Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Image result for michael mooney, audio descriptionIAGO by James McLure

Reviewed by Michael T. Mooney at New Jersey Repertory Company on August 27th at 8:00pm
Thanks to Rick Busciglio,

I used to know human beings. Then I got involved in the theatre.” ~ James McLure's IAGO


Instead of Othello and Desdemona IAGO, opens with a dramatic exchange between Lord Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, a scene vaguely (if not directly) taken from the 1941 film THAT HAMILTON WOMAN. Here, however, the couple are standing in front of a red velvet stage curtain bathed in footlights—bowing to thunderous applause from an adoring (unseen) audience. This brief prologue sets the tone for what's to come: part historical romance, part love letter to the theater. That historical romance, however, isn't between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.

Backstage, after the couple's performance, we also meet up-and-coming young Australian actor Peter Finney (Todd Gearhart) as well as a well-known English director named Sir Basil Drill (John FitzGibbon). Those au fait with the world of the paint and the motley—and perhaps possessing some serious cinematic savvy—will soon realize that playwright James McLure is actually writing about real-life celebrity couple Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, here coyly dubbed Anthony Roland (Ezra Barnes) and Vivacity Wilkes (Liza Vann). The Peter in the room is none other than a young Peter Finch, with whom Leigh famously conducted a torrid extra-marital affair. Marshaled by Drill (who is modeled on self-described genius Noel Coward), the three rehearse a production of OTHELLO, a fact that—like their names—McLure likely invented to parallel the actors' real-life romantic triangle. (Above, L-R: Ezra Barnes, Liza Vann, Todd Gearhart)

This was McLure's final play before his untimely death in 2011. It is rare for NJ Rep—which exclusively produces premieres—to be without a living author in the wings. Experienced director SuzAnne Barabas deftly fulfills McClure's intentions, smartly mixing the abundant theatrical ambiance with quick pacing and spare (but effective) design elements to also reflect the characters' better known movie careers. The talented cast rightfully uses McClure's script as their prime resource, and while suggesting their famous inspirations, they wisely do not attempt to imitate them. Set designer Charles Corcoran beautifully balances the script's multiple locations without taxing the play's tricky theatrical metaphor. As usual, Jill Nagle's lighting is exquisitely evocative, and Patricia E. Doherty's wardrobe nicely conveys the 1950s, as does the more flamboyant costumes for the play's theatrical moments.

Those looking for a bio-pic style look at the subject would best look elsewhere. While the play is constructed using cinematically brief scenes, the details are often seen through a fuzzy lens. The short scene structure often gives short-shrift to traditional character development, but McClure more than makes up for it with a plethora of pithy dialogue. When Peter hopes that appearing in OTHELLO will launch his acting career, Sir Basil dryly replies that “No one ever became a star playing Iago.” IAGO is McClure's tribute to star-crossed lovers living and working in a star-struck theatreland.

IAGO is on stage at New Jersey Repertory Company at 179 Broadway, Long Branch, through September 25, 2016. For tickets and further information call 732.229.3166 or visit

Photo by SuzAnne Barabas



2 - Mel LeipzigMel Leipzig: Friends and Families
curated by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, Zimmerli Art Museum Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

WHEN: The exhibition will open on Friday, September 16th, and will remain on view through October 29, 2016. The opening reception and a talk by the artist will take place on Friday, September 16th from 6-8 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.
WHERE: Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935, Mel Leipzig studied at Pratt Institute, the Cooper Union and Yale University. A realist painter who has focused on portraiture for over 40 years, he is among New Jersey’s best known and most visible artists. Recent exhibitions of his work have been seen in New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Princeton, and Trenton. This exhibition includes a selection of portraits staged out of doors and in domestic and office settings. Ranging in date from 2000 to 2016, they include portraits of friends and colleagues, the artist’s family and the families of friends.

Titled “Mel Leipzig: Friends and Families,” the exhibition is divided into two sections. While Leipzig is best known for the environmental portraits set within cluttered rooms with dramatically rendered perspectives, there are also a significant number of paintings in the artist’s oeuvre that might be described as landscapes. Bringing these portrait/landscapes together for the first time, these portraits of individuals and couples in nature are installed on the main floor. Among these are portraits of ceramicist Toshiko Takaezu, painter Carmen Cicero, Director of the New Jersey State Museum Margaret O’Reilly, and graffiti artists from Leipzig’s hometown of Trenton. On the second floor, a selection of paintings explores the connections between and among family members and friends. Representing a long-standing and on-going interest in the social networks that both limit and encourage our extensions of self, these include portraits of the artist’s family, and families of friends as well as a group portrait of the cast of Hedda Gabler in the theater at Mercer Community College. In addition to the exhibition of his paintings, the artist will demonstrate his painting technique in scheduled appearances on site.

About The Center for Contemporary Art

Founded in 1970, The Center for Contemporary Art is a vital regional art center with a vibrant studio art school, extensive exhibition program and important community outreach component. The Center for Contemporary Art is committed to enabling all visitors to experience its classes and workshops, exhibitions and public programs. Visitors requiring an accommodation or service should contact The Center at least two weeks prior to the scheduled visit. The Center is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster, NJ. For further information, please call (908) 234-2345 or visit The Center for Contemporary Art online at

Gallery Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and major holidays.
  • The gallery is also open during the evening when classes are in session.

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

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 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.

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  or Phyllis Meranus 973-994-0102 or .

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


“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 Immaculée 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

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


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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

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

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 You can register for the class at .

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:

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

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

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 Writers Theatre offers Poetry Out Loud residencies our website at 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:

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:

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 for Throne Over or for 4 A.M.

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

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

Visit 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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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 |

Thursday, August 25, 2016



COME AUDITION for our 2016-17 Season
WHEN: Saturday August 27th Noon-6pm
WHERE: 66 South Main Street, Studio #2 on the first floor, Ocean Grove N.J.

Bring a 1-2minute monologue, you may be asked to read from sides

If you are unable to attend please send headshot and resume to

We are a 501 c 3 not for profit professional theater company that produces plays as well as films.  We have plays produced in NYC as well as film versions of our plays.  We performed the staged reading of Oblivion by legendary Emmy award winning playwright William Mastrosimone in April and fully staged the play The Road  by acclaimed playwright Edwin Sanchez for our Rainbow Festival in May.  Both playwrights were in attendance to see what we did with their work and have frequented our productions.  We are excited to have you join us!




A Christmas Carol

WHEN: for Children (16 years and younger) on Saturday, September 17th from 10 - 11 am and Adults from 11 – 1 pm at Stanley Congregational Church - 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham. Auditions will be held for Adults (17 years and older) on Wednesday, September 21st from 7:30 - 10 pm
WHERE: Stanley Congregational Church - 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham

“Become a part of a holiday tradition!” The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for Philip Wm. McKinley's original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' most famous work, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This biennial event has been pleasing audiences in Chatham since 1988.

Director Jeffery Fiorello and Musical Director, Jack Bender, seek a large cast of varying types and ages, all of whom need to sing and move well. Dawn Afanador is the Choreographer.

PERFORMANCE DATES: December 9 thru 21, 2016.


  • Musical Director, Jack Bender, asks that auditioners be ready to sing a song, which shows their vocal range, and must bring sheet music in the appropriate key and marked with chord changes. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Child actors without previous audition experience or material can choose a traditional holiday song or another non-rock song that they know well.
  • Our Choreographer, Dawn, asks that actors be prepared to move around the stage.


This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper.

Principal Roles

  • Charles Dickens - a tenor who narrates the show
  • Scrooge - the center of the production, requires a character baritone voice and an actor with both comic and dramatic range
  • Tiny Tim - a young boy (or girl) soprano with a winning smile
  • Bob Cratchit - a warm baritone
  • Mrs. Cratchit - requires a mezzo soprano with a big heart

Additional Cast Members

  • The Ghost of Christmas Past - (a young girl or boy with a lilting soprano) Should be a dancer or have had dance training.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Present - (an imposing character tenor) Must be comfortable with music and be physically fit.
  • Belle - an ingénue soprano age 18-24
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig - comic character actors needed
  • Various Other Ensemble members portray a variety of roles including the Pawnbroker, Charwoman, Undertaker, Laundress, Cratchit Children, the Ghost of Marley, Young Scrooge, Fan, Scrooge's Nephew and Niece and Carolers.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibranyi at (201)-563-0362 or email

For directions, audition form and additional information about the Chatham Playhouse, please visit



Directed by Richard Butler
Produced by Todd Bennington and Ed Hayden

Holiday tradition meets old-time nostalgia in this unique and sparkling version of the heartwarming Christmas tale of George Bailey and his guardian angel Clarence performed as a radio play, as the actors step right up behind the old-style microphones in a radio studio to tell the traditional story in the 1940’s way, complete with scripts, songs, and sound effects.

WHEN: Monday September 19 at 7:30 pm and Wednesday September 21 at 7:30
Somerset Valley Playhouse - 689 Amwell Rd, Hillsborough, NJ.

Performance dates run December 2 through December 18, 2016

Director Richard Butler is seeking to fill the following roles:

  • Males - (5-7) varying in ages from teen to adults
  • Females - (3-5) varying in ages from teens to adults

Special note for auditioners:

The show is presented as a live radio broadcast in 1948, with scripts in hand and live microphones on stands. This production has a cast of 10; eight of the performers portray (fictional) radio and movie personalities playing the characters of the story (all of these actors will double as various ages and use various character voices); the other two performers will play the Foley Artists who produce all of the live on stage sound effects required for the broadcast.

All actors (including the Foley Artists) need to be comfortable singing in a group onstage.

Except for the actors playing George and Mary, actor age and type is open.



La Cruces

by Vincent Delaney, the winner of the 2016 Premiere Stages Play Festival

WHEN: September 1 – 18; Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm.
Kean University’s Zella Fry Theatre (Vaughn Eames Hall, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.)
TICKETS: $30 standard, $20 for senior citizens and Kean alumni, and $15 for students and patrons with disabilities. Significant discounts for groups of 8 or more apply.
To make reservations or to order a season brochure, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or visit Premiere Stages online at

Tickets are also available for Premiere Stages’ exclusive Las Cruces Opening Night Party on Friday, September 2. This event features a pre-show party with wine and hors d’ oeuvres at the four-star farm-to-table restaurant Enoteca Ursino, reserved the performance, and a post-show champagne toast and dessert reception with the cast. Tickets for this exclusive event are just $55.00, and may be purchased by calling 908-737-7469.

Set in the New Mexico desert, not far from the casinos and the spaceport, Mr. Delaney’s enigmatic story of buried secrets, improbable friendship, and unexpected redemption follows Sheridan, a Connecticut man who has fled his life on the East Coast under mysterious circumstances, and Soledad, the wisecracking, teenage card player he befriends. Selected from over 400 submissions as the winner of this year’s Play Festival, an annual competition for unproduced scripts by area playwrights, Las Cruces will be directed by Premiere’s founding producing director John J. Wooten, and feature actors Brian Sutherland, Charlotte Cohn and Diomargy Nuñez.

Playwright Vincent Delaney is a recipient of the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award, McKnight and Bush fellowships, a Jerome Commission, the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, Core Membership at the Playwrights Center, and a residency at Seattle Rep. His plays have been produced throughout the United States, and in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and the Netherlands.  His work is published by Smith and Kraus, Samuel French, Heineman, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre Forum, and His most recent play, Fire Station 7, will have its world premiere in 2017 at Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Mr. Wooten is in his twelfth season as producing artistic director of Premiere Stages, where he has directed and produced numerous new plays including The Beautiful Dark, The Good Counselor, and Follow Me to Nellie’s, all of which were honored by the American Theatre Critics Association. New Jersey Premieres he has directed include Rabbit Hole, Snakebit and Boy Gets Girl. Mr. Wooten is also a frequent director for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is the resident director for the Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Competition, a project of the International Emmy Awards.

“Las Cruces provides a moving and fascinating exploration of the power of friendship and humor in the face of unspeakable tragedy,” stated Mr. Wooten. “The secret behind Sheridan’s mysterious escape to the desert has shattered more than his spirit; it has exacerbated a growing debate that is quickly dividing America.”

The accomplished cast includes Broadway veterans Brian Sutherland and Charlotte Cohn, and newcomer Diomargy Nuñez. Ms. Cohn, previously seen on the Great White Way in Coram Boy, is an Ovation Award winner for Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed production of La Boheme, which originated at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles before transferring to Broadway. Mr. Sutherland’s numerous Broadway credits include The Sound of Music, 1776, Steel Pier, Victor/Victoria, A Change in the Heir, Dance a Little Closer, and Cats. Ms. Nuñez is perhaps best known for her work on the hit television series, “Law & Order: SVU”, and can also be seen in the feature film Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster, released earlier this year.

Audience members are invited to further engage with the issues raised by Mr. Delaney’s thought-provoking play through Premiere Stages’ 2016 Talk-Back Series, which offers free post-show discussions with community leaders and local experts after select matinee performances. Featured topics include

  • New Play Development with Mr. Delaney (Saturday, September 3 following the 3:00 pm performance),
  • Grief and Bereavement with Dr. Norma Bowe, a professor in Kean University’s College of Education and co-founder of The Center for Grief Services (Sunday, September 11 following the 3:00 pm performance).
  • Premiere will also offer a series of informal pre-show talks every Saturday evening 35 minutes prior to performance in the lobby of the theatre.
  • Please call 908-737-4092 for information on additional talk-back speakers.

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities, and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advanced notice. Please call 908-737-4092 for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. For more information, visit Premiere Stages online at

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, Union County HEART Grants, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival and through the generous support of individual patrons. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.




WHEN: OPEN AUDITIONS FOR THE 16–17 SEASON ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; Sunday, October 16, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Monday, October 17, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. CALLBACK AUDITIONS:  Sunday, October 23, 6:00pm-9:00pm *
WHERE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 119 Main Street, Millburn, NJ

*If you are not available during these times, you may attend callback auditions on Sunday, October 23.

To make an audition appointment visit For more information please e-mail or call 973-315-1640.

FOR THE AUDITION: Prepare an upbeat pop or musical theater piece of approximately 32 bars that best demonstrates your vocal range. Bring sheet music, in the key you will sing it, in a binder or single sheet taped together that contains the full piano accompaniment. An accompanist will be provided. Students may not perform a cappella or to an audio recording. Students will be taught a brief dance combination, so please bring suitable footwear.

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce open auditions for the award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir. The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is a tuition-free, audition-based performance show choir that stems from Paper Mill Playhouse’s award-winning Arts Education and Outreach programs.  The choir consists of 60 singer/dancers between the ages of 15 and 22.  The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is presented by Overlook Medical Center/Atlantic Health System.

The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir acts as ambassadors to Paper Mill Playhouse with an array of performance opportunities throughout the community and beyond. Over the past four seasons, the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir has delighted more than 300,000 people across the region with rousing renditions of Broadway, pop and classics. The choir has performed at prestigious venues including MetLife Stadium, Lincoln Center, Sun Arena in Trenton, Mayo Center in Morristown, Bergen PAC in Englewood, Paper Mill Playhouse, SOPAC in South Orange and more.

Students selected to be a part of this talented group will have to opportunity to fine-tune their craft with free, intensive instruction that includes voice and dance training. The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir runs from October through June and rehearses every Sunday evening from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

“This talented touring troupe allows Paper Mill Playhouse to bring art to the people, while its participants receive professional training by industry professionals,” stated Mark S. Hoebee the Millburn theater’s Producing Artistic Director. “The award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform at impressive venues and share their talents with thousands of New Jersey residents.”

In addition to the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir, there is a select group of singers chosen from the cast called "Voices of Paper Mill." This group specializes in a acapella music similar to Pitch Perfect.  “Voices of Paper Mill” rehearses on the same day and performs with the show choir. 

The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is led by a professional staff of artists including: Shayne Austin Miller (Director), Matthew Lowy (Music Director), Tony Fania (Dance Director), Peter Newes (Company Manager), Lisa Cooney (Paper Mill Playhouse Director of Education) and Carrie Rubino (Senior Manager of Education Programs).  The show choir will also be joined by Broadway talent throughout the season to choreograph pieces and offer master class instruction.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. 


Chris_KimMiss Saigon

WHEN: Fridays, Sept. 9, 16, and 23 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Sept. 9.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
TICKETS: $20 for all and may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or ordered online starting Aug. 20 at
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure. [Top: Chris (Michael Scibilia) and Kim (Lianah Sta. Ana) pledge their love. Photo by Robert A. Terrano]

The international musical sensation that ran on Broadway for a decade, opens the new season at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.

Kim_ThuyNominated for 11 Tony Awards in 1991, and the winner of three, the show is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, this tragic love story pairs Chris, a U.S. Marine sergeant, with the beautiful, innocent Kim, who is working as “the new girl” in a boisterous bar. Pressured into a night together, the two quickly fall in love, only to be parted during the chaotic fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years test the honor and integrity of all involved, leading to a climax that stretches the bonds of love – both romantic and parental – to their breaking point. [Above right: Kim struggles with Thuy (Logan Jo), right, a North Vietnamese officer to whom she was betrothed at thirteen. Photo by Robert A. Terrano]

Hailed for its universal emotional power and unforgettable musical score, the show’s creators are Alain Boubill and Claude-Michael Schonberg (Les Miserables), with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil. Filled with show-stopping numbers like “I Still Believe,” “Why God Why” and “The American Dream,” “Miss Saigon” remains one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time.

LouJ Stalsworth, PinnWorth’s artistic director, is thrilled to be directing this show. “It’s a beautiful story filled with soaring music and deep emotions on many levels. And, it’s visually awesome,” he said. “And, of course, there’s the helicopter. Yes, we will be landing a helicopter on the Kelsey stage. You’ve got to love the challenge.”

He notes that the show shifts the politics of that difficult war to a personal level by telling the story of Chris, the American who is trying to do good, and Kim, who is determined to secure a better life.

“Miss Saigon” stars Lianah Sta. Ana of Freehold as Kim; Michael Scibilia of Willow Grove, Pa., as Chris; Michael Zweig of Philadelphia, Pa., as John; Michael Schuimo of Horsham, Pa., as the Engineer; Tressa McCallister-Scibilia of Willow Grove, Pa., as Ellen; Logan Jo of Palisades Park as Thuy; and Mason Romeo of Maple Shade as Tam.

Featured as “Dreamland” girls are Seika Itoh of East Elmhurst, NY, as Mimi; Mariah King of Lawrenceville as Yvette; Lina Lee of New York, NY, as Miss Chinatown; Mai Nishioka of Sunnyside, NY, as Gigi; and Mai Odaira of Belleville as Yvonne. The ensemble also features Jeremy Barson of Richboro, Pa., Kim Cupo of Fairless Hills, Pa., Charlie Gormley of Morrisville, Pa., Simon Hamilton of Princeton, Harley Herrell of East Windsor, Jennifer Hsiao of Lawrenceville, Tom Kelly of Lakewood, Wyatt Kim of Yardley, Pa., Beverly Kuo-Hamilton of Princeton, Jina Nam of New York, NY, Arielle Rabano of Hillsborough, Sasha Saco of Trenton, Liam Smith of Yardley, Pa., Matthew Snyder of Levittown, Pa., Yuko Suzuki of Jackson Heights, NY, Dennis Tolentino of Manalapan, and David Zarish of Cream Ridge.

The production team includes Producer/Director LouJ Stalsworth; Co-director/Choreographer Koren Zander; Music Director Francios Suhr; Producer/ Costume and Set Designer Kate Pinner; Master Carpenter Jim Petro; Sound and Lighting Designer/Photographer Robert Terrano; Videographer Kevin Finn; Props Master Evan Griner; Stage Managers Nicole Schulnick and Jon Cintron; Associate Lighting Designer Star McCloud; Assistant Lighting Designer/ Master Electrician William Schager, and Associate Sound Designer Nick Mastalesz.

Stalsworth is especially pleased with the stellar cast of actors who have signed on for this show. “We have some of the finest talent from the tri-state area – from our leads to our ensemble women to our music director and choreographer, as well as the sound and light designers,” he said. Stalsworth's wife, Kate Pinner, who is designing both sets and costumes, is the long-time costume designer for Kelsey Theatre.

The production crew includes more than 15 current and former MCCC students, many of whom are graduates of the Entertainment Technology program and have gone on to earn bachelor’s degrees in the field.