HAVE A Chuckle: Chris Coccia is in the comedy lineup for Surflight’s ‘Sippy Saturday.’ (Supplied Photograph)
To be outlined in the very same headline with Milburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse would be a excellent honor for any theater in the Backyard garden State.
The Paper Mill, soon after all, is the formal condition theater of New Jersey. Its locale close to New York City enables it to routinely tap Broadway stars for main roles. Paper Mill has roughly 1,200 seats and budgets that enable Broadway-like creation values.
Surflight Theatre, on the other hand, has 450 seats, only a quarter of which are permitted to be crammed all through the COVID-19 pandemic. Coming off two bankruptcies and comprehensive closure/liquidation in 2014, Surflight was roaring again until COVID reared its unsightly head. Even then Surflight refused to surrender, running its 2020 summer season time in a big leading tent in Beach front Haven’s Veterans Memorial Park. The Little Theater That Could saved on chugging, and, in the stop, it paid out off.
“Winners Declared For The 2020 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards!” read the headline on the BroadwayWorld web page. “Paper Mill Playhouse, Surflight Theatre & Far more Just take Home Wins!”
The “more” must have felt like Mary Ann and the Professor on the very first calendar year of “Gilligan’s Island” when they ended up called “the rest” in the show’s topic music. But the people at Surflight ended up thrilled to be pointed out by identify in the similar breath as Paper Mill.
The awards weren’t just for 2020. They ended up for the decade.
Surflight was awarded as the Most effective Dance Organization, the Neighborhood Theatre of the Decade, and the Most Enhanced Theatre Organization. Longtime director Paula Sloan gained the Director of a Musical of the Ten years for this summer’s “Mamma Mia.” Ben Sullivan took the Lighting Style of the Ten years for 2020’s “Cabaret” whilst Chris Strangfeld took house the Established Design and style of the Decade (Non-Equity) for the exact demonstrate.
Surflight isn’t resting on its laurels, though. It is busy gearing up for the rapidly approaching Valentine’s Working day weekend.
On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Surflight will sponsor a “Sippy Saturday Comedy Evening.” “Sippy Saturday suggests convey together all those shut cups with the beverage of your decision to get pleasure from!” suggests Surflight. Comics include Chris Coccia, Joe Bublewicz and Vanessa Hollingshead. Tickets are $20.
At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 Surflight will existing “LIVE Chortle Adore: A Valentine’s Day Cabaret.” It will be an afternoon piano bar-fashion cabaret of humor, romance and new music hosted by the Michael McAssey. Singers involve several Surflight alums which include Sandra Bargman (“Mamma Mia” 2019 and “Tis the Season”), Christa Steiner (“Cabaret,” “Matilda,” “Wedding Singer” and “Mamma Mia”), Lisa Carlson (“We Need a Little Christmas”), Jenny Stodd (“Bright Star,” “Home for the Holidays,” “Johnny Hard cash, Are living at Folsom Prison”), Surflight Developing Creative Director Steve Steiner and newcomers Mia Spallina (Anna in “Frozen Jr.”) and Summer Hudak. Tickets are $29.50.
Tickets for equally exhibits might be procured on-line at surflight.org or by cellular phone at 609-492-9477. —R.M.