Monday, April 23, 2012


Diary of a Worm, a Fly & a Spider IDiary Of A Worm, A Spider And A Fly
Book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the books by Doreen Cronin and illustrations by Harry Bliss
Directed by TGS Director of Educational Programming Lori Lawrence
Choreography by Jillian Petrie
Musical direction by Laura Petrie

WHEN: April 27 to May 20 with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM and a special opening night performance on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 PM. 
WHERE: The Growing Stage, the Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theater on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey
TICKETS: $18 for adults, $14 for children and seniors, with group rates available.
School Matinee performances are also available throughout the week. Tickets can be purchased by calling the TGS Box Office at 973.347.4946 or logging onto their website at

Is Spider getting too big for his own skin? Will Fly find her superhero powers in time to save her Aunt Rita from peril? Will Worm learn to stand on his own two feet…even though he doesn’t have feet? You are invited to take a look at the world from a bug’s perspective. Perhaps you’ll see that their lives are not all that different from yours. This world première musical captures all of the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books.

Diary Of A Worm, A Spider And A Fly features the talents of 6 professional performers in the cast. The performers are Brandon Lavon Hightower of Jersey City as Worm, J.D. Kellman of Brooklyn as Spider and Emily Cara Portune of Jersey City as Fly.  Rounding out the cast are Becky Nitka of Long Valley as Ant; Katelyn Spinosa of Bayonne as Butterfly and Katie Horn of Manhattan as Mrs. McBee.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families.  Housed in the historic Palace Theater on Route 183 in Netcong, the organization currently celebrating its 30th season, strives to provide audiences with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in the their intimate and very special venue.  The company is also showcasing its restoration of their front façade which has recently undergone major changes in keeping with its recognition of being on the National, State and County Registers of Historic Places.

The Growing Stage—The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals.