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On Stage: Summer Songs Begin to Fill the Air

Area stages offer plenty of concerts, along with a few plays and musicals.

Music lovers are in luck the next few weeks, as venues across the area will be presenting concerts by some big-name artists.

Classic-rock fans won't want to miss Jefferson Starship in Newton or the Steve Miller Band at the Mayo Center. If you want to relive the '80s, then Howard Jones' concert at the Mayo Center is for you. And the Newton Theatre will also be hosting a true Jersey legend when Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes perform there. You can even see a Klezmer concert at the Bickford Theatre.

There are also plenty of shows finishing up their runs, such as "Henry IV, Part One" at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, "The Music Man" at the Villagers and "Our Town" at .

And performers have plenty of options when it comes to auditions. Just read your weekly On Stage Scoop to get all the news about North Jersey's theater scene.

Trilogy Repertory Seeking Actors for "Inherit the Wind:" Trilogy Repertory is looking for several adult men for minor speaking and non-speaking roles for its production of Inherit the Wind. This courtroom drama is based on the famous Scopes Monkey Trial and will be presented in Basking Ridge at the outdoor amphitheater in Pleasant Valley Park on July 27, 28 and Aug. 2, 3 and 4 at 8 PM.

The available parts remaining are for townspeople and jurors and offer both non-speaking roles and roles with several lines. Rehearsal schedules are flexible for these parts until July and then will be three times per week. Have you ever thought about being on stage? This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in live theater with an experienced company. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the producer, Nancy Becker at nanbecker@gmail.com or by phone at 908-432-8024.

Centenary Stage Company Dance Scholarship: The Centenary Stage Company will be offering one full scholarship to a deserving dance student for the 2012 Summer Dance Intensive. The scholarship will be awarded based on talent, merit and need.  Students interested in applying will be asked to write a letter of intent and schedule an interview with Professor Lea Lid, assistant professor of dance and theater at Centenary College. The intensive will run July 9-12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be led by Carolyn Dorfman and her Company. The program is open to students ages 12 and up. Tuition is $175. For more information on the scholarship, contact the CSC box office at 908-979-0900.

For more information on sibling discounts, or day player rates, call the box office or visit CentenaryStageco.org

Royal Drama: is opening its 50th anniversary season with "Henry IV, Part One," through June 24. The history play features the title king, who tries to protect and expand his empire while struggling with revolt and an irresponsible heir to the throne. It also includes the legendary comic character of Falstaff. Performances are at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre on the campus of Drew University in Madison. For information, go to ShakespeareNJ.org.

Come visit "Our Town:" is performing Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," through June 24 at the Somerset Valley Playhouse, 689 Amwell Road in Hillsborough. The classic play follows a young romance in small-town, turn-of-the-century New England. Tickets cost $15, $13 seniors/students. For more information, call 908-369-7469 or go to SVPTheatre.org.

That’s a Lot of Trombones: Villagers Theatre in Somerset is staging Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" through June 24. The show features some of the most beloved Broadway tunes of all time, including "Till There Was You," "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "(You Got) Trouble." Tickets cost $18, $16 seniors/students. For more information, call 732-873-2710 or go to VillagersTheatre.com.

Audition Alert, "Damn Yankees:" Pax Amicus Castle Theatre will hold auditions for "Damn Yankees" on June 19 at 7 p.m. Everyone over 18 is welcome to try out. Performances will take place weekends in August. For more information, call 973-691-2100.

Laugh it Up with "The Comedy of Errors:" will perform "The Comedy of Errors" as its annual outdoor stage at the Greek Theatre on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road in Morris Township, June 20-July 29. The family-friendly production features two sets of identical twins, mistaken identities and a chase sequence to rival all chase sequences. For tickets and information, go to ShakespeareNJ.org.

Comedy in Boonton: The Morris County Center for the Arts will present its next Coffee House Jam on June 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Darress Theatre in Boonton. Tommy Mahoney will serve as the host. The theater is located at 615 Main St. in Boonton. Admission costs $10. For more information, call 973-334-9292 or go to DarressTheatre.com.

He's a Joker and he's Coming to Morristown: The Steve Miller Band will perform a concert at , June 21 at 8 p.m. The band's hits include “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock ‘N Me,” “Jungle Love,” “ Jet Airliner,” “Swingtown,” and “The Joker." Tickets cost $85-$150. 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.

"Tamarack House" at Premiere Stages: Premiere Stages, the professional theater in residence at Kean University in Union, is launching its 2012 season with a workshop of Michael Dowling’s "Tamarack House," June 22-24, directed by Anders Cato. In this topical new play, a compelling group of discarded misfits, caught in the whirlpool of a fleeting American dream, struggle to hold on to the stately boarding house that defines them. Admission is free. Talk-backs with the playwright and audience follow each reading. Performances take place on the Kean University campus, located at 1000 Morris Ave., Union. For more information, call 908-737-4092 or visit www.kean.edu/premierestages.

Greetings from the Asbury Jukes: Jersey Shore legends Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform at the Newton Theatre, June 22 at 8 p.m. The band's tunes include "I Don't Want to Go Home," "Talk to Me," "The Fever" and more. Tickets cost $39-$59. For tickets and more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.

Chase the White Rabbit to See Jefferson Starship: Jefferson Starship will perform at the Newton Theatre, June 23 at 8 p.m. Fans will be treated to favorite tunes such as "White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love" and many others. Tickets cost $37-$47. For tickets and more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.

What is Love? Maybe Howard Jones Knows: Howard Jones will take stage at , June 23 at 8 p.m. to perform his '80s hits such as "New Song,” “What is Love?,” “Like to Get to Know You Well,” and others. Tickets cost $37-$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.

In the Mood for Klezmer? will present The Hester Street Troupe performing traditional Klezmer music, June 24 at 2 p.m. Klezmer features the clarinet imitating human emotions through songs from the Yiddish vaudeville and Second Avenue traditions; as well as classic and contemporary Jewish melodies. Tickets cost $25, $20 seniors, $15 students. For more information, go to MorrisMuseum.org.

Audition Alert, "The 39 Steps:" will hold open auditions for "The 39 Steps" June 24 and 26 at 7 p.m. The fast-paced comedy is based on the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock.

The production runs Oct. 5-20 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave. in Chatham. Rehearsals start in early August.  Bell Wesel directs.

Needed are four extremely versatile actors with great comic flair to play a multitude of Roles. Must be physically agile and creatively fearless. Characters are: Richard Hannay: 30s to 40. Attractive, comic leading man type. Upper class British. Slightly full of himself but totally engaging. Annabella/Pamela/Margaret: 20s to 30s. Attractive and adaptable, great with physical comedy. Must play three distinct characters, Upper class British, German and Scottish. Clown 1 and Clown 2: Two wildly versatile and energetic male actors to play over 100 roles (Upper and Lower class British, Scottish, German, some male, some female and some inanimate objects). Great with verbal and physical Comedy and quick changes.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. All roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Call Leslie Reagoso at 973-769-3886 or email her at lesliereagoso@yahoo.com. For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org.

Audition Alert, "God's Favorite:" Villagers Theatre in Somerset is holding auditions for Neil Simon's "God's Favoite" June 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. with callbacks scheduled for June 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Successful Long Island businessman is a modern-day Job with a high-maintenance wife, ungrateful children, and wise-cracking household help. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse he is visited by Sidney Lipton aka A Messenger from God (and compulsive film buff) with a mission: test Joe’s faith and report back to the “Boss.” The following roles are being cast: Joe Benjamin approximately 50-plus; Rose Benjamin around the same age as Joe; Sarah Benjamin around 20-plus, Ben Benjamin around 20-plus; David Benjamin around 30-plus; Mady around 40; Morris around 40; Sidney Lipton around 30-45 (male or female). The ages of the cast will depend upon the role of Joe Benjamin. The ranges above are approximate and can easily vary another 10 years that the character will portray. Sara and Ben are the same age and are referred to as the “clueless twin.” Performances are Sept. 14-30. The theater is located at 475 Demott Lane in Somerset. For more information contact: roz@villagerstheatre.com.

Audition Alert, "There's No Business Like Show Business:" Brundage Park Playhouse will hold auditions for this year's Kids Cabaret, "There's No Business Like Show Business, June 27-28, 5-8 p.m.

Kids ages 9 to 20 are invited to audition for this year’s For Kids By Kids Kid’s Cabaret. Please come prepared with at least 32 memorized bars of show tune.

Callbacks will be held June 30, 9 a.m. to noon. Rehearsals will begin July 1, and will be held on Sunday evenings and two or three other evenings each week. Until run-throughs begin on or around July 30, each cast member will normally not be called more than three times per week. No outdates can be accepted between July 30 and Aug. 19. Run-throughs (Acts and/or Full Show) will be held the evenings of July 30, 31, Aug. 1, and 5. Tech will be the evenings of Aug. 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, and 14 and the morning of Aug. 9.

Performances will be held evenings Aug. 15-18 with a matinee on Aug. 19.
For more information, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.org.

Tap Into This: Dover Little Theatre will present Jam Fest An Evening of Tap and Jazz featuring Jeffry Foote and Kyle Wilder of the NJ Tap Ensemble on June 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. Foote and Wilder will perform with a musical trio and vocalists Aubrey Parasolle and Lynette Sheard. Tickets cost $15. For more information, call 973-328-9202.

Chester Theatre Group cancels "Xanadu:" will not be performing the musical "Xanadu" as its summer production. The theater is attempting to replace the show with various evenings of entertainment in July, including performances of one-act plays July 27-28. For more information, visit www.chestertheatregroup.org.

Centenary Stage Co. Announces 2012-2013 Theater Season: Agatha Christie's record-breaking mystery, "The Mousetrap" will kick off Centenary Stage Company's 2012-13 theater season, Oct. 5-21. The production will be directed by Carl Wallnau, the company's artistic director.

Centenary Stage's Black Box Festival will include "A Couple of Blaguards" by Frank and Malachy McCourt Nov. 1-4; Parallel Exit will perform "Room 17B" Nov. 8-11 and Bill Bower's “Under a Montana Moon” will be performed Nov. 15-18.

The family musical "The Wizard of Oz" will have a holiday run, Nov. 23-Dec. 9. Martin McDonagh’s comedy-drama “The Cripple of Inishmaan" will be performed Feb. 22-March 10.

From CSC’s Women Playwrights Series comes the world premiere of “The English Bride” by New Jersey playwright Lucile Lichtblau, April 5-21.

Tickets for productions cost $20-$29.50. The Box office is open.  1-5 p.m. in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. in Hackettstown. A new Main Street ticket location is scheduled to open soon.

For tickets and more information, call 908-979-0900 or visit www.centenarystageco.org.

Summer Shakespeare Master Class at Centenary Stage Co.: Centenary Stage Company is presenting a master class titled "Returning to the Source: The Merchant of Venice," July 10 through July 26. The class is being taught by Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso and will offer actors the opportunity to study Shakespeare by returning to the source material on which "The Merchant of Venice" is based. Participants will explore the play word by word and scene by scene in the contest of the time and place in which it was created. Kim and Occhiogrosso founded the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, in 1981. Occhiogrosso had directed "Hamlet," "The Tempest," "Romeo and Juliet," "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "The Merchant of Venice," and many other classic works. The class is limited to 15 participants. Class will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 to 5 p.m. July 10 through 16 at Centenary Stage Company on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown. Tuition is $350 if paid and registered before June 25; $400 after June 25. To register, call the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900. 

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 ’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.

This post is shared across Patch sites serving Morris, Somerset and Sussex communities. Comments below may be by readers of any of those sites.

BDVideo June 19, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I saw Our Town at Somerset Valley Players. It was amazing! Very old but way ahead of its time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Town There's one weekend left to see it.

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