Montclair’s Studio Players Theatrical Stock Destroyed in Flash Flood

The flash flooding that hit Montclair and the greater Essex County area on August 11 took its toll at Studio Players.  Though our performance space, seating, and lobby are well above ground, our furniture and prop storage, scenic shop, and actor’s prep room and heating system are all below ground.

The flood waters entered the building by simultaneously coming up through the drains and via sloping driveway that hasn’t been used in over two decades and forced open what had once been a garage door that had been walled up. It also forced open an adjacent metal, entrance door.

Judging by the high water mark left on filing cabinets where historical records and photos are stored( now a total loss), the water reached a height of over four feet. We are extremely lucky that no one was in the facility at the time, and no one was injured. We have not seen water enter the building on this level since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and even then, the water didn’t reach this level.

It isn’t hyperbole to state that the damage is massive:

Dump sink knocked over and legs collapsed now unusable.

Paint from adjacent shelves crashed to floor paint mixing with mud on floor.

The entire collection of upholstered furniture, wooden chairs, vintage kitchen items save for a few pieces on a high rack a complete loss. Much of this furniture was vintage from the turn of the century to the 1940’s. Near as we can tell they were floated off their racks that were 4 inches off the floor (at least) and swirled into a churning mass of debris. 

 

The decorative molding, baseboards, railings floated off their shelves and smashed in the waters or harpooned through other items.

Stage carpet collection (much of which was vintage persian rugs) destroyed.

Refrigerators overturned

Also affected was our tennant Essex Youth Theatre whose prop and costume collection is in the same location.

What’s next:

We are ordering a dumpster. We’ll update on its exact arrival. We’ll need many hands to get things into it.

We have professionals coming in to look at our boiler and heating system to see what if any damage was done by the rising water there. Our gas has been turned off as a precaution.

Studio is run as it has always been run by volunteers. We are the community threatre of Montclair and the surrounding area since 1937. NO ONE receives a salary. We are dentists, paralegals, EMTs, teachers, project managers, etc. by day and lovers of performing arts by night. We receive no local, state, or federal funding. Our only source of income is ticket sales and donations. That we use to put on 8 shows a year (4 for adults 4 for kids) with inclusive casting.

Please donate to help us. At minimum we will need to pay for a very large dumpster(s), the inspection of our heating system and possible repair, ventilation of the downstairs, and that’s before we even get to cataloging what we have left and figuring out how to best replace it. We are a 501c3. YOur donation is tax deductible and can be made via a check to Studio Players, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. You can also donate via PayPal.

Don’t Miss Our 2018-2019 Season

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Broadway Goes to the Movies: A Benefit Performance

Broadway Goes to the Movies

Saturday, July 14 at 7:30pm, $25

Supporting Studio Players

Do you love movies and musicals? We have a special evening planned that’s sure to delight. Join our performers (students and professionals) under the direction of Dr. Darren Gage of William Paterson University in a night where Broadway meets Hollywood.

Paint and Sip Fundraiser for Studio

Want to do something creative? Need new decor on your walls? Want to have a good time with friends and meet new ones? How about coming to Painting It Forward!

Painting It Forward is a paint and sip class with an extra dose of heart and soul. When you buy a seat in this Painting It Forward class, you’re making a donation to Studio Players and supporting local arts. Details click here https://www.pinotspalette.com/wayne/event/246359

Appropriate: 2015 Obie Award Winner

Appropriate

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Mark Liebert

The reviews for Appropriate at Studio Players are in “…Some of the best acting you’ll see on New Jersey stages right now…Today, with the news full of black people having police called for napping in a dorm room, sitting at Starbuck’s, shopping at Nordstrom’s, the play couldn’t feel more relevant. It’s about white privilege, unspoken racism, inherited violence”–Gwen Orel, Montclair Local

Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. Winner of the 2014–2015 Obie Award for Best New American Play.

*Please be advised that this show has mature themes and language.

[Branden Jacobs-Jenkins] effortlessly and believably taps into a white family’s dysfunction, infuses the script with unforced, viperish humor…APPROPRIATE is an uncommonly deft dramatic and technical achievement.” —Entertainment Weekly. “

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose credits include War (Yale Rep; forthcoming at Lincoln Center/LCT3), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre), Appropriate (Obie Award; Signature Theatre), An Octoroon (Obie Award; Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience) and Neighbors (The Public Theater). He is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and is under commissions from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, MTC/Sloan, and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. YOu can learn more about Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins here. 

 

May 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
*Opening Night, Buy 1, get 1 Free

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students/seniors, and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/132855 or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

Studio Players Repaving Campaign

Dear Friends of Studio Players,

As you probably know, Studio Players is an all volunteer, non-profit theatre. We have been providing quality, affordable performing arts to the North New Jersey Community since 1937. No one at Studio receives a salary. Everyone involved donates their time and talent to make eight shows a season possible.




Studio has touched many lives whether it was launching a Broadway career, giving a creative outlet to former actors and designers, fostering a love of performing arts, giving a children their first theatrical experience, and so much more.

Currently, Studio’s parking area is in need of repair. The playhouse has been patching it up for several years, but the winter snows have made a patch up no longer a viable option. The parking area needs to be handled by professional contractors, and this obviously comes at a cost. Many mistakenly believe that the land at the end of Alvin Place is a public street. It’s actually private property and Studio is the owner of part of the tract. As such, Montclair is not responsible for its upkeep.

If you’d like to join us in helping Studio to continue providing 8 shows a year at affordable prices you can do so via this convenient PayPal link If we raise more money than needed for the project (it will cost roughly $5,000), it will go towards other expenses associated with maintaining our 100+ year old building.

If you’d like to donate in another manner please email us at studiopl@studioplayhouse.org and we’ll put you in touch with our business manager. Thank you in advance from all of us. Even $10 can make a difference.

Regardless of your ability to donate, would you be so kind as to share this information on your Facebook page, or email friends and co-workers etc.? Every little bit of getting the word out helps.

Stuart Little: Family Friendly Fun in North New Jersey

Looking for family friendly entertainment in North New Jersey this weekend? Look no further than Studio Players production of Stuart Little.

All of our children’s series shows are appropriate for children aged 2-10. They last approximately an hour, and they are affordable at $8.00 a ticket.

Stuart Little

Based on the book by E.B.White

Adapted By Joseph Robinette

Directed by Alicia Hayes

The classic children’s story is coming to life on stage! Join everyone’s favorite mouse on a mission, Stuart Little, and his neighborhood friends on Stuart’s many adventures! Boat races, dastardly cats, toy car road trips, and much more await you!

April 14, 15, 21, 22

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30

Tickets are $8 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

Mainstage Shows 2018-2019: SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for some of the best theatre North New Jersey has to offer. Studio Player is proud to announce our 2018-2019 mainstage season. We will be announcing our children’s theatre series shortly.

Auditions for Into the Woods full information: https://studioplayhouse.org/auditions-into-the-woods/

Panera Fundraiser April 19th

HELP OUT STUDIO ON APRIL 19th!

 

Almost Maine Will Warm Your Heart After the Winter Chill

Don’t miss Almost Maine at one of the best theatre options in North New Jersey. Studio Players, which has been nominated for over a dozen Perry Awards in the last three years will warm your heart from the winter chill with its production of Almost Maine.

Almost Maine

By John Cariani

Directed by Amy Fox

Come enjoy what The New York Times called “A comedy comprising almost a dozen two-character vignettes exploring the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows”. Using a series of eleven short scenes following nine different stories, this charming, delightful, and funny play explores love and loss with a touch of realism in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

March 9*, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
*Opening Night, Buy 1, get 1 Free

Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students/seniors, and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/132855 or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.