Friday, August 22 at 7:30pm – Buy Tickets Now! Sunday, August 24 at 2pm – Buy Tickets Now! A family-friendly musical about the Wright brothers and their dreams of flying.
A family-friendly musical about the Wright brothers and their dreams of flying. Tension mounts between brothers and their father. The odds are against the brothers, but they succeed! The musical brings forth man’s fascination with flight throughout the ages and the uniqueness of the self-taught and highly disciplined Wright family. Nevertheless, the true heart and meaning of the musical is about dreaming. The story of the Wright brothers gives us one thing: miracles can happen. If man can fly, we are capable of anything. It’s fun, it’s family, it’s educational, and it is part of the great history of America.
All seats $5 (for online purchases add a $2 EZ Register fee).
Directed by Linda Wielkotz. Musical Direction by Anthony Bevilacqua.
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 8:00pm 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
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Thank you to all who auditioned for OLT’s upcoming main stage production of “August: Osage County.” 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!
VIOLET WESTON – Lou Ann Csaszar Salkin
BARBARA FORDHAM – Kristine Stringer
IVY WESTON – Penny Paul
KAREN WESTON – Rachel Persenaire
BILL FORDHAM – Mike Sockol
JEAN FORDHAM – Christine Bennett
MATTIE FAY AIKEN – Jo Ann Lamneck
CHARLIE AIKEN – John Fraissinet
LITTLE CHARLES AIKEN – Scott Baird
JOHNNA MONEVATA – Debra Carozza-Lynch
STEVE HEIDEBRECHT – Larry Kaiser
SHERIFF DEON GILBEAU – Geoffrey Waumans
BEVERLY WESTON – Tom Frascatore
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!
Thank you to all who auditioned for our upcoming Reader’s Theatre production of the original musical “A Dream of Wings.”
Congratulations to those cast!
WILBUR WRIGHT – Tim Larsen
ORVILLE WRIGHT – Craig M. Tiede
BISHOP MILTON WRIGHT – Steven P. Taylor
KATHARINE WRIGHT – Megan Larsen
SUSAN WRIGHT/ADDIE – Evan T. Charpentier
CARRIE KAYLER/PAULINE – Marisa Cucuzza
OCTAVE CHANUTE – Brendan Joel Bartlett
ELIZABETH MAYFIELD/IRENE – Maggie Biedenkapp
CAPTAIN ISRAEL PERRY – Thomas Winkler
REVEREND DAVIS – J. Edmund Fond
BILL TATE/STAGE DIRECTIONS – Peter Helff
MISS FANNY – Sheryl Heffernan
TOM TATE – Maya Karp
WILLY TATE – Eric Parkin
A huge OLT welcome to our new Summer intern, Isabelle Siegel! For more information about the program and bios on our enthusiastic new intern, visit our Internships page.
PRINCETON – Anthony J. Bruno
KATE MONSTER – Katie Weigl
NICKY – Jacob R. Hines
ROD – Nick Wager
LUCY T. SLUT – Evan T. Charpentier
GARY COLEMAN – Tiffany Terrell
CHRISTMAS EVE – Remina Nishida
BRIAN – James Russo
TREKKIE MONSTER – Michael Verdi
BAD IDEA BEAR #1 – Will A. Sandoval
BAD IDEA BEAR #2 – Toni Braun
MRS. THISTLETWAT – Kimberly Griffin
PUPPET ENSEMBLE – Maggie Biedenkapp, Anna Lovallo, Noa Avital, Anthony Capuano
Old Library Theatre is seeking submissions from individuals interested in directing a show during our upcoming 2015 season. Candidates must complete the Director Submission Form by July 1. There are seven performance slots available – so submit your proposals today!
Many thanks to all who auditioned for our upcoming production of The 3rd Annual One Act Play Festival. Read on to see who was cast! For performance information, show dates, or tickets, visit our Special Events page.
GRACE – Lisa Dascoli
MIRANDA – Mary L. Laido
Frogs, Monkeys and Bears, Oh My!
GRAMS – Erica Kresch
MEGAN – Maya Karp
WILL – Frank Borrelli
BRUCE – Everett “E.C.” Winkler
SHELLY – Kristen Taylor Gassler
ED – Andy Calderone
RAY – Eric Parkin
MIKE – Brian Mulligan
BOB – Rene Dussault
Biff and Blanche
BIFF – Erik O’Connell
BLANCHE – Leah Beekman
Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill to Get A Shot of Whiskey
JACK – Dan Conrad
JILL – Jeanine Conrad
Birds of Desire
SYLVESTER – Iggy Velez
ANGELICA – Vanessa Keen
CHARLES – Ernest P. Revell
JACK – Josh Miller
JEAN-PAUL – Jonathan McDevitt
Thank you to everyone who submitted their original work for OLT’s Third Annual One Act Play Festival. We received more than fifty total submissions and were very impressed by what we read! Though the final decisions were difficult, we’re pleased to announce our selections for this year’s festival:
Written by Michael Edan
Directed by Marilyn Schilkie
Two women who suffered through the same tragedy reconnect a year later.
Written and Directed by Rachel Lichter
A grandmother struggles to explain “the birds and the bees” to her tween granddaughter.
Written and Directed by Will A. Sandoval
A young med student takes a job as a newspaper carrier to earn some extra cash.
Written by John Twomey
Directed by Michael Sheehan, Jr.
Two actors, en route to an audition, meet while awaiting a taxi.
Written and Directed by Rachel Lichter
Jack and Jill meet at a bar. But what comes tumbling after?
Written by Jonathan McDevitt
Directed by Gregory Liosi
A suave socialite discovers his lover is married to a man most fowl.
Performances will be held May 23-26, 2014 at the George Frey Center for Performing Arts at the Fair Lawn Recreation Center in Fair Lawn, NJ – Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm.
Many thanks to the incredibly talent youth who auditioned for our upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz. Read on to see who was cast! For performance information, show dates, or tickets, visit our Youth Programs page.
DOROTHY GALE – Chloe Hoban
TOTO – Angus
SCARECROW – Katie Bennorth
TIN MAN – Will Flamm
COWARDLY LION – Michael Ricciardi
WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST- Jessica Scheeler
GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH – Alexandria Pagan
WIZARD OF OZ/JITTERBUG/OZIAN/TREE – Jack McAvoy
AUNTIE EM/JITTERBUG/OZIAN/TREE/WINKIE – Ellie Anderson
UNCLE HENRY/HEAD WINKIE/OZIAN – Joshua Hanstein
ALMIRA GULCH/JITTERBUG/CROW/WINKIE – Cassidy DeMona
MARVEL/GUARD/JITTERBUG – Clyde Dee Drew
DOORMAN/JITTERBUG/OZIAN/CROW – Annika Wilber
NIKKO/MUNCHKIN/OZIAN – Kyle Wilber
CROW/OZIAN/WINKIE – Brianna Montero
MAYOR/MONKEY/POPPY – Will Anderson
BARRISTER/MONKEY/POPPY – Jordan Hanstein
OZIAN/MUNCHKIN/WINKIE/TREE – Corinne Minunni
OZIAN/CROW/MUNCHKIN/JITTERBUG – Mia Farinella
CORONER/OZIAN/WINKIE – Julie Rocklein
MUNCHKIN/MONKEY/POPPY – Sofia Hernandez
MUNCHKIN/MONKEY/POPPY – David Hernandez
MUNCHKIN/MONKEY/POPPY – Julia Maimone
OLT is proud to announce our four Main Stage Productions and a Special Event Production for the 2014 Season: The Vagina Monologues, Gypsy, Avenue Q, August: Osage County, Meet Me In St. Louis.
Visit our Main Stage Productions and Special Events pages for performance dates, show synopses, production staff, and information on purchasing Season Subscriptions and individual performance tickets!
Check back for more information on additional Special Events, Reader’s Theatre Productions, and Youth Programs as they are added for 2014.
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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!