Last Chance to See Seussical, Yankees, Tenor
Three great shows are wrapping up their runs.
Time is running out to see some shows that have been gracing North Jersey's stages for the last few weeks.
"Seussical," "Damn Yankees," "Lend Me a Tenor" and "A Flea in Her Ear" are all wrapping up their runs on April 1. There are also plenty of concerts to choose from, featuring everything from country music (Loretta Lynn and The Del McCoury Band at the Mayo Performing Arts Center), classical (chamber music, also at the Mayor), and even surf music (the Ventures at The Newton Theatre).
And performers have some options too, with auditions being held for "Southern Comforts" by the Women's Theatre Co. to "Our Town" at Somerset Valley Players.
Read on for your weekly update on what's happening on North Jersey's stages.
ON STAGE SCOOP
Oh the Things You’ll See and Hear: The Growing Stage children’s theater in Netcong is staging “Seussical” through April 1. The musical features characters from several Dr. Seuss books, including “Horton Hears a Who” and “The Cat in the Hat.” Tickets cost $18, $14 seniors and children. The theater is located at 7 Ledgewood Ave. For tickets and information, call 973-347-4946 or go to GrowingStage.com.
All You Really Need is Heart: Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting the musical classic “Damn Yankees" through April 1. The show, based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant,” is about Joe Boyd, a middle-aged fan of the hapless Washington Senators who makes a deal with the devil that turns Joe into a power-hitting machine so that he can turn his favorite team’s fortunes around. Its songs include “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets.” For tickets and information, call 973-376-4343 or visit PaperMill.org.
Operatic Laughter: The Barn Theatre is performing Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor” through April 1. The farce is set in 1934 as the Cleveland Grand Opera company welcomes the great tenor Tito Morelli, “Il Stupendo,” for one night. After the star passes out, the company’s general manager convinces his assistant to dress up as Morelli and fool the audience, a plan that goes less than smoothly. Performances on March 30 and 31, and April 6 and 7, begin at 8 p.m. An April 1 show begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit BarnTheatre.org.
French Farce: Villagers Theatre is presenting “A Flea in Her Ear” through April 1. In the play, Raymonde, suspects her husband, Victor Emmanuel, of infidelity. With the help of her best friend, Lucienne, she concocts a plan involving a perfumed letter in order to expose Victor’s dalliance at the Hotel Coq d’Or and confirm her suspicions. Tickets cost $16, or $14 for seniors and students. For more information, call 732-873-2710 or go to VillagersTheatre.com.
A Time to Dance: Centenary Stage Company is presenting "Dance Fest," a weeklong celebration of dance. The festival is running through April 1 and will feature performances such as The Lustig Dance Theater on March 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Moe-tion Dance Company on March 30 at 8 p.m.; and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company on April 1 at 4 p.m. Performances are at the Sitnick stage in the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. on the campus of Centenary College. The festival will also feature classes and workshops, ranging from Zumba Dance and a workshop by members of the Nai –Ni Chen Dance Company. Class fees are $10 and can be deducted from the price of a ticket for any performance, except Tommy Tune. For ticket prices and more information, call 908-979-0900 or go to CentenaryStageCo.org.
Audition Alert, "Southern Comforts:" The Women's Theater Co. will hold auditions for "Southern Comforts" on March 29 at the Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Road in Lake Hiawatha. Rehearsals will be days and some nights for 20 hours a night. Prepare a one-minute monologue. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Performances are May 4 to 20. Special appearance contract. Email to schedule: email@example.com.
Film Screening in Boonton: The documentary "Hot Flash Havoc" will be screened at the Darress Theatre, March 29 through April 9. The movie is billed as an entertaining crash course in perimenopause and menopause. Admission costs $10. The theater is located at 615 Main St. in Boonton. For more information, go to DarressTheater.com.
She's a Coal Miner's Daughter, and a Music Legend: Loretta Lynn will take stage at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on March 30 at 8 p.m. Lynn will perform a range of songs from her career, many of which were groundbreaking as they covered such topics as her blue-collar upbringing, divorce, war and women's rights. Tickets cost $47 to $97. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Audition Alert, "Smokey Joe's Café:" Centenary Stage Company will hold open auditions for New Jersey Youth Theatre’s production of “Smokey Joe’s Café," which will be performed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, and then at Centenary's Lackland Center for the Performing Arts in Hackettstown. Auditions are scheduled for March 31, with an open dance call to be held from noon to 1 p.m. and an open singing call for 1-4 p.m. Both open calls will take place in the David and Carol Lackland Center. For additional information, call 908-233-3200 or 973-353-8009 or visit NJYouthTheatre.org or njpac.org.
"Seussical" at Paper Mill: TheatreworksUSA will present "Seussical" on March 31 at Paper Mill Playhouse. The show for ages 5 and up features beloved Dr. Seuss characters including the Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant. Tickets cost $12 to $20. For more information, go to PaperMill.org.
Let the Bluegrass Grow: The Del McCoury Band will take stage at The Mayo Performing Arts Center, March 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $32 to $57. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Going to the Mat: The Darress Theatre will host USA Elite Live Wrestling event on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature nine matches and is being taped for TV. Tickets cost $15, $10 in advance. The theater is located at 615 Main St. in Boonton. For more information, go to DarressTheater.com.
If the Shoe Fits: The Moscow Festival Ballet's presentation of "Cinderella" is coming to The Mayo Performing Arts Center on March 31 at 7 p.m. The classic tale, complete with a happy ending, features the music of Sergei Prokofiev and is designed for kids ages 4 and up. Tickets cost $27 to $57. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Audition Alert, "Our Town:" Somerset Valley Players will hold auditions for Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" on April 1 and April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Callbacks will be held on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Needed are 10 adult males (ages 30 to 50); 10 adult females (ages 30 to 50); five youth males (ages 15 to 25); and five youth females (ages 15 to 25). Readings will be from the script. Strong New England accents are required for all roles. Performances are on weekends, June 8-24. For more information, call 908-369-7469 or visit SVPTheatre.org.
Chamber Music in Morristown: The Starlight Series: Nova Chamber Ensemble will perform at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on April 3 at 8 p.m. The chamber will feature Laryssa Krupa on piano; Wanda Glowacka on cello. They will perform Rachmaninoff's sonata for cello and piano, with the audience sitting around the performers in a semi-circle. Tickets cost $20. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Walk, Don't Run to See The Ventures: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Ventures will take stage at The Newton Theatre on April 4 for a concert beginning at 7 p.m. The band's hits include the theme from "Hawaii Five-O," "Walk Don't Run" and "Wipe Out." Tickets cost $27 to $37. The Newton Theatre is located at 234 Spring St. in Newton. For more information, call 973-383-3700 or go to NewtonTheatre.com.
He's Your American Idol: Tickets for Scotty McCreery's July concert at The Mayor Performing Arts Center are on sale now. McCreery 2011 "American Idol" champion. Tickets cost $47 to $87. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Darius Rucker Tickets on Sale March 30: Tickets for Darius Rucker's Sept. 13 concert at The Mayo Performing Arts Center go on sale March 30. Tickets cost $59-$99. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Ringo Starr Tickets on Sale: Tickets for Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band's June 27 concert at The Mayo Performing Arts Center are on sale now. Tickets cost $100 to $200. The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For tickets and information, call 973-539-8008 or visit MayoArts.org.
Summer Camp at Centenary Stage Company: The Centenary Stage Company is offering young artists the TYRO Acting Program and the Young Performers Workshop Summer Intensive Program during the months of July and August. The TYRO Theatre Programs provide an introduction to theater skills and performance in a two-week session from 9:30 a.m. to noon for kids ages 6 to 8 and from 1-3:30 p.m. for children ages 9 to 11. The program run July 9 through July 20. The cost of tuition is $200 per student. The TYRO Program is led by Maria Broadeur, the CSC Education Director. Brodeur is a professional actress and arts educator with experience in children’s theater who holds a BA in Theatre and Education from Rutgers University. The YPW Summer Intensive offers training in acting, voice, and dance with specialized electives taught by theatre professionals. The program includes three full-length musical productions and The One Act play festival performed for the general public. Acceptance into the program is based on an interview with program director Michael Blevins scheduled for June 9 and June 10 at 11 a.m. For more information, call 908-979-0900 or visit CentenaryStageCo.org.
Summer Camp at Brundage Park Playhouse: Registration is open for summer theater camps at Brundage Park Playhouse in Randolph. The camps offer three different groups: “Budding Stars” for kids 5 to 7, “Summer Stages” for kids ages 8 to 14, “Budding Stars” for kids 5 to 7, and an “Advanced Performers Workshop” for students in grades 7 through 11. For more information, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.org.
Summer Camp at Playwrights Theatre: Registration is open for the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey’s Creative Arts Academy summer camp for kids and summer theatre program for teens beginning June 25 and running all summer long in two-week sessions. Summer programs include a Full-Day Theatre Academy. Also being offered are a Half-Day Summer Camp, and a Getting Ready To Audition class for high school students. For more information, call 973-514-1787 or visit ptnj.org.
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