Wednesday, November 30, 2016

'OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW': RING IN 2017 AT VILLAGERS THEATRE Annual celebration will include tribute to Frank Sinatra with live orchestra, vocalists

Villagers Theatre invites area residents to join them in New Years revels at the theatre's annual celebration.

The New Years Eve party has been a mainstay of Villagers Theatre for years, with options for those who want to stay until the new year, and those who have a party to attend elsewhere. The doors open at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 for those who only want the show, and at 9:30 p.m. for those who want the full experience.

Attendees at either show will be treated to a live performance of Frank Sinatra music by the SummerSwing Orchestra, with vocalists Stephanie Long and Kevin Gray. The 9:30 also includes a hot and cold buffet, beverages, dessert, coffee and tea, and a champagne toast at midnight.

The 7 p.m. show costs $25. The 9:30 p.m. show costs $65 per person.

'Mary Poppins' matinee today at 2 pm

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes flight this holiday season with Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Musical Mary Poppins, through December 11 at the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

This “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, astonishing stagecraft and a live orchestra. Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Musical not only signifies the start of the holiday season for many but celebrates all of Centenary Stage Company’s programming by combining local regional talent, CSC staff, Centenary University Theatre Department faculty and students, Young Performers Workshop students and professional guest artists.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

McCarter's A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Chatham Players

Chatham Community Players


Reserve Your Seats Now

Tickets are selling briskly, especially the matinee performances on December 10, 11, 17 and 18.  All seats at the Chatham Playhouse are reserved.
Chatham Players A Christmas Carol
The Chatham Community Players keeps their longstanding holiday tradition alive with its production of Philip Wm. McKinley & Suzanne Buhrer’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL opening Friday, December 9 and running until December 22. Returning to the Chatham Playhouse, Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair directs the show, Jack Bender of Jersey City is the musical director and Dawn Afanador of Roseland is the Choreographer. This year’s production will have a “brand new look” to it courtesy of Jim Bazewicz‘s fresh new set design.
This marks the 18th time that the Chatham Players has produced this show. From 1988-1995, the group produced the show every December, and it now produces the show on a biennial basis. This unique production has become a popular family tradition for many in the area – entertaining more than 32,000 audience members since 1988.
With the purchase of a Ticket Package, you can reserve your seats to A Christmas Carol and save $10 or $13 on each packages, and pay NO ticketing fees!  The perfect holiday gift.
In this version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper.
Photos by Howard Fischer
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FRI, December 9 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, December 10 @ 8:00 pm

THU, December 15 @ 8:00 pm
FRI, December 16 @ 8:00 pm
SAT, December 17 @ 8:00 pm

*WED, December 21 @ 8:00 pm
*THU, December 22 @ 8:00 pm


SAT, December 10 @ 3:00 pm
December 11 @ 3:00 pm

SAT, December 17 @ 3:00 pm
SUN, December 18 @ 3:00 pm

Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth (18 & under) & seniors (65+).
Final 2 performances, Dec. 21 & 22 are $30 for adults and $28 for youth & seniors.

All seating is reserved.
Please PRINT YOUR TICKETS with BARCODE prior to your arrival at the theater.  We are unable to scan cell phones, but we can print duplicate tickets at no cost.
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Hearing impaired listening devices are available. Please inquire at the box office.

HANDICAPPED SEATING can only be guaranteed by contacting the box office at least 24 hours prior to performances at 973-635-7363 or emailing

Crossroads Matters !

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Crossroads Theatre Company thanks its major supporters:
American Express
Johnson & Johnson
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


The holiday season at the Centenary Stage Company concludes with a flourish as CSC welcomes back the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet and the annual performances of Nutcracker in the Lackland Performing Arts Center,  December 16, 17 and 18 in Hackettstown.

The performances this season include a special Gold Medal treat for audiences.  Emma Crow of Hackettstown, NJ is no stranger to the stage.  In fact, this local dancer has performed the leading role of Clara at the Lackland Center for two years with NJCYB holiday classic, “Nutcracker.”

A dancer since she was two, Emma takes ballet classes seven days a week at North Jersey School of Dance Arts in Hackettstown. This year, as Emma prepared to enter the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Fl., it became clear that her hard work and dedication would serve her well.   First there were hours of coaching with former Kirov ballerina and faculty member, Luba Gulyaeva , that began last November 2015.  Then an audition video was prepared and submitted. She was on her way, as the World Ballet adjudication panel accepted her application.

Dreamcatcher Brings The Neighborhood to the Livingston Library

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, a professional theatre located in Summit, NJ, will bring a concert reading of their original musical, The Neighborhood, to the Livingston Library on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 pm. The production, with book and lyrics by Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand and music by Joseph Zawila, was created from the stories of Dreamcatcher’s Resident Acting Company, and takes a loving and sometimes hilarious look at the way we live among the people around us who are not quite strangers, but also not quite friends.

This frank and funny collection of vignettes, monologues and songs will strike a chord with everyone who has wondered how much we really know about our neighbors, and how much we really want to know about them. These are the people we see every day on the train while commuting to work, the people next door whose dog drives us crazy, the people we wave at from a distance, and the people who cross the line from neighbor to friend by allowing us into their lives when it matters most.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Playwrights Wanted at The Barn Theatre of Montville

Playwrights Wanted: The Barn Theatre of Montville NJ is proud to announce the return of their Solstice Showcase One Act Festival.

The Barn Theatre is currently looking for playwrights to submit their original one act plays. The finalists will have their plays produced in the one act festival weekend this June. 

The Barn is also looking for: Directors, Designers, as well as Production Staff Submission deadline for playwrights to submit their plays is February 28th 2017 For full details and guidelines and to submit your play or application online, please visit:

A VERY SPECIAL (Holiday) SPECIAL at Dreamcatcher Rep.

And join us next week for: 

Kick off the season with your favorite Dreamcatcher actors! If you enjoyed the corny fun of those old-fashioned holiday variety shows starring Andy Williams, Perry Como and The Mandrell Sisters, you'll love A VERY SPECIAL (Holiday) SPECIAL.
The Dreamcatcher ensemble will entertain you with holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun. The show is appropriate for the whole family, and every year's show is completely original!

A VERY SPECIAL (Holiday) SPECIAL will get you in the holiday spirit on Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3 at 8pm
  • PRICE: $20 adults, $15 kids 15  and younger - buy in advance; no fees!
  • DATE: December 2 & 3, 2016
  • LOCATION: Oakes Center * 120 Morris Avenue * Summit, NJ 07901.
  • RUN TIME: A Very Special Special runs about 2 hours with 1 intermission
Brown Paper Tickets
$20 adults, $15 students 15 and under.
to get a 10% discount on advance online purchases.

The Neighborhood: A Concert Reading
The Neighborhood, a musical created from the stories of Dreamcatcher's resident ensemble, was produced in 2012. Now it's receiving a concert reading at the Livingston Library!

It takes a loving and sometimes hilarious look at the way we live among the people around us who are not quite strangers, but also not quite friends. Dreamcatcher's artistic director, Laura Ekstrand, wrote the book & lyrics; Joseph Zawila wrote the music.

Come and enjoy the show again, or experience it for the first time!

Place: The Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston, NJ 07039
Date and Time: Sunday, December 11 @ 3:00 pm
Tickets: Free and open to the public

Clark Carmichael 
Harry Patrick Christian 
Angela Della Ventura
Laura Ekstrand  
Scott McGowan 
Jason Szamreta 
Harriett Trangucci 
Stephanie Windland
Original cast of The Neighborhood

Original cast of The Neighborhood at Dreamcatcher Rep.
     Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901

Monday, November 21, 2016

Meet Aedin Moloney

Aedin Moloney
2013 best actress NJ Footlights, Aedin Moloney, as George Eliot in the world premiere of A Most Dangerous Woman by Cathy Tempelsman at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 2013. 
Aedin Moloney an award winning actor and theatre producer, who has worked extensively on the stage, in television and film, voice over and audio book worlds throughout the USA, Ireland and the UK.  Aedin is currently playing the role of Margaret Willoughby in Mint Theater Company'sproduction of Women Without Men at City Center NYC. 

 In 2014, Aedin starred as Dol Common (photo right) in the acclaimed production of The Alchemist by Ben Jonson, adapted and directed by Bonnie Monte  at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  She is founder and producing artistic director of Fallen Angel Theatre Company and has been producer of several Off Broadway hits, including the world premiere of Eva the Chaste  and the US premiere of Airswimming presented at The Irish Repertory Theatre in 2013.  

She recently co-starred with Peter Gerety and Dana Ivey in the premiere of Dubliners : A Quartet directed and written by award winner Arthur Yorinks and presented by WNYC NPR Radio. And again in Iron Will written by Arthur Yorinks and directed by Jim Simpson.

Aedin won best actress for 2013 by NJ Footlights for originating the role of George Eliot in the premiere of A Most Dangerous Woman by Cathy Tempelsman, at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Directed by tony winner Richard Maltby and Bonnie Monte.

After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she started her career at the Gaiety Theatre, playing Molser in The Plough and the Stars directed by Joe Dowling. She went on to work throughout the UK at several theatres, including BAC, The Bristol Old Vic and Sheffield Crucible. She appeared in multiple British & Irish television productions such as The Bill, The Moth and Ballykissangel.  She has also appeared in Law and Order here in the US.

Amongst her theatre credits in New York, she is proud to say she has played 8 leading roles at the Irish Repertory theatre, including the role of Rose in the hit revival of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel.  She played the title role of Eva the Chaste and co-starred in Airswimmingboth with Fallen Angel Theatre Company.  Regionally she performs at theatres such as Hartford Stage where she played multiple roles in the production of  Under Milk Wood directed by Mark Lamos, and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Her film credits include: "Nora" - co-starring Ewan McGregor, "Far & Away", "Agnes Brown" & "The Captives".

Born in Ireland, Aedin grew up in a musical family (her father is Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains). Both father and daughter have recently collaborated on a full length audio version of the Penelope chapter from Ulysses by James Joyce, with music direction from Mr. Moloney. 

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Auditions: 'TAKE ONE' a new musical comedy at 4th Wall Theatre

4th Wall Theatre will hold open auditions for all roles for its upcoming 20th Anniversary M.I.D. Stage production of TAKE ONE, a new musical comedy by former Saturday Night Live writer Jeff Ward. The show will be directed by NYC-based director Nancy Robillard, music directed by Markus Grae-Hauck, and stage managed by Emma Iacometta. The show will be presented March 3-5, 2017, at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, where the company is in residence. Rehearsals will begin in early January, 2017.

4th Wall’s M.I.D. (Musicals-In-Development) Stage Series gives emerging writers the chance to see and hear their work in the context of a fully memorized, fully staged workshop. All three performances will be followed by audience talkbacks with the cast, director, and creator of the show.

TAKE ONE is the story of the disastrous, hilarious first versions of three great things we are all familiar with. It’s a history-spanning musical comedy that explores the struggles that come with the act of creation, even for the gods. Writer/composer Jeff Ward is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He wrote jokes for Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” from mid-Colin Quinn through mid-Tina Fey, and writes music and comedy for National Public Radio and the comedy group Euphobia. Director Nancy Robillard has a number of world premieres to her credit and directed off-Broadway and regionally at Luna Stage, Northern Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, MetroStage, Boulders Dinner Theater, and Cumberland County Playhouse; she has also directed workshop productions like this one at The Kennedy Center, The Dramatists Guild, The Lark, and Hudson Stage.

AUDITIONS are scheduled for Thursday, December 8th from 7 to 10 pm, and Sunday, December 11th from 3 to 6 pm. Sign-up begins at 1/2 hour prior to the audition start time, and anyone auditioning must arrive no later than 8 pm on the 8th or 4 pm on the 11th. Auditions will be held at a location to be announced soon, either in Bloomfield or Montclair, NJ. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Thursday, December 15th, beginning at 7 pm at a location to be announced.

Opera at Florham's Holiday Concert December 4th

35th   Anniversary   Season!

Opera at Florham 
is a professional, regional opera company in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ since its inception in 1982. With world-class operatic performances and a commitment to the community, Opera at Florham is one of the most vibrant and versatile opera companies in the region.
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Funding has been made possible in part by funds from the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition
Apr 23, 2017

Spring Musicale

May 21, 2017

Holiday Music Celebration

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2 PM
Join us for Opera at Florham's holiday concert. This will be a departure from our usual Musicales of Opera Arias and Songs, as familiar songs and music of the holiday season will be presented.

Before the show, at 1:00pmIan Howell's Trio, and instrumental ensemble of keyboard, bass and drums, will perform lighter seasonal favorites in the Grand Lobby of the Mansion.

The main program, presented by soprano Mia Pafumi and baritone Jason Zacher, will include classical and contemporary holiday fare, such as O Holy Night. Tu scendi dalle stellePie Jesu, Blue Christmas, and Festival of Lights. The program will culminate in a traditional OaF singalong. Mary Pinto on piano will accompany the vocalists.

Light refreshments will be served at intermission, with a chance to mingle and meet the artists.

Mia Pafumi
Jason Zacher
Mary Pinto
Lenfell Hall in the Mansion
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

Adults $30 | Seniors $25 | Students $5 
Children under 12 free
Groups of 10 or more $20 per person

Tickets are available at the door.  Cash, check or credit card ($2.50 fee for credit card).
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