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On Stage: Get Out and Take in a Show

Spend a nice summer evening outside watching a performance.

Summertime means lots of time outdoors—at the beach, a park or poolside, and at this time of year, you can also enjoy theater in the great outdoors.

Bernards Townshp and Trilogy Repertory Company will present "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" beginning July 12 and continuing through July 21 at the Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater. The production promises music and laugh and, best of all, admission is free.

Meanwhile, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its production of "The Comedy of Errors" at the outdoor stage on the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township. The theater's outdoor productions are a favorite of the theater's regular and are also geared toward a family audience.

Of course, it's also nice to get inside to air conditioned comfort and cool off while watching a play or musical, or listening to a concert. And you'll find plenty of those listed in this week's On Stage Scoop. You'll also find information about family shows, auditions and even some season announcements, so that you can start planning for the fall and beyond!

Art Garfunkel, Glen Campbell and Paul Anka Tickets on Sale: Tickets for concerts by Art Garfunkel, Glen Campbell and Paul Anka at the Mayo Performing Arts Center are now on sale. Garfunkel will perform on Oct. 5, Campbell will bring his Goodbye Tour to Morristown on Oct. 19 and Anka will perform "Christmas My Way" on Dec. 6. 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.

Barn Theatre Announces New Season: The Barn Theatre in Montville has announced its schedule of shows for the 2012-13 season. First up is Michael Frayn's "Noises Off," Sept. 7-29. The musical "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!" will run Nov. 9-Dec. 1. Next is "Fuddy Meers" by David Lindsay Abaire, Jan. 11-Feb. 2. "God of Carnage" will be on the Barn stage March 15-April and "A Chorus Line" will close out the season, May 17-June.  Tickets for musicals cost $20, $15 for plays. Subscription options are available. For more information, go to BarnTheatre.org.

Laugh it Up with "The Comedy of Errors:" is performing "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, through July 29. The family-friendly production features two sets of identical twins, mistaken identities and a chase sequence to rival all chase sequences. Audiences are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets, and a picnic. For tickets and information, go to ShakespeareNJ.org.

Here's the Truth About "The Liar:" is presenting David Ives' contemporary adaptation of Pierre Corneille's "The Liar," July 4-29. The show promises hijinks surrounding young lover in Paris in the 1600s. For more information, go to ShakespeareNJ.org.

Curiouser and Curiouser: Brundage Park Playhouse will present "Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr." July 6-21. The show is based on the Disney film of Lewis Carroll's classic story of Alice who encounters strange characters such as the Mad Hater, the Chesire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and more. Performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. July 6-7, 12-14, 20-21 and 2 p.m. July 8, 15 and 21. The Playhouse is located at 2 Bungalow Lane in Randolph. For reservations, call 973-989-7092. For more information, go to BrundageParkPlayhouse.org.

Learn Your Comedy: Death by Improv is holding a two-day workshop at Villagers Theatre in Somerset, July 6-7. Death by Improv performs monthly in New Jersey and has also performed in New York City and Philadelphia. Middle school students through adults are welcome to attend and test their comedic skills. The workshop is scheduled for 8-11 p.m. on July 6, and 1-6 p.m. on July 7. Death by Improv will perform at Villagers July 7 at 8 p.m. The workshop costs $40. Admission to the performance costs $20. For more information, call 732-873-2710 or go to VillagersTheatre.com.

Getting Into the Swing of Things at Centenary Stage Co.: Swingadelic will open the Centenary Stage Company’s Jammin’ in July Summer Concert Series on July 7, 8 p.m. The band will perform the traditional big band music of Ellington, Basie and Sinatra, mixed with the soulful sounds of Ray Charles, as well as sophisticated, classic standards a la George Gershwin and Cole Porter.  In a new venture at CSC this summer, a special dance floor area will also be available for this performance for patrons who are motivated to get up and dance to the beat. Tickets cost $30, $25 advance. For more information, call 908-979-0900 or go to www.centenarystageco.org.

Feelin' All Right? Then Go See Dave Mason: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dave Mason will perform at The Newton Theatre July 8 at 7 p.m. Mason was a member of Traffic and has performed with the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and Paul McCartney. Jeffrey Gaines will also perform. Tickets cost $34-$44. For more information, call 973-383-3700 or go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.

Free Mauricio de Souza and Bossa Concert: Mauricio de Souza and Bossa will perform a free concert on the Morristown Green, July 10 at noon. The group covers a wide array of Brazilian jazz standards including the music of Tom Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal, and Egberto Gismonti, among others. Their 2010 album, "Here, There," received widespread critical acclaim. For more details and information, visit MauriciodeSouzaJazz.com.

Bringing the Hip Hop: Break: The Hip Hop Spectacular is coming to The Mayo Performing Arts Center on July 11 for a 10:30 a.m. performance. The show for ages 5 and up promises a cast of four dancers and a percussionist dazzle audiences with amazing moves from the worlds of breakdancing, locking, power tumbling as well as bucket drumming. Tickets cost $12. 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.

Fairy Tale Theater: Pax Amicus Castle Theatre will present "Sleeping Beauty," a musical for children, July 11-20. Performances begin at 10 a.m. on the following dates: July 11, 13 and 17-20, and at 11 a.m. on July 14 and 21. Tickets cost $12. The theater is located at 23 Lake Shore Road in Budd Lake. For reservations, call 973-691-2100.

Comedy Tonight (Starting July 12): Bernards Township and Trilogy Repertory Company will open its Plays in the Park Productions with "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Forum" July 12-14 and 19-21 at the amphitheater. The show is based on ancient comedies from Rome and features music by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Performances begin at 8 p.m. The theater will also host a concert by The Jersey Four, a Franki Valli tribute band, on July 10 at 7:45 p.m. and screening of the movie Happy Feet Two, beginning at 4:45 p.m. on July 11.
begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call 908-204-3003 or go to TrilogyRepertory.com.

Get Ready for Some Magic: will host "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" by Encore Performing Arts, July 12 with performances set for 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This original adaptation with songs follows the adventures of Aladdin and the Genie. Tickets cost $12. For more information, go to MorrisMuseum.org.

Silly Old Bear:
will open its Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth season with "Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids" July 12-15. Visit Hundred Acre Woods to meet Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Tigger and Owl. The 30-minute show is based on the 2011 movie. Ticket cost $12. For more information, go to SummitPlayhouse.org.

They Will Rock You: Villagers Theatre will present "Theatre Rock: A Celebration of Rock Musicals Through The Ages on July 13 and 14. The revue will feature an ensemble and band performing songs from shows including "Rent," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Aida," "Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Hair," "Godspell" and more. Tickets cost $20. For more information, call 732-873-2710 or go to VillagersTheatre.com.

Clowning Around: will host a show titled "Circus, Circus" on July 14 as part of its Summer Theatre for Children Series. The show will include clowning antics, slapstick and wacky routines. Performances are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets cost $12, $10 for members. For more information, call 973-971-3706 or go to MorrisMuseum.org.

Ease on Down the Road to "The Wiz:" The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, will present "The Wiz," July 14-29 at the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong. The musical is an urbanized retelling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," adapted from the 1975 Broadway hit for young audiences. The story follows the adventures of Dorothy, is transported to the Land of Oz, which resembles a fantasy version of New York City. Befriended by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, she travels through the land to seek an audience with the mysterious "Wiz", who they say has the power to take her home. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $12. For more information, call 973- 347-4946 or go to GrowingStage.com.

He Already Knows You're Going: The Amazing Kreskin will perform at The Newton Theatre, July 15 at 3 p.m. For 60 years, The Amazing Kreskin has, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind… his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows from sitcoms on through national magazines. Tickets cost $19-$29. For tickets and more information, go to TheNewtonTheatre.com.

Audition Alert, "Noises Off:" The Barn Theatre will hold auditions for Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" on July 15 and 16, 7:30-10 p.m. Needed are five men and four women. The theater is seeking actors with great fast-paced comic timing, and strong physical comedy skills. Readings will be from the script. Actors should be prepared to demonstrate a British dialect. Directed by Tom Blewitt. Click here for more information, including character breakdowns.

Audition Alert, "Macbeth:" The Shakespeare Initiative will hold auditions for "Macbeth" on July 16 and 18, 7-9 p.m. at the RoxPAC/Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Avenue, Roxbury. The production will be presented in collaboration with the Roxbury Arts Alliance. Auditioners are requested to prepare a Shakespearean monologue (memorization is not necessary). Since TSI productions are generally quite physical, a movement/stage combat section to the audition will also be conducted. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Auditioners should bring a current headshot/photograph and a copy of their theatrical resume. Appointments are not required. Auditions are open to those in their late teens and up. All roles are open. Performances will run October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. If you are unable to make the scheduled auditions or for further information please email: director@theshakespeareinitiative.org. For more information, visit TheShakespeareOnitiative.org.

All Aboard for Opera: Opera New Jersey will stage Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" on July 18 at 8 p.m. a the Mayo Performing Arts Center. The operetta features sailors on the high seas, love and crowd-pleasing music. Featuring full orchestra, soloists and chorus, will be sung in English supertitles projected above the stage. Tickets cost $20-$110. 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.

Don't Freak Out, It's Just "Zappa Plays Zappa:" Dweezil Zappa will bring the music of his father, Frank Zappa, to life with "Zappa Plays Zappa" at the on July 19, 8 p.m. Tickets cost $39-$79. 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.

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.

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

Lorraine July 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Plays in the Park in Edison also has a very nice line up of musicals for this summer. More information can be found at: http://www.playsinthepark.com/

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