Shore Theater Roundup

After washing off the sand and salt, grab a seat and enjoy a performance at one of these local theaters.

The Spring Lake Community House, dedicated to the town in 1923, includes a 350-seat theater.
The Spring Lake Community House, dedicated to the town in 1923, includes a 350-seat theater.
Photo by Pat Barry

Sadly, the list is one short this year. After 65 seasons, the venerable Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven closed its doors in February.

Avalon Players
Avalon
The children’s theater group at the Avalon Elementary School was founded in 1968. (609-967-7544)
The Little Mermaid Jr. July 30-Aug 2

Axelrod Performing Arts Center
Deal Park
A nonprofit arts center of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Monmouth County. (732-858-8106)
West Side Story June 11-21

Cape May Stage
Cape May
A professional Equity theater based in the Robert Shackleton Playhouse. (609-884-1341)
Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins thru June 12
Mary, Mary June 17-July 24
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life  July 29-Sept 4

East Lynne Theater Company
Cape May
A professional Equity theater based in the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May. (609-884-5898).
Mr. Lincoln June 17-July 25
Huckleberry Finn July 29-Sept 5

First Avenue Playhouse
Atlantic Highlands
A dinner-and-dessert theater with an off-Broadway bent. (732-291-7552)
Art select weekends in June

New Jersey Repertory Company
Long Branch
A year-round nonprofit theater dedicated to developing and performing original productions. (732-229-3166)
Closure June 25-July 19

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company
Ocean City
A nonprofit that performs in various venues along the Shore. (609-525-9300)
Broadway on the Boardwalk with Carly Hughes June 24
Damn Yankees July 7-9
Shrek Aug 11-13

Our Gang Players / Stafford Township Arts Center
Manahawkin
A nonprofit community theater with a troupe of more than 300. (609-489-8600)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying June 26-28
Anything Goes Aug 14-17

Spring Lake Community House
Spring Lake
Home of the nonprofit Spring Lake Theatre Company. (732-449-4530)
Mary Poppins July 9-25
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Aug 13-29

Spring Lake Shakespeare in the Park
Spring Lake
Free Shakespeare plays performed in Divine Park.
A Midsummer’s Night Dream July 23-Aug 1

Two River Theatre Company
Red Bank
A year-round, 350-seat venue with state-of-the-art acoustics. (732-345-1400)
Be More Chill Thru June 21
Crossing Borders Festival Aug 14-16

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