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Plays-in-the-Park Starts the Season "Under the Sea"

EDISON, NJ - Plays-in-the-Park is proud to present the first offering of its summer 2016 season, The Little Mermaid. This beautifully detailed production brings both the beloved Disney animated feature to life before your very eyes.

The show runs from June 15 to 25, excluding Sunday, June 19. The show begins at 8:30p.m., except for the performances on June 20 and 21, which start at 7:30 p.m. A Sign Language Interpreted performance will take place on Wed., June 22, (rain date June 23).

Plays-in-the-Park is located at the Stephen J. Capestro Theater within Roosevelt Park at 1 Pine Drive in Edison, NJ.

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“This show is one that families will especially enjoy, and I know that many in the audience will want to sing along to this timeless story,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “It’s clear that the latest season of Plays-in-the-Park will be off to a triumphant start, and I wish for all those onstage and backstage to ‘break a leg.’”

Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the Infrastructure Management Committee, said: Plays-in-the-Park has been a County tradition for over 50 years. I know The Little Mermaid will add to PIP’s legacy as a great way to introduce young people to the performing arts and for families to enjoy theater and live music together. I wish the best for the cast, orchestra, and production crew and know their hard work will produce a truly outstanding experience.”

The Little Mermaid will be directed and produced by Gary P. Cohen and choreographed by Michelle Massa. The musical director will be John Brzozowski. 

 

Tickets for the show can only be purchased on the nights of performances. The Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m. on the evenings of performances and closes at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+). Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

 

In recognition of their continuing service to our country, the Middlesex County Freeholders are proud to offer complimentary admission to the summer musicals for active U.S. Military Service members and their immediate families. There will be a select number of reserved seats available for each performance.

Service members are asked to call the Parks Office at 732-745-3936 prior to the show they wish to attend for reservations. Proper ID is required when picking up tickets.  

 

Audience members must provide their own seating. Plays-in-the-Park. All chair backs must not exceed 40 inches high. Please go to the County website at www.co.middlesex.nj.us and search Plays-in-the-Park for more information about the Box Office and seating.

 

If a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may save your ticket and use it to attend any other PIP performance at no additional charge. Ticket stubs are valid up to one year after the canceled performance.

 

Plays-in-the-Park is dedicated to providing theatre to everyone. Patrons requiring assistance due to a disability are encouraged to contact Jackie Neill, Recreation Supervisor, at 732-745-3936 prior to attending a performance so that any special needs may be met.

 

PIP offers an Audio Description performance on June 17, with a rain date of June 18.

 

There will be an open captioned performance June 20, with a rain date of June 21, and a performance with sign language interpretation on June 22, rain date June 23.

 

Plays-in-the-Park represents a unique collaboration between community theater and local government since 1963. PIP is sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation.

 

Plays-in-the-Park’s mission is to recreate the quality and intent of the original Broadway productions of these shows.

 

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