Audition Notice!! “Some Enchanted Evening” Musical Review – Feb. 3rd & 4th


The Theater League of Clifton will hold auditions for “Some Enchanted Evening—The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein”

Friday, Feb. 3, 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4, 2-5 p.m.
at Grace Church, 45 Hazel St., Clifton 

The casting call is for three women and two men.

The female parts include:

  • Julie, a “big soprano” with a soft sexiness and playfulness that is endearing, but beneath it all is a spunky woman. (B flat to A flat)
  • Anna is an attractive woman who could play Lady Thiang or Aunt Eller. She has a quality of mystery and sensuousness, but must be able to play both the regal and the silly. (A flat to E)
  • Nellie is a strong and up-front young performer who might play Ado Annie. She has a big, voice and could sing rock and roll, but now finds herself doing the Rodgers and Hammerstein classics. (G to C or D (high belt))

The male parts include:

  • Billy is tall, sexy and could play Jud or Billy Bigelow. He’s a “leading man” type who must sing well and have great personality. This guy dazzles women with his charm, along with a sense of humor and a command of music. (A flat to E)
  • Will is a “song and dance” man who could play Will Parker, but also could be right for Lt. Cable. He’s a friendly performer who must be able to play comedy as well as tender moments.(C to F sharp)

For this production, the theater league is seeking performers with “legit” musical theater voices who move well on stage. Those planning to attend the auditionsare asked to prepare a song in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Bring sheet music in your key or an instrumental tract on a thumb drive. An accompanist will be provided, Dress to move. Be prepared to provide all rehearsal conflicts, bring a theater resume and headshot. For additional information on the auditions, contact the theater league by phone (973-928-7668) or email (

Performances will be held May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14
at the Aprea Theater, 199 Scoles Ave, Clifton.

Teressa Kallay is the director and choreographer for the production and Jalmari Vanamo serves as the musical director. The show is being produced by Elizabeth Eisenmenger. Tara Freifeld is the stage manager.

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING® is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and concept by Jeffrey B. Moss.

Tickets now on sale for our 9th Annual Dinner Theater


Tickets now on sale for our 9th Annual Dinner Theater

TLC’s Dealt a Deadly Hand: Murder at the Royale Casino opens Feb 24th.
Tickets now available on our website, Tickets may also be purchased by check, by mailing to Theater League of Clifton, PO Box 4072, Clifton NJ 07012. If purchasing by mail please include the performance date and an email or phone number.

Limited reserved seating, $45.00/person. Includes 3 course dinner and the show.

Cash Bar available.

**Tickets must be purchased in advance, they will not be sold at the door.**

DIrected by Linda Wielkotz, Produced by Mark Peterson with Stage Manager Tara Freifeld

Come join our cast for this evening of Murder AND Laughs.

Joe Berardi – Rick
Roberta Almeida – Lola
Danielle Petrucelli – Candy
Frank Favata – Chief Wooden Nickel
Irene Yalicki – Princess Wanna Wampum
Kenny Fowler – Croc Chaser
Mike Purdy – Dudley Wadsworth III
Jessica Steele – Carmella Portabella
Mary Claire Bongiovanni – Stella Portabella

Casting Call : Annual dinner theater production “Dealt a Deadly Hand – Murder at the Royale Casino


Casting Call for our annual dinner theater production for the show “Dealt a Deadly Hand – Murder at the Royale Casino,” written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose.

Auditions will be held Monday, Nov. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 29, (7 to 9:30 p.m. for both dates), at Mario’s Restaurant, 710 Van Houten Ave., Clifton. Rehearsals will start in January 2017.  The dinner theater performance dates at Mario’s Restaurant are Feb. 24, 25, 26 and March 3, 4, 5, 2017.



Rick:  Casino owner;

Candy:  Rick’s teenage daughter;

Croc Chaser: TV show host

Dudley Wadsworth III:  Rick’s lawyer

Stella Portabella: Senior citizen at Rick’s casino;

Carmella Portabella: Senior citizen at Rick’s casino

and Stella’s sister;

Chief Wooden Nickel:  Native American leader with

claims on the casino;

Princess Wanna Wampum: Chief’s girlfriend

Lola: Rick’s ex-wife and former showgirl.

The show will be directed by Linda Wielkotz and produced by Mark Peterson,

For more information please

Call us at 973 928 7668


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Get Your Folk On…A Reunion Concert, a night of memories!

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The Theater League of Clifton (TLC) sponsored “Get Your Folk On…A Reunion Concert,” which was held at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Clifton on Sept. 28. An audience of about 100 fans turned out for an enjoyable evening of acoustic tunes and old favorites. A sentimental moment during the program came when Dante Liberti (second from right), a member of the executive board of TLC and one of the organizers of the event, presented flowers to Marlene Marlene Zschack. Marlene’s husband, the late Bob Zschack, a former Clifton High School teacher, served as the master of ceremonies for the Woodrow Wilson folk concerts during the 1960s and 1970s. Pictured at the event are (left to right) Matt Zschak (Marlene’s son); Marlene Zschack; Dante Liberti and Frank Rainey. Rainey, a music teacher in the Clifton school system for many years, is acknowledged as the “father” of the Woodrow Wilson folk music ensembles, and directed the Sept. 28 concert. He and Liberti also performed during the show

“The Odd Couple” comes to the TLC Stage this November!

odd couple fullThe Theater League of Clifton Presents, “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon on Nov. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at the Theresa Aprea Theater, 199 Scoles Ave., Clifton.

Ticket prices for adults are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For students and seniors, prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Group rates are available.

“The Odd Couple” premiered on Broadway in 1965 and in 1970 it became a popular TV situation comedy. The Tony Award-winning show focuses on the farcical relationship and zany exploits of two hopelessly mismatched New York City roommates: Oscar Madison, the coarse slob; and Felix Unger, the neurotic neat freak.

Cast members include Vincent Bivona of New York City and Zach Abraham of Highland Park in the lead roles of Oscar and Felix; Steve Adubato of Belleville as Roy; Frank Favata of North Arlington as Murray; Rebecca Shuster of Little Falls as Cecily; Tara Moran of Montclair as Gwendolyn; Tarek Salib of Rutherford as Vinnie; and Mike Purdy of Clifton as Speed.

Get Your Folk On…. A Reunion Concert , sponsored by TLC

Come Join us September 28th for….


A tradition for a decade between the mid 1960’s and 1970’s, Clifton, NJ folk concerts were held to celebrate student musical creativity. Initiated by Frank Rainey and his several singing ensembles, these events were enjoyed by students, parents and patrons alike. From classic folk tunes to – at the time – current acoustic hits, these concerts covered it all.

It was a special time for these performers and their mentors, and we want to do it again! This time, we’ll be joined by current student artists and pulling together featured performers from those formative years.

Come celebrate with us on September 28, 7pm at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School Courtyard in Clifton!
$8 in Advance – $10 at the door
Advance tickets available on our tickets tab

folk concert

Come to the Cabaret – Opening May 13th

The Theater League of Clifton (TLC) is thrilled to be bringing the musical Cabaret to life this May at the Aprea Theater (199 Scoles Ave, Clifton, NJ). Show dates are May 13, 14, 15 and May 20, 21, 22. Performance times are Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Click here to reserve your ticket online or call the TLC Box Office at (973) 928-7668.

Cabaret Flier with receptionCabaret is set in the early 1930s in Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power. It deals with the nightlife happenings at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. With a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Cabaret is a musical based on the John Van Druten play, I Am a Camera, and The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood.

This show will certainly be a showstopper with a brilliant production team and cast. Cabaret production team includes: Director Kathleen Kellaigh, Musical Director Jalmari Vanamo, Choreographer Judi Layne Niebuhr, Stage Manager Tara Freifeld, & Producer Maryann Irizarry. Cabaret’s large cast consists of TLC veterans as well as a talented group of new comers. The cast includes: Kenneth Fowler, Gregory Gwyn, James Gwyn, Jeannie Kempa, Robert Mascuch, Jessica Peirce, Bill Powers, Michael Purdy, Sarah Robertson, & Michael Sconzo of Clifton; Joseph Fritz of Bergenfield; Christine Blake, Jack Pignatello, & Maren Sugarman of Bloomfield; Daniel Reid of Emerson; Chris Robertson of Fairlawn; Jennifer Verdonck of Hasbrouck Heights; Jacob Michael of Hawthorne; Sabrina Curry of Kearney; Vanessa Sierra of Linden; Mariah Ayscue & Gary Koseyan of Montclair; Aseal Nassar of North Bergen; Maria Salvati of Nutley; Sofia Flores-Hohn of Paterson; Kelsey Snedeker of Seacaucus; Peggy Valenti of Succasunna; Maria Alessi & James Russo of Wayne; and Seira Nakanishi of Brooklyn, NY.

Save $5 by ordering tickets in advance! Non-member advanced tickets rates: $20/adults and $15/students & seniors; At the door rates: $25 adults /$20 students & seniors. Tickets and seat selection can be made online at or by calling the TLC Box Office at (973) 928-7668. Mail checks to: Theater League of Clifton, PO Box 4072 Clifton, NJ 07012, include the show date & time. Group discounts rates available, call (973) 928-7668 for details.