Friday, December 28, 2018

Get your Buttons for First Night Warren Today!

Admission Buttons are available for $15 per person(ages 3 and under are free). They can be purchased at Rutherfurd Hall or online, but you must pick up the actual buttons at Rutherfurd Hall.

There is limited onsite Parking at Rutherfurd Hall for the fee of $25 per car. The Pass can be purchased online but must be picked up prior. FREE shuttle buses will be available from Allamuchy Township School parking lot on Johnsonburg Road and at Panther Valley Ecumenical Church Parking lot located on Route 517.

To purchase Tickets or Onsite Parking Pass, please go to or call (908) 852-1894 ext 338

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Pre-New Year's Eve Swing & Dance Party @ St. Joseph's Plaza (The Priory)

Carrie Jackson Jazz, Swing & Dance Party! 

WHEN: FRI DECEMBER, 28TH , 7pm-11pm. Come Early, First Come First Served Seating
St. Joseph's Plaza (Formerly The Priory), 233 West Market Street, Newark, NJ 07103
Music Stimulus No Cover or Minimum Food or drink purchase is required

  • Radam Schwartz, pn
  • Gordon Lane, drms
  • Thaddeus Expose, bass

Holiday Appreciation Celebration!

Also Featuring the Dance Party Soundz of DJ Cecil Thomas & Company

"So Bring your Dancin' Shoes"

Get discounted tickets before Friday the 28th!

Fundraising Gala 2019

History of the Theatre: ABRIDGED  

WHEN: Saturday, January 12, at 6pm

Join us as we take a break from winter at our annual fundraising party to support the non-profit mission of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre.

The celebration begins at the Elks Lodge, 40 Maple Street, in Summit at 6 pm with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks followed by a delicious dinner. At 8 pm the Dreamcatcher ensemble will bring you the History of the Theatre: ABRIDGED, because who has the time for all those details? This highly selective and patently unscholarly survey will take you from the Greeks through the present day, with all the boring stuff left out.

Dessert and coffee will follow the performance.

WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2019, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Elks Lodge, 40 Maple Street, Summit, NJ (2nd floor)
TICKETS: $120 before December 28, 2018  / $135 after December 28, 2018
RSVP: by January 4, 2019
Order by phone: 800-838-3006
You can also mail a check to:

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Attn: History of the Theatre Party 2019
Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

On the night of the party we will offer a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle, so you can take home goodies and support the theatre at the same time!

Your donation, in lieu of auctions and raffles at the event, can be made while purchasing your ticket, or live at the event.




written by Henrik Ibsen
adapted by John Wyatt.
starring Randall Duk Kim
directed by Anne Occhiogrosso

WHEN: Auditions will be held by appointment on Thursday, January 10 from 10:30 am – 7:30pm. To schedule an appointment interested performers must call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits.
Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University.

Interested performers may prepare a monologue appropriate to the material or read from sides. Sides will be provided.

Rehearsals begin January 29 and run through February 15 with performances beginning February 15 through March 3. Performance days are Wednesdays and Sundays at 2PM, Thursdays at 7:30PM and Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre company in residency at Centenary University and operates under an SPT 4 contract.

An Enemy of the People follows Tom Stockmann, a geologist who discovers dangerous water pollution in the Springs, a highly anticipated resort that recently opened in his Norwegian town. In Tom's mind, the path to a solution is clear: inform the public and close the resort to prevent a crisis. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for the truth. This full scale production is the culmination of the Gates Ferry Series: "What is truth?"


  • Petra: Their daughter, a teacher.
  • Ejlif: 13, their son.
  • Morten: 10, their son.
  • Peter Stockmann: Elder brother of the Doctor, Mayor and Prefect of police, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the baths, etc.
  • Morton Kill: Master Tanner, Mrs. Stockmanns foster–father.
  • Hovstad: Editor of the “Peoples Messenger.”
  • Billing: On the staff of the paper.
  • Horster: A ships captain.
  • Aslaksen: A printer.
  • Ensemble: Looking for ensemble members who will be used for townspeople present at the town meeting; all sorts and conditions of men and women.

The roles of Doctor Thomas Stockmann and Mrs. Stockmann are CAST.

For more information, to download sides or the full text visit To schedule an appointment call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Centenary at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and offers.

The 2018-2019 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Where Can You Hear BONJ On New Year's Eve?

A Chamber Ensemble of BONJ Musicians are thrilled to be part of

First Night Morris

WHEN: December 31, 2018 - 7:00 and 8:00 PM
St. Peter's Church, 121 South Street, Morristown New Jersey

Music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and More

Click here For Full First Night Information and Schedule


Pastoral Dreams

WHEN: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 3:00 PM
Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave., (Route 124), Madison, New Jersey

Premiere of Viola Concerto by Maestro Robert W. Butts

Featuring international artist Brett Deubner

Also on the program:

  • Beethoven's Symphony #6
  • Schubert's Overture Des Teufels Lustschloss

click here for more information and to order tickets


Black & White PLUS

DEADLINE: Up to 3 JPGs of submissions should be sent to Hugh Mahon, by January 3rd.

The Arts Council of Livingston Gallery invites all artists to submit works for its upcoming show, Black & White PLUS. All media will be considered including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, glassware and textiles including wearable art.

WHERE: Artwork will be received at the ACL Gallery, 2130 Carillon Circle, Livingston, on Monday, January 7th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Black & White PLUS runs Thursdays through Saturdays from January 12, 2019 to March 2, 2019. Artists and the general public are invited to attend the reception on Sunday, January 13th from 4-6 p.m. at the Gallery.

For further information please contact Hugh Mahon at 973-747-2257 or Vivian Olshen at 973-650-6347.


The Strollers seeks a multi-ethnic cast for its production of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

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imageWHEN: Monday, January 7, 7-10pm; Tuesday, January 8, 7-10pm
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ

Performance dates:
Fri & Sat, March 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8pm
Sun, March 10 at 2pm

Auditions will consist of reading from the script. Sides will be provided.
Rehearsals begin immediately, three times per week; starting March 3, every evening.

About the show:
Pitting government against the press, well-being against economics, and family member against family member, this classic drama focuses on a doctor who has discovered a potentially dangerous health situation in his town and must now risk everything to do what he thinks is right. It raises and examines from all angles the question of what it takes to stand firm in one’s beliefs despite the objections of others.

Characters: (ethnicity and gender are open for most roles):

  • Dr. Thomas Stockmann (middle-aged): A medical doctor and chief medical officer of the town baths, also the brother of the mayor, who got him the job. Idealistic and excitable. From meager beginnings, he is now fairly prosperous and enjoys his life and status in the bustling tourist town.
  • Mrs. Katherine Stockmann (middle-aged): Stockmann's wife, loyal and practical, family-focused, a source of grounding for her husband. Adoptive daughter of Morten Kiil.
  • Petra Stockmann: Daughter of Thomas and Katherine, idealistic as her father, a hard-working teacher frustrated by laws requiring her to teach things she doesn't believe in.
  • Peter Stockmann: Dr. Stockmann's brother, also chairman of the baths committee, a cautious but sometimes ruthless politician.
  • Hovstad: Editor of the town's leftist newspaper, slightly corrupt, at heart a political radical.
  • Aslaksen: The newspaper's printer with a degree of editorial control, chairman of the homeowners association, which represents the majority of voters, a lover of moderation.
  • Billing: An assistant at the newspaper, radical but ambitious, with political aspirations. He is fond of Petra.
  • Captain Horster: A seaman drawn into the political fray by his association with Stockmann.
  • Morten Kiil: Owner of the tanneries implicated in the health hazard, adoptive father of Mrs. Stockmann, who stands to inherit his wealth.

Questions? Contact us at


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SOUNDINGS Reading Series

WHEN: January 3rd through January 17th, 7 PM
Rose Hall, 10 King’s Rd., Madison, NJ
TICKETS: free with a suggested donation of $10.00 (or what you can). Donations can be made at the door or through the Writers Theatre website at
Writers Theater of New Jersey also offers a 7-Play Pass for a donation of $25; 14-Play Pass for a donation of $35 and a Big Read Pass for unlimited readings for a donation of $50 which includes guaranteed entry to all reading events including: Soundings Series, New Plays New Jersey, New Jersey Women Playwrights Reading, and Mile Square Playground. The dates and locations of these other reading series can be found on the WTNJ website.

The Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey is kicking off their 2019 season with a series of new play readings in the new Madison Community Arts Center venue. This Winter Madison will be filled with writers eager to hear their pages come to life in front of an audience. There will be 15 plays in 15 days.

Soundings Reading Series is designed to test a fairly developed play in front of an audience. The playwrights receive five hours of rehearsal with professional actors and a director, before their pieces are presented to the public. All readings are followed by a discussion with the author and director, guided by Artistic Director John Pietrowski.

“We have a great deal of variety in the plays we are working on this year,” said John Pietrowski, Writers Theatre’s Artistic Director. “Eleven of the 15 plays are written by award-winning New Jersey Writers, including six recipients of the NJ State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. Five of the plays are written by Artistic Directors of theatres inside and outside of the state: John Wooten of Premiere Stages, Deb Margolin of Split Britches, Eric Peterson of Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington Vermont, Stephen Fredericks of The Growing Stage, and Laura Ekstrand of Dreamcatcher Theatre.”

“Parents of children age 12 and up should take special note of the Tuesday, January 8 reading—A Better Place to Be, by Stephen Fredericks of The Growing Stage. It’s a very moving play about the immigrant experience, which will be fully produced at The Growing Stage in February.”

Jan 3: “Fading Grace” John Wooten
Jan 4: “Love’s Executioner” Deb Margolin
Jan 5: “Miss Keller Has No Second Book” Deb Hiett
Jan 6: “Water Water Everywhere” Eric Peterson
Jan 7: “Paper Soldiers” Nicholas Glossman
Jan 8: “A Better Place To Be” Stephen Fredericks
Jan 9: “The Lucky Ones” Lia Romeo
Jan 10: “Ways To Be Happy” David Lee White
Jan 11: “New York City 523” Joseph Gallo
Jan 12: “Vatican Falls” Frank J. Avella
Jan 13: “Gospel According to SB” Barsky Susan
Jan 14: “In Real Life” Stacie Lents
Jan 15: “It’s A Beautiful Wound” Rich Orloff
Jan 16: “A Certain Age” Laura Ekstrand
Jan 17: “Five Husbands” Ben V. Marshall

For more information on the individual plays and playwrights and for tickets, please visit the theatre’s Soundings page.

For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit, or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or

Writers Theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, professional (Actors’ Equity) theatre and a community of professional playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators that provides opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences. Our New Play Development Program is a multi-step process through which playwrights, theatre artists, and audiences collaborate to bring selected texts from rough draft to finished production.
Our Education Programs introduce students of all ages and backgrounds to the possibilities inherent in thinking and communicating creatively. Writers Theatre’s New Jersey Writers Project provides hands-on workshops led by professional writers-in-residence to students in schools and community centers throughout the state. We place an equal emphasis on Development and Educational activities, and encourage our community and audiences to participate fully in both.
We are honored that, every year since 2003, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) has designated Writers Theatre as a Major Arts Institution. This means that the Council considers Writers Theatre to be “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Writers Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.

Monday, December 24, 2018




WHEN: Saturday, December 29, and Tuesday, January 1 (by appointment)
WHERE: Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway

This production is open to performers ages 12-18 ​with a few roles available for ages 7-11

Rehearsals will be held Friday-Monday beginning in late March. Performers will only be called when their role is being rehearsed (actors will not be called every day within this time frame).

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.

NOTE: If you are unavailable to attend auditions in person, you are welcome to submit a video audition to (including a link to a video of your performance and your completed audition form) by Tuesday, January 1 at 8:00pm.

Audition Information

Auditions will be held in January and will be open to ALL AGES!

Performances will run March 15-24 at The Hamilton Stage

Make sure to follow us on social media for updates!


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WHEN: Thursday, December 27th, at 7:30PM 
Darress Theatre, 615 Main Street, Boonton
TICKETS: $10 at the door
For additional info, call the box office: 973-334-9292


Syracuse native Joe Magnarelli moved to New York City in 1986 and soon became a regular on the NY and international jazz scene. Joe currently has nine records out as a leader, and has played on numerous jazz labels as a sideman. Magnarelli has worked and toured with the Vanguard Orchestra, Jane Monheit, Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Alvin Queen, Dado Maroni, Marty Sheller, Tom Harrell Big Band, George Gruntz, Harry Whitaker, Walt Weiskopf, Grant Stewart, Charles Davis, Nick Brignola, JR Monterose, Gary Smulyan, The Carnegie Hall Orchestra, Don Sebesky, John Pizzarelli, Aretha Franklin, and the Lincoln Center Orchestra.



Vanessa Perea is a jazz vocalist who embodies the tradition of the masters. Having been influenced by many different styles of music, she has a sound all her own. She began her musical journey at the age of 10 when she started taking piano lessons with her church organist and choir director.  Vanessa attended New Jersey City University and subsequently began working as a jazz vocalist in the NY/NJ area. She is a member of The Ladybugs, where she sings and plays drums & percussion and with whom she recently traveled to China with for a three-week residency at Jazz at Lincoln Center.




Saturday, December 22, 2018


2019 WMONJ Flyer

NOTE: THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON NEW JERSEY is not affiliated with the Women’s March, Inc.

Friday, December 21, 2018

January @ GARDEN STREET SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS: Music Lessons, Dance Classes + More!

Enroll Now for January Classes

Now you can try any dance class for only $10!

WHERE: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, 1018 Washington Street, Hoboken


  • New Flexible Dance Plan: 6 classes for $229! 
  • Monthly Membership: For $149 a month join a class, and learn that specific style for the rest of the school year.
  • New 6 Week Mommy and Me Classes: $120 for 6 Mommy and Me Classes New Session Jan 7th.
  • PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS: 1ST CLASS FREE—Piano, Guitar, Violin, Voice

Dance Classes Open For Enrollment In January!


  • Ballet 3-4 yr olds 4:05pm-4:50pm JuYeun Lee
  • Contemporary Lyrical 8-Teen 5pm-6pm Annie McLoughlin
  • Jazz 8-Teen 6pm-7pm Annie McLoughlin
  • Intermediate Tap 10-Teen 7pm-8pm Jeff Edmond


  • Adult Ballet 11:15am-12:30pm Ju Yeun Lee
  • Ballet 3-4yr olds 3:30pm-4:15pm Miss Valerie 
  • Tap  5-7yr olds 3:30pm-4:15pm Miss Joanna 
  • Beginner Irish Step 7-12yr olds 4:15pm-5:15pm Miss Joanna
  • Ballet 5-6yr olds 4:15pm-5:15pm  Miss Valerie 
  • Irish Step for 3-6yr olds  5:15pm-6:00pm Miss Joanna
  • Ballet 7-8 yr olds 5:15pm-6:15pm Miss Valerie
  • Advanced Irish Step Mixed Ages 6pm-7pm Miss Joanna


  • Hip Hop 3-4 yr olds 3:45pm-4:30pm Miss Louise
  • Hip Hop 5-6 yr olds 4:30pm-5:15pm Miss Louise
  • Hip Hop 7-8 yr olds 5:15pm-6:15pm Miss Louise
  • Hip Hop Crew 9-Teen 6:15pm-7:15pm Miss Louise
  • Matilda The Musical ages 8-Teen 4pm-6:30pm


  • Ballet 3-4 yr olds 3:30pm-4:15pm Ju Yeun Lee
  • Song and Dance (Jazz) 5-7 yr olds 3:30pm-4:15pm  Miss Joanna
  • Ballet 5-6 yr olds 4:15pm-5:15pm Ju Yuen Lee
  • Tap/Jazz Combo 3-4 yr olds 4:15pm-5pm Miss Joanna
  • Ballet 9-Teen 5:15pm-6:30pm Ju Yeun Lee
  • Lion King 4-8 yr olds 5pm-6pm Miss Joanna
  • Song and Dance Mixed Ages 6:30pm-7:30pm Miss Joanna


  • Adult Tap Adult 2pm-3pm Miss Beverly
  • Bollywood 4-6 yr olds 4pm-4:45pm Miss Keesha
  • Bollywood 7-12 yr olds 4:45pm-5:45pm Miss Keesha


  • Tap/Jazz Combo 4-6 yr olds 10:05am-11:05am Miss Kim
  • Ballet 3-4 yr olds 11:05am-11:50am Miss Kim
  • Ballet 5-6 yr olds 11:50am-12:50pm Miss Kim

Mommy and Me Classes

We offer a 6-week program and 10-week Program

6-Week Program Starting Jan 7th:

Ready Step Rock,
10:30am-11:15am 18mos- 3 years  

Ballerina Princess,
9:30am-10:15am 12 mos-18mos; 10:30am-11:15am 18 mos-3 years

Broadway Babies,
11:15am-11:45am 12 mos- 18 mos
Creative Movement, 3:15pm-3:45pm 12mos-3 years old

10-Week Mommy and Me Ballet (ongoing $379 per session)

WHEN: Mondays 3:30pm-4:05pm  2-3 year olds; Saturdays 9:30am-10:05am 2-3 year olds

Private Music Lessons Available ages 4 through Adult

We offer Piano, Guitar, Violin and Voice lessons.

1st Lesson Free! Private  music lessons. Monday-Saturday classes available. We fit your schedule and match you with the perfect instructor.

Join Matilda The Musical

ages 8-Teen

Rehearsals start Jan 9th

Weds 4pm-6:30pm

Email for more info on any of our programs, and to sign up!

New Years Eve Kids Night Drop-Off Party in Hoboken

New Years Eve KIDS Drop-Off Party

WHEN: Monday, December 31, 7:30pm-1:30am
Garden Street Music, 1018 WASHINGTON ST, 2nd floor, HOBOKEN
FEE: $60 per child, $55 if you're enrolled in the school; $80 total for siblings

It's time for you to go out and celebrate New Years Eve while your children have the best time at their own party! Ages 4-12 are welcome to ring in the New Year with us. We will serve food, snacks, treats and more. We will have a dance party, live music, an art craft to take home, the televised ball drop event, movies, games and so much fun!

You can have peace of mind that your kids will have a blast while you go out on the town. This is a much better option than spending a fortune on a babysitter and your kids will be so excited to go to their own party!

Dan, Annie, Finn and Jack (owners and their children) will be the hosts of this event. Your children will be safe and having the time of their lives!

What's Included?

  • Dinner, Snacks and Treats
  • Art Project: Your child will create a great craft to take home
  • Dance Class Party:  An upbeat movement and music class with fun games and activities.
  • Live Music Sing-A-Long: We will play piano and guitar and sing your kids favorite songs and they can sing along!
  • Movie and Ball Drop: Shown on our professional 6 foot by 8 foot movie screen and projector for a mini movie theater experience!

Circle Players Announces Audition Classes In January

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Both classes will be taught by director Jessica Damrow Sherman.


WHEN: 1/5/19, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, NJ.
FEE: $25/class, cash only.  No change will be available.

In this class, Jessica touches on choosing contemporary monologues for auditions, and then delves into the hard work of both preparing them and delivering them in performance.  Special focus will be given to voice and diction, physicality and maintaining an active objective throughout the speech.  Students should come prepared with one or more contemporary  monologues they wish to work on in a class setting.  Attention will also be paid to overall audition technique.


WHEN: 1/12/19, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, NJ.
FEE: $25/class, cash only.  No change will be available.

In this class, Jessica touches on choosing classical monologues for auditions, and then delves into the hard work of both preparing them and delivering them in performance.  Special focus will be given to voice and diction, physicality and maintaining an active objective throughout the speech.  Students should come prepared with one or more classical monologues they wish to work on in a class setting.  Attention will also be paid to overall audition technique.

All classes must have a minimum of 4 people registered to be held.

To register, interested parties should email


WHEN: Friday, December 21 at 7:30PM; Saturday, December 22 at 2 PM & 7 PM; Sunday, December 23 at 1 PM & 5 PM
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

The only ARB performances featuring a live orchestra and choir!

ARB’s Nutcracker is the perfect holiday treat for your entire family!

AUDITIONS for “Ragtime The Musical” at LONJ



WHEN: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 from 7 - 9:30 pm; Saturday, February 9th, 2019 from 10 am - 12::30 pm. Call Backs (by invitation only) will take place on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 10 am - 1 pm
WHERE: SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange

Children auditioning for the role of Little Boy/Edgar and Little Girl will be heard FIRST. They must arrive shortly before scheduled audition starting times in order to be heard.

Auditions are open to REGISTERED actors only

  • Please contact to register for one of the above dates.
  • Include your head-shot, resume and home town.

Performances will be on July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2019

For further information about audition requirements and roles, click on the "Learn More" button below.


Phoenix Productions’ 2019 Gala Auditions Announced!

Phoenix Productions is a non-profit community theatre organization.

We recreate your favorite Broadway musicals in full-scale revivals.


Annual Gaelen Juried Show call for entries


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Advent and Christmas Music at Grace Madison

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The choirs at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, under the direction of Dr. Anne Matlack, are preparing special choral services for Christmas.

WHERE: Grace Episcopal Church, Madison Ave., Madison

Members of Combined Choirs of Grace and friends present

Red Choir 1Candlelight Service of Canticles, Anthems & Congregational Hymns

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5 pm

Featuring Pergolesi’s Magnificat with strings. The public is welcome to this free event, followed by a “Wassail” reception with mulled wine and cider, sausage rolls and mince pie.

Church School Nativity Pageant and Communion Service

WHEN: Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, music begins at 4 for the 4:30 service

Costumed children present the Nativity Pageant while the 50-voice youth choirs lead the music in traditional carols from around the world. The Gargoyles (teen boys) and the select Daughters of Zion (teen girls) will also be featured. A children’s bell choir will ring in the prelude, and a handbell quartet serenades you as you leave.

“Midnight” Mass

WHEN: 10 p.m. a candlelight concert of carols from around the world sung from the gallery precedes the traditional 10:30 Midnight Mass. 

A choir of adults, older children, and returning college students, and a bell choir lead the beautiful Rite I communion service featuring works by Howells, Rachmaninoff, Ramirez, Yon and many soloists. “Silent Night” sung kneeling by candlelight concludes the service.

Christmas Morning at 10:30 a.m. is a service for all ages of carols and communion led by children and adults.  Choir carols include “Once in Royal David’s City,” “O Come, Little Children” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Away in a Manger” and a rousing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” during communion.

Sunday, December 3,0 at 10:30 a.m. the choirs present a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service. Visiting singers are welcome to join the choir by attending rehearsal at 9:30 and calling the church, or responding on Grace Church’s Facebook page to let Dr. Anne know.

The community is welcome at all of these services. More information can be found at or on facebook at Grace Episcopal Church Madison or by calling 973-377-0106. Dr. Anne Matlack holds degrees from Yale and Cincinnati Conservatory and also conducts the award-winning Harmonium Choral Society,


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County Presents T-Klez in Concert


Rooted firmly in traditional 19th and 20th century klezmer (the music of the Jews of Eastern Europe,) T-Klez plays a full gamut of tasty tunes.

These range from spirited dance pieces which are often played at weddings and other festivities, to slower waltzes, tangos, and Romanian horas. In addition, their selections include spiritual wordless melodies of the Hasidism, as well as new repertoire from Romania and the United States.

Based in Teaneck, New Jersey, the members of T-Klez are veterans of stage and community celebrations. T-Klez’s performances are fun and educational and their dance sets can rock the house!

This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall).

It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted-listening accessible.

Lineup for First Night® Morris County’s 27th season

27th First Night® Morris County

WHEN: December 31, 2018
: 23 venues in Morristown
TICKETS: One inexpensive admission (before 12/21: $20/ticket; $17.50 for 4 or more; prices go up 12/22-12/31/16) covers all events at First Night®. Every venue is indoors and a free shuttle will take you to nearly all locations.

For more information, the latest program updates, to volunteer or to purchase tickets, please visit the First Night® Morris County website at or call the First Night Morris official ticketing partner, the Mayo Performing Art Center Box Office at (973)539-8008.

December 31, 2018 marks the 27th year of New Jersey’s biggest and brightest First Night, a New Year’s Eve family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts—with more than 100 artists, 81 events in 23 venues—representing dance, theatre, music, world cultures, visual arts and children’s programs. 

For all 27 years, Morris Arts has been First Night Morris’ artistic programmer, securing topflight talents who attract thousands from throughout the state and beyond. More than half of the program features new artists (or artists returning after several years), many of whom have performed at world class venues, won international recognition, performed on national radio/TV, in major films and/or collaborated with superstars of performing arts. On that night, one can experience everything from a gypsy/neo-Balkan Trio, a Moldovan piano virtuoso, or a legendary hot jazz guitarist to a one-man sideshow, a champion Irish fiddler or a live reptile show.

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L-R: The legendary Frank Vignola and his Hot Jazz Guitar Trio; John Ginty with his Hammond B-3 organ; The Feinberg Brothers Bluegrass Band; The Zydeco Revelators; The Cobra Brothers Blues Band; Dana McCurdy’s Community in Rhythm Drum Circle; Rio Clemente, Bishop of Jazz. 

On the Rock/Bluegrass/Blues/ Zydeco/Drum front, The John Ginty Band rocks the house, showcasing Ginty, who toured/performed with the Dixie Chicks, Jewel, Santana and received two Grammy nominations as a founding member of Robert Randolph & the Family Band. The Feinberg Brothers’ 5piece band, profiled expansively in a recent Bluegrass Unlimited, embodies classical bluegrass with their tight, soulful harmonies and masterful, intricate instrumentals. For gutsy, full-throated blues, wailing harmonica riffs, and raw voiced vocals (with a touch of funk, R&B, country and jazz), catch the Cobra Brothers – heard at blues festivals, The Stone Pony and The Bitter End. Got rhythm? Connect with Dana McCurdy’s Community In Rhythm Drum Circle. Looking for flavors from New Orleans “Big Easy”? The Zydeco Revelators offer that sweet Cajun accordion, cool rubboard vest mixed with zydeco classics, rock and jam band in an irresistible “jambalaya” of sound.

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Hankering for Jazz? Miracles happen. After a near fatal accident, the legendary guitarist Frank Vignola is back and better than ever with his Hot Jazz Guitar Trio, with guitar partner, Vinny Raniolo, and “monster” bassist, Gary Mazzaroppi. One of the top five guitarists in the world according to the great Les Paul, Vignola has performed with Lionel Hampton, Ringo Starr, Wynton Marsalis and other superstars, bringing his astounding virtuosity, sly humor and incomparable musicianship back to our stage. First Night would not be complete without our own sizzling jazz pianist, Rio Clemente (the “Bishop of Jazz”) whose inventive and sparkling improvisations astonish and inspire all.

If Folk Music is your bag, be sure to catch the wit and wordplay of comedy folk singer, Carla Ulbrich, with her songs about wedgies, Waffle Houses, Klingons and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the “F” word. Remembering Pete Seeger, Spook Handy “keeps the flame alive,” in his ongoing World Tour, sharing Seeger’s music and legacy in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces and 21 NJ  counties.  You’ll want to hear the Windborne Singers, a unique quartet of vocal chameleons who will captivate you with the purity of their voices, their close harmony singing and a fascinating repertoire spanning centuries / cultures.

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First Night’s Classical offerings include the superb artistry of Moldovan piano virtuoso, Maria Sumareva, winner of international piano competitions who dazzles with a repertoire spanning the Baroque through contemporary. The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey explores great orchestral works from the 17th through the 21st centuries while the Solid Brass Quartet’s grand and resonant brass features music from the Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary eras. Known for its inventive, international programming, Harmonium Choral Society will feature South and Central American Christmas music, spirituals, Yiddish and American works. And, for “something completely different,” check out the Electro/acoustic Oboe mastery of Matt Sullivan whose sonic explorations/improvisations produce sounds you’ve probably never heard from any double reed instrument. (Above: L-R: Moldovan piano virtuoso, Maria Sumareva; The Solid Brass Quartet; Electro/acoustic Oboe Master, Matt Sullivan; Champion Irish Fiddler, Brian Conway)

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First Night’s generous sampling of World Cultures includes the global fusion ensemble, Afrika meets India, blending the rich rhythmic and melodic traditions of India and Africa. Irish (and other) eyes will be smiling at the music of champion Irish Fiddler, Brian Conway while Tavche Gravche, a Gypsy/neo-Balkan trio, offers a unique, fiery mix of Balkan/Eastern European and Mediterranean melodies while maintaining the explosive dance rhythms of Balkan music. Feeling mellow? Groove on the lilting, joyous music of Random Test Reggae playing Caribbean reggae, soca and calypso. Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre showcases Spanish flamenco traditions while Shubanjali’s dancers highlight Indian Classical/Folk Dance

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And, speaking of Dance, after sampling the power, passion, and castanets of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre and the stunning costumes and intricate gestures/footwork of Shubanjali’s Indian Classical/Folk Dance, First Night audiences can also enjoy the dynamic rhythms of NJTAP2, whose young artists showcase the great American art form of rhythm tap dancing. If you love line dancing, square dancing or are just curious, neither experience nor partner is needed to participate in Square Dancing with caller, Mary Moody—fun for all ages. (Above: L-R: David Darwin, One Man Sideshow: Comedienne Erin Jackson; Comedian Tom McTiernan; Mr. Hypno, Comedy Hypnotist Stephen Christopher)

Looking for Theater/Comedy? Laugh your way into the New Year with the wit and wry humor of two comedy stars, Erin Jackson and Tom McTiernan. Erin’s megawatt smile and keen insights have made her a regular at NYC’s top comedy clubs, on numerous TV comedy shows and as a semifinalist with NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Tom is one of the East Coast’s best (and cleanest) comedians, featured at top clubs on both the East and West Coasts, on TV and opening for top acts in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. More laughs are in store with Mr. Hypno’s Comedy Hypnotism as hypnotized volunteers discover such hidden talents as ballet dancing or cow milking! Illusionist Benjamin Lipman’s Comedy Cascade combines circus arts, vaudeville and humor with juggling, mime and magic. Billing themselves as “Manhattan Transfer meets Second City,” The Loose Canons are master purveyors of musical parody. A semifinalist with America’s Got Talent, David Darwin, the one-man sideshow, astounds audiences with his contortions, sword swallowing, glass walking, magic, juggling, fire manipulations and comedy. And, if you love history, don’t miss Living Voices: Our Revolution, a profoundly moving account of the American Revolution, told from the perspective of an African-American soldier (portrayed by a professional actor) and enhanced by riveting documentary graphics.

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Children’s/ Family Programs: Who could resist Dinoman Dinosaurs! with Bob Lisaius’ life size, inflatable dinosaurs? Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery shares live reptiles (and other animals)—under the watchful eye of a seasoned animal handler. Catch the clowns, face painting and glitter tattoos at The Children’s Fun Festival or visit Transformations Facepainting where each face becomes a living work of art.  Perennial favorite and skilled circus performer, Mr. Fish explores The Mystery & History of Magic, making things float in the air, appear/disappear and replicating signature feats of legendary magicians. Another favorite, Storyteller Julie Pasqual, brings her uniquely playful, physical theater skills, sharing stories from around the world. (Above: L-R: The clowns Glitter and Juggles at Children’s Fun Festival; Transformations Facepainting; Art 4 Kids; Dinoman Dinosaurs!; Mr. Fish with the History & Mystery of Magic!)

The early session for younger children (4:45-6:45pm) includes hula hooping with Whirled Revolution, art making activities with artist Samantha (“Sam”) Matthews’ Art 4 Kids and Fun with LEGOs®. New to this year’s early session is the NJTAP2, an ensemble of young tap dancers, sharing their skills in rhythm tap dancing as well as Square Dancing with Caller, Mary Moody, with fun for the whole family. 


No experience is necessary to try Zentangle, a unique method of drawing using structured patterns, guided by art teacher Mimi Topping.

And, as in years past, three visual arts exhibits (displaying over 300 artworks) and two sets of fireworks top off that magical evening known as First Night® Morris County. To check out the full lineup of artists, visit: