August: Osage County
Next On Our Stage: November 9 - 18, 2018
Readington Community Theatre (RCT) is pleased to announce its fall, 2018 production. “August: Osage County” by Tracy Letts will be presented at the Polish American Club (PACC) Theatre in Whitehouse Station, NJ. The show opens on November 9 and there will be six performances. Auditions information is now available on our audition page.
RCT welcomes Mr. Christopher Rollings as Director of this production.
Past Show | Spring 2018
Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brooks’s musical The Producers is a laugh-out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing farce that has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and he finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway, with the worst script, the worst director, and the worst cast they can find; the catch is that they will raise two million dollars to finance the show, and they plan to take the money and head to Rio when the show inevitably closes after just one performance. Too bad for Bialystock & Bloom that, against all odds, the show is a total hit! With dozens of big and bit parts alike, no shortage of showstopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humor keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Past Show | Fall 2017
A play in two acts by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey, this story was adapted into a Broadway play in 1963 and into a 1975 film which won five academy awards.
Plot: The story is narrated by "Chief" Bromden, a gigantic and docile half-Native American patient at a psychiatric hospital, who presents himself as deaf and mute. When Randle Patrick McMurphy gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward's patients.
This show will be directed by RCT President Joe Vinciguerra and Assistant Director Stephanie DiPilla. RC Theatre will present "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at the Polish American Club Theatre on Kline Blvd in Whitehouse Station, NJ. Performances are scheduled for November 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 8:00 pm, and on November 12 & 19 at 2:00 pm.
Inherit The Wind
Past Show | Fall 2016
This play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is based on a true story that has as its genesis in the events of the famous Tennessee Scopes Monkey trial. It is considered one of the most outstanding dramas of our time.
Plot: In the 1920s, Tennessee schoolteacher Bertram Cates is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead of creationism. Drawing intense national attention in the media with writer E. K. Hornbeck reporting, two of the nation's leading lawyers go head to head: Matthew Harrison Brady (William Jennings Bryan) for the prosecution, and Henry Drummond (Clarence Darrow) for the defense.
Past Show | Spring 2017
"Noises Off" is a 1982 play written by English playwright Michael Frayn. It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.
Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called "Nothing’s On". Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and plates of sardines gone astray all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
Each of the three acts of Noises Off contains a performance of the first act of the play within a play called "Nothing On". This is the type of play in which young girls run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and many doors continually bang open and shut.
Both the original Broadway production in 1984 and the Broadway revival in 2001 were nominated and received numerous awards.
The RCT production featured a gifted cast of nine actors, directed by RC Theatre founder Rob Nonni. Remarkable about this production was the set design and engineering. The play requires a 180 degree, rotational set that reverses from the interior of an upscale, English country home in Act I to a backstage view in Act II and back to the original interior view in Act III. To accomplish this, RCT had to engineer a center platform that was manually rotated in between the Acts with six, side wall flats that also rotated and reversed. This was truly an amazing accomplishment in a simple banquet hall where everything is built by RCT "from scratch" in the three weeks prior to the opening of the show.
"Noies Off" performances at RCT were well attended, and much applauded by audiences including members of the NJ amateur theatre community who were impressed with the set reversal mechanics.
Past Show | Spring 2016
Young Frankenstein, officially known as The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, is a musical with a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. It is based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Brooks and Gene Wilder and directed by Brooks, who has described it as his best film. It is a parody of the horror film genre, especially the 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
The original, Broadway production was nominated for three Tony awards and won the 2008 Outer Critics Circle award for best musical.
Plot: Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.
With this production of "Young Frankenstein", the RC Theatre introduced computerized projection technology to enable numerous scene changes on a unit set. The RCT reached new heights in the design and construction of the innovative set for this show. The talented cast was accompanied by a 16 piece orchestra from Hunterdon Central Regional High School, conducted by Music Director Will Magalio, with choreography by Assistant Director Cindy Magalio.