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“Grease” Brings Chatham’s 96th Season
To a Rockin’ & Rollin’ Close
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The Chatham Community Players concludes its 96th Season with “Grease”, Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. This musical will run from May 4 through May 19. James Mosser is director and musical director with Jennifer Williams is the choreographer, both are from Union.

Get out your leather jackets and pull on your bobby socks! It’s time to join Rydell High’s senior class of 1959! “Grease” follows love struck, bad boy Danny and girl-next-door Sandy in a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs. It’s the beloved rock n’ roll celebration of teen angst, fast cars and first loves – all set in the fabulous fifties. This smash show is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the film release, and features the irresistible songs from the Tony Award-Nominated Broadway Show and hit movie, including “You’re the One That I Want”, “Grease is the Word”, “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightnin” and more!

The talented and diverse group of actors making up the cast of “Grease” are Grace Petersen of Chatham as Sandy Dumbrowski, Richie Carchia from Short Hills as Danny Zuko, Kylie Francis from Springfield as Betty Rizzo, Taylor Eccles from Colonia as Frenchy and Anna Paskalides from Chatham as Female Ensemble. Union, NJ is well represented, for it features Ronin Ruste as Kenickie, Nico Vasquez as Eugene Florczyk, Cameron Brito as Doody, Evan Caban as Sonny, Pranav Chawla as Roger, Crystal Wright as Marty, Leanne Laurino as Jan, Alyssa Carbonell as Patty Simcox, Alexis Orallo as Cha Cha, Jason Yanto as Johnny Casino, Scott Faranda as Vince Fontaine, Khadija Sankoh as Teen Angel, Patricia Fallon as Miss Lynch and Rachel Mendoza as Female Ensemble.

Rounding out Mosser’s talented production team, the Producer and Scenic Designer is Robert Lukasik, Production Coordinator is Maybelle Lincoln, Stage Manager is Caroline Courtney, Assistant Stage Manager is Sarah Court, Scenic Painting by Carol Saso, Costume Designers are Cheryl Galante, Mike Patierno and Christina Kirk, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy, Sound Designer is Joe DeVico and Props is Tish Lum.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates May 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17 18 and 19 at 8:00pm and May 12, 13 and 19 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 April 24 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. “Grease” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

YOU'VE BEEN INVITED - Annual Meeting Thursday, 12 April 2018 Image

The Chatham Community Players’ ANNUAL MEETING on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 PM at Chatham Playhouse

Come hear about our successful 2017-2018 Season and learn more about what is coming up in our 97th Season (2018-2019)

ALL are welcome!!! Casts, Crews, Audience

Refreshments will be served following the meeting

NO RSVP NECESSARY

NEW THIS SUMMER 2018 ~ For Kids Ages 7 - 10 Tuesday, 06 February 2018 Image

"Theater Creations Camp"
Coming to The Chatham Playhouse


The perfect summer camp for young aspiring performers!
August 6 thru 17 (Weekdays)

What is "Theater Creations Camp" ?

This August, Chatham Community Players will offer a two-week theater arts camp for children ages 7-10 lead by Scott Tyler, the Camp Director/Instructor. Our campers will learn the fundamentals of acting onstage while using their imaginations and artistic creativity to develop their very own play! Image Through various games and exercises, our campers will also learn about different theatrical elements and how they are used to shape a performance. An original script will be created using the campers chosen storyline and characters. This work will be rehearsed and ultimately performed on the CCP stage. The camp culminates in a full performance with no scripts in hand for family and friends. Half day campers get to create one play. Full day campers will get to create two plays.

When is "Theater Creations Camp" ?

Camp runs from Monday August 6th through Friday August 17th (weekdays). There are a few options when signing up: You can be a FULL DAY camper for the whole two weeks (both AM and PM sessions) or you can be a HALF DAY camper (AM or PM). AM runs from 9am--11:30 with a 15 minute break for snack. Lunch is from 11:30--12. Then PM runs 12--2:30 with another 15 minute break.

How Much is "Theater Creations Camp" ?

FULL DAY Camper = $625 and HALF DAY Camper (AM of PM) = $325 This includes two weeks of classes and 2 Free Tickets to the final performance.

Who's the Camp Director/Instructor?

ImageThe Chatham Community Players is proud to announce that Scott Tyler will be the Camp Director/Instructor. Scott Tyler has been an actor, director and arts educator for 15 years. Having been seen in 9 CCP productions including Angels in America, Taming of the Shrew and Clybourne Park, he continues to follow his love of the performing arts by bringing Theater Creations to Chatham. Scott earned a scholarship to the Papermill Playhouse Summer Conservatory after his Rising Star Nomination where he studied with Susan Speidel. He graduated from Drew University with a BA in Theater Arts and went on to study at HB Studios in NYC with Austin Pendleton and Karen Ludwig in addition to apprenticing as an actor in Two River Theater's Local Artist Network. Through his extensive acting work, Scott has performed with the George Street Playhouse and Shoestring Players professional children's theater tours and has taught various aspects of drama from grade school through high school. He has worked as an arts educator at Newark Academy, Kent Place School, Morris County School of Technology, Papermill Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ and The Actor's Camp in Westfield.

When Can I Register My Child?

To register online for Theater Creations Camp, simply go to ccp.booktix.com. The service is available 24 hours a day.

If you would like to print & mail the Camp's Registration Form, click on the link below.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Camp Registration Form

Chatham's 2018-2019 Season ~ 97 Years Tuesday, 06 March 2018
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OTHER DESERT CITIES - October 2018

By Jon Robin Baitz

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history—a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2018

Original musical adaptation by Philip Wm McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary production of this version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988 with original musical adaptation by Philip Wm McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer, 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.

PLAY ON! - March 2019

By Rick Abbott

The hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script and a “unique” cast of characters.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - May 2019

By Oscar Wilde

A classic satire of Victorian Society. The characters, thru a series of deceptions pretend to be people they are not in order to escape the burdensome demands of social conventions.

Jersey Voices Call for Original Works Friday, 10 December 2010

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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' 24th Annual Production.

It is once again time to be thinking about submitting one-acts for Jersey Voices 2018. 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 roughly 15 minutes running time will be accepted through March 15, 2018. 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. Often 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.

We're accepting scripts this year by e-mail only to: jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

If you have any questions, visit our website at www.chathamplayers.org or send me an e-mail to jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

Chatham's 2017-2018 Season ~ 96 Years Sunday, 09 April 2017
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Barefoot in the Park - October 2017

By Neil Simon ~ Directed by Michael Hegarty

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word in this romantic comedy by Neil Simon. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Adjusting to married life isn't so easy!

Christmas Cards:Letters to Santa - December 2017

By G. David Post ~ Amy Sellars

Christmas speaks to the kid in all of us, and Santa Claus answering the letters of trusting children is one of the most iconic images of the generosity of the holidays. In this spirit, Post has revisited the Christmas Cards sketches and added some new scenes and a new twist to this crowd-pleasing show.

Steel Magnolias - March 2018

By Robert Harling ~ Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello

Steel Magnolias (the basis for the much loved multi Oscar-nominated film) is the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small US Southern town. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin. Steel Magnolias is a heart warming portrait of friendship and love.

GREASE - May 2018

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey ~
Directed by James Mosser, Musical Directed by Matt Hosmer and Choreography by Jennifer Williams


Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the 1950s with the iconic musical sensation that became the soundtrack of a generation! Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.