The Show Must Go On: Surflight Theatre Open for Business
Just eight month ago, the historic and devastating Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region destroying nearly everything in it’s path. One of the very first things to cross the storms path; The New Jersey Beaches. Devastation could be found along the entire coast but that that hasn’t stopped people from rebuilding and continuing life at the beach. That motto rings specifically true for a group of people who know that the show msut go on. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you coverage of the 2013 season at Surflight Theatre in Long Beach Island which is open for business all summer long!
Surflight Theatre is located in Long Beach Island, New Jersey and is the Ocean County’s oldest live professional equity theatre. The theatre is a not for profit summer stock that brings the best of Broadway right to the beach! The theatre fills up every summer with beach-goers as young and old entertainers bring to life many theatre favorites. Surflight has a fantastic rich history in New Jersey at the beach and has survived several major disasters before. The most recent in 2010 when major financial mishaps almost led the theatre to close it’s doors entirely.
Earlier this year, it seemed as though much of this season was going to be difficult to pull off after the historic theatre was damaged in Hurricane Sandy this past Fall. The building sustained about $75,000 in damages and also suffered revenue loss when Surflight had to cancel their winter production of White Christmas. The company also lost a large portion of stock costumes valued at around $8,000. However, with the help of others, Surflight is back on track and set to go for another season of hit productions.
The board at Surflight Theatre donated $100,000 to the recovery effort while local contractors and boy scouts helped repair physical damage to the building. A clothing company also made a $10,000 donation to the theatre for it’s lost stock. Executive Director Ken Meyers has helmed the effort and is still pushing forward with the season despite lingering damaging. While there is still work to be done, Ken Meyers, the Executive Director of Surflight Theatre, is optimistic.
“This year, it’s about putting the theater back to a way that it was normally running, getting the programs that it has operating, up and functioning, and getting them back to where they are really performing as they should.” – Ken Meyers on the return of Surflight Theatre
Believe it or not, the Surflight Theatre season is already in full swing! Last week, the season opened with the The Boyfriend officially opening on May 25th! But what does the entire Surflight Season look like?
- The Boyfriend (May 25th – June 16th)
- George M! (June 19th – July 7th)
- South Pacific (July 10th – July 28th)
- Les Miserables (July 31st – August 24th)
- You’re A Goodman Charlie Brown (August 28th – September 8th)
- Our Town (September 25th – October 4th)
- White Christmas (November 29th – December 22nd)
A fantastic line up indeed for their 64th season! If you’re in the area for the summer, make your way to Surflight Theatre to experience some of the best theatre around! There is no where else in the world minutes from the beach where you can attend air conditioned performances at a Broadway caliber!
Luner on Theatre hopes to bring you more coverage of the 64th season of Surflight Theatre – Broadway at the Beach as the season continues! We are also happy to welcome Surflight to our Blog! This is our first coverage in a blog post for them and we hope it will not be the last! For tickets, simply call (609) 492-9477. For more information, visit Surflight Theatre’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!