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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Equity Auditions: Moliere’s The Learned Ladies at CSC


Centenary Stage Company a not-for-profit professional Equity Theater located in Hackettstown, NJ (approx. 50 miles west of NYC) will be holding open Equity Principle Auditions on Thursday September 7 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Lackland Center Kutz Theatre for the upcoming production of Freyda Thomas’ screwball comedy adaptation of Moliere’s The Learned Ladies.

                Like a screwball comedy from the 1930’s, (which is how CSC is staging it) there is chaos in the household of Chrysale and his wife Philamente.  Philamente has decided to dedicate herself and home to the life of the mind and to the pursuit of noble thought and intellectual rigor.  Chrysale would just like dinner.  There’s also a poet who will not leave, an eccentric sister, a sexy maid, a hotheaded suitor to the youngest daughter who the Mother would rather marry off to the poet, a frustrated older sister, numerous pretentious hangers on and so forth, making for a sprightly evening of theater.  The production will be directed by Centenary Stage Company Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau.

Auditions will be held by appointment in the Lackland Center Kutz Theater located on the campus of Centenary University (715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ) and will run from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  Centenary Stage Company operates under an SPT 4 contract with a minimum weekly salary of $366 for equity performers.  Rehearsals run September 18 through October 5 with performances running October 6 through October 22.  No moderator will be provided.  Producer will run all aspects of the audition.

To schedule an appointment interested performers must call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  Equity Members without an appointment will be seen throughout the day, as time permits.  Sides will be provided. Blind/low vision performers may request an advance copy of sides when making an audition appointment.  Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back.  Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.  Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.


Philamente – wife of Chrysale, a liberated woman, head of the house (50s).

Henriette – daughter of Chrysale and Philamente, sweet, the ingénue (20s).

Chrysale – husband of Philamente, afraid of her, father to Henriette and Armande (50 – 60).

Lycandre – Henriette’s suitor, hotheaded but a good guy (30s).

Trissotin – a house guest and a bad poet, pursuing Henriette (30s/40s).

Armande – older sister to Henriette, a wannabe liberated woman (30s).

Arista – Chrysale’s sister, the voice of reason (50s).

Belise – Chrysale’s other sister, very eccentric but lovable (60s).

Martine – the maid, street smart and sassy but has poor grammar, sexy, buxom (any age).

Vadius – another poet, Trissotin’s rival (also plays Judge).

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 2017-2018 Season Features Tosca and Turandot


Bring the Family to the Opera resumes in September.

From Italy to China, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 2017-2018 season spans the globe with performances of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca and Turandot. On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Verismo Opera brings to the stage again Puccini's Tosca set in Italy with Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s libretto in four acts based upon Victorien Sardou’s drama, La Tosca.

The grand opera company premieres Puccini's extravagant portrayal of both ancient China and the opera's namesake princess, Turandot, on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey, presents these productions at the theatre at 3:00 p.m.

The company is known for realistic portrayals of everyday life in its productions. "These traditional operas present realism and remain true to the original with the music, grand sets, and beautiful costumes. Both operas introduce another generation to the magnificent splendor of complete, professional productions," said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

Under the baton of Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner, a live orchestra accompanies the performance of Tosca. General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif directs the fully staged opera, with Chorus Director/Associate Conductor Michael Wittenburg leading the Verismo Opera Chorus. The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus perform in Italian with English supertitles provided for the audience.

Theater Classes at Luna Stage in West Orange

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Whether you are looking to bring your child to an arts program for the first time or looking to build upon your own craft as an artist, Luna is the home for you and your family to grow.

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Luna Stage Company, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052


Song and Dance

(Ages 4-7)

Saturdays - 9 weeks - September 9th - November 11th

(no class on 9/30)

Song and Dance I: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Song and Dance II: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Luna's Song and Dance Class allows offers a fun introduction to musical theatre for our youngest artists. Children are introduced to all the different elements of musical theatre (acting, singing, dance and stage presence) and given the opportunity to discover their individual talents, creativity and self-expression. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.

Little Luna

(Ages 4-7)

Saturdays - 9 weeks - September 9th - November 11th

(no class on 9/30)

Little Luna I: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Little Luna II: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


In the Little Luna program, young performers discover the creative elements of drama through a basis in story-telling. Through fun games and exercises, Little Luna participants learn about different theatrical elements (sets, costumes, props, scripts, etc.) and how they combine to create a performance. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.

Musical Theatre

(Ages 7-9 & 10-12)

Saturdays - 9 weeks - September 9th - November 11th

(no class on 9/30)

Musical Theatre I (Ages 7-9): 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Musical Theatre II (Ages 10-12): 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Luna's Musical Theatre Class allows children of all experience levels an opportunity to discover their individual talents, creativity and performing interests while exploring the basics of Musical Theatre (acting, singing and dance). Young performers work collaboratively to explore vocal technique, character-based song interpretation, and choreography from Broadway musicals. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.

Creative Drama

(Ages 8-10)

Saturdays - 9 weeks - September 9th - November 11th

(no class on 9/30)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


The class is specially designed with creative minds and play as the focus. Through the use of theatre games and mini-performance workshops, young actors receive a comprehensive study of the various aspects of acting and performing. Topics include voice and speech, character development, creative expression through movement and solo and group improv, just to name a few. Actors will have an opportunity to perform for each other every class, and will work together to develop self-confidence, team/group dynamic, body and spatial awareness. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.

NYC Report: World Premiere of DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN


World Premiere of DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN, a new theatrical affaire about a woman who mattered.
The theatrical event and one-woman tour-de-force musical, about the life and times of Marlene Dietrich, has been co-authored by Oliver Conant and Justyna Kosteck who is also playing Miss Dietrich.

Scheduled for three weeks through Sunday, September 17 at the Medicine Show Theatre (549 West 52 Street – between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN is being directed by Mr. Conant and choreographed by Madeline Jaye.
Miss Kostek’s costumes are by Derek Nye Lockwood.
Musical Direction and arrangements are by Jono Mainelli.


The show’s iconic score will feature: “Puttin’ On The Ritz”, “The Laziest Gal In Town”, “You’re The Cream In My Coffee”, “Falling In Love Again”, “Look Me Over Closely”, “Lili Marlene”, “Hot Voodoo”, “The Boys In The Backroom” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”.


marlene_dietrichMarlene Dietrich was a European film sensation, Hollywood’s highest paid actress, a lifelong fashion icon, an unceasing USO entertainer, an awarded humanitarian, an international philanthropist, a Medal of Freedom recipient, a Légion d’Honneur honoree,
an Academy Award nominee, a Tony Award winner,  the Patron Saint of cabaret, a bewitching singer, a natural dancer and an International diva.

The very young Justyna Kostek is following in the great diva’s footsteps.

Born and raised in Poland, where she began her work in experimental theatre at a very young age, Justyna Kostek then established the successful and award-winning theatre company, Atelier Teatral, in Denmark.   She is already making her mark in the New York theatre scene while preparing, with Mr. Conant, DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN for an Off-Broadway move as well as sifting through the mounting interest in a National Tour.
Divas are born to achieve.

The Theatre
Medicine Show Theatre
549 West 52nd Street
(Between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

Local Theatre Reviewer Sheila Abrams died earlier this week


We first met Sheila more than several years ago when she reviewed at the Chester Theater Group and Centenary Stage Company for her cousin, Ruth Ross (

She loved all things theater and was a strong supporter of both our community and professional theater.

Sheila, also, was a guest contributor here at New Jersey Footlights as well.

There are few details currently available, however her daughter did post this message on Facebook: “I want to let all of her friends know that Mom died peacefully in her sleep this morning. Somewhere, the energy that made her who she was is with the energy that comprised my father, and I picture them smiling and looking at each other, being greeted by my brother, and at Rainbow Bridge, with all the pets waiting there. There will be a celebration of her life in a few weeks. I will post information here for all of her friends. In the meantime, hug those dear to you, reach out and pet a dog, put on some good music, and in Mom's honor, read a good book. She would have wanted that.”

Anne Abrams Nadel-Walbridge

Sheila with her husband (and dog Oreo):



Auditions: Alliance Rep in Summit

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by A. R. Gurney
David Christopher directs

WHEN: Sunday, September 10th, at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave, Summit (Lower Level)

Production dates: November 3 -18, 2017.

A romantic bittersweet tale of lost opportunities and the hope for new beginnings as a middle-aged couple seek to fan the flames of yesteryear and take a second chance on love.

Audition sides can be found on the Alliance Rep website

Roles available:

  • Austin - late 40s - 50s. A conservative banker from Boston, divorced, stuck in a rut
  • Ruth - late 40s - 50s. A woman of the world but stuck in a bad marriage, looking for love
  • Jim, Roy, Dwane, Ted & Walt. This actor must play 5 distinctly different characters, of varying ages, types and dialects

Image may contain: one or more peopleGRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES
by Rajiv Joseph
Christine Gaden directs

WHEN: Sunday, September 24th, at 7pm.
WHERE: MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave, Summit (Lower Level)

Production dates: February 16 - March 3, 2018.

Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen & Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that draw them together.


Audition sides can be found on the Alliance Rep website

Roles available:

  • Doug - 20s -30s – male
  • Kayleen - 20s - 30s - female

Both actors play ages 8 -38 throughout the show. Versatile, experienced performers sought


WHEN: Friday, August 18, at 8pm, Saturday, August 19, at 8pm, and Sunday, August 20th, at 2pm (with a Q&A with cast, director and playwright)
Jersey Shore Arts Center (Herbst Theater on 3rd Floor), 66 South Main Street in Ocean Grove
TICKETS: $18/$15 for students and senior citizens with I.D.

Consisting of six one acts centered on unexpected reveals, revenge, coming out of the closet, marriage and redemption, The Fairy Plays asks pointed questions like, "Can a fairy go to A.A.?"; "Can mortals and fairies change powers?"; "Is my daddy a fairy?"; and, "can mortals go to Fairyland after they die?"

The play centers on Emperina, the Queen of the Fairies, who couples with a mortal and produces three half-fairy/half-human children.  Banished from Fairyland, Emperina tries to make amends to her father so her children can be restored to full fairy status and humans can go to Fairyland after they die.

Here is what the cast and director says about the process of doing Mr. Ciccotelli’s work:

On Process:

  • The process was immersive, allowing actors to recognize the systems of the world.-Nathan Magno, who plays Jared Humphrey
  • When I direct, I am experimenting with different techniques, and in turn, the actors are experimenting with their bodies and voices in the space. -Veda Rouze, director

On Play Meaning:

  • As a play, its meaning involves discovery of identity.-Nathan Magno
  • It means embracing your uniqueness and what makes you special. - Laurel Henk, who plays Dora

On Relevance:

  • We’re in a time when it feels like the queer community is under attack. A play with queer representation, or even focus is always important. - Griffin Holland who plays Anacoda
  • This play will force you to question the morals in your own life.-Veda Rouze

The production is directed by Veda Rouze and stars Taylor Bongarzone, Rita Esposito, Ashley Friedman, Laurel Henk, Griffin Holland, Rebecca Lettice, Nathan Magno, CharLee Mares, Alexa Spinowitz, and Allison Truax
La Strada Ensemble Theater is 501(c)(3) theater company and resident theater company of Jersey Shore Arts Center.  Since their inauguration in 2014, they have been a mover and shaker of the theatrical scene in Monmouth County producing full lengths, workshop productions, one act evenings, staged readings, a monthly writer’s group and a Monday Night acting class.  La Strada translates from Italian to ‘The Road’ or ‘The Street.’  It is our passion to bring world and regional premieres to our street in Ocean Grove.

Please visit us on, call us at 732-455-2748 or email us at for more information, to purchase tickets, and for information on La Strada’s technique and scene study class for actors of all levels taught by founding members Dr. Donna Ault-Jacobson and A.J. Ciccotelli, M.F.A.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 - 2018 Main Stage Season at the Growing Stage

The Growing Stage - The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey 2017 - 2018 Main Stage Season:
October 6 - 29, 2017
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
CINDERELLA - A Holiday Musical
November 24 - December 17, 2017
Book & Lyrics by Alyn Cardarelli
Music by Steve Goers
The holidays have arrived, and with them the anticipaTEd Royal Ball! Cinderella's cruel Stepmother and Stepsisters are plotting to win the heart of The Prince, but a spunky and barefoot servant girl may just become the belle of the ball. This swashbuckling Cinderella just needs a little help from her Fairy Godmother and one ratty Footman to find her happy ending. The piece comes from Chicago's Emerald City's and this adaption of everyone's favorite fairy tale is a musical holiday wish come true.
Alyn Cardarelli (book and lyrics) is the Emerald City co-founder and graduate of Second City Training Center where he attended classes and performed with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Alyn has written over 20 plays for Emerald City Theatre including adaptations of How I Became a Pirate, Stellaluna, and Where the Wild Things Are. He has been produced in major markets across the United States as well as overseas. In 2009-2010, he was the most produced children's playwright in the United States. Steve Goers (composer) has been composing and performing for more than 20 years. He has provided music for radio, television, film and stage. He has written and produced full orchestral scores for productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and over a dozen scores for Emerald City Theatre.
March 9 - 25, 2018
Based on the true and original story by Brian Dorscht
Written by Mike Czuba
Bobby Radcliffe is sure he has lost his brand-new bicycle. After his parents go out for the evening, he is left with his sister and instructions from his father to "make sure the bike is found and in the garage" before Bobby goes to bed. Frustrated that he can't find his bike, he returns home and decides to tell a lie to his gullible sister; "A flying saucer came down and took my bike". Half believing what he says, she asks him for details of how it happened - and a story starts to develop. The sister runs to the phone to tell her best friend what Bobby just told her. The best friend tells her father who is the town Sheriff and tells her he is coming over to the house.
Bobby has to decide to either continue the lie, or confess the truth. Surely they would know this isn't true. But, people in the neighborhood and around the city get stirred up and excited to know that a UFO landed in their city. It hits the media the next day, and for the next week the location becomes a tourist attraction with Bobby telling his story. What he doesn't suspect is the arrival of a "mystery man" who shows up with photo books full of pictures of Martians, and moon men, and the inside flying saucers, who just wants to get home.
DreamWorks's MADAGASCAR - A Musical Adventure
April 27 - May 20
Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture
Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Music & Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.
Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends - Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo - have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape - with the help of some prodigious penguins - to explore the world.
Season Ticket Packages ON SALE:
Season Ticket Packages are currently on sale. Purchase a package today that allows you to have the LOWEST per ticket price, the ONLY reserved seating at the theatre plus flexible booking and so much more. To purchase a package, visit www.growingstage.comor contact the Box Office at or call (973) 347-4946. Group Rates are available for each production.
About The Growing Stage

The Growing Stage-The Children's Theatre of New Jersey is a non-profit professional performing arts center dedicated to theatre for young audiences. A member theatre of the Association of Actor's Equity, we provide opportunity for all to learn and grow through participation in the arts.,-74.7040864,3a,73.7y,74.29h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6dAsUMu_OLUAAAQYP9Cg2Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Stella Adler Studio of Acting Receives $150,000 Grant

New York, NY – August 15, 2017: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has been awarded a $150,000 Grant for Arts and Arts Education by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The grant, given to organizations committed to making the arts a solid and significant part of the education process, will be distributed over three years. The grant will support the Studio’s Outreach Division program of acting and theater classes with inmates at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility, which gives inmates the opportunity to train as a working ensemble of actors and writers, learning and practicing voice and speech, movement, and acting techniques. Each training session concludes with a showing of created work for an invited audience. Inmates are also introduced to dramatic literature and poetry to encourage them to explore characters and make clear choices in their own writing and acting.

“We are so honored and grateful to receive the support of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation,” said Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director, Stella Adler Studio of Acting. “Providing world-class theater education that uplifts and empowers our students is the basis of our work and we’re very pleased to be able to continue our programming through this generous grant.”

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting was founded in 1949 on the principle that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous. The mission of the Studio is to create an environment that nurtures theater artists and audiences so that they value humanity, their own and others, as their first priority while providing art and education to the greater community. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Outreach Division works with numerous underserved populations including inner-city students, drug and rehabilitation centers and inmates on Rikers Island.

Casting set for World-premiere of musical comedy The Honeymooners at Paper Mill

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn, is pleased to announce casting for the world-premiere production of the new musical comedy The Honeymooners, based on the CBS television series, with book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, and lyrics by Peter Mills. This world-premiere musical features direction from Tony Award-winner John Rando, choreography by Emmy Award-winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction and vocal arrangements by Remy KursPerformances are set to begin Thursday, September 28, 2017, for a limited run through Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive) in Millburn, NJ.  Major support is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

America’s favorite dreamers have a brand-new scheme. The Honeymooners is a world-premiere musical comedy inspired by the classic television series. Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon. After shocking their wives by winning a high-profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue advertising, where they discover that their quest for the American Dream might cost them their friendship. Filled with big laughs and an infectious score, The Honeymooners will bang-zoom its way into your heart.

The Honeymooners ensemble will feature Holly Ann Butler, Chris Dwan, Hannah Florence, Tessa Grady, Stacey Todd Holt, Ryan Kasprzak,Drew King, Eloise Kropp, Harris Milgrim, Justin Prescott, Lance Roberts, Jeffrey Schecter, Britton Smith, Alison Solomon, Michael Walters,and Kevin Worley.

The Honeymooners will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through SundayThe performance schedule is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.,Thursday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.Friday at 8:00 p.m.Saturday at 1:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680. Students may order $23 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse box office on the day of the performance. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2017/2018 season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Subscribe & Save:  5-show, 4-show, and 3-show packages are available with outstanding benefits, including significant savings up to 40%. To subscribe, call 973.379.3717, visit or come to the Paper Mill Box Office.

The production team includes set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Kai Harada, hair, wig & makeup design by Leah J. Loukas, with orchestrations by Doug Besterman and dance arrangements by Sam Davis. The production stage manager is Timothy R. Semon. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Patrick Goodwin, CSA.

Pegasus Theatre Project to present Neil Simon’s romantic comedy Chapter Two

Pegasus Theatre Project, the professional resident theatre company of the West Windsor Arts Council, will present Neil Simon’s romantic comedy Chapter Two, September 15-24 at the West Windsor Arts Center.

George and Jennie have given up on ever finding love again.  But George’s brother Leo and Jennie’s best friend Faye think they’re a match made in heaven.  A misdialed phone call and an awkward, at best, extra-marital affair result in this touching and hilarious autobiographical comedy by Neil Simon about falling in love for the second time.

With Chapter Two, Pegasus continues to devise innovative uses for its unique performance space.  “One of the things we love about working at the West Windsor Arts Center is the flexibility it allows us with staging and design,” director Jennifer Nasta Zefutie commented.  “For example, whereas the traditional design for Chapter Two is to draw a line down the center of the stage and put each apartment on either side, we’re able to build two stages so each apartment is its own, self-contained playing space.”

Pegasus also continues to pair production themes with those of the artwork on exhibit during performances.  The exhibit during Chapter Two is titled “Art in the Digital Age” and explores how modern technology affects our perception of and interaction with our world and each other.  “It’s interesting to take an audience back to a time when a misdialed phone call could change your life while surrounded by art that reminds us of how modern technology impacts our interactions and communications with each other on every level,” Zefutie stated.

There are several events scheduled to complement the show.  Following the opening night performance on September 15 will be a wine and cheese reception during which audience members can mingle with the cast and production team.  Following the matinee performance on Sunday, September 17, the cast and creative team will host a talkback session when audience members can ask question and share their thoughts. On Saturday, September 23, there will be a Pre-Show wine and cheese reception that begins at 6:30pm when audience members can browse the exhibit and mingle with each other.

Chapter Two features Peter Bisgaier (Princeton Jct.), Heather Plank (Ambler, PA), Frank Falisi (Freehold), and Sarah Stryker (Princeton).  The creative team includes: Direction by Jennifer Nasta Zefutie (Cranbury); Production Design by Judi Parrish (West Trenton); Stage Management by Lili Timmes (Princeton); Assistant Direction by Jonathan A. Martin (Hightstown); Costume Design by Chrissy Johnson (Hightstown); and Assistant Stage Management by Gavin Knox (Pemberton).
Chapter Two was written by Neil Simon.

 It will be presented September 15-24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm at the West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Rd., Princeton Junction, NJ.  Tickets are $22-26 and can be purchased online at or by calling 609.759.0045.

More information about this production is available at or by calling 609.759.0045.  To schedule an interview with the Director or members of the cast, please contact Judi Parrish at

Auditions: 'Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean' at Strollers of Maplewood

The Strollers proudly announce auditions for their first main stage show of the season: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
by Ed Graczyk
Directed by Wanda Maragni

Monday, August 28 at 7pm
Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm
Thursday, August 31 at 7pm

All auditions and callbacks will be held at
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
10 Durand Road
Maplewood, NJ
All sides are available on The Strollers website at

Friday, November 3 at 8pm
Saturday, November 4 at 8pm
Sunday, November 5 at 2pm
Friday, November 10 at 8pm
Saturday, November 11 at 8pm


(Note - all characters reside in West Texas, so please be prepared to give us your best "West Texas" accent for auditions.)

Juanita - 40-50 (with the ability to transition to herself 20 years younger): owner of the Five & Dime; a simple Texas woman who is guided by her religious convictions.

Mona (then) - late teens: naive and deeply romantic; imagines herself as different and better than the small town people she grew up with.

Mona - 30s: Fragile; she prefers to live in a dream world and in her memories; has remained in this small town and has changed very little in 20 years.

Sissy (then) - late teens; early 20s; a young girl with dreams of getting out of this small town; aware of her sexuality.

Sissy - 30s: vivacious and outgoing with a quick wit; she appears to be only concerned about her attractiveness and having a good time, but has unexpected depths.

Joe - late teens; sensitive and confused; misunderstood by most except for Mona and Sissy.

Joanne - 30s; mysterious visitor with a big secret; sensual; raised in the area, but escaped to live a different kind of life.

Stella Mae - 30s; loud and boisterous; she appears to have been one of the success stories of the group, but covers up her regrets and longings.

Edna Louise - 30s; pregnant with her 7th child; shy and awkward; simply sweet-natured.
Contact with any questions.

The Strollers
PO Box 83
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Strollers Sing-a-Long Movies Fundraiser

Sing-Along Flier
The Strollers are thrilled to present two days of sing-a-longs sure to put the FUN in fund raiser, complete with costume contests and refreshments.
On Saturday, September 23 at 8pm, The Strollers will be showing Little Shop of Horrors and on Sunday, September 24 at 1pm, The Strollers will be showing Beauty and the Beast.
All sing-a-longs take place at
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
10 Durand Road
Admission is a suggested donation:
Adults - $10
Children - $5
Tickets available at
*Separate admission required for each night*
The Strollers
PO Box 83
Maplewood, NJ 07040

BCP to open its 85th Season with Tony Award Winning Musical, Spamalot


Bergen County Players, the New Jersey Association of Community Theater’s “2015 Community Theater of the Year”, is proud to announce its 85th consecutive season, running from September 2017 to June 2018.

From entertaining musicals to hilarious
comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for
outstanding quality productions at affordable prices. As audiences
have been anxiously anticipating, the new season kicks off with the
Tony Award winning musical, Spamalot.

Tickets are on sale online at or by phone at 201-261-4200. The box office,
located at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in
Oradell, NJ, will open on Thursday, August 17th for walk up and phone
sales. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available
by calling the box office number (extension 6) or by emailing
September 16 – October 14, 2017
** No performances on Sept 29-30
Music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle and Neil Innes
Lyrics and Book by Eric Idle
Directed by Jacqueline Poquette
Tickets are $24 (all performances)

This side-splitting parody of the legend of King Arthur and his
clueless Knights of the Round Table is for all fans of absurd musical
comedy, not just those who are members of the Monty Python cult! A
three-time Tony Award winner (including Best Musical of 2005), “I defy
anyone to go and not have a really fun evening. It's the silliest
thing I’ve ever seen…”  John Cleese, Founding Member, Monty Python’s
Flying Circus.

October 28 – November 18, 2017
Written by Mary Chase
Directed by Jerry Hurley
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday
The 1944 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was rightfully awarded to this
delightful and gentle comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, a regular guy who
likes to spend time with his friend Harvey. Nothing unusual there,
except Harvey happens to be a six foot rabbit! “…a delectable
mid-century chestnut with an idiosyncratic personality that still

December 2 – December 17, 2017
Music by Jeanne Bargy and Jim Eiler
Lyrics and Book by Jim Eiler
Directed by Bill Kaufman
Tickets are $14 (all performances)
The Prince Street Players version of this timeless classic starts with
a Fairy Godmother asking her two helpers to identify the neediest
person in the kingdom. They introduce her to Ella, and with magic wand
in hand, Godmother throws in a dash of belief, a sprinkle of magic and
a pinch of true love. Voila! Cinderella has her life changed for good
in this frothy, fast-paced musical, specifically created for young

January 13 – February 3, 2018
Written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Dottie Fischer
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday
It’s Christmas Eve, 2004, and the Wyeth family is gathered together in
Palm Springs awaiting the arrival of daughter Brooke, a writer who
after a six year absence is finally returning home. Combining
emotionally charged recriminations, revelations and shifting loyalties
with sparkling wit, this Pulitzer Prize finalist is “A boldly
conventional yet altogether gripping work that knows individual
psychology as keenly as it understands the world around it.”  NEWSDAY

Next at Circle Players ‘Henry V’


A new, modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic history about the heroic and ruthless king, Henry V of England, determined to lay claim to the kingdom of France. Despite the self-doubt and diminished morale of his own army, Henry’s sheer determination and impassioned speeches ready his men for the bloodiest of battles — Agincourt.

Performances of the play will take place as follows:

◦ Fridays: September 15, 29 at 8:00pm

◦ Saturdays: September 16, 23, 30, at 8:00pm

◦ Sunday: September 23, October 1 at 3:00pm

A talkback will be held following the Sunday, September 23 performance.

The play will be directed by Jack Bathke of Robbinsville and produced by Diane Teichman of Flemington.

Appearing in the cast are:

Andrew James Gordon of West Windsor as Henry,

and the ensemble will consist of

Tess Ammerman of Princeton,

Phil Bramson of East Brunswick,

Lewis Decker of Millington,

Fred Dennehy of Cranbury,

Ed Faver of Roselle,

Mike Johnson of Hillsborough,

David Learn of New Brunswick,

Ruth Learn of New Brunswick,

Allison Mitchell of Somerset,

Daniel Nugent of Piscataway,

Liz Rapelye of South Plainfield,

Richard Tang of East Brunswick,

Mark Zobro of Roselle Park.

Audiences are invited to join in a special wine and cheese reception in the theater lobby following the opening night performance.

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

For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at Tickets are $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors.