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Holiday Tradition Get's A New Look
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
Runs December 9-22
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players keeps their longstanding holiday tradition alive with its production of Philip Wm. McKinley & Suzanne Buhrer’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL opening Friday, December 9 and running until December 22. Returning to the Chatham Playhouse, Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair directs the show, Jack Bender of Jersey City is the musical director and Dawn Afanador of Roseland is the Choreographer. This year’s production will have a “brand new look” to it courtesy of Jim Bazewicz‘s fresh new set design.

ImageIn this version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. “As a child, every year, around the Holidays my father would read "A Christmas Carol" to my brothers and me. I guess in his own way he was trying to do what the character of Dickens in McKinley’s version of "...Carol" is doing... that is, to educate us about the true meaning of Christmas and the care and concern for our fellow man,” explains Jeffrey Fiorello.

The large and talented cast includes actors from all around New Jersey: Chip Prestera of Stirling, ImageAlan Semok of Somerset, Erin Dambrie of Madison, Sky Monroe, Ella Autumn Meakem and Christina Kirk from Morristown, Gus Ibranyi from Bloomfield, Joelle Bochner, Sarah Bauman and Eila Francis of Springfield, Cynthia Van Wert from Florham Park, Michael Smith-Gallo of Montclair, Jody Ebert and Parker Ebert from Westfield, Jacqueline Pothier from Summit, Marie Laine from Maplewood, Ivan Grandov from New Providence, Caila Yarwood of Bridgewater, Charley Baird-Hasselland Logan Guvenel from Chatham, Ella and Victor Afanador from Roseland, Rachel Gesner and Richie Carchia from Short Hills, Robert Hollis Lincoln of Morris Plains, Susan Ramirez of Belleville and Tony Murphy of Jersey City.

A Popular Holiday Tradition

This marks the 18th time that the Chatham Players has produced this show. From 1988-1995, the group produced the show every December, and it now produces the show on a biennial basis. This unique production has become a popular family tradition for many in the area – entertaining more than 32,000 audience members since 1988.

ImageAfter presenting the show essentially the same way since 1988, Chatham Players re-staged the show in 2005 and in 2008 gave it a new look and feel. This production will feature a fresh look in 2016 courtesy of Jim Bazewicz’s set design. Our current production focuses on the joyous uplifting message that Dickens intended, with all the music that our audiences have found so enchanting over the years. This year’s production marks the 21st anniversary of Alan Semok’s first appearance as Ebenezer Scrooge. The show will have audience members leaving the theatre with the "true Christmas spirit," and will remind each and every one of them to embrace the joy and happiness associated with the holiday season.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are December 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21 & 22 at 8PM and December 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 3PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior. Tickets for the December 21 & 22 performances, which will benefit the Chatham Playhouse’s Building Fund, are $30 for adults and $28 for youth/senior. The theater expects this show to sell out and encourages people to reserve their tickets early.

Tickets can be purchased online starting on November 1. To access the theater’s new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to ccp.booktix.com. The service is available 24 hours a day. Purchasing tickets in person at Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin on November 29. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number at (973) 635-7363. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

Auditions For Moon Over Buffalo
Stampedes into Chatham
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 Image

The Chatham Players will hold auditions for Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo” on Tuesday, December 27th and 28th at 7:30pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Production dates are February 24 thru March 11, 2017 with rehearsals to begin early January.

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

Director Tom Frascatore seeks four men / four women to fill out his cast. Auditions will consist of cold readings from sides provided in small groups.


Download the Auditon Form and Sides prior to the auditions.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Audition Form

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Monologue Sides


Hard copies will also be available at the auditions.


Character Breakdown

Ages given are only approximate.

George Hay (45-55) An older “Leading Man” a little past his prime but still attractive, vibrant and charismatic. George is part of a fast talking con man and part larger than life dramatic personality. Everything about him is larger than life. A little frustrated by the drudgery of touring in repertory (Cyrano and Private Lives) while other actors are movie stars. George spend the second act increasing drunk with the falls and missteps that come with that. This role requires someone capable of physical comedy (pratfalls, etc) Charlotte Hay (45-55 George’s wife, stage partner and equal in every way. Dramatic, vain, somewhat self-centered, acerbic and mercurial. The quintessential “Actress” architype from a 1950’s movie musical. Charlotte drive a lot of the pace in this piece. Rosalind Hay (25-30) Rosalind grew up in theaters and on the road with her parents and is herself a talented actor (and shares her Mother’s fire). But, after a failed love affair with Paul (Actor and Company Manager), has rejected the insanity of the theatrical life in pursuit of “normalcy”. Rosalind has carefully wrapped that “normalcy” around her. . .it unravels delightfully as the play progresses. “Upper Class” British Accent Required. Paul (25-35) Company Manager and supporting actor in the troupe. Charming, fast talking co-conspirator with George and in love with Rosalind. “Upper Class” British Accent Required. Ethel (70+) Charlotte’s Mother, Rosalind’s Grandmother, Actor, costumer, char-woman and comic foil for all. Deaf as a post and only wears her hearing aids on occasion. Hates George with every fibre of her being. Howard (25-35) Mild, meek, anxious weatherman for a local Buffalo TV station. Rosalind’s fiancé. Due to his shyness and inability to respond quickly when he’s nervous, he is mistaken for everyone from a stage door Johnny to Frank Capra and wronged girl’s murderous brother. Must be comfortable with physical comedy. Richard (50’s) George and Charlotte’s Lawyer. Successful comfortable in his own skin, worldly and in love with Charlotte. . .and has been for many years. He’s been asking Charlotte to leave George for him pretty much since they met many years ago. He may actually have a chance this time when Charlotte finds out that George has fathered a child with Eileen. Eileen (22-28) Supporting Actress with the company. Wholesome, sweet, but not that bright. Currently carrying George’s child after an ill-advised evening in Cleveland.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibryani at (201)-563-0362 or email her at casting@chathamplayers.org.

Jersey Voices Seeking One Acts for 2017 Festival Wednesday, 30 November 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players is seeking original, one-act plays, short musicals and/or original dance pieces, written by New Jersey authors, for Jersey Voices' 23rd Annual Production.

It is once again time to be thinking about submitting one-acts for Jersey Voices. For those of you who have already sent along submissions for Jersey Voices 2017 - thank you! For those of you who have not, we want to remind you that the deadline is coming up soon - this year’s DEADLINE is MARCH 15th, just under four months away!

So please put the finishing touches on those plays sitting on your desk/desktop and send them along. This year, like last year, we are only accepting submissions by e-mail to the address listed below.

Play submissions of any genre (including short musical and dance pieces), style and length up to 15 minutes running time (we're serious about this) will be accepted through March 15, 2017. Selected pieces will each be performed in our Black Box Theater in Chatham on the last weekend in July and first weekend in August.

If we've not chosen your work in the past, please don't give up on us. Each year we have produced new pieces by an author whose work we've passed over in the past; it usually has more to do with trying to balance 6 separate pieces for an enjoyable evening of theater than it has to do with the quality of the piece which has been passed over. In fact, under these circumstances, we have often held over a piece we've liked and given it consideration in the following year. Some of these 'holdovers' have subsequently been chosen, produced, and favorably received.

We are looking forward to seeing your work this year and, as we know that many of you come to see Jersey Voices, to seeing you again this summer. If you have not already introduced yourself, when you're in the audience please stay for the reception we have after each performance and introduce yourself. We'd love to meet you.

Email submissions to:jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

For more information, write to: jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

Chatham Wins 3 Perry Awards Monday, 19 September 2016 Image

We are pleased to announce that the Chatham Players was awarded 3 Perry Awards last night at NJACT’s ceremony in Somerset, NJ. Congratulations to the three winners and to all of the nominees! We had received 23 nominations from NJACT Perry Awards for various productions from our 2015-16 season.

Perry Award Recipients

*Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play*- Andrea Morgon Sickler, Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik in August: Osage County

*Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical* - Joseph Laurino Jr. in Spamalot

*Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play* - Liza Harris in August: Osage County

Chatham's 2016-2017 Season ~ 96 Years Friday, 17 June 2016
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Talk Radio - October 2016

By Eric Bogosian

Talk Radio is a 1987 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play written by Eric Bogosian, based on a concept by Bogosian and Tad Savinar. The story of Barry Champlain, a Cleveland-area shock jock, on the eve of his radio show's national syndication. Funny and moving, off beat, outrageous and totally entrancing. Directed by Michael Hegarty

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2016

Original musical adaptation by Philip Wm McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer

This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello, Musical Directed by Jack Bender

Moon Over Buffalo - March 2017

By Ken Ludwig

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body. Directed by Tom Frascatore

Bell, Book and Candle - May 2017

By John Van Druten

Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn't. Directed by Elizabeth Rogers