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2018 Season Preview


Please join us for our 2018 Season preview! You are welcome to pre-register for the event here. In lieu of our January 2018 general meeting, we’re presenting a sneak peek at the productions comprising our 51st season: More Than Meets the Eye.

“There’s always another story. There’s more than meets the eye.” – W.H. Auden

Founded in 1967 in Fair Lawn by a handful of dreamers who wanted to make the joy of theatre performance available to everyone, Old Library Theatre began a five decade journey of reflecting, and contributing, to its time. As the arc of history and the shape of art bent toward progress and back again, we held a mirror up to the human experience, bringing the tragedies and triumphs of great fictional characters to our community, and challenging performers and patrons alike to consider how those stories could shape their own. This season, Old Library Theatre presents stories featuring singular characters whose internal dreams rarely match their external realities. Experience what can happen when you look closer and discover the more behind each pair of eyes. We hope you will join us!

Tuesday, January 23, 7:30pm

This event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the lobby prior to the preview. Those who preregister will receive a special gift.

The Seventh Annual One Act Festival

Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theater company and NJACT’s 2017 Community Theater of the Year, is proud to present “The 7th Annual One Act Play Festival,” our annual NJACT Perry-award nominated showcase of original, one act plays. This year’s festival will include five original pieces:

Margins – Written by David Susman, Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina
A college student confronts her professor about his notes on her recent paper.

Split Decision – Written by Kitty Dubin, Directed by Bill Kaufman
A couple in crisis sits down with a divorce counselor to attempt an amicable and easy split.

Suggested Donation – Written by Duncan Pflaster, Directed by Cynthia Smith Barry
Experimental theater and concessions without a set price drive one patron over the edge.

The Callback – Written by Leland Frankel, Directed by Marilyn Schilkie
An actress who didn’t earn a callback takes the future of her career into her own, deranged hands.

The Quick Start Guide to Booting Your Man-Bot – Written by Phil Darg, Directed by Thomas Winkler
A lovelorn woman turns to technology, but soon becomes convinced the product is faulty.

​Four performances only:
Friday, January 26 at 8:00pm
Saturday, January 27 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, January 28 at 2:00pm

General admission. Adults – $20 | Seniors (60+) – $18 | Children Under 12 – $12

For tickets, call (973) OLT-4420, email info@oldlibrarytheatre.net, or purchase online.

Congratulations to the cast of the 7th Annual One Act Play Festival

OLT would like to thank all of the performers who auditioned for the upcoming production of The 7th Annual One Act Play Festival! We saw some extraordinary talent, which made casting very difficult. Congratulations to those cast!

Margins
Playwright, David Susman; Director, Beatriz Esteban-Messina
Ashley- Abigail Stokes
Professor Hoffman- Jack Pignatell

Split Decision
Playwright, Kitty Dubin; Director, Bill Kaufman
Marsha Klein- Florence Pape
Marty Klein- David Silberger
Skipper Crane- James Perlas

Suggested Donation
Playwright, Duncan Pflaster; Director, Cynthia Smith Barry
Doreen- Hayley Pass
Bill- Matt Haines
Joey- Dylan Zafran

The Callback
Playwright, Leland Frankel; Director, Marilyn Schilkie
Lewis Ashford- Paul Bettys
Molly Bates- Debra Carozza Lynch

The Quick Start Guide to Booting Your Man-Bot
Playwright, Phil Darg; Director, Thomas Winkler
Amy- Joanna Sigurosson
Man-Bot- Eric Robitaille
Repairman- Dylan Zafran

The Robber Bridegroom Auditions

Old Library Theatre would like to announce auditions for The Robber Bridegroom, our first Main Stage Production for our 2018 season!

Auditions will be held Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Callbacks will be held Sunday, November 19, from 2-5 p.m. You can preregister for the auditions here.

The Robber Bridegroom
Performances February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm. Sunday at 2:00pm.
Directed By Alyse Neubert. Produced by Craig Tiede
Music Direction by David Sheridan. Choreographed by Alex Acevedo.
Stage Management by Ellie Anderson

​AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Please prepare either two contrasting vocal selections (32 bars from a musical or classic bluegrass), OR a short character driven and physicality based monologue (60-90 seconds) and ​ONE 32 bar selection of music. Musical selections should be in the in the style of Robber Bridegroom or from a rock musical. Hair, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Bright Star to name a few. Be prepared to move at call backs and prepare your best Mississippi accent.

**All roles are open.

Set in eighteenth century Mississippi, ‘The Robber Bridegroom’ is a darkly comic Southern fairy tale about a charming gentleman bandit, the rich plantation owner’s daughter he loves, the wicked stepmother who wants her dead, and an evil thief who carries his brother’s head around in a trunk.
We are looking to cast about 15-20 energetic, hardworking and creative people. We are looking for actors who make bold and big choices, both physically and vocally. We will be looking for singers who can move and who exude confidence and fearlessness. Dance ability is not required for all roles, but for some.

We will be running a dance audition before, during, or after the vocal audition. You may be asked to dance at any point during the audition; after you sing, please do not leave until we let you know you are done!

AVAILABLE ROLES

Jamie Lockhart/the Bandit of the Wood – A “gent and a robber all in one,” Jamie Lockhart/the Bandit of the Wood is the show’s main character. His true identity, Jamie, is an honest, law-abiding man who ends up engaged to Clement Musgrove’s daughter Rosamund (though she is in disguise); while his alter-ego, the Bandit, is a swindling robber who comes across the undisguised Rosamund in the wood and becomes her lover.

Rosamund – Clement Musgrove’s beautiful, naive, doted-upon daughter by his first wife. She meets the Bandit of the Wood and falls in love with him; she disguises herself and makes herself undesirably dim-witted when Jamie Lockhart comes to visit, unaware that he and the Bandit are the same person (and he is unaware Rosamund is the girl he met in the wood).

Salome – Clement’s second wife. Older and ugly, she calls herself the “prickly pear” to the “lily bud” that was Rosamund’s late mother, who was just as beautiful as Rosamund. However, she is quite a bit more intelligent than her husband and stepdaughter; detesting Rosamund, she puts her intelligence to use and spends the duration of the show thinking up schemes to kill Rosamund, enlisting the help of the “village idiot,” Goat.

Clement Musgrove – Rosamund’s father, Clement is the richest planter on the Natchez Trace. Clement still harbours longings for his first wife (often he compares his daughter to his first wife, though it always accidentally is in a sexual manner), and this makes Salome, his second wife, incredibly jealous. Clement vows to marry Rosamund off to Jamie, who he doesn’t realise is the Bandit of the Wood.

Little Harp – The most gruesome bandit in the history of the Trace, Little Harp is a horny, dirty man. He is violent and seems to only fear the Bandit of the Wood. He spends the show looking for money to steal and women to rape – particularly helpless girls who are tied up – but through this, he becomes intricately involved in the show’s mayhem. He is the brute half of the Harp brothers duo. However, he does prove to have some of his brother’s intelligence, as he comes up with several ingenious schemes (though they all fail in the end and cause his death).

Goat – The dumb boy with a brain the size of a scuppernong seed, Goat is enlisted by Salome to carry out her plans to kill Rosamund in exchange for a suckling pig, though Goat’s many attempts to do as she asks go awry. In the end, he strikes a better deal with Little Harp. His sister is Airie.

Big Harp – A “cut off head in a trunk,” Big Harp was Little Harp’s elder brother and the brain half of the duo. He was put to death for thieving, but his brother rescued his severed head and carries it around in a trunk. However, Little Harp makes a deal with Goat and exchanges his brother’s head for “Rosamund” (who in reality is Airie, Goat’s sister).

Raven – The Harp brothers’ talking raven. Accompanying the brothers initially in the show, Raven is stolen by Jamie and appears throughout the show advising the characters to “turn back, my bonny.” Little Harp eventually kills Raven.

Airie – Goat’s sister. Just as dumb as her brother, Airie has no lines, but plays a pivotal part when Goat decides to trick Little Harp and put Airie in a sack and claim it’s Rosamund. Airie escapes while Jamie/the Bandit knocks Little Harp out.

Goat & Airie’s mother – Only moderately more intelligent than her children, Goat’s mother all but forces Goat to make a deal with Salome.

Congratulations to the cast of Bridges of Madison County

OLT would like to thank all of the performers who auditioned for the upcoming production of Bridges of Madison County! We saw some extraordinary talent, which made casting very difficult. Congratulations to those cast!

Cast List

Francesca- Lauren Ann Palmeri
Richard “Bud Johnson- Tim White
Robert Kincaid- Craig Tiede
Marian- Emma Love
Michael- Jack Lobley
Carolyn- Sammy Cordero
Marge- Lorraine Ford DeMan
Charlie- Bob Russell
Ensemble-

Julie Galorenzo
Jenn Bedell
Christina Weakland
Michael Patrick Damato
Chris Traina

Congratulations to the cast of Children of Eden!

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

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

Congratulations to the Cast of Pippin!

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 –
Nicole Boscarino
Tyler Donovan
Elisabeth Erdmann
Paige Erdmann
Chris Gatterdam
Michelle McMillan
Jacob Michael

Ensemble –
Maria Alessi
Cassandra Barckett
Donna Bialkin
Christina Eliades
Leah Feingold
Katrina Fett
Taylor Grbelja
Pearl Hart
Judi Layne Niebuhr
Leigh O’Neill
Frank Riccobono
James Russo
Cynthia Smith Barry

Our Time: OLT Celebrates 50 Years of Musical Theater

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!

VOTE FOR THE BEST OF 2016!

Our 2016 season is a wrap! Now, let your voice be heard: Vote for your favorites by completing the 2016 OLT Awards Ballot.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NOVEMBER 2016 FRIEND OF THE MONTH!

Congratulations to Patt Tanner, OLT’s November 2016 Friend of the Month! Patt

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