Old Library Theatre would like to announce auditions for The Robber Bridegroom, our first Main Stage Production for our 2018 season! Auditions will be held Saturday, November 18, from 11
Old Library Theatre would like to announce auditions for The Robber Bridegroom, our first Main Stage Production for our 2018 season!
Auditions will be held Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Callbacks will be held Sunday, November 19, from 2-5 p.m. You can preregister for the auditions here.
The Robber Bridegroom
Performances February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm. Sunday at 2:00pm.
Directed By Alyse Neubert. Produced by Craig Tiede
Music Direction by David Sheridan. Choreographed by Alex Acevedo.
Stage Management by Ellie Anderson
Please prepare either two contrasting vocal selections (32 bars from a musical or classic bluegrass), OR a short character driven and physicality based monologue (60-90 seconds) and ONE 32 bar selection of music. Musical selections should be in the in the style of Robber Bridegroom or from a rock musical. Hair, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Bright Star to name a few. Be prepared to move at call backs and prepare your best Mississippi accent.
**All roles are open.
Set in eighteenth century Mississippi, ‘The Robber Bridegroom’ is a darkly comic Southern fairy tale about a charming gentleman bandit, the rich plantation owner’s daughter he loves, the wicked stepmother who wants her dead, and an evil thief who carries his brother’s head around in a trunk.
We are looking to cast about 15-20 energetic, hardworking and creative people. We are looking for actors who make bold and big choices, both physically and vocally. We will be looking for singers who can move and who exude confidence and fearlessness. Dance ability is not required for all roles, but for some.
We will be running a dance audition before, during, or after the vocal audition. You may be asked to dance at any point during the audition; after you sing, please do not leave until we let you know you are done!
Jamie Lockhart/the Bandit of the Wood – A “gent and a robber all in one,” Jamie Lockhart/the Bandit of the Wood is the show’s main character. His true identity, Jamie, is an honest, law-abiding man who ends up engaged to Clement Musgrove’s daughter Rosamund (though she is in disguise); while his alter-ego, the Bandit, is a swindling robber who comes across the undisguised Rosamund in the wood and becomes her lover.
Rosamund – Clement Musgrove’s beautiful, naive, doted-upon daughter by his first wife. She meets the Bandit of the Wood and falls in love with him; she disguises herself and makes herself undesirably dim-witted when Jamie Lockhart comes to visit, unaware that he and the Bandit are the same person (and he is unaware Rosamund is the girl he met in the wood).
Salome – Clement’s second wife. Older and ugly, she calls herself the “prickly pear” to the “lily bud” that was Rosamund’s late mother, who was just as beautiful as Rosamund. However, she is quite a bit more intelligent than her husband and stepdaughter; detesting Rosamund, she puts her intelligence to use and spends the duration of the show thinking up schemes to kill Rosamund, enlisting the help of the “village idiot,” Goat.
Clement Musgrove – Rosamund’s father, Clement is the richest planter on the Natchez Trace. Clement still harbours longings for his first wife (often he compares his daughter to his first wife, though it always accidentally is in a sexual manner), and this makes Salome, his second wife, incredibly jealous. Clement vows to marry Rosamund off to Jamie, who he doesn’t realise is the Bandit of the Wood.
Little Harp – The most gruesome bandit in the history of the Trace, Little Harp is a horny, dirty man. He is violent and seems to only fear the Bandit of the Wood. He spends the show looking for money to steal and women to rape – particularly helpless girls who are tied up – but through this, he becomes intricately involved in the show’s mayhem. He is the brute half of the Harp brothers duo. However, he does prove to have some of his brother’s intelligence, as he comes up with several ingenious schemes (though they all fail in the end and cause his death).
Goat – The dumb boy with a brain the size of a scuppernong seed, Goat is enlisted by Salome to carry out her plans to kill Rosamund in exchange for a suckling pig, though Goat’s many attempts to do as she asks go awry. In the end, he strikes a better deal with Little Harp. His sister is Airie.
Big Harp – A “cut off head in a trunk,” Big Harp was Little Harp’s elder brother and the brain half of the duo. He was put to death for thieving, but his brother rescued his severed head and carries it around in a trunk. However, Little Harp makes a deal with Goat and exchanges his brother’s head for “Rosamund” (who in reality is Airie, Goat’s sister).
Raven – The Harp brothers’ talking raven. Accompanying the brothers initially in the show, Raven is stolen by Jamie and appears throughout the show advising the characters to “turn back, my bonny.” Little Harp eventually kills Raven.
Airie – Goat’s sister. Just as dumb as her brother, Airie has no lines, but plays a pivotal part when Goat decides to trick Little Harp and put Airie in a sack and claim it’s Rosamund. Airie escapes while Jamie/the Bandit knocks Little Harp out.
Goat & Airie’s mother – Only moderately more intelligent than her children, Goat’s mother all but forces Goat to make a deal with Salome.
OLT would like to thank all of the performers who auditioned for the upcoming production of Bridges of Madison County! We saw some extraordinary talent, which made casting very difficult. Congratulations to those cast!
Francesca- Lauren Ann Palmeri
Richard “Bud Johnson- Tim White
Robert Kincaid- Craig Tiede
Marian- Emma Love
Michael- Jack Lobley
Carolyn- Sammy Cordero
Marge- Lorraine Ford DeMan
Charlie- Bob Russell
Michael Patrick Damato
Please join us at Old Library Theatre for our 2018 Season!
Voted the NJACT Community Theatre of the Year, we are offering different packages for season subscribers.
Visit our Become a Friend page to become a Friend of OLT. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to become a Friend of Old Library Theatre. For $25, Friends receive guaranteed $10 tickets for each production. And first-time friends receive an OLT mug! Friends are automatically added to OLT’s mailing list, invited to monthly meetings and are eligible for election to executive board positions.
Or visit our Tickets Page to become a Season Subscriber for 2018! Season subscriptions are listed below, and save patrons up to 30% off of ticket prices.
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
Old Library Theatre would like to thank all the playwrights who submitted their work for consideration for production during our upcoming 7th Annual One Act Play Festival. We received an astounding 676 plays for this year’s festival and were so pleased with the breadth and quality of the offerings.
We are thrilled to announce the top 15 finalists and offer our congratulations to the playwrights. Six of these fifteen will be selected for production by the festival’s directors and producers, and auditions will be held in November 2017.
A Gentler Place by Jeff Carter
After finding human remains on their new property, a couple gets unexpected advice from the town sheriff.
A Widow Safe and Secure by Darren V. Michael
Cultures collide when a widow posts a room for rent in her home.
Bro by Robb Willoughby
A mentally unstable man tries to convince his brother that their mother killed their father.
Confessions of a Character Actor by Aaron M. Leventman
When a young actor is cast in a role that hits a bit too close to home, he finds he has a confession to make.
Cuthbert’s Last Stand by Andrew Biss
A mother is determined to set up her son with the partner of her dreams.
Genesis by Thomas Pierce
The threat of the world’s end provides a divorced couple with the chance at a new beginning.
Is This Seat Taken? by Brad Sytsma
Exes consider if starting over, and over again, can bring them back together.
Margins by David Susman
A college student confronts her professor about his notes on her recent paper.
Split Decision by Kitty Dubin
A couple in crisis sits down with a divorce counselor to attempt an amicable and easy split.
Suggested Donation by Duncan Pflaster
Experimental theater and concessions without a set price drive one patron over the edge.
The Amazing Adventures of Dirk Dallaway in the 27th Century by Corey Pajka
A space cowboy is threatened by a glactic warlord, but is more interested in the kitschy relics he recently recovered from the lost planet Earth.
The Callback by Leland Frankel
An actress who didn’t earn a callback takes the future of her career into her own, deranged hands.
The High Road by Seth Freeman
Road rage prompts a friendly bet a driver is determined to win.
The Quick Start Guide to Booting Your Man-Bot by Phil Darg
A lovelorn woman turns to technology, but soon becomes convinced the product is faulty.
Vigilance by Mike Sockol
A vet concerns patrons of a southern diner with his political perspectives.
Old Library Theatre was announced the recipient of NJACT’s Perry Award for Community Theater of the Year at tonight’s 2017 Perry Awards ceremony, held at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ.
Craig Tiede, current OLT President, accepted the award on the company’s behalf, and his remarks are below.
Congratulations to all who give of themselves to make OLT such a special place where art and memories are made!
Thank you. Receiving this recognition means a lot to all of us and we’re so grateful to those who wrote a letter of support or nomination on our behalf, to the executive board of NJACT for selecting us to receive the award, and everyone who donates their time and talents to Old Library Theatre, helping us engage, entertain, educate, and do what we love in the context of our greater lives, sharing that love to make others’ lives greater.
My name is Craig Tiede and I’ve been the president of Old Library Theatre since 2012. For those who’ve not heard of us, or for those who picture us performing finger puppet productions of The Brothers Grimm from behind book-filled stacks, here’s a primer: We are the resident theater company of the Fair Lawn Recreation Department in Fair Lawn, NJ. We perform in a beautiful 170-seat theater space that we share with a handful of other community and professional theater companies. We are in the midst of our 50th anniversary season and we produce eight shows per year – including original works and Broadway favorites. We are committed to showcasing talented performers of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and stages of development, teaching them the art of creating live theater and bringing the joy of its creation to their community.
For many, community theater is a punch line. It’s some second-class version of a great art form, better left to the professionals, than to the part-timers who believe they could have been stars had they only not been “born too soon and started too late.” We’re seen as this collective of the ones who never made it, or never tried.
For others, community theater is a hobby. It’s just a fun place to go after school or work, where temporary, but intense, relationships are formed, memories are made, and we get to share our talents with our friends, family and coworkers.
And for others, community theater is a lifestyle, a hashtag, a second home, a first home – the partner, best friend, boss, and staff that never leaves us, even if it occasionally lets us down. It’s the blood that runs through our veins, the air we breathe, the proof of a life lived out loud.
To us, community theater is a privilege, and a calling. We choose to spend a portion of our lives engaged in this form of social intercourse and personal recreation because we know community theater matters. It makes a difference. It shapes, and transforms, lives. It brings stories and poses questions to communities they might not otherwise encounter. What we do, what we love, what we are so lucky to be celebrating here tonight, matters.
Our company, like most of yours, has its share of challenges. And in the years I’ve been involved, more than a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles. You know what I mean – the kinds of people, and situations, and tech weeks, and ticket sales – that make the joy and magic we’re trying to capture and share something only chemically possible with a great deal of alcohol, or distance, or passive aggressive social media posts.
But as artists, our creativity and persistence musn’t waver. And we, Old Library Theatre, have persisted. We have pushed ourselves to do better, be better, expect better, and attract better. And when we get it wrong, we recalibrate. And when we get it right, we don’t brag. We dig in. And we keep going, keep trying to do right, to spread joy, and allow ourselves to feel lucky that we get to do something that we love and that we know matters.
None of us think receiving this award means we’re the best community theater in New Jersey. We don’t think it means this was our best year, or the one where we finally got it right. We don’t think it means we’re any more or less deserving than any other community theater in New Jersey.
What we hope it means is that we’re on the right track and you’re proud to have us as members of this community. We are the dreamers, the creators, the storytellers, the educators, the risk-takers, the sharers of joy our communities need and are better for.
This group behind me – only a select few of those who make OLT the special place it is – work everyday to honor this community and our shared craft. We are not your competition – we are your collaborators. And we promise to keep working to ensure that the drama stays on the stage, that the work and the people who do it have value and are valued, and that our product and its impact make it easier for you to do the same within your own communities.
When daytime television superstar Susan Lucci finally won an Emmy Award, on her 19th nomination, she ended her acceptance speech this way: “I was only supposed to be on every other Tuesday. But thanks to you, I’m here. And I promise I will try my best never to let you down. I’m going back to that studio on Monday and I’m going to play ‘Erica Kane’ for all she’s worth.”
To you, our fellow creators, storytellers, educators, risk-takers, and sharers of joy, we leave you with this: We were only supposed to be a small theater of dreamers performing in an old library. Thanks to you, we’re here. And we promise we will try our best never to let you down. We’re going back to that theater tomorrow and we’re going to play ‘Community Theater of the Year’ for all it’s worth.
Old Library Theatre is pleased to announce the cast list for our Reader’s Theatre production of THIS: The Musical. THIS will be performed November 4th and 5th as part of our Reader’s Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 973-658-4420.
Director/Playwright- Eric Holgerson
Composer- Jennifer Sisco
Producer- Sheryl Heffernan
Music Director- Brad McMurray
Michael- George Adamo
Samantha- Angela Vida
Frankie- Don Pflaster
Maxine- Ellie Eliades
Anthony & male characters- Thomas Winkler
Female characters- Stephanie Hillenberg
Old Library Theatre presents the North Jersey Community Theater premiere of Catch Me If You Can! The production will have a six performance run from October 20th to October 29th. Performances are at 8 p.m. on October 20th and 21st, as well as October 27th and 28th, and 2 p.m. on October 22nd and 29th. Purchase your tickets at Catch Me If You Can tickets today!
Old Library Theatre’s production of Children of Eden opens September 15th! Show times are September 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd at 8 p.m. and September 17th and 24th at 2 p.m. Get your tickets today!
Old Library Theatre (OLT) invites submissions for its 7th Annual One Act Play Festival. Winner of the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play in 2015 (and nominated again for our 2017 production!), this festival showcases original one act plays on our main stage!
This year’s festival will kick off our 51st season with performances January 26, 27 & 28, 2018. Auditions will be held in November 2017.
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 email@example.com by September 15, 2017. Playwrights who have not had plays produced in previous festivals 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 is proud to announce that we have received 5 nominations for the NJACT Perry Awards! Congratulations to all the nominees!
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Cynthia Smith Barry, The Best Man
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Matthew Haines, Assassins
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical – Lauren Grof-Tisza, Oliver!
Best Production of an Original Play – Sheryl Heffernan & Linda Wielkotz, Producers; Matt Cavallo, Bill Kaufman, Megan Milko, and Rachel Lichter, Directors; David MacGregor, Donna Hoke, Phillip Way, Brianna Keller, and Dwayne Yancey (Writers), The 6th Annual One Act Play Festival
Best Production of an Original Musical – Craig M. Tiede (Producer/Director/Writer), Our Time: OLT Celebrates 50 Years of Musical Theater
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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Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to become a Friend of Old Library Theatre. For $25, Friends receive a membership card guaranteeing them $10 tickets for each production, and an OLT mug! Friends are automatically added to OLT’s mailing list, invited to monthly meetings and are eligible for election to executive board positions.
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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Subscribers will be contacted by the OLT House Manager prior to each production to select performance dates (subject to availability).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know what you need and we can send along photos and pricing information.
Show your OLT pride – buy your very own OLT t-shirt today! Available for a limited time only for $15 a shirt. You won’t find this shirt in stores, so don’t wait to get yours! Place your order today by emailing us at email@example.com. Shirts will be available for pick up at the box office during performances of Avenue Q.
Unsure? Take it from the Bad Idea Bears!
Bad Idea Bear: Buy a whole case of t-shirts!
OLT Member: A case of t-shirts? No, I can’t get a whole case.
Bad Idea Bear: But you’re on a budget! You’re wasting money in the long run if you don’t buy in bulk!
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