Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Summer Workshops for Adults at HAM
WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton
Discover a hidden talent or brush up on your skills by joining us for a workshop at the Hunterdon Art Museum. We are offering a variety of workshops and classes that you're going to love. You'll learn a lot and have a blast doing it under the guidance of our faculty of artists and educators, professional storytellers, book and fiber artists.
Below are a few popular offerings, but to see everything, visit our website!
Painting: Pushing the Limits
with Bascha Mon
WHEN: starts Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.
Toss the rules out the window and throw caution to the winds in this class that encourages imaginations to soar! Students of all skill levels are welcome in this class that kicks off with a discussion on contemporary art as a springboard to create works in oils, acrylics and mixed media. Students work on individual projects with guidance from the instructor. For adults and teens, 16 and up. Register
Wine & Design: Paint Party
with Linda Schroeder
WHEN: Friday, July 14, 6 p.m.
Drink creatively in this workshop that encourages you to discover your inner artist in a fun and creative atmosphere. Artist Linda Schroeder will walk you through the steps of creating your own painting on canvas. No previous art experience is necessary. Ages 21 and up. Register
Drawing: Pastels, Charcoal, Pencil
with Lena Shiffman
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.
This one-day workshop introduces and builds upon fundamental drawing concepts that translate across mediums. Practice and experiment with your materials (pastel, charcoal and pencil) to learn what you like best and to develop your skills in drawing from observation. For adults and teens, age 16 and up. Register
Support Artistic Expressions Program Before June 30 Deadline
Support our Artistic Expressions program that helps adults with developmental disabilities before our June 30 deadline.
The Hunterdon Art Museum's Artistic Expressions program is so much more than a class. Through the program, students discover an avenue of multi-sensory stimulation, have the chance to enhance critical social skills by working with teachers and other students, and experience an open studio with close personal instruction and guidance from dedicated art teachers.
An open studio means it’s all about choice. Students are presented with a variety of materials and are encouraged to express their own vision in this fun, supportive class. The instructor offers guidance on using the materials, but the students are in charge of making all the creative choices.
The benefits of the Artistic Expressions program are significant. Students show improvements in cognitive function; make significant progress in fine and gross motor skills including hand-eye coordination and dexterity. And they gain confidence by creating and completing their own unique works of art.
Simply put, Artistic Expressions touches lives in ways that are simple, yet profound.
We seek your help in supporting our Artistic Expressions program. To meet our fundraising goal, we need to raise $5,000 by June 30. We ask you to consider making a gift of $500, $100, $50 or whatever you can afford, to support this unique—and greatly needed—program.
Click here to donate, and please note in the message box that your generous gift is for Artistic Expressions.
WHEN: Classes run July 10 to 28, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3 pm
WHERE: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, NJ.
We have combined the best of our conservatory, where students build skills and study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects, with our beloved Dreamcatcher Junior program, where the students create and perform their own play.
In the summer of 2014, DRT presented a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit. The series was received with such enthusiasm, that since then we return to MONDO every summer with our Monologues@MONDO series.
WHEN: Thursday evenings at 8PM, July 8 ~ July 27
WHERE: MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue * Summit, NJ
TICKETS: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
To take advantage of the $5 discount, reserve your tickets in advance.
To reserve you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 917-969-4534
and leave a message with your name and the # of seats requested.
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Featuring: Noreen Farley
ANN is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written and originally performed by Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor, ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.
"... fiery, salty and brash!" —The New York Times
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm
All the Rage
by Martin Moran
Featuring: Harry Patrick Christian
Martin wondered for most of his adult life about anger. Surely he should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy, shouldn't he? Everyone thinks so. The question haunts him and sends him on a quest from west of the Rockies to south of Johannesburg. Jumping from dream to memory to fact, he finds himself in an electric encounter with his fuming stepmother, lost in Africa with a guide who can't read maps, in a room translating the details of an asylum seeker's torture. With equal parts honesty and entertainment, ALL THE RAGE attempts to solve an ancient human riddle: How is it that one moment we might reach out in compassion and the next...kill?
"... brilliant, funny and touching." —The New Yorker
Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm
The Night Watcher
by Charlayne Woodard
Featuring: Nicole Callender
Simultaneously a best friend, mentor, psychologist, and surrogate mother to the many young people who call her "Auntie," Charlayne Woodard is childless only by biological standards. Told with penetrating grace, candor and wit, THE NIGHT WATCHER is the story of a woman who chooses not to have children-only to be pulled into the real-life struggles of kids of all ages, races and backgrounds.
"Marvelous storytelling...a truly affecting piece of theater." —TheaterMania.com
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm
The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me
by Dan Butler
Featuring: Scott McGowan
Billed as a "whirlwind tour of the gay American landscape," this one-man show juxtaposes ten predominantly gay characters in fourteen vignettes. Moving, funny and eye-opening, THE ONLY THING WORSE... turns inside out the experiences and perceptions surrounding gayness in modern America. The characters question, contradict and especially challenge one another's credo of what "being gay" really means.
"...you certainly don't have to be gay to appreciate Butler's people ... recognizable life as lived to straight or gay alike." —The New York Post
Stand-up Comedy Showcase
WHEN: Friday, June 30th, at 8:00 pm
WHERE: English Barn. Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge
ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation.
For questions, please call Kathy Harris, Operations Manager, at 908-636-7576 or send an email to email@example.com.
Farmstead Arts presents a Stand-Up Comedy Showcase Performance in the English Barn, featuring professional comics Kurt Zimmerman, Tim Eli and Basking Ridge’s Chris Sicoli alongside local teens and adults trying their hand at comedy, some for the first time! The Showcase is open to the public.
Among the evening’s performers will be budding comics who are participating in the Stand-Up Comedy Workshop offered at the Farmstead in the month of June. Student performers include Ridge High School senior Spencer Charleson and sophomore Arohi Dandawate, Carol Baldessari from Monroe Township, Denville resident Jeff Hovey, and returning for his second year in the workshop, Ed McCarty from Bridgewater, a frequent performer in Lord Stirling Theater productions at the Farmstead.
Workshop instructor Kurt Zimmerman returns to reprise his role as mentor after a resounding success with the 2016 workshop at the Farmstead. Zimmerman “loves watching people get in touch with their inner funny and sharing it with the world. This class is always a treat to be a part of because of the growth I see in the participants. ” The weekly classes offer an intensive introduction to the techniques of writing and performing original material. By Friday night, students will have worked to develop and polish material, developing a dialogue with the audience, how to read laughter, or lack of laughter and getting comfortable in front of the microphone. Headliner Zimmerman has been making audiences laugh at Catch a Rising Star in the Princeton Hyatt, Grovers Mills Coffee House in West Windsor, Parx Casino, Rock N Joe’s in Union, NJ, Greenwich Village Comedy Club and the Stand in NYC, Sarcasms in Cherry Hill and Hightstown, Comedy Cabaret in Philadelphia, and LOL Comedy Club in Paulsboro and Glassboro. He will be joined by fellow professionals Lynne Emonds, Tim Eli and Basking Ridge’s own Chris Sicoli.
The barn is wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is requested to make a request by sending an e-mail in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.
WHEN: July 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (rain date: July 7). Picnic at 5:30 p.m., walk begins 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton
ADMISSION: Suggested donation $5 person; register at email@example.com 609-924-4646
Explore the Stony Brook at Greenway Meadows Park with a Walk and Picnic at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center. The walk will be led by Jeff Hoagland (below, right), Education Director, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.
Bring your own picnic—beverages and dessert will be provided. Eat on the terrace before embarking on an exploratory walk.
“We’re delighted to partner once again with the Watershed Association for this annual activity that begins at our Johnson Education Center and travels to the banks and riffles of the Stony Brook,” says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “D&R Greenway Land Trust and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association are the two big environmental groups of the region and there’s a lot of synergy between our groups. We do different work, but our work is complementary.”
In fact, D&R Greenway was founded in 1989 through the collaboration and vision of the Watershed Association, Friends of Princeton Open Space, Regional Planning Partnership, and the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission. D&R Greenway’s founders realized the region's open space was threatened with extinction and their vision for an organization dedicated to the preservation of the region’s remaining natural areas led to the creation of a small grassroots organization that completed the first nonprofit acquisition using Green Acres funds in 1992. Hoagland remembers when “The Greenway Project was nestled at the Watershed Association, perfectly complementing our environmental advocacy and education programs.”
“Keeping water clean, safe and healthy is at the heart of the Watershed Association’s mission,” says Watershed Association Executive Director Jim Waltman. “As a consequence of our work, thousands of acres have been protected through our advocacy efforts, including lands along the Stony Brook where the July 6 walk will take place. Since 1949 the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has worked to protect water and the environment through a concerted collection of activities including speaking for clean water in a wide range of legal forums, educating people about our place in the watershed, and putting citizen scientists in the waterways to monitor their health.”
“D&R Greenway permanently preserves watershed lands and large-scale landscapes, thereby preventing the loss of open space to development,” says Mead. “We provide the public with appropriate access to these areas, encouraging active lifestyles and a greater appreciation of the natural world, and also seek to inspire a conservation ethic promoting policies, educational programs and partnerships that result in a public commitment to land preservation.”
Hoagland has dedicated more than 30 years to the Watershed Association and environmental education. As Education Director he leads workshops and programs for teachers, students and the public, partners with local organizations and municipal groups, speaks at community events and inspires others to love the natural world. He is most at home out there, in the wild.
MOTHERS AND SONS
By Terrence McNally
directed by Tom Schopper
WHEN: Sunday and Monday, July 16 & 17, from 7pm to 10pm
WHERE: The Barn Theatre is located at the end of Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ. For directions to the theatre, please see http://www.barntheatre.org/directions.asp
At turns funny and powerful, the play centers on Katherine Gerard, a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of Cal, her late son Andre's partner. Cal, however, is now married to Will, with whom he has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as Katherine revisits the past and begins to see the life her son, Andre, might have led
Written by acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally, Mothers and Sons was nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play and for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tyne Daly). Mothers and Sons is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
- Katherine Gerard: (60’s +) Andre's mother; wealthy and very self-assured; bitterly carrying a tremendous loss.
- Cal Porter: (mid 40s to 50) Andre's former lover, now married to Will; a man with deep pain, but “reborn” due to his child and husband, more reserved than his husband, Will, but nonetheless passionate and personable; works in finance.
- Will Ogden: (30s) Cal's husband; an early career writer; idealistic; more hopeful than Cal and very strong-willed and outspoken.
- Bud Ogden-Porter: (6-10) a curious first grader with boundless energy and inquisitive nature (PLEASE NOTE: Bud is supposed to be 6 yrs old, but ideally we will audition older boys, up to age 10 or so, who might look smaller/younger than 10.)
Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available and casting is open; newcomers are especially welcomed! Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance Dates (Sept. 8 - 30, 2017):
Friday, September 08, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, September 09, 2017 at 2pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2pm
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2pm
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8pm
***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.
WHEN: Thursday, July 6, Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
WHERE: White Eagle Hall • 337 Newark Avenue • Jersey City, NJ
TICKETS: $30 – $32.75
To purchase tickets, visit: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com
The White Eagle Hall show is one of only a handful of East Coast dates by Buckcherry, who returns to the road after a six-month hiatus from live performances. "The East Coast is where Buckcherry has sold the most records,” said Josh Todd, Buckcherry’s front man. “It’s where it all began for us and this is something that I never forget. When we do shows there it always brings out the X factor."
Founded in 1995, the Los Angeles hard Rock quintet, known for their riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops, is responsible for smash hits including Lit Up off their gold-certified 1999 self-titled debut as well as Crazy Bitch and Sorry from 2006's platinum-selling 15. Along the way, they've shared stages with everybody from AC/DC and Mötley Crüe to Slipknot and Rob Zombie as well as festival bills including Bamboozle with Bon Jovi, In-N-Iron, and Sturgis. Buckcherry’s recent release Rock 'n' Roll—the group’s seventh full-length album—staunchly upholds the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of new anthems primed to explode on impact.
Buckcherry’s 2017 tour line up features: Josh Todd (vocals), Stevie Dacanay (guitar), Kelly Lemieux (Bass), Sean Winchester (drums), Kevin Roentgen (guitar). Opening for Buckcherry at White Eagle Hall is the New York/New Jersery-based MoTHER and Commonwealth.
Originally constructed in 1910, the newly restored White Eagle Hall is an impressive new venue for arts and entertainment, including concerts, theater, performances and other events in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. White Eagle Hall features complete Food & Beverage service, with two bars on the mezzanine level and one on the balcony level. The restoration enhanced the intimacy and charm of this historic venue while adding the latest in sound and lighting technology, creating a distinctive and memorable audience experience.
To purchase tickets, visit: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com
MYRON WALDEN Quartet
- MYRON WALDEN - Tenor Sax
- Akiko Tsuruga – Organ
- Bob DeVos – Guitar
- Chris Smith - Drums
"Listening to saxophonist Myron Walden is like watching Daedalus fly too close to the sun-it's exhilarating to see him glide past chord changes and conventional jazz structures, but there's the constant fear that if he goes any higher, his wings will melt. Somehow, that never happens." ~ Aidan Levy, Jazz Times
"Nat Hentoff, writing for the Wall Street Journal, said "Myron Walden...is simultaneously the most insistently personal and instantly accessible musician of his generation." The Wall Street Journal also commented on Walden's distinctive brand of commitment "Mr. Walden is one of our more primal and emotional players-on any instrument. He brings the raw intensity of a Mississippi bluesman to modern jazz."
MIKE BOND & KRISTINA KOLLER
"Kristina Koller is a very original contemporary jazz vocalist, one that anyone interested in jazz, or for that matter progressive music, needs to hear..." Kristina Koller
Mike Bond is known for his smooth virtuosity, which spans the breadth of jazz, blues, latin, swing, bossa nova and contemporary classics.
"Our" Michael has a growing audience in the NYC music scene and around the world. He has shared the stage with a host of luminaries including Captain Black Big Band, Conrad Herwig, & Curtis Lundy. He has also performed at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the Canadian Music Festival and the NYC Winter Jazz Festival. He is a featured artist on guitarist Jean Chaumont's upcoming debut album "The Beauty Of Differences" featuring artists Ike Sturm, Sam Sadigursky, and Rudy Royston. It will be released in November, 2017.
PREMIERE STAGES’ “PLAY FACTORY SHOWS” FOR KIDS OPEN ON JULY 12: PLAN ON GIVING YOUR CHILD A GIFT OF THEATRE
Premiere Stages' Play Factory Shows for Kids
Bright Star Touring Theatre’s
The Velveteen Rabbit
WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Wilkins Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union
This literary classic is routinely named one of the top books for children. A heartwarming story about a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates unconditional love and true beauty with a strong anti-bullying message. Recommended for Ages 3 to 10. (Please note that while this event is general admission, seating preference will be given to school, camp and community groups.)
Stone Soup & Other Stories
WHEN: Wednesday, July 26. at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Wilkins Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union
A well-seasoned blend of folk tales from Africa, India, Eastern Europe, and the United States, with a gentle emphasis on the joy of reading. Recommended for Ages 3 to 10. (Please note that while this event is general admission, seating preference will be given to school, camp and community groups.)
Yates Musical Theatre’s
Hansel & Gretel/Goldilocks & The 3 Bears
WHEN: Wednesday, August 2. at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Wilkins Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union
A delight to the heart and to the senses, this is a double bill of two cherished favorites. Colorful costumes and lively music and dance bring the beloved characters to life before your very eyes, complete with a witch, dancing bears, and resourceful children. Recommended for Ages 3 to 10. (Please note that while this event is general admission, seating preference will be given to school, camp and community groups.)
All seats are $15, with a discounted group rate of $10 available for groups of eight (8) or more.
Single tickets may be purchased by calling 908-737-SHOW (7469) or clicking here.
Seating is general admission, but preference is given to school, camp, and community groups.
Please contact Heather Kelley at 908-737-4077 or email@example.com. Groups reserving prior to May 5 will additionally receive an "Early Bird" discount of $50 off total purchase.
Monday, June 26, 2017
SIP AND SAMPLE
a Summer Adult Art Camp held in the evenings
WHEN: every Wednesday from 7:00pm to 9:30pm beginning on July 12 and concluding on August 16
WHERE: The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street in Summit, NJ
TUITION: $300, which covers materials and snacks. Campers must bring their own beverages.
This camp is open to students aged 21 and up. Register by phone at 908-273-9121, online at http://www.artcenternj.org, or in person at the Art Center.
Each week the campers will sample a different art medium, led by a professional working artist. The media included are: ceramics on the potter’s wheel, collage and mixed media, painting with acrylics on canvas, zentangle, indigo dying, and printmaking.
Students are encouraged to bring along their favorite beverage, and enjoy art-making in a fun, festive, and relaxed atmosphere. “It’s so rare that adults have the opportunity to try new things,” says Cynthia McChesney, Director of Development and Marketing. “This sampler gives adults the chance to experiment and explore in a warm and supportive environment.”
THE DISCO BALL 2017
Featuring Village People, The Trammps
featuring Earl Young and Anita Ward
WHEN: THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 – 8PM
WHERE: bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
Tickets available on www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at (201) 227-1030.
Grab your platforms and don your glitter for the 2017 Disco Ball, a fine extravaganza full of throwback disco jams, featuring a dynamite bill lead by the iconic Village People, 'Disco Inferno' songsters The Trammps, Earl Young and ‘Ring My Bell’ singer Anita Ward.
Ever since bursting onto the scene with their flamboyant costumes and catchy tunes, Village People have been seen as emblems of disco, releasing worldwide hits 'In The Navy', 'Macho Man' and 'Y.M.C.A', that are still continually played at parties and nightclubs today. Formed in 1977, Village People have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Join the boys for this special night where they show that DISCO isn't dead, not even close!
The Trammps featuring Earl Young
The Trammps were one of the most soulful vocal disco group of the 70's. Every show is a party and they will surely burn it down with fun. In 1970 Earl Young enlisted the help of Norman Harris, Ron Baker, and Harry Chipetz. They recorded the single ‘Zing went the Strings of my Heart.’ Under the direction of BHY The Trammps recorded seven albums, receiving a gold album for Disco Inferno, a platinum record for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and a Grammy as well.
Singer Anita Ward is most well-known for her 1979 disco single ‘Ring My Bell,’ a number one pop hit in the U.S. and the U.K. It was at college where Ward met her manager, who got her a deal with Juana Records. With the worldwide smash of ‘Ring my bell,’ she became famous all over the world. This is still one of the most well-known disco hits of all times, and one of the most popular.
Adult Beginner Ballet and ZUMBA Classes
Our adult classes are for ages 13+.
WHEN: Thursdays, June 29 - August 3*
WHERE: Our New Brunswick Studios, 80 Albany St., 2nd Floor
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
For the total beginner or those with some prior experience
This summer, enjoy the benefits of ballet, which include increased balance and flexibility and improved muscle strength and cardiovascular health!
7:45 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us for this fun and upbeat dance workout class incorporating Latin and International music, taught by a ZUMBA certified instructor!
*No ZUMBA on Thursday, August 3
Click here to check out our full list of Summer Adult Classes, including offerings at our Cranbury and Princeton locations!
Sinatra, The Street Corner & Doo Wop
WHEN: July 2nd only, Sunday at 2pm
WHERE: Somerset Valley Playhouse, 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough
TICKETS: $15 All seats; $10 SVP Members' Special Pricing
CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS
Sinatra started singing on the street corner, and now in this live musical show you will enjoy the songs, the humor, and the voice of Frank Sinatra, as he takes you back to that street corner and the great songs of the Doo Wop era.
Enjoy the live songs, stories, and jokes of Frank Sinatra and his very close friends as performed by Joe Gilligan and Donnie Farraro.
The theatre is Air-Conditioned and Wheelchair Accessible.
This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Directed by Kevern Cameron
Music Direction by Tracy Lee Witko
Choreography by Roxanna Wagner
WHEN: June 30th - July 16th with an added performance Thurs., June 6th, at 8PM
WHERE: Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove St. corner of Maple Ave., Chester
TICKETS: $25.00; Senior citizens 65+ and students under 18: $22.00
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Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight! is the promise of Broadway’s most loved musical farce. Pseudolus, the Roman slave attempts to win his freedom by helping his master woo the pretty girl next door. But the road to romance is never smooth, as our crafty hero dodges a riotous succession of stunning surprises, mistaken identities, wild chases, bawdy humor, and zany characters—all in the pursuit of love and freedom! This fast-paced, witty and irreverent romp features infectious tunes and laugh out loud lyrics by musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum may be a 50 year-old musical based on 2000 year-old plays, but it remains a breath of fresh comic air, perfect for a summer evening!
featuring JIM CLANCY ~ THOMAS COURTRIGHT ~ RORY HOBAN ~ LENNY KLEIN ~ ARLENE KNIGHT ~ JUDI LAGANGA ~ LAUREN LAYFIELD ~ RACHEL LICHTER ~ CASSANDRA LINDEBLAD ~ KRISTINA MEIER ~ SKY SPIEGEL MONROE ~ DALE MONROE ~ SAM MULLANEY ~ STEVE NITKA ~ TJ REISSNER ~ WILL ROPER ~ BOB SACKSTEIN ~ LAUREN SANTARELLI
For the 2017 season, company and production manager, Gail and Steven Steiner auditioned over 1,300 people for 35 roles in the Surflight’s summer show lineup.
The 2017 Mainstage summer season schedule offers daily performances of:
June 23 - July 9: Footloose
July 11 - July 23: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
July 25 - August 13: Newsies
August 15 - August 27: Hairspray
August 29 - September 10: Million Dollar Quartet
Surflight Theatre’s award-winning Children’s Theatre will bring some children’s classic to life throughout the summer with productions such as “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Snow White,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Jungle Book” and “Winnie the Pooh.” Shows for the summer season run from June 28 - September 3 beginning at 6:00PM Wednesday through Sunday.
In addition, the Surflight Theatre will offer a series of concerts from artists including the Coasters, Drifters and Platters to jazz musicians. Comedy shows are also offered at the Theatre.
The beloved Surflight Theatre and Show Place Ice Cream Parlour in Beach Haven, N.J. will celebrate a grand reopening on June 23, ushering in the theatre’s 68th year. The Surflight Theatre and its five- building compound are under new ownership by Al Parinello Entertainment LLC, a New Jersey business owned by Garden State native and Old Tappan resident, Al Parinello, who has deep experience in the entertainment and radio space.
The beloved theatre was created in 1950 and has won numerous awards as a theater. Its 68th year will begin with new sound and lighting, a newly renovated stage, new curtain and a range of plans for improvements over the next five years. The Surflight Theatre has always been vital to its shore community, representing a wholesome venue for family fun and memories shared by multiple generations. It served as a community hub, a place where aspiring actors got their start, a return to simpler times and the essence of summer ‘down the shore for hundreds of thousands of fans.
“We’re thrilled to be up and running for the 2017 summer season and in better shape than ever,” said Al Parinello, who also owns a home in Brigantine, New Jersey. “The Surflight Theatre is an iconic landmark in Long Beach Island that attracts people from all over New Jersey and beyond for its wholesome, family-friendly performances and entertainment at its ice cream parlour. Indeed, our Surflight Theatre harkens back to a time when life was simple and summer family fun was in abundance. That’s what has made the dramatic closure and now return of this theatre so special and very emotional for many -- it is part of so many families’ history and memories. The Surflight Theatre is synonymous with warm, wonderful experiences associated with summer, community, pride, family and fun.”
“Having the Surflight Theatre and the Show Place Ice Cream Parlour back in business is wonderful for our community,” said Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis of Beach Haven. “Beyond our beautiful beaches, these establishments are the lifeblood of our community. These past two years when the Surflight Theatre was dark, our community lost a great deal of spirit. We couldn’t be happier having our beloved Surflight Theatre and its Show Place Ice Cream Parlour operating.”
The Surflight Theatre expects to host nearly 25,000 guests this season, based on advance ticket sales. Its adjacent Show Place Ice Cream Parlour is expected to bring in sales of $350,000, all of which helps support the Theatre’s operations.
About Al Parinello/Al Parinello Entertainment, LLC.
Born in Hoboken and an Old Tappan, New Jersey and Brigantine resident, Al Parinello has over 40-years experience in the media and entertainment industry. Parinello formerly owned WJSE, an Atlantic City-based alternative rock station. He grew the station to become the leading radio station in terms of ad revenue and top rock station in New Jersey. Parinello is also responsible for bringing Howard Stern to New Jersey listeners through WJSE. He has produced Broadway and Off-Broadway shows such as “The Fantasticks,” the longest running Off-Broadway show and “The People in the Picture.” Parinello has also produced films such as Clear Blue Tuesday and the groundbreaking Love is Strange. Parinello is a graduate of New Jersey City University, where he currently serves on the NJCU Foundation Board.
About Surflight Theatre
Founded by Joseph P. Hayes as a beach-side, outdoor theater in 1950 in Beach Haven, New Jersey, the Surflight Theatre is a venerable institution acclaimed for its excellent quality theatrical productions of Broadway hits. In its sixty-plus years on the Jersey Shore, the non-profit theatre has performed hundreds of musicals productions for adults and children, serving generations of fans from around the world. In addition to its musicals, the Surflight Theatre also offers a series of concerts. The theatre will reopen with the original mission of its founder, Joseph P. Hayes: to serve as a training ground for young artists in a supportive summer stock environment and to provide quality entertainment to the residents and vacationers of Long Beach Island. The Surflight Theatre is located at 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, N.J. 08008. To buy tickets, call 609-492-9477 or visit www.surflight.org.