Friday, August 31, 2012

Auditions: Children for McCarter's 'A Christmas Carol'

Graeme Malcolm as Scrooge (2010)
Photo credit:  T
. Charles Erickson 

Princeton's McCarter Theatre will be holding auditions for boys and girls 5 to 11for its annual production of "A Christmas Carol." Audition sign-ups are to be held on Wednesday, September 19 from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Each year, McCarter Theatre welcomes young actors (ages 5-13 only) to audition for its annual production of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol."  All children are encouraged to audition, regardless of their level of previous acting experience.

Sign-ups for auditions will be held Wednesday, September 19th. At sign-ups, children will be screened, measured and given appointments for the actual auditions.

All children seeking to audition must be present at sign-ups and accompanied by an adult. Please note that no audition will be given without an appointment made at sign-ups.

The audition sign-ups will be in the McCarter’s Matthews Theatre Lobby, which is located at 91 University Place in Princeton.

Rehearsals begin on Thursday, November 8th.

Performances begin Sunday, December 2nd (first preview). They conclude on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

Detailed information on the audition, callback, rehearsal, and performance processes will be available at sign-ups.

For additional information, please email

Auditions: Livingston Community Players' 'Music Man'

Livingston Community Players will hold open auditions for their upcoming production of Meredith Willson's award-winning musical "Music Man" on Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6, 2012.

The call is divided by age; Children 8-14 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Adults are from 8 pm to 9:30 pm. The location is the Northland Community Center on Jefferson Court in Livingston.

Instructions from the director, Camille De Lorenzo, are to bring a head shot if possible, and be prepared to sing 16 bars of music and learn a brief dance routine. Bring your own music or we will provide it .
Callbacks will be by appointment.

The "Music Man" performances dates are November 10, 11, 17 (2 performances) and the18th.

The Music Director will be Ilene Greenbaum.

For information: Lois Dyer 973 533 1809 or Phyllis Meranus 973 994-0102.

Livingston Community Players is sponsored by Livingston Board Of Education, Township of Livingston, and Livingston SYLS. Member of The Arts Council Of Livingston

In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Livingston Community Players stresses that participation of individuals with disabilities is welcome and valued. We strive for maximum inclusion and accommodation of individuals with a disability.

Auditions: Chatham Community Players' 'A Christmas Carol'

Cast of the 2010 production
“Become a part of a holiday tradition!” The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for Philip Wm. McKinley's original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' most famous work, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This biennial event has been pleasing audiences in Chatham since 1988.

Director Jeffery Fiorello seeks a large cast of varying types and ages, all of whom need to sing and move well. Megan Ferentinos is the Choreographer. Production dates are December 7 thru 23, 2012.

Auditions will be held for Children (16 years and younger) on Sunday, September 16 from 12 – 5 pm. Auditions for Adults will take place on Monday, September 17th and Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave

Musical Director, Chris Curcio, asks that auditioners be ready to sing a song, which shows their vocal range, and must bring sheet music in the appropriate key and marked with chord changes. An accompanist will be provided.

Child actors without previous audition experience or material can choose a traditional holiday song or another non-rock song that they know well.


Charles Dickens - a tenor who narrates the show

Scrooge - the center of the production, requires a character baritone voice and an actor with both comic and dramatic range

Tiny Tim - a young boy (or girl) soprano with a winning smile

Bob Crachit - a warm baritone

Mrs. Crachit - requires a mezzo soprano with a big heart


The Ghost of Christmas Past - (a young girl or boy with a lilting soprano) Should be a dancer or have had dance training.

The Ghost of Christmas Present - (an imposing character tenor) Must be comfortable with music and be physically fit.

Belle - (an ingénue soprano age 18-24)

Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig - comic character actors needed

Various other Ensemble members portray a variety of roles including the Pawnbroker, Charwoman, Undertaker, Laundress, Cratchit Children, the Ghost of Marley, Young Scrooge, Fan, Scrooge's Nephew and Niece, and Carolers.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Leslie Reagoso at (973) 769-3886 or email her at For directions or additional information, please visit

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Auditions: 'Becky's New Car' at Circle Players

Circle Players will hold auditions for “Becky’s New Car,” written by Steven Dietz.

This comedy centers on Becky, a middle-aged woman who's happily married to her husband, but 28 years of wedded life has turned their marriage into a predictable routine. Then she meets a grieving widower who happens to be a millionaire. He mistakenly believes Becky is a widow, and she doesn't immediately straighten him out.

In 2010, award-winning playwright Steven Dietz was named one of the most produced playwrights in America (excluding Shakespeare), placing eighth on the list of the Top Ten Most Produced Playwrights in America, tied with Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee for number of productions.

 Eric Walby of Somerset is the director. Jon Heron of Monroe will produce.

The role of “Becky” has already been cast.

Additional roles being cast are: 

Joe Foster – (age appropriate to Becky; 45-55) -- Becky’s husband. Strong, pragmatic, stolid, loves his wife and family, and is significantly smarter than he gives himself credit for.

Howard Flood – (55-65) -- very wealthy businessman. Gentle, sweet, good hearted, and not terribly connected to the real world. Has been lost since his wife’s death.

Chris Foster – (appears 26) -- Joe and Becky’s son.

Kensington (Kenni) Flood – (early 20s) -- Gorgeous, rich, spoiled, cynical, brilliant. Howard’s daughter. Dating Chris.

Steve – (40-55) -- Becky’s coworker. Still grieving the loss of his wife in a hiking accident. Manic, overly emotional.

Ginger – (40-55) Walter’s neighbor. Scion of a family that has just about gone through all of its long-held family wealth. Sad, funny, smart.

Auditions will be held at the theater, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept 16, and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. Callbacks will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Sides will be provided. Pictures and resumes are requested, if available.

If you have any questions, email

Luna Stage to open 20th season with NJ Premiere of 'Vita and Virginia'

Luna Stage opens its 20th anniversary season with the New Jersey premiere of Vita and Virginia, an intimate two-character play by Eileen Atkins, adapted from correspondence between friends, lovers and confidants, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Preview performances run September 27th through October 4th and opening night is October 5th. The play runs through October 28th.

Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm, with a special matinee on Thursday October 11th  at 2pm. Tickets are on sale now, $25-$35 per person (opening night with reception is $45 per ticket), and can be purchased inperson, on the phone at 973-395-5551,or on the Luna Stage website: The performances on Sunday, September 30th, Sunday October 7th and Thursday October 18th will be followed by a talkback with members of the creative team.

Vita Sackville-West was a wealthy socialite and aspiring poet. VirginiaWoolf was of more modest means, and widely considered to be a brilliant writer. Yet, these two women shared a long and complex relationship. Told mostly through letters that sparkle with wit and insight, Vita and Virginia sheds an intimate and provocative light on these two visionaries asthey negotiate what it means to be a sexual woman in their respectiveworlds.

Luna Stage founder and artistic director Jane Mandel says, “We always seem to be trying to define the proper boundaries and rules of love and relationships. We try to turn something completely gray into something black and white. But love is not like that. The concept of love is quite malleable and the human need for companionship and both intellectual and sexual stimulation is quite complex. I love this play because it offers a funny and touching look at two brilliant women struggling with just these definitions and limitations.”

The production is directed by Ms. Mandel. Theset is designed by Charles Murdock Lucas. Lighting is by Rachel Budin, sound by Margaret Pine and costumes by Deborah Caney. The production is stage managed by Mary Ellen Allison.

For information on this production and all other events and programs at Luna Stage, visit Luna Stage is located at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052.  973-395-5551.The theatre is handicapped accessible and assisted listening devices are available.

Auditions: 'Wizard of Oz' at Centenary Stage Company

Centenary Stage Company's Sitnik Theatre

The Centenary Stage Company will hold local, open non-Equity auditions for their holiday musical production of “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, Sept 15 from 4:30 – 7:30, and Monday, Sept 17 from 2 – 6 PM.

CSC is seeking actors, singers who dance, and dancers who sing for this Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of the classic 1939 movie, which was directed by Mervyn Le Roy, and adapted from the book by L. Frank Baum. Performers can elect to read from sides or perform a monologue. All auditionees should come prepared to move. All singers should bring 16 -32 bars of a musical selection from the traditional musical theatre genre. Currently, all roles are open, with the exception of “The Lion”. CSC is seeking a diverse company; ethnic performers strongly encouraged to attend.

Auditions will be held at the David and Carl Lackland Center Theatre, on the campus of Centenary College . The production will be directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran Michael Blevins, and rehearsals will begin in October.

The play will be performed in the Sitnik Theatre, opening Nov. 23 and running through Dec 9, with performances Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information contact the CSC at 908-979-0900 x8. or @

Actors may elect to call 908-979-0900 x 8 for specific appointment time.

'Noises Off' to open the Barn Theatre season

(L to R):  Nick Wolf, Erin Comer, Christoper J. Perez, Sarah Pollara, Cheryl Marocco
 Bookstaver, David Romankow, Doug McLaughlin, William Horwitz and Jessica Prekel

The Barn Theatre in Montville kicks off its 85th Anniversary season with the hilarious farce "NOISES OFF" from September 7 to September 29, 2012. Performances will be on September 7, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8pm; and on September 8, 9, 16 and 23 at 2pm. Tickets are $18 (senior/student tickets are $16 on matinees only).

Written by Michael Frayn, The Barn Theatre's production of "NOISES OFF" is directed by Tom Blewitt and tells the story of the on- and off-stage antics of a touring theater company as it stumbles through the final rehearsal of "Nothing On," a typical sex farce, as it runs headlong into its disastrous opening night. Saddled with a demanding leading lady, vain leading man, ditzy ingénue and a drunken has-been, it’s a wonder the director can get anything done if not for his tireless stage manager. But the real show is going on backstage – where every exit from the stage is an entrance into a comedy of errors, and every slamming door has everyone one step closer to becoming unhinged!

Please note that "NOISES OFF" contains language which may not be suitable for all audiences.

The 9-person cast of "NOISES OFF" features Cheryl Marocco Bookstaver (of Montville), Christopher J. Perez (of Cliffside Park), David Romankow (of Gillette), Doug McLaughlin (of Hillsborough), Erin Comer (of Woodland Park), Jessica Prekel (of Hackensack), Nick Wolf (of Stockholm), Sarah Pollara (of Morristown) and William Horwitz (of Oak Ridge).

The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287. For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn on the web at

Circle Players to present William Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet'

The Circle Players of Piscataway will present William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” adapted and directed by Jessica Damrow Sherman of Summit. The play is produced by Ed Faver of Roselle.

This famous tragedy, set in Denmark, is about Prince Hamlet’s revenge on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother. In a tangled web of intrigue, the play explores madness – both real and feigned -- treachery, incest, and moral corruption.

The production has been adapted to reflect a modern-day corporate setting, but retains the 16th century prose of Shakespeare. Due to the intense nature of some scenes, Hamlet is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

In the cast are ; Anthony Younes, Holmdel; Brian P. Craig, Dunellen; Rupert Hinton, Princeton; Donne Petito, Somerset; Ed Faver, Roselle; John Bergeron, Hopewell; Tess Ammerman, Hopewell; Lew Decker, Millington; Fred Halperin, Morristown; Christie Leigh Carver, Somerset; Stacie Ann Williamson, Palmer, PA; Laura Lindson, Sayreville; Jay Hirsh, Piscataway; Evan O'Rourke, Yardley, PA; and Joshua Thau, Bound Brook.

Show dates are Sept. 14-30; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with one 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Sept. 30. The theater is located at 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the opening night performance.

For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy online at ($1 per ticket discount online.) Tickets are $18 for adults, and $17 for students and seniors. Sorry, no credit cards can be accepted at the theater box office, but may be used online.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Reading of '8' at the Chester Theatre Group

The Chester Theatre Group at the Black River Playhouse will present a special reading of the play “8” by Dustin Lance Black at 8 p.m. on Friday September 7th and Saturday, September 8th, 2012.

"8" chronicles the trial (Perry v. Schwarzenegger, now called Perry v. Brown) which overturned California’s Proposition 8. It which was written using court transcripts as well as first hand observations and interviews with the plaintiffs & their families.

This case was decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on February 7, 2012. A three judge appellate panel of the Ninth Circuit held that California's Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that amended the state constitution to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples, was unconstitutional.

Admission is free, with a $10 suggested donation; proceeds to benefit The American Foundation for Equal Rights and CTG. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling CTG the box office: 908-879-7304.

The Black River Playhouse is at the corner of Grove and Maple (one block off of Main Street) in Chester, New Jersey. The CTG website is

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University Announces 2012-2013 Season

 The Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University has announced its 2012-2013 Season, Flowers of Winter, which will begin in September and continue through June. This marks the company’s 13th anniversary and its fifth season in residence at New Jersey City University, all under the stewardship of Producing Artistic Director Colette Rice.

The 2012-2013 Season, Flowers of Winter, will feature a spring main stage production and an ASC Lab presentation at the company’s home performance venue, NJCU’s West Side Theatre. In addition, the company will present two free film screenings in NJCU’s Gothic Lounge. For information about any Actors Shakespeare Company program or to purchase tickets call the box office at 201-200-2390 or visit

“The Flowers of Winter” is inspired by a line from The Winter’s Tale,” said Ms. Rice. “Shakespeare’s deep connection with flowers and the natural world remind us of the cycles of loss and renewal, of the mixture of wild earthy comedy and deep spiritual tragedy which these plays bring to the stage.”

The Actors Shakespeare Company’s 2013 main stage production will be Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. A jealous tyrant, a queen on trial, two simple shepherds, young romance, a divine oracle, a singing con man, and one hungry, hungry bear make The Winter’s Tale a magical journey of loss, renewal, and the promise of spring. Audience members are welcome to join an ASC artist 30 minutes before every show in the lobby for Bard Banter, a brief, "jumpstart" discussion about the play. Bethany Reeves, director of ASC’s 2007 hit King John, will direct The Winter’s Tale, which will runThursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 21, 2013. Visit for exact show times. Main stage tickets are $30.00 for adults, $15.00 for students and senior citizens, and children under 15 pay their age. Group sales are available.

On Sunday, December 9, Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU will present The Wars of the Roses, an ASC Lab project created by the company’s resident artists. ASC at NJCU artists will meet in classes for several weeks to explore Shakespeare’s Henry VI and Richard III, mining their epic stories of civil war and family retribution to create The Wars of the Roses. The free, one-night-only presentation will also include a post show question-and-answer session with the actors on the process of bringing these texts to life. Reservations are not required.

Shakespeare on Screen, ASC at NJCU’s free film series, will feature two classic Shakespeare-based films. On Thursday, October 18, the series will feature Shakespeare-Wallah, Merchant/Ivory's 1965 film about a family troupe of English actors in India. On Thursday, February 21, the series will feature Black Orpheus, Marcel Camus' 1959 retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set during the time of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Both films will be shown in NJCU’s Gothic Lounge (Hepburn Hall, Room 202). Reservations are not required.

Continuing last year’s successful expansion of ASC at NJCU’s educational programming, the company will again bring its popular classes to schools throughout Jersey City and Hudson County. ASC at NJCU’s year-long, in-school drama program at A. Harry Moore School will continue for its fifth consecutive year. Students from throughout northern New Jersey will continue to attend morning matinees of ASC at NJCU’s main stage productions and participate in question-and-answer sessions with the actors following each performance.

ASC at NJCU officially became the University’s theatrical company-in-residence in 2008, making NJCU only the fourth institution of higher education in New Jersey to be affiliated with a professional theatre company. The collaboration between the company, which is in its 13th season, and NJCU began in 2005. Since that time, NJCU and ASC at NJCU have partnered to present professional classical theatre to both the NJCU and wider Jersey City communities and NJCU faculty and students have been regularly involved in ASC productions and workshops.

ASC at NJCU works through the NJCU Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Programming is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner organization of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey City University, and contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. ASC at NJCU is a proud member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU’s main stage, the 140-seat West Side Theatre on the University campus, is conveniently located at 285 West Side Avenue between Culver and Audubon Avenues in Jersey City. The Theatre is just minutes from Routes 440, 1-9, and I-78. There is ample parking in the University’s adjacent lots on West Side Avenue. The West Side Theatre is wheelchair accessible. ADA accessible seating is available. Assisted listening devices and audio and large print programs are available free of charge at all performances.

Photo Credit: ASC

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rabbit Hole opens Dover Little Theatre's 80th season

Diane Gilch of Martinsville, Sky Spiegel of Morristown

Dover Little Theatre will present the first show of its 80th Season!..."Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire starting September 15, 2012.

"Rabbit Hole" will be directed by Mark Phelan.
The performance dates are September 15-29, 2012, Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8PM, Sunday Matinees - Sept. 16 & 23 at 2PM.

Tickets are $17.00 payable in cash or check only. To reserve call the Box Office at 973-328-9202'

"Rabbit Hole"  is the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it is the heartbreaking story of Becca and Howie, a couple trying to recover from the accidental death of their four-Add captionyear-old son, Danny, eight months earlier and deals with the ways family members survive a major loss. Deeply humane, occasionally funny and always heartrending, "Rabbit Hole" explores the ways we deal with grief, both individually and with families.

The production features the talents of Anna McCabe of Denville, Diane Gilch of Martinsville, Sky Spiegel of Morristown, Dale Monroe of Hackettstown and Derek Egidio of Columbia.

The theatre is located at  69 Elliott St., Dover, New Jersey. Visit their website at

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Community Theater schedule for August 25

Here is a list of selected Community Theatres active this weekend;

ASBURY PARK Paratroupe, "Brightness," interactive "party play" about a shy newcomer who joins a group of friends reuniting at a get-together, Friday-Sunday, 8 p.m., Asbury Park Boardwalk 5th Avenue Pavilion, 502 Ocean Ave. $10. (732) 897-6500.

BERNARDS Trilogy Repertory Company, "The Taming of the Shrew," Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Pleasant Valley Park, Valley Road in Basking Ridge, free. (908) 872-6247.

BLOOMFIELD "ManUP," production by Elijah M. Brown and Jamal T. Hinnat that follows the lives of a teacher and student, Saturday, 8 p.m., New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts, 593 Bloomfield Ave. $20. (862) 202-6779.

HAMMONTON Collaborative Stage Productions, "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra," revue featuring four actors/vocalists, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St. $22. (609) 704-5012.

HOPEWELL TWP. Downtown Performing Arts Center, "Hits of Broadway," musical revue, Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Washington Crossing State Park Open Air Theater, Pennington-Washington Crossing Road in Titusville. $10-$15. (267) 885-9857.

OLD BRIDGE "Carousel," Saint Thomas Players production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Saturday, 8 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Auditorium, Route 18 South. $16. (732) 238-4028.

SPRING LAKE "Anything Goes," romantic comedy aboard a ship, with songs by Cole Porter, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Spring Lake Theater Company, 300 Madison Ave. $20-$28. (732) 449-4530.

WEST WINDSOR Shore Repertory Company, "Nunsense," musical comedy about a group of sisters planning a musical show to raise money for the convent, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Mercer County Community College, Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road. $14-$18. (609) 570-3333.

Please check with your theatre of choice to confirm schedule.

Note: Community Theatres are non-profit, all-volunteer organizations serving their local community.

What's playing on the professional stages?

'Measure for Measure' at the STNJ

Here is a selected list of New Jersey professional plays running this next week (note-most theatres kick-off the 2012-13 season in September);

ASBURY PARK ReVision Theatre, "Red," questions concerning art and life arise when noted artist Mark Rothko accepts a lucrative commercial commission, Theatre at St. George, 400 Grand Ave. Friday, Saturday and Thursday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m., $15-$40. (732) 455-3059.

BEACH HAVEN Surflight Theatre, Engleside and Beach avenues:

"Once Upon a Time in New Jersey," musical about a shy deli clerk who switches lives with the town stud to win the heart of a woman, Tuesday and Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 2 p.m., $18-$54.

"The Sound of Music," musical based on true story of a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp and his seven children, Friday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m., $18-$54. (609) 492-9477.

CAPE MAY "The Poe Mysteries," world premiere based on "Murders of the Rue Morgue," "The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter," East Lynne Theater Company, First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 p.m., $15-$30. (609) 884-5898.

Cape May Stage, "The 39 Steps," adaptation of the John Buchan novel and Alfred Hitchcock film, Friday-Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m., Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets. $15-$35. (609) 884-1341.

LONG BRANCH New Jersey Repertory Company, "Release Point," premiere of Gino Di lorio drama exploring the relationship between a father and daughter, 179 Broadway. Friday and Thursday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., $35-$60. (732) 229-3166.

MADISON Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, "Measure for Measure," Shakespeare comedy revolving around scandal and the abuse of power, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $10-$32. (973) 408-5600.  FINAL WEEKEND-READ OUR REVIEW

Auditions around the State

"Crazy for You": East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick; Monday-Tuesday, 7 p.m. Playhouse 22 open auditions; prepare 16-32 bars of classic musical theater piece and be ready to dance. Performances weekends Nov. 2-18. or (732) 254-3939.

"Jailbait": Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison; Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m. Seeking two women who can play teens and two men age early 30s. Performances Oct. or (908) 755-4654.

"Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical": Old Library Theatre, George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation, 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn; Monday-Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Casting all roles; prepare 32 bars of song and bring sheet music in appropriate key, headshot and resume. Performances Oct. 19-Nov. 4. or (201) 794-5372.

Open Auditions: Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood; Friday, 7 p.m. Seeking cast members age 10 and older for British-style pirate-themed pantomime to be presented Jan. 4-6; dancing, singing, British accent and comedy skills desired. or (973) 761-0547.

"Surprise! Surprise!": Bimah Players, Etz-Chaim Temple, Monroe Township Jewish Center, 11 Cornell Ave., Monroe; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.; Monday-Tuesday, 6-8:30 p.m. Seeking actors to portray multiple roles and musicians to perform folk and popular songs in original play. Performances Nov. 4-11. or (609) 395-2969.

"Oliver": Montclair Operetta Club, 494 Valley Road, Montclair; 7 p.m. Aug. 30 and 2 p.m. Sept. 9 for children; 7 p.m. Aug. 31 and 1 p.m. Sept. 9 for adults Open audition of singing, reading and movement; prepare song and bring sheet music in proper key, photo and resume. Performances weekends Nov. 2-11. or (973) 744-3133.

"The Prince and the Pauper, the Musical": Studio Players, Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place (off Valley Road), Montclair; Monday-Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Seeking two young teenage males and large cast of adults for speaking and nonspeaking roles; look online for music sides and sections of play that will be used for readings and be ready to dance. Performances Nov. 3-11 or(973) 744-9752.

"Becky’s New Car": Circle Players, Circle Playhouse, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway; Sunday, 6-9 p.m.; Monday, 7-9 p.m. Seeking woman 40s-50s for title role; bring photo and resume and prepare short comic monologue and be ready to read from show. Performances Nov. 16-Dec. 2. or (732) 968-7555.

Monmouth Civic Chorus: Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland St., Red Bank; Wednesday. Seeking singers, Wednesday evenings by appointment. or (732) 933-9333.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Auditions: Chatham Community Players 'A Christmas Carol'

Cast of the 2010 production
“Become a part of a holiday tradition!” The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for Philip Wm. McKinley's original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' most famous work, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This biennial event has been pleasing audiences in Chatham since 1988.

Director Jeffery Fiorello seeks a large cast of varying types and ages, all of whom need to sing and move well. Megan Ferentinos is the Choreogrpaher. Production dates are December 7 thru 23, 2012. 

Auditions will be held for Children (16 years and younger) on Sunday, September 16 from 12 – 5 pm.

Auditions for Adults will take place on Monday, September 17th and Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave

Musical Director, Chris Curcio, asks that auditioners be ready to sing a song, which shows their vocal range, and must bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided.

Child actors without previous audition experience or material can choose a traditional holiday song or another non-rock song that they know well.


Charles Dickens - a tenor who narrates the show

Scrooge - the center of the production, requires a character baritone voice and an actor with both comic and dramatic range

Tiny Tim - a young boy (or girl) soprano with a winning smile

Bob Crachit - a warm baritone

Mrs. Crachit - requires a mezzo soprano with a big heart


The Ghost of Christmas Past - (a young girl or boy with a lilting soprano) Should be a dancer or have had dance training.

The Ghost of Christmas Present - (an imposing character tenor) Must be comfortable with music and be physically fit.

Belle - (an ingénue soprano age 18-24)

Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig - comic character actors needed

Various other Ensemble members portray a variety of roles including the Pawnbroker, Charwoman, Undertaker, Laundress, Cratchit Children, the Ghost of Marley, Young Scrooge, Fan, Scrooge's Nephew and Niece, and Carolers.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Leslie Reagoso at (973) 769-3886 or email her at For directions or additional information, please

George Street Playhouse announces the Sizzling Hit Comedy VENUS IN FUR to complete 2012-13 season

George Street Playhouse's spring production "Venus In Fur" will run from April 23 through May 18. Opening Night will be on Friday, April 26.

The sexy hit of the New York theatre season, this electrifying and darkly seductive comedy will shock and surprise as it deftly blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. With a crash of thunder and lightning, an arresting young actress, Vanda, arrives hours late at the end of a long and unfruitful audition day. An emotionally-charged game of cat and mouse unfolds as Vanda makes clear her determination to land the lead in Thomas’ new play, an adaptation of the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur.

"Venus in Fur' is recommended for audiences ages 17 and older.

Tickets for "Venus in Fur" as well as Season Subscription packages are currently on sale, and may be purchased by calling the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717 or by visiting . George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district.

Group Rate tickets are available for parties of 10 or more and may be purchased through the GSP Group Sales Office at 732-846-2895, ext. 134 or by email at

DAVID IVES is probably best known for his evenings of one-act comedies called All in the Timing and Time Flies. All in the Timing won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award, ran for two years Off-Broadway, and in the 1995-96 season was the most performed play in the country after Shakespeare productions. His full-length plays include The School For Lies (adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope and a major hit at New York's Classic Stage Company last spring);The Heir Apparent (an adaptation of J-F Regnard's comedy that was an audience and critical hit at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. this past fall); New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, which won the prestigious Hull-Warriner Award; Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain); White Christmas; Polish Joke; and Ancient History.

He has translated Feydeau's classic farce A Flea in Her Ear, Yazmina Reza's drama A Spanish Play, and Pierre Corneille's 1643 comedy The Liar (also an enormous hit at the Shakespeare Theatre Company two years ago). David Ives is the author of three young-adult novels: Monsieur Eek, Scrib, and Voss, and he has adapted 32 American musicals for New York City's beloved Encores! series. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, he lives in New York City.

Alliance Repertory Theatre Company Opens its 14th Season with 'Smudge'

Next at the Alliance Repertory Theatre Company: Rachel Axler’s Dark Comedy - "SMUDGE."
“It’s a testament to Rachel Axler’s excellent writing that this dark sci-fi comedy actually works. In its weird way, the play gets to the heart of the matter: most of us, when we’re young, look forward to happy, normal lives – 2.5 kids, a picket fence, all the flotsam and jetsam of the American Dream – but end up with much more difficult realities.” The New Yorker.

Artistic Director Michael Driscoll of Edison directs a talented cast of Lili Marques of East Hanover, Gus Ibranyi of Bloomfield and Brad Howell of Toms River, with lighting designer Ed Pearson.

Performed at Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Ave., Berkeley Heights NJ

Sept. 14 – 29th Fri. and Sat. at 8 PM, Sunday Sept. 23 at 2 PM

Tickets are $20 for Adults, $16 for Seniors/Students
For directions and tickets, call: 908-472-1502

Or visit our website:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New version of Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist makes its New Jersey debut at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Kirby Theatre home of the STNJ's Main Stage

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will launch the Fall portion of its 50th Anniversary Season with the critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by British playwright, author, and director, Neil Bartlett. The production begins on September 12, with several discounted Preview performances, and continues through Oct. 7 at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage - the intimate F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.

Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings, and Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.  Tickets range from $32 to $70. Student rush tickets are available for $10. For tickets or for more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), in Madison.

Using only Dickens’ words, and featuring an ensemble of 13 esteemed actors who play more than 30 roles, the visceral landscape of Victorian England’s dark and dangerous underworld comes to vivid life in this dynamic vision of the classic novel.

In the review of the premiere of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in London, the Telegraph said, “Bartlett and his collaborators have rescued Oliver Twist from the sanitised (though enjoyable) Lionel Bart musical, and captured Dickens in all his dark, gaudy glory. A great novel has been transformed into truly stunning theatre.”

In addition to writing Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist for the stage, award-winning writer Neil Bartlett has also adapted works by Marivaux and Moliere, as well as Dickens’ Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. In all of his adaptations, Barlett only uses text from the original source material.

About Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Bartlett wrote “the first decision taken was that the adaptation would be made out of Dickens’ original language and nothing but. Indeed, the extraordinary energy and volatility, the sadistic black comedy and sheer dramatic guts of Dickens’ actual sentences are the raisons d’etre of this piece. I wanted the show to be as alarming, compelling and as wickedly comic as Dickens’ words are.”

The Cast

Longtime company member Ames Adamson plays Fagin. Adamson has appeared in Shakespeare Theatre productions of A Christmas Carol, Timon of Athens, Hamlet, King Lear, Henry V, Arms and the Man, and Illyria, among many others. He has also appeared at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and in Macbeth at the Wilma Theatre.

The brutal thief Bill Sikes is played by Jeffrey M. Bender. Bender is returning to the Shakespeare Theatre for his 13th Season having appeared in Henry IV, Part One, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Rivals, Life of Galileo, The Servant of Two Masters and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), among many others. He has also worked at the Denver Center Theatre, Arena Stage, The Old Globe and Seattle Rep.

Corey Tazmania plays Nancy, the soft-hearted but doomed anti-heroine of the piece. Tazmania, in her fifth season with The Shakespeare Theatre, has appeared in The Tempest andMacbeth on the Main Stage as well as on the Outdoor Stage and with the educational touring company Shakespeare LIVE! She recently appeared in I Will Come Like a Thief at the 78thStreet Theatre Lab, Les Conquerantes at the ACT French Festival at 59E59 and Neil Genzlinger’s adaptation of The Last Detail. She has also appeared at Theatre Rhinoceros, the Magic Theatre, and New Jersey Repertory Theatre.

Quentin McCuiston returns for his second season at The Shakespeare Theatre to play the orphan Oliver Twist. He previously appeared in Timon of Athens on the Main Stage and inA Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Shakespeare LIVE! educational touring company. His New York credits include Chains of Dew at the Zephyr Repertory Theatre. He has also appeared in Romeo and Juliet at the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival and at the Red Clay Theatre.

Robbie Collier Sublett, in his fourth season at the Shakespeare Theatre, plays the Artful Dodger. Sublett has previously appeared in The Cherry Orchard and Life of Galileo on the Main Stage and with The Shakespeare LIVE! touring company. On Broadway, he appeared in Other Desert Cities at Lincoln Center. His off-Broadway credits include You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce at The Flea, American River at Theatre for A New City, and Adventures in Reality, with Michael Friedman, at American Songbook at Lincoln Center. He has also appeared with Mabou Mines, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and Chicago Shakespeare. His play, You Better Sit Down…, will be published by Dramatists Play Service this Fall.

Returning to the Shakespeare Theatre after 10 years is Andrew Boyer who plays Mr. Sowerberry, the undertaker. Boyer has appeared on Broadway in Gypsy, starring Patti LuPone, and the Music Man, directed by Susan Stroman. He has also appeared in King Lear at The Roundabout Theatre, in the national tour of Beauty and the Beast, and in The Odd Couple with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

Tina Stafford plays Mrs. Corney, matron of the workhouse. Stafford is in her fifth season with The Shakespeare Theatre where she has appeared in A Christmas Carol, Carnival andA Child’s Christmas in Wales. She has also appeared at Arena Stage, Westport Country Playhouse and York Theatre Company among many others.

Eric Hoffman plays Mr. Bumble. Hoffman is in his eighth season with The Theatre where he has appeared in Timon of Athens, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Love’s Labour’s Lost among others. He spent three seasons at the Old Globe Theatre and also spent three years touring Europe and Asia playing Officer Krupke in the 50th Anniversary world tour ofWest Side Story.

The benevolent gentleman Mr. Brownlow is played by John Little who returns for his fifth season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Earlier this summer he appeared in Henry IV, Part One. He has also appeared in The Grapes of Wrath, Amadeus, The Play’s the Thing and The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has also appeared at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and off- Broadway in Christopher Columbus, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream among others.

Andy Paterson plays the thief Charley Bates. Returning for his ninth season, Paterson has appeared in Shakespeare Theatre productions of Twelfth Night, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Pericles and The Blue Bird among many more. He has also appeared in productions at theatres throughout the country including Arizona Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center and Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Also in the cast are George Abud, David A. Laws, and Meg Kiley Smith.

The Director

Brian B. Crowe is in his seventeenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is currently the Director of Education. His directing credits include Timon of Athens, The School for Wives, The Winter’s Tale, Henry VI: Blood & Roses, Julius Caesar, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest (2002) and The Comedy of Errors (2001) on the Main Stage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) and The Taming of the Shrew (2006) on the Outdoor Stage and the 1999 world premiere of his original script, Wonderland (...And What Was Found There) on the Other Stage. The Star-Ledger called Mr. Crowe “one of the state’s most ingenious directors” for his work on Love’s Labour’s Lost and named him Best Director of a Drama (Julius Caesar and Wonderland). He has also directed over twenty Shakespeare LIVE! touring productions including Nevermore, his original piece based on the writings and mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe. Other directing credits include Red Herring and A Perfect Ganesh at 12 Miles West; Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (DayTony recipient), Noises Off, the Midwest regional premiere of and The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Patient A with The Human Race Theatre Company.

The Artistic Staff

Creating the world of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is set designer Brian Ruggaber, costume designer Nancy Leary, lighting designer Andrew Hungerford, and sound designer Steven Beckel. Josiane M. Lemieux serves as production stage manager and music direction is by Kris Kukul.


Single tickets for Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist are now on sale and start at $32. Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $10 with a valid student ID. For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit or email Single ticket prices include a $2 facility fee not subject to discount.

Special Performances

Preview performances for Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist are September 12th at 7:30 pm, September 13th and 14th at 8:00 pm, and September 15th at 2:00 pm. These Preview performances offer opportunities for reduced-priced tickets while enjoying the excitement of the very first performances in front of an audience. As always, the first Preview performance is Pay What You Can night. Visit The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office between noon and curtain on September 12th and purchase a ticket for that evening’s 7:30 preview performance for what you are able to pay (offer subject to availability).

For no more than the cost of a regular ticket, three Symposium Series performances are offered for each show and include a post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff. Symposium performances for Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist will be Tuesday, September 18th at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, September 22nd and 29th at 2 pm.

For each production, The Shakespeare Theatre presents the popular education program Know the Show. From 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk that provides background information and an insider’s perspective on the production. The Know the Show performance will be held on Thursday, September 20th at 8:00 p.m. General admission is $5 for the general public, $4 for ticket package holders and subscribers. Tickets to that evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance may be purchased separately.

The 2 pm performance on September 29th will be audio described for those who are blind or have visual impairments. Audio description enables patrons with visual impairments to hear, through an FM transmitter, a live description of the action on the stage. A pre-performance sensory seminar is offered that allows patrons to feel props, costumes and set pieces to further enhance their live theatrical experience.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free.

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier-free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available. Braille and large print programs are available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge. Some performances are audio described. Contact the theatre for more information. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Audition: CTG's 'That Championship Season' tonight

Audition tonight for "THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON" by Jason Miller, Tuesday, August 21, 7-9 PM at the Black River Playhouse, Grove Street, Chester. Performance dates: October 19th and run Fridays/ Saturdays/Sundays through November 3rd.

Readings will be from the script. Read-through will be scheduled as soon as casting is complete. Rehearsals will begin in earnest after Labor Day – 2-3 nights per week and Sunday afternoon.

The setting for this 1973 Pulitzer Prize winning show is the town of Scranton, Pennsylvania where four members of the starting line-up of a State Champion high school basketball team have come together at the home of their former coach to celebrate the anniversary of their win. The coach is terminally ill, and this reunion may be their last chance to reminisce with him.

None of the men’s lives have turned out as any of them had hoped, and, on some level, all still look to their coach for guidance. The play explores various shades of disappointment, resentment and betrayal. Coach was the one person in their lives who was sure of everything, and his absolute certainty and confidence gave them a sense of security. While the Coach thought he was teaching his players how to be men, it appears that these middle-aged men are still emotional adolescents who need the Coach to tell them how to live their lives. But the Coach’s pep talks, which had always inspired them, are beginning to sound hollow.
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George Sitkowski – 40s-The town’s mayor, has proven inept and unpopular, thought of as a joke.
Phil Romano – 40s-A successful businessman, has done whatever is necessary and used whoever to become that way
James Daley – 40s -is a local junior high school principal
Tom Daley – 40s- is an unsuccessful, embittered, cynical alcoholic and ne’er-do-well writer.
The Coach – late 60s-70s is a hard-nosed conservative, the embodiment of old-school Catholicism.
For further information, contact the director, Roseann Ruggiero at


Monday, August 20, 2012

Playwrights Theatre’s Creative Arts Academy Fall classes start in September

Playwrights Theatre’s Creative Arts Academy fall classes for kids, teens and adults will begin at the end of September. The Kids and Teen classes will be held at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Ave Madison, NJ. The Adult class will be held at Playwrights Theatre Administrative Offices, 28 Walnut Street, Madison. For more information and to register visit or call 973-514-1787 X21.

Playwrights Theatre Creative Arts Academy classes are an opportunity for students at all levels of experience to bring their imaginations to life, while practicing basic performance and writing skills. Students work collaboratively with their peers creating characters and telling stories while building the confidence needed to enjoy creative freedom. Most classes conclude with a “sharing” of class work for family and friends.

Playwrights Theatre’s classes are taught by professional instructors who are working actors, directors, writers and artistic directors. The intimate class sizes allow individuals to explore in a safe, non-judgmental environment and insures of individual attention is given to each participant.
“Playwright's Theater classes reach children of many different skill and interest levels. The teaching artists create a nurturing, yet challenging, environment while assisting children in uncovering and developing abilities they didn't know they had. It serves as a wonderful outlet for creativity, enhances confidence and demands teamwork. Children come away with a skill set that can be broadly applied to life's ‘stage’. The lessons here are priceless!” said Lori Ann Cox, Creative Arts Academy parent.
Playmakers (Grades 1-3)

Theatre games, pantomime and improvisation provide an exciting means for learning basic performance skills through movement, voice and imagination, in an engaging and nurturing environment designed for children to create and express themselves. Together students create a play which they present to parents and friends on the last day of class.

Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
September 29 – December 15, 2012
(No class on November 10 and November 24)
Tuition: $275 ($250 for returning students)

Musical Performance (Grades 4-8)
Build skills in using the "actor's instruments" in an energized and encouraging environment. While exploring sound and movement through singing, dancing and acting, students learn about breathing, rhythm, projection and timing. Students create their own short musical for presentation to parents and friends on the last day of class.
Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
September 29 – December 15, 2012
(No class on November 10 and November 24)
Tuition: $275 ($250 for returning students)

Get Ready to Audition (High School)
Whether you’re auditioning for college theatre programs, professional theatres, high school or community theatre productions, good audition skills are a must, and practice with good guidance is the only way to get there. This four-session intensive will improve your ability to select and present monologues and songs that will show you off at your best. The final class will consist of a simulated audition and subsequent critique session.This class consists of four, two-hour sessions. Dates and times are tailored to fit student’s schedule. Call the Education Department to schedule at 973-514-1787 X21.

Playwriting Workshop (grades 6-12)
Have a play you are working on? Planning on entering the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest, the National Young Playwrights Contest or other contests? You can work with a professional writer to get your script ready to go. This class consists of four, two-hour sessions. Dates and times are tailored to fit student’s schedule. Call the Education Department to schedule at 973-514-1787 X21.

Adult Playwriting Workshop
Taught by Playwrights Theatre's Artistic Director (and 2012 NJ State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship winner) John Pietrowski, this will be a basic workshop class where students share work in a supportive environment. Enrollment is open to students of all levels of experience, classes will provide exercises to beginners working on their first play as well as experienced writers who are further down the road.
Mondays, 7:00-10:00pm
October 22 – January 7, 2013
(No class December 24 and December 31)
Tuition is $275 ($250 for returning students)
Can't join this class on the first day? Pro-rated options available for late starts for this class only.
For more information and to register, visit or call the Education Department for more details 973-514-1787 X21.

Playwrights Theatre Creative Arts Academy teaches classes year-round for children, teens and adults. The Creative Arts Academy is committed to nurturing independent thinking, artistic and personal development through the literary and performing arts. At the Creative Arts Academy, students are part of a community where self-expression and creativity thrive and every person is a valuable member of the whole. Playwrights Theatre’s Creative Arts Academy strives for artistic excellence while emphasizing the creative process, both of which are vital to the personal, social and academic evolution of students of all ages. Creative Arts Academy instructors are highly experienced professional artists who are perceptive and dynamic in the classroom. Creative Arts Academy teachers are committed to developing their own skills, as well as those of their students, and to refining their artistry through continued practice and education. For additional information or to register, visit or call (973) 514-1787, ext. 21.

About Playwrights Theatre:

Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.

Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2012, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
start in September

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bergen County Players to present 'The Music Man'


Celebrating 80 Years, The Bergen County Players (BCP) will present The Music Man, a musical comedy and treasured piece of theater by Meredith Willson.  Under the direction of Larry Landsman, The Music Man will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatrein Oradell from September 8th through October 6th, 2012.  Shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets can be purchased online at,by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. 

MeredithWillson’s musical comedy is one of the most beloved shows in American theater.  Its story of how love changes the lives of a fast-talking salesman, a small town librarian, and the good folks of River City, Iowa,is a comedy that has entertained audiences since 1957. As the New York Times has noted, The Music Man is “as American as apple pie and a Fourth of July oration.”  

The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson,based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill (John Ade of NewCity, NY) who poses as a boys band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo (Katie Weigl of Ridgewood) sees through him,but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold.Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her over.

 In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway,winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Awardfor "Best Original Cast Album" and was number one on the Billboard charts for 245 weeks. The show's success led to revivals and a popular 1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television remake.

The Music Man is directed by long-time BCP member Larry Landsman of Wyckoff, who has amassed numerous acting and directing credits with BCP, directing musicals The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Full Monty and Into the Woods and appearing most recently on the BCP stage as The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical, Ira in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Ivan in Art and Fagin in Oliver!  He also served as BCP president for two years.

The talented cast of The Music Man includes: John Ade (New City, NY),  Andrew Bacalakis (Hawthorne), Victoria Buchner (Hawthorne), Darren Carfano (Suffern, NY), JanicaCarpenter (Old Tappan), Rosella DeVincenzo (Oradell), Brian Eller (Wyckoff), Elisabeth Erdmann (Nutley), Christopher Heffernan (Wyckoff), Gregory Houldsworth (Wyckoff),Neil Kahn (Maywood), Rob Kopil, (Suffern, NY), Oren Korenblum  (New York, NY), Justin Landsman (Wyckoff), Kate Larsen (Glen Rock), Arianna Lionetti (Westwood), Nina Lionetti (Westwood), Olivia Lionetti (Westwood), James Lugo (Congers, NY), Larry Marino (Tappan, NY ),  Andrea McIlroy (Montvale), Sarah McIlroy (Montvale),Nicholas McRae (Glen Rock), Shari Mendelson (Fort Lee), Emily Mills (Oradell), Tiggy Morley (Ridgewood), Paula O’Brien (Park Ridge), Joseph O’Connor (Fair Lawn), Jeff Peiper (New Milford), Samantha Popek (Garfield), Michael Puglia (Guttenberg), Alan Shearer (New CIty, NY), Jimmy Spadola (Bloomfield), Christian Spinella (Rutherford),Jenna Miles Stewart (Hillsdale), Andrew Van Buskirk (Ridgewood), John Weidemann (Montclair), Katie Weigl (Ridgewood), Priscila Zortéa (New York City).

The production team includes Larry Landsman (Director), Steve Bell (Musical Director), Vanessa Garrabrant (Choreographer), Kathie Robitz (Producer), AlysonCohn (Stage Manager.

All performancestake place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home tothe Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Tickets for TheMusic Man are $22 for all performances, and can be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200or by visiting the box office at 298  Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular boxoffice hours.  Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted. Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can call (201) 262-0515.
As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a “Questions & Artists”(Q&A) discussion following select performances.  The Music Man Q&Awill kick off immediately following the September 14, 2012 performance. Admission is included in the cost of the ticket.

Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only.  Parking is freeat the Park Avenue municipal lot, across thestreet, one-half block north of the theater. Further information can be found at

The Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-Equity ,non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting qualityproductions for the enrichment of the community.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Here is the Crossroads 2012-13 schedule

News from the Crossroads:

The 2012-2013 Crossroads Season
October 25 - November 11
Knock Me a Kiss
By Charles Smith
Starring André De Shields
In the spring of 1928, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, W.E.B. Du Bois has arranged what is considered "the wedding of the century" when his young daughter Yolande marries poet Countee Cullen. This lively play explores with humor and compassion the events that lead to the breakup of what seems a perfect marriage of intellect, beauty and art when young poet Cullen makes a startling admission after the wedding.
". . . a dandy play. . . rollicking fun." (The New York Times)

Knock Me a Kiss is presented in association with the New Federal Theatre.
December 6 - 16
Holiday Jubilee
Concept by Sibusiso Mamba

A multicultural celebration of holiday traditions from around the world, this year featuring the music of MOTOWN!

Uniquely Crossroads. "A unifying experience . . . just right for the entire family!"

February 7 - 17
Kansas City Swing
A Story of the Negro Leagues BaseballBy Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan

It’s 1947. Jackie Robinson has just integrated American baseball, and in his shadow the Satchel Paige All Stars gear up to play the Bob Feller All Stars from the majors in a thrilling off-season match-up.

Baseball is about to change. And so is America. 

A World Premiere
April 24 - April 28
By Rohina Malik
Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this enlightening and compelling new play.

The East Coast Premiere 

May 9 - 19
The Season Finale Production (TBA)
Look out for the later announcement of this exciting finale to Crossroads’ 34th season. 
March 27- April 7
The Genesis Festival of New Plays

The festival creates a haven for the audience, actors, director and playwright to share
in the creative process, offering audience members an insider’s view of the development of exciting new plays for the stage. 
April 25 - May 5
Commonground: Festival of the People

Featuring the works of some of our areas most diverse arts groups including the South Asian Theatre Festival. 
Become a Crossroads Member!
Crossroads Theatre Company
7 Livingston Avenue * P.O. Box 238
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: (732) 545-8100


Crossroads Theatre Company is a
Senior Member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance
and a proud member of the Theater Communications Group (TCG)