RAHWAY — The Rahway Arts District will soon celebrate the opening of Hamilton Stage — a theater with 199 seats, a fully-equipped stage, and rehearsal and classroom spaces. Construction of the new theater is on track and open house and preview performances are expected to begin in late May.
Named for U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Stage will be home to a quartet of companies, soon to be announced, who will perform original plays, dance, concerts, and events for children.
Hamilton Stage will also be the base location for the Hamilton Stage Studio School, a new education hub for classes in the performing arts and their digital counterparts. Programming at the theater will also include Hamilton Stage Presents, a house-produced series of performances in jazz, theatre, music and dance.
The new Hamilton Stage has been built by the City of Rahway Redevelopment Agency. It is independently operated under the governance of Union County Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization with a volunteer Board of Directors. The theater is designed by Farewell Mills Gatsch. The design project is directed by Michael R. Schnoering A.I.A, (now of Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC). Planning and management for the theater’s opening and inaugural season is provided by Front of House Services of Madison, New Jersey, President, Richard T. Bryant.
Charter memberships to Hamilton Stage are now available. Members will be among the first to experience all this new theater has to offer including advance notice of on-sale ticket dates, invitations to the open house, discounts, and other perks reserved for members. Membership levels begin at $50. To learn more, visit www.hamiltonstage.org or call the Union County Performing Arts Center Box Office at 1-732-499-8226.
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