Tuesday, October 27, 2015



The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC Holds Auditions for Black Box Theater Series

Great American Whoopee 300dpi

The Great American Whoopee

WHEN: November 10th, 2015 at 7:30PM
38 N Van Brunt Street in Englewood NJ

Auditions are for ages 14 and up.
For more information: or 201-482-8194 or

Rehearsal schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday November 30th, 8 pm
  • Tuesday December 1st, 7pm
  • Saturday December 5th, Tech during the day

Final Performance Date: Monday, December 7th, 7pm

This musical comedy is a "work-in-progress" based on the book Mushroom: The Story of the A-Bomb Kid written by John Aristotle Phillips and David Michaelis. It tells the true story of John Phillips and how he came to design an atomic bomb as a Princeton undergrad in the 1970s.

John Aristotle Philips wanted his life to be memorable, meaningful, and worthwhile. While searching for his purpose, however, he alienates everyone around him and nearly fails out of Princeton. Inspired by a teacher, he decides that the only way to graduate is to design an atomic bomb using only his Physic textbook and his own ingenuity. What he actually created was a media frenzy that turned his life upside down. Based on actual events, John's story is the story of the Great American Whoopee.

We see the story unfold from fun beginnings to its terrifying end. The musical focuses on the people in his life before, during, and after the world took notice. Of course, no musical would be complete without heartbreak, tiger mascots, men in drag doing a kick-line, and scary government spies. Interested? Us too.

About The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC
The Education program at bergenPAC features a series of classes, school residencies, workshops, live performances, student productions and ensemble groups in the performing arts for students ages 2 1/2 months to 21 years old.

The program provides students with unique and “hands-on” arts training by industry professionals that allow them to gain real world experience and enhance academic achievement through the arts. bergenPAC’s arts education initiatives occur on-site at our new Performing Arts School building at 1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ or off-site at other schools. The school reaches more than 30,000 students annually.

The Performing Arts School offers basic and professional level performing arts classes and ensemble groups and productions in theater, dance, and music for students of all ages and abilities including special needs. The school also offers beyond bergenPAC, a school Partnership Program with school districts throughout the area.

To enroll now or for more information contact 201.503.8326 or or

About bergenPAC
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons that the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.