Catch a Show By the Seaside at These 10 Shore Theaters

Take in some culture this season at any of these excellent Shore theaters.

Take in some culture this season at any of these excellent Shore theaters.
Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan.
Photo courtesy of the Algonquin Arts Theatre

Algonquin Arts Theatre

173 Main Street, Manasquan
A 500-seat venue, this year-round nonprofit founded in 1992 produces eight plays and musicals each season.
732-528-9211
Beauty and the Beast July 14-29
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum August 10-19

Axelrod Performing Arts Center

100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park
A nonprofit arts center at the Jewish Community Center Jersey Shore.
732-531-9106
Newsies June 1-3, 7-10, 13-17
High School Musical July 29; August 1-2, 5
Hair August 15-16, 19

Cape May Stage

405 Lafayette Street, Cape May
This former church is now a professional Equity theater called the Robert Shackleton Playhouse.
609-770-8311
Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End May 23-June 22
Chapter Two June 27-August 3
The Lion in Winter August 8-September 14

East Lynne Theater Company

500 Hughes Street, Cape May
A professional Equity theater based in the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May.
609-884-5898
On the Sunny Side of the Street June 13-July 21
Arsenic and Old Lace July 25-September 1

Monmouth University Center for the Arts

370 Cedar Ave, Lauren K. Woods Theatre, West Long Branch
Shadow Lawn Stage is the professional Equity theater series at Monmouth University. The company performs in the 140-seat Lauren K. Woods Theatre, which was once a carriage house for the famed Guggenheim family.
732-263-6889
The Fantasticks June 21-July 1

New Jersey Repertory Company

179 Broadway, Long Branch
A year-round nonprofit theater founded in 1997 and dedicated to developing original productions.
732-229-3166
Mercy June 14-July 15
Fern Hill August 9-September 9

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company

Ocean City
A nonprofit that performs in various venues, including the Ocean City Music Pier and Hughes Performing Arts Center.
609-525-9300
Willy Wonka July 3 & 6
Junie B. Jones The Musical July 10
A Chorus Line July 10-13
Legally Blonde July 20-21
Sleeping Beauty July 24
Miss Nelson Is Missing July 31
Beauty and the Beast August 7-10
Singin’ in the Rain Jr. August 24-25

Our Gang Players

Manahawkin
A nonprofit community theater with performances at Barnegat High School and Stafford Township Arts Center.
609-597-0553
Pippin July 6-8
Oliver! August 24-26

Spring Lake Community House

300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake
A 350-seat theater and home of the nonprofit Spring Lake Theatre Company.
732-449-4530
Shrek the Musical July 6-8; 13-15; 20-22
42 Street August 16-19; 23-26

Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven.

Photo courtesy of Surflight Theatre

Surflight Theatre

201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven
Closed in 2015 after a failed Hurricane Sandy restructuring, the venue reopened last year under the new ownership of Al Parinello.
609-492-9477
Nice Work If You Can Get It June 12-24
Jesus Christ Superstar June 26-July 15
The Wedding Singer July 17-August 5
Saturday Night Fever August 7-26
Bright Star August 28-September 9

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