This July, we’re asking you to CASH US IF YOU CAN! We’ve turned over our 50th Anniversary fundraising campaign to our upcoming production of Catch Me If You Can. We’d
This July, we’re asking you to CASH US IF YOU CAN!
We’ve turned over our 50th Anniversary fundraising campaign to our upcoming production of Catch Me If You Can. We’d love your help raising the necessary funds to add musicians to the pit orchestra for this production. What can you help us raise in 30 days? The sky’s the limit!
Old Library Theatre’s production of Pippin will have a six performance run from July 28th to August 6th! Performances are at 8 p.m. on July 28th and 29th, as well as August 4th and 5th, and 2 p.m. on July 30th and August 6th. Purchase your tickets at On the Stage: Pippin today!
Father- Pedro Jimenez
Adam- Aaron Noriega
Eve- DeAnna Choi
Cain- Brian Levario
Abel- Hunter Halliwell
Seth- Matt Cavallo
Noah- Noah Brendemuhl
Mama- Evan Charpentier
Japeth- Bobby Snyder
Yonah- Natasha Gaston
Ham- Ryan Green
Aysha- Matrika Hay
Aphra- Kaitlyn Gandolfi
Shem/ Snake (Baritone)- Manny Dunn
Aidan Mascoli- Abel’s Death Solo
Snake (Alto)/ Generations Solo- Evianna Hawkins
Snake (Tenor)/ Generations Solo- Nick Wager
Snake (Mezzo)/ Storyteller- Allison Macri
Snake (Soprano)/ Wasteland Soloist- Cina Gabel
Wasteland Soloist- Matt Cordero
Wasteland Soloist- Alexa Jimenez
Storyteller- Danielle Bouie
Storyteller- Lisa Kosak
Storyteller- Tabitha Spitz
Storyteller- Tara Perrothers
Storyteller- Leah Feingold
Storyteller- Roger Manzano
Storyteller- Eric Robitaille
Storyteller- Christian Spinella
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
Reserve your seats today!
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
Please note a $2 processing fee will be charged for online sales.
Subscribers will be contacted by the OLT House Manager prior to each production to select performance dates (subject to availability).
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.
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!
Support OLT, give your business exposure, or send well-wishes to cast members by purchasing advertisement space in a playbill! We offer several size and price options. Visit our Support OLT page for more information on purchasing an ad.
Unless otherwise noted below, auditions are held at the Fair Lawn Recreation Center, 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ.
Auditions for Children of Eden will be held:
Monday, June 5 – 6:30-9pm
Friday, June 9 – 6:30-9pm
Callbacks by invitation:
Sunday, June 11 – 3:30-6:30pm
Preregistration is not required, but those who preregister will not have to wait to be seen.
Book by John Caird. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
This joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith (not to mention centuries of unresolved family business), tells the story of Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them. Each deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children, learning that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”
Director/Musical Director: Greg Paradis
Producers: Brendan Joel Bartlett and Heather Hussey Nicheski
Friday, September 15, 8pm
Saturday, September 16, 8pm
Sunday, September 17, 2pm
Friday, September 22, 8pm
Saturday, September 23, 8pm
Sunday, September 24, 2pm
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show. You may sing from the show if you’d like. Bring sheet music in the correct key, an accompanist will be provided but will not transpose.
Audition Forms will be provided. A Head Shot and Resume is nice, but not required.
Thank you to the more than fifty performers who auditioned for OLT’s upcoming production of Pippin! We saw some extraordinary talent, which made casting very difficult. Congratulations to those cast!
Pippin – Jack Lobley
Leading Player – Katie Weigl
Charlemagne – Bob Russell
Fastrada – Lauren Rowland
Berthe – Maryanne Delaney-Bush
Catherine – Kassi McMillan
Lewis – Jesse Bush
Theo – Craig Legras
Featured Dancers –
Judi Layne Niebuhr
Cynthia Smith Barry
Old Library Theatre is seeking submissions from individuals interested in directing a show during our upcoming 2018 season. Scheduled performance dates will be:
February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 – Main Stage Musical
March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 – Main Stage Musical
May 18, 19 & 20 – Youth or Minor Production
August 3, 4 & 5 – Youth or Minor Production
September 14, 15 & 16 – Main Stage Play
October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21 – Main Stage Musical
November 29 & 30 and December 1 & 2 – Minor Production
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, and Youth Productions – submit yours today!
On Saturday, June 24, Old Library Theatre will mark its 50th anniversary by celebrating the past fifty years of musical theater. In a concert featuring songs from each Tony Award winning Broadway musical from 1967-2017, more than sixty singers, dancers and musicians will light up our stage with a stroll through our time.
Directed/Conceived by Craig M. Tiede
Music Direction by Cathy Corcoran
Maestro/Orchestrations by Anthony Bevilacqua
Get your tickets today!
Old Library Theatre’s production of 13 – The Musical will have a four performance run April 20-23. Evening performances at 7pm and Sunday matinee at 2pm. Get your tickets today!
Noises Off tickets are now available! Follow the link below to purchase tickets:
Tickets can also be purchased by calling 973-658-4420. Noises Off runs March 10th and 11th at 8 p.m. and March 12th at 2 p.m.
Thank you to all who auditioned for 13 and congratulations to the cast!
Evan… Will Flamm
Archie… Anthony Cangiamila
Brett… Matt Gonzalez
Malcolm… Oliver Rodriguez
Eddie… Anthony Finke
Simon… Nick Pazos
Emma… Lauren Hellman
Richie… Kenny Lee
Colin/Rabbi… Micah Abrams
Patrice… Kassi McMillan
Lucy… Bianca Aranda
Kendra… Elana Mutnick
Charlotte… Kylie Wu
Cassie… Sarah Lepre
Molly… Grace Madden
Danielle… Alexa Jimenez
Emily (Camryn) Sweisberger