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West Side Story 2017 Cast Announced

Producer Jim Marhold and his team are delighted to announce their cast for West Side Story, coming to the Count Basie stage this July:
Ryan Lowe – Action
Alicia Dishon – Anita
Markos Eugenis – Anxious
Brooke Salamone – Anybodys
Joey Maher – A-Rab
Parker Aimone – Baby John
Matt Giove – Bernardo
Sam Oz Stone – Big Deal
Savannah Connolly – Charlene
Nick D’Ambrosia – Chino
Hayley Miller – Clarice
Jenna Najjar  – Consuela
Angela DeDominick – Delores
Michael Korner – Diesel
Dave Harris – Doc
Alyssa Cichy – Estella
Eliana Swartz – Faye
Ashley Bruno  – Francisca
James Martin – Gee-tar
Emily Moreno – Ginnie
Delaney Burke – Graziella
Anthony Broccoli – Ice
Lia Legregin – Josephina
Benjamin Carino – Juan
Kahleen Fallon – Lorenza
Joe Minnella – Lt. Schrank
Zach James – Luis
Ralph Primavera – Mambo
Jordan Serrano – Margarita
Elayna Broillet – Margot
Christa Dalmazio – Maria
Miranda Franco – Minnie
Josh Bailey  – Moose
Michael Gwiazdowski – Mouthpiece
Tomas Carson – Nibbles
Mark Regan Jr. – Officer Krupke
Jaclyn Itte – Pauline
Michael McEntee – Pepe
Chris Lorenc –  Riff
Lizzy Legregin – Rosalia
Olivia Coniglio – Ruby
Eddie Itte – Snowboy
Gabriela Morris – Teresita
Ben Buckman – Tiger
Mason Kugelman – Tony
Max Sherman – Toro
Erin Chiaravalloti – Trixie
Shannon Garahan – Velma

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2017 Camp Staff Announced

Meet our Staff

Camp Phoenix staff members are veterans of the Phoenix main stage, having performed or been on production teams for decades. 

Their mission is to teach the art of musical theatre in a positive, supportive, creative and FUN atmosphere.

Todd Aikens- Director

It wouldn't be summer at Phoenix Productions without Todd Aikens, a Phoenix Trustee, Director, Performer, Stage Manager,Teaching Artist and one of the driving forces that initially launched Camp Phoenix more than a decade ago. Todd served as director for November's Phoenix revival of A Christmas Story. As a performer, he most recently appeared as Uncle Jocko and Cigar in our 2016 production of Gypsy. Todd is the Drama Director at Shore Regional High School. He is the recipient of the 2014-15 Basie Award for Outstanding Direction in a Musical.

Beth Moore- Musical Director

Beth has been an active musical director at Phoenix Productions since our 2002 revival of The King & I (a role she reprised for the 2010 production). Her most recent Phoenix experience was wielding the baton for The Sound of Music in September 2014. Beth teaches vocal music at Central Regional High School, and is in high demand as a musical director, coach and accompanist.

Robert Sammond- Music Director

Bob is a long-standing staff member of Phoenix's main stage productions and year-round education. The current Musical Director of the 2017 main stage revival of Beauty and the Beast, he appeared as musical director for our September 2016 revival of Gypsy and our April 2016 revival of The Little Mermaid.

Tara Eccles-Frye- Choreographer

Tara not only has been performing with Phoenix Productions since she was a teenager, but is also an original Camp Phoenix Staff Member.  She started as a Camp Assistant during our first years of Camp Phoenix and has worked her way up to one of our favorite instructors.  She is currently the owner of Emotion in Motion dance studio. Tara was nominated for a 2014-15 Basie Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Musical (Annie at Shore Regional High School). She most recently choreographed Phoenix's 2013 production of Anything Goes.

Rachel Wasser- Choreographer

In addition to a regular summer gig as a Camp Phoenix choreographer, Rachel Wasser is a dance instructor at Red Bank Catholic High School and Shoreline Dance Academy. Most recently, she choreographed Phoenix's 2016 revival of The Little Mermaid. Rachel is also a long time Phoenix performer who appeared as a Laker Girl in our 2014 production of Monty Python's Spamalot.

Phoenix’s Black Box Theatre Fund Launch!


Join us on Sunday, May 21 for a Broadway Breakfast to launch Phoenix’s 2017 Black Box Theatre Fund!

Fun for the whole Phoenix family awaits when you arrive at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center any time between 8am and 12pm. The singing waitstaff will dazzle you with your favorite Broadway numbers while you enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast surrounded by theatre lovers like you. Activities for the young and young at heart include games, face painting and more. Support your local arts community and CLICK HERE your reservations today!


Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Sausage, Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice and Milk

About Phoenix’s Blackbox Theatre Fund:

Phoenix Productions is a non-profit community theater organization, performing four Broadway revivals for more than 20,000 patrons annually at the Count Basie Theatre. Our 2017 Blackbox Theatre Fund provides the resources to transform studio space at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center into a new performance venue. This blackbox theatre will allow for an enhanced schedule of Phoenix productions, including shows for children and seniors and even original works. We also envision expanded education and community outreach initiatives, providing opportunities for artists and craftspeople of all ages to learn, grow and experience live theatre.

Phoenix to perform at Community Concert

Phoenix to Perform in a Special Concert on May 3rd.  Click below for more details

Basie To Assume Operations of famed Monmouth Conservatory of Music

Beauty and the Beast 2017 Cast Announced


Producer Andrea Zawadzky and her production team proudly announce the 2017 cast of our Spring production of Beauty and the Beast

Belle …………………..Lauren  Sodono

Beast…………………..Michael  McEntee

Gaston………………….. David Fusco

Lefou…………………..Casey Okamoto

Lumiere…………………..Chris Lorenc

Cogsworth…………………..Mark Regan Jr.

Mrs. Potts…………………..Suzanne Ramsey-Restivo

Maurice…………………..Michael Dalberg

Babette…………………..Jordan Gilbert

Chip…………………..Nadia Heslin

Chip…………………..Liam Pollock

Madame Le Grande Bouche…………………..Patricia Kelly

D’Arque…………………..Michael Skloff

Silly Girl …………………..Kim Alexis Kallok

Silly Girl………………….. Jessica  Sanzone

Silly Girl/Can Can Dancer…………………..Angela  Peletier

Can Can Dancer …………………..Jessica D’Agostino

Can Can Dancer………………….. Kaeleen Fallon

Can Can Dancer………………….. Morgan Mack

Can Can Dancer………………….. Hayley Miller

Can Can Dancer………………….. Lily Grace Riddle

Carpet-Can Can Dancer …………………..Kayla Goins

Youth Ensemble…………………..Matthew Black, Taylor Kaplan, Kylie Mulvihill, Bryan Reimertz, Michele Roman, Rebecca Ryann

Adult Ensemble ………………….. Loretta Boyle, Nick Buonvicino, Gabby   Cinque, Michael DeVito, Mikey   Friedman, Matthew Giove, Brian Pollock, Christopher Primavera, Angela  Ronan, Kim Sarnoski, Gabrielle Weaver, Sigan-Sulpum Wilson, Shelley Ziegler

For tickets call 732-747-0014 or visit

Karaoke Night!!

karaokenighthomeboxKaraoke Night At Phoenix To Benefit the Phoenix Black Box Theater Fund

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time: 6:30-11:00pm

Where: The Phoenix Performing Arts Center

Karaoke bar scene a bit too much? Join us, along with your family and friends, for a fun evening of Karaoke! Along with the usual Karaoke we will have a few diversions, as well with some trivia, contests, and even a few prizes along the way! Wine, Beer and noshes will be provided for just $20 Bucks! Don’t sing? Just want to tag along to enjoy the singing, wine and beer? $15 bucks for you! Finally if you have no place to leave Aunt Tillie, Uncle Jed , or the kids because they don’t sing or drink alcohol bring them along for just $5 bucks!

Click HERE to Purchase your tickets!

* No refunds will be issued less than four weeks before the first day of a class or camp session, except in the event that the event is cancelled by Phoenix Productions. (A student may be eligible for a full refund if he/she is unable to attend due to medical reasons. A note from the physician must accompany the written refund request.)

January 22nd Open House

webopenhousePhoenix Productions will be hosting a Newcomers Open House on

Sunday, January 22nd from 1pm to 4pm at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 59 Chestnut Street, across from the Armory in Red Bank.

If you’d like to be more involved with Phoenix- onstage or backstage or in one of the myriad capacities that keep Phoenix going, you are invited to attend.

You will meet members of the Board, directors, set designers, costume designers and people just like you who want to do theatre for the love of it. Phoenix will match your skills and talents with their needs and get you involved.

Actors are welcome as well, and will be given a tour and a behind-the-scenes look into the audition and rehearsal process of Phoenix Productions.


Can’t come but want to be involved?

Come Paint with Phoenix!!


On Saturday, December 10 from 6:30-8:30pm, enjoy a night out and support Phoenix Productions with a fun, step-by-step canvas Paint Party lead by My Creative Canvas.
We will provide some snacks, an instructor and all supplies (easels, paint brushes, paints, palettes, smocks). All guests leave with a one-of-a-kind “winter wonderland” masterpiece of your own!
This event is BYOB, and is $40 per person. This event is for ages 21+ only!
Event will be held at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center  59 Chestnut Street in Red Bank (across from the Armory)
To secure your spot, CLICK HERE

Audition Workshop for Gypsy

Ages 7-17

This one-day workshop is designed especially for young performers planning to audition for Phoenix’s September production of Gypsy. These workshop are taught by directors, choreographers and producers who are regular members of our main stage production staff. Students will learn tips for presenting their best 16 bars, picking up choreography at a dance call, and feeling confident throughout the audition process. This is your chance to practice your skills, and get to know the Phoenix process. All registrants will receive a priority audition time for the Gypsy auditions in July.

Saturday, June 25 1pm-3pm (Ages 10-13)

Saturday, June 25 4pm-6pm (Ages 14-17)

Sunday, June 26 10am-12pm (Ages 10-13)


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Broadway or Bust 2016

Session I, Broadway or Bust! (3 Weeks)

July 11th-29th  Monday-Friday  9:00am – 4:30pm Daily

Regular Tuition: $1,225

Immerse yourself in a full day of musical theatre fun! The Full Day, “Broadway or Bust” option combines you child’s desire to both train and perform. Get a solid foundation in your triple threat training each morning from 9:00am-12:30pm, and rehearse for the musical production of High School Musical, Jr every afternoon from 1:00-4:30pm!

Click here to reserve your spot now

Session II, Broadway or Bust! (3 Weeks)

August 1st-19th  Monday-Friday  9:00am – 4:30pm (Full Day)

Regular Tuition: $1,225

Immerse yourself in a full day of musical theatre fun! The Full Day, “Broadway or Bust” option combines you child’s desire to both train and perform. Get a solid foundation in your triple threat training each morning from 9:00am-12:30pm, and rehearse for  Into the Woods, Jr. every afternoon from 1:00-4:30pm!

Click here to reserve your spot now

*Rising Star Summer Youth Production Placement Auditions

Placement auditions are required to participate in either or both of these fully costumed summer workshop productions and are open to performers in grades 1 – 12. No prior experience is needed to audition.The Rising Stars cast is made up of both principal and ensemble roles. Actors cast in a principal role will have speaking lines and/or solos. Actors in the ensemble sing and dance as part of a group, and while there are several additional featured opportunities they do not always have individual lines or solos. No matter the size of the role, all participants are integral to the success of the production. All participating young performers will be in rehearsal working towards the final performance and/or engaged in “triple threat” training throughout the day.  We ask that young performers are fully committed to participating in our Rising Stars Summer Productions by registering before auditioning.