RANDOLPH, NJ - On Feb. 15, Brundage Park Playhouse opened its doors, celebrating the 40th season of providing fine family entertainment to the community. A small reception hosted by the Theater Manager, Vivian Lenyk was held prior to the South Pacific production to commemorate the special occasion.
In attendance were the Randolph Township Manager, Steve Mountain, Mayor Jim Loveys, several council members, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Russ Newman, the Brundage Park Playhouse Advisory Board, and President of the Kiwanis Club, Janine Myer. A great time was had by all.
The Brundage Park Playhouse was created in the fall of 1978 when a resolution was passed by the Randolph Recreation Committee to approve a theater program. Initially, in 1979, the productions were presented using the Randolph High School auditorium. It wasn’t until 1982, when a proposal was made to convert several bungalows in Brundage Park, that the current theater was established. With the help of the Kiwanis Club and many hardworking volunteers, the bungalows became a rehearsal studio, costume shop, scene shop and the present playhouse.
Brundage Park Playhouse has continuously improved and evolved through the decades. The playhouse currently offer main stage performances, theater classes, and summer theater camps for all ages, striving to fulfill our mission to provide affordable, enriching, family entertainment to Randolph and the surrounding communities.
New this year is a cooperative venture with Randolph Seniors. Movies and entertainment events will also take place for the Seniors group to the theater. Brundage depends on the generosity of patrons and the township to continue to improve the offerings. Most recently, the township has invested in new seats, carpeting and flooring to update and create a more comfortable experience for patrons. There are still several projects that need our attention, such as new dressing rooms, which is hoped be addressed in the near future with the help of the township and additional benefactors.
The current production, South Pacific, can be seen on February 22, 23 and March 1 and 2 at 8:00pm and February 24 at 2:00pm. For more information regarding the theater, online ticketing plus the full season schedule, go to: www.brundageparkplayhouse.org.