Surflight Theatre / Joseph P. Hayes Theatre, Inc.

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 1155 201 Engleside Avenue Beach Haven NJ 08008 USA

Mission: The mission of Surflight Theatre is to provide high quality professional live theatre to the vacationers of Long Beach Island and the people of Southern New Jersey, while providing training to young theatre performers and technicians.  Our aim is to engage, entertain and foster appreciation of live theatre for adults, teens and children. Our MainStage employs the finest theatre artists available to present first quality productions of Broadway musicals and plays. Our Children’s Theatre provides entertainment for ages 3-10 and launches what we hope is a lifelong interest in the performing arts.Our educational arm includes the Joseph P. Hayes Intern and Apprentice Program and the Surflight Theatre Arts Resource School, and Surflight To-Go, a touring educational theatre company.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 22-2331679
609-492-9477
www.surflight.org
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Role: Client Served
Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Surflight Theatre has provided myself, my family and friends with so many exciting and enjoyable performances I could not begin to count them. If you are looking for an affordable way to take in a professional broadway style show, give this theater a try. You will find treating yourself to some old favorites as well as taking in new shows all season long.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how the theater has been able to expand its season and bring high quality performances to the area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This was the first real theater I took my kids to, and they were mesmerized! They were on the edge of their seats the entire time, and it was all they talked about the rest of the vacation. The actors stayed after the show to sign autographs and take pictures, making lasting memories for the whole family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it was great for every member of the family.

Ways to make it better...

I could have gone back more often.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Surflight Theater is always a wonderful experience. We've enjoyed several shows there. I also have had Surflight ToGO come to my elementary school for a performance of Schoolhouse Rock....It was Fabulous!! Looking forward to my next visit!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always helpful. Especially Lucy!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I LOVE Surflight! The talent there never ceases to amaze me! Whether it's a children's show or a mainstage presentation, it's always a delightful experience! Surflight outshines Broadway time and time again! Don't miss your chance at seeing "Broadway" at the beach!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interaction with the interns that join the cast every year!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revamp its sound system, expand storage areas, provide more educational programs for the area's children & schools,...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Surflight Theatre is a great venue for shows for all age groups. It's the only professional theatre in Ocean County. They bring talent from all across the country and put on an amazing season each and every year. If you haven't been you are missing out - come on "down the shore" for a visit.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Get to meet a lot of different folks from all walks of life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptional, many put a lot of hours into the theatre with no "pay" other than seeing great theatre.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build and even bigger and better theatre

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Working in the box office gave me insight of how important live theatre is for a community. Surflight Theatre provides children's theatre, educational and outreach programs and group packages which strengthens our community and provides an artistic outlet for our children. Group packages increase tourism for local businesses and restaurants. Over a 60 year history, Surflight Theatre is a part of Beach Haven with a deep emotional attachment with locals and tourists. Please endorse Surflight Theatre to bring awareness of such a wonderful experience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Stay open all year long increasing tourism, children's programs, education and provide jobs for the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Surflight Theatre is a non-profit gem, one block from the beach, to be discovered and enjoyed by the vacationers of LBI and the residents of New Jersey. My daughter started as an apprentice at age 13 and has grown and developed her knowledge and skills in Theatre by working with, and learning from, Professional actors, directors and staff at Surflight Theatre. Her training at Surflight has guided her to pursue a Music Theatre Major in College. Due to her professional experiences at Surflight, she is very prepared to follow her dream.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

eliminate debt, increase staff in order to reduce stress on employees, and make some needed upgrades to its technical equipment and theatre space.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Beach Haven’s SURFLIGHT THEATRE is a Long Beach Island treasure! For over 60 years, island kids have first learned about theatre from the wonderful children performances of Snow White, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and many others. For years, our family has enjoyed musicals and drama at this first rate Equity theatre. We are continually impressed with the energy and talent of the Surflight performers. Donn O'Brien

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The O'Brien family regularly attends main stage productions. When our grandaughter is with us on vacation, we visit Show Place Parlour and the Children shows.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

We marvel at the talent and the dedication of the staff and performers!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is made up of dedicated multy-task people. Volunteers are a vital part of making Surflight function.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase additional housing for performers. Develope additonal rehearsal space and set construction space. Take care of all of the maintenance jobs left undone by lack of funds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Surflight Theatre is an extremely beneficial part of the surrounding community on multiple levels. Not only are they the only professional theater in Ocean County, bringing great theater to the vacationers of Long Beach Island, they are also a vital piece of the economy in the off season. By extending their season beyond June and August, they provide needed customers, especially during their month long run of their Christmas performance, for restaurants and other businesses in the area when most other attractions are closed. Of course Surflight doesn't just stay in Beach Haven, they also have the "Surflight To Go" program where they travel to schools as far away as Connecticut to teach students about the arts and to help make learning fun. One of the students favorites is their "School House Rocks" performance. For such a relatively small theater, their impact is not only felt locally in Beach Haven and Ocean County, but extends throughout New Jersey and to the surrounding states as well.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the great shows. I saw Chicago on Broadway with Bebe Neuwirth and I saw the productions that Surflight did two years ago. The Surflight performance was fantastic and compared very favorably with the Broadway production.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is always professional and very kind, even during the most trying of times.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could put on more productions, renovate the theater, expand its children's programs and by hiring more performers and buying an additional van, the "Surflight To Go" would be able to educate more students and travel to more schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The Surflight Theatre provides quality professional entertainment at the most reasonable prices around. While the shows themselves may vary in appeal, I have never been disappointed in Surflight's presentation of them. In recent years they have added concerts and other special shows as well. I really like the theatre, too. There are no columns so no matter where you sit the view is unobstructed. I understand in 2010 they will be doing the "Drowsey Chaperone" which recently played on Broadway, and I am really looking forward to that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2009 by attending almost every Broadway musical they offered. It was delightful. They have a basic cast for the season and it is fun to see them play the various roles. It's great to see some of the young people who have grown up over the years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The joy it gives me to attend their presentations and the asset they are to the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and courteous. They make you feel right at home.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do a lot with their educational program that they present to schools and the young people they are teaching.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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