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The OnStage Update - September 2007


OnStage Launches New Website

In an effort to maintain an on-going dialogue with theatre patrons and performers, Maurer Productions OnStage has launched a new website. The new site will serve as a news and information resources for all OnStage productions past and present. Now and in the future, site will house...

  • Audition announcements and material
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  • Production photos and videos


  • Cast and crew lists


  • Company information


  • Features on the art of stage craft


  • Information about the Kelsey Theatre


  • And lots more...


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OnStage Garners Two Perry Award Nominations for Pooh

Last June, the OnStage production of Winnie the Pooh the Musical was met with commerical success. Now NJACT, the New Jersey Association of Community Theatres, his adding critical praise as well by nominated the production for two Perry Awards. OnStage Artistic Director John Maurer has been nominated for his set design, while Kitty Getlik has been nominated for best Lighting Design.

The NJACT Perry Awards have come to be known as the Tony's of New Jersey Community Theatre. Hundreds of theatre companies from around the state have their productions assessed and scored by specially trained and sanctioned NJACT reviewers. At the end of the year, the scores and tallied and nominations announced. This years' winners will be announced at The Perry Awards Dinner Ceremony on Sunday, September 16 in Somerset, NJ.

These are the third and fourth nominations for Maurer Productions OnStage. In 2005, Kitty Getlik and Tracy Antozesski received Perry nominations for their work on The Foreigner, Getlik for her lighting design and Antozesski for her stage management. Another OnStage Alumna who received a nomination this year was Vicky Czarnick, who appeared in Lucky Stiff and It's a Wonderful Life. Czarsnick has been nominated for Best Featured Actress for her her work in Cheng/Ferrara's production of For the Glory.

Members of the OnStage team will join their friends from the Kelsey Theatre at the 2007 Perry Awards Dinner Ceremony. We hope to see you there.

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Enrollment Now Open for Adult Tap Class

Enrollment is now open for the the adult dance class Tap Dancing for Theatre. Everyone loves a musical with lots of tap dancing, but many actors and actresses canít audition because they have no tap experience. This beginning tap class is designed to teach the basic steps and many common intermediate steps, arming the students with a sufficient tap foundation to perform in musical theater. Although the class is designed for theater actors, anyone with a desire to learn to tap can enroll.

Tap Dance for Theatdre is an adults only class offered by the Kelsey Theatre. Classes will be conducted on the campus of Mercer County Community College. However, the class is not affiliated with the college and no credits may be earned.

Now is the time to enroll, because coming this spring to Kelsey Theatre is Thoroughly Modern Millie and the blockbuster musical Singing In The Rain, two productions that will need a lot of tap dancing actors.

Tap shoes are required (information on tap shoes will be sent to you before the first class). The class will run September 25 through November 27. It will be held Tuesday nights from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. The 10 Classes will cost just $100.

To enroll, download the registration form or call 609-570-3566.

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The Emperor's New Clothes Now Cast, Rehearsals Underway

Auditions for The Emperor's New Clothes were a big success. Nearly 70 actors auditioned for the show. After days of auditions and long and challenging, late-night casting meeting, 26 actors were cast. Rehearsals have been underway and everyone is doing a fantastic job.

OnStage would like to thank all the talented actors who came out to audition for the show. We apprecaited everyone sharing their time and talent and hope to see everyone at future auditions.

Now, Maurer OnStage is please to announce the following cast for it's production of The Emperor's New Clothes.

Emperor Marcus, The Third........................
Arno...........................................................
William.......................................................
Deena........................................................
Madame Maurella (The Swindler).............
Farmer 1....................................................
Farmer 2....................................................
Farmer's Son..............................................
Farmer's Other Son....................................
Fire Marshall..............................................
Fire Marshall's Wife...................................
Fire Marshall's Child..................................
Chairwoman of the Ladies Civic Society......
Laundress & Villager..................................
Guards.........................................................
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Eric Leiggi
Dominic Sanelli
Scott Karlin
Rosie Karlin
Monica Nordeen
Rachel Haimowitz
Carol Jean Feinstein
Jake Bazel
Alex Charwin
John Russell
Debbie Ryan
Danielle Standifer
Kathleen Kutalek
Judy Berwick
Jesse Dubin
Zachary McDaniel
Jett Bohonko
Katie Correll
Tara Dorgan
Cynthia George
Jamie George
Ashley Goldstein
Caroline Maurer
Kristen Robinson
Kelsey Sheehan

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Short Play Fest a Success — OnStage Alumni Featured

The Short Play Festival produced and hosted by our friends at Arts YOUniversity in Hamilton, was a big success. The show, which featured several OnStage alumni delivered lots of laughs to a full house in the Arts YOUniversity black box theatre.

The performance included 7 short plays, mostly comedies, and ran about 2 hours in length. Refreshments were served during intermission. The show also featured two original plays, The Road Not Taken, written and directed by OnStage's own Dan Maurer, and Sleep Talking, written by Nick Palmieri.

This show was produced and hosted by our friends at the Arts YOUniversity. However, the cast featured several people who have worked in OnStage productions in the past. The OnStage alumni in the cast included Alycia Bauch-Cantor, Monica Kester, Dan Maurer, John Maurer, and Dan Spalluto.

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Lucky Stiff's French Maid Takes on the Queen in SVP's Matress

OnStage friend and alumna, Laurie Hardy is best known to OnStage fans as the French Maid and the Land Lady from Lukcy Stiff. Now she'll be taking on the role of the Queen in the Somerset Vally Players production of Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Matress will open Friday, September 7 with performances every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of September. If you loved Laurie in Lukcy Stiff, you'll love her in Matress, so don't miss the show.

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