Curtain Rises on Shore Shows

It’s another ambitious season for theater down the Shore. See what's playing this summer.

It’s another ambitious season for theater down the Shore. Here’s a taste of this year’s local productions. (Spring Lake has dropped its Shakespeare in the Park shows.)

Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan
A 540-seat venue on Manasquan’s main drag, this nonprofit presents drama, musicals, dance, concerts and film series all year. (732-528-9211)
•    Little Mermaid, July 16-31
•    Little Shop of Horrors, Aug 12-21

Axelrod  Performing Arts Center, Deal Park
A nonprofit arts center of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Monmouth County. (732-858-8106)
•    A Chorus Line, June 3-19
•    Old Jews Telling Jokes, Aug 16-21

Photo courtesy of Cape May Stage.

Photo courtesy of Cape May Stage.

Cape May Stage, Cape May
A professional Equity theater based in the Robert Shackleton Playhouse. (609-884-1341)
•    The Whipping Man, May 25-June 24
•    Sex with Strangers, June 29-July 29
•    Barefoot in the Park, Aug 3-Sept 9

East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May
A professional Equity theater based in the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May. (609-884-5898)
•     Rodgers’ Romance, June 15-July 23
•     Dracula, July, 27-Sept 3

First Avenue Playhouse, Atlantic Highlands
A dinner-and-dessert theater with an off-Broadway bent. (732-291-7552)
•     No Tell Motel, June 4-25

Photo courtesy of New Jersey Repertory Company.

Photo courtesy of New Jersey Repertory Company.

New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
A year-round nonprofit theater dedicated to developing and performing original productions. (732-229-3166)
•  Villainous Company, May 5-June 5
•  Struck, June 30-July 31
•  Iago, Aug 25-Sept 25

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, Ocean City
A nonprofit that performs in various venues along the Shore, including the Ocean City Music Pier, Hughes Performing Arts Center, Stockton University and Cape May Convention Hall. (609-525-9300)
•     Broadway on the Boardwalk, June 29
•     A Year With Frog and Toad, July 5 & 7
•     West Side Story, July 12-14
•    Alice in Wonderland, July 12 & 14
•     James and the Giant Peach, July 19-21
•     Princess and the Pirate, July 26-28
•     Footloose, July 29-20
•     The Little Mermaid, Aug 9-11

Our Gang Players / Stafford Township Arts Center, Manahawkin
A nonprofit community theater with performances at Barnegat High School. (609-489-8600)
•     The Music Man, June 30-July 3
•     Anything Goes, Aug TBD

Photo courtesy of Spring Lake Community House.

Photo courtesy of Spring Lake Community House.

Spring Lake Community House, Spring Lake
Home of the nonprofit Spring Lake Theatre Company. (732-449-4530)
•    The Mystery of Edwin Drood, June 3-5

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