Tuesday, August 30, 2016



clip_image002Palisades Players will hold auditions for

music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
book by Peter Stone
directed by Nancy Ringham Smith

WHEN:  Monday, September 12, and Tuesday, September 13, from 7-9 pm, (with call-backs on Sunday, September 18).
Eric Brown Theater in the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, in Tenafly

Limited special appearance contracts and stipends are available.

Director Nancy Ringham Smith’s numerous Broadway performance credits include The Three Penny Opera (Polly),My Fair Lady (Eliza), and The Will Roger Follies (Betty Blake).

  • Please come prepared to sing an up-tempo and a ballad in the style of the show. Selections from 1776 are acceptable, but not preferred.
  • Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.
  • The auditions may also include readings from the script.
  • To schedule an audition please contact palisadesplayers@jccotp.org.

Rehearsals are scheduled to begin the week of September 25 (October 9 for Equity members). Performances are scheduled for November 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20.



Register now!

WHERE: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the campus of Drew University)



Monday, August 29, 2016


Unlimited Free Dance/Theatre Classes


WHEN: Sept 12-18th.

Reserve your spot and enjoy free classes the week of Sept 12th. Not sure what you want to enroll in? Try a week of unlimited free classes. Reservations required.

Email us at dance@gardenstreetmusic.com to save your spot!

Our 2016-2017 Dance and Musical Theater Schedule Now Available!
We have an exciting line up of new classes, instructors and opportunities for the 2016-2017 Season! If you haven't heard: We are now offering classes in Downtown Hoboken at 44 Hudson Place, in addition to our home base on Washington Street.

Morning Program and Classes!  We have a new, and complete program for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers this year! Make sure to check out the schedule for more info! Be sure to try our new Rockasorri combo classes! 

We are now partners with the world famous Moscow Ballet - read below about a great opportunity for all of our dancers to participate in the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker! Auditions are Sept 27th.

We are now partnering with Local Barre and offering a variety of Dance, Music, and Theatre classes to Downtown Hoboken! Be sure to check out the schedule and enroll!

We are now partnering with the NY METS and NY JETS and our Dance and Musical Theatre companies are performing at the Mets game with the NY JETS FLIGHT CREW Cheerleaders at the top of the Mets vs Phillies game on Sept 24th!

Upcoming Shows that we are currently casting: Aladdin, Alice In Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, An Original Halloween Musical, A Hoboken Tale, A Christmas Carol, Freckleface Strawberry, and Guys and Dolls! Find out how you can join the show!

Recital News!
We will hold one dance recital in June, and have many other show opportunities, competition teams and more. The dance recital costume is now FREE and includes 1 ticket to the show, and recital tights!

Want to Join the Dance and Musical Theatre Teams?


Are you interested in joining our Award Winning Dance Competition Team? We are seeking new members ages 5 through 16 for our dance and musical theatre teams! You receive unlimited free dance classes for a reasonable monthly rate. You also get to compete at Access Broadway and have many prestigious performance opportunities throughout the year. All of our Dance Company members were accepted into the top performing arts high school in the area: 

High Tech! Please email us asap if you would like more information. dance@gardenstreetmusic.com

Enroll Now!

Enroll today!

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WHERE: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, 1018 Washington Street, Hoboken

WHERE: 44 Hudson PL., Hoboken




IMG_2978When the West Essex Tribune ran an article highlighting Livingston Community Players need for a new venue, President Phyllis Meranus, and Producer Lois Dyer received a most welcome message from Pastor Susan Gillespie of Trinity Covenant Church.  She told us that the church had a small stage in their Fellowship Hall and that they would welcome LCP. 

Around the same time, LCP was contacted by Chris Guell, offering to direct a cabaret.  Chris had most recently appeared as Edna in our Special Needs performance of Hairspray, and also appeared as one of the brothers in LCP’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


WHEN: September 6th, 7th and 8th at 7:00-8:00 p.m. for children ages 9-14, and 8:00-10:00p.m for adults
Northland Community Center, North Livingston Ave., Livingston

PERFORMANCE PLACE & DATES: Trinity Covenant Church, 343 East Cedar Street, Livingston, on October 29th and 30th

Auditioners are asked to bring sheet music for any Broadway song that they would like to perform.

For information contact: Lois Dyer 973-533-1809 or penzoe1@comcast.net  or Phyllis Meranus 973-994-0102 or sngndanz@aol.com .

LCP is sponsored by Township of Livingston & Livingston SYLS. Member of Arts Council of Livingston, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Theater Alliance and Discover New Jersey Arts.  In conformance with the Americans w/Disabilities Act, LCP stresses that participation of individuals w/disabilities welcome and valued. We strive for maximum inclusion and accommodation of individuals with a disability.  LCP is a not for profit 501C3 organization.

Sunday, August 28, 2016



Following their landmark 30th-anniversary season, Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, NJ is pleased to announce its upcoming 2016-2017 season. Passage is committed to the creation and production of a variety of socially relevant new work. This season continues with that model.

WHEN: Performances at Passage Theatre are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm during the first weekend of a run, and Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 3pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3pm during the second and third weekends.
The Mill Hill Playhouse is located at 205 E. Front Street, at the corner of Montgomery Street in Trenton, NJ. Free guarded on-street parking.
TICKETS: $20 - $33 ($38 Saturday night). Student, group and senior discounts available.
To purchase tickets call (609) 392-0766, or visit www.passagetheatre.org.


“Can one kiss change the whole picture?” asks Leslie Ayvazian’s Out of the City, a smart and thoughtful comedy. When two married couples in their 60s take a trip to celebrate a milestone birthday, they start pondering elusive romance and what comes next. This unorthodox romantic comedy, proving that rejuvenation can be found at any age, will run from October 27-November 13, 2016. Passage has previously presented four of Leslie Ayvazian’s plays: High Dive, Rosemary and I, Lovely Day and most recently Mention My Beauty as part of last season’s Solo Flights Festival.



The Solo Flights brand returns in March 2017, with Leslie Malaika Lewis’s powerful one-woman show Miracle in Rwanda. Based on ImmaculĂ©e Ilibagiza’s true story of resilience in the face of the Rwandan genocide, the play tells of personal empowerment, of overcoming all obstacles through the power of faith, and of ultimately finding peace through forgiveness. Miracle in Rwanda will run March 18-26, 2017.


From May 4-21, 2017, Passage will present Fixed, commissioned by NJPAC’s Stage Exchange program and written by Passage’s former Associate Artistic Director and playwright in residence David Lee White. Three friends on the verge of adulthood make a promise to take care of each other whenever they need help. But when things get tough, one friend breaks the vow. Fifteen years later, an undiagnosed mental illness brings the friends together. But what are they willing to sacrifice to make sure the people they love are fixed? Passage has produced several of David Lee White’s plays before, notably Blood: A Comedy, Slippery as Sin, and Panther Hollow in last season’s Solo Flights Festival.

“Humor, faith, and friendship are the themes present in Passage's upcoming season,” says June Ballinger, Passage’s Artistic Director. “Today's chaotic political and social issues require a step back to consider what is important on a basic human level. I think we need to laugh, we need our friends and we need faith in something bigger than ourselves.”   

Passage Theatre’s mainstage season is made possible in part by the N.J. State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the NEA; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Princeton Area Community Foundation; The City of Trenton; WIMG 1300; The Curtis McGraw Foundation; The James Kerney Foundation; PNC Bank; Trenton Thunder;  Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Mary O. Borden Foundation; Otsuka Pharmaceutical; George A. Ohl Trust and Wells Fargo; Investors Bank Foundation; The Garfield Foundation; NJ Council for the Humanities; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; The Shubert Foundation; and Mary G. Roebling Foundation.




Book by Patricia Resnick
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
directed by Claudia Metz.

WHEN: Sunday September 11th, 7pm to 10 pm and Monday, September 12th, 7pm to 10 pm. Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time.
WHERE: The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47).

PERFORMANCE DATES: Nov. 11, 19, 25, 26, Dec.1, 2, & 3 @ 8 pm and Nov. 12, 13, 20,& 27 @ 2 pm. (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.)Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time.

9 To 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the hit movie starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Dabney Coleman. Set in 1979, “when apples and blackberries were something you’d pick behind the barn,” this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought­provoking, and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female co­workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy ­ giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.


  • Please prepare 32 bars for your vocal audition.
  • Please bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Songs from 9 to 5 are welcome, but not necessary.
  • If you are auditioning for a specific role, please select a piece in that range. Actors being considered for certain roles MAY be asked to learn a short dance combination. Bring/wear shoes/clothes that will allow for dance.

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

All roles are open/ available. Age appropriate actors, singers, and dancers of all types, races, are encouraged to attend. Newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the production. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (7 males, 8 females +)

  • VIOLET NEWSTEAD: Female 40-­50 Vocal range: alto. Smart, efficient, widowed mother of a teenage son who is constantly being passed up for promotion in the boys’­club world of climbing the corporate ladder. She runs the office from her desk while her boss takes the credit. She is frustrated with her position, but not bitter. Comedic role – witty and sharp
  • JUDY BERNLY: Female 30-40 Vocal range: soprano, high belt. Judy Bernly is a meek housewife with her first foray into the working world when her husband runs off with his secretary. Judy changes throughout the play into a force to be reckoned with, taking control of herself and her life. Comedic role – confusion.
  • DORALEE RHODES: Female 25 -35 Vocal range: soprano, high belt. Doralee Rhodes is a sexy, country gal who is the secretary for the boss, Franklin Hart. She is misunderstood at the beginning of the play due to rumors about an affair with the boss, but comes to be a strong cog in the machine that destroys Hart. Country singing. Comedy is sharp and no­nonsense.
  • FRANKLIN HART: Male 45-­60 Vocal range: baritone. Franklin Hart is a pompous jerk and his own biggest fan. If he wasn’t the boss, he would have no friends at all. Was trained by Violet, and then promoted ahead of her, so there is no love lost between them. Spends his time trying to seduce Doralee. Smarmy. Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical, Bigot.
  • ROZ KEITH: Female 30+ Vocal range: alto, high belt. Roz Keith is the office busy­body. She is in love with Mr. Hart, and does everything she can to undermine the rest of the office to earn his affections. Over the top comedic role.
  • JOE: Male 20­29 Vocal range: tenor, high baritone. Charming, attractive accountant who is interested in Violet. Doubles in the Men’s Ensemble.
  • KATHY: Female 18+. Office Gossip. Doubles in the Women’s Ensemble
  • DWAYNE RHODES: Male 20-35. Doralee’s husband. Country. Doubles in the Men’s Ensemble.
  • MARGARET Female 35+. Office lush. Doubles in the Women’s Ensemble.
  • MISSY HART: Female 18+. Hart’s Wife. Fluttery and Ditzy. Doubles in the Women’s Ensemble.
  • JOSH NEWSTEAD: Male 15­-18. Violet’s teenage son. Must look young enough to pass as a teenager, but old enough to double in the Men’s Ensemble.
  • DICK BERNLY: Male 30-­50. Judy’ sleazy ex­husband. Also doubles as the detective.
  • BOB ENRIGHT: Male 40+. Franklin Hart’s Yes­Man. Also trained by Violet and promoted over her. Also doubles as the cop.
  • MARIA DELGADO: Female 18+. Young and vibrant secretary. Gets fired by Hart wrongfully. Doubles in the Women’s Ensemble. Also doubles as the Candy Striper.
  • RUSSELL TINSWORTHY: Male, 50+. Chairman of the Board of the company. Colonel Sanders type.
  • ENSEMBLE (Male and Female, all ages) Looking for all ages and types of singers and dancers to complete the ensemble. Fun musical arrangements with interesting harmonies and dance numbers.

For more information or directions, call 973­334­9320 ext. 5, or visit www.barntheatre.org


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As the last few weeks of Summer begin to cool off and make way for Autumn, we’re gearing up for the start of the new school year!

Improvisation, Writing and Audition Classes at The Creative Acts Academy

We are bringing back our year-round classes! Parents and students have requested poetry and improvisation classes, as well as an audition workshop that prepares students for college and professional auditions. All classes are taught by working professional writers and theatre artists.

Schedules are still being determined, so we’d love to hear from you about convenient days and times. If you could take the time to respond to this survey, we would appreciate your input:www.wtnj.org/madison-classes/

Once we hear from you, we’ll announce those details on our website, Facebook page and by e-mail at info@wtnj.org.

Playwriting Classes for Adults at the Creative Acts Academy

Dates have been announced for John Pietrowski’s 10-week playwriting classes through the summer of 2017. All classes meet on Monday evenings from 7-10 pm.

  • Fall Session: September 26- December 10 (no class November 21), 2016
  • Winter Session: January 2-March 13 (no class March 6), 2017
  • Spring Session: March 20-May 22, 2017
  • Summer Session: June 12-August 21 (no class July 3), 2017

The Playwriting for Adults Class is a hands-on workshop experience where highly experienced writers and beginners learn together in a supportive atmosphere that emphasizes the development of interesting characters and compelling stories. Pietrowski is the winner of the 2012 NJ State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.

Admission is open to anyone age 18 and above. High school students ages 16-17 interested in participating in the class should contact Mr. Pietrowski via e-mail at JPietrowski@wtnj.org. You can register for the class at www.wtnj.org/madison-classes/ .

Madison Young Playwrights Program Returns

In a few weeks, we will resume our Madison Young Playwrights Program. Professional theatre artists will work with Madison students, teaching them the basics of dramatic writing and helping them write their own plays. All completed work will be entered in our annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival. Programs take place in all three elementary schools, the Madison Junior School and St. Vincent Martyr School.

Staged readings of representative plays will be performed by professional actors at each school so that playwrights can share their work with their family and peers. This is the 31st year of the program, and it holds a very special place in our hearts. We’re looking forward to another year of working with these imaginative students!

Participants must be enrolled in the schools listed above. You can register your child online on our Madison Young Playwrights Page: www.wtnj.org/madison-young-playwrights-program/

NJ Writers Project

The New Jersey Writers Project offers poetry, prose and playwriting residencies in schools led by teaching artists who are working professionals in their field. A Language-in-Motion residency provides professional actors to present staged readings of work developed in the residencies. This powerful, engaging program gets students excited about writing and performing and provides a valuable experience for all involved.

In the words of one teacher, “Leeds Avenue School had an EXCITING, ENGAGING, & ENCOURAGING residency. Our new assistant-principal, Mrs. Irwin, observed Lamont [the resident teaching artist] in action.  Not only was she impressed but she asked me about professional development with Lamont for all ELA Teachers. The strategies and techniques Lamont uses are very engaging, hands-on, and spark student interest and participation.” - Tamar LaSure-Owens

Don’t pass up an opportunity to give your students the educational and artistic spark they need! For more information, please visit https://www.wtnj.org/nj-writers-project/

NJ Youth Poet Laureate

Writers Theatre is excited to introduce the New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate program this year! New Jersey high school students will be able to submit works of poetry, rap, and spoken word to be judged by professional poets. Three winners, one from each region of the state (North, Central, and South), will receive prizes that include performance opportunities at poetry events throughout the state and will have their poems published in a poetry anthology! The deadline for submissions is October 24th, 2016, so be sure to submit soon!

You can find more information or submit your poems on our website at https://www.wtnj.org/nj-youth-poet-laureate/

NJ Poetry Out Loud

Writers Theatre partners with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts every year to offer Poetry Out Loud to students throughout the state. Poetry Out Loud, the national high school poetry recitation contest, is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It is the country’s largest poetry recitation competition, where students learn about classic and contemporary poems through memorization and performance. The program helps students sharpen their skills in public speaking and performance, while teaching them to read critically and to deliver the message behind the words. Last year nearly 30,000 students participated in the Poetry Out Loud program and it was exciting to see the 2016 state winner, Celeste Sena, reach the National Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals in Washington, D.C!

For more information on POL, please visit the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Website at http://www.jerseyarts.com/pol/ Writers Theatre offers Poetry Out Loud residencies our website at https://www.wtnj.org/poetry-out-loud/. Residencies are not limited to high schools, elementary and junior schools have participated in residencies in the past.

NJ Young Playwrights Festival

The 2016 NJ Young Playwrights Festival was a huge success! The NJ Young Playwrights Festival is the third oldest playwriting festival in the country. Each year, hundreds of young playwrights throughout the state enter for the chance to have their plays performed by professional actors, and amongst other prizes, a free membership to the Dramatists Guild.

This past year, we were very grateful to the Mayo Performing Arts Center for allowing us to utilize their beautiful Starlight Room for the festival! We had so much fun watching the winning plays be performed, and the turnout was excellent. You can see photos from the festival at

The deadline to enter this year’s New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival is January 5, 2017, so we encourage students everywhere to start writing, as we already have a number of submissions in from young playwrights!

For more information, including how to submit your play to the festival, please visit our NJYPF page: www.wtnj.org/nj-young-playwrights-contest/

CAA Summer Camp

Our Creative Acts Academy Summer Camp was a hit this year! Students took part in a wide variety of fun and engaging classes across a span of theatrical subject areas. From acting to playwriting to musical performance to improvisation, there is a class to suit every young artist at CAA.

This summer, improvisation students learned the foundations of dramatic technique and presented what they learned to their parents in the form of improv games and exercises. In playwriting classes, students crafted plays complete with well-developed plots and witty humor in just one to two weeks. We were proud to see our students flourish in all areas of the arts and hope they will continue to pursue their interests in our new year-round classes!

Check out our Facebook for photos from this summer’s CAA classes: https://www.facebook.com/writerstheatreofnj

Summer Youth Theatre

Our 2016 Summer Youth Theatre Shows, two annual theatrical productions presented in partnership with the Madison Department of Recreation, were extremely well-received!

This year’s Junior production, Throne Over, was an original devised musical led by professional actress and musician Jane Keitel, created by and starring young artists ages 8-13. This year’s Senior production was 4 A.M. (book by Jonathan Dorf, music and lyrics by Alison Wood), a new musical dramedy starring young performers ages 14 and up. It was directed by professional director and Stage Manager Danielle Constance with expert musical direction by Brian Lang.

Photos and and a wrap-up of each production are available on our website! Please visit https://www.wtnj.org/throne-over-wrap-up/ for Throne Over or https://www.wtnj.org/4-a-m-wrap-up/ for 4 A.M.

Thanks for reading! For more information on our programs, classes, and events, please visit the WTNJ website at www.wtnj.org or our WTNJ Facebook page or email us at info@wtnj.org

Friday, August 26, 2016


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Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company is looking for tenors to fill a couple of lead roles as well as chorus (all parts) for our fall production of The Sorcerer!

People with classical musical theatre voices are encouraged to audition.

For more information and to schedule an audition, please email Paul Geidel at paulgeidel@earthlink.net.

Visit www.ridgewoodgands.com for production details.


Happy 100th Birthday to The National Park Service!

On Oct. 6th, we give them a belated birthday gift with the opening of the first show of our season, KING OF THE MOUNTAINS by Ben Clawson.

This play was commissioned with the support of The Dramatists Guild Foundation in commemoration of this centennial anniversary.


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For three days in May of 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt and the naturalist John Muir camped alone together in the Yosemite. One expected to be paid homage, revered for his accomplishments, and praised for his wilderness prowess. The other desired to have his voice heard, his philosophy followed, and his wisdom sought. The problem was, both men wanted to do all the talking.

A complex look at the ongoing battle over what to do with our public lands told through the unique wit and whimsy of Luna favorite Ben Clawson (Tilt the Unlit Candle, The Dangers of Electric Lighting, and The High Water Mark).

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555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052



www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org | 732-545-8100

Crossroads Theatre Company thanks its major supporters:

American Express
Johnson & Johnson
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission
New Brunswick Cultural Center
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts


Our first ever One-Act Jamboree!

Audience votes for their favorite One-Act.

Help your favorite playwright win a $500 cash prize!

Click below for show times and tickets.

Performed by Rhino Theatre's youth performers!

Set in the heart of Sweet Apple, Ohio, Conrad Birdie is the biggest Rock and Roll star of the 60s and he is being drafted into the army.  Albert and his girlfriend Rosie create a plan for a farewell performance to take place on the Ed Sullivan Show where Conrad will give Kim MacAfee "One Last Kiss."  Things begin to unravel and the fun begins with this amazing cast of great leads, supporting roles and fun ensemble characters.




WHERE: Rhino TheatreMainstage: 247 Wanaque Ave, Pompton Lakes NJ; Studio 237: 237 Hamburg Turnpike, Pompton Lakes NJ
973-248-9491 | www.rhinotheatre.com