Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PLAYS IN THE PARK STARTS ITS 54TH SEASON OF SUPERB OUTDOOR THEATRE WITH “THE LITTLE MERMAID”

Summer Stages: Something for Everyone at Middlesex County Plays-in-the-Park

WHERE: Plays-in-the-Park (PIP) is located in Roosevelt Park, Edison, just off Route 1 South
TICKETS: Tickets are sold on the day of performance only and priced at $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens over 60, and free to children 12 and under. Audience members must bring their own low-back lawn chairs, which can be set-up starting at 5:30pm, when the box office opens.

PIP is a venerable troupe marking its 54th season and serving an annual audience of nearly 38,000 theatre-goers. When filled to capacity, the open-air venue can accommodate as many as 1,500 patrons, providing the best in community performers, seasoned directors and designers, as well as a fully professional orchestra.

THE 2016 SEASON:

Summer Stages: Something for Everyone at Middlesex County Plays-in-the-ParkTHE LITTLE MERMAID
WHEN: June 15th to 25th; early 7:30pm performances on June 20th and 21st to accommodate family theatre-goers. All other shows throughout the summer begin at 8:30pm.

The musical is based on the Oscar-winning 1989 animated film and derived from the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. The show is directed by PIP Producer Gary Cohen, with choreography by Michelle Massa, and musical direction by John Bzosowski.

Summer Stages: Something for Everyone at Middlesex County Plays-in-the-ParkSISTER ACT THE MUSICAL
WHEN: July 6th to 16th

The show is based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and tells the story of nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier, who hides out in a rundown Philadelphia convent disguised as a nun. Deloris and her singing sisters will be directed by Peter Loewy, with choreography by Ra-Sean Holloway, and musical direction by Nick DeGregorio. This production will mark the New Jersey community theatre premiere of this play.

Summer Stages: Something for Everyone at Middlesex County Plays-in-the-ParkSOUTH PACIFIC
WHEN: July 27th to August 6th

The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1949 musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein will be directed by Moggie Davis, choreographed by Megan Ferentinos, and featuring musical direction by Warren Helms.

The show features a performer who has a cochlear implant. This revolutionary technology helps people who have significant hearing loss or deafness be able to hear again. This is in keeping with PIP's long-held commitment to providing access to people with disabilities to all aspects of their productions. For each and every performance integrated wheelchair locations are available. PIP also designates one performance of each production to be Audio-Described for the blind as well as Sign-Interpreted and Open-Captioned, services for the deaf and those with hearing loss. Last year these efforts were recognized with an Achievement Award from the Cultural Access Network Project and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Recreation Supervisor Jackie Neil estimates that around 1,500 audience members utilized these services last year alone.

For information about all these productions, please visit www.playsinthepark.com.