Archive for 2017 Season

Old Library Theatre Wins NJACT’s Community Theater of the Year Award for 2017!

Old Library Theatre was announced the recipient of NJACT’s Perry Award for Community Theater of the Year at tonight’s 2017 Perry Awards ceremony, held at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ.

Craig Tiede, current OLT President, accepted the award on the company’s behalf, and his remarks are below.

Congratulations to all who give of themselves to make OLT such a special place where art and memories are made!

Thank you. Receiving this recognition means a lot to all of us and we’re so grateful to those who wrote a letter of support or nomination on our behalf, to the executive board of NJACT for selecting us to receive the award, and everyone who donates their time and talents to Old Library Theatre, helping us engage, entertain, educate, and do what we love in the context of our greater lives, sharing that love to make others’ lives greater.

My name is Craig Tiede and I’ve been the president of Old Library Theatre since 2012. For those who’ve not heard of us, or for those who picture us performing finger puppet productions of The Brothers Grimm from behind book-filled stacks, here’s a primer: We are the resident theater company of the Fair Lawn Recreation Department in Fair Lawn, NJ. We perform in a beautiful 170-seat theater space that we share with a handful of other community and professional theater companies. We are in the midst of our 50th anniversary season and we produce eight shows per year – including original works and Broadway favorites. We are committed to showcasing talented performers of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and stages of development, teaching them the art of creating live theater and bringing the joy of its creation to their community.

For many, community theater is a punch line. It’s some second-class version of a great art form, better left to the professionals, than to the part-timers who believe they could have been stars had they only not been “born too soon and started too late.” We’re seen as this collective of the ones who never made it, or never tried.

For others, community theater is a hobby. It’s just a fun place to go after school or work, where temporary, but intense, relationships are formed, memories are made, and we get to share our talents with our friends, family and coworkers.

And for others, community theater is a lifestyle, a hashtag, a second home, a first home – the partner, best friend, boss, and staff that never leaves us, even if it occasionally lets us down. It’s the blood that runs through our veins, the air we breathe, the proof of a life lived out loud.

To us, community theater is a privilege, and a calling. We choose to spend a portion of our lives engaged in this form of social intercourse and personal recreation because we know community theater matters. It makes a difference. It shapes, and transforms, lives. It brings stories and poses questions to communities they might not otherwise encounter. What we do, what we love, what we are so lucky to be celebrating here tonight, matters.

Our company, like most of yours, has its share of challenges. And in the years I’ve been involved, more than a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles. You know what I mean – the kinds of people, and situations, and tech weeks, and ticket sales – that make the joy and magic we’re trying to capture and share something only chemically possible with a great deal of alcohol, or distance, or passive aggressive social media posts.

But as artists, our creativity and persistence musn’t waver. And we, Old Library Theatre, have persisted. We have pushed ourselves to do better, be better, expect better, and attract better. And when we get it wrong, we recalibrate. And when we get it right, we don’t brag. We dig in. And we keep going, keep trying to do right, to spread joy, and allow ourselves to feel lucky that we get to do something that we love and that we know matters.

None of us think receiving this award means we’re the best community theater in New Jersey. We don’t think it means this was our best year, or the one where we finally got it right. We don’t think it means we’re any more or less deserving than any other community theater in New Jersey.

What we hope it means is that we’re on the right track and you’re proud to have us as members of this community. We are the dreamers, the creators, the storytellers, the educators, the risk-takers, the sharers of joy our communities need and are better for.

This group behind me – only a select few of those who make OLT the special place it is – work everyday to honor this community and our shared craft. We are not your competition – we are your collaborators. And we promise to keep working to ensure that the drama stays on the stage, that the work and the people who do it have value and are valued, and that our product and its impact make it easier for you to do the same within your own communities.

When daytime television superstar Susan Lucci finally won an Emmy Award, on her 19th nomination, she ended her acceptance speech this way: “I was only supposed to be on every other Tuesday. But thanks to you, I’m here. And I promise I will try my best never to let you down. I’m going back to that studio on Monday and I’m going to play ‘Erica Kane’ for all she’s worth.”

To you, our fellow creators, storytellers, educators, risk-takers, and sharers of joy, we leave you with this: We were only supposed to be a small theater of dreamers performing in an old library. Thanks to you, we’re here. And we promise we will try our best never to let you down. We’re going back to that theater tomorrow and we’re going to play ‘Community Theater of the Year’ for all it’s worth.

Thank you!

THIS- Cast List

Old Library Theatre is please to announce the cast list for our Reader’s Theatre production of THIS: The Musical. THIS will be performed November 4th and 5th as part of our Reader’s Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by contacting us at info@oldlibrarytheatre.org or by phone at 973-658-4420.

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Director/Playwright- Eric Holgerson
Composer- Jennifer Sisco
Producer- Sheryl Heffernan
Music Director- Brad McMurray

Michael- Josh Salvador
Samantha- Angela Vida
Frankie- Ralph Rodriguez
Maxine- Ellie Eliades
Anthony & male characters- Thomas Winkler
Female characters- Stephanie Hillenberg

Catch Me If You Can

Old Library Theatre presents the North Jersey Community Theater premiere of Catch Me If You Can! The production will have a six performance run from October 20th to October 29th. Performances are at 8 p.m. on October 20th and 21st, as well as October 27th and 28th, and 2 p.m. on October 22nd and 29th. Purchase your tickets at Catch Me If You Can tickets today!

Children of Eden runs September 15th through September 24th!

Old Library Theatre’s production of Children of Eden opens September 15th! Show times are September 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd at 8 p.m. and September 17th and 24th at 2 p.m. Get your tickets today!

Pippin Photos!

Photos from our production of Pippin are now available on Flickr.

 

7th Annual One Act Play Festival at OLT!

Old Library Theatre (OLT) invites submissions for its 7th Annual One Act Play Festival. Winner of the NJACT Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play in 2015 (and nominated again for our 2017 production!), this festival showcases original one act plays on our main stage!

This year’s festival will kick off our 51st season with performances January 26, 27 & 28, 2018. Auditions will be held in November 2017.

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.
– 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 info@oldlibrarytheatre.net by September 15, 2017. Playwrights who have not had plays produced in previous festivals 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.

This- A new musical!

As part of our Reader’s Theatre, Old Library Theatre will be holding auditions for This, a new musical!

Auditions will be held Wednesday September 6th and Thursday September 7th from 7-9 pm Rhino 237 Studio C at 237 Hamburg Turnpike, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Preregistration is not required, but those who preregister will not have to wait to be seen.

This is being presented as a staged reading as part of OLT’s Reader’s Theatre series. Performances November 4, 2017 at 7:00pm and November 5, 2017 at 2:00pm.

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Production Staff
Director: Eric Holgerson
Musical Director: Jennifer Sisco
Producer: Sheryl Heffernan

Synopsis-

This tells the story of four friends designated for Broadway, until an accident changed everything. When the show’s writer died, the project spiraled out of control and each went on a new path. Ten years later, each receives an anonymous script in the mail calling them back to the stage. Who sent the script and why? Is this the moment they’ve long-dreamed of?

Congratulations to the cast of Catch Me If You Can!

Thank you to the performers who auditioned for OLT’s upcoming production of Catch Me If You Can! We saw some extraordinary talent, which made casting very difficult. Congratulations to those cast!

Frank Abagnale Jr.- Scott Richard

Carl Hanratty- Chris Zika

Frank Abagnale Sr.- Keith S. White

Paula Abagnale- Emily Locklear

Brenda Strong- Hannah Schroeder

Carol Strong- Randi Seffinger

Roger Strong- Brian George

Ensemble-

Brianna Ascione, Gianna-Leigh Bastar, Tyler Donovan, Paige Erdmann, Robert Falco, Hannah Federman, Chris Gatterdam, Olivia Gonzales, Shannon Lombardi, Michelle McMillan, Shayna Rives, Gwen Vigorito

We are additionally searching for performers fitting the following descriptions to round out the cast. If you are interested in performing, please contact us at president@oldlibrarytheatre.net.
Male Ensemble Dancers: Seeking strong singers/dancers for ensemble numbers as well as ensemble roles.
Age Range: 18-35
Voice Type: Baritone/Tenor

Adult Male Ensemble: Seeking a strong singer and actor to portray multiple roles in the show.
Age Range: 35-55
Voice Type: Baritone

Female Ensemble Dancer: Seeking one additional female ensemble dancer. Must be a strong singer and dancer. Will be used heavily in all ensemble numbers as well as play some ensemble roles.
Age Range: 18-35
Voice Type: Alto/Soprano Belt

OLT Receives 5 NJACT Perry Award Nominations!

Old Library Theatre is proud to announce that we have received 5 nominations for the NJACT Perry Awards! Congratulations to all the nominees!

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Cynthia Smith Barry, The Best Man
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Matthew Haines, Assassins
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical – Lauren Grof-Tisza, Oliver!
Best Production of an Original Play – Sheryl Heffernan & Linda Wielkotz, Producers; Matt Cavallo, Bill Kaufman, Megan Milko, and Rachel Lichter, Directors; David MacGregor, Donna Hoke, Phillip Way, Brianna Keller, and Dwayne Yancey (Writers), The 6th Annual One Act Play Festival
Best Production of an Original Musical – Craig M. Tiede (Producer/Director/Writer), Our Time: OLT Celebrates 50 Years of Musical Theater

CASH US IF YOU CAN!

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!

DONATE TODAY!