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Calling All Talented People: Algonquin Arts Theatre Introduces First Annual Gong-A-Thon Competition

July 21, 2010
Act, Dance, or Sing before the Ding!

Place: Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ
Performance: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 pm
Algonquin Arts Box Office: 732-528-9211 or visit

For the first time since its inception, Algonquin Arts Theatre is proud to announce the first annual Gong-A-Thon, a fundraising event in support of the Theatre�s charitable and educational programming, on Saturday, August 14th. Talented individuals and groups from the Jersey Shore and even across the tri-state area will meet on stage to compete for various prizes and the chance to showcase their talents. Performers of various genres are welcome to enter the contest, including but not limited to singers, dancers, actors, poets, and comedians.

Performers can sign up for the event now by visiting The event will take place from 7:30-10:00 pm. The more tax-deductible sponsorships a performer raises, the more "stage time" they earn. The "gong" will signify when a performer's earned time is up. The Gong-A-Thon webpage lists all registered performers and accepts and tracks all earned sponsorships and time earned. Guest judges, including "Broadway Ray" Soehngen and Brittany Matthews of Fred Astaire Dance of Manasquan, and the audience will vote.

First place winner will receive two free tickets to a Broadway show (courtesy of Broadway Ray) and an opportunity to perform in Algonquin Arts Theatre's 2010-2011 Main Stage season!

Performers already signed up include: 2007 Miss NJ Senior America Josephine Araniti, Al Califano of Spring Lake, Brett Colby of Asbury Park, Natalie Cortale of Marlboro, Christa Dalmazio of Leonardo, Justin Giegerich of Brielle, Lauren Kloza of Wall, Arianna Ieva Lippay of Point Pleasant, John Newman of Wall, Elaine Orzechowski and Jeff Point of Neptune, Sarah Stone of Manasquan, William Whitefield of Asbury Park and Jenny Woods of Red Bank.

Gong-A-Thon sponsorships and ticket sales help to sustain Algonquin Arts Theatre's ever-important educational outreach programming, including the Theatre Autism Workshop, the Page & Stage literacy program for 3-5 year old children in regional Head Start centers, the Rising Stars statewide classical music competition for young adults, and many other programs designed to increase access to the arts at the Jersey Shore.

For more information, contact Development Director Brett Colby at 732-528-4336 or e-mail [email protected]. Visit to register as a performer, sponsor a performer, or purchase tickets to this event ($5 each). Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Algonquin Arts is located at 173 Main Street in downtown Manasquan, NJ.

Algonquin Arts was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit organization to provide cultural enrichment and educational enhancement of the highest quality for the residents of New Jersey�s central region. Algonquin Arts is handicap accessible. Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please notify us in advance of your needs by contacting the box office. Programming of Algonquin Arts is made possible as a result of the continued philanthropic support of private citizens and organizations such as New Jersey State Council on the Arts, OceanFirst Foundation, PNC, The Community Foundation of Monmouth County, The Paul F. Zito, MD Foundation, Manasquan Savings Bank, Woman�s Club of Brielle, Janice Blanton Plangere, Jules Plangere III, as well as many generous individuals and local businesses.