By Shanel Fort
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Some Camden County College students question if the Stages theatre program is in a decline because of ticket sales but its artistic director says that is false.
Stages performs in The Little Theatre, a quaint space that seats about 80 people, in Lincoln Hall on the Blackwood campus. Marjorie Sokoloff, theatre professor and artistic director, has run the program for eight years.
When asked March 7 if Stages was in decline, Sokoloff responded, “No, not at all.”
She stated, “After 32 productions, three N.J. theatre awards including The Arts Fellowship Award for an excellent playwright and known outside of the media area … I would definitely say we are thriving artistically in the arts department at CCC.”
About the program’s funding, she said, “Camden County College Foundation funds the arts program based on a yearly budget,” noting it covers costume designs, stage lighting, salaries and props.
Stages performs four plays a year, with new talent and seasoned actors. Last year, Stages presented “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Our Town,” “39 Steps” and “The School for Wives.” This year’s schedule includes “Boeing Boeing,” “Avenue Q,” “The Mousetrap” and “How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel,” which was staged the first two weekends of March.
Camden County College students, children and staff members can purchase tickets for $10, non-students and adults for $15, and groups of 20 people or more for $8 each. Theatre goers can also become a Stages subscriber, join the mailing list to get discounted tickets and reserve seats for upcoming shows. They can also make tax-deductible contributions online at http://www.stagesccc.com.
Marie Vassey, a theatre goer at CCC, praised the actors in Stages.
“I love their shows because they are innovative, dramatically funny, with talented actors,” she said. “I already reserved my tickets in May for ‘Avenue Q.’ It’s a risqué Muppet performance for adults only. I encourage students to experience Stages at CCC.”