Thank you to the more than 70 performers who auditioned for our production of Oliver! Congratulations to the cast! Three roles remain open (see below). If you are interested in
OLT will hold auditions for Gore Vidal’s The Best Man the week of July 11, 2016. Check back to this page for specific dates and times, once confirmed.
Directed by Craig M. Tiede. Produced by Julie Galorenzo.
The Best Man is a 1960 play by Gore Vidal. William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. And Arthur Hockstader is an ex-President, who loves politics for their own sake and is determined to have the final say in the selection of his party’s candidate for president. When each rival gets a hold of personal information he believes disqualifies his opponent, the former President steps in with an agenda all his own: to ensure The Best Man is chosen.
We are seeking a cast of 17-20 adults, 11+ men and 6+ women. All roles are available.
Secretary William Russell (50s) – Former Secretary of State and Governor from Rhode Island. Agnostic, practical egghead and serial philanderer, from privilege, with a history of mental health issues.
Dick Jensen (40s-50s) – Russell’s campaign manager. Lifelong politico and former law professor. Seen as conceited and impatient.
Senator Joseph Cantwell (40s) – Senator from South Carolina. Religious army veteran from a poor southern family. Former insurance attorney – ambitious, decisive and vicious. Tightly wound and duplicitous.
Don Blades (30s-40s) – Cantwell’s campaign manager. Easy-going former soldier.
President Arthur Hockstader (70s) – Former two-term president from Kansas, son of a farmer. Imposing widower, full of bluster and mischief, but of failing health.
Sheldon Marcus (40s) – Nervous, mealy-mouthed, dumpy army veteran from Delaware. Seemingly innocuous, but hiding a mean streak.
Senator Clyde Carlin (50s-70s) – Current Senator from Wyoming. Longtime party shill, ponderous, blue-blooded conservative of the people.
Dr. Robert Artinian (50s-60s) – Boston-based psychiatrist. Caring, practical and loyal. (Note: Role doubles as Delegate)
Delegate/Reporter (20s-50s) – Three to five men to fill speaking and non-speaking roles as convention delegates and news outlet reporters.
Alice Russell (50s-60s) – Russell’s steely, long-suffering wife. Shy, decidedly apolitical, genuine woman from privilege.
Mabel Cantwell (30s-40s) – Cantwell’s ambitious southern belle wife. Sexy, salty, political and very driven. A bit of a lush.
Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge (60s-80s) – Well-known lobbyist for traditional American values, as seen from the women’s perspective. Very traditional, whip-smart, witty old dame. Judgmental and powerful.
Catherine (30s-40s) – Jensen’s aide and manager of Alice’s participation in the campaign. No-nonsense, professional woman thriving in a world of men. (Note: Role doubles as a reporter.)
Delegate/Reporter (20s-50s) – Two to five women to fill speaking and non-speaking roles as convention delegates and news outlet reporters.
Interested performers are encouraged to pre-register for auditions, once dates/times have been confirmed. Pre-registration is not required, and walk-ins will be welcomed.
Please arrive at the start of auditions and be prepared to stay for the full audition time. Sides will be provided. Those auditioning will read from the script in various combinations together.
If you have a resume and headshot, please bring both with you. If not, we will take your photo at the audition.
On May 1, OLT welcomed a new member to our Executive Board! Following the resignation of House Manager, Charleen Trimble, who will soon be relocating to Florida, we’ve welcomed Sheryl Heffernan to the board. Sheryl has assumed the role of Secretary, with former Secretary Matt Haines switching roles to take over the role of House Manager.
Thanks to all who auditioned for our upcoming Special Event production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr, and special congratulations to the cast:
Belle: Amanda Quintana
Enchantress: Helena Chaves
Maurice: Will Anderson
Gaston: Robert Stevens
Lefou: Anthony Masefield
Cogsworth: Raphael Rakosi-Schmidt
Lumiere: Frankie Scarnaty
Mrs. Potts: Ginny Lackey
Chip: Amanda Masefield
Madame De La Bouche: Madeline Hawkins
Babette: Katelyn Scannell
Madame D’arque: Melissa Matyika
Prince: Julian Jimenez
Silly Girls: Kaylin Ponce, Reilly Sylvester, Jordan Orlando, Kassidy O’Connor
Featured Ensemble: Mikaela Monaco, Natalie Civadelic, Maya Dobler, Rebecca Corrado, Laura Kim, Eric Robitaille, Emily Sweisberger,
Ensemble: Lauren Cappadona, Sabrina Rogers, Carina Dimaggio, David Hernandez, Sofia Hernandez, Catelyn Mulvaney, Alexa Jimenez, Kaila Donohue, Gabriella Cardona, Kyrsten Mutterer, Aidan Mascoli, Grace Giordano, Peyton Goings, Julia Maimone, Brielle Wilhelm, Kassidy Ponce
Aida– Sierra Hunter
Radames – Rob Ryan
Amneris – Ali Rose Harton
Zoser – Gary Lizardo
Mereb – Hamadi Price
Nehebka – Ashley Seldon
Amonasro – Jesse Simpson
Pharoah – Tomo Lovric
Jesse Simpson (also Amonasro)
Burl Bishop Rogers
Mark Anthony Lucky
Joe Love Seong
So Young Jeon
Old Library Theatre is pleased to announce its Executive Board for 2016. Congratulations to all!
President – Craig Tiede
Vice President – Angela Vida
Secretary – Matthew Haines
Treasurer – Linda Wielkotz
Publicity Chair – Evan T. Charpentier
House Manager – Charlene Trimble
Webmaster – Rachel Lichter
Thanks to all who auditioned for our upcoming production of The 5th Annual One Act Play Festival, and special congratulations to the cast:
And Twice on Sunday
Agent 1 – Chris Gatterdam
Agent 2 – Nick Pascarella
Trenchcoats – Brian Hackett, Thomas Winkler
Ruby Russell – Debra Carozza-Lynch
Arthur Tenniel – Geoffrey Waumans
Lola St. Germaine – Judy Wilson
Margaret Tenniel – Elizabeth Marsh
Caroline Kay – Brittany Bur
Barbara – Ann Alfano
Robert – Craig Scribner
Kendel – Brittany Bur
Jeremy – Bobby Snyder
How it Will Be
Neal – James Russo
Ally – Mary Kate Portera
Me and My Shadow
Andi – Thomas Winkler
Andrea – Eliana Athziry
Jacquie – Judy Wilson
Jacqueline – Deborah Zika
Susanne – Elizabeth Marsh
Susie – Charleen Trimble
Lindy Merrit – Fran Leonardis
Sheldon Platz Jr. – Howell Mayer
Here are the OLT 2016 Executive Board nominees:
Craig Tiede – I’m honored to once again be nominated to shepherd Old Library Theatre through an upcoming season as its President. Over the past three years, OLT has grown substantially – now offering four major productions, original musicals, an award-winning play festival, an annual concert and box-office-busting youth productions. So much work has gone on behind the scenes to get the group to where it is today and yet I still see so much opportunity for us to continue to grow, develop and distinguish ourselves as a premier community theater organization. As we look ahead to our 49th season, I’m excited to dig into our recently launched patron segmentation analysis, taking what we learn about our audiences and building out a strong, effective marketing plan. I’m also excited about the many new faces that have joined OLT throughout the past year – each seeking out ways to become actively involved on-stage and off, and ensuring the company will continue to thrive and evolve for many seasons to come. It is my philosophy that community theater is both of, and for, the community and I strongly support OLT’s mission to provide quality theater at an affordable cost, welcoming people in to the collaborative art of theater from all walks of life and levels of experience. OLT is now a bastion of friendly, dedicated, supportive and creative lovers of live theater. I’m proud of my contributions to that and look forward to contributing even more during our 49th season!
Angela Vida – I, Angela Vida, accept my nomination for Vice President of Old Library Theatre’s 2016 Executive Board. I never made a conscious decision to enter the theatre world. Singing, dancing, and all contained therein has been part of my life since my earliest memories. Although I was raised in a close-knit family, I loved becoming a part of a new family with every show. Theatre companies possess an opportunity to not only create families within cast and crew, but within communities of supporters and vendors. I was welcomed into the Old Library Theatre family more recently than many, but I have strived to make an impact both onstage and off. As vice president of OLT, my goal is to strengthen the family so we can continue to create the quality productions for which we are known. I believe building our subscription base, as well as relationships with local businesses and schools, will create stronger viewership, a greater supply of performers and crew, and growth opportunities we can not yet imagine. I would welcome and honor the opportunity to aid in making Old Library Theatre a more successful, organized, and impactful company in 2016.
Matthew Haines – I am honored to be nominated for the position of Secretary at OLT. In my first year with the company, I have connected with a number of wonderful people and I have experienced the wonderful and inviting atmosphere that this company provides for performers of all kinds. This warm reception has given me the incentive to become more involved and do whatever I can to help OLT grow and thrive. I am truly excited for the 2016 season and hope to bring insight and ideas collaboratively with the rest of the board in order to help Old Library Theatre succeed and continue to provide amazing opportunities for local performers.
Linda Wielkotz – I am proud to accept the nomination for Treasurer for 2016. OLT has been a group I have been proud to be a part of since 1976. The group is one of the theatres in the area that has not only produced classic and well known pieces, but also newer , edgier and original ones too. The group is well structured ,organized and welcomes everyone. In my years with the group, I have served as past president, vice president, secretary, publicity and treasurer. The last few years while I was not on the board, I have seen the group continue to grow and survive from its former home on River Road to its new location at the Community Center. It continues to provide quality entertainment for everyone. While I have been involved in many groups in NJ and NY, OLT has always been special in my heart and one that I will always call home. I would hope to once again serve on the Board of Directors.
Cynthia Smith Barry – My name is Cynthia Smith Barry, and the intent of this letter is to inform you of my interest in becoming Treasurer for Old Library Theatre, the resident theatre company of Fair Lawn, NJ. Currently, I am a teacher who has taught either elementary or middle school for the past 16 years, and I direct our yearly middle school production. Most recently, I am in rehearsal for OLT’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
I understand this commitment involves serving a one year term on the board, attending and participating in a monthly board meeting, as well as various OLT functions throughout the year. I feel I would be a valuable Board Member, not only because I was a professional actress for nine years prior to settling down in Fair Lawn, but I have been a resident of Fair Lawn for over 32 years, raising three children here. I am able to attend board meetings, theatre functions, and attend to any local banking easily. I would accept this post to the Executive Board of OLT with all the seriousness and accuracy that the position requires.
Evan T. Charpentier – I am really flattered to be nominated for a second consecutive year for a position on the Executive Board of Old Library Theatre. OLT has come to feel like ‘home’ to me, and I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and giving back to a theater company which has given so much to me. As Publicity Chair, it would be my goal to create new links between OLT and the surrounding community that will keep us in people’s minds, and cement our reputation as a vital, thriving, and necessary artistic institution.
Charleen Trimble – I am pleased to accept my nomination as House Manager. For the past two years I have been involved in numerous productions with OLT. During this time I have come to love this organization for its professionalism and the strong sense of community and family it has given me. As House Manager, I want not only our members but each of our patrons to feel included and respected in this family. It is my goal to build a warm and welcoming environment with everyone that enters our theater. I also want to maintain and build upon our current reputation of professionalism. I would like to include more lobby decorations for performances that showcase both past and upcoming productions as well as ways for community to be involved. I will maintain the same atmosphere at auditions as well so new faces will experience our quality of work from their first interaction. I will continue organizational habits of the past such as online ticket registry, maintaining a Google Voice account for ticket registrations/concerns and using Google documents to maintain accurate records of purchases and attendance at every performance. I am also extremely open to collaboration and suggestions from other members on how to make the front of house experience as best as it can be for every patron. I thank all members for your nomination and inclusion in a theater company that I hold in very high regard. It will be an honor to serve both with and for you all.
Rachel Lichter – My name is Rachel Lichter, and I am running for the Old Library Theatre Executive Board position of Webmaster. For the past 3 years I have been OLT’s House manager, and I have over 10 years of Stage Management experience. As house manager, I was able to keep organized through the use of Google Sheets, and Google Voice for tickets. I also shared information for casts and crew through the use of Google Drive and Dropbox. I am computer savvy and pick things up very quickly. As webmaster, I would keep the OLT page updated with pictures and videos of our past and upcoming shows. I would also make sure that our shows, events, fundraisers and ticket information is all up to date and easily accessible. I thank you for your consideration.
Old Library Theatre wishes to thank all playwrights who submitted for our upcoming 5th Annual One Act Play Festival. This year, our festival has already broken records: We received a total of 183 submissions – our largest since the festival began five years ago.
As you can imagine, this put our reading committee in the position of needing to make some very tough selections between many, many excellent pieces of original theater. We are happy to announce the line-up for this year’s festival, performing January 22-24, 2016:
“And Twice on Sunday” – Written by Brad Sytsma (Caledonia, MI). Directed by Bill Kaufman.
“Femme Noir” – Written by Allie Costa (Los Angeles, CA). Directed by Toni Braun.
“How It Will Be” – Written by Craig M. Tiede (Jersey City, NJ). Directed by Matthew Haines.
“Leading Lady” – Written by Steven Korbar (Torrance, CA). Directed by Anthony Crouchelli.
“Me and My Shadow” – Written by Rich Orloff (New York, NY). Directed by Will A. Sandoval.
“Off Grid” – Written by Brendan Joel Bartlett (Jersey City, NJ). Directed by Megan Milko.
Brick – Craig Tiede
Mae – Mary Claire Bongiovanni
Head Maid – Michelle Thomas-Hanson
Butler – Burl “Bishop” Rogers
Margaret – Elisabeth Gelinas
Big Mamma – Cynthia Smith Barry
Big Daddy – Jak Prince
Dr. Baugh – James Gwyn
Gooper – Eric Parkin
Rev. Tooker – Matthew Haines
Kids – Carina DiMaggio, Adelaide Prekopa, Eliza Prekopa, Rachel Rives, Justin Roth
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.
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!
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
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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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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!
Thank you to the more than 70 performers who auditioned for our production of Oliver! Congratulations to the cast!
Three roles remain open (see below). If you are interested in learning more about the open roles, please contact email@example.com.
Oliver: Pierson Salvador
Fagin: Bob Russell
Nancy: Lauren Grof-Tisza
Bill Sykes: Jesse Pimentel
Artful Dodger: Aaron Noriega
Mr. Bumble: Jim Coakley
Widow Corney: Brianne Wright
Bet: Shayna Rives
Mr. Sowerberry: Don Sheffrin
Mrs. Sowerberry: Dorothy Wallace
Noah: OPEN – A nasty piece of work who is Mr. Sowerberry’s apprentice. Enjoys a flirty relationship with Charlotte. Cockney accent. Age 16-20.
Charlotte: OPEN – The rude but also flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys. Cockney accent. Age 14-20.
Mr. Brownlow: OPEN – A wealthy, intelligent gentleman who takes in Oliver. British accent. Age 40-60.
Mrs. Bedwin: Cynthia Smith Barry
Dr. Grimwig: Edward Rotella
Old Sally: Sheryl Heffernan
Adult Ensemble: Andrea Thibodeou, Mollie Gash, Frank Riccobono, Erin Jackson, Pearl Hart, Lauren Rowland, and Thomas Winkler
Youth Ensemble: Melanie Robinson, Justin Roth, Kyrsten Mutterer, Will Anderson, Grace Volpe, Colin Volpe, Aidan Mascoli, Alex Catto, Mia Subrahmanyam, Craig Legras, Anthony Masefield, David Hernandez, and Sofia Hernandez
Old Library Theatre presents a fundraiser with LIVE MUSIC for their production of American Idiot!
From 7-8:30, sing ANY Green Day song with the Karaoke Idiots!
Followed by Open Mic from 8:30 – 10pm
You can also bid on baskets and certificates in a Silent Auction!
June 11th, 7 – 10 PM
197 Route 206
Chester, NJ 07930
Just $10 cover at the door (cash only) which includes 2 drink tickets.
Bake goodies, sodas and water will also be available
To sign up early or get tickets go to www.mcartsworkshop.com