Tickets on sale for Jazz Night on 10/13


Please join us for an evening of live jazz music on Friday, Oct. 13 at Grace Church, 45 Hazel St., Clifton, featuring the Mike Luipersbeck Jazz All-Stars. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $20 per person and can be reserved online, by phone or by regular mail (PO Box 4072, Clifton, NJ 07012). To reserve tickets, call (973) 928-7668, or visit the theater league’s website ( Tickets also will be sold at the door on the night of the show. There will be a reception at the church following the performance.

The Luipersbeck band performs jazz standards and selections from the American Songbook. Members of the quartet include Luipersbeck on drums, Ron Naspo on bass, Peter Greco on keyboards and electric guitar, and Michael Gabriele on saxophone.

The combo has performed at numerous venues throughout northern New Jersey for more than 10 years. This past summer the band was featured at the “Tuesdays in the Plaza” series in downtown Paterson, sponsored by the Passaic County Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs and the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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

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.

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February FUNdraisers!

Our 7th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

During a performance of “Once Upon a Mystery” the character Red attempts to solve the mystery: who poisoned Snow White with an apple?

At Mario’s Restaurant in Clifton – Tickets on Sale Now!

Once Upon A Mystery


Online Thirty-One Fundraiser

We’re hosting a second February FUNdraiser – an online sale with Thirty-One going on NOW through March 13th! Check out these adorable products, many of which are on sale. 20% of sales benefit TLC!  Visit our exclusive online event link here. 

TLC Thirty One Fundraiser flyer

Sixth Annual murder-mystery Dinner Theater – Tickets On Sale

Coming up at Mario’s Restaurant March 7,8,9 and 14, 15, 16

Murd-arr Flyer

Our Sixth Annual murder-mystery dinner theater “Murd-arrr!!! Pirates of The Salty Dog” by Toby Otero is coming up in March!

Our annual dinner theater fundraiser has become a local favorite and helps support our ongoing mission to bring the performing arts to the greater Clifton community – come on out to support us and enjoy dinner and a show!

Murd-arrr!!! Pirates of The Salty Dog is the manic tale of a stolen treasure chest, mayhem, mischief and…Murd-arrr!!! After years of sailing the Seven Seas, Captain Bigbeard decides to set anchor on dry land in an attempt to live a life on the straight and narrow.  But with the notorious French Privateer, “The Razor” hot on his trail and a Drunken Pirate that always seems to do the wrong thing, can Bigbeard and his crew ever truly live a peaceful life?

Directed by Linda Wielkotz and Produced by Mark Peterson. The cast features many new faces from the broader northern New Jersey area, including:

Robin Edinger of Linden; Gus Ferrari of Montclair; Don Sheffrin of Little Falls; Ann Tannous of Glen Rock; Mike VanLuvender of East Rutherford and Victoria Waumans of Clifton.

Tickets are $40 and include a 3 course dinner of Salad, Pasta, Sea Bass, Chicken, Potato, Vegetable, Dessert, and Beverages: soda, tea and coffee. A cash bar is also available.

Show dates:  March 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16th; Friday & Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 4PM, at Mario’s Restaurant, 710 Van Houten Avenue in Clifton, NJ.  Limited seating available, advance reservations are recommended!

Tickets will be reserved upon payment on a first-come first served basis.  Payment and seat selection can be made online here.  Or, by check to Theater League of Clifton, P.O. Box 4072, Clifton, NJ 07012, include the performance date with your check.

Or, call our box office at (973) 928-7668 to reserve your seat today!