The Somers Point Gateway Playhouse will reopen its doors on Bay Avenue on Saturday, August 19 in grand fashion with Tony nominee Andrea McArdle at center stage.
It has been a ‘village’ effort by the City of Somers Point and countless fundraisers and volunteers – more than a decade in the making – to restore the 103-year-old theater since closing for renovations in 2006. The theater is located in the City’s Historic District and is owned by the City and operated by a local non-profit, the Theater Collaborative of South Jersey (TCNJ).
Years of fundraising kept the projecting inching along until, thanks to the City’s concerted and proactive efforts to attract funding to complete the theater, two New Jersey state-funded grants to fully fund the completion of the Gateway Playhouse on Bay Avenue were awarded in 2015. The state-funded grants included a $400,000 grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and an additional $102,000 grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust.
“The opening of the Gateway Playhouse is an exciting development for the City of Somers Point,” stated Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser. “The City has been very proactive in making Bay Avenue the hub of activity – not just for Somers Point itself as a great place to live, work and visit – but for the entire region as well – and the Gateway Playhouse plays an important role.”
The two-story, 5,000-square-foot building now features a 1,000-square-foot stage and seating for 240 guests on the ground floor; and office space with five rooms – including a conference room – as well as state-of-the-art lighting and sound booths on the second floor.
Tony Nominee Andrea McArdle, Broadway’s Original “Annie”, will open the newly renovated Gateway Playhouse on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The Gala Opening event will include photo opportunities, as well as an after show reception hosted by Fitzpatrick’s Deli and Steakhouse (New Road in Somers Point) with Ms. McArdle. Seating is extremely limited. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.gatewaybythebay.org/tickets.
Once the doors are open, the Gateway Playhouse will be a much-anticipated destination for local theater, concerts, performances and presentations. The TCSJ plans to schedule a full season of musicals and performances featuring local talent.
“We are grateful to the City for its support and efforts to reopen the doors to the Playhouse; and so excited to once again be the hub for performance arts here in Somers Point,” TCSJ Board Chairman James Dalfonso shared.
For more information about the Gateway Playhouse, visit the theater’s website at www.gatewaybythebay.org or call James Dalfonso at 609-653-0553. Facebook provides frequent progress reports at www.facebook.com/gatewaybythebay.