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
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, Myoung Jin Son, Elliana Ulloa
Ensemble – Briana Burnside, Helena Chaves, Sofia Fusco, Jeffrey Gallup, Jamie Goldberg, Pearl Hart, Brianna Morris, James Russo, Randi Seffinger, Nikki Simz, 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 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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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!
Here is the cast for the 4th Annual One Act Play Festival which will perform January 16-18, 2015 at 8:00pm Friday and Saturday and 2:00pm Sunday. There are two roles that remain open for which we are seeking actors. They are highlighted in bold print below. Anyone interested should email Linda Wielkotz at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, visit our Audition page. Congratulations to our cast!
For The Love of Mike
Written by Deborah Vines. Directed by Gregory Liosi.
At the behest of her daughter, an elderly woman takes on a roommate/companion and experiences a whole new kind of love – and loss.
Dorothy: Lisa Dascoli
Mike: Thomas Winkler
Jean: Ann Alfano
Do I Know You?
Written by Phillip Way. Directed by Evie Turner-Salerno.
Using Facebook while drunk may result in a quirky stranger on your doorstep wanting to hang out and also lead to a lesson in the importance of friendship.
Pete Russell: Dan Keyser
Pete James: Jason Bischak
You Haven’t Changed a Bit
Written by Donna Hoke. Directed by Will Sandoval.
Lottie has never been to a high school reunion; Len has been to all of them – but their 70th becomes a first for them both.
Len: Art Murray
Lottie: Susan Binder
Written by Cary Gitter. Directed by Megan Milko.
When an estranged father and daughter meet at what used to be their favorite New York restaurant, he thinks it’s a reunion—but she has a request he’s not ready for.
Cy: Gus Ferrari
Jacqueline: Anayzah Thomas
Lily: Mary Laido
Written by Evan T. Charpentier. Directed by Rachel Lichter.
Brian was disappointed when Kat turned out to be a little more than he was expecting. But then again, she hadn’t exactly been honest about her intentions…
Kat: Nikki Simz
Brian: Matthew Cordero
Doug: Kevin Lynch
I’m humbled to have once again been nominated for the presidency on OLT’s Executive Board, a position to which I was first elected in December 2012. Throughout my three decades in theater I’ve appeared on stage in more than thirty productions and directed eight. I first appeared at OLT as “Roger” in the 2009 production of Rent. Other OLT credits include Pageant: The Musical (Miss West Coast), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde, NJACT Perry Award Nominee, Best Actor in a Musical), Spring Awakening (Director/Co-Producer), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Director), Meet Me In St. Louis (Director/Producer), The Wizard of Oz (Producer), Avenue Q (Producer) and our annual benefit concerts and original one act play festivals. I’ve been happy to help steward OLT through a period of assessment and rebirth, helping to bring new ideas and talent to the group. I believe our production quality is high, our reputation and reach are growing and we’ve assembled a community of theater paraprofessionals committed to cultivating talent and positive relationships. As Prior says in Angels in America, “the great work continues” – and I’m pleased to be entrusted with helping guide that work.
This team really worked hard to create a better OLT in 2014. Our mission is clear for the new year around continued improvement in our quality, aggressive fundraising campaigns, more children/teen theater activities, education and workshops, and creating a more active membership. I am excited for all the possibilities in 2015. I anticipate a great year and making the changes we must instilling in order to become a best in class and distinctive community theater.
I am sincerely honored to have been nominated for the second year for the position of Secretary at OLT. The first time I walked through the doors of OLT to see Rent, I knew this place was special. I came back again as an audience member to see Jesus Christ Superstar and was completely blown away. Once the time was right and my kids were a little older, I finally decided to come out and audition for one of my favorite shows, Jekyll and Hyde, after a ten year hiatus from performing in a main stage production. It felt great to be up on stage again and I was reminded why I fell in love with theatre over 25 years ago when I was just a kid. Since Jekyll and Hyde, I have worn many hats at OLT, both on and off the stage. In 2013, I worked stage crew for the 4X4 One Act Play Festival, performed in and assisted with set design and hair and makeup in The Who’s Tommy, and was assistant to the Director, Craig Tiede, for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas which was the best learning experience I have had in theatre. I even learned a bit about working in the sound booth! I also served on the 2014 Selection Committee and was then nominated to be OLT’s Secretary for 2014. Serving as OLT’s Secretary has given me the opportunity to really work toward achieving the vision of high quality shows, a growing youth program, and bringing a sense of fun and community to OLT. Our 2014 Season Kickoff was a great way to jumpstart our season and have a great time mingling with audience members in and around the Fair Lawn community. Painting an original work of art around the theme of “Women Empowerment” was a true labor of love. The artwork was sold off during the silent auction at Vagina Monologues and part of the proceeds went toward two great causes for women. It was a pleasure to work on our very first children’s production of Wizard of Oz as one of the set designers and set up/strike. I was also excited to be on the initial planning team for Avenue Q and work the auditions. The amount of talent that showed up just blew me away. To round out the season, I served as child wrangler for the very first time during Meet Me In St. Louis where I also helped paint and build set pieces. Whew! If I am given the opportunity to continue to be OLT’s Secretary, I plan to continue the work I have begun on the fundraising committee. I also want to ensure everyone has a fantastic time at our first ever OLT 2014 Season Ending Gala in January, which I am organizing with my party planning team. I will be co-producing for the first time for our 4th Annual One Act Play Festival in January 2015, and hope to produce The Great American Trailer Park Musical this summer if I am still an executive board member. I also hope to grow our youth program and lead more outreach to share OLT’s vision with the community. Thank you for your time and consideration.
I was very pleasantly surprised to receive Brendan’s nomination for the position of Secretary in Old Library Theater’s Executive Board. My first experience with Old Library Theater was in Rachel Lichter’s production of The Vagina Monologues. It was such a great group, and I had so much fun, I decided to go out for Avenue Q, which is how I got to know Brendan and Craig, and also got to know Dawn and Mollie a bit better. Avenue Q was an absolute joy through and through, and it came right at a time in my life when I needed that joy, and needed that sense of community. I knew I wanted to keep coming back to do more with OLT. I jumped right in to Dream of Wings, and got to know more great OLT folk, like Linda, Andy B., and Sher. Most recently, my one-act play katfished was accepted for the upcoming one-act play festival, and I’m hoping to audition for Dogfight in December. I have found that there are three factors which make community theater a joy to do, and it’s very rare that you find people and a place where all three are present, and valued. One, you’ve got to have people with real talent. Two, they have to actually give a damn. And three, they have to be good people – kind, smart, funny, and easy to work with. It is really difficult to find people who possess all three attributes, let alone a theater company FULL of these people, and that is exactly the kind of community I’ve been delighted to discover at Old Library Theater. Everybody’s talented, everybody works, and everybody’s pleasant to work with. It is such a rarity, and so refreshing. I have been so honored and grateful to be a part of this company, and I would love to be able to give back and make myself useful in whatever way you think would be appropriate. I’d be honored to be on the Board, but mostly, I’m just happy to have found a home here at OLT, and would like to be of service in any capacity you find helpful. No matter what your decision, I’m just content to be here, surrounded by people doing good work, and no matter I do for OLT, I’ll always try to bring those three most important attributes with me: Talent, Hard Work, and Kindness. Thank you again very kindly for the nomination. Your vote of confidence is really appreciated!
I was very happy to take on the role of Treasurer for most of the 2014 season after the elected Treasurer departed. My education was a mix of fast-paced lessons thanks to current President Craig Tiede and a lot of learning as I went. It was rough but I learned quickly and always checked my work. But more than taking care of the monetary aspects of the theater I was happy to be in a position to help the theater in more ways than just selling kisses or ushering a show. I truly care about Old Library Theatre and want to see it continue to grow and prosper. I joined the Fundraising Committee in hopes to find fun and innovative ways to raise money for our productions. I volunteered for the Party Planning Committee to plan our first Season Ending Gala which is looking to be a terrific event. I worked hard to make myself available to all productions for anything they may need, whether it was monitoring auditions, wrangling and microphoning our Wizard of Oz cast, working the box office, or sewing on puppet noses when Avenue Q General turned them down for not having insurance. During the 2015 season I hope to do more of the same work I accomplished this past year and then some. In the past year we have brought our production values up to an incredible level and I hope, through fundraising endeavors, we may continue this upward trend in ways that not only benefits the theater but the community as well. I think an important aspect of our 2015 season will be the involvement of our community members who have supported us throughout the year as well as those who are new to the theater. I came to Old Library Theatre as a patron, was brought in as a replacement performer, and now, as I go into my 4th year with the company, I am happy to be here in a capacity where I can not just watch the theater grow, but help it.
I’d like to accept the nomination for OLT publicity chairperson and officially say that it’s an honor to bring the auditions and performance schedule to our audience and actors. I have utilized social media and email to bring OLT to the next level. Our sales have gone up, our followers are plenty and people certainly seem to be talking about OLT as a better place to work and share. In the future I will continue to draw people in, get them to participate and appeal to a larger audience by constantly reinventing methods to reach our target audience and new talent. Best regards.
Hello, my name is Rachel Lichter and I am interested in being the Old Library Theatre’s House Manager. I have held this position for the past 2 years and I think that there have been major improvements to what it once was. We now use Google Voice as our answering service, so it goes straight to my personal phone and is free to use. To organize ticket sales, along with EZ register, we also use google doc excel sheets to help keep track of how many and what kind of tickets are sold and reserved. I am also able to use my Sam’s Club card to save us money on purchasing snacks for the box office during shows. These improvements have helped the flow of ticket sales become more organized, and help the lines at the box office move through smoothly and efficiently. I will be happy to be OLT’s House Manager for this upcoming season. Thank you.
I was elected to be on the Executive Board as webmaster for the Old Library Theater website in 2013. Over the past year, I have become very familiar with the back end of the site powered by Word Press. I’ve developed a good system for getting things updated quickly and efficiently with the help of President Craig Tiede. I am running for the position of Webmaster for the OLT website again. I have worked professionally in Information Technology (IT) for 20 years. Some of my skills include programming for Windows forms using languages such as Visual Basic, web forms using ASP, ASP.NET, JAVA, HTML, CSS and CMS (Content Management Software) including launching the first website in the world to send horse race and lottery results to cell phones when I worked for Scientific Games. I currently work for Century Bathworks as an IT manager running all aspects of the department which include server management, network infrastructure, engineering, website management/maintenance and all ranges of technical support for user’s computers and printers. I would like to continue what we have started to build on in 2014 into next season. Once again, I want to increase web traffic to the site and get as many eyes to view our pages. The more people we can attract, the more talent to choose from, the better quality of shows we can present. A great looking website can only be appreciated if people see it. We want as many eyes as possible to find OLT to help drive more talent to auditions and more people to the shows. We also want to increase our exposure through other community theater sites throughout New Jersey and make OLT one of the prominent community theaters in North Jersey. Hopefully with my professional experience and my actual work on the site, I can continue to make the user experiences even better in 2015. Thank you.
The following plays have been chosen to make up our 2015 One Act Play Festival. We greatly appreciate the many plays submitted to choose from. Congratulations to the selected authors!
Foolish Father by Cary Gitter
You Haven’t Changed a Bit by Donna Hoke
Katfished by Evan Tintle Charpentier
For the Love of Mike by Deborah Vines
Do I Know You? by Phil Way
For more information, please visit our Special Events page.