In the Arts

Eatontown Playhouse, Route 35 north in the Tower Market Shopping Center, will present the musical “Annie Jr.” July 9, 23 and 24 at noon. Tickets are $15 and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations, call (732) 888-0339.

First Avenue Playhouse will hold auditions for a September production of Lillian Hellman’s classic drama “The Little Foxes” on Monday, July 11 and Wednesday July 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands.

The play is set in the early-20th-century South and its lessons about greed and deceit still hold true in the corporate board rooms of the 21st century. For information, call (732) 291-7552 or visit

Teen performers are needed for the Middletown Library’s Coffeehouse for teens that will be held in the Meeting Room of the library on Friday, July 15, from 8-10. Interested performers, poets and bands that are 12-18 years of age, should contact Pham at for further details.

Bring along a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy movies under the stars on the Great Lawn at Monmouth University, Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, this summer. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at sundown, approximately 8 p.m.

The schedule is: Saturday, July 23, “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,” starring Sandra Bullock; Saturday, July 30, “Robots,” starring Ewan McGregor, Mel Brooks and Halle Berry; Saturday, Aug. 6, “A Lot Like Love,” with Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet.

In case of rain movies will be shown in Anacon Hall, second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. The free event is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities. For more information, call (732) 571-3586

The Monmouth Symphony League will hold its annual overnight trip to Tanglewood to hear James Levine with the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform all four Brahms’ symphonies over two days, July 22 and 23. The Tanglewood trip is jointly sponsored with Symphony Tours and includes, transportation, lodging, admission and a guided tour of either Chesterwood or the Norman Rockwell Museum.

To receive a trip itinerary and additional information, call 1-866-796-7469 (toll-free) or e-mail to

Helene Stapinski, author of “Five Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History,” will discuss the humorous realities of growing up in Jersey City at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft on Tuesday, July 26. The free presentation will be held in the MAN Building, Room 105, from 5-9 p.m. Stapinski’s first book ingeniously weaves the checkered history of her hometown of Jersey City with the tales that have swirled around her relatives for decades. For more information, contact Jess LeVine at (732) 224-2975 or e-mail:

On Thursday, July 28, the Monmouth County Arts Council will hold a benefit reception and film premiere of “Junebug,” written by Angus MacLachlan, directed by Phil Morrison and starring Amy Adams and Benjamin McKenzie. The film will be held at the Clearview Cinema, 36 White St., Red Bank, at 7 p.m., with a tapas reception held prior to the film from 5-6:45 p.m. at Echo, 79 Monmouth St., Red Bank.

Tickets for the film and reception are $40 for MCAC members and $45 for nonmembers. Film-only tickets are $10. Contact the MCAC at (732) 212-1890 or Proceeds of the event will help the MCAC match a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts that benefits the local arts programs.

The Festive Flutes, directed by Marjorie Koharski, of Neptune, will be scheduling auditions during the month of July. The Festive Flutes feature programs of light classical music, show tunes and old favorites. The flute choir, with piccolo, C flutes, and alto flute, performs concerts at libraries, churches, fund-raisers, and other venues throughout New Jersey. Adults and advanced high school students may call (732) 922-2273 or e-mail to schedule an audition appointment.