. 5 through Dec. 28 on the Matthews Stage.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Graeme Malcolm-photo above) is not a fan of Christmas, not one bit. He relentlessly "Bah, Humbugs" every glimmer of holiday happiness. Cheer is costly and good-will is bad for business. This Christmas, however, things are going to be a little different. Ebenezer experiences a change of heart while traveling through his past, present and future on Christmas Eve. Scrooge’s miraculous transformation opens his eyes and his heart to the things that are truly important.

A McCarter Theatre Center tradition, A Christmas Carol is a perfect excuse for all families to unplug from the usual hustle and bustle and enjoy a production called “a must-see” by The New York Times.                              


Ever since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has come to embody everything that is good and right about the human spirit not only during the holidays, but all throughout the year. Originally written in rebuttal of the squalid working conditions of child laborers in Industrial Age England, A Christmas Carol remains a timeless tale of redemption, hope, and love.

The evergreen nature of Dickens story comes to life through its reintroduction to each new generation, and this quality is writ large on the McCarter stage through David Thompson’s skillful adaptation. Thompson, whose credits include the libretto for Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award-nominated Scottsboro Boys, knows a thing or two about giving a fresh perspective to classic works, having created the new script adaptation for the current revival of Chicago, the longest running American musical in history.

At the helm of this year’s holiday ghost tale is Director Michael Unger, returning for his 16th trip to 1840s England. Unger’s vision for the production has resulted in a story closer to Dickens’ original intent, without the sugarcoating found in so many other versions. At its core, A Christmas Carol is about experiencing all ranges of human emotion. According to Mr. Unger, “The tools of Scrooge’s redemption, as with ours, lay around us, if we just know how to pick them up and use them.” Mr. Unger’s deft direction is complemented by an original score from composer Michael Starobin, whose accolades include Tony Awards in 2004 and 2009 for his orchestrations of Assassins and Next to Normal.

The talents seen onstage are skillfully matched by those behind the scenes. The McCarter welcomes back Musical Director Charles Sundquist, returning for his 23rd production of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Sundquist is joined by Tony Award-winning (Thoroughly Modern Millie) Choreographer Rob Ashford, Lighting Designer Stephen Strawbridge, Costume Designer Jess Goldstein, Sound Designer Brian Ronan, and Set Designer Ming Cho Lee, whose career has spanned more than 50 years and includes a bevy of major awards including the Tony Award and the National Medal of Arts.

At the center of the production is Broadway veteran Graeme Malcolm as Ebenezer Scrooge. Mr. Malcolm’s turn as Dickens’ famous miser has been described by The Star Ledger as "one of the best Ebenezer Scrooges that McCarter has seen.”

Boasting a gigantic list of Broadway, regional and international credits, the cast of A Christmas Carol includes AJ Cedeño, Kimiye Corwin, Ali Ewoldt, Creed Garnick, David Kenner, January LaVoy, James Ludwig, Nikiya Mathis, Bradley Mott, Nancy Robinette, Michele Tauber, and Sari Weinerman. The Adult Ensemble includes Andrew Clark, Alex Domini, Kyle DuPree, Heather Gault, Samuel Ladd, Katie Mariko Murray, Patrick Roberts, Avery Sobczak, Daniella Tamasi, and Arielle Taylor.

The Young Ensemble is comprised of fourteen local children: Reyna Bae of Pennington, Hope Blair of Ewing, Russell Clark and Ivy Cordle of Princeton, Andrew Davis of Yardley, Madeline Fox of Lawrenceville, Noah and Jonas Hinsdale of Princeton Junction, Neha Kalra of Robbinsville, Christopher Levine of Hillsborough, Aynisha McQuillar of Ewing, Priyanka Nanayakkara of East Windsor, Sophia Telegadis of Princeton, and Troy Vallery of Yardley.

Based on the story by CHARLES DICKENS
Adaptation by DAVID THOMPSON
Original Music and Lyrics: MICHAEL STAROBIN
Musical Direction: CHARLES SUNDQUIST
Choreographer: ROB ASHFORD
Set Design: MING CHO LEE
Costume Design: JESS GOLDSTEIN
Sound Design: BRIAN RONAN
Choreography Supervisor: JENNIFER PAULSON LEE
Casting Director: CALLERI CASTING
Supervising Stage Manager: CHERYL MINTZ
Artistic Director: EMILY MANN
Managing Director: TIMOTHY J. SHEILDS
Assoc. Artistic Director: ADAM IMMERWAHR
Director of Production: DAVID YORK

THE CAST (in alphabetical order)

Young and Old Marley/As Cast…………………....AJ CEDEÑO
Lily/Belle/As Cast…………………………......KIMIYE CORWIN
Fan/Solicitor #2/As Cast…………………………..ALI EWOLDT
Bob Cratchit/As Cast……………………..…..CREED GARNICK
Young Scrooge/As Cast…………………….....DAVID KENNER
Mrs. Cratchit/As Cast………………………....JANUARY LaVOY
Fred/Schoolmaster/As Cast………………....JAMES LUDWIG
Ebenezer Scrooge……………………...…..GRAEME MALCOLM
Ghost of Christmas Present/As Cast….….NIKIYA MATHIS
Mr. Fezziwig/Old Joe/As Cast……………...BRADLEY MOTT
Mrs. Dilber/As Cast…………………..…...NANCY ROBINETTE
Mrs. Fezziwig/Solicitor #1/As Cast….MICHELE TAUBER
Charlotte Fezziwig/As Cast………….…..SARI WEINERMAN



About McCarter Theatre Center

McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations. McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ. For more information,

Ticket Information and Performance Schedule
A Christmas Carol
runs December 5 - 28 in the Matthews Theatre. Single tickets for The Understudy start as low as $25 and are on sale now online at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.
The production running time is two hours with one 15-minute intermission.

Construction Updates
Construction continues around McCarter for Princeton University’s Arts & Transit project and the expansion of the Lewis Center for the Arts. This will have an impact on parking, traffic, and transit in and around McCarter through early Fall 2014. Stay informed by to get the latest construction updates.

Please visit McCarter website for more information on parking, directions, and mass transit options.

For more information on A Christmas Carol, please visit the production’s website.

Information on restaurants and other dining options near the McCarter Theatre Center may be found here.

Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Auditions: ‘Thank Godfrey’ for Venus Adonis Festival/Competition in New York


“Thank Godfrey” written by George Ruthauser and directed by Mark Liebert. A comedy that proves everything you believe about reincarnation is dead wrong.

(“Thank Godfrey” has been selected for participation in the Venus Adonis Festival/Competition in New York City.)

Auditions:  November 17th and 18th at 7:30 pm Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place (off Valley Road), Montclair, NJ adjacent to A&P on Valley Road

Rehearsals to begin December 1st in Verona, NJ.

Tech rehearsal on January 12th, 8 am – 1 pm at Robert Moss Theater in NYC

Performances at Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette St., NYC: Monday, January 12th at 6:15 pm, Friday, January 16th at 9:00 pm, Sunday, January 18th at 4:30 pm (A fourth performance will take place in April if the play advances in the competition.)

No pay, non-equity.


(All ethnicities and races are encouraged)

COMMISSIONER GODFREY, a man in his mid-sixties to late-seventies, elegant, intelligent, articulate, thoughtful

ERNIE BLOOM, forties, an “everyman”, honorable but desperate

MRS. WIFFLEPOPPER, late-fifties-mid-sixties, matronly, kind-hearted, warm

EVANGELINE CARRINGTON, sixties, flamboyant in looks, dress and voice

Sides will be made available at the audition.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Liebert at

Auditions: ‘August: Osage County’ for Bergen County Players


Bergen County Players is holding auditions for August: Osage County, the award-winning play by Tracy Letts.

Auditions will be held Monday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 2, both at 7:30 pm. Callbacks will be Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 pm by invitation only.

Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ
Production Dates March 21 - April 18

The play, filled with biting humor, explores the relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, and husbands and wives.

Copies of the script are available by contacting Paul Reitnauer at

For more information, you can visit the theater's website at and click on "Auditions".

Auditions: ‘The Secret Garden’ for Pleasant Valley Productions in West Orange

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Pleasant Valley Productions will be holding auditions for its winter production of The Secret Garden. Auditions will be held Monday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 2 from 7 pm-10 pm at the Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church. Performances will be February 28-March 8.

The Secret Garden is directed by Camille Vecchio-DiLorenzo with music direction by Ilene Greenbaum and produced by Howie Tilkin. Based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this musical tells a story of healing through belief and transformation through hope.

Please prepare an audition song from The Secret Garden or a similar style show. Those auditioning should bring their own sheet music (written in the correct key) and be prepared to sing 16-32 bars. An accompanist will be provided.

If you have a head shot, please bring it with you. All roles are open. For a full cast breakdown and more information, visit With any questions, please contact producer Howie Tilkin at

This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and spirits from the family’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Over the past three years, Pleasant Valley Productions has presented a number of acclaimed community theatre shows in the area with productions of Songs for A New World, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream, a sold-out production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a glorious production of Ragtime, and most recently, Company at Luna Stage. Founded by DiLorenzo, Greenbaum, and Tilkin, the company’s mission is to create a professional theatre experience for local area performers, audience members, students and volunteers while providing a broad range of musical theatre works with the highest possible production value.

Auditions will be held at the Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church, located at 471 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, NJ at the corner of Eagle Rock Avenue.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

‘Doubt’ to be presented at Cliffside Park church


The Italian American Repertory Company (IARC) and Cliffside Park ARTS Council will present the Pulitzer winning play' “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley.

Based upon a few circumstantial details and a lot of intuition, the ultra-stern nun, Sister Aloysius Beauvier believes that one of the priests at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church and School has been molesting a 12-year-old boy named Donald Muller, the school's only African American student. Sister Aloysius recruits a young, naive nun (Sister James) to assist her in monitoring the suspicious yet charismatic Father Flynn

Trinity Church Cliffside ParkPerformances are December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13. Thursday – Saturday 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 555 Palisade Avenue, Cliffside Park, NJ.

Tickets are $20.00 . For reservations call 877-349-5003.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

‘Bluff’ now playing at Alliance Rep in Summit


The award winning theatre company Alliance Repertory Theatre Company is presenting Jeffrey Sweet’s "Bluff” at Mondo in Summit. 

Nominated for Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Script, “Bluff” is an off-beat comedy where-in Boy meets Girl, starts dating Girl, and then loses Girl when Girl's family makes its presence felt. Mr. Sweet's play alternates between farce and drama as it breaks down traditional conventions to expose the underbelly of family relationships and the inherent differences in how men and women view the world around them.

‘Bluff’  Director Joseph Porter explains  " A paean to Lanford Wilson, a pioneer in the deconstruction of theatrical tradition, Bluff is a comically dark love story that depicts how early family life affects relationships later in life.”

The cast includes Emily Williams (Wharton), Christopher J Young ( Wharton), John Pizzigoni (Green Brook), Alison Byrne (Metuchen), Julie Ann Nolan (Little Falls), and Louis Vetter (Union City).

MONDO-resized-600"Bluff” opened on Friday, November 7th  and runs through Saturday, November 22nd at MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit NJ.  Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. There is also a matinee on Sunday, November 16th  at 2 p.m. and a Thursday, November 20thshow at 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $24 for adults and $19 for seniors, $15 for students ( must present an i.d. ) For reservations:: Online at , tickets by email: or by calling 917 969 4534.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Auditions: ‘Lend Me A Tenor’ at Maurer Productions

Open Casting Call, All Roles Available

Shrek The Musical

November 15, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm
November 16, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

Maurer Productions OnStage is conducting open auditions for Tony Award winning farce Lend Me A Tenor, which will run at the Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, NJ Feb 20 - March 1, 2015

All roles are open. To download a detailed audition packet, CLICK HERE

Appointments are highly recommended but walk ins are welcome. Four male & four female characters; all roles are open. To get audition details and register for an audition appointment online, visit our CastMe website, or email us, or call (609) 882-2292.

Over the last nine years, MPO has staged 27 productions at Kelsey Theatre which have been honored with 60 NJACT Perry Award nominations and 12 wins in various technical and performing categories.
This main stage production will be directed by MPO's Artistic director John M Maurer, who's past directing work includesLaughter on the 23rd floor, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalotand Avenue Q .

Lend Me a Tenor will also feature stage management by Diana Maurer, costume design by Anthony Remer, set design by John M Maurer, Set construction by Jeff Cantor and lighting design by Kitty Getlik. The show will be produced by John M Maurer, Diana Gilman Maurer.

Set in the 1930's, Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, "Il Stupendo," the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's "Il Stupendo." Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with "Il Stupendo." A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed with laughter.

Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ next at Chatham Community Players

Tiny Tim 2014

The Chatham Community Players keeps their longstanding holiday tradition alive with its production of Philip Wm. McKinley & Suzanne Buhrer’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL opening Friday, December 5 and running until December 21. Returning to the Chatham Playhouse, Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair directs the show, Jack Bender of Jersey City is the musical director and Megan Ferentinos of Cranford is the Choreographer.

In this version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. “As a child, every year, around the Holidays my father would read "A Christmas Carol" to my brothers and me. I guess in his own way he was trying to do what the character of Dickens in McKinley’s version of "...Carol" is doing... that is, to educate us about the true meaning of Christmas and the care and concern for our fellow man,” explains Jeffrey Fiorello.

The large and talented cast includes actors from all around New Jersey: Chip Prestera of Stirling, Alan Semok of Somerset, Pierson Salvador, Andrea Thibodeau and Sarah Rappoport of Westfield, Scott Baird of Upper Montclair, Samantha Kaplan of Verona, Steven Nitka of Hackettstown, Adunni Rae Charles of Maplewood, Will Carey of Glen Ridge, Adrian Rifat of New York City, Brielle Raddi of Cedar Grove, Maryann and Randy Post of Madison, Joelle Bochner and Eila Francis of Springfield, Jody and Parker Ebert of Plainfield, Alyssa Franck of Basking Ridge, Dash Green, Sasha Jacobs, Ryan Graziano and Meghan Sabin of Chatham, and Graham Helfrick of Mendham

A Popular Holiday Tradition

This marks the 17th time that the Chatham Players has produced this show. From 1988-1995, the group produced the show every December, and it now produces the show on a biennial basis. This unique production has become a popular family tradition for many in the area – entertaining more than 32,000 audience members since 1988.

Christmas Carol Alan SemokAfter presenting the show essentially the same way since 1988, Chatham Players re-staged the show in 2005 and in 2008 gave it a new look and feel. Our current production focuses on the joyous uplifting message that Dickens intended, with all the music that our audiences have found so enchanting over the years. This year’s production marks the 20th anniversary of Alan Semok’s first appearance as Ebenezer Scrooge (photo left). We are also excited to debut the song, “Marley’s Lament”, which has never been heard since the musical was workshopped in the early 80’s in Las Vegas. The show will have audience members leaving the theatre with the "true Christmas spirit," and will remind each and every one of them to embrace the joy and happiness associated with the holiday season.

Fiorello shared, “I hope that audiences will come see this production, and make "A Christmas Carol" a part of their holiday tradition. A story like this, with its themes of: a second chance, re-birth, humanitarianism, forgiveness, compassion, love, family values, and hope, are timeless, as timeless as Christmas itself.”

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00PM, December 7 at 7PM and December 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 3:00PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior. The theater expects this show to sell out and encourages people to reserve their tickets early.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. The box office will begin accepting phone reservations on November 25 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.

About the Chatham Playhouse

imagesThe Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s remaining 2014-2015 season, visit

Funding has been made possible in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

Top photo: Pierson Salvador as Tiny Tim and Scott Baird as Bob Cratchit

Photos by Howard Fisher

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Playwrights: Theater Project soliciting short plays for second annual short play competition


The Theater Project, an award-winning, professional theater in Maplewood, NJ, is now soliciting short plays for “Fast Forward,” its second annual short play competition in February, 2015. The contest is open to adult playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area.

The Theater Project, which also offers a competition for high school playwrights and presentations of original plays by New Jersey authors, sees this as a logical extension of its mission.

“THINK FAST affords a great opportunity for local playwrights to have their works produced,” says Mark Spina, artistic director of The Theater Project. “An evening of one-acts provides an exciting showcase for a range of characters, topics and plots and will showcase a variety of voices – both established and emerging playwrights. The Theater Project is excited about creating an opportunity for area playwrights, actors and directors.”

Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time. The deadline for submitting plays is November 21, 2014. Plays selected advance through the opening rounds on Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14. Those plays selected by audience vote will advance to the Sunday, February 15 finals and compete for a $500 Critics Choice grand prize. These performances will be open to the public and take place at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ. Patrons will also participate by voting for an Audience Favorite award.

Complete submission details are available on the company’s web site, The competition accepts electronic submissions only at Include in the Subject line: “Submission + the Title of Your Play.”

The Theater Project, a professional theater company based in Maplewood, NJ, began in 1994 with the goal of bringing the best contemporary plays to our community. The company is known for presenting outrageous comedy as well as drama with social commentary. Last spring, the company tackled wage equality, presenting NICKEL AND DIMED, based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s book about the lives of minimum wage workers.

WHAT: THINK FAST Short Play Competition
WHEN: November 21, 2014 Submission Deadline

WHO: Adult Playwrights, New York/New Jersey metropolitan area

INFO:, 908 809-8865