Thursday, January 31, 2019

NJSO now accepting applications for 2019 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute through Feb 11

NEWARK, NJ—The 2019 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a
multifaceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers, is now accepting applications through February 11. The Institute will select four composers to hear their music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and participate in in-depth sessions with industry leaders, July 15–20 on the Princeton University campus.

The Institute is open to university composition students or composers in the early stages of their professional careers. The application form, eligibility requirement and Institute details are available at

The NJSO will perform the participants’ works on July 20 at 8 pm at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton. By the conclusion of the Institute’s immersive laboratory experience, participants will have gained invaluable musical and practical feedback about writing for orchestra and how to get their music published and performed.

Composers will hear their works in rehearsal and performance, participate in masterclasses with Institute Director Steven Mackey and receive feedback from NJSO musicians and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru. The Institute will also provide career-development opportunities with industry leaders.

The Cone Institute is really unique,” Mackey says. “It provides a lot of time for the students to work with the orchestra. I think what separates the Cone Institute from many of its peer opportunities is its holistic vision of the composer and [the way we help] composers build their careers so their music is heard. There are sessions with industry leaders, publishers and radio stations [about practical topics] that will be important for a composer’s career.”

The Institute is tuition-free; housing on the campus of Princeton University and on-campus meals will be provided.

The NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute grew out of reading sessions the Orchestra has held with Princeton University graduate students biennially for more than a decade. The Institute celebrates its namesake Cone’s legacy as both a composer and a Princeton University professor.

Strollers Children's Show 'The Day The Rainbow Broke Up'

This colorful story full of music, movement, costumes, and comedy poses the question of what might happen if all the colors of the rainbow decided to strike out on their own. As each color tries to prove itself the best, they encounter creatures from nature who try to show them the error of their ways. They learn about cooperation, friendship, and the beautiful power of diversity. 

But will the colors learn the lesson? Can the rainbow be saved? Come out and see for yourself!
Entertaining for toddlers, teens, and grown-ups. Kids get to sing along, dance along, and get up close and personal with the colors and creatures. 

A great way to break up the winter blahs with a bright funny trip through all the colors of nature!  

Running time: 60 minutes (meet-the-creatures opportunity afterward)  

Auditions: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Maurer Productions

The High Energy Musical

About the Show

Maurer Productions OnStage, the company that brought you the Perry Award winning Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Driving Miss Daisy and the Glass Menagerie will be holding open auditions for its upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Feb 15-16-17.
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser filled with audience participation, laughter and fun.
9 Roles - All rolls are open
This production will be presented at Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. The show will require 9 actors
The production will be directed by Diana Gilman Maurer and John M. Maurer with Music Direction by Peter de Mets and Choreography by Jane Coult

Sign up to audition Now!
Directed By: Diana Gilman Maurer & John M. Maurer
Audition Dates:
Friday Feb 15th - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday Feb 16th - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Feb 17th - 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Performance Dates:
June 7, 8, 14, 15, 2019 at 8pm
June 9, 16, 2019 at 2pm

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Audition: “Shakespeare’s Lost Masterpiece” at Center Players

Freehold, NJ –  Center Players Dessert Theater will hold auditions for a production of “Shakespeare’s Lost Masterpiece” at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ. The play was written by Larry Americ Allen and will be directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr. 

Audition Dates: Mon. Feb. 11 and Tues. Feb. 12th from 7-9pm. 

Performance Dates: April 5-7, and possibly April 12-14, 2019; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. 

Synopsis: This controversial play explores the relationship between a homeless man and a lost work by William Shakespeare. When the never-before-published work falls into the hands of the homeless man in San Francisco, the result is twists and turns, ruthless integrity, a seductive dramatic tragic-comedy climaxing into a heavenly-hellish ending. Warning: contains explicit language and themes. A complete character list is available at

AUDITION MATERIAL: Sides from the play will be provided. 

PLEASE BRING: Resume and headshot if available 


 Celebrating its 18th season at Center Playhouse, Center Players is a respected, award-winning 501(c) 3 organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play reading events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Shakespeare's King Lear next at Chester Theatre Group-Kevern Cameron directing

The Chester Theatre Group presents William Shakespeare's King Lear starting on Friday, February 8th and extending for eight shows through Sunday, February 24th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $20.00 with a discounted price of $18.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18. Tickets may be purchased online at

King Lear is the story of an 80 year old King of Britain, who divides his realm unequally between his daughters. As a result, Lear experiences a dark betrayal and decent into despair and madness.

King Lear is one of William Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. It was derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king. The play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors. Most recently, Anthony Hopkins appeared in a BBC film version for Amazon Video.

The talented cast of King Lear includes Jack Roberts of Morristown in the roles of Captian and the Duke of Cornwald; Madelyn Barkocy of Rockaway in the role of Cordelia (photo right); Keith Hoovler of Maplewood in the roles of the Duke of Albany and the Old Man; Derek Egidio of Columbia in the roles of Edgar and the Duke of Burgundy; Matt Meier of Long Valley in the role of the Earl of Gloucester; Mike Harvey of Morristown in the role of the Earl of Kent; Mike Yoder of Bedminster in the role of Edmund; Sarah Henley of Washington in the role of the Fool; Lisa Barnett of South Orange in the role Goneril; Erik Craft of Bernardsville in the role of the King of France; George LaVigne of Beattysville in the role of Oswald; Sky Monroe of Morristown in the role of Regan and Christopher Gibbs of Fanwood in the role of King Lear (photo right). Rounding out the cast are Amie Quivey of Convent Station, Jim Quikstad of Morris Township and Ted Holland of Long Valley. The production is directed by Kevern Cameron.

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

(Photo by Carol Holland)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Luna Stage offering two free tickets to Roan @ The Gates for fed employees furloughed or working without pay.

West Orange, NJ (January 25, 2019) – Luna Stage is pleased to offer up to two complimentary tickets to performances of the World Premiere of Roan @ The Gates by Christina Gorman for federal employees who have been furloughed or are working without pay during the government shutdown.
“The protagonist of our newest play, Roan, is an employee of the National Security Agency; if she were a real figure, she would currently be furloughed, along with 800,000 other government workers,” says Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith. “We believe in the power of art to bring people together in difficult times, and are offering free tickets to all government employees impacted by the current shutdown.”
A cyber-espionage love story set in Washington D.C. and Russia, Roan @ The Gates explores what happens when personal lives collide with national security. Mel House plays the role of Roan, a data analyst for the NSA, and Aaliyah Habeeb is Roan’s wife, Nat, a lawyer committed to human rights advocacy. The play, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum, has been described as “a beautiful and high-stakes adventure that illuminates the cost of secrecy.”
“As a gesture of support and goodwill, we want to honor those in our community who work for our federal government and are struggling during this crisis,” says Managing Director Miriam Gardin. “Bring a friend, bring a date, and get your mind off of your troubles for one night.”
Federal employees may use code FEDFREE to get up to two advance tickets to any Preview or Thursday performance of Roan either online at or by calling the box office at 973-395-5551. Pairs of tickets to any other performance will be available at the box office starting one hour before showtime. All ticket orders are subject to availability, and valid identification will be required to pick up tickets.
General Admission tickets to Roan @ The Gates are $16-39, and are available at or by calling 973 395 5551. A limited number of premium Opening Night tickets are available for $59, including the post-show party with cast and creative team.
About Luna Stage
Luna Stage develops and produces vibrant plays about local and global experiences. Luna brings communities together for artistic events that ignite conversations and create understanding and change. Firmly rooted in New Jersey's Valley Arts District—a crossroads of cultures—the Company celebrates the diverse voices that surround it. As producer, innovator, and educator, Luna Stage is dedicated to eliminating barriers to participation and nurturing the next generation of audiences and artists.
Luna’s classes for children and adults, and its developmental programs for early career artists, inspire community members to nurture their own creativity and vision.
Luna Stage has contributed to the development of over 80 new works for the stage, earning a reputation for artistic excellence. Some of those plays have gone on to productions in New York City and beyond. Luna’s unique approach to producing, as well as the work itself, fosters an environment of inclusivity, understanding, and infinite possibility.

Auditions:Circle Players for AR Gurney's “Sylvia”

Circle Players announces auditions for AR Gurney's “Sylvia”

PISCATAWAY – Circle Players of Piscataway announces auditions for the fifth production of our 2018/2019 season, “Sylvia”, written by AR Gurney and directed by Ed Faver. Auditions will be held:
·         Thursday, February 21, 7 to 9 pm
·         Sunday, February 24, 5 to 8 pm
·         Callbacks on Tuesday, February 26, 7 to 9 pm  . (Please note callbacks are by invitation only.)
The production runs May 17 through June 9, 2019.

"Sylvia" tells the story of Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising. One day, Greg brings home a dog he has found—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife.

The auditions will consist of readings from the show. Sides and a character breakdown will be posted to soon.

Auditions will be held at Circle Playhouse, 416 Victoria Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854. Questions may be submitted to

Thursday, January 24, 2019

NJ Theatre Alliance releases “SEE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE” Campaign Video (made possible in part by Investors Foundation)

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Through a partnership with Investors Foundation in Short Hills, NJ, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) has released two videos to complement the poster displays and theatre locator maps available in each of its 33 member theatres. Its See Professional Theatre campaign showcases the benefits of enjoying local theatre productions performed and produced by theatre professionals in the Garden State. The campaign brings to light the vast professional talent being showcased throughout New Jersey.

The four-video series, by videographer Dave Tavani, captures the exciting and unique elements of live theatre made in New Jersey. It is designed to not only encourage visitors to visit a new theatre company but to emphasize the excellence and affordability of professional theatre in New Jersey through feedback from theatre patrons.  

“I wanted to be involved with this project because I think it’s important for people to know that you can find quality theater right here, in your own backyard. Having the opportunity to be a part of something and share in moments with the actors, as they happen, is closer than you think!” – Tasha R. Williams, Actress

The “Magic of Live Theatre” launched the series in December. The second video, which examines how Alliance member theatres tackle pressing social issues, was released on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. You can learn more about the campaign at and view the series on all of the Alliance’s social channels at @njtheatre. The videos will also be distributed by Alliance member theatres.

“With so many wonderful offerings at our member theatres, we wanted to capture the audience experience using real testimonials,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Investors Bank and Foundation helped make this outstanding video series a reality and we are grateful for their continued endorsement of our expanding campaign.”

A unique hashtag, #JerseyMadeTheatre, enhances the See Professional Theatre campaign presence on social media and underscores the variety, accessibility, diversity and high quality of its 33 professional member theatres throughout the state. Visit the Alliance website,, to learn more about professional theatre in New Jersey.

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Alliance member theatres include these Equity Producing Theatres: American Theater Group in South Orange, Cape May Stage in Cape May, Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre in Summit, Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May, The Garage Theatre Group in Teaneck, George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong, Luna Stage Company in West Orange, McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union Pushcart Players in Verona, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, Two River Theater in Red Bank, and Writers Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Associate Theatres include: Actors Shakespeare Company in Hoboken, Alliance Repertory Theatre Company in Summit, Art House Productions in Jersey City, The Company Theatre Group in Hackensack, Hudson Theatre Works in Weehawken, Midtown Direct Rep in Maplewood, Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, Skyline Theatre Company in Fair Lawn, South Camden Theatre Company in Camden, Speranza Theatre Company in Jersey City, The Theater Project in Maplewood, and Women’s Theater Company in Lake Hiawatha.

About New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre 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. Funding for New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, The Shubert Foundation, and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. More information can be found at

About Investors Bank
Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $25 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

About the Investors Foundation
Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. The Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.  The Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.
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