Saturday, April 30, 2016

NJPAC Performing Arts Summer Program for Young People

Middle school and high school students in search of their inner artist don’t have to look any further than NJPAC when their classes adjourn. Creative minds are at work to make 2016’s Summer Programs at NJPAC an unforgettable experience for young people involved in the performing arts.

Many of the country’s most recognized performers in their fields are back to lead these popular, immersive sessions in acting, dance, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, dance and comedy. Seasoned pros of Chicago’s famed Second City will return to coach students in improv comedy, while building teamwork skills in the process. Jazz piano great Geri Allen will again head a faculty of ace musicians for the All-Female Jazz Residency, this year at Rutgers University in Newark in partnership with its Institute of Jazz Studies.

Participants often describe their experiences in terms of having fun, while receiving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study with the masters.

“While learning the ins and outs of their chosen pursuit, our teens use the arts to express their creativity and their most authentic voice,” says Alison Scott-Williams, Vice President of Arts Education at NJPAC. “Through this exploration, they make new friends, inspire others to share their art, and have a great time.”

Summer Programs at NJPAC includes:

All-Female Jazz Residency

July 10-16, 2016

In collaboration with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency offers a weeklong, one-of-a-kind opportunity for young women, ages 14-25, to study jazz. This residential camp, with students coming from across the country, presents a unique blend of instruction and mentorship as students are taught improvisation, musicianship, jazz theory and more. Geri Allen, celebrated Grammy-nominated pianist, is the program’s artistic director and leads a stellar faculty including Ellen Rowe, piano and composition; Linda Oh, bass; Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Bruce Williams and Tia Fuller, saxophones; Connaitre Miller, voice; Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums; and Stefon Harris, vibraphone.

A final student showcase will take place along with field trips to jazz monuments and institutions. Auditions are not required.

Hip-Hop Intensive

June 27-July 8, 2016

Students ages 10-16 have the opportunity to study at NJPAC’s Hip Hop Intensive with recording artist and U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassador Sheikia Norris, aka “Purple Haze.” As Artistic Director, Norris will lead students in the art of hip hop, including MCing, DJing, graffiti, breakdancing, beat boxing, spoken word, and sound engineering. This hands on workshop will allow participants to come away with an understanding of how hip hop has become such a large force in modern American culture. A final showcase will take place at NJPAC.

The Young Artist Summer Intensive

June 27-July 29, 2016 (Advance Division)

July 11-August 5, 2016 (Apprentice Plus Division, Session One)

July 25-August 5, 2016 (Apprentice Plus Division, Session Two)

The Young Artist Summer Intensive (YASI) develops the student’s skills in acting, dance, musical theater and vocal performance in a professional setting. The program is taught by professional artists in two divisions. The Apprentice division is for beginning and intermediate students ages 10-16, and will provide students with a cross-genre, two-week overview of the performing arts. The Advance division, for students ages 12-18, is an immersive five-week performing arts workshop. Students are accepted by auditions, and are offered the opportunity to focus on a single discipline (acting, dance, vocal performance, musical theater, and enrichment classes) for the length of the program. The final showcase takes place at NJPAC.

A completed registration is required to audition. The deadline to register is June 1.

The Second City at NJPAC

August 1-12, 2016: Teen Improv and Sketch Comedy Workshop

August 8-12, 2016: Adult Improv and Comedy Writing Immersion

August 8-12, 2016: From the Inside Out

NJPAC is excited to continue its collaboration with The Second City this summer to bring programs in improvisation and comedy to teens and adults alike. Teens will develop skills in creative thinking, self-confidence, team building, empathy and communication while adults can explore improvisation and writing.

From the Inside Out is a groundbreaking program for teens diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and/or autism. Teens, ages 14-18, will take class in improvisation that will explore relationships and social cues focusing on ensemble and team building. Taught by a team of teachers, all with special needs certification, the students will learn skills such as accessing emotions and storytelling in a safe and fun environment where they can explore and challenge themselves. The students are given the chance to break through barriers that block creativity and socialization.

The Second City is a world renowned comedy enterprise that has been based in Chicago since 1959. The Second City helped launch the careers of stars such as Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Jimmy Fallon and Mike Myers.

NJPAC Arts Education programs are made possible by the generosity of: Merck Foundation, ADP, Women’s Association of NJPAC, McCarter Foundation, Inc., care of Margrit McCrane, The Victoria Foundation, PSEG Foundation, Wells Fargo, BD, United Airlines and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

For more information about Summer at NJPAC visit, email or call 973.353.7058.


NJPAC’s Arts Education offerings reach more than 75,000 students and families through live performances, in-school residency programs and arts training classes. These programs bring the joy of dance, music, theater, and poetry directly to the classroom. Through innovative residencies, Teaching Artists create stimulating performing arts experiences that engage students’ imaginations and build self-confidence through positive self-expression. Our residencies help students learn to work together and develop their creative independence.

In addition to NJPAC’s innovative In-School Programs, the Arts Center’s comprehensive Arts Education Department offers an Arts Training Program that helps students at every level learn the artistic and technical skills they need to study acting, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, and musical theater. NJPAC also presents A SchoolTime performance series, which introduces students and their families to a world of entertainment and culture. NJPAC’s Arts Education programs feature professional artists from a wide variety of traditions and performances of music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and more. To learn more about

Arts Education at NJPAC, please visit


New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. NJPAC is a proud partner of Newark Celebration 350.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, next at Chester Theatre Group

                              Top - Michael King, middle: Leslie Gayle Williams, Laurie MacMillan, J.M.Hogan,                                                  bottom: Tasha R. Williams, Jackie Jacobi (Photo by Chase Newhart)
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Chase Newhart
COMEDY: Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.
May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 PM
May 15, 22 at 2 PM

The Chester Theatre Group presents, the Tony Award winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike starting on Friday, May 6th and extending for eight shows through Sunday, May 22nd. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $20.00 with a discounted price of $18.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18. Tickets may be purchased online at

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is the story of middle-aged siblings who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are a sassy maid, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious, Masha.

Written by Christopher Durang, this hit comedy won the Tony Award for Best Play, when it starred Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce on Broadway, in 2013. Critics praised Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov.

The talented cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike includes Leslie Gayle Williams in the role of Masha; J.M. Hogan of Flanders in the role of Spike; Michael King of New Providence in the role of Vanya; Tasha R Williams of Belleville in the role of Cassandra; Lauri MacMillan of Rockaway in the role of Sonia; and Jackie Jacobi of Edison in the role of Nina. The entire production is directed by Chase Newhart.

The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhbouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member. The theater is located on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. For more information, visit the CTG website at

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum next week at The Strollers of Maplewood

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.

This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine--"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Director - Lisa Dascoli
Musical Directior - Michael Wada
Choreographer - Danielle Tyler
Co-Stage Manager - Kelley Blessing
Co-Stage Manager - Petra Seirmarco
Producer - Fran Shultz


Ann Alfano - Vibrata
Jeff Andrew - Erronius
Kelley Blessing - Protean
Jim Coe - Pseudolus
Elisabeth Erdmann -Tintinabula
Frank Favata - Senex
Scott Manginelli - Miles Gloriosus
Megan McGinley - Panacea
John Mendlovitz - Protean
Josh Miller - Hysterium
Alexandria Pascucci - Gemina
Melissa Pascucci - Gemina
John Rodriguez - Marcus Lycus
Katie Steel - Protean
Danielle Tyler - Gymnasia
Paul White - Hero
Nell White - Philia
Michelle Womack - Domina


Friday, May 6, 2016, 8pm
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:30 pm

Friday, May 13, 2016, 8pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:30 pm

Friday, May 20, 2016, 8pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8pm

All performances take place at:
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
10 Durand Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for seniors/students. Go to for all tickets and information.

Listen To Your Mother: North Jersey Presented by Midtown Direct Rep and SOPAC: Local Sponsors and Charity Donation

Listen To Your Mother: North Jersey

Presented by Midtown Direct Rep and SOPAC

Announces Local Sponsors and Charity Donation

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR), SOPAC, co-directors/producers Deborah Goldstein (Publisher, Village Q), Brooke Lefferts (Writer, Associated Press, NBC Today), Sandy Rustin (Playwright, Rated P ... for Parenthood, The Cottage, Struck) are pleased to announce the list of local sponsors for the 2016 Listen to Your Mother: North Jersey show. 

 Listen to Your Mother is a national series of original live readings about motherhood, presented in 41 cities across the United States and Canada with the mission of taking the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates motherhood (in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor) in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors. (

The 2016 cast will feature some of North Jersey's most talented writers and bloggers including: Lois Gallt Accardi, Ralph Buchalter, Moira Deziel, Laura Epstein, Brie Latini, Pam Lobley, Allyson Murphy, Doreen Oliver, Pat Ostrander, Joy Peskin, Otise Schuk, Carrie Schwartz, and Elizabeth Trundle. To get a great sense of the show, please visit:

This 3rd Annual North Jersey production, presented by Midtown Direct Rep and SOPAC, will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5pm (Mainstage) and 7:30pm (Loft Theater) at The South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079). Tickets are $35-$45 and are available at or by calling 973-313-ARTS (2787). For direct link to purchase tickets, please Click Here

Listen to Your Mother aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially, through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. The North Jersey show will donate 10% of ticket proceeds to COPE Center, Inc.

COPE is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality behavioral health-care, prevention, and outreach services that are affordable, accessible, and responsive to individual, family, and community needs. Founded in 1968 by the Junior League of Montclair and Newark and the United Way of North Essex as a committee to fight the growing problems of drug abuse, COPE became an independent not-for-profit agency in 1971. Since then, COPE has continuously expanded its programs to accommodate a growing range of issues faced by individuals of all ages in the complex times in which we live. Information on any of COPE’s programs is available by calling 973-783-6655 or by visiting the COPE web site.

About Midtown Direct Rep
Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is a professional, ensemble-based theater company in residence at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ. The company includes over 100 working Broadway actors and theater professionals who call South Orange and Maplewood home. Midtown Direct Rep is dedicated to developing and presenting new plays and musicals through its Theater in the Loft series, focusing on work that reflects our uniquely diverse community. Midtown Direct Rep is also the local presenter of the hugely successful annual event Listen to Your Mother: North Jersey, which showcases local writers and performers each year around Mother’s Day. Company members include two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk, Tony Award-nominees Stephanie J. Block, Megan Lawrence, and Christiane Noll, plus Sebastian Arcelus, Joel de la Fuente, Bradley Dean, and many others. 

Guest actors have included James McDonald, Michelle Hurst, Geoffrey Arend, and Academy Award®-winner Olympia Dukakis. Recent projects include work by John Walch, Y York, Jack Canfora, Peter Flaherty, Jeremy Desmon, Chad Hardin, James Hindman, Chisa Hutchison, David Johnson, Kara Lee Korthron, David Myers, Sandy Rustin, Douglas J. Cohen, Zoe Samuel, and others. The Company is led by Managing Director Aliza Wassner, Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin, Literary Manager Marni Raab, and Artistic Advisor Sandy Rustin. For more information, visit


Youth Acting Class at The Company Theatre Group's Academy for Performing Arts

"I just wanted to invite you to consider our next acting class for your child or teen. In fact, now is the perfect time to get your young actor started down the road to success. The Company Theatre Group's Academy for Performing Arts will be offering once a week, on Monday evenings, a 6 week youth acting class. It begins Monday May 16th at 6:30pm and ends at 7:30pm.

It will cover the fundamentals of acting and only cost $149.95. That's just $24.99 per class.

Classes will be held in the studio/classroom at the Temple Avodat Shalom. 385 Howland Ave, River Edge, NJ

Your can reserve your child's seat here:

This is great opportunity for a young actor to learn the basics from a professional theatre company. ​ All great actors have a solid foundation. This is where young actors get that. This class will help young students develop their talent and acting technique. It is also an excellent for building self-confidence and self-esteem in front of the room."

Lou Scarpati
Managing Artistic Director
The Company Theatre Group, Inc.

Auditions: Disney's Beauty and the Beast at EXIT 22

Auditions for our summer production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be held by appointment only on Sunday, May 22nd, Monday, May 23rd, and Tuesday, May 24th.
Click here to reserve your audition time!
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's Beauty And The Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries! Join Exit 82 for this beloved musical! Tickets on sale soon!


Friday, 8/5 at 8pm

Saturday, 8/6 at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, 8/7 at 2pm

Thursday 8/11 at 7pm

Friday, 8/12 at 8pm

Saturday, 8/13 at 2pm & 8pm

Exit 82 Theatre Studio
1171 Fischer Blvd
Toms River, NJ 08753

"Life is better with a little drama in it"
Copyright © 2016 Exit 82 Theatre Company, All rights reserved.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Centenary Stage Company opens registration for summer programs


Registration is now open for Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop Summer Intensive.  The program runs July 11 through August 14Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm.  The Summer Intensive culminates with a Summer Festival of Shows with performances August 8 through 14.  Registration is $995 per student.  Registration deadline is June 27, 2016.  A $75 Non-refundable registration fee is due upon registering and will be applied towards tuition. Tuition must be paid by July 1.  A $30 late fee will be applied to all registrations received after JUNE 30. No student will be allowed to participate in orientation without a paid registration. There are NO payment plans.   Students may withdraw after the third class day with a 75% refund. There are NO refunds for any reason after the first week.
To register interested applicants must contact the CSC box office directly and all new applicants are required to complete an interview process with program director, Michael Blevins.  Interviews are scheduled forSaturday, June 4 at 9:30am and Sunday, June 5 at 11:30am.  To register and schedule an interview please contact the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The initial interview will cover in detail commitment level, previous training experience, applicant goals and expectations. Parent questions and concerns will also be addressed. All students are accepted into the program. Auditions are held the first day to determine vocal and dance skill level. Students will be placed in the appropriate class level based upon audition status and will perform in the Summer Festival of Shows.
The YPW Summer Intensive is a 5-week program designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced performers interested in working in the theatre. The hands-on program utilizes both the classroom and the “production process” to train young people in the theatre arts. The program includes the production of musicals and one-act plays. The workshop director is Broadway, film and TV veteran Michael Blevins. Once registered, students are guaranteed a part in at least one production and, depending on ability, experience, desire and commitment level, could feasibly appear in more than one production. Classes are broken up by age and ability. Students participate in a wide variety of subjects including radio and television production. No experience is necessary.
Led by CSC Education Director Maria Brodeur, The TYRO Theatre Program provides an introduction to theatre skills and performance for children.  As part of the Centenary Stage Company’s mission to introduce and develop arts in education within the community, Tyro I and II is a two-week theatre arts program meeting Monday through Friday and running July 11 – 22.  The program is designed specifically for young thespians ages 6—11 years of age. Using structured theatre activities which focus on expression, confidence building and fun, young thespians will learn acting games and demonstrate improvisations inspired by fairy tales and folk tales. Tuition for the two-week program is $200 per student. TYRO I is designed for ages 6—8 years old and will meet 9:30am - 12:00pm and TYRO II is developed for ages 9—11 years old and will meet 1:00pm - 3:30pm.  Registration deadline isJune 27, 2016.
This year’s Centenary Stage Company Summer Dance Intensive will feature Nijawwon Matthews, a resident teacher/choreographer for The Joffrey Ballet School based in New York City, Broadway  Dance Center, and Steps in NYC.  The four day intensive will run from 10:00am to 3:00pmJuly 5 though 8 in the Dance Studio of the Lackland Center.  Tuition is $200.00 per student and is open to dancers of various skill level ages 14 and up.  Registration deadline is June 21, 2016.  CSC is also offering at 10% early bird discount for Summer Dance registrations before June 1.
Matthews has trained in many dance techniques including; Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Hip-Hop. He landed opportunities with several companies including Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Philadanco, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company. Matthews will focus on Contemporary Dance drawing on his professional experiences as well as his strong understanding of the human anatomy teaching anatomically conscience alignment. Join us for an exhilarating intensive with Nijawwon and the XY Dance Project. 
For more information regarding summer programs offered at Centenary Stage Company visit or call the CSC box office directly at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is open Monday through Fridayfrom 1 – 5pm.  The box office is located in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ
The 2015-16 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Playhouse 22 Two-Day Festival Featuring Original One-Acts May 6-7

Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s community theater, will be
hosting a two-day theater festival featuring original one-acts by local playwrights, rarely-staged acts from popular playwrights and unique theater offerings new to theater-going audiences.

Starting Friday, May 6 and continuing on Saturday, May 7, Theater Fest 2016 will be a unique opportunity for Playhouse 22 to allow performers and area playwrights to stage their works. Such works include “Groupie in Heaven” written by Joy Brautigam and directed by her husband, Douglas, both of East Brunswick; and “The Examination” written by Fred Dennehy of Cranbury, and directed by Elena Marie Chalcraft of South River. 

Local actor-turned-director Peter Reimann will be directing ‘Til Death Do Us Part, three one-acts about the trials and tribulations of love and relationships. Myra Cohen Klenicki of Monroe is directing “In Transit” a reader’s theater presentation based on works by Geoffrey Chaucer, Guy de Maupassant, O. Henry, Saki, and local playwright Joseph A. Dewan.

Mark Corallo of East Brunswick will be directing the “Harry Rea Show” featuring children and students of the Creative Communicators Theater Education Program at Playhouse 22. Creative Communicators is a program for children with special needs between ages 6 – 16.

Experienced directors and performers will also present Master classes in improvisational theater, music from around the world, and fight choreography.

The full schedule of events can be found at

The festival will take place on May 6 from 7 – 11 p.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on May 7. Passes for the festival are $15 which will allow access to every event, and come and go whenever you want.

All-day passes be purchased online at, by calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939 or at the Box Office window.

Playhouse 22 is conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Audition: 'To Kill A Mockingbird' at Holmdel Theatre Company

Holmdel Theatre Company
To Kill A Mockingbird
written by Harper Lee, adapted by Christopher Sergel
Performance Dates: July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31; August 5, 6
Friday and Saturday nights – 8 pm curtain; Sunday Matinees – 2 pm curtain
All actors must be available for all performances

Wednesday, May 117 pm – 8 pm Children
8 pm – 10 pm Adults
Thursday, May 12 7 pm – 8 pm Children
8 pm – 10 pm Adults
Saturday, May 14:Callbacks – 2 pm

AUDITION LOCATION: Duncan Smith Theater
36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733

One Equity Special Appearance contract will be available for this production.

Contemporary monologues are welcome, but not necessary.
Sides will be provided at the auditions.

Jean Louis Finch (Scout) - Female age 9-11, a young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life, she should, ideally seem as young as nine. Scout is courageous and forthright. If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it.

Jeremy Finch (Jem) – Male age 13-14, he is a few years older than his sister Scout, and like his sister – perhaps even more than his sister – he’s reaching out to understand their unusual and thus not conventionally-admirable father. Probably the strongest undercurrent in Jem is his desire to communicate with his father.

Atticus Finch – Male age 45-55, he’s tall, quietly impressive, reserved, civilized and nearly fifty. He wears glasses and because of the poor sight in his left eye, looks with his right eye when he wants to see something well. It’s typical of Atticus that when he found out he was an extraordinary shot with a rifle, he gave up shooting – because he considered it gave him an unfair advantage over the animals. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considers just. As someone comments about him “we trust him to do right”.

Calpurnia – African American Female, age 40+, proud and capable, she has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. She’s a self-educated woman and she’s made quite a good job of it. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising.

Charles Baker Harris (Dill) – Male age 11-12, small, blond and wise beyond his years, he is about the same age as Jem. Dill is neater and better dressed than his friends. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy. Obviously there is a lack of his own home life, and he senses something in Atticus that’s missing from his own family relationship.

Maudie Atkinson – Female age 45-50, younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she’s a lovely sensitive woman. Though belonging to the time and place of this play, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of the South and that period.

Stephanie Crawford – Female age 35-40, she’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There’s an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. Sometimes she says things that are petty, but partly it’s because she simply can’t keep herself from stirring things up.

Mrs. Dubose – Female age 70+, she’s an old woman – ill, walking with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter and angry. However, she’s fighting a secret battle within herself, a battle about which few people are aware and her existence has in it a point of importance for Jem and Scout.

Arthur Radley (Boo) – Male age 35-40, he is a pale recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him out, and once out he’s uncertain about how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he’s eager to return to his sanctuary.

Heck Tate – Male age 50-60, the town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it, and enforced the law without favor. The key to this man’s actual feelings is revealed in his final speeches to Atticus, and this attitude should be an undercurrent to his earlier actions.

Judge Taylor – Male age 60, the judge is a wintry man of the South, who does what he can within the context of the time to see justice done in his court. While he tried to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom.

Reverend Sykes – African American Male age 40-45, the minister of the First Purchase Church, called that because it was paid for with the first money earned by freed slaves. He’s an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice.

Mayella Ewell – Female age 18-21, she’s a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship – any companionship – has overwhelmed every other emotion. However, when her effort to reach out explodes in her face, she fights just as desperately for what she thinks is survival.

Bob Ewell – Male age 35-45, father of Mayella, a little bantam-cock of a man who lives with his large family by the town dump. As Harper Lee describes their situation – “The town gave them Christmas baskets, welfare money and the back of their hand”. Bob thinks this trial will make him an important man, and when Atticus destroys his credibility, Bob’s rage and frustration borer on paranoia.

Walter Cunningham – Male age 40, a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being. He also has seeds of leadership for when his attitude is changed during the confrontation with Atticus, he takes the other with him.

Mr. Gilmer – Male any age, he’s a public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom. In many ways his manner is cruel and hurtful, and yet under all this, he too has unexpressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt, and his heart isn’t really in this conviction. Still, he goes after it, and it’s a hard thing.

Tom Robinson – African American Male age 25-30, handsome and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He’s married to Helen and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There’s an undercurrent of kindness, sensitivity and consideration.

Court Clerk – Male any age

The roles of Mr. Gilmer and Boo Radley may be played by one actor. The roles of Judge Taylor and Mr. Cunningham may be played by one actor.

We are looking for 2-3 African American adults of any gender and any age and 2-3 Caucasian adults of any gender and any age to fill out a couple of scenes at every performance. There is no need to attend auditions for these roles. Some rehearsal time will be required. Please contact the producer for additional information about these roles.

Please email info@holmdeltheatrecompany.orgwith any questions.

Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Spring Festival of Shows set for May-June

Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers work tirelessly to perfect their dance moves, learn all of their lines, and get their vocal harmonies just right for the culmination of their training session and this spring is no exception. These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 to the Little Theater with their annual Spring Festival of Shows May 27 through June 5. 

This year’s festival features a variety of musical favorites to entertain audiences of all ages. Hailed as a “state treasure” by Peter Filichia of the Star Ledger and bringing in youth from Morris, Warren, Hunterdon and Sussex counties, Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performance Workshop is one of the few young actor training programs in the country that combines formal training with practical application.

This year’s anticipated Spring Festival of Shows will feature Camelot, Bye Bye Birdie, Peter and the Wolf, and 110 in the Shade. Performances will be held on select dates in the Little Theatre on the campus of Centenary College at 400 Jefferson Street in Hackettstown.

With a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, Camelot brings to stunning life the world of King Arthur, Merlin, Sir Lancelot, Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table. The entire community of Camelot awaits the arrival of Guinevere, King Arthur of England’s future Queen. With enchanting musical numbers; The Simple Joys of Maidenhood, The Lusty Month of May, How to Handle a Woman, I Loved You Once in Silence, If Ever I Would Leave You and What Do the Simple Folk Do? audience members are quickly whisked away to a magical land far away. Performances of Camelot are Saturday May 28 at 1pm, Sunday May 29 at 7pm, Friday June 3 at 8pm and Saturday June 4 at 1pm.

One of the most captivating musical shows of our time, Bye Bye Birdie is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. With a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse boasts a score featuring such musical theater classics as An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do,Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose. Performances are Friday May 27 at 8pm, Sunday May 29 at 4pm, Saturday June 4 at 8pm and Sunday June 5 at 1pm.

Prokofiev’s 1936 timeless and favorite children’s story Peter and the Wolf comes to life through music and narration. With both music and text written by Sergei Prokofiev, Peter, lives at his grandfather's cottage in a forest clearing. Peter unafraid of the wolves stalking the forest captures a big grey wolf saving the other woodland creatures. Performances of Peter and the Wolf are Saturday May 28 at 5pm, Saturday June 4 at 11am andSunday June 5 at 4pm.

Lizzie Curry and her family operate a struggling cattle ranch in a rural, drought-ridden town in Texas in the 1930s. Despite the troubles of the ranch, the family’s top priority is finding loveless Lizzie a suitable husband. When a charming man named Starbuck arrives in town, though, Lizzie and her town are turned upside down. 110 in the Shade features a book by N. Richard Nash, lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. Performances of 110 in the Shade are Saturday May 28 at 8pm, Sunday May 29 at 1pm, Saturday June 4 at 5pm and Sunday June 5 at 7pm

The YPW program has been led by Broadway, film and television veteran, Michael Blevins, for over 20 years. YPW is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.

Tickets to the YPW Summer Festival of Shows are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the CSC Box Office at (908) 979-0900. All performances will take place in the Little Theatre at 400 Jefferson Street in Hackettstown.

The Young Performers Workshop is part of the educational arm of the professional Centenary Stage Company, a professional Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College. The 2015-16 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Spots Available for a Fun, All-Day Theatre Camp for Youth and Teens

George Street Playhouse Summer Theatre Academy Offers Fun, Engaging Environment for Exploration, Development and Collaboration July 5-July 29, 2016

Spots Available for a Fun, All-Day Theatre Camp for Youth and Teens

George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theatre Academy celebrates creative expression and provides a fun, engaging environment for youth and teens to explore theatre, develop self-confidence and collaborate with others. These affordable two- and four-week classes, which take place July 5-29, are for budding thespians of any experience level ages 5-18.

Class hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and extended-care packages offering the convenience of early drop-off and late pick-up for busy parents are available. A 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio, professional facilities and the quality of its programs have made GSP’s Summer Theatre Academy a popular summertime destination.

For information on the full slate of classes offered by GSP’s Summer Theatre Academy, or to register, visit or call 732-846-2895, x117. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in the heart of New Brunswick’s vibrant Arts District.

Two-week programs for students ages 5-8:

Song as Stories explores how songs tell stories. Students will play exciting games, create wonderful characters and learn the basics of musical theatre. On the final day of the program, students share the songs and theatrical storytelling they learned on George Street Playhouse’s mainstage. Songs as Stories runs from July 5 through July 15.

Junior Company cultivates students’ imagination and spirit of fun. Inspired by a classic children’s story, students will learn the foundations of theatre by creating an original story, developing characters and participating in the design process. The class will culminate with a performance on George Street Playhouse’s mainstage for family and friends. Junior Company runs July 18 through July 29.

Two- and four-week programs* for students ages 9-12:

Rising M Company: Musical Theatre explores the joy of musical theatre through the rehearsal and performance of a popular musical. Our team of theatre professionals will inspire confidence each step of the way as students develop singing, dancing and acting techniques that will culminate in a performance with lights, sets and costumes for family and friends on George Street Playhouse’s mainstage. Rising M Company: Musical Theatre runs July 5 through July 29.

Rising Company: Play Production ventures into a fun, mythic world of imagination to develop, rehearse and perform an original, action-packed play. Students learn the foundations of acting through improvisation, character development and collaborative activities as they create a performance complete with lights, sets and costumes to share with family and friends on George Street Playhouse’s mainstage. Rising Company: Play Production runs July 18 through July 29.

Two- and four-week programs* for students ages 13-18:

Young Company explores the fun, exciting process of how to develop an original play. Guided by professional directors, playwrights and designers, Young Company will have the unique opportunity to learn the foundations of acting and theatrical production by creating an original play and performing it with lights, sets and costumes on George Street Playhouse’s mainstage. Young Company runs July 5 through July 15.

Young M Company students create, rehearse and perform an original play with music. Starting with exciting source material, Young M Company works with professional playwrights, composers and choreographers to develop characters, write songs and stage the action. Young M company provides students with a fun, imaginative opportunity to develop acting, singing and collaborative skills. Students perform their original play with lights, sets and costumes on George Street Playhouse’s mainstage. Young M Company runs July 5 through July 29.

(* As these programs run concurrently, a student may only register for one of the two courses offered for that age group.)

About GSP’s Educational Programming

The centerpiece of George Street Playhouse’s educational programming is its touring theatre, which commissions and produces first-class productions with relevant themes for young audiences, such as respect, conflict resolution, health and wellness, and climate change. Each play is followed by a post-play discussion providing excellent starting points for engaging classroom conversations that can be used to fulfill New Jersey Common Core State Standards. GSP’s Educational Touring Theatre features three issue-oriented productions seen by more than 40,000 students annually during the academic year. GSP’s Theatre Academy, which offers classes throughout the year, focuses on the process of creative self-expression – enhancing students’ artistry and creative problem-solving skills, while building self-esteem and a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts. For further information on any of GSP’s educational opportunities, visit, email, or call 732-846-2895, extension 117.

About George Street Playhouse

In the 42 years since its founding, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Its leadership consists of Artistic Director David Saint, Resident Artistic Director Michael Mastro and Managing Director Kelly Ryman. 

Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the recent Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.

In 2015, George Street Playhouse has been represented by two productions in New York: the recent Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You, and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies, which opened off-Broadway in October. Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse. In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Educational Theatre features three issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 40,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photos: 2015 George Street Playhouse Summer Theatre Academy students. 
(Photo by Brad Resnick Photography)

Mother's Day treat for Mom at NJ Rep...Two for One tickets!

Corey Tazmania, Pheonix Vaughn and Melissa Macleod Herion

 Calling All Moms on Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 8th

Bring Mom to the theater to see “VILLAINOUS COMPANY: A Caper for three Women” by Victor L. Cahn


Call the NJ REP Box Office at 732-229- 3166 or visit to reserve seats today before they’re 
all sold-out!

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Shakespeare Theatre of N J’s 54th season kicks off with Noël Coward’s A Song At Twilight

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 54th season kicks off in high style with Noël Coward’s final and semi-autobiographical play, A Song At Twilight. Performances begin May 11 and continue through May 29 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.

Take a celebrated writer, his devoted wife, and a glamorous woman from his past – add a sprinkling of piano music and Coward’s delicious quips – and it’s the perfect recipe for this bittersweet comedy from the master of sophisticated wit. Veteran company members Edmond Genest and Laila Robins will appear in the leading roles, directed by Paul Mullins.

First produced in 1966, A Song at Twilight premiered at the Queen’s Theatre, London, and was planned as Coward’s final theatrical production. A Song at Twilight opened to celebratory reviews with Coward playing the part of Felix. Although a success in England, the show was not staged in New York City until 1974, a year after Coward’s death. On Broadway, the show was billed under the title Noël Coward in Two Keys alongside Come Into the Garden Maud where it ran for 140 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

For this production, The Shakespeare Theatre is adding a special Wednesday matinee on May 25 at 2:00 p.m. providing a new opportunity for seniors and other members of the general public to see a performance during daylight hours.

The Cast:

Edmond Genest (HBO)
Long-time company member, Edmond Genest will play the role of Hugo Latymer, Coward’s alter ego. Mr. Genest most recently appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre in last season’s The Royal Family and has been with the company since the early 90’s, playing leading roles in over 20 productions, including The Devil’s Disciple, The Playboy of the Western World, and No Man’s Land. Throughout his career, he has worked with many companies, including Portland Stage Company, The Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Yale Repertory Company.

Laila Robins (Showtime)

Last seen at the Theatre in Noises Off, Laila Robins, plays Carlotta Gray. Company credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, King John, Three Sisters, among many others. Laila has appeared on Broadway in Heartbreak House, Frozen, The Herbal Bed, and The Real Thing. Recently, Ms. Robins was a season regular on the hit series Homeland as Martha Boyd. Film and television credits include The Good Shepherd, True Crime, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, all three Law & Orders, and The Sopranos.

Alison Weller (STNJ)
Alison Weller, who will be returning for her seventh season with The Shakespeare Theatre, will play the role of Hilda Latymer. Company credits include: Belise in The Learned Ladies, Fernande in Tovarich, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Corine in Triumph of Love, Clara in Hay Fever, Calphurnia in Julius Caesar, and Lucy in The Country Wife. She is an Associate Artist with the Obie Award-winning investigative theatre The Civilians.

In his Shakespeare Theatre debut, Ben Houghton joins the cast to play Felix, the waiter. He has performed regionally with the Virginia Repertory Theater, Utah Festival Opera, Bucks County Playhouse, and the MCS Studio Theater.

The Director:

Paul Mullins returns for his twenty-fifth season with the Theatre after directing Equivocation last year. His most recent company credits include The Devil’s Disciple, The Playboy of the Western World, The Liar, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Lion in Winter, Noises Off, Private Lives, and The Time of Your Life. Mr. Mullins has worked with The Old Globe, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Studio Theatre, DC, Portland Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

The Artistic Staff:

The show’s visual elements will be brought to life through the work of set designer Brittany Vasta, lighting designer Michael Giannitti, and costume designer Nikki Delhomme. Serving as production stage manager is Alison Cote.


Single tickets for A Song at Twilight start at $25 for preview performances and $32 for regular performances. This season, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is initiating their $30 Under 30 Program, which offers tickets for $30 for patrons aged 30 and under, with valid ID, tickets subject to availability. For tickets, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit

Special Performances:

For the same price as a regular ticket, the Symposium Series performances offer a post-show discussion with the cast and artistic staff. For A Song At Twilight these performances will be Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m., and Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m.

The Know the Show pre-show talks are offered again in 2016 free-of-cost. Prior to the show, an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk providing background information and an inside perspective on the production. This program is free with the purchase of a performance ticket and for A Song at Twilight will be held Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m., with the show commencing at 8 p.m.

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Theatre’s support and education facility is in Florham Park.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is received from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Samuel H. Scripps Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and CTW Foundation, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals.