Friday, June 29, 2018

Auditions: 'High School Musical' at Rhino Theatre

Summer Camp for young aspiring performers

Coming to The Chatham Playhouse

The perfect summer camp for young aspiring performers!

Theater Creations Camp
What is "Theater Creations Camp" ?
This August, Chatham Community Players will offer a two-week theater arts camp for children ages 7-10 lead by Scott Tyler, the Camp Director/Instructor. Our campers will learn the fundamentals of acting onstage while using their imaginations and artistic creativity to develop their very own play!  Through various games and exercises, our campers will also learn about different theatrical elements and how they are used to shape a performance. An original script will be created using the campers chosen storyline and characters. This work will be rehearsed and ultimately performed on the CCP stage.

The camp culminates in a full performance with no scripts in hand for family and friends. Half day campers get to create one play. Full day campers will get to create two plays.
When is "Theater Creations Camp" ?
Camp runs from Monday August 6th through Friday August 17th (weekdays). There are a few options when signing up: You can be a FULL DAY camper for the whole two weeks (both AM and PM sessions) or you can be a HALF DAY camper (AM or PM). AM runs from 9am--11:30 with a 15 minute break for snack. Lunch is from 11:30--12. Then PM runs 12--2:30 with another 15 minute break.
For more information, visit

Adult Ballet Classes at Centenary Stage Company


Centenary Stage Company the not-for-profit professionally producing Theatre Company in residency at the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University will be offering Adult Ballet Classes for four weeks during the month of August. The class will be taught by Erin Usawicz.

               erin-usawicz Usawicz received her training with Jose Mateo and Mary McKenzie-Thompson as a scholarship student at Ballet Theatre of Boston’s (now called Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater) Young Dancer’s Program. She served as the company’s apprentice and then advanced to a corps de ballet member. Other training included work with Finis Jhung at Broadway Dance Center in New York City as well as Allegra Kent, famed Balanchine-era ballerina. Erin studied fashion design at Pratt Institute and photography at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts where she earned a BFA with high honors.

Classes will be held on Mondays from 6:30PM – 7:45PM in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  Classes begin August 6 and run through August 27. Tuition for the four week program is $60.00 per participant and is appropriate for beginner through advance dancers ages 18 and older. Registration deadline is July 23.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dreamcatcher Announces its 2018-2019 Season

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, in residence at Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit, is announcing its 2018-2019 season. This professional company will bring three productions, including two New Jersey premieres and one world premiere, to the stage in addition to improvisational comedy, a cabaret, new play readings, a holiday variety show and many programs for seniors and students. As always, the Dreamcatcher Resident Acting Company and their guests will tell stories that reflect our shared experience of being human with heart and humor.

Dreamcatcher’s fall mainstage production is the New Jersey Premiere of Dead and Buried. In this dark comedy set in a small New England town at Halloween, 18-year-old Perdue finds a job in a place most people wouldn't even consider: the local graveyard. Bid, the taciturn former Marine who runs the cemetery, hires Perdue because she unexpectedly touches Bid's heart. Bid's young assistant Robbie has gleaned most of his knowledge of manhood from the pages of Maxim. By play's end, each of their searches for what they've lost ends when they find one another instead. Dead and Buried will open on September 27 and will play until October 14.

The second mainstage production of the season, opening in February, is the World Premiere of Psychodrama by Phoebe Farber. Welcome to the weekly divorce group, held in the basement of the Unitarian church. The members are suddenly left stranded when Mitchell, their leader, leaves halfway through. Luckily, Barb has agreed to be the new group leader. Her unorthodox methods throw them all for a loop, but they eventually find that being off balance might just be the way to break through to a new understanding of their relationships. Psychodrama runs February 14 through March 3.

Dreamcatcher’s final mainstage production of the season will be the New Jersey Premiere of String Around My Finger by Brenda Withers. A young couple struggles to find their footing in the aftermath of a miscarriage. While Emma is still in the hospital, she and Kip try, with the help or interference of his sister, a physician's assistant and an insightful older patient, to piece together what their relationship has been and what it still might become. A quiet comedy about big choices, small kindnesses, and getting a grip on letting go. String Around My Finger runs from April 25 through May 12.

The improv comedy group Multiple Personality Disorder will bring its own brand of silliness and spontaneity to life for two evenings during the season. The first MPD show will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018 and the second will be Saturday, March 23, 2019.

From Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, Dreamcatcher will present an original musical cabaret performance entitled A Musical State of Mind at MONDO in Downtown Summit. On December 8, Dreamcatcher will present A Very Special (Holiday) Special, a unique and affectionate send-up of traditional television holiday variety shows. This Very Special Special will include holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun.

In the spring, two “Meet the Artist” new play readings will be held on May 15 and 22, thought-provoking experiences which include the opportunity for audience discussion with the writer, director and actors after the performance.

Dreamcatcher Junior, the summer program for students entering grades 5-12, will culminate in its annual production on Friday, July 26, an original family show that always draws on the creativity of its young actors to shape the piece. Each year, the youth company creates a one-of-a-kind piece that has ranged from fairy tale quest to Shakespeare adaptation to musical revue.

Throughout the year, Dreamcatcher offers internships for high school and college students, classes for teens and adults, and many volunteer opportunities. In addition, the theatre provides a menu of outreach programs for students and seniors that travel to other venues. All of Dreamcatcher’s activities center on the collaborative nature of theatre and creating a comfortable environment for artists and audiences of all ages to explore and grow together. The company’s work is supported by grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and several other corporate and individual donors that believe in the power of the arts to bring people together and promote understanding between them.

Season passes may be purchased that provide substantial discounts to all events, and special rates for groups are also available. The theatre at Oakes Center is wheelchair accessible, and such access services as large print scripts, assistive listening devices, and audio description will be available by prior arrangement throughout the season. Performances will be held at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. For more information and tickets for any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre’s programs, please call 908-514-9654, and visit

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:

span style="font-family: "arial" , "helvetica" , sans-serif;">Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who share contemporary, life-affirming stories that foster a deeper understanding of how we are all connected. 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 an Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

NJ Rep to Premiere FERN HILL by Michael Tucker


New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the premiere of Fern Hill by Michael Tucker (L.A. Law, Radio Days), from August 9 through September 9, 2018.
Fern Hill
is helmed by Australian director, Nadia Tass, and stars Jill Eikenberry (L.A. Law, Moonchildren), John Glover (Smallville, Waiting for Godot), Dee Hoty (Bright Star, Mamma Mia!), Jodi Long (Sullivan and Son, The Hot Chick, Splash), Tom McGowan (Frasier, Wicked, Chicago), and David Rasche (Speed-the-Plow, Veep, Burn After Reading).

Three couples in their golden years are gathered at Sunny and Jer’s farmhouse to celebrate milestone birthdays that span three decades.  The foundation of their long friendship is honesty and support – as well as a commitment to the enjoyment of food, wine, and laughter.  They’re so close that Sunny suggests they all move in together – to live and work and assist one another as they grow older.  Their companionship is put to the test, however, when a marital betrayal is discovered.  The bonds of loyalty and truth are explored in this mature comedy.

Fern Hill runs August 9 through September 9, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, August 11 at 3:00 PM. Opening night with reception is Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 PM.

Regular performances are Thursdays, Fridays 8:00 PM; Saturdays 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays 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


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

THE OUTSIDERS opens at Holmdel Theatre Company in July

The Holmdel Theatre Company will present “The Outsiders”, adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by S.E. Hinton , Friday July 20 through Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the Duncan Smith Theater in Holmdel.

Written by S.E. Hinton when she was just 16 years old, The Outsiders is a classic coming-of-age story, 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.

Director Kirk White says “in this era where art is often disposable and most consume their entertainment in tiny blurbs on tiny phones, to see this many incredible young people come and be excited by doing theater is truly an inspiration.   I am honored to work with them on this and I hope that I can rise to the occasion.”

This production of The Outsiders is produced by Laurie Devino. 

It stars Danny Tramontana, 16, of Howell as Pony Boy, and  features a cast of outstanding young local actors, including Bella Ashton, Hudson Eder (20) of Freehold, Michael Gencarelli(28) of Little Falls, Thomas Hernandez (15) of Leonardo, Faith King (15) of Red Bank, Robert Landau, Frenel Legentus (21) of Linden, Morgan Minatee (18) of West Orange, Grace Molloy (19) of Cliffwood Beach, Stephen Robertson (17) of Piscataway, Wesley Swan (18) of Holmdel,  ,Matthew Blankley (15) of Red Bank, Vincent Costanza, Daniel Nugent, Isobel Rampulla (14) of Holmdel, Neddy Rossi (12) of Edison, Paige Singer (14) of Holmdel, and Rebecca Yi.

The Outsiders will open on Friday, July 22 and play for 9 performances at the following dates and times:

  • Friday, July 20 at 8pm

  • Saturday, July 21 at 8pm

  • Sunday, July 22 at 2pm

  • Friday, July 27 at 8pm

  • Saturday, July 28 at 8pm

  • Sunday, July 29 at 2pm

  • Friday, August 3 at 8pm

  • Saturday, August 4 at 8pm

  • Sunday, August 5 at 2pm

All performances are at the Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel, New Jersey in front of the Holmdel High School.  Ticket prices are $22 general public ($17 for seniors and $12 for students). Tickets may be purchased via the website at


The Holmdel Theatre Company (HTC) is a non-profit, semi-professional, educational theatre company dedicated to presenting fresh interpretations of classic plays as well as rarely-presented modern dramas and comedies. The Company's unique mission is to integrate young people and non-professionals with professional actors, technicians, designers and directors in a collaborative artistic and educational exchange. This initiative is used to raise the level of performance and to help all performers grow artistically from the exposure to professionals in the field.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum departs the NJTA

Sad to report that the Bickford Theatre ceases on July first to be a member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance.
Here are a few photos from the past several years...

Surflight Theatre, Art House Productions, and Speranza Theatre Company Join NJ Theatre Alliance (Bickford departs)

Three Theatres Join NJ Theatre Alliance

From left: Heather Wahl of Speranza Theatre, Steve Steiner of Surflight Theatre, and Meredith Burns of Art House Productions.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) announced that Surflight Theatre of Beach Haven, Art House Productions of Jersey City, and Speranza Theatre Company of Jersey City have joined the other 31 professional, producing theatres of New Jersey as members of the Alliance. Founded in 1981, the Alliance was the first statewide service 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.

“We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional theatres to our ranks,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “We are happy to see Surflight back in business, bringing more professional theatre to the mix of summer activities on the Jersey Shore. Art House Productions has been an integral part of Jersey City’s thriving cultural community, producing diverse works in the performing arts including a mainstage theatre series. Speranza Theatre’s focus on women artists will help bolster equity and inclusion, which is a core value of the Alliance.”

55c221483656e.imageFounded in 1950, Surflight Theatre was a beloved Shore icon for 65 seasons before it closed in the early 2015. The theatre reopened in 2017, and has been producing several mainstage shows, as well as booked-in concerts and comedy shows, from June to September.

“Membership in New Jersey Theatre Alliance says that professional theatre,” said Surflight’s Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner. “When we re-opened last season, my first call, before doing a press release about our plans to re-open, was to John McEwen at the Alliance, letting him know we were opening and to get help and advice in how to put our best foot forward. It's important for all of the professional theatres in New Jersey to band together, as the rising tide lifts all boats. The Alliance gives us some additional oars. There truly is strength in numbers. We all can help each other.”

Art House Productions sprang from the desire to connect a devastated community through art and dialogue after September 11th, 2001. Since then, Art House has established itself as a pioneer of artistic and cultural programming in Hudson County. In addition to theatrical productions, it offers dance, comedy, visual-arts exhibits, classes, and more.

“For the past 17 years Art House Productions has been a vital home for the visual and performing arts in Hudson County,” said Meredith Burns, Executive Director. “We are beyond delighted to join the Alliance and its family of great theatre organizations. Our mission is to celebrate the essential power of the arts to illuminate humanity, to provide arts education in support of lifelong learning, and to present highly intentional work from emerging and under-recognized artists. With the support of the Alliance we can fully realize that mission. We couldn't be more thrilled to take this next step forward.”

Founded in 2008, Speranza Theatre Company is a women’s theatre company based in Jersey City. It takes a collaborative approach to story-telling which centers on women’s issues and provides opportunities for women to share their voices.

Heather Wahl, Artistic Director of Speranza, remarked: "One of the most humbling aspects of being admitted as a member of the Alliance is knowing membership is voted on by a board of our peers. Being accepted as members of the Alliance feels like we are on the right track as we continue to expand this new company. Speranza is grateful to have this tremendous support from the NJ theatre community."

Center Players Dessert Theater rescheduled free play reading


Center Players Dessert Theater has rescheduled their free dramatic play reading of “The Emperor’s New Duds,” an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s the “Emperor’s New Clothes.” It will be held Saturday, July 7th at 2pm at historic Oakley Farms, located at 189 Wemrock Road in Freehold.

This charming modern musical adaption of the classic fairy tale is set in the land of Felicity which is blessed by people from all over the globe. Everyone is happy except for their Emperor, who can’t seem to get enough jewels and expensive attire. Some shifty weavers appear and lessons unfold. The play is appropriate for families and children over five years old. This adaptation was written by Center Players’ Artistic Director Bernice Garfield-Szita. Audience members are asked to bring a blanket or lawn chair to the event; the rain date is Sunday, July 8th at 2pm.

Center Players will round out its successful 2017-18 season with a production of Dinner with Friends, written by Donald Margulies and directed by Leslie Hochman, running July 27th-August 26th. Tickets are available by calling 732-462-9093 or at

Celebrating its 17th season at Center Playhouse, Center Players Dessert Theater is a respected, award-winning organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play reading events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants. Center Players was founded in 1996, gained status as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and established a permanent presence in historic downtown Freehold.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Theater fills the Lackland Performing Arts Center as Centenary Stage Company announces its 2018/19 professional theater line-up.  This season’s main stage professional theater series includes four exciting CSC productions ranging from horror to a world premiere, from a spectacular musical to a timely relevant classical text. The season launches with Bram Stoker’s classic horror Dracula adapted and directed by Charles Morey. The season continues with the rolling world premiere of Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett. CSC’s Family Holiday Spectacular returns with everyone’s favorite orphan in Annie: The Musical. Finally, theatre luminaries Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso return to present John Alan Wyatt’s translation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series also returns and new for 2018/19 season Centenary Stage Company will be presenting the Gates Ferry Series: “What is Truth?” led by guest artists Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso.

                Centenary Stage Company launches its professional theater series with Charles Morey’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula October 12 through October 28 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. In addition to providing the adaptation, Mr. Morey will be lending his more than 45 years of professional experience from coast to coast to the production by joining the CSC creative team as director. A potent and theatrical adaptation of the classic horror novel that is strongly faithful to the original. “The script crackles with a vigorous, at times pounding style… wonderfully theatrical… no less erotic than the novel, in fact, it comes across as more so.” (The Event)
                Bram Stoker’s Dracula runs October 12 through October 28 with specific performances on Fridays, October 12, 19 and 26 at 8PM; Saturdays, October 13, 20 and 27 at 8PM; Sundays, October 14, 21 and 28 at 2PM; Wednesdays, October 17 and 24 at 2PM; and Thursdays, October 18 and 25 at 7:30PM.
November 9 through November 18 Centenary Stage Company’s mainstage season continues with the rolling world premiere of Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett. Developed in Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series and supported by the National New Play Network Apples in Winter received the 2015-16 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre. Miriam loves to bake apple pies and today she’s received a special request to make her signature recipe. But this day is going to be different, because Miriam has decided that this will be the last apple pie she ever bakes.

Apples in Winter runs November 9 through November 18 with specific performances on Fridays, November 9 and 16 at 8PM; Saturdays, November 10 and 17 at 8PM; Sundays, November 11 and 18 at 2PM; Wednesday, November 14 at 2PM and Thursdays November 8 and 15 at 7:30PM.
Centenary Stage Company’s annual Family Holiday Spectacular returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center November 23 through December 9 with Annie: The Musical. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan in 1930’s New York. Annie: The Musical features a book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
Annie: The Musical runs November 23 through December 9 with specific performances Fridays, November 23, 30 and December 7 at 8PM; Saturdays, November 24, December 1 and 8 at 8PM; Sundays November 25, December 2 and December 9 at 2PM; Wednesdays, November 28 at 2PM and December 5 at 10AM (school matinee) and Thursdays, November 29 and December 6 at 7:30PM.
Finally, Centenary Stage Company’s mainstage theatrical season wraps with John Alan Wyatt’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People February 15 through March 3 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. The production marks the culmination of The Gates Ferry Lecture Series: “What is Truth” (below) led by theatre luminaries Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for truth.
An Enemy of the People runs February 15 through March 3 with performances Fridays, February 15, 22, and March 1 at 8PM; Saturdays, February 16, 23, and March 2 at 8PM; Sundays, February 17, 24 and March 3 at 2PM; Wednesdays, February 20 and 27 at 2PM and Thursdays, February 21 and 28 at 7:30PM.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Coming this July to SOPAC! Hunchback of Notre Dame

Coming this July to SOPAC!


SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center)


South Orange, New Jersey

Enjoy this interview with our BroadwayWorld-winning director, Jeffrey Fiorello, and learn more about our production!

To close the season in the summer, LONJ presents Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz's soaring masterpiece, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, directed by Jeffrey Fiorello with musical direction by Stephen Fox and choreography by Michael Scannelli. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and songs from the Disney film, Hunchback showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell's new book blends the adapted story from the film with more sections of Hugo's gothic novel to tell the gripping tale of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his dreams for love and freedom.



Outdoor fun 'THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS' at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

(left to right): Jay Leibowitz as Pantalone de Bisognosi, James Michael Reilly as Truffaldino, and Aurea Tomeski as Smeraldina. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia.
The Servant of Two Masters

Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Translated and adapted from the play by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Doug West

Performances Begin June 20 

"Two masters equals two salaries!
Two salaries equals double dinners!"

Last seen eight years ago at the Outdoor Stage, we'll present a fresh new production of this 272-year-old slapstick comedy. This wild Italian romp will pull you in as Truffaldino makes the audience privy to and complicit in his increasingly complicated attempts to serve two masters at one time. Doug West, fresh from his success with It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, will direct the exuberant craziness. Don't forget to pack your picnic for al fresco dining as we transport you to 18th century Venice! 

Young people 18 and under attend for FREE! 

Auditions: 'The Dinning Room' at the Barn Theatre in Montville

The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 91st Season by holding open auditions for its upcoming production of "The Dinning Room" on Sunday and Monday, July 8th and 9th from 7 to 10 pm.  Callback date July 10th. (by invitation) "The Dinning Room" will be directed by Omar Kozarsky.
Show Synopsis:  Set in a single dining room, six actors perform 18 overlapping scenes from different households. Each scene focuses around a different family during different time periods. At its heart, it tells the story of the dying culture of upper-middle class Americans who over time have focused less on tradition and more on family progress.
CAST REQUIREMENTS: 3 Males, 3 Females,   All ethnicities encouraged to audition The actors must be able to portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Scenes run the gamut from a father lecturing his son on grammar and politics; a boy returning from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, and other subjects.
Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all adults of any age. Ethnicities, races, and newcomers are especially welcomed.
Performance Dates: Sept. 7,15,21,22,28,29 at 8pm and Sept. 8,9,16,23 at 2pm
Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available and casting is open; newcomers are especially welcomed! Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact
***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition (not after casting as the director reserves the right to replace anyone who develops too many conflicts 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 Theatre is located at the end of Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ.  For directions to the theatre, please see