NJ's Surflight Theatre Seeks Help Following Fire; Season Still Begins April 18

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18 Apr 2012

The leaders of Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ, are reaching out to the local community following an April 8 fire that left a housing unit for visiting personnel uninhabitable. There were no injuries, and the 2012 season will go on.



The largest housing unit of Surflight Theatre suffered extensive damage when a blaze broke out at a neighboring establishment. The severity of the damage is still being assessed, but the unit is not usable for at least a portion of the 2012 season, the company said.

Surflight artistic director Roy Miller said in a statement, "We are reaching out to the community for their assistance. Off-campus housing is very expensive during the season, and at this late stage availability for the full season is incredibly limited. With the need to house production personnel off-campus, transportation is also a critical issue. Your help will go a long way towards getting us through this recovery."

Surflight recently came out of Chapter 11 protection. All forms of support are welcome — "financial, through our Adopt-An-Apprentice Program, opening the doors to your home for temporary housing or lending a car so that we can transport those who are not within walking distance to the theatre."

The season begins April 18 with The Rat Pack Revue, celebrating the swinging 1960s with the music of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

All donations, financial or otherwise, are tax deductible. To make a donation or to offer any other form of assistance, contact Bill Lawton by phone at (609) 492-9477 ext. 204 or via e-mail at donations@surflight.org.

The 2012 season, as previously reported, includes All I Ask of You – A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber; Annie; The Sound of Music; Once Upon a Time in New Jersey; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Steel Magnolias; Barefoot in the Park; and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

For more information, visit the website at surflight.org.