Tuesday, June 30, 2015

‘Songs for a Summer Night’ concert series this weekend only at Chester Theatre Group’s Black River Playhouse

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The popular “Songs for a Summer Night” concert series, featuring The Black River Singers, returns to The Chester Theatre Group for one weekend of performances in July!

The Black River Singers is a group primarily made up of singing actors, most of whom have appeared on our stage over the years. Begun in 1997, the first Songs for a Summer Night was so successful that it has been one of the most asked for programs the Chester Theater Group offers.

PerryAwardsCParrish This year the 24 singers, accompanied by leader, Clifford Parrish (photo right), and bass player, Tim Metz, will offer choral versions of Broadway and pop oldies on the concert. A mash-up of opening numbers from some of your favorite musicals will start off the program, with both a Jazz Hot medley and an “Oklahoma!” medley included. Many of the choral selections will be repeats from prior programs that audiences have requested plus some fun new arrangements have been added and some of the singers will be featured in duets and ensembles from various shows. The closing number will be from The Sound of Music, with the audience invited to sing along on some songs.

Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, July 12 at 2 p.m. at The Black River Playhouse on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in historic Chester Borough.

Tickets are $25 with a $2 discount given to Seniors (over 65) and students (under 18 with ID) and can be purchased online at

Reservations can be made by calling 908-879-7304.

Geraldine Baillod
D'Angelique Dopson
Gayle Hendrix
Debbie Lingel
Alice Regan Moynahan
Martha Riley
Ellen Fraker-Glasscock
Fran Groves
Jodi Freeman Maloy
Claudia Metz
Roseann Ruggiero
Susie Speidel
Ericka Traugh
Roxanna Wagner
Jeff Dopson
Bob Longstreet
Chris Mortenson
Jason Cilento
Matt Cotton
Michael Foley
Bob Mackasek
Rich Maloy
Tom Rodgers
Robert Stone

Chester Theatre Group 54 Grove St, Chester, New Jersey 07930

Recent B’way version of ‘Caberet’ as New Jersey Youth Theatre's summer production

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Performances of New Jersey Youth Theatre's summer production, "Cabaret," will kick off on July 17 at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College.
"Our production of 'Cabaret' will be a special event, especially since we're having our premier at the Westminster Arts Center. Bloomfield and the surrounding townships are wonderful supporters of the arts and we're so excited to be working with Westminster," said Cynthia Meryl, NJYT's artistic director. 
Performances will be July 17-26 at the Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield. For tickets, visit or call 800-838-3006.

Review: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 'Love's Labour's Lost' at the Greek Amphitheater

By Ruth Ross (

Exactly 11 years ago today, I reviewed the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's production of Love's Labour's Lost, performed on their main stage. At that time, I praised their efforts, calling the performance " effervescent" and "polished"—adjectives that would apply equally as well to the current production of this, one of the least performed of the Bard's romantic comedies, now raising mayhem and laughter on the outdoor stage at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station (Morris Township). 

Director Brian Crowe's decision to bring the action en plein air emphasizes the magical, mystical aspect of this rather goofy love story. Once again, Shakespeare reaches into his bag of theatrical tricks—sparring lovers, bumbling rustics who massacre the English language, misdelivered letters, eaves dropping and great fun at the expense of a pompous pedant—to concoct an absurdly comedic soup, seasoned with a dash of sex and leavened with some nifty verbal calisthenics. 

STNJ_LovesLabours_1631The opening scene, wherein King Ferdinand of Navarre declares that the young men of his court must forswear women and other worldly temptations for the next three years and devote themselves to academic pursuits, sets into motion the sexual politics that eventually make these oaths null and void. Trouble on the romantic front arrives with the appearance of the Princess of France, sent on a diplomatic mission by her father, and her bevy of lovely ladies. When the men visit the ladies in a field outside the court, their foolish “ivory tower” ideals unravel, and the men fall hopelessly in love. And when the ladies find out about the King’s “rules,” they decide to have some fun at the men’s expense. The result: hilarity. [Image: The King of Navarre (Jonathan Raviv, front, center) reads a letter to the men of his court—(L-R) Berowne (Ben Jacoby), Longaville (Aaron McDaniel), and Dumain (Austin Ku) —announcing the arrival of the Princess of France (Jesmille Darbouze, not pictured). Photo © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey]

STNJ_LovesLabours_5028To be sure, the courtiers, led by Jonathan Raviv (right) as the King of Navarre, are a hunky bunch. Raviv's regal air crumbles to mush at the sign of the luscious Princess of France, played by Jesmille Darbouze (left) as a wise young woman, fit to be a diplomatic emissary, yet quick-witted enough to size up a ludicrous situation and take the bull by the horns. It doesn't hurt that Darbouze and Raviv exhibit romantic chemistry from the minute they first lay eyes on each other. Clark Scott Carmichael has a grand time as her attending lord, happy to cause trouble at everyone's expense. 

The other set of lovers, Rosaline and Berowne, are reminiscent of Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, what with their verbal jousting and longing looks stolen when the other is not looking. Susan Maris glows whenever she is on stage while Ben Jacoby's expression of doubt prior to signing the King's oath make him deliciously ripe for the takedown. 
STNJ_LovesLabours_2287But what would a Shakespearean comedy be without some rubes, a pompous ass and a couple of other clowns? Love's Labour's Lost doesn't disappoint in this area. Connor Carew is hilarious as Costard, murderer of the English language, master of physical comedy and the quintessential smart-mouthed servant. 

On the aristocratic side, Jeffrey M. Bender (right), who has assumed the role formerly held by James Michael Riley as the comic of the company, is side-splitting as the Spanish grandee Don Armado, replete with Spanish accent, rampant braggadocio, some outrageous business with his foot and a writer of completely incomprehensible verses to the lowly maid (a pert Rebecca Gomberg) who has captured his heart. And Shakespeare has great fun puncturing the pretensions of the bloviating schoolmaster Holofernes, played with great flair and asininity by Bruce Comer (above, right), aided and abetted by his doltish curate Nathaniel, played by Joseph Hamel. Their attempts to honor the heroes of world history in a play of their own devising (shades of A Midsummer Night's Dream) amuses the nobles and gives the audience a reason to laugh heartily. 
STNJ_LovesLabours_2324The setting, a park in the royal environs of the King of Navarre, is a mixture of shades of green fashioned into a harlequin pattern; Charlie Calvert's design emphasizes the bucolic nature of the play. Nikki Delhomme's costumes are a blend of colorful, luxurious fabrics ; a nice sartorial touch is having the lords' shoes match the color of their waistcoats. That the ladies' dresses did too made it easier to discern the couples more easily. [(L-R): Maria (Carrie Walsh), the Princess of France (Jesmille Darbouze), and Katherine (Kristen Kittel) look on as Rosaline (Susan Maris) shows off her gift sent by the men. Photo © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey]

Unlike Shakespeare's other comedies, Love's Labour's Lost doesn't end with a wedding. Instead, the death of the King of France causes his daughter to postpone the multiple nuptials for a mourning period of 12 months and a day. Rosaline's conditions for Berowne are especially delicious: She charges him with working in a hospital for a year to make the sick laugh. Obviously, the path to true love for these young folks will not be smooth. To ensure that theirs is a lasting love—and not an infatuation—is going to take some labor, and that advice is timeless! 

Love's Labour's Lost will be performed at the Greek Amphitheater on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station through July 26th. Performances begin at 8 PM. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair. For information and tickets, call the box office at 973.408.5600 or visit online.

Review: CLOSURE by Richard Dresser at New Jersey Rep in Long Branch


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New Jersey Repertory Company must be the proudest 'parent' in the theater world. When giving birth to each of their world premiere plays, they regale them with the greatest birthday party a playwright could imagine. Richard Dresser's CLOSURE, the 105th play of their remarkable 18 seasons, is no exception.

First, the party guests – a cast that Broadway might envy. To their recent list of world-class actors like Jill Eikenberry, Dan Lauria, Michael Tucker, and others, add Wendie Malick and Gary Cole. Their amazing contributions toward making CLOSURE a must-see summer show cannot be over-stated. Although currently known for their work on small-screen comedies (she on “Hot in Cleveland” and he on “Veep”), both do compelling work in this primarily dramatic stage play about parents whose teenage daughter has gone missing on a Dutch-run Caribbean island. Malick plays Jane, the teen's distressed mom, and Cole is Roy, the island's police detective. They are ably joined by Victor Verhaeghe as Peter, Jane's distant husband, and Biniam Tekola as Ken, the waiter selling something more than drinks. Cole anchors the play with a self-assured confidence, skillfully dealing with Jane's rum-soaked search for closure. Malick and Cole have a palpable chemistry that makes it clear that Dresser's narrative has some twists and turns in store. 

Then there's the party favors – an absolutely stunning physical production designed by Jessica Parks. The play's action requires several different locations and Parks skillfully gives us a tropical setting that takes full advantage of every inch of the theater's shoe box stage without ever looking cramped. Parks even manages to hint at a neo-noir vibe in Roy's office, outfitting it with a rotary fan, metal file cabinet, coffee maker, and old school black phone – all without looking dated. Jill Nagle's blue and green infused tropical lighting and Patricia E. Doherty's skillfully complementary costumes are equally impressive. Merek Royce Press supplies steel drum-based music to blend with the sounds of the surf. All of this is under the skilled and focused direction of Joe Cacaci. 

The much-expected twists in the plot will come as no shock to any viewer of “Cold Case.” With only four characters, the play's 90 intermissionless minutes provide plenty of time for pondering the possibilities. Dresser's script sometimes meanders and misfires, but Cole and Malick manage to make even the less compelling moments watchable. While considering the actual fate of Jane’s daughter, you can be forgiven for imagining a brand new prime time detective series starring Cole and Malick - a sort of island “Hart to Hart.” Like CLOSURE, it would be well worth watching. 

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The world premiere engagement of CLOSURE by Richard Dresser continues at New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey, through July 19th. For tickets and information visit or call 732-229-3166. 

Photo: Victor Verhaerghe, Biniam Tekola, Wendie Malick and Gary Cole (by Suzanne Barabas)

'RENT' star Adam Pascal to lead masterclass at Rhino Theatre

adampascalheadshot Tony Award nominee and 'RENT'" star Adam Pascal will lead Straight From New York's upcoming masterclass at

Rhino Theatre on Sunday, July 19 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. 

Adam Pascal is the original Roger in Broadway's "Rent", for which he received a Tony nomination for best Actor in a Musical.  He went on to star as Radames in "Aida", the Emcee in "Cabaret", Huey Calhoun in "Memphis" and Billy Flynn in "Chicago".  He also reprised his role as Roger in the film version of Rent.  Pascal, will lead the class and work with performers of all ages on musical theater and pop pieces.

Participants should prepare one 32-bar cut of a musical theater or pop song and bring sheet music marked and in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. No CDs or a cappella performances.

Rhino Theatre is located at 247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes and please call the theatre to register for this event.  Space is limited


Monday, June 29, 2015

Auditions: TONIGHT! 'Little Shop of Horrors' in Clifton

WHEN: June 29, 7-10pm
WHERE: Clifton Arts Center, City Hall complex at 900 Clifton Avenue on Well Road. Click here for a map and directions
Auditions for our Fall musical production of Little Shop of Horrors are coming up!  Directed by Bill Kaufman, Musical Director is Jalmari Vanamo, Technical Director is Kyle Parkin, Producer is Maryann Irizarry, Stage Manager is Tara Freifeld. Seeking males and females ages 18 years and older.
Auditions will be from sides provided at the auditions. Please bring a prepared song with accompaniment (CD, IPOD, MP3 or sheet music). Songs from the show are permitted.
Show dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 6,7,8 and 13,14,15. All shows are in the Theresa Aprea Theater at The Learning Center, 199 Scoles Ave, Clifton NJ.
For questions please call 973-928-7668 or email
Roles include:
  • Seymour – Mid-twenties and perhaps balding a little. Our insecure, naïve, put-upon, florist’s clerk hero. Above all, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. Age 20-35.
  • Audrey – the bleached-blonde, secret love of Seymour’s life. If you took Judy Holiday, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe and Goldie Hawn, removed their education and feelings of self-worth, dressed them in spiked heels and a low-cut black dress – that’d be Audrey. Age 20-35
  • Mr. Mushnik – Their sweaty boss. A failure of an East Side florist. His accent, if he has one, Is more that of middle class New York than of Eastern Europe. Age 40+
  • Orin – A tall, dark, handsome dentist with a black leather jacket and sadistic tendencies. He is not a leftover from the move version of Grease. Think instead of an egotistical pretty-boy or an insurance salesman and talking like a radio announcer. Age 30+
  • The Plant (Audrey II) – An anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado. It has a huge, nasty- looking pod which gains a shark-like aspect when open and snapping at food. The creature is played by a series of four increasing large puppets, manipulated by one puppeteer. (Who also plays Wino #1 in the first scene) The first time we see the Plant, it is less than one foot tall. The last time we see it, it fills the entire stage.
  • Voice of the Plant – Provided by an actor on an offstage microphone. The sound is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White and Wolfman Jack. Think of the Voice as that of a street-smart, funky, conniving villain-with Rhythm and Blues. Age 18+
  • Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon – Three black female street urchins who function as participants in the action and a Greek Chorus outside it. They’re young, hip, smart and the only people in the whole cast who really know what’s going on. They occasionally sing to the audience directly. And when they do, it’s often with a “secret smile” that says: “we know something you don’t know”. Age 18-30
  • Chorus Ensemble – A small ensemble of singers to create background and fill to the musical numbers. Ages 18+

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Here is what’s playing on NJ’s professional stages

(In chronological order of opening)

Visit NJArtsTix for last-minute ticket deals on select member theatre performances.

Eagle Theatre
The Graduate

May 29 - June 27
Two River Theater
Be More Chill

May 30 - June 28
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Love's Labour's Lost

June 17- July 26
Cape May Stage
Mary Mary

June 17- July 24
East Lynne Theater Company
Mr. Lincoln

June 17 - July 25
The Garage Theatre Group
Ubu Roi

June 25 - July 12

New Jersey Repertory Company


June 25 - July 19

Click here to view full member theatre performance details

Shows and dates are subject to change; call theatres or check the NJTA website to confirm.

Mr. Lincoln at East Lynne Theater

Now at NJTA's Equity Producing Member Theatre, East Lynne Theater Company, Mr. Lincoln.

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A trip to the beautiful beaches of Cape May, and a journey back in time to the 1800's can be accomplished this summer at the East Lynne Theater Company. This 35-year-old professional theatrical group is recognizing the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln by presenting the play Mr. Lincoln.

Tom Byrn takes on the demanding role of the iconic historical figure in this one man play. Gayle Stahlhuth not only directs the piece, but is artistic director of the theatre.

Mr. Lincoln opened June 17 and runs through July 25.

For more information go to


              EQUITY PROFESSIONAL THEATER Since 1980


east l Performance Venue: The First Presbyterian Church 500 Hughes Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

Friday, June 26, 2015

Registration open for the Dreamcatcher theatre camp

Dreamcatcher's Summer Theatre Conservatory is a four- week theatre camp for young actors aged 10-17 that offers both classes and performance opportunities.
At the STC, we believe in having fun while developing real skills under the guidance of theatre professionals. Emphasis is placed on individual attention, constructive feedback, and the achievement of personal goals.
Participants can tailor the program to suit their preferences, attending the conservatory for one week, two weeks, three weeks or for the entire month of classes.

Read more.


July 6-10, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm


July 13-17, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm


Create & Perform a Show

July 20-31, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

Final performance: Fri., July 31, 7:30pm

Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm
at Oakes Center 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Register your child now

For more information visit us
online at
email us at
or call us at 908-514-9654

     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654

Light Opera of New Jersey Announcing Student Rush Tickets!

Announcing Student Rush Tickets for A Little Night Music!

“We are proud to announce our new $10 Student Rush Tickets!”

How does it work?

Just bring your valid picture student ID from your school or college, and present it at the box office in order to buy your discounted ticket. Student Rush Tickets can only be purchased on the night of the performance, so we recommend arriving a half hour early.

Group Rates are also available for parties of 10 or more!

Save $5 per ticket when buying tickets for a group of ten or more! Group tickets can be purchased by calling our box office at 908-655-6023.

A Little Night Music

Set at the turn of the 20th century in Sweden, Stephen Sondheim's

A Little Night Music spins a tale exploring the meaning of love versus desire and the significance of family.

July 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at 8:00 PM, July 12th and 19th
at 2:00 PM
Founders Hall Theater at the
Morristown Beard School
70 Whippany Road Morristown, NJ 07960



Brundage Park Playhouse to produce Peter Pan Jr.


Brundage Park Playhouse to produce Peter Pan Jr. at the playhouse on Carrell Road in Randolph, NJ.


Performance Dates:

  • July 10, 16, 17 and 24 at 8:00 pm

   July 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 2:00 pm

Directed by: Mark Carovale
Assistant Director:  Larry Turner
Music Director:  Nola Young
Choreographer: Alicia Vega

Music and Lyrics by Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, George Bruns, Sammy Fain, Jack Lawrence, Sammy Cahn, Michael Tumes, Xavier Atencio, Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace and Ray Kelley.  Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Lyrics by Eric Svejcar.  Book and Additional Lyrics by David Zellnik.

The Story 

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s PETER PAN JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.” Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!

CAST (In Alphabetical Order)

PETER PAN: Tobey Todd……Randolph

CAPTAIN HOOK: Akash Bhide……..Randolph

WENDY: Julia Drahzal…..Mendham

JOHN: Christopher Lange……Succasunna

MICHAEL: Michael Luciano…..Randolph

MR. DARLING: Duffy Heitmann…..Flanders

MRS. DARLING: Molly McDonald…….Ledgewood

NANA: Reggie Onorati….. Mendham

TIGER LILY: Erin Martire……..Long Valley

TINKER BELL: Hope Keil, Randolph

CHIEF TIGER BAMBOO: Alex Gelpke………Dover

SMEE: Nicholas Profito…….Chester

THE CROCODILE: Reggie Onorati….. Mendham


IRIDESSA: Clare Capuzzi….. Morris Plains

SILVERMIST: Grace Judith……Randolph

ROSETTA: Amanda Claas…..Randolph

FAWN: Isabel Vega……..Randolph

LYRIA: Julia Frost……Randolph,

VIDIA: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz…..Randolph


CUBBY: Jake Marsh……Chester

HOP: Collin Ware…….Newton

FOX: Christopher Simon…….Mendham

RACCOON TWIN #1: Brigid Heitmann…..Flanders

RACCOON TWIN #2: Isabella Dimichino……..Randolph


Sabrina Hajsok……..Randolph

Emma Mason……..Mendham

Mia Morganstein…….Randolph

Emma McDonald……..Ledgewood

Sarah Olivieri………Landing

Kristin Ware………Newton

Jessica Wattman…..Randolph

For further information please contact Brundage Park Playhouse at (973) 989-7092 or visit our website at

Call for support from Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick


7 LIVINGSTON AVE. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901 | 732-545-8100
Crossroads Theatre Company thanks its major supporters:
Johnson & Johnson
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission
New Brunswick Cultural Center
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

NJ Premiere ‘ By the Water’ on Kean Stage

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While much of the disaster relief work related to Hurricane Sandy is coming to an end, many Garden State residents are still in need, seeking resources, and struggling to get back on their feet.

“Please join Premiere Stages and Kean University Galleries for By the Water, Sharyn Rothstein’s moving new play about a hurricane-impacted family, and By the Block, Asbury Park artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney’s exhibition of quilts constructed from wooden debris collected after the storm.” John Wooten 

By the Water (NJ Premiere)

By Sharyn Rothstein

Directed by Adam Immerwahr

July 16 - August 2 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday at 3 pm) Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union

Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood that they grew up in. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome?

Please join Premiere Stages for our 2015 Talk-Back Series, featuring free post-show discussions after select matinee performances:  Sunday, July 19 at 3 pm: Asbury Park artist Laura Petrovich-Cheney discusses By the Block, her exhibition of quilts created with wooden debris salvaged from Hurricane Sandy. The exhibition is free, and runs July 16 – September 14 in the James Howe Gallery, located in Vaughn Eames Hall; please call 908-737-0392 or visit for details.

The gallery will open 2 hours prior to every performance. Sunday, July 26 at 3 pm: Dr. Paul J. Croft, Executive Director of Kean University’s School of Environmental & Sustainability Sciences, discusses climate change and its effect on extreme weather.  Saturday, August 1 at 3 pm: Sue Pniewski, New Jersey Coordinator for Portlight Strategies, Inc., discusses Portlight’s post-disaster relief work, and Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the Garden State’s most vulnerable residents.

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for seniors, and $30 standard, with group discounts available.

Please call 908-737-SHOW (7469) or visit to purchase.

Auditions: Open Casting Call, All Roles Available For ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Maurer Productions OnStage is conducting OPEN auditions for the Comedy-Adventure play Around the World in 80 Days, by Mark Brown

Around the World in 80 Days

July 18, 2015 from 12pm to 5pm
July 19, 2015 from 12pm to 5pm
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

Maurer Productions OnStage is conducting OPEN auditions for the Comedy-Adventure play Around the World in 80 Days, by Mark Brown, Auditions are July 18th & 19th and the show will run at the Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, NJ October 9th- 18th, 2015. All roles are open. To download a detailed audition packet, CLICK HERE.

Appointments are highly recommended but walk in's are welcome. This is a high energy play where four men & 1 woman play 40 characters; all roles are open. To get audition details and register for an audition appointment online, visit our CastMe website, or email us at, or call (609) 882-2292.
Over the last 11 years, MPO has staged 30 productions at Kelsey Theatre which have been honored with 60 NJACT Perry Award nominations and 12 wins in various technical and performing categories.
This main stage production will be directed by MPO's Artistic director John M Maurer, who's past directing work includes Laughter on the 23rd floor, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot , Lend Me a Tenor and Avenue Q .

The Award-winning production team of MPOnStage brings you a Comedy/Adventure for the whole family. Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant Passepartout as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 40 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the greatest adventures of all time.

Kelseytheatre (1) Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Auditions: ‘Crossing Delancey’ at Barn Theatre in Montville



The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 88th Season by holding open auditions on for its upcoming production of "Crossing Delancey", written by Susan Sandler. "Crossing Delancey" will be directed by Susan Binder.

AUDITION DATES: 7:00 - 9:00 pm on Thursday July 9th, Sunday July 12th and Monday, July 13th

CALLBACK (by invitation only): July 13th 8:30 pm

PERFORMANCE DATES: September 11 - October 3rd 2015 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and possible Thursday benefit performances)

A romantic comedy set in NYC in late 1980's. Two worlds collide when Isabelle and her Bubbie don't see eye to eye about Izzy's social life. Throw in a matchmaker, a noted author and a pickleman and you have the makings of a delightful evening of entertainment.

CAST REQUIREMENTS (3 women, 2 men):
BUBBIE: female, 70+, a feisty,sharp witted woman who lives on the lower east side. Must be able to speak with a Yiddish accent. Izzy's grandmother.
ISABELLE: female, mid to late 20's, granddaughter, independent, bookish dreamer. A bit socially naive.
HANNAH: female, 50ish, a large woman, professional matchmaker, wheeler dealer.
SAM: male, early 30's, gentle, intuitive, appealing, wise for his years.
TYLER: male, early 40's, author, handsome, overly charming, self-involved.

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact

The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47). For more information or directions, call 973-334-9320 ext. 5, or visit

Pygmalion- the second show of Princeton Summer Theater’s 2015 season

pst logo Pygmalion, the second show of Princeton Summer Theater’s 2015 season, opens next Friday at the Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton University’s Campus. This timeless comedy by George Bernard Shaw is a sharply funny commentary on class, gender, and what it means to be true to yourself.

pygma This vibrant and hilarious new production adapted and directed by Princeton lecturer in Theater and English R. N. Sandberg highlights the battle of wits and wills between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. Speech professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle from a low-class nobody to the toast of society at an upcoming garden party. He soon realizes, however, that this feat might not be so easily accomplished; Eliza has strong opinions of her own, and she is prepared to fight Henry every step of the way on her transformation from street urchin to sophisticated duchess. The inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady, the story of Pygmalion has captivated audiences for decades.

Starring guest artist Jake Robertson as Henry Higgins and Princeton Summer Theater company member Bits Sola as Eliza Doolittle. Also featuring Ross Barron (Pickering), Maeve Brady (Mrs. Higgins), Sarah Cuneo (Mrs. Eynsford Hill) Caroline Hertz (Mrs. Pearce/Miss Eynsford Hill), Kanoa Mulling (Freddy Eynsford Hill), and Evan Thompson (Mr. Doolittle).

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Princeton University lecturer in Theater and English R.N. Sandberg. Opens Friday, July 3. Performances run July 3-5, 8-12, and 16-19. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Wednesday, July 8th at 8pm. Special talkbacks with the cast follow every Friday evening performance: join us on July 4th after the 2pm matinee for a reception with hoagies by Hoagie Haven!

Tickets are $27.50 for general admission, $22 for students and matinees. We also offer season subscriptions for only $60 (a 30% discount!), which ensures a reserved seat for each of our three remaining main stage shows this season. To order tickets, visit or call the PST box office at 1-732-997-0205.

Old Library Theatre to present ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’

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There's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Day-time-TV-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, the storms begin to brew. WARNING: This show contains crude language, adult situations, ugly wigs, adultery, bad perms, spray cheese, tacky outfits, roadkill, and hysterical pregnancy! With music set to country rock, gospel, blues, and disco, it's everything a trash-talking musical should be!

cropped-OLT-BW-Logo-Thick21 Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theatre company, Old Library Theatre (OLT), proudly presets The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Directed and Choreographed by Mollie Gash
Musical Direction by Jack Bender
Assistant Directed by Hannah Gash 
Produced by Dawn Cardona
Stage Managed by Rachel Lichter
Assistant Stage Managed by Katya Beliavski
Jeannie Garstecki - Evan Tintle Charpentier
Norbert Garstecki - Michael Ferentinos
Pippi- Brianna Morris
Duke - Brendan Hall
Betty - Maureen McNulty
Lin- Samantha Kaplan
Pickles - Andrea Thibodeau

Friday, July 24th, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 25th, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 26th, 2:00pm
Friday, July 31st, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 1st, 8:00pm
Sunday, August 2nd, 2:00pm

Adults - $20, Students / Seniors - $18, Children Under 12 - $10
Tickets may be purchased online here:

Old Library Theatre performs at the Fair Lawn Community Center and is located at the intersection of 20th Street and Kipp Street, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.

Final Weekend To See The Company's Production of ‘Time Stands Still’

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“There are only 3 shows left of this magnificent play, and then it will be gone forever.  You really don’t want to miss this one.  So, please come out and see this Tony nominated play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies.” Lou Scapati

And, tickets are only $19 for this professional production.

June 26th, 27th, & 28th.
Fri & Sat at 8pm.
Sun at 3:30pm.

The Company Theatre Group
Hackensack’s Professional Theatre Company
The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ

"Mr. Margulies is gifted at creating complex characters through wholly natural interaction, allowing the emotional layers, the long histories, the hidden kernels of conflict to emerge organically. Throughout, his dialogue crackles with bright wit and intelligence." — New York Times

Full details and tickets:

Photo: TCTG

Love’s Labour’s Lost under the stars until July 26th

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s enormously popular summer venue for family theatre under the stars hosts the Outdoor Stage production of Shakespeare’s comedyLove’s Labour’s Lost, at the amphitheater on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township.

This replica of an ancient Greek theatre nestled into the hillside of the bucolic campus offers a unique theatrical experience. Love’s Labour’s Lost continues through July 26th. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 PM, with with special twilight performances on Sundays at 4:30 PM. Tickets are $35 for adults, and $15 for students 18 and under. Children under age five go for free. For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit

OS-Show-Banners The amphitheater is located on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road in Morris Township.

Pictured: (L-R): Maria (Carrie Walsh), the Princess of France (Jesmille Darbouze), and Katherine (Kristen Kittel) look on as Rosaline (Susan Maris) shows off her gift sent by the men. Photo © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Acting Sessions with Director Frank Licato




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

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






FEE $250

10:30AM TO 12:30PM
@Shetler Studios
244 W 54th St #12




FEE $250

10:00AM TO 12:00PM
@Shetler Studios
244 W 54th St #12

There is a $50 non-refundable fee to reserve your spot which must be paid by July 4th and can be paid thru PayPal using my email address:
Please feel free to go to my website:


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

If you have any further questions call or email me:

or call


Frank is currently directing directing "Barbershop" by Jenny Seildelman at Nylon Fusion's "This Rounds on Us," Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28, at 7pm at The Gene Frankel Theater, 24 Bond Street.

‘Twelfth Night’ at Holmdel Theatre Company

Holmdel Theatre Company  presents

Directed by: Tom Frascatore
July 24, 25, 31, August 1, 7, 8 @ 8pm
Matinées on July 26, Aug 2 @ 2pm

Shakespeare’s classic tale of cross-dressing twins, dancing dukes, and a dashing pair of yellow tights, takes the audience on a trip to the mythical kingdom of Illyria, reimagined as a 1930s country club. In the household of Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged – one by the lovesick lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.

Brian Craig, Michael Kroll, Myles Linzy, Caitlyn Manning,

Alicia Moeller, Olivia Mullen, Dave Murray, Christopher O'Neill,

Dan Peterson, Mark Piltz, Brett Sabo, Tarantino Smith*,

Wesley Swan, Casey Woods
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Students $12, Seniors $17, Adult $22
Please note all online order are subject to a $3 Processing fee.
At door orders are subject to a $1 Facility Fee.

Holmdel Theatre Company
at The Duncan Smith Theater
36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733
(on the grounds of the Holmdel High School)

Don't forget about our FREE Monthly Reading Series!
First Monday of every month 7:00pm
July Reading
Monday, July 6, 7:00pm
August Reading
"WHEN I REFLECT" by Jon Heron
Monday, August 3, 7:00pm

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Auditions: Boy soprano to sing the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors


Light Opera of New Jersey seeks boy soprano to sing the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors for their December 2015 production.

Additionally those seeking ensemble, secondary roles and understudy opportunities for upcoming shows should audition.  They include:

  • The True Story of Cinderella (Warren Martin of Westminster Choir College) October 2015
  • Trial by Jury (Gilbert and Sullivan) October 2015
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) December 2015
  • The Elixir of Love (Donizetti) proposed March 2016
  • The Merry Widow (Franz Lehar) proposed May 2016

The role of Amahl is to be performed by a boy soprano only; girls will not be considered. Performance dates are on December 4th and 5th in Basking Ridge NJ. 

Singers of all ages as described above will be heard BY APPOINTMENT only.  

Mail headshot, resume, and availability for audition 

on August 5th between 7 PM-10 PM to

There will be no audition fee at this audition.  

LONJ seeks primarily New Jersey based singers.  

Auditions will be held at:

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

140 South Finley Ave

Basking Ridge NJ 07920