Surflight Theatre’s Big Top Reopens Two Days After Being Blown Away


Steve Steiner, Surflight Theatre’s generating inventive director, must be appointed the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and deliver his solid and crew with him!
On Tuesday Tropical Storm Isaias ruined Surflight’s 2020 location, a significant best tent positioned in Seaside Haven’s Veterans Memorial Park catty-corner from the theater itself, necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the want for out of doors performances and social distancing. The tent was ripped from its pegs – spikes actually – and remaining a crumpled mess by Isaias’ winds. The solid and crew labored feverishly to clear away sound and lighting devices as the tropical storm roared.
But just two times afterwards Surflight was again in enterprise, presenting its delayed opening of “Mamma Mia,” alongside with its children’s display, “Frozen, Jr.”
Steiner gave credit to the theater’s personnel, crew, solid and local volunteers.
“Everybody, seriously,” he stated.
The hard work was assisted by the tent’s company, Ocean Tents in Manahawkin.
About 130 individuals, said Steiner, attended the general performance of “Mamma Mia” on Thursday evening.
By going to an outside location and observing very careful social distancing and audience mask guidelines accredited by Gov. Phil Murphy, the theater is chopping its losses throughout the age of COVID-19. Seating is constrained to about 200 people, perfectly less than Murphy’s rule of 500 folks in out of doors situations. Surflight’s solid, crew and team have agreed to sever make contact with with exterior men and women as is remaining performed in the National Basketball Affiliation and Nationwide Hockey League “bubbles.” The whole theater firm has been analyzed a few occasions so considerably this summer time devoid of a solitary good final result.
In fact, Surflight is a single of the country’s few theater companies presenting exhibits all through the pandemic. So, the reveals will go on. “Mamma Mia” will operate by Aug. 30.
Surflight management is hoping the outside the house venue can stay practical for a fall period that will involve mainstage demonstrates this sort of as “Almost Heaven – Music of John Denver” from Sept. 1 as a result of Sept. 20, “Murder on the Orient Express” from Sept. 23 by means of Sept. 27, “Almost Maine” Oct. 1 to Oct. 4, and “The Buddy Holly Story” Oct. 22 to Oct. 24.
As for children’s theater, “Frozen, Jr.” will be performed by Aug. 9 to be adopted by other children’s reveals such as “The Wizard of Oz” from Aug. 12 as a result of 16, “Peter Pan” Aug. 19 to Aug. 23, “Sleeping Beauty” Aug. 23 to Aug. 30 and “Cinderella” Sept. 2 to Sept. 6.
On top of that, Mike Marino (a.k.a. “New Jersey’s Negative Boy”) will perform this Sunday night time, Aug. 9, at 8:30 p.m. There will be two comedy reveals on Monday, Aug. 17, with the very first staying billed as “Family Comedy Night” that includes ventriloquist, musician, comedy magician and stand-up comic Taylor Mason at 6 p.m. and a far more adult display at 8:30 p.m. A further “Comedy Tonight” demonstrate is established for Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m., as well as a “Comedy Tonight” fundraiser profit for the Seashore Haven Volunteer Fire Co. on Nov. 14.
The Oak Ridge Boys, a legendary place group, will pay a visit to Beach Haven for two shows on Aug. 31, the very first at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. The Rave-Ons, a community most loved, are set to seem on Oct. 17.
Stop by the theater’s site at surflight.org for rates, getting facts and exhibit descriptions for all gatherings.
Meanwhile, the Demonstrate Position Ice Cream Parlour, with its singing and dancing waitri, supplies leisure each and every working day in a safe and sound outdoor location at the theater complicated. 
To enable make up for the theater’s most current challenge, a gofundme.com internet site has been recognized to assist Surflight endure with a $71,000 aim, $36,614 of which had been elevated by Friday afternoon. Google gofundme.com/conserve-surflight-theatre to lead to the small theater that could.
Rick Mellerup

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