Friday, September 30, 2016

The Growing Stage Kicks Off 35th Season with NJ Professional Premiere of 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong opens its 35th Anniversary Main Stage season with PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. The show runs October 7th through the 23rd with performancesFriday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4 PM.

Tony Award Winning PETER AND THE STARCATCHER upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life. This production is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage’s Executive Director, with musical direction by Stephen Fox and Choreography by Jillian Petrie.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER features the talents of five professional equity performers in the cast.

Returning to the Palace are Growing Stage favorites: Josh Carpenter of Brooklyn, NY, last seen in The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel, as BlackStache; Jeremy Hilgert of Delaware Water Gap, PA, last seen in Peter Pan, as Bill Slank; Lucas Pinner of Glen Gardner, NJ, last seen in The Story of the Nutcracker, as Mack; Izzy Figueroa of Old Bridge, NJ, last seen in How I Became A Pirate, as Sanchez. Making his Growing Stage debut is Richard Stillman of Montclair, NJ as Smee. 

Rounding out the cast are Davis Lemley of Cedar Grove, NJ, as Boy (Peter); Nikki Miller of Hampton, NJ, as Molly; Julie Galorenzo of Verona, NJ, as Mrs. Bumbrake; Marcelo Leal of Jersey City, NJ, as Alf; Robert Allan of Flanders, NJ, as Lord Aster, Dalton Allison of Byram, NJ, as Prentiss and Justin Watt of Hackettstown, NJ, as Ted.

The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. To purchase tickets, please visit or call (973) 347-4946. Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available. The Growing Stage’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684, Fax : 212-397-4684,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Now at Dreamcatcher: 'The How and the Why'

The 2016-2017 season starts tonight!

The How and the Why- September 22 - October 9, 2016
Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
"Sarah Treem's play brims with ideas and emotional colors that eddy and refract like rivulets in a lively, plunging stream." -Washington Post.
" exhilarating, intellectual evening out." -Star-Ledger. 
"A moving portrait of a woman meeting with equanimity an unexpected, often painful series of questions about the choices she made in the past." -NY Times. 
"Two absorbing hours with two finely formed, interesting, smart, and captivating women...a very rare achievement indeed for women in and at the theatre." -Feminist Spectator.
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Use Code TREEM to receive a $3 discount. (Advance purchase only.)

Harriett Trangucci plays Professor Zelda Kahn, an eminent scholar, opposite Jessica O'Hara-Baker's Rachel, a graduate student.

Don't forget about our special Spa / Theatre package and our Season Pass offer. Scroll down for details.

The How and the Why of Pampering 
Enjoy a full, fun day out with your friends with a Spa/Theatre package! 
When you purchase as a package, receive a discount on both your Sunday matinee ticket to The How and the Whyat Dreamcatcher and a spa service at Woodhouse Day Spa.
  • Buy a ticket for any 2 pm Sunday matinee of The How and the Why: select 9/25, 10/2, or 10/9 then select "Woodhouse Spa" as your ticket level.
  • Call Woodhouse Day Spa to schedule your appointment for your spa service, either on the same day as the show, or any Monday - Thursday. Show your receipt for the Spa/Theatre package.
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Premiere Stages to Host Exclusive Benefit Performance of My Lord, What a Night at Liberty Hall Museum

UNION, N.J. – Premiere Stages at Kean University will host an exclusive benefit performance of the 2015/2016 Liberty Live Commission, My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort, at Liberty Hall Museum on Friday, October 14. This celebratory event will begin with a V.I.P. reception at 6 p.m., featuring wine, handcrafted hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz from the 1920s-1930s by The Buck and a Quarter Quartet, to be followed by a guided candlelight tour of Liberty Hall Museum at 7 p.m. 

Following the performance at 8 p.m., the evening will conclude with a champagne toast and dessert reception with the cast and creative team. All proceeds from the evening will benefit future programming supporting emerging artists and plays. The production is directed by Kel Haney, and features Broadway veterans Mitch Greenberg (Fiddler on the Roof), Erika LaVonn (The Lion King), Joel Leffert (No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot), and Lizan Mitchell (Electra).

“My Lord, What a Night perfectly represents the uniquely collaborative partnership between Premiere Stages and Liberty Hall Museum,” stated John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages. “The historic 1882 Carriage House is the ideal venue to see New Jersey history come to life.”

Based on actual events, My Lord, What a Night provides a thought-provoking account of the night legendary singer Marian Anderson spent at the home of Albert Einstein. What begins as an event that threatens to divide the Princeton community ends with a lifetime bond between two of the most beloved figures of the twentieth century. Premiere Stages will present a total of six performances of Ms. Brevoort’s highly anticipated production through October 16, with five performances (excluding the benefit) currently sold out.

Ms. Brevoort is perhaps best known for The Women of Lockerbie, which is produced all over the United States and internationally. Her plays are published by DPS, Samuel French, Applause Books, and No Passport, and include Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis, The Blue-Sky Boys, The Poetry of Pizza, The Comfort Team, and The Velvet Weapon. Her musicals include Crossing Over, King Island Christmas, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing. Ms. Brevoort teaches at NYU, Columbia University and Goddard College.

Ms. Haney’s previous directing credits for Premiere Stages include Kate Cortesi’s Great Kills, James Christy’s At Liberty Hall (Winner of the 2013/2014 Liberty Live Commission), and the New Jersey Premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful earlier this season. She has directed extensively throughout the greater metropolitan area, including Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By (American Theater Group - Regional Premiere), Comfort/Haney’s The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (La MaMa), Vickie Ramirez’s Glenburn 12 WP (59E59), Jonathan Caren’s The Recommendation (The Flea), Gardiner Comfort’s You’re Not Tough (HERE, Dixon Place), Jordan Jaffe’s Crude (Black Lab Theatre/Theater 511 @ Ars Nova), and Melisa Annis’ United Front (Primary Stages/Fordham).

My Lord, What a Night runs Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16 at various times, with a free pre-show discussion scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at 5 p.m. The production is currently sold out, with limited benefit tickets still available for the performance on Friday, October 14. Please contact the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-7469 or visit Premiere Stages online at to purchase tickets. You may also request to be added to the wait list for alternate performances by emailing

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advanced notice. Please call 908-737-4092 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, visit Premiere Stages online at

This arts program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Premiere Stages is also made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival and through the generous support of individual patrons. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.

'It's a Wonderful Life' presented as a live radio play at Exit 82 Theatre Company

Join us on stage or in the audience!
Auditions this week and tickets now on sale 
Playing December 1st - December 3rd,  2016

The beloved holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of an idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers all of his blessings one fateful Christmas Eve.

Thursday, December 1st at 7pm
Friday, December 2nd at 8pm
Saturday, December 3rd at 2pm
Saturday, December 3rd at 8pm

Monday, September 26, 2016

'Single Black Female' Opens October 6 at Crossroads

7 LIVINGSTON AVE. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901 | 732-545-8100

Crossroads Theatre Company thanks its major supporters:
American Express
Johnson & Johnson
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission
New Brunswick Cultural Center
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts 

Through The Looking Glass: Alice and Her Wonderland Adventure Opens in Jersey City

A young girl follows a White Rabbit into a dreamlike world were animals talk and eating mushrooms can change your size. When this realm’s tyrannical ruler accuses the rabbit of stealing tarts – for which the punishment is decapitation – the girl must stand up to injustice by using logic and virtue.

As you probably guessed, the world is wonderland and the heroine is Alice. On October 2, JCTC-KIDS and Puppetworks return to the Merseles Studios puppet theater with Alice in Wonderland, the timeless Lewis Carrol tale, which runs every Sunday at 1 pm through December 11.

Tickets: Child: $8 Advance or $11 At The Door / Adult: $9 Advance or $12 At The Door. School & Group sale discounts available.  Special private party booking prices available. Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks runs October 2 to December 11. To purchase online tickets visit:

Merseles Studios is at 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City 07302. 

Soon after the first Alice books appeared – they have never been out of print since their 19th century publication and are considered the “Harry Potter” of the Victorian era – this beloved children’s fantasy has remained in the public’s imagination. The story’s best-known versions range from the classic 1951 Walt Disney animated movie to the more off-beat, 2010 Tim Burton live-action film. The numerous retellings of Alice’s often bizarre yet ultimately triumphant odyssey all have their merits, but often surrealistic special effects overshadow the genuine wonder this imaginative tale was meant to inspire.

“This is a great story and we keep it about Alice,” said Michael Leach, Chief Puppeteer and Executive Director of Puppetworks. “The story of Alice that is in the original books can sometimes get lost in the movie versions because of too much over-indulgent symbolism. The Puppetworks story moves quickly and focuses on the plot of Alice – a smart, curious girl with a good heart who enters a world were everyone seems insane. She overcomes what is essentially madness incarnate by relying on her bravery and by using logic. This is a lesson all girls and boys can learn from.”

Since 1980, Puppetworks has been committed to preserving the tradition of live-theater presentations through the art of Marionettes. According to Leach, Alice in Wonderland is one of the strongest and most popular titles in the company’s repertoire of 15+ plays based on classic fairytales, folklore and children’s literature. Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks is also part-musical, with lyrics based on the poems and rhymes in the original books. The actual script, adapted for the stage by Nicolas Coppola, even predates Puppetworks, whose roots go back to 1938 when its founding company, Suzari Marionettes began performing in the U.S. Coppola, a member of the original company, is the founder and Artistic Director of Puppetworks.

Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks combines the two Alice Stories – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (1871) – into a concise, fast-pace yarn of a stranger in a very strange land. The strings-attached cast of well-known Wonderland residents include: the White Rabbit (of course); The Queen of Hearts, who rules this land and strikes fear in the hearts of her subjects with her famous decree: “Off With Their Heads!”; Mad Hatter (yes, there’s a puppet tea party); March Hare; the Caterpillar; Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum; the Knave of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat and his enigmatic grin. Alice herself both shrinks and enlarges on stage, depending on what she eats.

JCTC-KIDS, the children’s arm of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC), provides professional theater and other arts programming to young people (Alice in Wonderland is recommended for ages 3-to-12). Thousands of children and their families have experienced traditional marionette puppetry and classical storytelling since JCTC-KIDS and Puppetworks brought this enduring art form to Jersey City two years ago. In addition, JCTC’s Art-4-All program subsidizes tickets – made possible by the generous support of Jersey City Businesses and other funders – for under-served children. Hundreds of families have experienced Puppetworks performances at Merseles Studios through this Art-4-All program.

Alice in Wonderland is the 5th JCTC-KIDS/Puppetworks production. The most recent show, Beauty & The Beast was the most successful yet for this collaboration: Most of the shows during its Spring 2016 run were sold out or near sell outs. “Beauty & The Beast had a strong finish,” said Leach. “We’ve built a growing Northern New Jersey audience at Merseles Studios. It’s nice that we’re opening Alice to such a strong demand from an enthusiastic following. Jersey City has become an amazing theater and arts destination in a relatively short time. It is very satisfying that traditional puppetry and children’s theater is part of that landscape.”

For Olga Levina, Artistic Director of JCTC, presenting Alice in Wonderland is a labor of love. “Both children and adults can relate to Alice in Wonderland,” she said. “The story of Alice is about adventure, overcoming fear and the discoveries you make along the way.”

Visit website:
Jersey City Theater Center Merseles Studios
339 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 795-5386

Top Photo: Alice in Wonderland_JCTCpuppetworks

Mid Photo: Alice in the court of the Queen & King of Hearts defending the White Rabbit against a false accusation of stealing the tarts. (photograph by Bang Chau)

Audition at Holmdel Theatre Company

Audition Like a Pro! 
with Jessica Sherman
October 1 10am-1pm
October 8 10am-1pm

$30 a class or both for $50

Do you have an audition coming up and have no idea how to prepare or are you looking to improve your audition skills?  

Most auditions and callbacks ask you to either read from the script or present a prepared monologue. But where to begin? In this two-part master class, Jessica Damrow Sherman will help you sharpen your audition technique.

The first class will focus on how to hone your cold reading skills – identifying a clear character objective for the scene, making bold character choices, listening to your scene partner and taking direction in an audition situation.

In the second class, Jessica will discuss how to select appropriate, vibrant material and prepare an audition monologue. Students will be asked to bring in an audition monologue and Jessica will provide each student with personalized feedback and direction.

Jessica Damrow Sherman (MFA, MA) holds twenty years of experience as an actor, director and educator. Professional acting credits include Dogeaters (La Jolla Playhouse), Hedda Gabler (Century Center for the Performing Arts) and Beautiful Thing (Society Hill Playhouse). Ms. Damrow Sherman has worked with acclaimed artists including Christopher Durang, Michael Greif and Mac Wellman. She has also designed and instructed undergraduate courses in performance at several colleges and conservatories, including Purchase College, Pace University, Muhlenberg College and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Ms. Damrow Sherman serves as Managing Director at Circle Players in Piscataway, NJ. At Circle, she has directed As You Like It, Prelude to a Kiss, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Hamlet. She is currently directing her adaptation of Richard III, which will open Circle’s season this fall.

October 2nd, 7pm

Uncle Vanya

by Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Annie Baker

Directed by Laurie DEvino
Featuring: Elena Chalcraft, Brian Craig, Jeff Cox,
Carole Darche, Tom Frascatore, Dave Murray,
Casse Westcott, Rebecca Zaccagnino

This intimate, immersive new adaptation of Chekhov's classic from critically-acclaimed playwright Annie Baker, author of Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation, and The Flick, brings colloquial language to this internationaly beloved story of human relationships and yearning. Written with the “goal of creating a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the play’s first productions in the provinces in 1898”, Ms. Baker's Uncle Vanya introduces 21st century audiences to Chekhov's enduring wit, insight, and emotionl depth.

Performed with permission from Samuel French
Coffee is served. $5 Suggested Donation

36 Crawfords Corner Rd

Holmdel, NJ 07733

Bergen County Players' longtime member receives NJACT Lifetime Achievement Perry Award.

A loyal member of the Bergen County Players in Oradell for nearly half a century, Jerry Hurley was recently awarded the NJACT Lifetime Achievement Perry Award.

At BCP, Hurley, of Hackensack, has been an executive board member, director of about 10 shows and helped build the set of virtually every show since he joined the volunteer organization in 1967.

Hurley also taught theater at Westwood Regional Jr. Sr. High School, in Washington Township, for 36 years until he retired in 1997. The district named one of the two high school theaters in his honor.

“We’re keeping live theater totally living and breathing. Go break a leg!” Hurley said with a smile during his acceptance speech. The awards were presented recently at the 43rd Annual Perry Awards ceremony at the Doubletree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center in Somerset. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special Perry award given to a theater organization volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the community.

The New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting local theater around the state. Perry awards are often nicknamed the Tony Awards of community theater.

The Bergen County Players was awarded NJACT Community Theater of the Year last year. BCP, on Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, has more than 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage. They make possible the nine productions presented each season. Further information can be found at

Photo caption: (Center) Winner Jerry Hurley, of Hackensack, stands with (left) BCP President Lynne Lupfer of Tenafly, and (right) BCP Board of Governors Chair Margie Druss Fodor of Westwood. Photo by Michael Smith

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London Theatre Trip: Experience The British Theatre With Ocean County College


Experience the British theater on Ocean County College’s 38th Annual Theatre in London Seminar/Trip: January 4-15, 2017. Members of the community are welcome to participate on a non-credit basis. Students will be enrolled for three college credits. A number of scholarships are available for OCC students. Registration Deadline: October 4.

Seminar/Trip: See 10 plays at the Royal National Theatre, West End, Fringe, and other venues! Take a backstage tour at the Royal National Theater. Enjoy talk-back sessions with actors, directors, or technical staff. Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theater. Plenty of free time for sightseeing, museums, shopping, and dining.

Tour Package: round trip airfare on United Airlines, 10 nights accommodations at the conveniently located Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel (four star hotel), theatre tickets, day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, full English breakfast daily, round trip airport transfers, most tips, taxes, OCC instruction, tuition, and fees.

Not Included: lunch and dinner, personal expenses, trip cancellation insurance, and any items not specifically listed.

Cost: $3,975 per person, double occupancy.

Single room supplement: $840. Out-of-county fee: $69. Out-of-state fee: $339.

NOTE: The program cost is based on the exchange rate and the prevailing price in effect at the time of printing. Should airfare, land costs, and the dollar/pound exchange rate become less favorable, participants may be billed accordingly.

For more information or to register for the trip, contact Gary Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Humanities, at or 732-255-0400, ext. 2296.

Acting Class with Frank Licato Starts Thursday

6 Week
Scene Study and Monologue Classes
Starting Thursday, September 29 from 11am to 1pm 


"Frank works within that rare environment where creativity is a balance of seriousness and playful freedom, rooted in a trustworthy sense of truth and expanded and challenged by boundless imagination." -  
Michael Ornstein, Chuck Marstein on Sons of Anarchy

"Frank Licato is a wonderful director, actor and teacher in that his stage and TV career has been a stellar combination of acting and directing. He gives his colleagues first hand knowledge because he has been there and done that. His work is gritty, truthful and on the money." - Richard Vetere, Pulitzer nominated playwright/screenwriter

There is still room in my Thursday, September 29, class, from 11am to 1pm

The fee for each session is $350.00. 

Classes will be at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th floor between Broadway & 8th Avenue . 
I am also available for grad school coaching, private sessions, Skype sessions and audition coaching.  

If you have any questions please contact
me at 646-522-5689 or email me at

"Frank Licato is about the WHOLE truth. When working with Frank, I seem to waste no time finding the courage to explore my craft with abandon. To have presence enough to trust my own organic impulses rather than trying to play an idea in my head." - James Georgiades - Actor - Gotham/The Americans