Monday, December 31, 2018

Auditions: Ken Ludwig’s ‘Comedy of Tenors’ at The Barn


The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 91st Season by holding open auditions for its upcoming production of “Comedy of Tenors”, written by Ken Ludwig, directed by Todd Mills.

Audition Dates:

Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM (by invitation only)

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 does not charge a participation fee.

***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition, (NOT after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.

The Barn is an all-volunteer organization, we are unable to provide housing or offer remuneration.


It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep can keep the amorous Italian opera star and his hot-blooded wife from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, blissful romance and madcap delight!

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates:

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2pm
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2pm
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 8pm (Benefit Performance)
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8pm
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2pm
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8pm
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8pm (Benefit Performance)
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8pm


Saunders: Male, 55-59

Male, late 50s, any ethnicity. High-strung American producer; he's had success but worked very hard for it and it shows.

Max: Male, 30-39

Male, 30s, any ethnicity. Rising American opera singer and former assistant to Saunders; smart, level-headed, and quick with a joke; should also sing well.

Maria: Female, 50-54

Female, early 50s, Italian. Stunning wife to one of Italy's most famous opera singers; big personality,explosive temper. Italian accent.

Tito/Beppo: Male, 50-59

Male, 50s, Italian. Tito is one of Italy's most famous opera singers; regal in appearance, fiery in nature; has a bit of a diva complex and is a horribly jealous person. Italian accent. The same actor plays Beppo, a bellhop--joyous and full of life, as down to earth as Tito is regal. Strong tenor.

Mimi: Female, 20-29

Female, 20s, Italian-American. Bright-eyed star hoping to be discovered; she is the daughter of Tito and Maria and, while they still think of her as their little girl, she is definitely coming into her own. American accent.

Carlo: Male, 20-29

Male, 20s, Italian. Dashing, young opera impresario who is in love with Mimi but seen as a threat to her father's career; speaks English very well. No detectable Italian accent and must be a strong tenor.

Racon: Female, 45-49

Female, late 40s, Russian. Famous Russian opera singer, former lover to Tito, a very intense and passionate woman. Russian accent; must also sing well.

The Barn Theatre is located at the end of Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ.  For directions to the theatre, please see

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Studio Montclair Presents “Good Works,” an exhibition at the Studio Montclair Gallery


Studio Montclair (SMI) presents “Good Works,” an exhibition celebrating their volunteer artist members who generously donated their time and talent to SMI. The exhibit will be on view from January 11 through February 23, 2019 at the Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 11 from 7 to 9pm.

The show features 49 pieces of work by 28 artists in a variety of visual media including sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, and mixed media. All artwork will also be available for online purchase starting January 10. For a sneak preview of the work please visit

Participating Artists:
Kate Albright, Susanna Baker, Amy Becker, Virginia Schaffer Block, Janet Boltax, RM Cimini, Pam Cooper, Erica Engfer Pizza, Dan Epstein, Allan Gorman (below right), Marlene Hendrian, Mary Howe, Mark Hunter, Miriam Jacobs, Catherine Kinkade, Yvette Lucas, Fernando Mariscal, John Masi, Gina Murray, Denis Orloff, Ron Powell, Jim Price, Jack Quinn, Matt Roberts, Michael Sherman, Amy Tingle, Katie Truk, Victor Utama.

About Studio Montclair:
Studio Montclair Inc. is a nonprofit organization of exhibiting professional artists and others interested in the visual arts. Its mission is to promote culture and education in the visual arts and encourage emerging artists. Founded in 1997, the organization has over 450 members including artists throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. For more information, contact, or call 862-500-1447.

Listing Information about the exhibit:                                      

Gallery Director: Virginia S.Block                                                                                Exhibition Dates: January 11, 2019 – February 23, 2019                                                                              

Gallery: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, Nj                  Gallery Hours:  Wednesday thru Friday 11-3pm; Saturday 12-3pm

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019 from 7 to 9pm   

Studio Montclair Contact Info:, 862-500-1447

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Auditions: ‘Sweet Charity’ at Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn


Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theater company, will hold auditions for Sweet Charity on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 6:30-9:00pm at the Fair Lawn Community Center. The production will be directed and choreographed by Michael Kidney and produced by Craig Tiede and Angela Dallesandro.
Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, groovy, mid-1960s score, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist.
Charity Hope Valentine (30s-40s): Lead. The girl who just wants to be loved. Down-on-her-luck, but ever the optimist, dance-hall hostess who dreams of finding true love. Must be a strong dancer. Alto D3 – C#5/Db5
Oscar Lindquist (30s-40s): Supporting. A nervous, highly organized and claustrophobic accountant who is sweet natured with a gentle touch. Strong mover. Baritone C3 – F4
Nickie (30s-40s): Supporting. Brassy New Yorker, dancer at the Fandango Ballroom, and one of Charity’s best friends. Must be a strong dancer. Alto F3 – C5
Helene (20s-40s): Supporting. Sultry and sassy dancer at the Fandango Ballroom and one of Charity’s best friends. Must be a strong dancer. Alto F3 – C5
Vittorio Vidal (30s-40s): Supporting. Italian movie star and drop dead gorgeous. Has a way with the ladies and his hot-headed lover, Ursula. Baritone B2 – F4
Herman (30s-70s): Supporting. Grizzled and sleezy owner of the Fandango Ballroom. Has a heart of gold. Tenor E3 – B4
Daddy Brubeck (20s-40s): Featured. A groovy and hip cat who starts the Rhythm of Life revival church. Should have soul when singing with the ability to scat and riff. Should be a strong dancer. Doubled in the Ensemble. Baritone C3 – E4
Ursula March (20s-30s): Featured. Hot headed and jealous lover of Vittorio. Has quite a flair for the dramatic. Would be doubled in the ensemble in Act 2. Must be a strong dancer and singer.
Fandango Ballroom Dancers: Rosie, Carmen, Suzanne, Frenchy, Alice, Betsy, Elaine. Featured. All must be strong dancers and singers.
Ensemble (20s-40s): Good comedic character actors who can play multiple featured roles. Must also be excellent singers and dancers. Will play multiple featured characters as well as dance in “Big Spender”, “Rich Man’s Frug”, “Rhythm of Life”, and “I’m a Brass Band”.
OPEN CALL Auditions will take place on Monday, January, 28th and Tuesday, January, 29th at the George Frey Center for the Performing Arts located in the Fair Lawn Recreation Center, starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. Everyone auditioning is asked to bring a headshot and resume stapled together. Those auditioning for all roles except, Vittorio, Oscar and Herman, must be prepared to dance in the style of musical theatre jazz. Ladies should wear character shoes and men should wear jazz shoes; dress comfortably. We also ask that you prepare a 16 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Callbacks will be on Wednesday January, 30th by invitation only.
Rehearsals will take place in and around the Fair Lawn area, in the evenings and weekends, February through March. Six performances are scheduled for March 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2019.
Please direct all questions to

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Auditions: AEA Open Call at Centenary Stage Company


Centenary Stage Company will hold AEA open call auditions for the upcoming 2019 spring production of An Enemy of the People written by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by John Wyatt. The production will star Randall Duk Kim and is directed by Anne Occhiogrosso. Auditions will be held by appointment on Thursday, January 10 from 10:30 am – 7:30pm. To schedule an appointment interested performers must call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits.

The auditions will be held in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. Interested performers may prepare a monologue appropriate to the material or read from sides. Sides will be provided. Rehearsals begin January 29 and run through February 15 with performances beginning February 15 through March 3. Performance days are Wednesdays and Sundays at 2PM, Thursdays at 7:30PM and Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre company in residency at Centenary University and operates under an SPT 4 contract.

An Enemy of the People follows Tom Stockmann, a geologist who discovers dangerous water pollution in the Springs, a highly anticipated resort that recently opened in his Norwegian town. In Tom's mind, the path to a solution is clear: inform the public and close the resort to prevent a crisis. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for the truth. This full scale production is the culmination of the Gates Ferry Series: "What is truth?"


Petra: Their daughter, a teacher.

Ejlif: 13, their son.

Morten: 10, their son.

Peter Stockmann: Elder brother of the Doctor, Mayor and Prefect of police, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the baths, etc.

Morton Kill: Master Tanner, Mrs. Stockmanns foster – father.

Hovstad: Editor of the “Peoples Messenger”.

Billing: On the staff of the paper.

Horster: A ships captain.

Aslaksen: A printer.

Ensemble: Looking for ensemble members who will be used for townspeople present at the town meeting; all sorts and conditions of men and women.

The roles of Doctor Thomas Stockmann and Mrs. Stockmann are CAST.

For more information, to download sides or the full text visit To schedule an appointment call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Centenary at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and offers.

The 2018-2019 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, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Winter Improv Intro and Class for Adults and Teens Enrolling at Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher Improv Class 1

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, will offer an Intro to Improv Workshop on January 6 and an Open Level Improv class for adults and teens beginning January 19.

Improv expert Lulu French (Maplewood) will teach both the introductory workshop and the class. The Intro to Improv Workshop, which will be held on Sunday, January 6 from 7-9:00 pm, is designed to allow students to sample the craft of improv before signing up for a full session. Instructor Lulu French will guide you through the basic principles of improv in a fun, accessible way. Students will collaborate with their classmates to free their imagination and create instant characters, scenes and worlds.

The six-week Improv Comedy for Teens and Adults class, open to both students who have taken the Level 1 class and to beginners, runs from January 19 through February 23 on Saturdays from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Oakes Center in Summit. Enrollment is also open for the Spring and Summer Improv sessions at Dreamcatcher.

These classes delve deep into the craft of improv with more complex games as the weeks progress. The Improv Class is great for new improvisers, and also for actors who want to add another dimension to their skills. For those who come with a foundation of improv skills, Dave will introduce games that require keeping many balls in the air at once. The environment is supportive and responsive to the needs of students with any level of experience. Improv is a valuable skill for countless situations such as public speaking, auditions and job interviews as well.

Lulu French first took improv classes at Gotham City Improv two decades ago and has been improvising ever since.  In addition to being a graduate of GCI, she has also studied improv under Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, and Matt Besser, various Second City alumni such as Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys), and improv masters Michael Gellman, Dave Razowsky, and Aretha Sills.  She has appeared in numerous improv performances in NYC improv theaters such as Gotham City Improv, the Magnet Theater, and Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as with Dreamcatcher’s own Multiple Personality Disorder. Lulu has been teaching improv since 2000 and has recently opened her own business, Rocket Improv.

The cost for the workshop is $35, and the cost for the class (six weeks) is $210. At Oakes, parking is available in the lot behind the theatre on Ashwood Avenue and at the Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue. The facility is wheelchair accessible.  To register for the class or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:

Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing contemporary, life-affirming stories that challenge, energize and entertain.  We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

Dreamcatcher's core company of professional local actors performs contemporary work that entertains and challenges, and has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Summit Area Public Foundation, and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is a senior member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Photo: Lulu French

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

“Doubt" set for January at The Barn Theatre in Montville


The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey will be presenting "Doubt". Performances will be on January 11, 19, 24, 25 and February 1 & 2 at 8pm and January 12, 13, 20, & 27 at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 (senior/student tickets are $18 on matinees only)

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius (a Bronx school principal) takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

The cast of “Doubt" features: Carla Kendal of Wayne NJ as Sister Aloysius, Kathleen Mallon of Kinnelon NJ as Sister James, Greg Allen of Hawthorne NJ as Father Flynn and Leslie Silverman of Milford NJ as Mrs. Muller.

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

Photo :   Greg Allen and Carla Kendall,

[Photograph by Tom Schopper]

Circle Players in Piscataway announces two 'drop-in' audition technique classes


Circle Players in Piscataway announces two 'drop-in' audition technique classes. One class will be offered on Saturday January 5, 2019, and the other on Saturday January 12, 2019. Both classes will be taught by director Jessica Damrow Sherman.


In this class, Jessica touches on choosing contemporary monologues for auditions, and then delves into the hard work of both preparing them and delivering them in performance.  Special focus will be given to voice and diction, physicality and maintaining an active objective throughout the speech.  Students should come prepared with one or more contemporary  monologues they wish to work on in a class setting.  Attention will also be paid to overall audition technique.


In this class, Jessica touches on choosing classical monologues for auditions, and then delves into the hard work of both preparing them and delivering them in performance.  Special focus will be given to voice and diction, physicality and maintaining an active objective throughout the speech.  Students should come prepared with one or more classical monologues they wish to work on in a class setting.  Attention will also be paid to overall audition technique.

All classes must have a minimum of 4 people registered to be held. In order to register, interested parties should email

The fee is $25/class, cash only.  No change will be available.

Classes will be held at Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, NJ.

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Friday, December 14, 2018


Healing Arts 4

Photo caption: Actors from Premiere Stages at Kean University and Writers Theatre of New Jersey perform a public staged reading as part of the Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers Stories program

Morristown, NJ – For the fourth consecutive year, New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) is inviting professional and family caregivers to submit their personal stories for a theatrical production as part of the Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers Stories program.

“We have found that this program is a wonderful healing opportunity for individuals to freely express their feelings about their caregiving experience in an artistic manner,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Produced in partnership with Writers Theatre of New Jersey (Madison), Premiere Stages at Kean University (Union), The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey (Netcong), and George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick), Caregivers Stories will culminate with three professional presentations of selected works woven together as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, an annual event that offers dozens of free and low-cost theatre events in various venues across the state.

Creative prose, poetry, and theatrical monologues are welcome and should reflect the theme of caregiving or the personal healing experience. All four theatres will conduct workshops to assist those writers selected, in the development of their pieces. The completed monologues will then be read by professional actors on March 26, 27 and April 12 at one of the theatres. For program guidelines and to submit your piece by January 15, 2019, visit: or call the Alliance at 973.731.6582 ext. 14.

The Healing Voices program is made possible through a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For information on Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, please visit . Additional support has been provided by Atlantic Health System.

About New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance is the first statewide organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate professional theatre in New Jersey for its 33 member theatres. The Stages Festival is made possible in part by funding from Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The F.M. Kirby Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust Foundation, and New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Additional support for New Jersey Theatre Alliance is provided by individuals, corporations, and foundations including The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Shubert Foundation. 

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation was established in 1979 to promote and support multi-state arts programming in a region that includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. Over the last 35 years, the Foundation has expanded its reach to include national and international initiatives. The Foundation’s work is focused on performing arts touring, jazz, independent film, support for individual artists, and international cultural exchange.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Winter Festival


Daniil Trifonov, Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year, performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto in his NJSO debut, January 25–27, in the final program of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Winter Festival, “Music Speaks.” Music Director Xian Zhang conducts the program, which also features Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and the NJSO premiere of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy.

Performances take place on January 25 at 8 pm at NJPAC in Newark, January 26 at 8 pm at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick and January 20 at 3 pm at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

Zhang says: “I worked with Daniil in Italy, and the phenomenal sound he produced at the piano blew me away. I’m very happy that he is joining the NJSO to play the Schumann concerto.”

NJSO Accent events include a pre-concert performance by dancer Maurice Chestnut and poet Kurtis Lamkin on January 25 and a prelude performance by the Anne Lieberson Ensemble from the NJSO Youth Orchestras on January 26. More information on NJSO Accent events is available at

The Orchestra’s signature artistic event, the Winter Festival takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues. Zhang conducts programs with music inspired by poetry, stories and myths. The festival’s first weekend features pianist Emanuel Ax in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 (January 10–13); the second features soprano Dawn Upshaw in Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (January 18–20).

Concert tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase at or 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit

WINTER FESTIVAL WEEK III: Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

Fri, Jan 25, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Sat, Jan 26, at 8 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Sun, Jan 27, at 3 pm | Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown

Xian Zhang, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

SCHUMANN Piano Concerto

SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy (NJSO Premiere)


Poetry in Motion – Fri, Jan 25, at 7 pm
A fusion of movement, music and spoken word: dancer Maurice Chestnut and poet Kurtis Lamkin entertain in the lobby before the performance.

Prelude Performance – Sat, Jan 26, at 7:15 pm
Come early and hear the extraordinary Anne Lieberson Ensemble from the NJSO Youth Orchestras in a special performance in the Heldrich Room.

Additional concert information and artist bios are available at

2019 NJSO Winter Festival: ‘Music Speaks’

A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.

Week I: Emanuel Ax & Xian Zhang

Jan 10–13 in Englewood, Newark and New Brunswick

Week II: Dawn Upshaw & Xian Zhang

Jan 18–20 in Princeton, Red Bank and Newark

Week III: Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

Jan 25–27 in Newark, New Brunswick and Morristown


Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People; NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, led by José Luis Domínguez; and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners program.

For more information about the NJSO, visit or email Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra’s website.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pixie Dust Players Presents Home for the Holidays at UCPAC

The Hundred Dresses_PC Wendy Roome

RAHWAY, NJ – To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Pixie Dust Players, Union County Performing Arts Center is happy to present Home for the Holidays on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm. The event consists of a gala and a benefit concert featuring over 150 performers and music from 24 different shows, all from the past ten years of Pixie Dust Productions. Prior to the concert, there will be a gala with light fare, a magician, and more. Not only is this a fundraiser for UCPAC’s Youth Programming, but also a celebration supporting the continuance of this exciting partnership.

Pixie Dust Players was founded in 2007 by 12 year old Lindsay Maron. What began as a small troupe of young teens touring to nursing homes, children’s hospitals, and special education schools, soon became a full-fledged production company. Since 2008, Pixie Dust has produced 50+ productions including several world premieres and pilot productions.

Sister Act_PC Wendy Roome

Offering a wide variety of programs and productions for a large age range and differing experience levels, Pixie Dust strives to provide high quality theatrical opportunities for youth, teens, and young adults to allow them to be touched by the true magic of theatre, whether through performing, working backstage, or discovering new talents within the field. Pixie Dust also continues to fulfill the original mission of bringing the magic of theatre to as many people as possible by touring productions to outreach locations. Most recently, Pixie Dust has begun offering shows to schools as field trips or assembly programs. After taking residence at UCPAC in 2017, Pixie Dust has grown exponentially producing 10+ musicals a year and introducing incredibly exciting and groundbreaking titles. On December 21, we look forward to celebrating our history and looking ahead at what’s to come!

Bring It On_PC Wendy Roome

Tickets that include both the gala and concert can be purchased for $35, and tickets for the concert only (not including the gala) for $22 at, in person in the Box Office, or by calling 732.499.8226. The Box Office can be reached via email at The Union County Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway, NJ and is easily accessible to major roads and public transportation.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: Delightful ‘A Christmas Carol’ Returns to Chatham Playhouse

By Ruth Ross

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Let’s do the numbers: Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol 175 years ago. The Chatham Players are celebrating their 97th season. The troupe has performed the Philip William McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer musical version of Dickens’ classic Christmas/ghost story for 30 years—the first 10 annually, the next 20 biannually. Thirteen members of this year’s large cast have performed in A Christmas Carol before—one in the very first. And this is the tenth time I have reviewed the production.

Nevertheless, the Chatham Players’ version of this old chestnut is one of the pleasures of the holiday season. Oh, the actors may change, the set might be a bit different and the levels of talent may vary, but the present production preserves the Tale’s haunted atmosphere complete with four ghosts, comments about gross materialism, scenes of abject poverty and the general nastiness of Victorian London, making the tale feel unfortunately appropriate for the 21st century.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing and suitUsing Dickens’ own words and those of the tale, McKinley and Buhrer have fashioned a tale for the ages. Chip Prestera and Alan Semok return as Charles Dickens and Ebenezer Scrooge, respectively, in performances so fresh as to make us think this is the first time they’ve played the roles. Prestera’s avuncular Dickens steadily guides the story of the haunted miser along, drawing connections between his work of fiction and his own life—and sometimes inserting himself into the action. Semok’s twisted face (left) conveys the close-minded penury of Scrooge as he grimaces and frowns; he’s so disagreeable that his conversion at the end, when he kicks up his heels with glee at discovering his love of humankind, is all the sweeter. He’s especially nasty as he contemplates “The Jingle of Money” in his strongbox, fingering the coins and letting them drop just to hear the lovely sound.

Image may contain: 2 people, people standingThe 25-member cast consists of actors of all ages. Christina Eliades (right) is magical as the Ghost of Christmas Past, sprinkling fairy dust and using her lovely voice to lead Scrooge through his sad and difficult past. As the Ghost of Christmas Present, Will Carey is so hearty and bountiful that he shames Scrooge into feeling bad at witnessing the Cratchits’ pitiful holiday feast. And Luke Williams as the Ghost of Christmas Future is scary and imposing—even though he he speaks nary a word.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and shoesJoëlle Bochner is a kind, long-suffering Mrs. Dickens; Jody Ebert an appropriately spectral Marley, whose exhortation to Scrooge to change his ways sets the entire haunting into action; Ken Magos a grasping undertaker; Adelaide Prekopa a winsome Belle, Scrooge’s ex-fiancée; Michael Barthel Scrooge’s eternally upbeat nephew Fred; Scott Baird earnest Bob Cratchit (left, with Zoe Davies, Owen Finnerty and Parker Ebert); and Michelle Finnerty his loving spouse. The latter two break hearts singing “If I Could Hold You in My Arms,” lamenting the death of Tiny Tim (played with poise by young Owen Finnerty—a chip off the old block of his talented mother).

Image may contain: 8 people, people smiling, people standing and weddingRounding out the principals are Howard Fischer and Andrea Thibodeau as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig (right), the very embodiments of the Christmas Spirit who ebulliently exhort the partygoers to “Dance with Your Dumpling.” Leslie Gayle Williams, Will Carey and Andrea Thibodeau join Magos to salivate over the belongings they’ve pilfered from the departed Scrooge.

Once again, Jeffrey Fiorello firmly maintains the performance’s stead as he moves many bodies around a small space fluidly and without any collisions. Jack Bender’s orchestra supply able accompaniment to singers without overpowering the smaller voices of the little ones. Roy Pancirov’s set design evokes a mid-nineteenth century London street scene, with mullioned windows and stone facades, Richard Hennessy’s lighting adds atmosphere and Frances Harrison’s lavish costumes really give a sense of time and place.

Image may contain: 6 people, people on stage and weddingDickens wrote A Christmas Carol more as a ghost story and social criticism than as a holiday entertainment; he meant it to serve as a warning to the citizenry of Industrial Revolution England that they should not forget the poor and downtrodden in their quest for money. This means that there are some scary events and effects that might frighten very young children but would exhilarate those age eight and up who often love to be scared. (Above: Alexia Davies, Michelle Finnerty, Parker Ebert, Owen Finnerty, Zoe Davies and Scott Baird; back: Will Carey and Alan Semok)

Image may contain: 4 people, people smilingFor this 30th anniversary production, the Chatham Players haven’t been as niggardly as Scrooge. Artistically and creatively, they present a production as fresh as the first one I saw in 2000. It’s a real theatrical bonbon perfect for the Christmas holidays. So, if you’ve never seen this show—even if you’ve gone numerous times—call the box office for tickets before they’re sold out! (Right) Magos, Williams, Carey and Thibodeau)

A Christmas Carol will be performed by the Chatham Players at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Avenue, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. through December 23. For information and tickets call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or visit online.

Return of the three Tenors at NJ Festival Orchestra


Kick off the holiday season with a bang and plenty of bling and join us for our family festival of traditional carols, a host of wintertime curiosities and a dazzling selection of renowned tenor classics that are sure to delight!

“We are thrilled to welcome The Three Holiday Tenors – each more talented than the next – to help us celebrate the Holiday season,” said Maestro David Wroe.

There is something for everyone….our concert is a vessel for children, parents, grandparents and friends – indeed the entire community – to come together through music at this unique time of the year.”


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Holiday Cheer with the Black River Singers

By The Black River Singers
Directed by Clifford H. Parrish

WHEN: December 15th, 8 PM – December 16th, 2 PM
Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester, NJ
TICKETS: $15.00

Get into the spirit of the season with this light-hearted evening of songs and stories bound to fill even the crabbiest scrooge with the warmth and joy of the holidays.



Art Show in Madison-Sidewalk Gallery

One Act Comedy Festival at The Company in Hackensack


Alliance Rep Encore Benefit at Mondo


WHEN: 2 Encore BENEFIT performances! December 14 & 15 @ 8:00 pm
MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit
PLEASE support Alliance Repertory Theatre with this important FUNDRAISER.

For reservations, call 908-472-1502 or visit

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At Rachel’s New Year's Eve party, most of the guests are in the kitchen admiring photos of their babies. In the other room, two lonely strangers find themselves cut off from the rest. Jane (Lilli Marques) was invited because she knows the people in the kitchen. Tim (Brendan Scullin) was invited because he painted the kitchen. The pair spend a drunken night together and a few weeks later she calls him with some unexpected news. Witness their unlikely relationship develop in Alliance Repertory Theatre’s production of The Good Father.

Director Michael Driscoll calls The Good Father “a voyage of discovery that will take the audience through many emotions that are both identifiable and unmistakably human.  These two talented actors bring the complex characters to life beautifully.”

NJ Rep to present world premiere of E.M. Lewis’ Apple Season


LONG BRANCH, NJ – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the world premiere of E.M. Lewis’ Apple Season from January 10 - February 10, 2019.

Twenty years ago, Lissie and Roger fled from their family farm and made themselves disappear. But the family secrets haunt them still.  A funeral and a question from an old friend send the two siblings tumbling down a rabbit hole of memory and grief, as they try to let go of a tangled past that refuses to release them.
Under the direction of Zoya Kachadurian, Apple Season stars Kersti Bryan (Lissie), Richard Kent Green (Roger), and Christopher M. Smith (Billy).

Apple Season  runs January 10 thru February 10, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, January 12 at 3:00 PM.
A special talk-back with the playwright and director will be held after the first preview, Thursday, January 10.
Opening night with reception is Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 PM.
Regular performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM; Saturdays at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays at 2:00 PM.
Tickets are $50 (opening night with reception, $60; premium seating + $5). All tickets may be subject to a service charge. Annual subscriptions are $225 per person. For tickets or additional information call 732-229-3166 or visit

E.M. Lewis Playwright: is an award - winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist.  Her work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French. 
Plays include: Magellanica, The Gun Show, Song of Extinction, True Story, and You Can See All the Stars
Awards include: Steinberg Award and Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association, Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, playwriting fellowship from NJ State Arts Commission, 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama, Edgerton Award.
Member: Dramatists Guild. Lewis lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.

Kersti Bryan, Richard Kent Green, and Christopher M. Smith 

Mike Davis' New Wonders - Baltimore - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

January Thaw Music Festival at Centenary Stage Company


Centenary Stage Company’s annual January Thaw Music Festival heats things up through the month of January with three exciting musical guests in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. The festival features Michael Davis and the New Wonder on Saturday, January 12 at 8PM; the Harry James Orchestra on Sunday, January 20 at 2PM; and finally Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper on Saturday, January 26 at 8PM. All performances will be held in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.

Kicking off the January Thaw Music Festival on Saturday, January 12 at 8PM is Michael Davis and the New Wonders (photo). At twenty-six years old, "eloquent trumpet prodigy" Mike Davis (Wall Street Journal) has a voice beyond his years on his instrument. His playing is imbued with the sounds of prohibition-era speakeasies, Hoovervilles of the depression, and glittering jazz palaces of the swing era, creating a timeless cocktail of American music. This is classic jazz from the 1920s and 30s, authentically performed by a New York group inspired by Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, and the California Ramblers. Tickets for Michael Davis and the New Wonders on Saturday, January 12 at 8PM are $22.50 for all seats in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special programs ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the event.

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The January Thaw Music Festival continues on Sunday, January 20 at 2PM with the Harry James Orchestra. Since 1983, The Harry James Orchestra has continued the tradition of mellow arrangements and fine rhythmic playing that first made it famous, and is now under the direction of Harry James' lead trumpet virtuoso, Fred Radke. The Harry James Orchestra plays in the major venues of the United States, including many re-engagements in Las Vegas and Disneyland and tours extensively throughout the world. Tickets for the Harry James Orchestra are $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for children under 12 in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special programs ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the event.

Finally, the January Thaw Music Festival wraps up with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper on Saturday, January 26 at 8PM. Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA's award show. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanely, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Player of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Together with his band Flamekeeper, Cleveland delivers “some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find”. Tickets for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper are $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special programs ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the event .For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events 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 and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A CHRISTMAS CAROL "Shines Once More" at Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players

"Shines Once More"
30th Anniversary Production
Tickets are selling fast!

A Christmas Carol

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Read the Stellar Reviews!

Ruth Ross writes "Christmas Carol Shines Once More" and is "one of the pleasures of the holiday season."
Broadway World says "The Chatham Community Players does it again! Their production of A Christmas Carol is one that is not to be missed this holiday season."

A Christmas Carol

Come celebrate 30 years! The Chatham Community Players keeps their longstanding holiday tradition alive with the 30th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol opening Friday, December 7 and running until Sunday, December 23. Our production is an original musical version of the Tale, adapted from the Dickens text and Charles Dickens letters and journals, by Philip Wm. McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer. Returning to the Chatham Playhouse, Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair directs the show, Jack Bender of Jersey City is the musical director and Samantha Hahn of Plainfield is the Choreographer.

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.
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Fri Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm

Sat Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm

Sat Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

Sun Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm

Fri Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm

Sat Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm

Sat Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Sun Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm

Thu Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm

Fri Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm

Sat Dec 22 @ 3:00 pm

Sat Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm

Sun Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm


Purchase a package and then choose your show dates and your seats.
NO credit card fees and NO exchange fees apply on all packages.
For more information, please visit our TICKETS PAGE.