The Growing Stage Theatre Announces Its 2004-2005 Main Stage Season

Tickets Now Available

Netcong, NJ --- The Growing Stage Theatre, Route 183, Netcong, NJ, which is the only professional member theatre of the Actor’s Equity Association in New Jersey that is solely dedicated to young people, offers stage productions.  The  performances for the remaining of its its 22nd Main Stage (2004-2005) season include:

Babes in Toyland (from the original operetta by Victor Herbert, adapted for The Growing Stage Theatre stage by Perry Kroeger) opens Friday, November 26 and runs through Sunday, December 26th.

Utilizing the music of Victor Herbert and lyrics of Glen MacDonough, The Growing Stage Theatre’s production takes much of its inspiration from the earlier cinema adaptation of the original work, entitled "The March of the Wooden Soldiers" which featured Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Mother Goose may be forced out in the street if she can’t repay her mortgage to the evil Barnaby. Two of her tenants, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, attempt to come to her rescue as Barnaby conspires to not only force Mother Goose out, but also blackmail the sweet Bo Peep to marry him. Christmas is almost upon us, the characters of nursery rhyme lore are in chaos, Barnaby is about to take over Toyland and…Tweedle-Dee & Tweedle-Dum are our only hope? Yikes!

Holes by Louis Sachar opens Friday, January 28th and runs through Sunday, February 13th.

The novel, which won both the prestigious Newberry Award and the National Book Award, has been re-created into a stage version by its author Louis Sachar and makes its New Jersey premier on our stage. Stanley Yelnauts IV is falsely accused of stealing Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston’s shoe donation to a local orphanage and will either go to jail or "Camp Green Lake" where he will be forced to dig large holes in the desert each day. But what the Warden is really trying to do is find a buried treasure that was murderer "Kissin" Kate Barlow’s fortune long ago. When Stanley and his friend Zero escape, things get really bad. Told through flashbacks of both Stanley’s family and the mystery of Green Lake, this stage adaptation faithfully re-creates the suspense, humor and tragedy found in the pages of the original work.

Alice in Wonderland (from the original story by Lewis Carroll and adapted for The Growing Stage Theatre by Stephen L. Fredericks, Executive Director and Perry Arthur Kroeger with music by Peter Schultz and lyrics by Perry Arthur Kroeger), opens Friday, March 18th and runs through Sunday, April 17th.

At one moment young Alice is sitting quietly along a riverbank doing her studies, when suddenly a white rabbit dressed in a waistcoat and carrying a pocket watch dashes by. When Alice decides to follow him down a rather large rabbit hole, her life quickly becomes more "curiouser" and "curiouser". Adapted from the classic tale, The Growing Stage Theatre’s production brings to life the incredible characters in the world created through the imagination of Lewis Carroll and a young girl’s attempt to get through the maze which is Wonderland. Along the way, she meets the Cheshire Cat who creates more questions than answers; Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum who fight over the most non-sensical things; the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and the Doormouse as they sit having tea; only to end up in the court of the Queen of Hearts as she rules over her kingdom during a game of croquet.

Go, Dog! Go! (based on the book by P.D. Eastman). A play by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz with music by Michael Koerner, opens on Friday, May 6th and runs through Sunday, May 22nd.

This play is adapted from a book renowned for its ability to generate fun, learning, adventure and surprise with a minimum of text. It honors the joyous simplicity of the world around us. Go, Dog! Go!, which was originally produced by the Seattle Children’s Theatre, makes its New Jersey Premiere at The Growing Stage Theatre. Based on the classic children’s book, the production has a genuine circus atmosphere to it as six performers celebrate and explore the play in the way a child can page through Mr. Eastman’s book night after night and find something remarkable and new with each subsequent reading. Filled with comedy, movement and music, Go, Dog! Go! is a production for the entire family.

Performances at The Growing Stage Theatre are held on Fridays at 7:30PM; Saturdays and Sundays at 4PM. Children and senior tickets are $8.00 each and adult tickets are $12 each.

Group rates are available. For further information, call the box office at (973) 347-4946 or stop in on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10AM and 2PM or log on to:

The Growing Stage Theatre is located in the historic Palace Theatre (circa 1919), and is listed on both the National and State Register of Historic Places.


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