ⓘ Surflight Theatre. The Surflight Theatre, is a beach-side theatre located in the community of Beach Haven, New Jersey, on Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore. ..

Surflight Theatre

ⓘ Surflight Theatre

The Surflight Theatre, is a beach-side theatre located in the community of Beach Haven, New Jersey, on Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore.

Surflight produced up to nine mainstage theatrical productions per season, childrens theatre, a comedy and concert series, Surflight-To-Go Touring Educational Theatre and The Show Place Ice Cream Parlour.

After being closed in 2015 the Surflight Theatre will reopen on June 23, 2017 under the ownership of Al Parinello whose offer for purchase was accepted by TD Bank in early 2017.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 14, 1983 as a contributing property of the Beach Haven Historic District.


1. History

In 1950, Surflight Theatre was founded by Joseph P. Hayes in Beach Haven Crest, on Long Beach Island. At first the performances were held in a 2.200-seat tent with a cast of 60 and a season that lasted three weeks. Surflight theatre transitioned through many locations. At the end of the 1960s a permanent facility was built on Engleside Avenue in Beach Haven, New Jersey.

The Show Place Ice Cream Parlour opened in 1975 by Hayes, in partnership with banker Scott Henderson, in a former bakery next to the theatre. This facility sold ice cream and presented a cabaret show. In 1976 Hayes died and was succeeded by Eleanor Miller. When Hayes died suddenly in 1976 Michael Curry, a college student, took over day-to-day management. He created the still existing roles of "Singing Manager", and the singing waiters, waitresses, dishwashers and icecream scoopers, who created a series of unique songs and comedy skits, added to by generations of singing staff.

In 1987, the current theatre was constructed with 450 seats at the cost of $1.9 million. That same year the theatre reached an agreement with Actors Equity Association. Eleanor Miller retired in 1990 succeeded by Guil Fisher who became the artistic director with Scott Henderson as producer. Both were later replaced by Eddie Todd who was followed by Steve Steiner a former intern and Broadway performer from 1998 to 2010.

Early in the millennium, Surflight transitioned into a not-for-profit corporation as the Joseph P. Hayes Theatre, Inc. who in turn purchased the theatre, Show Place Ice Cream Parlour and all associated buildings.

Surflight Theatre went on to become a full member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance as well as a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. Then in 2003, the theatre was presented with the Governor’s Tourism Arts Award.

In 2010, Roy Miller a former intern and Broadway producer and colleague Tim Laczynski were contracted to run the theatre. The board of directors chose to file for bankruptcy protection in order to reorganize the financial foundation of the institution.

In 2011, a partnership with the Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club was formed to book the Comedy and Concert Series. In December, the theatre successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In mid-summer of 2012 Miller and his business partner withdrew from the operation to pursue their producing efforts on Broadway.

Theatre veteran, Ken Myers returned to the theatre as Executive Director.

The theatre was flooded and sustained $750.000 in damages from Hurricane Sandy, but recovered and opened for the 2013 summer season. In 2015, however, it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and with rising costs and decreasing donation, the theater was closed.

On March 6, 2017 it was announced that the Surflight would open on June 23, 2017 under the new ownership of New Jersey native Al Parinello. Mr. Parinello is a real estate investor, Broadway and Movie Producer and is the current lead Producer for The Fantasticks in New York.


2. Education

Surflight-to-Go STG is a touring professional theatre troupe which performs productions for schools and organizations. STG provides workshops and theatrical clinics, and an educational packet that includes a study guide, classroom activities and discussion topics.

Classes and workshops are held during the summer season with a program entitled S.T.A.R.S. Surflight Theatre Arts Resource Schools. Apprenticeships are also available.


3. Affiliations

  • Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers: American Federation of Musicians
  • New Jersey Theatre Alliance
  • Young Audiences NJ and Eastern PA
  • Actors Equity Association
  • International Ticketing Association
  • Association of Performing Arts Presenters
  • the New York Musical Theatre Festival. More recently, Dideriksen was Mimi in Rent opposite Justin Guarini at Surflight Theatre Rizzo in Grease opposite
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  • 3.3 of those under age 18 and 1.9 of those age 65 or over. The Surflight Theatre is a 450 - seat theater originally established in 1950 that offers theatrical
  • The Let s Go Show TV Series Retrieved October 1, 2017. SURFLIGHT Presents The Broadway Classic, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Retrieved
  • in the role of Curly. David spent the summer of 1960 at the Surflight Summer Theatre in Beach Haven, New Jersey, and had lead roles in Mister Roberts
  • art venues include the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, and numerous art galleries throughout the island. The Surflight Theatre was closed due to foreclosure

  • Fair, Man of La Mancha, Chicago, and Will Rogers Follies, at the Surflight Theatre in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. He has also performed in his own
  • Drama Guild, Walnut Street Theatre Plays - n - Players, Wilma Theatre McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Surflight Summer Theatre Paper Mill Playhouse. In 1991
  • performing arts, on a full scholarship. He graduated from its musical theatre program in 2011. Starting in 2011, Ramos earned roles in a variety of regional
  • Guarini - Led RENT at Surflight Retrieved September 2, 2015. American Idiot s Justin Guarini Will Star in Media Theatre s Chicago Playbill
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  • Good Vibrations Full Cast Announced for Justin Guarini - Led RENT at Surflight Archived copy Archived from the original on 2014 - 07 - 27. Retrieved 2015 - 09 - 02
  • production of The Nutcracker in the Land of Nuts 1991 summer stock - at Surflight Theater, NJ 1992 in Brigadoon, Chicago, Meet Me in St. Louis, and A

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