Willy Wonka Sequel Hits the Studio Stage in Montclair

 

Don’t miss the sequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as Studio Players in Montclair presents a great show that’s fun for the whole family. We continue with our 82 season providing quality theatre at affordable prices right here in New Jersey.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Based on the book by Roald Dahl

Dramatized by Richard R. George

Directed by John Fraissinet

The adventure continues! In Roald Dahl’s sequel to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket pick up the story right where it ended… in the sky in a Glass Elevator. Chaos ensues as astronauts, a pompous head-of-state, and even space aliens challenge the gang’s return to the Chocolate Factory.

Sept 29, 30, Oct 6, 7

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30/Tickets $10

Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office at 973-744-9752.

CAST

Packy Anderson – Lincoln Boyes – Beatriz Esteban-Messina -Helen Exel Lisa Geerhart – Adam Gelles – Allyssa Hynes – Aaron Kellner – Russ Meyer – Denise Organisciak – Alexis Saarela – Victoria Scott – Claire Thornton Emma Thornton – Karen Thornton – Simon Thornton- Kieran Wells

The Guys: A Benefit Event

The Guys

By Anne Nelson

A Staged reading Supporting the 9/11 Fund

September 7 at 8:00 pm and September 9 at 3:00 pm

Tickets $20, Supporting Studio Players and 9/11 first responders https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3512574

How does a fire captain find the words to eulogize the men he lost on 9/11? Join us for a staged reading of the show critics called, “A courageous and riveting… play that tackles the horror of September 11th with an intimacy that’s both unsettling and healing.”

Featuring the talents of Robert Barwick and Claudia Budris. Directed by Bill O’Brien.

Clean Up Schedule and Season Plans

Schedule the week of August 19 and onwards:

Monday, Aug 20:

1–Earlier in the day Monday, continued drying out and remaining demolition of water logged drywall, wood racks, etc.

2–4:00 All hands on deck to load dumpster number 3!

3–Monday later afternoon work by Dry Ease (professional water remediation company) – this process will take about a week we believe.

Much of the donation money is going towards this remediation. We could still use a helping hand. Your donations are tax deductible. Donate online at our website via PayPal https://studioplayhouse.org/ or mail a check to Studio Players 14 Alvin Place Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

We will then get the boiler and electrics work estimated and going – we will have to turn off the power during the electric work.

We will move forward from there rebuilding the scene shop and dressing rooms:

We have received generous offers of some building material when it is safe to rebuild the downstairs dressing rooms and shop.

We are so grateful for the three dumpsters that have been provided to us by Champion Waste Removal (owners Louis and Michell Mauriello) at very little cost to us. We are guess that over 50,000 lbs of debris will have been removed…in other words, roughly 90% of our prop, furniture, door, window, and molding stock.

Items that we have salvaged are in storage pod donated by Mr. Silver.

We are also eternally grateful for a sizeable donation from generous supporter of the arts and the local community who wishes to remain anonymous.

We estimate that the remediation, repair/replace of the furnace, hot water heater, sinks, bathroom and rebuild the shop and dressing rooms will be close to $40,000 in the end. And that’s before we get to replacing our stock of furniture and building supplies and paint.

Fortunately we have had several offers of furniture,and folks are holding on to items for us because we quite literally have no place to put any donations until the work on the downstairs is completed.

Our first four shows, had their sets either stored in other locations and/or we’ve found some creative solutions. So…OUR SEASON IS A GO!!!!!! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW TO:

The Guys (staged reading)

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Into the Woods

A Charlie Brown Christmas

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/132855

Clean Up Schedule August 17 and 18

On behalf of Studio Players, we just want to take a moment to thank the Montclair community for rallying to our side.

We have had an outpouring of people helping us from folks we’ve never met before pitching in onsite, to donating funds, to offering to hold onto furniture until we are ready to start rebuilding our stock. What a COMMUNITY, and Studio Players as Montclair’s 80-year-old community theatre is so grateful.

Since Monday we have filled two dumpsters, each weighing roughly 10,000lbs, that’s 10 tons of waterlogged debris.

A third dumpster will arrive either late Friday or next week. Storage pods arriving shortly to hold what we have salvaged.

You can see photos on our Facebook page. Our revised schedule is below if you can help, we are at 14 Alvin Place Upper Montclair right next to the Acme.

Friday: No work, we all need sleep and rest

Saturday: 12:00-5:00 mostly moving stuff into the storage pods, but possible more clean up.

Next week TBA

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who has helped either physically onsite, by spreading the word, by donations, you are making a difference. If you would like to donate, you can either use the PayPal button in the front page of our website, or send a check to Studio Players, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ, 07043.

Schedule Change: AUGUST 15 and AUGUST 16

SCHEDULE CHANGE: SCHEDULE MODIFIED DUE TO DUMPSTER PICK UP AND A NEW ONE COMING IN: We will organize a work group for today WEDNESDAY from 5 to 8 to continue removing all the damaged materials, and tomorrow THURSDAY have another 3 till dark to fill the new dumpster.

 

An update on our situation. We have obtained the donation of a dumpster thanks the generosity of Louis and Michell Mauriello (owners of Champion Waste Removal in Montclair) who heard about our plight and decided to help. See details on the NBC video and this post to find out what happened.

 

 

With the dumpster arriving tomorrow (AUGUST 14), work will begin at 3:00pm and continue until dark

Please invite all the people who have been involved with us and all who wish to assist.

If they can’t lift heavy things there are many other ways to help. Dress in old clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and wear closed shoes for safety.

We have not even begun on the prop room where we think there are salvageable items which are in need of sorting and cleaning.

I need a few people with good with spatial relation skills to help supervise the load of the dumpster effectively, we can’t just throw stuff in willy nilly.

Work will continue daily until we are done, at a minimum throughout the weekend and possibly the rest of the month.

Thank you to all who have been here, all who are working at home or work getting us noticed.

Tune in to NBC news at 4 to see Amy Fox and Bill O’Brien talking with Chris Glorioso covering our disaster!!

Even with the donated dumpster there will be many expenses: replacing the dump sink, shelving, possible repairs on heating system, electricity to run fans 24/7 and that’s before we even get to think about replacing lost furniture, paint, and props. Please encourage folks to donate if they are able details here. It’s tax deductible https://studioplayhouse.org/…/montclairs-studio…/

NBC 4 covered our story:

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.