Brick – Craig Tiede Mae – Mary Claire Bongiovanni Head Maid – Michelle Thomas-Hamsom Butler – Burl “Bishop” Rogers Margaret – Elisabeth Gelinas Big Mamma – Cynthia Smith Barry Big
Brick – Craig Tiede
Mae – Mary Claire Bongiovanni
Head Maid – Michelle Thomas-Hamsom
Butler – Burl “Bishop” Rogers
Margaret – Elisabeth Gelinas
Big Mamma – Cynthia Smith Barry
Big Daddy – Kevern “KC” Cameron
Dr. Baugh – James Gwyn
Maid – Erica Nicole Scott
Gooper – Eric Parkin
Rev. Tooker – Matthew Haines
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.
Calling all playwrights!
Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company Old Library Theatre (OLT) invites submissions for its 5th Annual One Act Play Festival. Nominated for the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play four years running, this festival showcases original one act plays on our main stage!
This year’s festival will kick off our 49th season with three performances January 22-24, 2016. Auditions will be held in November 2015.
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.
Our season’s theme is “Ambition,” so we are looking for one act plays that speak to this theme in some way.
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 20, 2015. 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.
For additional information about Old Library Theatre, visit oldlibrarytheatre.net.
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!
In December 2015, Old Library Theatre will present its third Youth Theatre Production, featuring the talents of youth, ages 17 and under: Shrek The Musical Jr.
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig. Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori.
Direction and Musical Direction by Greg Paradis. Assistant Direction by Brendan Joel Bartlett. Choreography by Tabitha Boulding. Produced by Craig M. Tiede.
Friday, December 18, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 20, 2:00pm
For more details, please visit our Special Events page. Audition information will be available later in the year.
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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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.
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!
For more info: Auditions