At our November meeting, nominations were accepted for all executive board positions for the upcoming season. As only one nomination was accepted for each position, no ballots will be mailed.
Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company Old Library Theatre (OLT) invites submissions for its 6th Annual One Act Play Festival. Winner of the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play in 2015, this festival showcases original one act plays on our main stage!
This year’s festival will kick off our 50th season with three performances January 20-22, 2017. Auditions will be held in December 2016.
Submission criteria is as follows:
– All plays must be complete, one act works, running 15-30 minutes, with six or fewer characters.
– No musicals, please.
– Plays will be mounted with no budget, though they will be fully staged with necessary sound and lighting.
– Please e-mail submissions or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15, 2016. Playwrights who did not have their plays produced in this year’s festival will receive priority in selection.
All performances take place at George Frey Center for Performing Arts at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
Old Library Theatre (OLT), Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company, is a community theatre organization, located in Bergen County, NJ, committed to producing quality productions at an affordable price. Old Library Theatre was started in 1967 in Fair Lawn by a handful of dreamers who wanted to make the joy of theatre performance available to everyone. The original theatre was on River Road, and several years ago moved to the George Frey Center for Performing Arts—a state-of-the-art 170-seat theater—in the Fair Lawn Community Center. Our mission is to provide quality entertainment in Bergen County, showcasing talented performers of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and stages of development.
Thank you to everyone who auditioned. Congratulations to the cast of American Idiot!
Johnny – Robbie Stevens
Tunny – Matt Coakley
Will – Will Carey
Heather – Kaitlin Blumberg
Whatshername – Ashley Seldon
Extraordinary Girl – Susan Ramirez
St. Jimmy – “CJ” Christopher Jay
Favorite Son – Branden Mangan
Angela Romano, Brendan Joel Bartlett, Bridget Maresca, Caitlin O’Neill, Chris Gatterdam, Haley Karlich, Jesse Bush, Lauren Rowland, Michelle Stern, Olivia Kozlevcar, Paige Erdmann, Joshua Boyer, Noa Avital
Thank you to everyone who came out to audition. Congratulations to the cast of Young Frankenstein!
Frederick – Scott Baird
The Monster – Danny Egan
Igor – Brendan Joel Bartlett
Kemp / Hermit – Gus Ibranyi
Elizabeth – Hannah Schroeder
Inga – Kate Pentek
Frau Blucher – Judi Lagourneau
Victor / Quartet / Herald / Student # 3/Bob – Dan Malloy
Ziggy / Quartet / Telegraph Boy – Matt Angrisani
Mordecai / Student # 2 / Shoe Shine Man – Pedro L Jimenez
Hilltop / Quartet / Steward / Sasha / Count – Salvatore Bellomo
Masha – Victoria Waumans
Tasha – Heather Hussey
Basha – Mariel Letourneau
Ensemble – Victoria Waumans , Angela Romano
Old Library Theatre is proud to announce that we have received 5 nominations for the NJACT Perry Awards! Congratulations to all the nominees!
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play – Cynthia Smith Barry, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical – Brendan Joel Bartlett, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical – Staci Morin, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Ashley Seldon, Aida
Best Production of an Original Musical – Brendan Joel Bartlett (Producer), Mollie Gash (Director), Sing Me a Story
Thanks to all who auditioned for our upcoming production of The 5th Annual One Act Play Festival, and special congratulations to the cast:
And Twice on Sunday
Agent 1 – Chris Gatterdam
Agent 2 – Nick Pascarella
Trenchcoats – Brian Hackett, Thomas Winkler
Ruby Russell – Debra Carozza-Lynch
Arthur Tenniel – Geoffrey Waumans
Lola St. Germaine – Judy Wilson
Margaret Tenniel – Elizabeth Marsh
Caroline Kay – Brittany Bur
Barbara – Ann Alfano
Robert – Craig Scribner
Kendel – Brittany Bur
Jeremy – Bobby Snyder
How it Will Be
Neal – James Russo
Ally – Mary Kate Portera
Me and My Shadow
Andi – Thomas Winkler
Andrea – Eliana Athziry
Jacquie – Judy Wilson
Jacqueline – Deborah Zika
Susanne – Elizabeth Marsh
Susie – Charleen Trimble
Lindy Merrit – Fran Leonardis
Sheldon Platz Jr. – Howell Mayer
Here are the OLT 2016 Executive Board nominees:
Craig Tiede – I’m honored to once again be nominated to shepherd Old Library Theatre through an upcoming season as its President. Over the past three years, OLT has grown substantially – now offering four major productions, original musicals, an award-winning play festival, an annual concert and box-office-busting youth productions. So much work has gone on behind the scenes to get the group to where it is today and yet I still see so much opportunity for us to continue to grow, develop and distinguish ourselves as a premier community theater organization. As we look ahead to our 49th season, I’m excited to dig into our recently launched patron segmentation analysis, taking what we learn about our audiences and building out a strong, effective marketing plan. I’m also excited about the many new faces that have joined OLT throughout the past year – each seeking out ways to become actively involved on-stage and off, and ensuring the company will continue to thrive and evolve for many seasons to come. It is my philosophy that community theater is both of, and for, the community and I strongly support OLT’s mission to provide quality theater at an affordable cost, welcoming people in to the collaborative art of theater from all walks of life and levels of experience. OLT is now a bastion of friendly, dedicated, supportive and creative lovers of live theater. I’m proud of my contributions to that and look forward to contributing even more during our 49th season!
Angela Vida – I, Angela Vida, accept my nomination for Vice President of Old Library Theatre’s 2016 Executive Board. I never made a conscious decision to enter the theatre world. Singing, dancing, and all contained therein has been part of my life since my earliest memories. Although I was raised in a close-knit family, I loved becoming a part of a new family with every show. Theatre companies possess an opportunity to not only create families within cast and crew, but within communities of supporters and vendors. I was welcomed into the Old Library Theatre family more recently than many, but I have strived to make an impact both onstage and off. As vice president of OLT, my goal is to strengthen the family so we can continue to create the quality productions for which we are known. I believe building our subscription base, as well as relationships with local businesses and schools, will create stronger viewership, a greater supply of performers and crew, and growth opportunities we can not yet imagine. I would welcome and honor the opportunity to aid in making Old Library Theatre a more successful, organized, and impactful company in 2016.
Matthew Haines – I am honored to be nominated for the position of Secretary at OLT. In my first year with the company, I have connected with a number of wonderful people and I have experienced the wonderful and inviting atmosphere that this company provides for performers of all kinds. This warm reception has given me the incentive to become more involved and do whatever I can to help OLT grow and thrive. I am truly excited for the 2016 season and hope to bring insight and ideas collaboratively with the rest of the board in order to help Old Library Theatre succeed and continue to provide amazing opportunities for local performers.
Linda Wielkotz – I am proud to accept the nomination for Treasurer for 2016. OLT has been a group I have been proud to be a part of since 1976. The group is one of the theatres in the area that has not only produced classic and well known pieces, but also newer , edgier and original ones too. The group is well structured ,organized and welcomes everyone. In my years with the group, I have served as past president, vice president, secretary, publicity and treasurer. The last few years while I was not on the board, I have seen the group continue to grow and survive from its former home on River Road to its new location at the Community Center. It continues to provide quality entertainment for everyone. While I have been involved in many groups in NJ and NY, OLT has always been special in my heart and one that I will always call home. I would hope to once again serve on the Board of Directors.
Cynthia Smith Barry – My name is Cynthia Smith Barry, and the intent of this letter is to inform you of my interest in becoming Treasurer for Old Library Theatre, the resident theatre company of Fair Lawn, NJ. Currently, I am a teacher who has taught either elementary or middle school for the past 16 years, and I direct our yearly middle school production. Most recently, I am in rehearsal for OLT’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
I understand this commitment involves serving a one year term on the board, attending and participating in a monthly board meeting, as well as various OLT functions throughout the year. I feel I would be a valuable Board Member, not only because I was a professional actress for nine years prior to settling down in Fair Lawn, but I have been a resident of Fair Lawn for over 32 years, raising three children here. I am able to attend board meetings, theatre functions, and attend to any local banking easily. I would accept this post to the Executive Board of OLT with all the seriousness and accuracy that the position requires.
Evan T. Charpentier – I am really flattered to be nominated for a second consecutive year for a position on the Executive Board of Old Library Theatre. OLT has come to feel like ‘home’ to me, and I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and giving back to a theater company which has given so much to me. As Publicity Chair, it would be my goal to create new links between OLT and the surrounding community that will keep us in people’s minds, and cement our reputation as a vital, thriving, and necessary artistic institution.
Charleen Trimble – I am pleased to accept my nomination as House Manager. For the past two years I have been involved in numerous productions with OLT. During this time I have come to love this organization for its professionalism and the strong sense of community and family it has given me. As House Manager, I want not only our members but each of our patrons to feel included and respected in this family. It is my goal to build a warm and welcoming environment with everyone that enters our theater. I also want to maintain and build upon our current reputation of professionalism. I would like to include more lobby decorations for performances that showcase both past and upcoming productions as well as ways for community to be involved. I will maintain the same atmosphere at auditions as well so new faces will experience our quality of work from their first interaction. I will continue organizational habits of the past such as online ticket registry, maintaining a Google Voice account for ticket registrations/concerns and using Google documents to maintain accurate records of purchases and attendance at every performance. I am also extremely open to collaboration and suggestions from other members on how to make the front of house experience as best as it can be for every patron. I thank all members for your nomination and inclusion in a theater company that I hold in very high regard. It will be an honor to serve both with and for you all.
Rachel Lichter – My name is Rachel Lichter, and I am running for the Old Library Theatre Executive Board position of Webmaster. For the past 3 years I have been OLT’s House manager, and I have over 10 years of Stage Management experience. As house manager, I was able to keep organized through the use of Google Sheets, and Google Voice for tickets. I also shared information for casts and crew through the use of Google Drive and Dropbox. I am computer savvy and pick things up very quickly. As webmaster, I would keep the OLT page updated with pictures and videos of our past and upcoming shows. I would also make sure that our shows, events, fundraisers and ticket information is all up to date and easily accessible. I thank you for your consideration.
Old Library Theatre wishes to thank all playwrights who submitted for our upcoming 5th Annual One Act Play Festival. This year, our festival has already broken records: We received a total of 183 submissions – our largest since the festival began five years ago.
As you can imagine, this put our reading committee in the position of needing to make some very tough selections between many, many excellent pieces of original theater. We are happy to announce the line-up for this year’s festival, performing January 22-24, 2016:
“And Twice on Sunday” – Written by Brad Sytsma (Caledonia, MI). Directed by Bill Kaufman.
“Femme Noir” – Written by Allie Costa (Los Angeles, CA). Directed by Toni Braun.
“How It Will Be” – Written by Craig M. Tiede (Jersey City, NJ). Directed by Matthew Haines.
“Leading Lady” – Written by Steven Korbar (Torrance, CA). Directed by Anthony Crouchelli.
“Me and My Shadow” – Written by Rich Orloff (New York, NY). Directed by Will A. Sandoval.
“Off Grid” – Written by Brendan Joel Bartlett (Jersey City, NJ). Directed by Megan Milko.
Brick – Craig Tiede
Mae – Mary Claire Bongiovanni
Head Maid – Michelle Thomas-Hanson
Butler – Burl “Bishop” Rogers
Margaret – Elisabeth Gelinas
Big Mamma – Cynthia Smith Barry
Big Daddy – Jak Prince
Dr. Baugh – James Gwyn
Gooper – Eric Parkin
Rev. Tooker – Matthew Haines
Kids – Carina DiMaggio, Adelaide Prekopa, Eliza Prekopa, Rachel Rives, Justin Roth
OLT would like to congratulate (from left to right) producers Linda Wielkotz & Dawn Cardona and directors Megan Milko, Rachel Lichter, Will Sandoval & Evie Salerno (not pictured) and the cast for winning the 2015 NJACT Perry Award in the Best Production of an Original Play category for their work on The 4th Annual One Act Play Festival.
Please join us for our September monthly meeting, this Tuesday, September 15 at 7:30pm at the Fair Lawn Community Center. Check out the OLT Agenda September 2015 for an outline of topics on the table for discussion. For more information, visit our Monthly Meetings page.
Though all our monthly meetings are exciting, this one promises to be memorable – as we will be unveiling our 2016 season! Don’t miss out on being in the room as our 49th season offerings are announced.
A huge OLT welcome to our new Fall intern, Thomas O’Rourke! For more information about the program and bios on our enthusiastic new intern, visit our Internships page.
Domina – Staci Morin
Tintinabula – Cara Medwick
Panacea – Ann Alfano
The Geminae – Samantha Sannazzaro
The Geminae – Katrina Tutschek
Vibrata – Meera Jones
Gymnasia – Briana Burnside
Philia – Emma Lee Roddy
Senex – Don Sheffrin
Hero – Chris Gatterdam
Hysterium – Brendan Bartlett
Pseudolus – AJ Meeker
Erronius – Thomas Winkler
Miles Gloriosus – Brett Petersen
Lycus – John Villa
Protean – Helena Chavez
Protean – Jason Bischak
Protean – Chad Poz
Protean – Shayna Rives
Old Library Theatre is proud to announce that we have received 7 nominations for the NJACT/Perry Awards! Congratulations to all the nominees!
Best Direction of a Musical – Amy Shera, Dogfight
Best Actress in a Musical – Christine Danelson, Dogfight
Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Mike Haber, Dogfight
Best Sound Design of a Musical – Phil Sloves, Dogfight
Best Costume Design of a Musical – Julie Galorenzo & Amy Shera, Dogfight
Best Production of an Original Musical – Dawn Cardona & Larry Leonardis (Producers), Julie Galorenzo & Brendan J. Bartlett (Directors), Craig M. Tiede (Writer), When Tony Met Oscar… Broadway & The Movies
Best Production of an Original Play – Dawn Cardona & Linda Wielkotz (Producers), Megan Milko, Rachel Lichter, Will Sandoval & Eve Salerno (Directors), The 4th Annual One Act Play Festival
*A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Tuesday, August 18, 6:30-9pm
Thursday, August 20, 6:30-9pm
Callbacks (if needed): Sunday, August 23, 2-5pm
For more info: Auditions
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Monday, September 21, 6:30-9pm
Tuesday, September 22, 6:30-9pm
Monday, October 5, 5-8pm
Wednesday, October 7, 5-8pm
Here is the cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical set to open July 24th. Congratulations!
Jeannie Garstecki – Evan Tintle Charpentier
Norbert Garstecki – Michael Ferentinos
Pippi – Brianna Morris
Duke – Brendan Hall
Betty – Maureen McNulty
Lin – Samantha Kaplan
Pickles – Andrea Thibodeau
OLT will present its fourth annual benefit concert, featuring the talents of OLT performers past and present: When Tony Met Oscar… Broadway & The Movies: A Concert. Love a movie musical that won an Oscar? Have a special place in your heart for a Best Musical Tony winner based on a movie? Come bask in the glory of some of the best music ever written for stage or screen from My Fair Lady, Billy Elliot, West Side Story, Annie, A Chorus Line, A Star is Born, Once and many more!
Directed by Brendan Joel Bartlett and Julie Galorenzo. Produced by Dawn Cardona and Larry Leonardis. Book by Craig M. Tiede, based on a concept by Mollie Gash and Rachel Lichter. Music direction and orchestrations by Anthony Bevilacqua. Choreography by Amy Shera.
ONE NIGHT ONLY! SATURDAY, JUNE 27 at 8:00pm!
General admission: $25. Get your tickets today!
Old Library Theatre is seeking submissions from individuals interested in directing a show during our upcoming 2016 season. Candidates must complete the Director Submission Form by July 1. For additional information, consult our Submission Instructions. Proposals are being accepted for Main Stage Productions, Minor Productions, Youth Productions and Reader’s Theater Productions – submit yours today!
OLT is pleased to announce Isabelle Siegel as our 2015 Summer Intern. She is a rising junior at Ridgewood High School. She has been acting and singing for six years and dancing for eight years. She is currently involved in Ridgewood High School’s drama program, the New Players. She enjoys all aspects of theater, both onstage and offstage. Isabelle is thrilled to be interning at the Old Library Theatre for a second year and is looking forward to working with everyone involved in the 2015 Summer Productions! She would like to thank Craig, Brendan, and the rest of the OLT staff for this incredible opportunity!
Anyone interested in seeing the show may come to the box office to be added to a wait list. In the event any reserved tickets are unclaimed by show time, we will accommodate walk ins on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ariel – Shayna Rives
Flounder – Sofia Fusco
Sebastian – Reilly Sylvester
Prince Eric – Robert Stevens
Scuttle – Kaylin Ponce
Ursula – Bridget Maresca
King Triton – Joshua Hanstein
Flotsam – Helena Chaves
Jetsam – Laura Kim
Grimsby/Sea Creature – Frankie Scarnaty
Carlotta/Sea Creature – Lauren Cappadona
Chef Louis/Sea Creature – Raphael Rakosi-Schmidt
Pilot/Sea Creature – Nick Maguire
Ensemble – Ellie Anderson, Will Anderson, Madeline Baeli, Brianna Calienes, Jillian Coleman, Carina Di Maggio, Mia Farinella, Conor Guzman, Jordan Hanstein, Madeline Hawkins, David Hernandez, Sofia Hernandez, Kassidy O’Connor, Angelina Pacosa, Nicole Quinn, Amanda Quintana, Sophie Saraisky, Jessica Scheeler, Grace Schwartz, Holly Shulman
Old Library Theatre is pleased to announce its new rental program for all your theatrical needs!
Old Library Theatre offers a wide variety of costumes, props and furniture! Prices start at $5 and items can be rented for 30 days. We also have packages of props and costumes specifically for “Gypsy” and “Dogfight”. These items can be rented a la carte or as a package.
For rental information please email OLT at email@example.com. Let us know what you need and we can send along photos and pricing information.
Superman/Clark Kent – Brendan Hall
Lois Lane – Maggie Biedenkapp
Max Mencken – Matthew Kougasian
Dr. Abner Sedgwick – Brendan Bartlett
Sydney Carlton – Angela Vida
Mother Ling – Tomo Watanabe
Jim Morgan – Matt Haines
Perry White – Bill Kaufman
The Flying Lings – Anthony Capuano, Mahi Pasarkar, Shayna Rives, Myoung Jin Son, Elliana Ulloa
Ensemble – Briana Burnside, Helena Chaves, Sofia Fusco, Jeffrey Gallup, Jamie Goldberg, Pearl Hart, Morgan Mack, Brianna Morris, James Russo, Randi Seffinger, Robert Snyder, Anthony Tessitore, Thomas Winkler
In lieu of our monthly meeting, Old Library Theatre will proudly present a 2015 Season Preview next Tuesday, January 13, 2015. This event is FREE and open to the public and will feature scenes and songs from each of the productions comprising our 2015 season. We will also be announcing the final list of nominees for our 2014 season awards. You won’t want to miss it! Reserve your place today!
Thank you to all who auditioned for OLT’s upcoming main stage production of “Dogfight.” We were incredibly impressed by the talent on display and were blessed with the opportunity to select a top-notch cast. Congratulations to those cast!
ROSE: Christine Danelson
EDDIE BIRDLACE: Vinnie Urdea
BOLAND: Mike Rossi
BERNSTEIN: Travis Prol
MARCY: Ashley Leone
FECTOR: Chris Frazier
STEVENS: Anthony J. Bruno
GIBBS: Gabe Weiss
ENSEMBLE MALE: Derek Colon
LOUNGE SINGER, et al: Nicholas Mellina
MAMA: Evan Tintle Charpentier
ENSEMBLE FEMALE: Kristen Dziuba
ENSEMBLE FEMALE: Jana Byrnes
PRESENTING A FREE PREVIEW OF OUR 2015 SEASON “THE SELF”!
THE 4th ANNUAL ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
IT’S A BIRD… IT’S A PLANE… IT’S SUPERMAN!
THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR.
THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Tuesday, January 13 at 7:30PM
George Frey Center for Performing Arts Fair Lawn Community Center, located at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ
The theme for OLT’s 2015 season is “The Self,” presenting an ideal opportunity to enhance our series with something a bit more individual. This season we plan to produce a “Storytellers” series, offering OLT performers the opportunity to star in a one-night only one-hour concert in the Teen Room, performing their favorite songs and telling the stories behind them. The goal of the series is to allow patrons to get to know OLT performers more intimately, focusing on their “selves.”
For more information, please visit our Reader’s Theatre page.
Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company, Old Library Theatre, is proud to announce its 48th season: The Self. No man is an island, yet each is distinct from all others. What are the essential qualities that account for these distinctions? And how do these qualities flourish or flounder in context with our innermost dreams and an external world that seems forever different? This season, Old Library Theatre will consider these questions through a diverse season of classic and quirky, award-winning plays and musicals. We hope you’ll find yourself in these stories.
Main Stage Productions
Dogfight – February 2015
The Great American Trailer Park Musical – July/August 2015
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – October/November 2015
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof – November 2015
The 4th Annual One Act Play Festival – January 2015
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman! – April 2015
The Little Mermaid Jr. – May 2015
TBD – December 2015
February 13-14 & 20-21, 2015 at 8:00pm and February 15 & 22, 2015 at 2:00pm
Book by Peter Duchan. Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Directed by Amy Shera. Musical Direction by David Maglione.
Praised by countless critics and winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Dogfight, takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance. It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!
April 16 & 17, 2015 at 8:00pm and April 18, 2015 at 2:00pm
Book by David Newman and Robert Benton. Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Lee Adams.
Directed by Craig M. Tiede.
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman! is a pop-art flavored send up of the comic book world. It tells the story of the caped hero’s efforts to protect Metropolis from an array of villains, including a mad scientist, a megalomaniacal gossip columnist and a mysterious clan of under-employed acrobats. It’s a magical, musical tale for the entire family!
Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
May 15-16, 2015 at 7:00pm and May 17, 2015 at 2:00pm
Book by Doug Wright. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Directed by Jo Ann Ventor.
Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. A Youth Theatre Production.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
July 24, 25, 31 and August 1, 2015 at 8:00pm and July 26 and August 2, 2015 at 2:00pm
Book by Betsy Kelso. Music and Lyrics by David Nehls.
Directed by Mollie Gash.
There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew. The Great American Trailer Park Musical is a hysterical redneck romp through the white trash territory of Central Florida. Take adultery, strippers, crazed ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades and what you have is one of the most laugh-out-loud shows you’ll ever see. This comic fable about women in a Florida trailer park and their no-account men is more fun than a chair-throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music! Big-hearted, joyful and yes, even a bit vulgar, this show is like eating a bag of Doritos – you just can’t get enough!
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
October 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2015 at 8:00pm and October 25 & November 1 at 2:00pm
Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Directed by Paul Morin.
Sondheim’s joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga. Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. It’s a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.
This unforgettable, hysterical musical has “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” Winner of five 1963 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
November 20-21, 2015 at 8:00pm and November 22, 2015 at 2:00pm
Written by Tennessee Williams.
Directed by Marilyn Schilkie.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the story of a Southern family in crisis. In a plantation house, they gather to celebrate the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddy’s daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that she’s finally become pregnant by Big Daddy’s favorite son, Brick, but Brick won’t cooperate in Maggie’s plans for reasons all his own. Swarming around them are their intrusive, conniving relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumbled from his position of most-beloved son.
Gypsy — Main Stage Production
Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical, Charles Santoro — Nominee, NJACT Perry Awards
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Eric Parkin — Nominee, NJACT Perry Awards
The Vagina Monologues — Special Event
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Staci Beth Block — Nominee, NJACT Perry Awards
The 3rd Annual One Act Play Festival — Special Event
Outstanding Production of an Original Play, Craig M. Tiede, Linda Wielkotz, Marilyn Schilkie, Gregory Liosi, Rachel Lichter, Will Sandoval, Michael Edan, John Twomey, Jonathan McDevitt — Nominee, NJACT Perry Awards
We’ve changed our main phone number to 973-OLT-4420 or 973-658-4420. Please update your contacts.
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Nominations for the NJACT Perry Awards have been announced! Congratulations to Craig Tiede, Peg Peet, Will Sandoval, Linda Weilkotz, Rachel Lichter, Marilyn Schilkie, Brendan Joel Bartlett, Bill Kaufman, Victoria Z. Daly, Irene L. Pynn, Philip Kaplan, Brett Hursey, Paul Aeillo, and Joseph Schreck Jr. for recognition of their achievements! For a list of current and past honors, visit our Awards and Nominations page.
Results are in from our anonymous brand identity and satisfaction survey! To see how we did, visit our Community Outreach page. Thank you for your time, thoughtful feedback, and continued support of Old Library Theatre!
At our November meeting, nominations were accepted for all executive board positions for the upcoming season. As only one nomination was accepted for each position, no ballots will be mailed.
Here are the OLT 2017 Executive Board nominees:
Craig Tiede – I’m honored to once again be nominated to shepherd Old Library Theatre through an upcoming season as its President. Over the past four years, OLT has grown in quantity and quality – yet there is more work to do. There are many ways we can to continue to grow, develop and distinguish ourselves as a premier community theater organization. As we look ahead to our milestone 50th season, I’m excited by the opportunity to tell our company’s story while continuing to offer quality entertainment at affordable prices. It is my philosophy that community theater is both of, and for, the community and I strongly support OLT’s mission to welcome people in to the collaborative art of theater from all walks of life and levels of experience. As we continue to develop professionally, let us never lose sight of the importance of lifting up the friendly, dedicated, supportive and creative lovers of live theater who will ensure we continue to thrive for decades to come!
Angela Vida – Last year, my letter to our membership spoke about the feeling of community I experienced upon working with OLT for the first time. As the 2016 Vice President, that sense increased with my involvement with the board. Gaining familiarity with the fundamentals of a theatre company has proved invaluable. I had always considered myself an actor who was willing to go above and beyond what was expected of me, but I was humbled to discover how little insight I had into the process of bringing quality productions to the stage.I happily accept my nomination for Old Library Theatre’s 2017 Vice President, eager to usher our growing company into its landmark 50th season. Working alongside the rest of the board, I have clear and attainable goals for the year: expand our membership and increase their involvement in all aspects of our operations, continue to receive feedback from our patrons to create fulfilling theatrical experiences, serve as historian to strengthen our narrative as the company grows, and use the 50th season to involve the Fair Lawn community in new and creative ways. Please join me in making Old Library Theatre an organization we can all be proud to call our own.
Cynthia Smith Barry – We are celebrating an exciting milestone at OLT as we enter its 50th Anniversary Season in 2017. Most recently, I have been in OLT’s productions of The Best Man, Oliver, and as ‘Big Mama’ in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, for which I received a 2015 Perry Nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Play. I am enamored with this theatre group and all the people involved, so it is a real honor to be nominated to the Executive Board as Secretary. I understand this commitment involves serving a one year term on the board, attending and participating in a monthly board meeting, as well as various OLT functions throughout the year. I feel I would be a valuable Board Member, not only because I was a professional actress in the past, but my family and I have enjoyed living in Fair Lawn for over 33 years. I am so glad I made the decision to join OLT and to have repeatedly witnessed its quality and professionalism.
Linda Wielkotz – Linda is once again happy to be nominated as Treasurer. Linda has been a member for 41 years and has served in many positions. Being on the board involves dedication, wanting to see the group grow and making it a place for all to be involved, which was her goal in all the years involved. Linda is a producer, director and actor in the NJ/NY area and co producer on the upcoming Off Broadway musical Unexpected Joy. Happy 50th to OLT. Here’s to many more seasons.
Brendan Joel Bartlett – I, Brendan Joel Bartlett, accept the role of publicity chair at OLT. In the past I have been glad to bring OLT’s image and plans to the community, friends and friends yet to be. I’m very proud to again be entrusted with this responsibility of keeping OLT current and in the public eye.
I will do my best to send emails in a timely fashion, inform our friends and make OLT the #1 priority. Thank you so much for the nomination and continued trust of my abilities.
Sheryl Heffernan – Sheryl is very happy to be nominated for the position of House Manager. This is a position that requires large expenditures of time and effort. As a person who is mostly retired, Sheryl has the necessary time and energy to devote to the job. She would like to have a House Committee, to assist with certain aspects of the position, including maintenance of our storage room, and purchasing items for the concession stand. Her initial plans include working with the Director of Recreation and Parks and the Fire Marshall to ensure compliance with fire safety codes, and cleaning & reorganizing the concession stand closet to promote effective use of the space.
Matthew Haines – I am honored to be nominated again to serve on the Executive Board for Old Library Theatre. I am still so grateful to be a member of this company, and I am thrilled to continue to work to provide a welcome environment that puts on fantastic productions. I feel as though serving on the board has given me insight into how to best help the company, and I believe that taking on the role of web master will be one where I can truly make a difference in the company. I will work to make sure our website provides all relevant information in a user friendly and efficient manner.
At our November Monthly Meeting, I facilitated a discussion about how the executive board approaches planning and budgeting a season at OLT. For those not able to join us in person, here’s what you missed!
When first elected president, I encouraged the organization to conduct an open assessment – asking patrons and members to provide feedback on their experiences with, and perceptions, of OLT. The results of this 2013 community satisfaction survey gave us many valuable insights, from which we enacted a few substantive changes.
A leading piece of feedback received indicated that, though the talent on-stage and off was of a high caliber, OLT was not investing financially in them (production teams and musicians), nor in the visual components patrons looked most forward to enjoying – namely set and costume design. As a result, we began a years-long process of reallocating resources, fundraising and other initiatives that would allow us to provide our productions with additional funding for those production aspects. We increased stipends for members of the production team, added a set designer to all main stage productions, and increased budgets for sets, props and costumes.
At this same time, we began collecting and logging data – a must for any business. It’s important for us to understand who our patrons and performers are, what shows they want to see and participate in, and how our productions perform over time. We’ve used data from the past four seasons to help us plan season selection and budget productions selected. This has allowed us both to raise the quality and quantity of our productions. In fact, it’s that very relationship – quality and quantity – and the public confusion about how each relies on the other, that prompted me to discuss our internal planning at our November meeting. It’s important to me and all members of the board that our performers, production teams and members have a full understanding of how, and why, we operate as we do.
First, let’s start with some numbers that will be important to keep in mind:
– We perform in a space that has a maximum capacity of 170. For each performance, that’s the maximum number of tickets that can be sold.
– We have a staggered ticket pricing structure, which at our patrons’ urging we have not changed. We remain committed to not raising ticket prices – which currently are $20 (Adults), $18 (Students/Seniors), $15 (Groups), $10 (Children Under 12/Members) and $5 (House Staff). Over the past four seasons, our average ticket price has been $17.87.
– Over the past four seasons, our average ticket sales across all productions is 91 seats per performance. That’s an overall sales percentage of 53.89%.
– As part of our relationship with the Borough of Fair Lawn – we’re the resident theater company! – we give 20% of all ticket sales to them, following each production.
OLT productions run for one or two weekends, for a total of 3, 4 or 6 performances. Six performance runs are given to main stage musicals, four performance runs are given to one-weekend special event musicals, and three performance runs are given to plays. These performance numbers are based on projected ticket sales balanced against the cost to produce and license each specific show. Plays are much cheaper to produce than musicals – both because they don’t require musicians and because licensing fees are much lower.
For a main stage musical, the maximum ticket sales intake for a sold-out six performance run (170 seats x 6 performances x $17.87) would be $18,227.40. Twenty percent of that would go to the Borough, leaving a maximum net profit of $14,581.92.
As previously noted, we sell an average of 53.89% of tickets. So, likely ticket sales intake for a main stage musical (91 seats x 6 performances x $17.87) would be $9,757,02. With twenty percent going to the Borough, that would leave us a maximum profit of $7805.62 — approximately $3000 below the typical budget currently set for a main stage musical.
In 2016, OLT set a season operating budget of $52,206.65, split across eight productions. As a self-funded, not-for-profit theater, we do not start with that money in the coffers; rather, we set our season operating budget based on what we believe we can make back through our revenue streams. There’s an argument that OLT should return to offering only its constitutionally-mandated four performances each season – one main stage play and three main stage musicals – as doing so would give more money to those productions and benefit the organization overall. But here’s why we don’t–
Let’s assume OLT presents four productions, each running for six performances, and were to maintain the same operating budget ($52,206.62). Given the funding needs of plays and musicals, in a four production season with the same overall operating budget, the starting budgets in this case would be:
– Play – $6425.83
– Musicals – $15,226.94 each
If each of these shows sold at our likely sales rate of 53.89%, the net loss for six performance runs of each would be as follows:
– Play – -$435.73
– Musicals – -$7421.31 each, or -$22,263.96 total
Over the course of one four-show season, this would cost OLT nearly $23,000. As we’re self-funded, not-for-profit and don’t operate from a donor base, this isn’t feasible.
Let’s then say that OLT presents four productions, each running for six performances, but decreased the season’s operating budget – keeping each production’s budget consistent with what was given to each 2016 production, but only for four shows instead of eight. In this case, the budgets would be:
– Play – $5084.28 (adjusted up $500 from 2016 budgets for 6 performance run)
– Musicals – $10,818 each
Under this scenario, if all shows sold at our likely sales rate of 53.89%, the net profit/loss for six performance runs of each would be as follows:
– Play – $1005.82
– Musicals – -$3012.38 each, or -$9037.14 total
Over the course of one four-show season, this would cost OLT more than $8,000.
In order for OLT to project a four-show season that would not lose money overall, production budgets would need to be cut by more than 20% across the board. Rather than increase the budgets for productions, less shows actually ends up meaning less money available for all.
In order to fund more lavish main-stage musicals, it’s proven vital that we also offer smaller, less expensive plays and musicals to help balance out the season financially. Despite all the data detailed above, theater isn’t always a science and what an audience does or does not respond to can’t always be predicted. Through additional offerings like youth productions, play festivals, concerts, original plays and musicals, OLT is able to offer a full season to capture audience’s imaginations – and to fund the bigger shows people want to see and perform in.
Our overall goal is to provide a diverse slate of performance and production opportunities that showcase talented folks in all forms. By offering more productions annually, not only do we ensure we remain fiscally viable, we also present performers and backstage talent with multiple opportunities to become involved. Not a singer? Audition for our plays! Not an adult? Audition for our youth productions! Not free during the school year? Audition for our summer productions! We plan seasons in hopes that everyone will find something that piques their interest – as performer, production team member or patron.
I’m proud of OLT’s growth these past four years and am excited to help shepherd the group into its milestone 50th season. But our growth isn’t about me – it’s about you! It is the community that you all bring to our community theater that has helped it thrive for fifty seasons and counting. As I always say to the cast and crew of each production: Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us. The world is our stage, and we’re very glad you’ve chosen to join us in telling the stories that both reflect, and change, our lives.
Craig M. Tiede
President, Old Library Theatre
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Adult – Any 4 Shows – $60 | All 8 Shows – $120
Senior (60+)/Student (Valid ID Required) – Any 4 Shows – $52 | All 8 Shows – $104
Child (12 and Under) – Any 4 Shows – $28 | All 8 Shows – $56
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Thank you for everyone that came out to Audition! Congrats to the cast of Assassins!
Sara Jane Moore – Pearl Hart
Leon Czolgosz – Noah Brendemuehl
Samuel Byck – Eric Parkin
John Wilkes Booth – Matthew Haines
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme – Colleen Reneé
John Hinckley – Matthew Cavallo
Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald – Jon Young
Proprietor – Pedro Jimenez
Guiseppe Zangara – Stefanos Hunter
Charles J. Guiteau – Bob Russell
Ensemble – Alex Oleksij, Robert Gannon, Heather Hussey, Frank Riccobono, Victoria Wolak, Noah Lewis
Boy – Justin Roth
*Anyone interested in the vacant roles can email us at email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone that came out to audition! Congrats to the cast:
Old Library Theatre, The Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s Resident Theatre company, is proud to present:
Come enjoy a “catalogue” of hits borrowed from the library, as we celebrate an evening of musicals based on books!
Based on a concept and Directed by Mollie Gash, with Musical Direction by Cathy Corcoran and Produced by Brendan Joel Bartlett, SING ME A STORY promises something for everything, delivering a literary list of classics like Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, Jane Eyre, and Little Women, but the songs don’t stop with the classics – with selections from Hamilton, Fun Home, and Legally Blonde, you might be surprised just how much Broadway owes to Books!
Featuring OLT performers past and present, including:
Brendan Joel Bartlett
Craig M. Tiede
Put a “bookmark” in your planner for SING ME A STORY: Musicals Inspired By Books!
SING ME A STORY is ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 8:00pm
The performance takes place at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation, 10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.
General Admission. All seats $25.
Ticket sell quickly, so please reserve early!
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