Summer Theatre Signup Nights 3/18 & 4/1

The Arts Council will be hosting sign up nights on Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, April 1st at the MS Municipal Building at 200 Stiles Avenue from 6:30PM-8:00PM. You may pay for the registration in full or place your $50 non-refundable deposit.

Save Spot for Summer Camp with Deposit!

Our discounted rates for summer theatre are only around for another 3 weeks, but we have a great offer!

If you pay a $50 non-refundable deposit, we will secure a spot for your child in the camp and lock you in at the current rate when the payment is accepted. This is a great opportunity for those who can not pay in full for camp.

All non-refundable deposits must be made by cash or check with letter consisting of child’s name, age, grade, and parent phone number and email.

Please send payments to 37 High Street, Maple Shade, NJ 08052. All checks can be made out to MAPLE SHADE ARTS COUNCIL.

General Membership Meeting April 1st!

We will have our second general membership meeting for the year. If you are already a member, come on out as we have some items to discuss and vote upon. Still want to become a member? It’s not too late to join us for this year! Come on out to the Municipal Building at 6:30PM. Membership is $40 per person or $70 for pair of family members. You will receive a pair of tickets to Addams Family with your membership.

Summer Theatre 2015 Registration Available!

Please check out for all of the information for Summer Theatre 2015! We can’t wait to perform Shrek Jr.! All information, camp dates, ages, payment options, and registration forms can be found at the link or click under the Summer Theatre Info tab!

Auditions for The Addams Family in April

The Maple Shade Arts Council is proud to present auditions for “The Addams Family Musical”. Auditions will be held at 7PM on Sunday, April 12th and Monday, April 13th with potential callbacks being held on Wednesday, April 15th at 7PM. Auditions will be held at the Maple Shade Municipal Building, 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ, 08052.

Actors must be 17 years or older to audition. The only child role will be for Pugsley, which can be a boy between 10-15 years old. While the rehearsal schedule is not finalized, expect something similar to a Sunday night, Tuesday-Thursday night rehearsal schedule. All roles require a small fee upon acceptance of role. Those auditioning will be asked to sing at least 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre piece, though please have the whole song prepared. You may sing a song from the show. Please make sure you either use the karaoke version of a song with just instrumentation or bring 2 copies of sheet music to have our music director play. In addition, those auditioning should be prepared to dance and expect cold readings from the script.

Audition registration can be found at

Show performances will be held at Maple Shade High School Auditorium on the following dates…
Preview/Industry Night – Thursday, July 9 @ 7PM
July 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 @ 7PM
July 12 @ 2PM

The production team for Addams Family…
Director – Michael Melvin
Assistant Director – Jillian Starr-Renbjor
Music Director – Cameron Stringham
Choreographer – Sarah Dugan
Stage Manager – Chrissy Wick


GOMEZ ADDAMS: A man of Spanish descent who takes great pride in his family and revels in all it means to be an “Addams.” He struggles with having to keep his daughters secret from his wife, whom he adores more than death. Smart, comedic actor with tenor vocals.

MORTICIA ADDAMS: In shape, attractive, leggy, the strength of the family. An easy comedic actress with a sexy, dry wit. Feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out. A strong dancer/mover with alto/mezzo soprano vocals.

UNCLE FESTER: The androgynous family member who serves as the musicals narrator. He is larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence. A vaudeville style comedian with tenor vocals.

WEDNESDAY ADDAMS: Wednesday is an attractive, in shape girl who has the same dry wit and sensibility of her mother. Finds love with a “normal” boy (Lucas) and wants to introduce his family to hers. Experiences the youthful drama that comes with first love. Lucas can actually put a smile on her face. Strong pop belt vocals.

GRANDMA: Caucasian woman. She is a feisty102 year old woman. Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma. Comedic actress with strong character vocals.

PUGSLEY ADDAMS: Young male actor who plays 12 years old. A charming, funny, husky boy who loves being tortured by his sister. He wants to ensure he won’t lose his sister to her new boyfriend so he takes matters into his own hands. Strong, high vocals. Voice not yet changed.

LURCH: A very tall male character, the Addams butler who knows all. He speaks in moans and groans without becoming a cartoon version of himself. His movement is always very slow Character actor with a low bass vocals to Eb.

MAL BEINEKE: Stuffy father of 19 year old Lucas and exasperated husband to his rhyming wife, Alice. At one time was a follower of The Grateful Dead but has lost that side of himself. Always looking out for his family. Male actor with high baritone/ tenor vocals.

ALICE BEINEKE: Mother of 19 year old Lucas, devoted to her family so she puts aside her own desires. In shape, quirky female who often speaks in rhyme. While at the Addams Family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her truth. Comedic actress with soprano / belt vocals.

LUCAS BEINEKE: Attractive, in shape young man. Fell in love with Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her. Experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love and struggles with the differences between his family and the Addams family. Contemporary pop tenor vocals.

THE ANCESTORS: Male and female ensemble singer/dancers who are smart performers. Dancers who sing and have a fun, quirky sensibility.

Sam’s Kids Illustration Workshop is Back!

Join our Fine Arts Director, Nancy Haddon, for our Illustration class for kids in grades 4 through 8! This is our second illustration class and it is designed for students who attended last year and for new students to join. This class will introduce/reinforce basic illustration concepts, such as contour line drawing, light and shading, perspective, focal points, and basic composition.  The class is $60.00 for the student and they will also receive all supplies needed for the 6 week course.

The class is designed for kids in grades 4 through 8.

Price: $60.00 for the entire 6 classes (only $10 per class)

This is a 6 week course that will occur on the following dates…

February 19th, February 26th

March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, March 26th

**Snow date on April 2nd if one of the classes is cancelled due to snow

Location – Maple Shade Municipal Building 6:30PM-8:00PM


To pay for workshop, click on “Order Tickets” or “Upcoming Events”

General Membership Meeting Jan 29!

Come to the first General Membership meeting for the Maple Shade Arts Council for the 2015 Season. Learn about our upcoming season, learn about how to become a member for the upcoming season, renew your membership for this season, and enjoy some refreshments. Also, learn how you can help with our programs for this year or even run your own program! We will also have great new opportunities for children to get involved! We will be meeting at the Maple Shade Municipal Building on Thursday, January 29 starting at 7PM in the upstairs room. The address for the Municipal Building is 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ, 08052.

If you are interested in becoming a member for the 2015 season, here is some info!

“Members of the Maple Shade Arts Council are highly important in the success of our programs. For $40, you will receive your membership for the Arts Council and two tickets to one of our adult musicals, valued at $30. You will also have voting privileges in our General Membership meetings which will help decide our future programs. If signing up for additional family member, save $5 per membership for a total discounted rate of $70.”

Check out our flyer here for becoming a member…2015 Membership Flyer

Best Christmas Pageant Ever Opens Dec. 6th!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A Holiday Play  *Limited seating

December 6th @2PM, 4PM, and 7PM

December 7th @2PM, 4PM

at Maple Shade Municipal Building

Suggested donation of $10 per ticket

Reserve tickets by emailing

Shrek Jr. this Summer for Kid’s Camp!

We are excited to announce that we will be performing Shrek Jr. for our 2015 Summer Theatre Children’s Camp!



The Maple Shade Arts Council Summer Theatre 2015 dates are now available!

Camp will run from Thursday, July 9th until Saturday, August 8th, 2015. Camp will run from 9AM until 1PM at Maple Shade High School. Show dates are as follows…

Thursday, August 6th @ 7:30PM
Friday, August 7th @ 7:30PM
Saturday, August 8th for 2 performances

Downtown Festival Dec.5th!

December 5th from 6:30-8:45PM

Join us at the main stage at the post office for some great entertainment!

Entertainment includes Steinhaur Jazz Band, “Head of the Class” Steinhaur teacher band, OLPH Children’s Choir, Maple Shade High School Choir, and Southbound A Capella