Monday, July 28, 2014

Auditions: Algonquin Arts Theatre Production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’


Director: Gina Lupi
Musical Director: Vincent Zito
Choreographer: Samantha Amaral

Sunday, Aug. 10 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 12 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 13 – 7 p.m.

algonquin-arts-theatreLocation: Algonquin Arts Theatre’s Victoria J. Mastrobuono Studio, located at 173 Main Street in Manasquan (park on Main Street or behind the theatre at 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan).


Algonquin Arts Theatre
Friday, Oct. 24 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2 – 3 p.m.
Note: No performance on Oct. 31

Please sign upon arrival and please prepare to sing 32 bars of music and bring your sheet music to the audition in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Please also come prepared to dance.

AUDITION MATERIALS: Sides will be posted at a later date.

Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields

From a story by Dorothy and Herbert Fields and featuring the lyrics and music by one of America's greatest composers, Irving Berlin, "Annie Get Your Gun" presents the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler, another member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The show has given us such hits as "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "Anything You Can Do," and the stage performers theme song, "There's No Business Like Show Business." As one song from the show tells us, "They Say It's Wonderful" and you're sure to agree after experiencing this fantastic show. Produced via special arrangement with Rodgers and Hammerstein.


Annie Oakley: This role will be played by Carter Calvert (Always Patsy Cline, Evita at AAT; Ain’t Nothing But the Blues (Broadway); Cats (Broadway National Tour).


Dolly Tate: Frank's lovely assistant in the Wild West Show. She is Winnie's older and overprotective sister. She is bigoted, ambitious, and mean-spirited. Her main role in life is to make everyone else miserable. She is jealous of Annie and goes to lengths to make her lose to Frank in the final show-down. She is over-the-top in her personality but is funny in her demeanor. (Age: 30-40 Alto)

Winnie Tate: Dolly's 17-year-old sister. She is in love with Tommy Keeler, who throws knives at her in his act in the Wild West Show. When they elope, Dolly is outraged and she has the marriage annulled because Winnie is underage. When Winnie turns 18, she and Tommy are reunited. (Age: 17 Soprano)

Jessie/Nellie/Minnie: Annie's little sisters who help out with the family's hunting business. Very proud of Annie and travels with her on tour. (Ages: 10 - 14 strong child singers/actors. Soprano/Alto)

Frank Butler: A suave sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He enjoys his status of star and as a heartbreaker. He meets Annie and begins to fall in love with her until she shows him up. As her skills develop and his status is threatened, he becomes more and more sensitive. (Age: 25-45 Baritone)

Buffalo Bill Cody: Colonel William F. Cody is the owner of the Wild West Show. He is a former soldier and Indian scout who turned to show business. He has two stars (Frank and Annie) until Frank decides to go with the competitor. Buffalo Bill takes Annie on tour all over Europe but when finances dry up, he works to merge with the competitor and bring the two stars back. (Age: 45-70 Baritone)

Chief Sitting Bull: He is a Sioux warrior. He is a wise, older man who adopts Annie when he sees how well she shoots. He knows a good investment and once she joins the Wild West Show, he decides to put his money into show business. He is comical in a staid way; very dry sense of humor. (Age: 40-65 Baritone)

Tommy Keeler: Handsome young knife-thrower in Wild West Show. He is half Indian and half Irish. He is in love with Winnie and is willing to wait for her to turn 18 before they can be legally married. (Age: 19-23 Baritone)

Charlie Davenport: He is the manager of the Wild West Show. He runs around all the time and stays involved. He sets up each scene of the production. Good natured fellow who works hard to please everyone. Dolly tried to "snag" Charlie when it becomes clear Frank is with Annie. (Age: 30-45 Baritone)

Little Jake: Annie's little brother who helps out with the family's hunting business. He is very proud of Annie and travels with her on tour. (Age: 8 - 10, strong child singer/actor)

Pawnee Bill*: He is the shrewd owner of a competing western show. He hires Frank when he leaves Will Bill's show. Although they have a lot of shows on their tour, their profits are being eaten up by fees. In the end, he is willing to merge the two financial-suffering shows to make one successful one. (Age: 40-65 Baritone)

Foster Wilson*: Owner of the Wilson Arms Hotel. He doesn't want the Wild West Show to set up and take over his hotel. Frank offers him $100 if Wilson can find a challenger who can outshoot Frank. Wilson "discovers" Annie and convinces her to challenge Frank in the sharp-shooter match so he can collect the bet. Gentle with children, he is a nice, hard-working man. Sings one song with Annie and the kids. When Annie wins the challenge, he pays her $5, as promised. (Age: 45-70 Baritone)

*The roles of Foster Wilson and Pawnee Bill may be played by the same actor

Ensemble - Cowboys/Cowgirls/Indians: These folks add flavor and depth. They perform as the Roustabouts and other performers in Wild Bill's Wild West Show who set up the various scenes. (Age: Various ages and various vocal ranges).

Looking for:

- 4-6 strong female and 4-6 strong male dancers who sing well

- 4-6 strong female and 4-6 male singers who move well


Mac: He is the prop man in the Wild West Show. He carries on props and other supplies needed by the performers in the show. (Age: 18-30)

Running Deer: He is one of the Indians who travel with the Wild West Show. (Adult)

Eagle Feather: He is one of the Indians who travel with the Wild West Show. (Adult)

Dining Car Waiter: Employee on the Overland Steam Train. (Adult)

Sleeping Car Porter: Employee on the Overland Steam Train. (Adult)

Messenger: Employee on the Cattle Boat. (Adult)

Can-Can Girls: Appear in the pantomime when Wild West Show is on tour in Europe. (Age: 18-25)

Young Men & Young Women: These are guests (dancers) who are at the Ballroom in the Hotel Brevoort in NYC. (Age: 16-30)

Band Leader: This is the person who directs the band as well as announces the guests as they arrive at the big party at the Hotel Brevoort in NYC. (Age: 25-70)

Mrs. Sylvia Potter-Porter: A socialite at the party at the Hotel Brevoort in NYC. She arrives with Pawnee Bill (Age: 35-60)

Mrs. Schuyler Adams: A socialite at the party at the Hotel Brevoort in NYC. (Age: 35-60)

Photographer: Takes pictures of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill when they agree to the merger of the two shows. (Age: 20s)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Call To Support The Company Theatre Group’s Semi-Annual Fundraising Drive

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“It's that time again...our semi-annual fundraising drive.  And, we hope you'll consider: A Tax-Deductible Donation to: The Company Theatre Group, Inc.

Your generous contribution will help ensure that we can continue to bring theatre to the community for the remainder of 2014. Your gift also will help ensure that we can continue to give free tickets to local senior centers and other groups who could not otherwise see live theatre.  And, now for the first time, your donations will help us teach young actors at our new school!!!

(If you are or have a young aspiring actor please be sure to check out our website for classes beginning Aug 11th.)

You can donate on their website:

“No contribution is too small.”

And, please consider asking your place of employment for a matching grant for whatever amount you can donate.  Every penny will be put to good use!!!

Thank you so much!  We cannot do this without your continuing support.”

Lou Scarpati

Managing Artistic Director,The Company Theatre Group, Inc.

a non-profit 501c3 company

Last Two Chances to See ‘Avenue Q’ at Wayne’s Rosen Performing Arts Center


Avenue Q presented by the Rosen Performing Arts Center

There are 2 more performances. 7:30 tonight and 2:00 Sunday!

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. AVENUE Q SCHOOL EDITION is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

This edition of AVENUE Q has been modified by the AVENUE Q authors to create an adaptation that maintains the dramatic intention and integrity of the piece, while editing it to make it more appropriate for younger audiences and performers.

Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Dr, Wayne, New Jersey 07470

Registration open for UCPAC's August 25-29 Summer Theatre Camp

Registration is open for the 2014 Summer Theatre Camp running Aug. 25-29 at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.

The five-day course in theatre production basics is suitable for ages 5-15 and is taught by Children's Stage Adventures, a renowned educational troupe that has operated more than 300 drama residencies across the country.

This year’s featured play is Androcles and the Lion, a classic tale from the Aesop’s Fables storybook. 

Registration forms are available online at; reservations may also be made at the UCPAC Box Office at 1601 Irving Street in downtown Rahway or by calling (732) 499-8226. Tuition is $200 per child for the week.

UCPAC Summer Theatre Camp offers children the chance to particpate in a live musical production, learning the nuts-and-bolts of play production from casting to curtain. The end result is a high-quality musical performed by some 50 students complete with professionally designed scenery and costumes, props and makeup and sound and lighting equipment. 

“The CSA team arrives with everything it takes to put on a play,” says Union County Performing Arts Center executive director Lawrence E. McCullough. “On Monday morning the team holds an audition workshop to get the creative process going. By Friday, the entire show comes alive.”

Besides the element of ever-present fun, participating in theatre activity has been shown to boost children’s academic performance, reading comprehension, communication skills, self-esteem and empathy. 

“Drama is able to tap a wide range of skills and expressive modes,” says McCullough. “Just one week of theatre camp can make a big difference in a young person’s life.”
** For more information about the 2014-15 performance season at Union County Performing Arts Center and Hamilton Stage, visit  

See A Play Near You This Weekend!

Here is a selected list of current professional and community plays:


BEACH HAVEN Surflight Theater “Fiddler on the Roof,” musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein. Through July 27. $45. Surflight Theater, 201 Engleside Ave.; (609) 492-9477.


CAPE MAY Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse “Moon Over Buffalo,” comedy by Ken Ludwig. Through Aug. 1. $15 to $35. “Blithe Spirit,” comedy by Noël Coward. Aug. 2 through Sept. 19. $15 to $35. Cape May Stage, the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street. (609) 770-8311;


CAPE MAY East Lynne Theater Company “Zorro!” action drama adapted by James Rana. Through Aug. 30. $15 to $30. East Lynne Theater Company, 500 Hughes Street. (609) 884-5898;

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CHATHAM Chatham Playhouse “Jersey Voices One-Act Festival.” Through Aug. 3. $15. Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue.; (973) 635-7363.


HOBOKEN Edge Lofts “Core Values,” a workplace comedy by Steven Levenson. Through July 27. $30. Edge Lofts, 1405 Clinton Street. (201) 683-7014;


LONG BRANCH New Jersey Repertory Company, Lumia Theater “Lucky Me,” by Robert Caisley. July 31 through Aug. 31. $35 to $60. New Jersey Repertory Company, Lumia Theater, 179 Broadway. (732) 229-3166;


MANASQUAN Algonquin Arts Center Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Through July 27. $20 to $36. “Godspell,” Algonquin youth ensemble. Aug. 1, 2 and 3. $13 to $25. Algonquin Arts Center, 173 Main; (732) 528-9211.


MORRISTOWN Mayo Performing Arts Center “Menopause the Musical.” July 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. $39 to $69. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street. (973) 539-8008;

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MORRIS TOWNSHIP College of St. Elizabeth “The Learned Ladies,” by Molière, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Through July 27. $15 and $35; children under 5, free. College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road. (973) 290-4000;

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POMPTON LAKES “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” comedy by Neil Simon. Aug. 1 through 10. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $24. Smiling Rhino Theater, 247 Wanaque Avenue. (973) 248-9491;

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UNION Premiere Stages at Kean University “Soldier’s Heart,” new play by Tammy Ryan. Through July 27. $15 to $30. Premiere Stages at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue. (908) 737-7469;

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Aspire Performing Arts Company’s Junior Performing Ensemble ‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.’ August 1 and 2 Only

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Aspire Performing Arts Company’s Junior Performing Ensemble is currently in final rehearsals for its upcoming production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. The production will feature local students ages 7 through 11 and will take place on Friday, August 1 at 8pm and Saturday, August 2 at 3pm at the Jacksonville Chapel in Lincoln Park, NJ.

aliceTravel down the rabbit hole and join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is directed by Randi Seffinger. The team also includes Anna Ventor, Choreographer; Emily Schider, Assistant to the Director/Stage Manager; and Scott Armato, Musical Consultant.  

The cast includes Cadence Bernstein in the role of Alice, as well as Allessandro Bracchitta as the Mad Hatter, Adriana Brandstetter as the Queen of Hearts, Allison Paterno as the White Rabbit, and Darren Wilkins as the Caterpillar.

Rounding out the cast are Gabriella Canonaco, Mina Cocca, Sophia Flower, Jennifer Gajda, Mia Grillo, Nathan Harris, Emani Legette, Kimberly Massood, Skyler Maxwell, Madison Salamon, Caitlyn Sytsma, Madison Tkaczenko, Brielle Wilhelm, Maggie Wisneski, and Grace Zamloot.

Tickets are general admission and available at the door for $10 each. For more information, visit or contact Aspire PAC at or at 201-220-4933.

The Jacksonville Chapel is located at 264 Jacksonville Road, Lincoln Park, NJ 07035.

Aspire Performing Arts was founded in January 2011 by Lisa Beth Vettoso. Ms. Vettoso has more than twenty years of experience in the performing arts and has been working with youth for more than a decade. Aspire Performing Arts Company’s mission is to provide educational workshops and full-length production opportunities for children and teens, offering them a professional arts experience in a friendly atmosphere. Recent productions by Aspire PAC include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Legally Blonde, Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Footloose, Annie Jr., Once on this Island Jr., G2K Cinderella, and 13.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two River Theater's 20th Anniversary Season Highlights

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has concluded its 20th Anniversary Season, highlighted by far-reaching new-play development activities supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The season was bookended by the Two River directorial debuts of acclaimed actors Joel Grey (Paul Osborn’s On Borrowed Time) and Michael Cumpsty (Wendy Wasserstein’s Third).
Highlights of the year include the following achievements:
· The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awarded the theater a $40,000 grant through its Building Demand for the Arts program. With the support of this grant, Two River launched a new series of conversations and storytelling workshops created and led by award-winning playwright and television writer Tanya Saracho (Girls, Looking) and director Jerry Ruiz, curator of Two River’s annual Crossing Borders festival. In addition to supporting their work as theater artists, this artistic outreach program is fostering a closer relationship between the theater and its Latino neighbors and building demand for theater among Latino audiences.
· Two River’s commissioning program, launched in 2010 to create a pipeline for developing new work that contributes to the vitality and future of the American theater, continued to expand with commissions to playwright and actor Martin Moran (whose performances of his solo shows The Tricky Part and All the Rage were performed at the theater in repertory as A Map of the Soul in 2013/14) and Tony Meneses (author of Guadalupe in the Guest Room, which will have its world premiere in Two River’s 2014/15 Season).
· The theater continued to develop Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Your Blues Ain’t Sweet like Mine and the musical Be More Chill, written by the team of composer/lyricist Joe Iconis and bookwriter Joe Tracz, in preparation for their world-premiere productions in 2014/15. Additional new-play development activities included separate week-long artist residencies with the New York-based company Clubbed Thumb and alumni from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program.
· In February, Two River produced Andrea Thome’s new play Pinkolandia, directed by Jose Zayas, as part of Lark Play Development Center’s “Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative” supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through this rolling world premiere, Two River supported the play’s continued development, as well as conversations around the themes of exile, immigration, and home, alongside initiative partners 16th Street Theater in Chicago, INTAR Theatre in New York, and Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin.
· In February, the theater launched a new annual program called A Little Shakespeare that brought a 75-minute version of As You Like It—adapted and directed by Jason McDowell-Green, designed by professional artists, and performed by high school students from six area schools—to the Marion Huber stage, with a week of performances overlapping director Michael Sexton’s Rechnitz Theater production of the same play. TheaterWorks and No Seats Empty 2.0, which were launched in the 2012/13 Season to serve at-risk youth, were established as flagship programs. All of Two River’s Education initiatives were augmented by opportunities for enhanced learning including curriculum support, in-school residencies, pre-show workshops, and/or post-show discussions.
· In April, Two River presented its first show for audiences aged 2 to 6 with Hatched: Life on the Farm, performed by the Treehouse Shakers.
· In a first-time partnership, Two River joined with New Jersey Performing Arts Center to co-produce Meredith Willson’s The Music Man: In Concert. Directed by Obie Award-winner Robert O’Hara, with music direction by Kenny J. Seymour, America’s favorite musical about big brass bands and small-town spirit was performed by an African-American cast for six sold-out performances in Red Bank and four performances in Newark.
· Other new collaborations in the 2013/14 Season included August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, presented in New York by The Greene Space, for which Two River was a cultural partner; playing host to TEDx Navesink in May 2014; and poetry slams in partnership with the Loser Slam open-mic nights throughout the season.
· In the fall the theater launched “Inside Two River,” an audience-development initiative designed to create a deeper level of engagement for new and current audiences. For each production, Two River now offers a series of free events and programs including open rehearsals featuring cast and artistic teams; humanities forums; guest lecturers; film screenings; and a Two River book club. This season’s events attracted more than 3,000 audience members to the theater.
· In celebration of Two River’s 20th Anniversary, the theater engaged Design Army, an award-winning graphic design firm located in Washington DC, to help refresh and unify its visual identity, including the Two River logo and show art.
· In June, Two River was honored with the 2014 Leadership Award from the Cultural Access Network Project, a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. The award recognized Two River Theater’s outstanding leadership in making its programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities.
· During the 20th Anniversary Season, Two River’s contributed income increased 25% before taking into account founder support. The theater also secured funding for the first time from national foundations including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Two River’s 2013/14 Season Supporters
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater, Two River keeps ticket prices low to make the theater accessible to everyone. In fact, only one-third of the theater’s operations are support by tickets sales. Two River Theater enjoys support from hundreds of generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.
· Corporate sponsors for Two River’s productions during the 2013/2014 Season included Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, Investors Bank, Monmouth University, the Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Brookdale Community College, and ZAIS Group, among many others.
· Foundation support was provided by The Shubert Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Foundation, and the William T. Morris Foundation, among many others. The theater was also supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
· Two River’s education programs were supported by The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Investors Foundation, and Jorgensen Foundation.
· The theater’s access programs for seniors and individuals with disabilities were supported by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and Springpoint Senior Living Foundation.
· In-kind support was provided by local businesses including the Molly Pitcher/Oyster Point Hotel, Courtyard Marriott, Flowers on Front, and Spirits Unlimited.
· Sponsors for Two River’s 20th Anniversary Gala included Meridian Health/Riverview Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth University, and the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, among many other businesses and individuals.
Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division within the Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Columbus Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Monmouth University, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, Wells Fargo, Investors Bank, Brookdale Community College, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, William T. Morris Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.
Two River Theater is easily accessible by car, train, or bus, with great restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the theater. For more information, visit or call 732.345.1400.