For those who adore theater in New Jersey, there's no need to trek into the city to catch some fantastic shows.

Plays-in-the-Park offers a unique experience, with three full-scale musicals each summer in an outdoor amphitheater, along with an indoor children's musical every October.

The lineup for this summer is particularly thrilling, and there's an opportunity for you to get involved too. Open auditions are being held, and here's all the information you need:

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Plays-in-the-park via Facebook

Audition Info — 2024 Season

Beauty and the Beast – June 19-29 — Directed by Moggie Davis

In The Heights – July 10-20 — Directed by Edgar Hidalgo

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – July 31 – August 10 – Directed by Susan Spiedel

Plays-in-the-Park is a community theater and all performers are volunteers.

The wonderful thing about Plays-in-the-Park, as is the case in most community theaters, is that all actors are encouraged to audition.

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Plays-in-the-park via Facebook

No matter your background your age, your type, or your ability. For questions, call 732-548-2884 or email

Auditions take place at Plays-in-the-Park Theater in Roosevelt Park, Edison. Please come prepared to sing approximately 16 bars of music.

An accompanist will be provided. Bring your own sheet music marked with any cuts in the proper key.

Also, bring any rehearsal conflicts between May and August, and if available, a photo and resume. Video submissions are also welcome, due by March 8th.

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Plays-in-the-park via Facebook

Please send vocal and dance clips along with your interest in specific shows and roles, and any conflicts between May and August, to

Additionally, there's an open call for ages 16 and up on April 5th (7-9 pm), April 6th (Noon – 3 pm), and April 7th (Noon – 3 pm). Children ages 9-12 are also welcome for consideration for the role of Chip in Beauty and the Beast.

Plays-in-the-Park is conveniently located one block south of the Menlo Park Mall off of Route 1, in Edison.

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