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South Jersey Community Theaters Look To Build on Record-Setting 2013 Success

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Press Release | No Comments

January 27, 2014 — Community theater is alive and well in Southern New Jersey, say the people behind some of the region’s most prominent performance groups and venues. Closing the most successful seasons in their combined histories, The Off Broad Street Players (OBSP), Cumberland Players and the recently reopened Levoy Theatre report their combined 12 community theater shows drew nearly 13,000 people in 2013 and rave reviews from audience members, making leaders in each organization excited about raising the curtains on 2014 productions.

OBSP and the Levoy Theater marked their first full season of partnership by staging seven productions, and Cumberland Players, in addition to three productions at the Little Theater in Vineland, ventured out to stage Les Miserables at the Levoy. Together, the two community theater groups that drew more than 11,000 people to the historic Millville theater.

“We were thrilled by the support the area showed for the arts and the talented people in our community who volunteer their time and energy to bring these shows to life,” said OBSP president David Halter. “It made us that much more committed to our goal of enabling south Jersey residents to enjoy quality, live theater entertainment right here in their community.”

Cumberland Players President Michael Blandino said he remains enthusiastic about the renewed interest in South Jersey theatre.

“While CP has performed at the Little Theatre in Vineland for over 60 years, our recent success at the Levoy Theatre demonstrates that we remain a vibrant and growing organization. We look forward to our upcoming season and the years to come, as we continue not only to revitalize and modernize our current theatre space, but to continue to expand our performance opportunities, customer base and pool of talent throughout the surrounding area.”

“The past year was a real testament to this region’s love for live theater, both in creating it and in viewing it,” added Jessica Doheny, executive director of the Levoy Theatre. “Between our brand new, state-of-the-art facility and the talent and dedication of supporters and performers from within our community, we are very excited about building on that success in 2014 and beyond.”

Cumberland Players kick off their 2014 season with Neil Simon’s Rumors and will also stage the likes of Monty Python’s Spamalot and Harper Lee’s masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird. For more information and tickets, go to OBSP’s 2014 season roars back onto the Levoy stage this weekend with the musical mainstay Grease and includes such productions as The King and I and Oliver. For more information on the group, visit; for tickets, go to

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