Drowsy Chaperone Cast

Congrats to everyone who made the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone and thank you to all those who auditioned!

Man in Chair Dennis Dougherty Ensemble Emily Lee
Robert Connor Twigg Alex Davis
Janet Nicolette Palombo Haley Melvin
George Joseph Lee Mary Melvin
Kitty Sarah Harris Frankie Simpson
Trix Casey Grouser Amber Stolarski
Mrs. Tottendale Maureen Scallatino Kevin Roberts
Underling James Gallagher
Feldzieg Matthew Maerten
Drowsy Chaperone Gabrielle Affleck
Gangster #1 Debbi Heckmann
Gangster #2 Lori A. Howard
Aldolpho Antonino Baldasari

Support us on GoFundMe

The Maple Shade Arts Council is a non-profit organization comprised of educators, parents, and community members whose objective is to provide artistic programs and events that will be entertaining, educational, and inspirational for the community. The Arts Council’s programming emphasizes theatrical productions and workshops, yet also includes programming for the fine and performing arts. We have been running programs for almost 3 years now and we have been rapidly gaining exposure through the South Jersey area with our theatrical programming and arts workshops.

We are here on GoFundMe to raise $5,000 for wireless body mics for our theatrical productions. We estimate that we will be able to purchase about 8 Shure body mics, packs, and receivers for our organization.

(picture of 2015 Summer Theatre campers after their Improv workshop)

Why is this important to us? We currently have to rent microphones for all of our productions, especially for our Summer Theatre Children’s Camp, a 4 week educational camp for kids 8-16 years old that culminates in a Broadway Junior production. Our performances take place at the high school and we want to make sure our kids can be heard by their family and friends. We also use the mics for our adult musicals and teen productions. Not only does this help our kids be heard on stage, but by having our own microphones, we will no longer need to rent them, saving us money after just one years worth of performances. The saved money can then be used to help fund our camp in other facets and allow us to offer more scholarships for free camps to those students with financial problems. We currently offer the Thomas Starr Scholarship which pays for camp for a child new to our program and who suffers from financial hardships.

(picture from Once Upon A Mattress Young Performers Edition for Summer Theatre Camp 2014)

We would ideallylike to have the microphones in place by mid summer as we put on our summer theatre production of Legally Blonde Jr.

(picture from Into the Woods Jr. Teen-Run Production)

Through your donations, you will help out organization become more technologically advanced and have the equipment necessary to help our childrens’ voices be heard. So please, “Raise Your Voice” for the MS Arts Council by spreading the word and making a donation! Thank you!

Drowsy Chaperone Auditions

The Maple Shade Arts Council is proud to present auditions for “The Drowsy Chaperone”. Auditions will be held at 7PM on Sunday, April 10th and Tuesday, April 12th with potential callbacks being held on Wednesday, April 13th at 7PM. Auditions will be held at the Maple Shade Municipal Building, 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ, 08052.

Actors must be 18 years or older to audition. While the rehearsal schedule is not finalized, expect something similar to a Sunday night, Tuesday-Thursday night rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals will begin as early as April 24th and the latest as of May 1st. 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. An accompanist and cd player will be provided. Singing a cappella is not permitted. In addition, those auditioning should be prepared to dance and expect cold readings from the script. Rehearsal conflicts must be presented at the time of auditions. All roles are open.

Please make sure to pre-register before coming to auditions. Audition registrations can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page after the character descriptions.

This is a non-Equity, non-paying production.

Show performances will be held on the following dates…
July 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30PM
July 10 @ 2PM

The production team for The Drowsy Chaperones…
Director – Brian Padla
Co-Producers – Michael Melvin and Jillian Starr-Renbjor
Music Director – Cameron Stringham
Choreographer – Sarah Dugan
Stage Manager – Chrissy Wick

Any questions, please email us at admin@msartscouncil.org

Broadway Through the Ages: Dinner Cabaret

Broadway Through the Ages: Dinner Cabaret

A dinner cabaret featuring music that spans across the decades of Broadway musical theatre

Featuring Different Casts Each Night Comprised of Adults and Children

Casts To Be Announced Soon!

February 26th & 27th, 2016  6:00PM-9:00PM

Dinner will begin at 6PM and consist of salad, entree, and soda beverages.

Cafe Fontana, Banquet Hall, 30 E. Main Street, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Tickets ($20) must be purchased in advance at www.msartscouncil.org/order-tickets or call 856-638-8940


General Membership Meeting Feb. 11

Join us at 7pm in the Municipal Building for our first General Membership meeting of 2016. Memberships can still be accepted prior to and at the meeting. We hope you will join us for some light refreshments and as we plan the first quarter of our season!


Address – 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Legally Blonde Jr. Kid’s Summer Camp

We are excited to announce that our Kid’s Summer Theatre Camp show will be Legally Blonde Jr.! For registration, camp, and payment information, click on our Summer Theatre Info tab! OMG you guys!

Seeking Directors…One Act Play Festival

The Maple Shade Arts Council is looking for new and experienced directors who would like to submit a one act for our One Act Festival to be performed March 18th-20th 2016. Auditions would not need to be held and you can have a cast in place. Simply email us at admin@msartscouncil.org with your show choice, theatrical experience, and a synopsis of the show. Student groups are welcomed. All shows must be one act plays, contain minimal or no inappropriate language, and be able to be performed with minimal set pieces. Original works are welcomed as well! The Arts Council will supply you with the rights to the show, performance space, lighting, and sound. We hope to hear from you and feel free to email us for more information!


Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Registrations are now open for our 2016 Summer Theatre Camp!

Our show will be announced after January 15th, 2016!

All information, prices, registration, and payment can be found by clicking on the Summer Theatre tab.

Reveal the Show Party Jan. 15!

Join us for a fun night as we reveal our 2016 Kid’s Summer Theatre production for just $10! The evening will be catered by Maritsa’s cuisine from Maple Shade. A great night for the kids to meet up, sing karaoke, fondly remember Shrek Jr., and learn the new musical! Parents are welcomed to stay as well for food and learn about camp. Haven’t been a part of summer theatre? This is a great way to meet the staff and many of the kids and parents who already are a part of it! Sign ups and payments will be accepted during the night for 2016 camp. Make sure to come out and join us for a fun time in the Municipal Building from 6-9PM.

Address – 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

**Remember, for those interested in camp, you do not have to be a resident of Maple Shade. But please note that there is a slight increase in charge for camp for non Maple Shade residents.

General Membership Meeting Nov. 19th

Our next general membership meeting will be on Thursday, November 19th at 7pm at the Maple Shade Municipal Building. Learn about our upcoming season and help us make some final touches to it! Also learn how to become a member for the 2016 season and to take a part in the fastest growing organization in town!