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Moon Over Buffalo Runs Feb 24 - Mar 11
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The Chatham Community Players continues its successful 95th Season with Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo”. This hilarious farce will run from February 24 through March 11 Tom Frascatore from Weehawken directs.

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious “Moon Over Buffalo” centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately, for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they are actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

The talented and diverse group of actors making up the “Moon Over Buffalo” cast are David Romankov of Gillette as George Hay, Stacey Petricha of Chatham as Charlotte Hay, Tess Ammerman of Montclair as Rosalind "Roz" Hay, Meryl Nadell of Scotch Plains as Ethel, Thom Boyer of Somerville as Paul, Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls as Eileen, Brendan Scullin of Stanhope as Howard, Lewis Decker of Millington as Richard Maynard. Frascatore added, “audiences can look forward to a fast paced, pedal-to-the-metal slamming door farce where a top notch cast of comic actors. Drunken swordplay, Noel Coward, Cyrano De Bergerac, Frank Capra and even General George S. Patton all crash together in a symphony of silly."

Rounding out Frascatore’s talented production team, the Producer is Joe DeVico, Scenic Designers are Roy Pancirov and Bob Lukasik, Stage Manager is Robin Barkey, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Christina Kirk, Lighting Designer is John Latona, Fight Coordinator is Steve Ruskin and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico.

“This show is non-stop humor surrounding the antics and egos of a theatrical family in crisis. The fate of the characters relationships, careers and personal struggles all come to a head as we follow them through one chaotic day both backstage and on-stage of one of their repertory productions. Expect to find at least one character with whom you can truly relate, while laughing alongside others at the often dysfunctional relationships portrayed throughout”, said Producer, Joe DeVico.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are February 24, 25, March 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8pm and March 5 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to ccp.booktix.com. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations on February 14 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. “Moon Over Buffalo” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2016-2017 season, visit www.chathamplayers.org. Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Auditions For Van Druten's
Bell, Book and Candle
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The Chatham Players will hold auditions for John Van Druten’s play, “Bell, Book and Candle” on Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30 pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Production dates are May 5 thru May 20, 2017 with rehearsals to begin early-March. Elizabeth Rogers directs.

Set in the late 1950’s NYC, Bell Book and Candle centers around Gillian Holroyd, a modern-day witch. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival, partly because she is bored, and partly because she is attracted to him. He immediately falls head over heels in love with her and soon wants to marry her. But, witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love. If they do, they lose their powers. This tiny complication leads to a number of difficulties. As truths are told and tempers flare, Gillian is surprised to discover that she has fallen in love, but is it too late?

Director Rogers seeks three men / two women to fill out her cast. Auditions will consist of cold readings from sides provided below


Download the Auditon Form and Sides prior to the auditions.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Audition Form

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Audition Sides


Hard copies will also be available at the auditions.


Character Breakdown

GILLIAN HOLROYD (25-35) Intelligent, sophisticated woman who is also a practicing witch. She is the landlord of a Murray Hill brownstone where she, her Aunt Queenie, and Shep Henderson live. Gillian experiences a major personality transformation during the play. Must be comfortable with on-stage kissing. SHEP HENDERSON (28-40) A gentleman, a successful NY publisher, a hard-working man who is ready to get on with the next phase of a “successful” life…marriage. Despite being under a powerful love spell, Shep occasionally senses that something unorthodox is happening. Must be comfortable with on-stage kissing. AUNT QUEENIE HOLROYD (50+) Gillian’s Aunt, also a witch, although not as powerful as Gillian. She is slightly eccentric and a bit mischievous. She loves her magic and has fun using it. NICK HOLROYD (25-35) Gillian’s brother. Charming, bright, with an easy manner and always ready for a party or a prank. Condescending toward mortals, but enjoys their company. SIDNEY REDLITCH (40+) Author of a book about witchcraft containing just enough truth that is clear he has some insights into this hidden world. He is an outsider and groupie, who thrives on being “in the know”. He is aware he will never be fully part of the witchy world and that lends him a slight air of desperation. He is always a little rumpled and often a little tipsy.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibranyi at (201)-563-0362 or email her at casting@chathamplayers.org.

CCP Election Meeting - March 8 Thursday, 12 January 2017 Image

Notice is hereby made of the Chatham Community Players Election Meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. at The Chatham Playhouse. All Regular Members are invited to attend and vote. The requirement to be a Regular Member is to pay dues of $5 or to work as a volunteer for five hours. Registration of Regular Members will be held prior to voting.

On the agenda is the election of the Officers of Chatham Community Players, Inc., for the term of July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019. The slate proposed by the Nomination Committee, chaired by Steffi Denmark, current Past President, is as follows:

The Slate:


President-----Joelle Bochner

Vice-President-----Eileen Johnston

Secretary-----Kate Pierce

Treasurer-----Chip Prestera

Business Manager-----Joe DeVico

Past President-----Maybelle Cowan-Lincoln


A petition for the nomination of an additional candidate for any office of the Corporation shall be submitted in writing and signed by at least 5% of the Regular Members (three). Such nominating petition shall be submitted to the Secretary thirty (30) days prior to the Election Meeting in order for the individuals to be placed in nomination.

The Regular Members present at any meeting of the Corporation shall constitute a quorum for all purposes, and a majority of the Regular Members present shall decide all questions. Any Regular Member who is unable to attend an Election Meeting shall be permitted to submit an absentee ballot to the Secretary prior to the Election Meeting by email to the Secretary (tmacdon62@gmail.com).

Jersey Voices Seeking One Acts for 2017 Festival Wednesday, 30 November 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players is seeking original, one-act plays, short musicals and/or original dance pieces, written by New Jersey authors, for Jersey Voices' 23rd Annual Production.

It is once again time to be thinking about submitting one-acts for Jersey Voices. For those of you who have already sent along submissions for Jersey Voices 2017 - thank you! For those of you who have not, we want to remind you that the deadline is coming up soon - this year’s DEADLINE is MARCH 15th, just under four months away!

So please put the finishing touches on those plays sitting on your desk/desktop and send them along. This year, like last year, we are only accepting submissions by e-mail to the address listed below.

Play submissions of any genre (including short musical and dance pieces), style and length up to 15 minutes running time (we're serious about this) will be accepted through March 15, 2017. Selected pieces will each be performed in our Black Box Theater in Chatham on the last weekend in July and first weekend in August.

If we've not chosen your work in the past, please don't give up on us. Each year we have produced new pieces by an author whose work we've passed over in the past; it usually has more to do with trying to balance 6 separate pieces for an enjoyable evening of theater than it has to do with the quality of the piece which has been passed over. In fact, under these circumstances, we have often held over a piece we've liked and given it consideration in the following year. Some of these 'holdovers' have subsequently been chosen, produced, and favorably received.

We are looking forward to seeing your work this year and, as we know that many of you come to see Jersey Voices, to seeing you again this summer. If you have not already introduced yourself, when you're in the audience please stay for the reception we have after each performance and introduce yourself. We'd love to meet you.

Email submissions to:jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

For more information, write to: jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

Chatham Wins 3 Perry Awards Monday, 19 September 2016 Image

We are pleased to announce that the Chatham Players was awarded 3 Perry Awards last night at NJACT’s ceremony in Somerset, NJ. Congratulations to the three winners and to all of the nominees! We had received 23 nominations from NJACT Perry Awards for various productions from our 2015-16 season.

Perry Award Recipients

*Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play*- Andrea Morgon Sickler, Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik in August: Osage County

*Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical* - Joseph Laurino Jr. in Spamalot

*Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play* - Liza Harris in August: Osage County

Chatham's 2016-2017 Season ~ 95 Years Friday, 17 June 2016
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Talk Radio - October 2016

By Eric Bogosian

Talk Radio is a 1987 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play written by Eric Bogosian, based on a concept by Bogosian and Tad Savinar. The story of Barry Champlain, a Cleveland-area shock jock, on the eve of his radio show's national syndication. Funny and moving, off beat, outrageous and totally entrancing. Directed by Michael Hegarty

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2016

Original musical adaptation by Philip Wm McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer

This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello, Musical Directed by Jack Bender

Moon Over Buffalo - March 2017

By Ken Ludwig

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body. Directed by Tom Frascatore

Bell, Book and Candle - May 2017

By John Van Druten

Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn't. Directed by Elizabeth Rogers