Thursday, May 9, 2013
Moorestown Theater Company's production of '101 Dalmatians Kids' premieres this week and runs throughout the weekend. Buy your tickets now.
When Moorestown Theater Co. (MTC) lifts the curtain on its production of 101 Dalmatians Kids this weekend, it could very well be the greenest cast the company has ever staged. MTC producing artistic director Mark Morgan said 15 of the show's cast members—all ages 6 through 12—are making their MTC debuts with this show, and probably 10 or so are performing in their first-ever show. "It may be a record," Morgan remarked, also noting that there are 14 boys in the cast of 43, a number that's also "unheard of." He admitted the cast's limited experience presented challenges, but the difficulties were outweighed by the joy of seeing the children experience theater for the first time. "It's always wonderful to break in kids who haven't done it …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
You have two chances to catch the Moorestown Theater Company/Our Lady of Good Counsel production of 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.' this weekend.
Be their guest at Moorestown Theater Co.'s (MTC) production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. this weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel. MTC has performed the classic Disney tale twice before, but this is the first time at Good Counsel, said MTC producing artistic director Mark Morgan, who began running the Drama Club at the school a decade ago. Morgan said putting on a school show is always different from an MTC show because "all the kids (at the school) have known each other for many years. There's definitely a greater comfort level from day one ... I think that helps the process of putting on a good show." The production features 53 performers and 20 crew members from fifth to eighth grade, some of whom have gained a deeper appreciation for …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Get your tickets now for Moorestown Theater Co.'s production of 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.' at Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Moorestown Theater Co. (MTC) officially kicks off its 2013 season with a doubleheader of classic Disney entertainment starting next week. Beginning Wednesday, March 13, MTC will present Disney's Cinderella Kids & Princess Sing-Along with four shows at Hope Community Church. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess (or superhero). The show features a cast of 31 children between the ages of 6 and 16. Then next month, MTC will put on its 10th Counsel Stage production at Our Lady of Good Counsel School with two performances of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. That show will feature 54 children from fifth to eighth grade. Tickets for both shows are $10 and can be purchased here. Tickets can also be purchased at the …
Friday, March 1, 2013
In its first-ever appearance at the Junior Theater Festival, Moorestown Theater Company impressed judges and industry pros.
Afters a decade captivating local audiences, Moorestown Theater Company (MTC) earned a national performing award at the 2013 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, the world’s largest musical theater festival for children. Produced by New York’s iTheatrics and Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars, this year’s festival (Jan. 18-20) brought together 4,000 students and teachers, representing 82 groups from 23 states. MTC, which performed Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., was attending the Junior Theater Festival for the first time. MTC’s Jack Morgan (“Prince Eric”) won a “Freddie G Outstanding Achievement Award” in the “Broadway Jr. Slam” competition, a theatrical challenge in which students who don’t know each other must stage and perform a song …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Moorestown Theater Company will head to the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival this weekend to perform "The Little Mermaid."
2012 was a year of milestones for the Moorestown Theater Company (MTC). First and foremost, last year was MTC’s 10th anniversary. The company also added two new productions, including an extra summer camp program. And the troupe hit its 300th show at the end of the year with its final performance of Annie Warbucks. But perhaps the most exciting accomplishment of all won’t come until after the New Year. For the first time, MTC will perform alongside dozens of other theater groups from across the country at the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival. The event, held this weekend in Atlanta, GA, is a showcase for young performers. “It’s a wonderful, amazing venue for kids to perform at,” said MTC producing artistic director Mark Morgan. MTC will …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Perkins Center for the Arts and Moorestown Theater Company each received grants from the philanthropic arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Two Moorestown arts organizations got a boost recently after receiving sizable grants from the Horizon Foundation. Perkins Center for the Arts and Moorestown Theater Company received $15,000 and $10,000, respectively, as part of the Foundation's fourth and final round of grants. The Foundation, an arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, distributes millions of dollars in grants to health and arts organizations throughout the state annually. Jon Pearson, director of corporate philanthropy and community affairs, said the Foundation pays special attention to areas in which Horizon has a presence. Horizon has a health insurance retail center—Horizon Connect—in East Gate Square and an office in Mount Laurel. "We want to enrich the …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Find out what some of Moorestown's most important public figures want to accomplish in the new year.
Just because we rarely keep our New Year's resolutions, doesn't mean it's not worth making them. In the spirit of the season, we asked some of Moorestown's movers and shakers to tell us their resolutions for 2013, ranging from the personal to the political to the community-minded. What do you want to accomplish in the New Year? Share your resolutions with us in the comments.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Ever wonder what happened to Annie? Find out during the Moorestown Theater Company's 64th production, premiering tonight at the Upper Elementary School.
There’s something poetic about it: 10 years ago, Moorestown Theater Company (MTC) debuted with a production of the Broadway classic Annie; This year, MTC is closing out its 10th anniversary season with the sequel, Annie Warbucks. “It’s a nice way to bookend the decade,” said producing artistic director Mark Morgan. Contrary to the highly popular original—and despite the fact that the sequel was written by the same people who wrote Annie—Annie Warbucks never made it to Broadway, though it was a successful off-Broadway show, Morgan noted. “It was breaking records at theaters it was at.” Because of its relatively obscure status to much of the theatergoing public, Morgan is referring to the show, which opens at 7 p.m. tonight at the Upper …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Moorestown Theater Company's Second Stage all-adult show premieres tonight and runs through this weekend and next.
It’s funny how things come full circle. As an 11-year-old, Tamlyn Brooke Orlando’s love for the Cinderella story of 42nd Street started her down the path to becoming a musical theater performer. Later, toward the end of a 10-year stint as a performer in New York City, she got to be a part of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the classic play. And now, more than a decade later, she’s choreographing Moorestown Theater Company’s (MTC) production of the tap-infused show. “It’s funny … It’s all 42nd Street,” Orlando said as she got ready for a rehearsal Thursday night. “It kind of keeps coming back in my life in different forms.” MTC’s 42nd Street premieres tonight at 7 p.m. at the Upper Elementary School. Orlando, who lives in Marlton…
Friday, October 12, 2012
The Moorestown Theater Company's annual Extrava-Gala will feature a "greatest hits" cabaret, plus a live auction and VIP reception.
This being Moorestown Theater Company’s (MTC) 10th anniversary, it makes sense that they’d go big for their annual fundraiser. Now in its fourth year, the theater company’s Extrava-Gala dinner-dance—affectionately referred to as the MTC prom—has naturally grown each year, in terms of both attendance and dollars. This year, producing artistic director and MTC founder Mark Morgan said they’re going bigger than ever to celebrate the 10th anniversary. The dinner-dance has become known for its cabarets, with performances from past and future MTC shows. For this year’s Extrava-Gala, Morgan said MTC performers will take part in a “greatest hits” cabaret, singing and strutting their stuff to songs from each of the company’s Main Stage shows from …