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Friday, May 18, 2018

‘Tartuffe’ Opens at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ this week


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TARTUFFE by Molière and translated by Richard Wilbur. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2018. Directed by Bonnie J. Monte. Pictured (left to right): Patrick Toon as Orgon and Brent Harris as Tartuffe. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia.

Submit to Direct at OLT in 2019!



Old Library Theatre is seeking submissions from individuals interested in directing a show during our upcoming 2019 season.

Scheduled performance dates will be:

Two-Weekend Musicals:

(1) March 22-24 & 29-31 (Friday through Sunday)
(2) July 26-28 & August 2-4 (Friday through Sunday)
(3) October 18-20 & 25-27 (Friday through Sunday)

One-Weekend Play:

(1) November 22-24 (Friday through Sunday)

One Act Play Festival:

(1) February 21-24 (Thursday through Sunday)

Youth Productions:

(1) January 17-20 (Thursday through Sunday)
(2) December 19-22 (Thursday through Sunday)

Candidates must complete the online Director Submission Form by July 1. For additional information, consult our Submission Instructions.

Auditions: Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Nance” for Circle Players

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PISCATAWAY – Circle Players of Piscataway announces auditions for the first production of our 2018/2019 season, “The Nance”, written by Douglas Carter Beane and directed by Jon Heron. Auditions will be held:

· Monday, June 11th, 7 to 9 pm

· Thursday, June 14th, 7 to 9 pm.

· Callbacks on Tuesday, June 18th, 7 to 9 pm. (Please note callbacks are by invitation only.)

The production runs Sept 28th through Oct 14th, 2018.
"THE NANCE" is a highly entertaining and funny exploration of gay life in 1937, a time when being openly gay was often dangerous.  It is an ensemble show in which all characters, except Ned, are part of a burlesque company doing comedy sketches.  Expert comic timing required.  The ability to play an instrument, juggle or dance/sing, etc., especially for the female roles, is a plus, although not required.  Note: the women wear burlesque costumes and do some stripping, but there will be no nudity for them.  The stripping is comical rather than sexual.

The auditions will consist of readings from the show.

Cast Breakdown:

· Chauncey Miles – 30s to early 50s.  An elegant, refined gay man, who dresses and speaks show biz every minute of the day.  In the burlesque sketches, he plays the character of “the nance,” an extremely effeminate gay character, played for laughs.

· Ned – Brief nudity required.  20s to mid-30s, a handsome, down-to-earth butch gay guy.  He knows who he is and doesn’t like playing games about it. 

· Sylvie – Burlesque performer, 20s to 40s.  She’s got a communist party membership card, and don’t you forget it.  Very opinionated.  Very Brooklyn.

· Joan – Burlesque performer.  20s to early 40s.  Loves her liquor (maybe a little too much) and loves her job.

· Carmen – Latin spitfire type, burlesque performer.  20s to early 40s.

· Efram – 30s to early 60s.  Top banana in the burlesque sketches.  A New York Jew who tolerates communists and pansies, but doesn’t really like them, and makes sure you know it. 

Auditions will be held at Circle Playhouse, 416 Victoria Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854. Questions may be submitted to the theater at circleplayersnj@gmail.com.

The Lord Stirling Theater Company Performs Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ in Basking Ridge June 1-10

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Basking Ridge, NJ: The Lord Stirling Theater Company will perform William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice,” in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. “Othello” will open on Friday, June 1, at 7:30PM, with additional performances on June 2 at 7:30PM, June 3 at 2:00PM, June 8 and 9 at 7:30PM, and June 10 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $20 general admission, or $15 for seniors (65 and over), Farmstead Arts members, and students. Tickets may be purchased online at http://farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com or at the door (cash only).

Othello, the Moor, is a general in the Venetian army. He secretly marries Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent Venetian senator. Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbors jealousy and resentment towards the Moor for having promoted another soldier, Cassio, ahead of him. He also suspects that Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emilia. To get revenge, Iago devises a plan to plant suspicions in Othello’s mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him with Cassio. Iago’s lies and insinuations drive Othello mad with jealousy and incite him into a murderous rage, with tragic results.

Written around 1604, “Othello” is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, and its themes of jealousy, manipulation, and division remain relevant to the present day.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

John McEwen of NJ Theatre Alliance Receives Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award

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(Morristown, NJ) On June 14th, 2018, at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ, John McEwen, Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) will receive The Robert J. Smythe Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser from the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (“AFP-NJ”) PHOTO ABOVE.

Since 1981, AFP-NJ’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards have recognized the achievements of some of the most notable citizens and organizations in the State who have dedicated their efforts toward making New Jersey a better place to live. Information on the ceremony and tickets are available at afp-nj.org or by calling (732) 279-4258.

“I am grateful and humbled to be recognized by my peers for doing a job that gives me great joy,” said McEwen. “It allows me to use my skills and resources to make sure theatre and the arts remain vital to our communities, and available and accessible for everyone in New Jersey.”

Connie Alexis-Laona, Alliance board member and philanthropy consultant, and Nina Stack, President of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, nominated McEwen for the honor. “It was my pleasure to nominate John as AFP-NJ's Outstanding Professional Fundraiser,” said Alexis-Laona. “As an arts leader who believes in the power of philanthropy, John's fundraising and community-building efforts have benefitted the New Jersey arts community for many decades.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

George Street Playhouse honors DR. PENELOPE LATTIMER for arts advocacy at Annual Gala Benefit

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(L to R:) George Street Playhouse Board Chair James N. Heston; Robert Campbell; GSP Board President Penelope Lattimer, Ph.D.; GSP Gala Committee Chair Kenneth M. Fisher Jr. (jerry Dalia)

New Brunswick, NJ –  George Street Playhouse’s Annual Gala Benefit, held Sunday, May 6, at the Heldrich in downton New Brunswick, saw GSP Board President Dr. Penelope Lattimer honored with the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award. The black-tie event also celebrated the work of renowned playwright and friend of the Playhouse, the late Arthur Laurents, who would have turned 100 this year, with performances of songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, La Cage aux Folles, and his other Broadway hits.

The Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award pays tribute to an individual, corporation or foundation whose dedication to the arts enhances the cultural life of the citizens of New Jersey. Dr. Lattimer was this year’s recipient for her career as a distinguished educator and a leading voice for the arts and arts integration in education in New Jersey. Dr. Lattimer’s passion for the arts carried over into her service as a board trustee for several prominent New Jersey arts organizations, including George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School, Grounds for Sculpture, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

GSP Artistic Director David Saint hosted the evening’s Cabaret, which featured performances from Michele Ragusa (Broadway’s Young Frankenstein, Urinetown), Lee Roy Reams (Broadway’s 42nd Street, The Producers), Ross Lekites (Broadway’s Frozen, Kinky Boots), Solea Pfeifer (West Coast tour of Hamilton, TV’s Scandal), and renowned tenor Richard Troxell (New York City Center Encores! Do I Hear A Waltz?, Lt. Pinkerton in Frédéric Mitterrand's 1995 film version of Madama Butterfly). Representing George Street Playhouse’s 2017-18 season were Laiona Michelle (Broadway’s Amazing Grace, GSP’s American Hero), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones, GSP’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and Kally Duling (Broadway’s Fun Home, GSP’s American Hero).

Audition: ‘The Outsiders’ at Holmdel

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THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton adapted by Christopher Sergel

Directed by Kirk White

Audition Dates:

Wednesday May 16 & Thursday May 17, 2018 7-9:30 PM

Callbacks (if necessary) Saturday May 19 2:00 PM

Duncan Smith Theater 36 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ 07733 (White Barn on the corner of Holmdel High School grounds)

Production Dates:

July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, Aug 3, 4, 5

Cast members must keep rehearsal scheduling conflicts to a minimum.

Needed are a range of performers, both female and male, all ages and ethnicities welcome. No pre-registration is required. Monologues are welcome but not required. Audition sides from the script will be provided at auditions.

All Roles Are Open.

"The Outsiders," a play based on the classic novel by S.E. Hinton, adapted by Christoper Sergel. Seen through the eyes of Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life who is caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids, "The Socs," and his tough, underprivileged family and friends. As these young people try to find themselves and each other, the sadness of sophistication begins to reach them, and change them.

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

Ponyboy: Male, 14-18  Greaser. novel’s narrator and protagonist; the youngest of the Greasers; his literary interests and academic accomplishments set him apart from the rest of his gang; because his parents have died in a car accident, he lives with his brothers Darry and Sodapop; Darry repeatedly accuses him of lacking common sense, but Ponyboy is a reliable and observant narrator; he struggles with class division, violence, innocence, and familial love, but matures, eventually realizing the importance of strength in the face of class bias.

Johnny Cade: Male, 14-18  Greaser. physically small for his age; does not succeed in school, but approaches intellectual matters with steady concentration; child of alcoholic, abusive parents; nervous and sensitive; since his parents do not care for him, he sees the Greasers as his true family; in turn, the older boys, particularly Dally, are protective of him.

Dallas (Dally) Winston: Male, 16-18  Greaser. the toughest hood in Ponyboy’s group; a hardened teen who used to run with gangs in New York; unlike his friends, does not put grease in his hair; his violent tendencies make him more dangerous than the other Greasers, and he takes pride in his criminal record; feels protective of Johnny Cade.

Two-Bit: Male, 17-19  Greaser. joker of Ponyboy’s group; his real name is Keith, a wisecracker who regularly shoplifts; prizes his sleek black-handled switchblade; instigates the hostilities between the Socs and the Greasers by flirting with Marcia, the girlfriend of a Soc.

Darry: Male, 20-22  Greaser. Ponyboy’s oldest brother who is raising Ponyboy because their parents have died in a car crash; strong, athletic, and intelligent; has quit school; works two jobs to hold the family together; unofficial leader of the Greasers; becomes an authority figure for Ponyboy; makes good chocolate cake, which he and his brothers eat every day for breakfast; other Greasers call him “Superman.”

Sodapop: Male, 16-18  Greaser. Ponyboy’s brother; a high school dropout; works at the local gas station; "movie-star" handsome; Ponyboy envies Sodapop’s good looks and charm; plans to marry Sandy, a Greaser girl.

Sherry, “Cherry” Valance: Female 16-18  Soc. The one everyone is in love with. Cherry is sharp, tougher and more savvy than your average Soc but ultimately she’s looking for acceptance and love; same as everyone else. She befriends Ponyboy and Johnny and stands up to her Soc Boyfriend to protect them but when everything falls apart, her loyalties are truly tested. Ultimately she rejects the notions of the class system…although there are moments when this is tested.

Marcia: Female 16-18  Soc. Although she is generally a few steps behind her best friend, Cherry, Marcia is every bit as fierce. Her wit is lighting fast and acerbic. She’s tough and not afraid to go toe to toe with the Greasers. She flirts with and (maybe?) likes Two-Bit.

Sandy: Female, 15-18  Greaser. Sandy has an abusive homelife that has darkened her almost to the point of no return. She loves Soda-Pop and would like nothing more than to have a life with him, but her circumstances force her to make tough choices.

Bob Sheldon: Male, 18-20  Soc. Cherry’s boyfriend, presumably possessing many fine character attributes…unfortunately he’s a mean drunk and we don’t get to see many of those. Mr. Hyde more often than Dr. Jekyll, Bob is vicious and cruel to the Greaser, pursues them with relentless menace and pays the ultimate price for his abuse.

Randy: Male, 18-20  Soc. Bob’s friend and Marcia’s boyfriend. Randy goes along with Bob’s cruelty but his heart is not in it. He hates this class system and eventually sympathizes and agrees to help the greasers, but reminds Ponyboy that nothing will change.

Adult Male/Ensemble Leader: 35-60  Similar to the Stage Manager in Our Town, this actor will play multiple adult roles in the show as well as coordinate and lead the ensemble in creating the theatrical world of the play. He’s Ponyboy’s teacher, Mr. Syme and therefore a constant presence as the play is basically Pony’s paper to him. Should have a strong presence and be capable of multiple, believable characters at the drop of a hat. Improv, movement, musical, and ensemble theatre skills a plus (but not a pre-requisite)

Ensemble Males & Females 14-20  Think Zanni in classic Comedia del’arte. The ensemble will, under the direction of the Ensemble Leader, create and perform the world of the play. This includes, but is not limited to, playing supporting roles, being extras in multiple scenes, creating the various locations and ambiance theatrically, providing sound effects and music accompaniment to various scenes, fighting a huge street rumble and last but not least, convincingly portraying a raging FIRE! These are show-stealing, super fun and physically demanding roles and we cannot stress the physically demanding part as you will basically be in motion from the moment the audience starts to enter the house until the final bow. Dance, movement, improv and fight skills a plus (although not a pre-requisite). Please note any musical instruments (esp percussion) you play well.

JUNE READING

My Old Friend

A new play by Stephen Larsen

Monday, June 4, 2018 7PM

November 5, 1980. John Lennon, alone in his apartment at the Dakota in New York city, is at a crossroads. He has been having recurring dreams of death… ready to make big changes in his life… if he can summon up the courage. Just then, who should appear, unannounced at his door – having charmed his way past the Dakota's gatekeeper? Paul McCartney – whom he hasn’t seen for some four years. John is astounded – glad – and wary – about the sudden appearance of his old friend. Can they mend fences? Can they come together? Or are they forever doomed to be bound by the strands and complications of their shared history…

$5 Suggested Donation

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Accepting Applications Worldwide for 30th International Vocal Competition

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--Early Bird Registration Deadline July 31, 2018--

(Fort Lee, New Jersey; May 14, 2018) – Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages worldwide to apply to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) 30th Annual International Vocal Competition. The early bird registration deadline is July 31, 2018.

"As unbelievable as it is, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is going to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Though it certainly does not seem that long, we have come a long way. Our productions are bigger and grander. The audiences have grown to new heights. The caliber of our artists is top draw, and we are very proud our vocal competition has helped many young artists experience the 'big stage' with us. The free masterclasses we offer for the finalists have given many participants a chance to grow and move on to a great career," said Amara, who performed for over 40 years at the Metropolitan Opera in 882 on stage performances in 56 roles.

Preliminary Auditions

Preliminary auditions occur on November 1, 3, 6, and 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Final auditions are held on December 6, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All auditions take place at Nola Studios in New York City in the United States of America. The application deadline is October 18, 2018. A professional accompanist is provided to all vocalists participating in the preliminary and final auditions.

At the preliminary auditions, a luminary panel of judges officiates, including Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara; Maestra Lucy Arner, Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; and Evelyn La Quaif, General Manager and Stage Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Upon request, the judges' comments are sent to all preliminary participants and finalists.

Free Master Class

A free master class is offered to all applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions, and finalists selected to perform in the vocal competition will be invited to attend three four-hour free master classes. During the master classes led by Amara and La Quaif, artists learn deportment, language, style and presentation at auditions.

Finalists are given feedback; extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation; and the opportunity to perform in Verismo Opera's fully staged upcoming productions. Winners receive cash awards totaling $3,500 ($2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize).

Application

All applicants are required to send an application, a resume, a bio, a MP3 file or a CD containing an aria recording, an 8 x 10 black and white photo, and the application fee. An application may be downloaded at http://bit.ly/NJAVO2018VCApplication. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the competition.

The early bird registration fee, $55, is in effect through July 31, 2018, changing to $75 on August 1, 2018. Payment may be made securely online at http://verismopera.org/donate-2/ located at the bottom of the page or by check made out and sent to Verismo Opera, P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024.

Verismo Opera, the Bergen Performing Arts Center's (bergenPAC) house opera company, is recognized for providing opportunities for artists to learn and perform in a professional environment with a live orchestra. Vocal competition winners and finalists perform in several of Verismo Opera's productions. The 28th and 29th Annual International Vocal Competition's first prize winners, sopranos Zhanna Alkhazova and Yulan Piao, performed in Verismo Opera's debut of Turandot.

For further information or to schedule an audition appointment, contact info@verismopera.org or call (201) 886-0561.

About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

For 29 years, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey, has been an integral part of the region’s classical music culture. Led by Metropolitan Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Verismo Opera is the Bergen Performing Arts Center's house opera company. Verismo Opera provides performing opportunities for artists through semi-annual productions and concerts, directs an international vocal competition drawing artists worldwide, and organizes opera workshops and master classes.

For information, visit Verismo Opera's web site, www.verismopera.org; follow the company on Facebook, http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera; or call (201) 886-0561.


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Lucine Amara presented soprano Yulan Piao, the first place winner in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 29th Annual International Vocal Competition, the $2,000 award at the opera company's production of Turandot. Ms. Piao performed the role of Liu.

Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

‘Annie’ Shines at The Barn Theatre

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Annie

Written by Thomas Meehan, Book by Charles Strouse, Music by Martin Charnin

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Box Office Performances:
5/18/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 5/19/2018 @ 2:00 PM, 5/20/2018 @ 2:00 PM
5/26/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 5/27/2018 @ 2:00 PM
6/1/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 6/2/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 6/3/2018 @ 2:00 PM
6/8/2018 @ 8:00 PM, 6/9/2018 @ 8:00 PM

The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, New Jersey

Cast

Grace Farrell
Jenn Bedell

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Elizabeth Bigham

Duffy
Zoe Davies

Orphan Chorus / Understudy: Annie
Jayden Declet

Kate
Gianna DePreta

Orphan Chorus
Ava DiGiovanni

Bert Healy/Harold Ickes
Jeff Dopson

Mrs. Pugh / Ensemble
Nancy Flynn Brennan

Lily St. Regis
Meg Foley

NYC Kid
David Gilgur

NYC Kid
Samantha Gilgur

Usherette / Ensemble
Susan Hagen

Drake (May 16-18)
Scott Hart

Tessie
Alexandra Hermans

Cecille / Connie Boylan / Ensemble
Lindsey Hresko

Annie
Eve Johnson

Bonnie Boylan
Dana Kemp

Apple Seller
Leonard Klein

Pepper
Brooke Lelia

FDR
Rich Maloy

Rooster Hannigan
Brian Merrill

NYC Kid / Molly Understudy / Orphan Chorus
Luna Mills

Orphan Chorus / Swing
Louise Miniter

Sophie the Kettle / Ronnie Boylan
Shannon Phillips

Star to Be / Ensemble
Adelaide Prekopa

Molly
Valentina Reale

Eddie/Louis Howe/ensemble
Lawrence Sanders

Daddy Warbucks
Tom Schopper

Mrs. Greer / Ensemble
Leslie Silverman

Miss Hannigan
Sharon Singleton

Drake (May 25 - June 9)
Alan Van Antwerp

Annette / Ensemble
Sydney Warren

Dogcatcher / Ensemble
Thomas Wertheimer

Dreamcatcher’s Multiple Personality Disorder: Improv Comedy on October 14!

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DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, celebrates spring with an evening of improv comedy featuring its resident troupe, MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, on Saturday, October 14.  This unpredictable evening is an affordable, enjoyable evening that is packed with laughs from start to finish.

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER features a cast of Dreamcatcher improv regulars, including Laura Ekstrand, Noreen Farley, Lulu French and more. Look out for a special guest or two from the New York improv scene via the Upright Citizens Brigade and Gotham City Improv.

The show includes improvisational comedy sketches that use audience suggestions to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage.  Performers use ingredients such as everyday objects, strange maladies, and unusual circumstances to cook up unconventional mini-plays that appear and disappear in a matter of minutes.  Every show is unique, with delightful surprises throughout the evening.

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER will appear (and disappear!) at Dreamcatcher on Saturday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20, and $15.00 for students 15 and younger.  To purchase tickets in advance, go to www.dreamcatcherrep.org or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

The performance is at Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit.  The parking lot is accessible from Ashwood Avenue, behind the theatre. For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654, www.DreamcatcherRep.org.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

NJ Rep to Premiere Mercy


LONG BRANCH, NJ – New Jersey Repertory Company located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the world premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s Mercy from June 14 through July 15, 2018. This surprisingly funny, dark comedy is directed by Gail Winar, and stars Christopher Daftsios, Dan Grimaldi, Nandita Shenoy, and Jacob A. Ware.

After his wife is killed in a car accident, Orville attempts to move on with his life. His father takes on the responsibility of caring for his new granddaughter, while his boss at work, aggressively tries to comfort him. However, everything changes for Orville when he inadvertently meets Ian, the troubled man responsible for his wife's death.  Will Orville choose redemption or revenge?

Tickets, Subscriptions, Reservations

Mercy runs June 14 through July 15, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, June 16 at 3:00 PM. Opening night with reception is Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 PM.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays 8:00 PM; Saturdays 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays 2:00 PM.

Tickets are $46 (opening night with reception, $60; premium seating + $5). Annual subscriptions are $225 per person. For tickets or additional information call 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org.

EXIT 22 Monthly Musical- Open to All

Exit 82 is pumped to begin our Monthly Musical Series! Each month, we will host a night open to all to attend and be cast in a show! That night, we will cast the show, read through the script, and perform the musical numbers! Get a chance to perform some of your dream shows with your friends! The musical and cast changes each month.

Our first Monthly Musical will be HEATHERS on May 18th at 7pm!

Click here to reserve your spot!


Exit 82 Theatre Studio
34 Main Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Friday, May 11, 2018

7th Inning Stretch: 7 10-minute plays about baseball at Mile Square Theatre

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Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, presents its annual 10-minute play festival, 7th Inning Stretch: 7 10-minute plays about baseball .

In celebration of Hoboken’s historical claim as the birthplace of baseball, since 2003 MST has commissioned some of America’s most celebrated playwrights to create short work on the theme of baseball. This year’s lineup of writers has eagerly accepted the assignment and will be hitting it out of the park on May 18, 19, and 20 when this annual event is presented at Mile Square Theatre’s Hoboken performance venue.

This year’s writers include Bixby Elliot (If on a Winter’s Night), Bruce Graham (Moon Over the Brewery), Chris O’Connor (The Mascots), Tira Palmquist (The Way North), Guillermo Reyes (Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown), Nantida Shenoy (Washer/Dryer), and Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51).

Chris O’Connor, MST Artistic Director and producer of the festival, says, “This is our 14th year of premiering 10-minute baseball plays, and once again, we have an accomplished and diverse roster of playwrights for the Stretch. The plays are moving, funny, and so entertaining. It makes for a unique evening of theatre. The Stretch never fails to dazzle our audience, and they will not be disappointed. The entire event is a benefit for Mile Square Theatre.”

7th Inning Stretch, presented by Mile Square Theatre

1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken

May 18 @ 8pm

May 19 @: The Triple Play Party! Doors open at 6:30, curtain at 8pm Join the actors and the board for an evening of food, drink, and incredible auction items!

May 20 @ 3pm

Tickets available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling 201-683-7014.

Tickets are $30 • $18 students and seniors.

Triple Play Party: $75

Discount Parking available at The Harlow @ 14th and Willow, and at Little Man Parking at 1300 Jefferson Street.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

Double Fun at The Dover Little Theatre


Written and Directed by: Thom Florio
May 18 and 19 at 8pm
May 20 at 2pm
​In this comedic thriller written by a local playwright, eight strangers are summoned to a derelict vaudeville theater to fulfill the wishes of the theater's founding members -- their grandparents. A series of sinister events makes them realize their gathering was for a completely different purpose than previously believed.

This is a staged reading, admission is free, but donations are very much appreciated.

To reserve tickets please click here or call 973-328-9202.

Leading Ladies

Written by: Ken Ludwig
Directed by: Neil Fitzpatrick
June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8pm
June 16 at 2pm

​​Two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces!

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s free concerts in parks throughout New Jersey in June and July

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs free concerts in parks throughout New Jersey in June and July, bringing a family-friendly program of Broadway songs, opera overtures and more to six outdoor venues from Ridgefield Park to Toms River. The NJSO performs free concerts at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, Ocean County College in Toms River, Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park, Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, Branch Brook Park in Newark and Marine Park in Red Bank.

Rounding out its summer schedule, the Orchestra also will appear at the Giralda Farms outdoor festival in Madison and present “Scores: New Orchestral Works,” a program of new music by the 2018 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute composers, in Princeton.

Patrons can enter the NJSO’s annual photo contest to win a three-concert Compose Your Own subscription for two for the 2018–19 season.

FREE SUMMER PARKS PROGRAMS

Settle in under a starry sky and enjoy glorious Broadway songs and rousing opera overtures with the NJSO! Watch the fireflies dance along to the overture from Crazy for You and catch a glimpse of a shooting star during Rossini’s fiery overture to William Tell. You may even hear a familiar tune from a galaxy far, far away! It’s a warm summer’s evening of the fun and familiar at this summer’s NJSO parks concerts!

NJSO Youth Orchestras Artistic Director José Luis Domínguez conducts the summer parks concerts, which are an annual tradition that reflects the Orchestra’s commitment to bringing live symphonic music to communities throughout the state.

Free concerts take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside (7:30 pm)
  • Tuesday, June 26, at Ocean County College in Toms River (8 pm)
  • Wednesday, June 27, at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park (8 pm)
  • Thursday, June 28, at Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken (7:30 pm)
  • Friday, June 29, at Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark (7:30 pm)—with fireworks
  • Sunday, July 1, at Marine Park in Red Bank (8 pm)

GIRALDA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Presented by Morris Arts

The NJSO performs at the Giralda Music and Arts Festival in Madison on Sunday, June 24, at 6 pm. Gates open at 4 pm for picnics and activities. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate; children’s rates are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit morrisarts.org/giralda or call 973.285.5115.

SCORES: NEW ORCHESTRAL WORKS

NJSO EDWARD T. CONE COMPOSITION INSTITUTE

On Saturday, July 14, at 8 pm at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, David Robertson conducts the dynamic works by the composers of the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a multi-faceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers. The Institute composers will briefly share the inspiration behind their pieces in an evening that will show the vibrant future of orchestral music.

General-admission concert tickets for Scores are $15 and are available for purchase online at njsymphony.org/scores or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

Additional information about the Institute is available at njsymphony.org/institute.

Full event details for the NJSO’s slate of summer concerts are available at njsymphony.org/summer.

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NJSO SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE

‘Dial M For Murder’ next at Circle Players

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Circle Players’  final production of its 2017-2018 season, “Dial M For Murder” by Fredrick Knott.

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder and a brilliant alibi for himself. But in this classic mystery immortalized on film by Alfred Hitchcock, nothing proceeds as Wendice anticipates, and a tense game of cat and mouse ensues.

The play will be directed by Diane Teichman of Flemington and produced by Ed Faver of Roselle.

  • Fridays: June 8, 22 at 8:00pm
  • Saturdays: June 9, 16, 23 at 8:00pm
  • Sunday: June 17, 24 at 3:00pm

A talkback will be held following the June 17 performance.

Appearing in the play are:

Noah Stanzione of Newton as Tony Wendice; Debbie Campanali of Washington as Margot Wendice; Matt Lafargue of Dunellen as Max Halliday;

John B. Thompson of Piscataway as Captain Lesgate; and Jim Clancy of Basking Ridge as Inspector Hubbard.

Audiences are invited to join in a special wine and cheese reception in the theater lobby following the opening night performance.

The theater is located at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway. Please be advised: due to the unique layout of this theater in the round, latecomers cannot be seated after the performance has started. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain.

For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at www.circleplayers.org.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors.

Circle Players

416 Victoria Ave

Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA

www.circleplayers.org

(732) 968-7555

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Women's Theater Company closes out it's 25th season with the comedy: OUR MOTHER'S BRIEF AFFAIR

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Our Mother’s Brief Affair by Richard Greenberg: On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.

Our Mother’s Brief Affair: Starring, Meridith Johnson* Lauren Moran Mills, Tait Ruppert* and Scott Tomjack (photo)

Director Barbara Krajkowski,

Artistic Associate Patricia Durante

*denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association

Our Mother’s Brief Affair runs May 18-27 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. To purchase tickets online please visit www.womenstheater.org or call

973 335 3038.

The Women’s Theater Company is located at the Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ. For GPS driving directions, please enter the town of Boonton, 07005.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Benefit Concert for Luna Stage featuring Christian McBride and Special Guests June 1 at the Montclair Women’s Club



Six-time GRAMMY-winning bassist Christian McBride will headline a concert to benefit Luna Stage on Friday, June 1 at the Montclair Women’s Club. This jazz luminary will be joined onstage by special guests. The program will include cocktails, dessert, a silent auction and dancing after the concert. Proceeds will support development of Luna’s cutting-edge theater productions, classes in local schools, and community programming.

Tickets are $135 and $190 for the VIP Package, which includes special seating, a gift and the opportunity to meet the musicians. The Montclair Women’s club is located at 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ. Tickets are available at www.LunaStage.org  https://tinyurl.com/mcbrideatluna  or call (973) 395-5551

On June 1, that ride will celebrate and support Luna Stage.  Luna is nationally recognized for producing dynamic world premieres and contemporary plays in an intimate space that allows audiences to feel they are part of the action. Luna’s work often engages contemporary social issues, and is frequently accompanied by talkbacks and other educational events. A growing acting conservatory for youth and community-based performance events round out the programming of this vibrant local institution.


McBride is known for dynamic performances that fuse musically inventive artistry and energetic fun. He bemoans the “unwritten contention that somehow swinging and imagination are mutually exclusive.”

Instead, he says, “When you pull the people in, you can go anywhere as long as they feel like they’re a part of the ride.”

One of the most recorded musicians of his generation, McBride has appeared on more than 300 recordings. He primarily plays double bass, but is equally adept on bass guitar. Jazz artists McBride has collaborated and recorded with include Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Martino, Hank Jones, Lewis Nash, Joshua Redman, and Ray Brown's "SuperBass" with John Clayton, as well as with pop, hip-hop, and soul musicians like Sting, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Isaac Hayes, The Roots,[1] Queen Latifah, Kathleen Battle, Renee Fleming, Carly Simon, Bruce Hornsby, and James Brown.

McBride is “brilliant and he’s fearless,” says NJPAC president and CEO John Schrieber. “Christian is just so tickled by life, and by the possibilities of discovery and invention.”



About Luna Stage:  Luna is not just a theater, it is an anchor of the Valley Arts District, a center for Community Engagement and provider of Theater Education Programs for children and adults.

Mission: Luna Stage develops new voices and engages communities in the transformative power of theater. Our work challenges, illuminates, and educates by asking big questions, starting important conversations, and reveling in the complexity of the human experience.

Luna Stage is a home for the adventurous theater goer. Our work is resonant and responsive, sometimes daring and always challenging.

Over the course of its history, Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 50 new works for the stage. Our world premieres have gone on to be produced in New York and across the country earning the theater a reputation for artistic excellence.
Our classes for children and adults and our developmental programs for early career artists inspire our community members to nurture their own creativity and vision.
Our unique approach to producing and our work itself fosters an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.

Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre


As one of the nation’s leading professional theaters and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows to Broadway. Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey.  

Among the early nominees and winners are Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) photo, Tony Award winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), Shanice Williams, star of NBC’s The Wiz Live! and Olivier Award nominee Jared Gertner (The Book of Mormon).
The 2018 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation ceremony will take place at Paper Mill Playhouse on Monday, June 4, at 7:30pm, featuring presenters from Broadway and beyond. The ceremony will be broadcast live on television and online through Paper Mill Playhouse video partner, Hometowne Television, of Summit, New Jersey.
Among the top nominated high schools, Union High School has 12 nominations, Columbia High School has 9 nominations, Delaware Valley Regional High School and West Morris Central High School  each have 8  nominations, Moorestown High School has 7 nominations, Eastern Regional High School, Ridge High School and Toms River High School North each have 6 nominations, Morristown High School has 5 nominations and Fair Lawn High School, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Wallkill Valley Regional High School and Westfield High School each have 4 nominations. These totals do not account for Student Achievement Award nominations.
“We are very excited to celebrate excellence in high school musical theater with the students of New Jersey,” commented Mark S. HoebeePaper Mill Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director. “For many New Jersey schools, the prestigious honor of a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star nomination is the culmination of their hard work in a high school musical. Many of our Rising Star nominees and winners are now working professionally and have won esteemed industry awards while working in theater and film.” 
Past Rising Star nominees and recipients recently appeared on Broadway in She Loves Me (Laura Benanti), Noises Off (Rob McClure), American Psycho (Morgan Weed) Aladdin (Josh Dela Cruz, Jonathan Schwartz, Kathryn Allison), Les Misérables (Nikki M. James), Disney’s The Lion King (Jelani Remy), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Julia Knitel), Jersey Boys (Russell Fisher), The Phantom of the Opera (Julia Udine), London’s West End production of The Book of Mormon (Jared Gertner); the Public Theater's Grounded (Anne Hathaway). Shanice Williams, star of NBC’s The Wiz Live was nominated for a Rising Star Award in 2014.
Paper Mill Director of Education Lisa Cooney explains, "What's happening in high school musical productions here in New Jersey and around the country is remarkable. Programs like the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards raise the bar and create opportunities for student performers and theater technicians to be recognized for their achievements, while giving them access to thousands of dollars in scholarships and professional training. We consistently hear from top-tier colleges and casting directors that a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award is a significant accolade for an aspiring theater artist.”
The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation are modeled after the Tony Awards, and Paper Mill Playhouse's program serves the entire state of New Jersey, with nearly 100 entered productions from public, private and parochial high schools. Paper Mill Playhouse conceived and created the awards in 1996 to give schools the opportunity to showcase their musical arts programs on a statewide level. The musicals are adjudicated by Paper Mill Playhouse throughout the spring by a group of 70 evaluators, with each school receiving four independent evaluations.  Schools nominated for Outstanding Overall Musical and Leading Actor/Actress nominees perform at the event, and award recipients are presented with an engraved crystal award from Tiffany & Co.
"Recognizing someone's talent, hard work, and dedication can be a validation that propels them forward in pursuing their dreams. The Rising Star Awards can be that impetus for the student performers and theater technicians it honors each year," said Investors Bank President and CEO Kevin Cummings. "Investors Bank is grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge, not just the students, but the theater programs in which they participate in high schools throughout New Jersey. Congratulations to everyone, and never stop working toward achieving your dreams."
Paper Mill Playhouse also awards $5,000 in scholarships at the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation.  Five $1,000 cash scholarships are given to outstanding individual students who plan to continue studying theater performance or technical theater in college. Paper Mill Playhouse is pleased to award a prize of $500 to a school receiving the 2018 Educational Impact Award, which acknowledges a school that successfully connects the musical to the district's curriculum, using the production as a teaching tool for the greater student body and local community.  Through the Rising Star “Theatre for Everyone” Inclusion and Access Award and a partnership with The Cultural Access Network of New Jersey, a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Paper Mill Playhouse will present a cash award of $1,000 to a school to recognize excellence in the promotion and practice of creative inclusion of students and adults with disabilities as performers, designers, musicians and production staff. Additionally, this award seeks to recognize and reward a school that takes steps to ensure their performances are accessible to audiences with disabilities.
Lastly, students receiving final nominations in the lead and supporting acting categories receive a scholarship to Paper Mill Playhouse's competitive Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, a professional training program, which, along with advanced classes in singing, acting and dance, offers the nominees an opportunity to perform in the season finale concert, "New Voices of 2018: From Sea to Shining Sea” on July 27 and July 28 at Montclair State University.
Rising Star Awards - Presented by the Investors Foundation is generously supported by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Rising Star scholarships are made possible by Ruth Bedford in memory of Jane Burgio, Walt Santner in honor of Janet Sovey, and the Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund Trust. The Theatre for Everyone Inclusion and Access Award is supported by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is grateful for generous contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.
2018 Rising Star Awards Nominations and Honorable Mentions

Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Final Nominations
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE
Moorestown HSK, ISS ME, KATE
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Union HS, PETER PAN
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN

Honorable Mentions
Eastern Regional HS, ROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION
Fair Lawn HS, ONCE
Wallkill Valley Regional HS, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Westfield HS, FOLLIES
 
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Final Nominations
Bridgewater-Raritan HS, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Jenny Brady as “Cora Hoover Hopper”
Montclair Kimberley Academy, INTO THE WOODS, Ellie Kallay as “The Baker's Wife”
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE, Mira Mookerjee as “Lilli Vanessi/Katharine”
Old Bridge HS, SISTER ACT, Amaya White as “Deloris Van Cartier”
Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Sara Miller as “Princess Winnifred”
Wallkill Valley Regional HS, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Nicole Verga as “Janet Van De Graaff”
West Orange HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Gabrielle Florendo as “Nina Rosario”

Honorable Mentions
Carteret HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Sherwin Fabe as “Nina Rosario”
Don Bosco Prep HS, ALL SHOOK UP, Kristina Conzo as “Natalie Heller/Ed”
Hackensack HS, CABARET, Subiyah Mboya as “The Emcee”

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Final Nominations
Academy of the Holy Angels, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Luke Berninger as “Carl Hanratty”
Carteret HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Jovanni Aparicio as “Usnavi”
Gloucester County Institute of Technology, THE PAJAMA GAME, Spencer Petro as “Sid Sorokin”
Madison HS, FOOTLOOSE, Jaron Cole as “Ren McCormack”
Nutley HS, PIPPIN, Eric Sebek as “Pippin”
St. Joseph Regional HS, CURTAINS, Vincent Simpson as “Lt. Frank Cioffi”
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS North, LES MISÉRABLES: SCHOOL EDITION, Ben Sasportas as “Jean Valjean”

Honorable Mentions
Christian Brothers Academy, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Michael Guarino as “Tevye”
Jackson Memorial HS, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Matt Ebersole as “The Beast”
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Victor Colasurdo as “Gomez Addams”

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Final Nominations
Chatham HS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Lilly McGrath as “Hodel”
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE, ,Claire Wolfson as “Betty Rizzo”
Hopewell Valley Central HS THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Caroline Herbert as “The Chaperone”
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE, Skylar Raye Noyes “Lois Lane/Bianca”
Morristown HS, ANYTHING GOES, Kate Croonquist as “Erma”
Mount Olive HS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Lauren Onufryk as “Brenda Strong”
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Yna Tresvalles as “Wednesday Addams”

Honorable Mentions
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY, Naomi Fisch as “Amber Von Tussle”
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY, Madie Reilly as “Velma Von Tussle”
St. Joseph Regional HS, CURTAINS, Kassi McMillanas “Georgia Hendricks”

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Final Nominations
Bridgewater-Raritan HS, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, Nick Scafuto as “J. Bowden Hapgood”
Columbia H, SHAIRSPRAY, Hunter Kovacs as “Corny Collins”
Gloucester County Institute of Technology, THE PAJAMA GAME, Joey Bennett as “Vernon Hines”
Morris Hills HS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Ryan Spada as “Perchik”
Nutley HS, PIPPIN, Wesley Gardner as “Charlemagne”
Vernon Township HS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Matthew Losco as “Igor“
Wallkill Valley Regional HS, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Chris Hara as “Aldolpho”

Honorable Mentions
Colonia HS, HAIRSPRAY, Dervens Celestin as “Seaweed J. Stubbs”
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE, Dean Blizzard as “Bill Calhoun/Lucentio”
St. Joseph Regional HS, CURTAINS, James Zitelli as “Aaron Fox”

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role

Final Nominations
Don Bosco Prep HS, ALL SHOOK UP, Trevor DeLello as “Dean Hyde”
Eastern Regional HS, ROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, Primo Davis as “Franz Klinemann“
Secaucus HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Nicholas Matos as “Sonny”
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Sarah Mullin as “Alice Beineke”
Union HS, PETER PAN, Marc-Andrew Duvelson as “Smee”
Union HS, PETER PAN, Alyssa Carbonell as “Tiger Lily”
Westfield HS, FOLLIES, Abigail Connolly as “Hattie Walker”

Honorable Mentions
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY, Ben Blais as “Wilbur Turnblad”
Pascack Valley HS, HOW TO SUCCEED, Kari Hauck as “Bud Frump”
West Orange HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Jordan Scott Young as “Daniela”

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Member

Final Nominations
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE, Joshua Nilsen as “Eugene Florczyk”
Millburn HS, RENT: SCHOOL EDITION, Halle Lipton as “Seasons of Love Soloist”
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE, Elena Iliadis as “Pauline”
Summit HS, LEGALLY BLONDE, JJ Stewart as “Winthrop, Castillo”
West Orange HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Madelyn Machado as “Carla”
Westfield HS, FOLLIES, Nicole Player as “Young Heidi”

Honorable Mentions
Fair Lawn HS, ONCE, Nicki Kissi as “Ex-Girlfriend”
Ridge HS, ANNIE, Evelyn Zeng as “Molly”
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN, Grace Alai as “Evleen”

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Group

Final Nominations
Bernards HS, THE MUSIC MAN, “The Barbershop Quartet”
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE, “The Burger Palace Boys”
Monmouth Regional HS, GEORGE M!, “The Four Cohans”
Ridge HS, ANNIE, ,“The Orphans”
Summit HS LEGALLY BLONDE, “The Delta Nu Girls/Greek Chorus”
Union HS, PETER PAN, “The Indians”
Union HS, PETER PAN, “The Lost Boys”

Honorable Mentions
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE, “The Gangsters“
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN,  “The Ladies in Waiting”
Westfield HS, FOLLIES, “The Showgirls”

Outstanding Performance by a Chorus

Final Nominations
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE
Don Bosco Prep HS, ALL SHOOK UP
Gloucester County Institute of Technology, THE PAJAMA GAME
Princeton Day School, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Union HS, PETER PAN

Honorable Mentions
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN
West Orange HS, IN THE HEIGHTS

Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

Final Nominations
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY
Fair Lawn HS, ONCE
Ridge HS, ANNIE
Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Union HS, PETER PAN
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS North, LES MISÉRABLES: SCHOOL EDITION

Honorable Mentions
Carteret HS, IN THE HEIGHTS
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE
Mount Olive HS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Outstanding Achievement by a Teacher or Outside Director

Final Nominations
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY, Tricia Benn, Bethany Pettigrew
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE, Clinton B. Ambs
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE, Erica Scanlon Harr, Greg Harr
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Carolyn Little
Union HS, PETER PAN, James Mosser
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN, Jeff Hogan

Honorable Mentions
Eastern Regional HS, ROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, Dr. Gregg Molotsky
Fair Lawn HS, ONCE, John Giresi
Wallkill Valley Regional HS, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Christine Molnar
Westfield HS, FOLLIES, Daniel Devlin

Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction

Final Nominations
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY, Jamie Bunce, Peter F. Bauer
Delaware Valley Regional HS, ,GREAS EDoug Radziewicz
Don Bosco Prep HS, ALL SHOOK UP, Ed Ginter, John Zupan
Fair Lawn HS, ONCE, Charles Santoro
Union HS, PETER PAN, James Mosser, Laura Muller
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN, Mark Stingle, Margaret Schaefer
Westfield HS, FOLLIES, John Brzozowski

Honorable Mentions
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE, Sergey Tkachenko, Greg Connlain
Ridge HS, ANNIE, Barbara Retzko, Jennifer Curran
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, George Powers

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Staging

Final Nominations
Academy of the Holy Angels, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Arianne Ryan
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY, Tricia Benn, Bethany Pettigrew
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE, Heather Fleischman
Gloucester County Institute of Technology, THE PAJAMA GAME, Erica Paolucci
Hackensack HS, CABARET, Michele Stein
Union HS, PETER PAN, Jennifer Williams
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN, Dana Harrington

Honorable Mentions
Carteret HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Robert McGuckin, Danielle Portera McCaig
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Kimberley Zmudsky
Wallkill Valley Regional HS, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Denise Kullhan

Outstanding Scenic Achievement

Final Nominations
Eastern Regional HSROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, Chris Childs, Cyrena Kokolis, Aaron Forsman,
Gregg Molotsky
Harrison HS, SEUSSICAL, Colin Shields, Pedro Pereira, Matthew Broyszewski, Vee Broyszewski
Jackson Memorial HS, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Jamie Allaire
Morristown HS, ANYTHING GOES, Michael Hession, John Hession
Ridge HS, ANNIE, Jason M. Stewart
Union HS, PETER PAN, Kent Homchick
Wallkill Valley Regional HS, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Rodney Carrol

Honorable Mentions
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE, Josh Paul
Fair Lawn HS, ONCE, John Giresi, Nairi Arslan
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN, Jeff Hogan, John Hughes

Outstanding Lighting Achievement

Final Nominations
Eastern Regional HS, ROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, Gregg Molotsky
Fair Lawn HS, ONCE, Andrew Scharwath
Jackson Memorial HS, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, James A. Lyle
Ridge HS, ANNIE, Dallas Harvey
Union HS, PETER PAN, Coby Chasman-Beck
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN, Jeff Hogan, Timothy Meola
Westfield HS, FOLLIES, Sharp Edge Lighting Design

Honorable Mentions
Carteret HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Robert McGuckin, Daniel Suriel
Midland Park HS, URINETOWN, Jay Patel
Princeton Day School, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, Steve Howe

Outstanding Costuming Achievement

Final Nominations
Columbia HS, HAIRSPRAY, Barbara Canace, Carol Rutledge, Suzanna Roghanchi
Eastern Regional HS, ROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, Michelle Heyers
Gill St. Bernard's School, INTO THE WOODS, Paul H. Canada
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE, Katie Keith
Morristown HS, ANYTHING GOES, Katie Adams
Wallkill Valley Regional HS, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Christine Molnar
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN, Susan Thompson

Honorable Mentions
Jackson Memorial HS, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Playtime Costumes, Bobbie Allaire
Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Joanne Sprague
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Crystal Swancey

Outstanding Hair and Make-up Achievement

Final Nominations
Eastern Regional HS, ROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, Michelle Heyers
Gill St. Bernard's School, INTO THE WOODS, Lee Amoroso, Valeri Collins, Venus Nedd
Hackensack HS, CABARET, Sonya Kypreos, Marybeth Berndt
Morristown HS, ANYTHING GOES, Yasmina Abi-Aad
Toms River HS North, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Keleyn Wraga
West Morris Central HS, THE PIRATE QUEEN, Megan Spina

Honorable Mentions
Chatham HS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Julie Edwards
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE, Shanice Homeward, et al
Wallkill Valley Regional HS, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Christine Molnar

Student Achievement Awards
(20 finalists, 10 recipients will be announced)

Final Nominations
Carteret HS, IN THE HEIGHTS, Daniel Suriel, Lighting Designer/Board Operator
Christian Brothers Academy, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Public Relations Department
Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, INTO THE WOODS, Anthony Crutcher, Jr., Stage Manager
Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, INTO THE WOODS, Kaila Lewis, Lighting Designer
Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, INTO THE WOODS, Jennika Villard, Costume Designer
Delaware Valley Regional HS, GREASE, Ellis Stanton, Light Board Operator
Madison HS, FOOTLOOSE, Tyler McKinnon, Stage Manager
Morristown HS, ANYTHING GOES, Matt Mruz, Grace Prachthauser, Sound/Film Designer
Mount Olive HS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Andrew Laudor, Lighting Designer
Nutley HS, PIPPIN, Patricia Patalinjug, Graphic Designer
Princeton Day School, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, Hope Ammidon, Assistant Director
Princeton Day School, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, Aaron Baseman, Production Art/Advertising Director
Princeton Day School, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, Rakesh Potluri, Assistant Lighting Designer/Master Electrician
Rahway HS, A CHORUS LINE, Jason Myers, Makenzie Martin, Dance Captains
Summit HS, LEGALLY BLONDE, Sterling Hiltebrand, Technical Director
Summit HS, LEGALLY BLONDE, Costume Crew 
Summit HS, LEGALLY BLONDE, Sarah Beatty, Student Director
Voorhees HS, FOOTLOOSE, Matthew Nowell, Technical Director/Sound Designer
Westfield HS, FOLLIES, Devyn Tibbals, Stage Manager
Westfield HS, FOLLIES, Morgan L. Eng, Graphic Designer/Pit Orchestra

The Educational Impact Award

Final Nominations
Carteret HS, IN THE HEIGHTS
Cicely L. Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, INTO THE WOODS
Fair Lawn HS, ONCE
Perth Amboy HS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Ridge HS, ANNIE
St. Joseph Regional HS, CURTAINS
Summit HS, LEGALLY BLONDE

Rising Star “Theater for Everyone” Inclusion and Access Award

Final Nominations
Carteret HS, IN THE HEIGHTS
Chatham HS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Eastern Regional HS, ROCK OF AGES: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION
Lodi HS, IN THE HEIGHTS
Madison HS, FOOTLOOSE
Moorestown HS, KISS ME, KATE
Morristown HS, ANYTHING GOES
Ridge HS, ANNIE
Sayreville War Memorial HS, SHREK

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Todd Schmidt (Managing Director) and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters.  Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.