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The Theater League of Clifton will sponsor a musical fund-raiser, the “Nat King Cole Revue” featuring Thos Shipley and his trio, with performances on Saturday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m., at Mario’s Restaurant, 710 Van Houten Ave., Clifton.

Tickets can be reserved online, by phone or by regular mail. To reserve tickets, call (973) 928-7668, or visit the theater league’s website ( Tickets for the musical revue are priced at $45 per person, which includes a hot and cold appetizer buffet, wine, beer and soda.

A resident of Roselle Park, Shipley performed the role of John in the Original Broadway Cast of Miss Saigon and is a five-time MAC award winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist.” He studied acting, dance and theater at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York. Shipley has performed at venues in Atlantic City and the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan.

Nat King Cole (1919-1965) was a legendary American vocalist and jazz pianist. Famous for his smooth baritone voice, his beloved hit songs during the 1950s and 1960s included “Unforgettable,” “Misty,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” “Mona Lisa,” “Too Young,” and “Ramblin’ Rose.” Shipley will bring these songs and other selections to life during his Clifton performance.

Founded in 2005, The Theater League of Clifton is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts through theatrical performances, while providing quality entertainment for all ages. The theater league welcomes volunteers in all aspects of performance and production. Mark Peterson is the president of the organization.




The Theater League of Clifton announces auditions for their Fall Musical – “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. Seeking ‘triple threats’ and actors who sing, for all of the “Chic, Unique and quite Adorable” roles. A cast of at least 25 is being sought including ensemble roles and tap dancers.
Show dates November 3,4,5 10,11,12 2017. Audition dates: Wed. June 14, 7:00-9:30 pm. Sun. June 18, 1:00—4:00 pm. Tuesday, June 20, 7:00– 9:30pm for call backs and scheduled auditions. Auditions will all be held at ATC Studios 68 Union Ave, Clifton NJ.
The story is set in Manhattan 1922. A gutsy Millie Dillmount arrives to fulfil her modern and chic life dreams, which quickly dissolve into reality. She gets mugged, falls in love (“modern” don’t do that), lives in a seedy hotel run by an actress-turned-villain and encounters all the big city has to offer. Her adventures include meeting up with quite a wide variety of interesting people. Principal roles include:
Millie Dilmount 20-25 Spunky modern woman
Jimmy Smith 20-30 suave city slicker
Mrs. Meers 45-55 Hotel Manager
Dorothy Brown 20-25 Naïve wealthy roommate to Millie
Ching Ho 18-25 Chinese Hotel worker brother to Bun Foo
Bun Foo 20-30 Chinese Hotel worker brother to Ching Ho
Miss Flannery 35-45 Insurance Office Manager
Trevor Graydon 30-40 Insurance Executive
Muzzy Van Hussmere 35-45 Black Glamorous Night Club Performer
Secondary roles include 8-10 female roles and 8-10 male roles in the hotel, office, polices and for Muzzy’s boys. Also seeking speed tappists for the office and few older celebrity roles.
Open auditions for all roles. Please prepare a song in the style of the show. Sides will be provided at auditions. Please dress to move, choreography will be taught at auditions.
Director: Kathleen Kellaigh. Musical Director: Jalmari Vanamo. Choreographer: Judi Niebuhr. Stage Manager: Tara Freifeld. For more role information and vocal ranges
or call 973-928-7668

Thoroughly Modern Millie   

Character Details

Millie Dillmount
A spunky, modern woman trying to make it in New York City. She falls in love with Jimmy. Our story’s protagonist.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Jimmy Smith
A suave city slicker who unexpectedly becomes the story’s hero. He falls in love with Millie.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Mrs. Meers
A former actress turned human trafficker pretending to be a kindly Chinese woman. She oversees the Hotel Priscilla where she secretly sells her tenants.
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Dorothy Brown
A naive, wealthy girl who has moved to New York to change her lifestyle. She becomes Millie’s roommate and confidant.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: B3

Ching Ho
A Chinese immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Younger brother of Bun Foo and henchman to Mrs. Meers. Sings and speaks in Chinese.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Bun Foo
A Chinese immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Older brother of Ching Ho and henchman to Mrs. Meers. Sings and speaks in chinese.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Miss Flannery
An uptight, stern office manager. She runs the stenographer pool at Sincere Trust Insurance Company.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Trevor Graydon
An executive at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. He is sharp, ambitious, and secretly romantic.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Muzzy Van Hossmere
A glamorous actress and singer at a night club. She becomes Millie’s friend and mentor.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G#3
*It is the authors’ preference that, for thematic reasons, the role of Muzzy be played by an actress of color as an African-American character. Within an American context, Muzzy being African-American resonates very differently than her being Caucasian because show business was traditionally one of the only ways an African American could circumvent the worst of racism and embark on the same kind of self-reinvention that Millie is attempting — and, in 1922, there were limited avenues for that trajectory available to African-Americans.

George Gershwin
Gender: Male
Age: 35-45
Non Singing Role except as part of ensemble songs
Recognizable celebrity character of NYC at the time with minimal lines

Dorothy Parker
Gender: Female
Age: 35-45
Non Singing Role except as part of ensemble songs
Recognizable celebrity character of NYC at the time with minimal lines

Hotel Priscilla Girls
Ruth, Gloria, Rita, Alice, Cora, Lucille, Ethel Peas
Age: 20 -30
Minor Speaking Role.
Singing and Tap dancing a plus, part of ensemble as well

Male Ensemble
Gender: Male 8 -10 roles
Age: Varied
Singing and Tap Dancing a plus
Muzzy’s boys, Policeman, Dishwashers, NYC street folk

Female Ensemble
Gender: Female 2-4 roles
Age: Varied
Singing and Tap Dancing a plus
Office girls, New Modern, Pearl Lady, NYC Street Folk

Speed Tappists
Gender: Female
Age: 18 -35
Girls in Office who speed tap while sitting at desk. May also be part of the ensemble.
Can be dance role only.


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


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

folk on

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