If you would like to advertise in our 2015 Shrek Program, please download the form provided follow the instructions. Questions can be emailed to Mrs. Gail Zanine at firstname.lastname@example.org
A year ago, JMT incorporated and formed our first, official executive board. One year into the mission, it has been a learning experience, and I’d like to share with you some of the progress we’ve made.
- We settled on Shrek, a very new show, and a departure from more traditional musicals, as our 2015 production. Welcome to all of our newcomers, and welcome back to all of our wonderful, perennial volunteers!
- On October 25, 2014 we held our first singer/songwriter evening fundraiser courtesy of the organizational talents of John Rudolf. Talented performers from Jenkintown and previous JMT casts filled the space at St. John’s in Roslyn with wonderful music. We are so appreciative of everyone’s willingness to share their gifts to make this first event pretty successful.
- Under the auspices of Heather Farr, we’ve launched the Arts in the Wings booster club for the Jenkintown School District arts programs – music, drama and art. Heather is planning a Jenkintown-based fundraising event at the end of January featuring bands headed-up by Jenkintown’s Mayor Ed Foley and other “dads” in the community.
- The adoption of the Vendini electronic ticketing system last year was pretty successful and we learned quite a few, good lessons about managing the software for future productions. As a way of providing further support for the school’s arts programs, we were able to extend this extremely convenient resource to the Jenkintown High School Drama Club fall production of Young Frankenstein.
- Sadly, the Playbill virtual program did not quite work out the way we thought it would, so we’re reverting back to our former program style. We may still use the virtual Playbill to post photos and 30-second, rehearsal video clips.
If anyone in the cast or crew has a great, constructive idea for fundraising, or ways to positively enhance JMT’s community involvement, we’d love to hear it. The ultimate goal is to move JMT forward as a non-profit organization supporting the arts of the Jenkintown School District and providing performance opportunities for local talent. I believe JMT has enormous potential to be a positive advocate for the arts in the Jenkintown community and surrounding areas, and that idea is bigger than any one of us who graciously volunteer their time and efforts. Already the rehearsals for Shrek have shown that this show is going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see the end result!
JENKINTOWN MUSIC THEATRE’S 2015 PRODUCTION
SHREK THE MUSICAL – CAST LIST
Fiona– Tara Dromgoole
Elf – OliviaMorris
Papa Bear– ToBeCast
White Rabbit– ToBeCast
MamaOgre – JenniferBerger
PapaOgre – PaulPope
Pied Piper– To Be Cast
StephanieDeGraw, JuliaGuerin, CharlotteKreines, KelseyKushnir, EmmaMcClain, EmmaMorris, ChrisMudge, HannahMudge, Cindy Paul, SueRoberts, MonicaTreacy, NancyWoehrle
Sophie Curran, LisaHutton, AlexJamison, KyraLisse, AnneMadden, ErinMarkham, TeresaNavon, MaureenScallatino, AnneVanMeter, LoeyWeggel
ADDITIONALPARTSTOBECASTINJANUARYThree BlindMice,HappyPeople,BlueBird,Greeter, Knights,Bishop,Thelonius,Grumpy,Choir,etc.
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Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture
And the book by William Steig
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…..”
And then the fun begins!
Our lovable ogre and his friends (and enemies) are coming back to life on our JMT stage in one of the most fabulous, funny, poignant double award winning fairy tale adventures ever conceived! Come and join us!
JMT is happy to announce our performance dates:
Friday, April 10 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 11 at 3:00pm
Sunday, April 12 at 3:00 pm
Friday, April 17 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Kuykendall Auditorium of Jenkintown High School
West & Highland Avenues, Jenkintown, PA
For more information, please visit our website at www.jenkintownmusictheatre.org, or “Like” our Facebook Page – Jenkintown Music Theatre
If you have any questions, please call 215-659-8505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO AUDITION!
Thank you to all of our patrons who come out to support JMT every year. We have an extremely talented, and dedicated cast and production staff who truly enjoy bringing these wonderful Broadway musicals to our Jenkintown community. Please stay tuned for updates about next year’s production. Thank you again for supporting the arts in Jenkintown! – The JMT Board of Directors
Community Theatre is going strong in Montgomery County, and JMT would like to encourage you to also support some of our colleagues in the area:
Willow Manor Players, Roslyn, PA - http://www.willowmanorplayers.org/
Pulley & Buttonhole, Jenkintown, PA - http://pulleyandbuttonholetheatre.org/
Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre, Neshaminy, PA - http://www.nvmt.org/
Beth Sholom Players, Elkins Park, PA - http://www.bethsholomplayers.org/
It’s a pleasure to sit and think about all of my years connected to the community theater network. It is what I call my “therapy”. As I tell the young folks who are interested in getting into community theater…where else can you meet 20 or so new friends, sing, dance and act in front of 200 people for 6 shows?…and you can do this every year!
For today’s youth it is a great way to prepare for the stresses of the work world. I believe that those who participate are much more prepared to deal with all that each day throws at you. It develops your confidence and allows you to comfortably stand in “front” and speak……in whatever you do.
I found over my 26 years with JMT /Community Theater that performing is great medicine to cure your fears and a source of developing confidence in yourself. I’ve been associated with a few community groups but none for as long as I have been with JMT. I’m fond of JMT, as it resides in the neighborhood I went to grade school in and spent most of my teen years hanging out in. I was lucky enough to get a small role in my first JMT show – South Pacific (1988). It was there I met the friendliest, and what I thought were extremely talented, people. I played the role of Buzz Adams (the pilot) and began what was to be a great bunch of relationships. Within the 26 years of performing I was lucky enough to nab many leading roles and also smaller parts in the annual productions. I can tell you that a lot of those contacts and friends that were made “still” exist today. They are truly family to me.
So anyway I won’t bore you with every role I achieved but I will tell you that each one gave me something to move forward with in my life. Today I try and tell all of the younger set involved that being involved in theater at this level truly has its benefits – stay with it and watch yourself develop. Especially today with all of the social media tools, you find that young people don’t communicate as well as they should (my opinion). I mean you’ll never see anyone texting a line to someone on stage..it has to be face to face…..hey! Communicating! I know it’s not that extreme but you know what I mean.
About 5 years ago I started to get interested in the back stage part of the productions. It’s true however that as you get older (and balder) that those leading roles don’t appear that often. So I started helping with sets and doing stage crew. You should all try it sometime. I think you’ll find as I did that that guy or gal moving that set is as equally important as the leading man or woman. As an actor you sometimes take that for granted but it is as specific as a leading role. I also get to watch individuals grow each year and that is so cool to see. I could mention a ton of individuals but the list is too long. I will tell you that we have a present cast member that was just a baby when I began at JMT and now he is dancing , singing and acting on stage. He’s not only developed as a performer but as a young man as well….and…his mom still does the show also. Pretty cool stuff huh? That is a perfect example of not only JMT but community theater at its best!
Today I am on the board of another local community group called Willow Manor Players which provides quality community theater performed at Abington Jr. H/S. Many of the performers who do shows at JMT also participate in the WMP program. It’s good to see the casts mix it up between the 2 groups . Folks can do a show in the spring and the fall which gives the community an opportunity to see close to and sometimes as good as off Broadway productions. Maybe I’m biased but the quality of the community theater in this area is second to none. All participants should take a bow!
I pretty much stick to the Producer role at WMP these days along with stage crew for JMT and also “announcing” at JMT. I always look forward to letting everyone know that they must “Unwrap All Hard Candy” at this time!
This year’s production of “Hello Dolly” is as good as it gets! The sets, lights, dancing, acting etc……. it is extremely well done. It is just another example of people’s commitment to this trade. Our goal is to keep this train running and with the participation of all of you who read this I believe we’ll keep performing and we’ll buying tickets for a long, long time. This year is my 40th year being connected and involved in Community Theater, and I’m looking forward to many more!
Hope you enjoyed the blog post! See you all on stage!
If you are a JMT patron, or are bringing a guest, requiring disability access or special seating arrangements, please contact our Ticket Manager, Jenn Adams at 215-478-6546 at least 48 hours prior to the performance and leave a detailed message. One of our representatives will return your call with additional questions. The Jenkintown High School Building is handicapped-accessible through the front door in the drop-off circle, and we do have an elevator available for anyone in need of ambulatory assistance. There is also a handicapped-accessible ramp and door, with additional parking spaces, at the rear entrance of the school off of Highland Avenue. Handicapped placard parking is limited in front of the school, however, our parking attendant will save a range of spaces for those with valid placards. Thank you for your support of Jenkintown Music Theatre and we hope to see you at Hello, Dolly!
Jenkintown Music Theatre greatly appreciates the generosity and community involvement of our show sponsors. Without their support, JMT might have difficulty supporting the arts in Jenkintown and bringing such wonderful musical productions to our audience. From everyone at JMT – THANK YOU!
The Hiway Theater is celebrating its 100th birthday, having opened in 1913 as the “Jenkintown Auditorium.” The theater is located at 212 Old York Road in Jenkintown, PA. We are nonprofit, community-based movie theater, specializing in independent, art, and foreign films. http://www.hiwaytheater.net/
One of my favorite musical numbers comes from “Cutains”, the show JMT produced in 2010. The song “It’s a Business” finds the show producer, Carmen, explaining to her not-so-terribly talented daughter, Bambi, her perspective on producing musical theatre for profit. It’s a great, funny song and I’ve been revisiting it for inspiration this year. As many of you are aware, JMT finally became an incorporated non-profit entity at the beginning of this year. Extensive research, thought and planning went into moving forward with the process, and we knew there would be something of a balance between positive outcomes and what some might perceive as negative outcomes. The learning experience over the past several months has been quite interesting.
On the positive side, we are now officially able to accept tax-deductible donations, and provide statements of giving, since we are a non-profit entity. We were able to implement electronic ticket sales through Facebook and our website, which was not possible in years past. We are working out some bugs for those who don’t wish to use a credit card for purchases, but it has so far been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our relationship with the school district remains strong, with an increased flow of communication and better connections with the performing arts instructors. We are also making inroads back into the Jenkintown business community, and the community at large. Our hope is to bring even more participation from community residents to JMT in the future.
Because this is our first year with the new structure, it has mildly affected how we determine budget amounts for our creative departments. There is a small measure of uncertainty in predicting whether Hello, Dolly! will sell the right dollar amount of tickets we need to be successful, but we’re cautiously optimistic about it. With non-profit status comes a new level of accountability to state and federal accounting standards, which must be adhered to in order to keep our legal status. From this point forward, we can not backslide into what have been the traditional ways of managing our productions. Change and uncertainty may be difficult to deal with sometimes, but we’ll do our best to explain and answer any concerns.
JMT has a bright future as a non-profit arts entity, and the group needs to function under the rules of a corporate structure. We’ve learned quite a bit about the balance between the artistic side and the business side, which can be a challenge at times. As the group continues to develop, I’ll try to share some of our milestones, improvements, and fund-raising initiatives. Thanks for reading!
“I’m not devoid of culture, but my feet are on the floor. It’s a business.” -Curtains