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2018 NJACT/Perry Award Nominations

originally published: 08/03/2018

2018 NJACT/Perry Award Nominations

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- The 2018 NJACT/Perry Awards will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) in Rahway. The awards are given for outstanding achievements in New Jersey Community Theater. This year's  nominations were announced during a ceremony at Playhouse 22 in East Brunswick on July 28.

At the beginning of each season, NJACT Member Theaters submit their shows for award consideration. Two NJACT Reviewers attend each production, evaluate all on-stage aspects of the performance, and provide separate numerical scores for over 50 different criteria across 10 different review categories. More than 200 shows produced by theater companies around the state are submitted each year, which require over 400 reviews by trained NJACT volunteers.

NJACT bestows Perry Awards in 33 performance and technical categories based on NJACT reviewer scores. Candidates with the top seven scores in each category are considered nominees. The nominee with the highest score in each category receives the Perry Award.

There are also four Special Perry Awards available each year: Community Theater of the Year Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the David P. McMenemie Award, and the Perry Award for Outstanding Stage Management. Candidates for these awards are nominated by members of the community, and the recipient is determined by NJACT Board vote of those nominated.   

Scroll down to see the nominations for 2018.  For more information on the awards visit njact.org





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Outstanding Production of a Play

PETER & THE STARCATCHER Villagers Theatre Nicholas Wainwright- Director, Donna Kimberlin & Angela Green- Producers

PETER & THE STARCATCHER Sketch Club Players Patricia Mangano- Director, Producer

PICNIC Center Players Ray Parnese- Director, Roberta Fallon- Producer

PLAZA SUITE The Studio Players Paul Bettys- Director UKNOWN- Producer

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Bergen County Players Ellyn Essig- Director, Rhea Smith- Producer

SEMINAR Chester Theater Group Lauri MacMillian- Director, Roxanna Wagner- Producer

SLEUTH Maurer Productions OnStage Diana Gilman Maurer- Director, John M. Maurer & Diana Gilman Maurer- Producers



Outstanding Production of a Musical

BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company Scott Angehr- Director, Laurie Hudson- Producer

GODSPELL Cumberland County College Deborah Bradshaw- Director/Producer

MARY POPPINS Showkids Invitational Theater Carolyn Newman/Kristen Nasto- Directors, Diane Lehnert, Carolyn Newman, 

MY FAIR LADY Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center Matthew Muccigrossi- Director, Jennifer Moffett- producer

TITANIC Playful Theater Productions Frank Ferrara- Director, Hillary Leboff- Producer

WHITE CHRISTMAS M&M Stage Productions John M. Maurer- Director, Mike Almstedt- Producer

THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club Sean Eugene Lough- Director, Joe Leo- Producer



Outstanding Direction of a Play

Paul Bettys PLAZA SUITE Studio Players

Kevern Cameron TO KILL MOCKINGBIRD Summit Playhouse

Beatriz Esteban-Messina ‘NIGHT MOTHER Fearless Productions

Dottie Fischer OTHER DESERT CITIES Chester Theatre Group

Diana Gilman Maurer SLEUTH Maurer Productions OnStage

Laurie MacMillian SEMINAR Chester Theater Group

Nicholas Wainwright PETER & THE STARCATCHER Villagers Theatre



Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Scott Angehr BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

John Blackwell HAIR The Road Company

Amy Calzone THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Old Library Theater

Sean Eugene Lough THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Matthew Muccigrossi MY FAIR LADY Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Letitia Townes HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players

Joe Vierno THE FANTASTICKS Villagers Theatre



Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play

Gerard Bourcien STEEL MAGNOLIAS Bergen County Players

Caitlyn DuBois, Ragan Hoffman INHERIT THE WIND The Off Broad Street Players

Rob Garcia YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Cumberland County College

Ellen Fraker Glasscock SEMINAR Chester Theater Group

Mark Lamhut PICNIC Center Players

Bill Sesselberg GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER Villagers Theatre

Dan Shulze PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Villagers Theatre

Ed Whitman MR. ROBERTS Westfield Community Players



Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical

Julian Denison, Barry deVersterre MARY POPPINS Showkids Invitational Theater

Jeff McCrum THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Shawn McGovern GODSPELL Cumberland County College

Judi Parrish TITANIC Playful Theater Productions

Lauren Pastanovich, Ed Fraiser, Laurie Hudson BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

Lauren Pastanovich, Ed Fraiser, Laurie Hudson HAIR The Road Company

Anthony Spano HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players



Outstanding Sound Design of a Play

Rob DeScherer STEEL MAGNOLIAS Bergen County Players

John Dowgin TERRA NOVA Circle Players

Andy Gordinier, Diane L. Parker GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER Villagers Theatre

Bob Jacuk SEMINAR Chester Theatre Group

Mark Lamhut PICNIC Center Players

Sid Maycock PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Sketch Club Players

Brielle McArdle HAMLET Dover Little Theater

Sean Perdrick INHERIT THE WIND The Off Broad Street Players



Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical

Monica Alia MY FAIR LADY Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Scott Coumbe GODSPELL Cumberland County College

Pat DeFusco KISS ME KATE Haddonfield Plays & Players

Michael Ferentinos THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Lauri Hudson HAIR The Road Company

Evan Pine TITANIC Playful Theater Productions

Lauren Pastanovich BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company



Outstanding Costume Design of a Play

Ed Bontempo MR. ROBERTS Westfield Community Players

Faith Dowgin THE MARRAGE OF BETTE & BOO Circle Players

Derek Egidio, Heather Stevenson HAMLET Dover Little Theater

Maureen Mulvihill LOST IN YONKERS Players Guild of Leonia

Mike Patierno PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Villagers Theatre

Shannon Sheridan INHERIT THE WIND The Off Broad Street Players

Laurie Mullen Wood GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER Villagers Theatre



Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical

Kristin Gallagher MARY POPPINS Showkids Invitational Theater

Annika Higgins MY FAIR LADY Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Elizabeth Howard THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Louisa Murey WHITE CHRISTMAS M&M Stage Productions

Michelle Rittmann TITANIC Playful Theater Productions

Leslie Romanuski, Justin Mead, BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

Sue Shubeck HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players



Outstanding Properties in a Play

Crystal Coddington GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER Villagers Theatre

Michael DelValle, Bryan Morris OTHER DESERT CITIES Bergen County Players

Tish Lum, Katie Pierce STEEL MAGNOLIAS Chatham Community Players

Diane Gilman Maurer, John M. Maurer SLEUTH Maurer Productions OnStage

Carrie J. Miller CALENDAR GIRLS Somerset Valley Players

Barbara Murtha, Gloria Bumbaco, Lawrence Laterza STEEL MAGNOLIAS Bergen County Players

Ray Parnese PICNIC Center Players



Outstanding Properties in a Musical

Robin Adams, Sheryl Bunca MARY POPPINS Showkids Invitational Theater

Patrick Ahearn GODSPELL Cumberland County College

Diana Gilman Maurer FIDDLER ON THE ROOM Maurer Productions OnStage

Betty Ann Hickman OKLAHOMA The Off Broad Street Players

Lynn Jack The BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY The Summit Playhouse

Denise Lallier BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

Joe Leo THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Nancy Russell TITANIC Playful Theater Productions



Outstanding Choreography

Angela Cusumano SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Raven Dunbar THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Laura Ghaffoor WHITE CHRISTMAS M&M Stage Productions

Lauren Patanovich HAIR The Road Company

Michael Scannelli CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Old Library Theatre

Q HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players

Koren Zander WEST SIDE STORY PinnWorth Productions



Outstanding Music Direction

Jack Bender THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Emily Bengels MY FAIR LADY Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Emily Bengels THE FANTASTICKS Villagers Theatre

Charles Linnell GREASE Aspire Performing Arts Company

Ruslan Odintsow BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

Jennifer Palermo MARY POPPINS Showkids Invitational Theater

Bob Sammond THE FANTASTICKS Premier Theater Company

François Suhr WEST SIDE STORY PinnWorth Productions



Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play

Laura Byrne-Cristiano PLAZA SUITE Studio Players

John M. Maurer, Jeff Cantor SLEUTH Maurer Productions OnStage

Stephen Moldt, Marcie Weinstein OTHER DESERT CITIES Bergen County Players

Ray Parnese PICNIC Center Players

Roy Pancirov, Bob Lukasik STEEL MAGNOLIAS Chatham Community Players

Michael Smith, Lynn Lupfer STEEL MAGNOLIAS Bergen County Players

Chris Totora, Patrick Ahera YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Cumberland County College



Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical

Mike Almstedt, John M. Maurer WHITE CHRISTMAS M&M Stage Productions

Frank Bergson, Crina Magalio THE PRODUCERS Readington Community Theater

Bree Guell BIG FISH Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Bree Guell AVENUE Q Villagers Theater

John M. Maurer, Haley Schmalbach, Jeff Cantor FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Maurer Productions OnStage

Michael Shubeck, Kenneth Guell HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players

Chip Totora GODSPELL Cumberland County College

Diane Wiselinski, Paula Farrar, Lauri Hudson BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Roy Harry OTHER DESERT CITIES Bergen County Players

George Hartpence SLEUTH Maurer Productions OnStage

John AC Kennedy SEMINAR Chester Theater Group

Dan Keyser SLEUTH Maurer Productions OnStage

Dale Monroe BOEING, BOEING Summit Players

Eric M. Pertger THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Center Players

Bill Zeoli PETER & THE STARCATCHER Sketch Club Players



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Thom Boyer MY FAR LADY Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Shane Long THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

AJ Mendini GODSPELL Cumberland County College

Jared Milan SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Joseph P. Necci THE FANTASTICKS Premier Theater Company

Will Roper THE FANTASTICKS Villagers Theater

John Zimmerman FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Maurer Productions OnStage



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Debra Carozza PLAZA SUITE Studio Players

Janica Carpenter STEEL MAGNOLIAS Bergen County Players

Bobbie Kokal EXTREMITIES Cumberland Players

Brittany Haydock OTHER DESERT CITIES Bergen County Players

Dawn Lanoue ‘NIGHT MOTHER Fearless Productions

Marian McCabe OTHER DESERT CITIES Bergen County Players

Sky Spiegel Monroe VENUS IN FUR Chester Theatre Group

Cynthia Ross ‘NIGHT MOTHER Fearless Productions



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Kim Apadula SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Tina Kaye THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Summit Playhouse

Lauren Ann Palmeri THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Old Library Theatre

Colleen Renee’ THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Jessica Rose THE FANTASTICKS Villagers Theatre

Cat Tierney MY FAIR LADY Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Rachel Valvocen HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

Derek Egidio A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM Main Street Theater Company

Matthew Gochman A PHILADELPHIA STORY First Avenue Playhouse

Jason Mangano PETER & THE STARCATCHER Sketch Club Players

Josh Musgrave TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Summit Players

Mike Patierno PETER & THE STARCATCHER Villagers Theatre

Allen Pines OTHER DESERT CITIES Bergen County Players

Chip Prestera TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Summit Players



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Ethan James Lynch MY FAIR LADY Playhouse 22 @ The East Brunswick Community Arts Center

Michael McEntee AVENUE Q Villagers Theatre

Eric Parkin THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM Old Library Theatre

Matt Serra GODSPELL Cumberland County College

Jesse Simpson HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players

Phil Solomon THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Dennis Summerville BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Cathy Coryat BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Yardley Players

Rachel Gordon OTHER DESERT CITIES Bergen County Players

Jodi Freeman Maloy STEEL MAGNOLIAS Chatham Community Players

Chloe Neville STEEL MAGNOLIAS Bergen County Players

Dori Persson LOST IN YONKERS Players Guild of Leonia

Sarah Pharaon TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Summit Players

Alyssa Robishaw PROOF The Road Company

Roberta Steve CALIFORNIA SUITE Somerset Valley Players



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Nicole Boscarino THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Corinne Chandler HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players

Kaitlyn Cox OKLAHOMA The Off Broad Street Players

Susie Speidel ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Cranford Dramatic Club

Danielle Harley-Smith HAIR The Road Company

Laurie Hudson BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

Lorraine C. Perri WEST SIDE STORY PinnWorth Productions

Jordan Virgil FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Maurer Productions OnStage



Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Bob Dumpert THE MARRAGE OF BETTE & BOO Circle Players

Ed Bontempo MR. ROBERTS Westfield Community Players

Cullen Flanagan PETER & THE STARCATCHER Sketch Club Players

Daniel Gleason GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Pennington Players

Barry Leonard BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Yardley Players

Chip Prestera THE 23RD ANNUAL JERSEY VOICES Chatham Community Players

Will Roper SHOWS FOR DAYS Chester Theater Group

Eric Walby PETER & THE STARCATCHER Villagers Theatre



Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Christopher Harrison Parkhurst Abbott ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Cranford Dramatic Club

Jordan Gulick KISS ME KATE Haddonfield Plays & Players

Patsy Palma HAIRSPRAY Mystic Vision Players

Andrew Santiago THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Andrew Ruggieri BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

Kahill Wyatt KISS ME KATE Haddonfield Plays & Players

Bill Zeoli RAGTIME Sketch Club Players



Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Lisa Black ARSENIC & OLD LACE The Lord Stirling Theater Company

Darlene C. Ellis GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER Villagers Theatre

Diane Gilch THE 23RD ANNUAL JERSEY VOICES Chatham Community Players

Katrina KuharichPETER & THE STARCATCHER Sketch Club Players

Mary L. Laido LOST IN YONKERS Players Guild of Leonia

Kate Murray THE MARRAGE OF BETTE & BOO Circle Players

Jessica Phelan COME BACK TO THE FIVE & DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN Maplewood Strollers



Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Katherine Brown THE WILD PARTY Cranford Dramatic Club

Samantha Kaplan THE BRIDGES OVER MADISON COUNTY Summit Playhouse

Ruth Markeo FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Maurer Productions OnStage

Faith McCleery KISS ME KATE Haddonfield Plays & Players

Danielle Slaboda ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Yardley Players

Liz Susswein FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Maurer Productions OnStage

Sarah Webster 42nd STREET Maurer Productions OnStage



Outstanding Youth Actor in a Play

Ted Guarino PETER & THE STARCATCHER Villagers Theatre

Benjamin Harris A CHRISTMAS TAIL Porch Light Studio

Arden Henley OUR TOWN Chester Theater Group

Connor McGorty A CHRISTMAS TAIL Porch Light Studio

Daniel Nugent HENRY V Circle Players

Cyrus Shields TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Summit Playhouse

Demetrios Spaccavento LOST IN YONKERS Players Guild of Leonia

Frankie Tinelli LOST IN YONKERS Players Guild of Leonia



Outstanding Youth Actor in a Musical

Teddy Brendel TITANIC Playful Theater Productions

Jonathan Cocca GREASE Aspire Performing Arts Company

Tristan Davis ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Yardley Players

Chance Friedman LEGALLY BLONDE Pebble Players

Joseph Grisanzio BEAUTY & THE BEAST Rising Stars Youth Performing Arts

Noah Hinsdale BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

Jonah Lione MARY POPPINS Showkids Invitational Theater

Liam Redford BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company



Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play

Emily Acosta A CHRISTMAS TAIL Porch light Studio

Madelyn Barkocy APPROPRIATE Studio Players

Madelyn Barcocy PETS & THEIR HUMANS Fearless Productions

Rosie Gueta TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Summit Playhouse

Siera Martinez PETER & THE STARCATCHER Villagers Theatre

Charlotte Rivera A CHRISTMAS TAIL Porch light Studio

Alexa Yudoff OUR TOWN Chester Theater Group



Outstanding Youth Actress in a Musical

Geovanna Ayala A CHRISTMAS CAROL Cranford Dramatic Club

Courtney Bulger GREASE Aspire Performing Arts Company

Julia DiGirolamo HEATHERS Aspire Performing Arts Company

Carlie Goldfarb THE MUSIC MAN Rising Stars Youth Performing Arts

Ginger May GREASE Aspire Performing Arts Company

Nathalie Mehl MARY POPPINS Showkids Invitational Theater

Kaleigh Robinson BILLY ELLIOT The Road Company

Deidre Thompson LEGALLY BLONDE Pebble Players



Outstanding Production of an Original Musical

AND THE WINNER WAS… Bergen County Players Ray Yucis- Director, Lynn Lupfer- Producer

AUDITIONS-THE MUSICAL REVIEW Radburn Players Amy Sellars- Director, Producer, Laura Belle- Author

OUT OF CHARACTER Old Library Theater Linda Wielkotz- Director/Producer



Original Production of an Original Play

THE 23RD ANNUAL JERSEY VOICES Chatham Community Players Bob Denmark- Producer, Dawn Afanado, Arnold J. Buchaine, John AC Kennedy, Lynn Polan, Joann Lopresti Scanlon, George Seylaz- Directors, Bill Kovacsik, Ralph Greco Jr., Chip Bolik, Michael Weems, Jeanne Johnston, Joann Scanlon, Gary Shaffer- Authors

A CHRISTMAS TAIL Porch Light Studio Ryan Pifher- Director/Author, Ryan Pifher, Jenn Pifher- Producers

AN AMERICAN TREE Behind The Veil Productions Courtni Saizon- Director, Di Shawn J Gandy, Dawn Monique Gandy- producers, Di Shawn Gandy- Author

COCKTAIL HOUR CONFESSIONS Fearless Productions Lynn Polan- Director, Jared Kelner, Kristin Barber- Producers, Jared Kelner- Author

THE CURIOUS CASE OF A CASUAL TERRORIST Edison Valley Playhouse Sudipta Bhawmik- Director, Richard Montiero- Producer, Sudipta Bhawmik- Author

PETS & THEIR HUMANS Fearless Productions Beatriz Esteban-Messina- Director, Kristin Barber- Producer, Mike Soclol- Author

STOLEN DREAMS The Darress Theater Organization Lawrence Francis- Director, Thomas Timbrook- Producer, Lawrence Francis- Author



Outstanding Stage Management of a Play

Anita Esteve OTHER DESERT CITIES Chester Theater Group

Brielle McArdle HAMLET Dover Little Theater

CJ Miller CALENDAR GIRLS Somerset Valley Players

Kevin Ohlweiler APPROPRIATE Studio Players

Shannen Rivers THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Somerset Valley Players

Michele Roth IT’S ONLY A PLAY Bergen County Players

Harriet Trainor CALIFORNIA SUITE Somerset Valley Players



Outstanding Stage Management of a Musical

Ellie Anderson/Kayla Gurriell SINGING IN THE RAIN Old Library Theater

Deanna Fulgoni-Johnson OKLAHOMA Mighty Oak Players

Melissa Gaynor WHITE CHRISTMAS M&M Stage Productions

Holly Lessing GRAND HOTEL Somerset Valley Players

Diana Gilman Maurer FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Maurer Productions On Stage

Dennis Tolentino MEMPHIS PinnWorth Productions

Emily M Windus DISASTER!  THE MUSICAL Somerset Valley Players



2018 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Ryan Pifher- Theater Educator

Khy Garner- Music Director

Patricia Mangano- Producer

Megan Lahiff Ferentinos- Choreographer

Jeff Fiorello- Director

Terri Sturtevant- Actor

Deborah Bradshaw- Director

Andrew DePrisco- Theater Activist



The Union County Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway, New Jersey.





New Feathers Productions To Present "Naked Call" by Ken Kaissar
(NEW HOPE, PA) -- New Feathers Productions will present the featured, full-length, new works reading of Naked Call by award-winning, playwright Ken Kaissar on Thursday, December 20th.  Naked Call will be professionally produced and presented for one night only and is the featured reading as the successful season concludes at the James A. Michener Art Museum.  Tickets include a museum pass with access to the latest exhibitions and the ever-popular, pre-show wine gathering with the creatives at 6:15pm, Naked Call starts promptly at 7:00pm and runs approximately 75 minutes.   
Women's Theater Company Presents "Carol Channeling, Caroling"
(PARSIPPANY, NJ) -- The Women’s Theater Company, a professional theater company in Parsippany, NJ, presents Carol Channeling, Caroling starring Maggie Graham with Music Direction by Seth Weinstein on December 15 and 16 Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm. Carol Channeling returns to the Parsippany Playhouse with her band of merry impersonations for 2 performances only.
State Theatre and Crossroads Theatre Company Present "Common Ground"
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey and the Tony Award®-winning Crossroads Theatre Company present Common Ground – A Holiday Musical Celebration of Community on Sunday, December 16 at 3:00pm. Featuring star Shanice Williams from NBC's broadcast of The Wiz Live. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $5 for children.
Playhouse 22 Presents "A Christmas Carol"
(EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ) --- Playhouse 22 will be presenting its annual production of A Christmas Carol from December 7 - 16.  Directed and adapted by Tony Adase, A Christmas Carol at Playhouse 22 is based on the Charles Dickens' piece by the same name.  It is the story of a miserable miser who learns to keep Christmas in his heart with the help of several ghostly visitations.  A show for the whole family, the Playhouse 22 production is celebrating its 23rd annual year at the theater.  
The Ritz Theatre Co. Presents "Scrooge, The Musical"
(HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- The Ritz Theatre Co. will present its annual holiday classic Scrooge, The Musical from December 7th through December 23rd.  This show is a tradition for families across our region, and is fun for all ages. Led by Producing Artistic Director Bruce A. Curless, Bruce plays the title character of Ebenezer Scrooge. This will be the twenty-third year and final year that Bruce dons the wool cap and is chased through visions of his life by three famous ghosts!


PHOTOS from "The Winter's Tale" at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
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REVIEW: "It's A Wonderful Life" At Mile Square Theatre
Nestled in a corner of Hoboken, on the second floor, lies the studios of radio station WMST.  It’s a wonderful art deco studio, replete with fine wooden walls, embedded with colorful lights an applause sign.  On stage, we’ve got a few chairs, several microphones and a whole corner wedged with all the necessary props – piano, men’s shoes, sheet metal – to create the audio effects for the production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Betsy Aidem Puts A Woman's Touch On George Street Playhouse's "A Doll's House, Part 2"
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REVIEW: "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn" at Paper Mill Playhouse
One man’s ambition is comfortable yet to another it is anathema.  This is the simplest way to convey the central theme of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – now playing at Papermill Playhouse.  The show is a rich, effervescent, beautiful, fun, musical that is well worth booking tickets for.  It enthralled my phone addicted 13 year-old and earned a shout out on Instagram - high praise in and of itself.
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Event calendar
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018


MUSIC

ALAN SCARDAPANE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

The Night Before Christmas Carol @ The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCCArts), Branchburg - 1:00pm and 7:00pm

A Christmas Carol @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


KIDS

The Shoemaker & the Christmas Elves @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 10:30am


MISC

Sam Darnold Meet & Greet @ iPlay America, Freehold - 5:00pm






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