How the World Got Wisdom

children's theater for all ages

A multi-ethnic, multi-generational 

celebration of African folktales told through story, song, and dance

Auditions (no appointments necessary)

Sunday, Dec 8, 2:00-4:00 pm

Tuesday, Dec 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts

10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Seeking adults, teens, and kids (7 or older) for this fun and creative ensemble show. No experience required.

Auditioners should be prepared to tell a fable or folk story of their choice (in animated fashion) or cold read a scene from the show. They may also be asked to sing a simple song and learn a simple dance combo.

People with knowledge of African dance styles are especially encouraged to audition. 

We also seek percussion musicians with knowledge of African musical styles to be part of the on-stage band during performances.

Performances (in 2020)

Friday, Jan 31 & Feb 7 @ 7:00pm

Saturday, Feb 1 & 8 @ 1:00pm & 3:00pm

Sunday, Feb 2 & 9 @ 1:00pm & 3:00pm


2-4 times per week, starting Thursday, Dec 12

Weekday evenings: generally 7-8:30pm

Saturday afternoons: generally 2-4:00pm 

(year-end holiday conflicts will be worked around; not everyone will be called for every rehearsal until mid January)

Rehearsals will be held at the Burgdorff or other facilities in the Maplewood area.


Questions? Send us a message:

Night Watch

by Lucille Fletcher


Auditions (no appointment necessary)

Mon & Tues, January 13 & 14, 7:30-10pm

callbacks Thur, Jan 16, 7:30-10pm

at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts

10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040


Fri & Sat, March 13 & 14, 8pm

Sun, March 15, 2pm

Fri & Sat, March 20 & 21, 8pm


3-4 times per week until run-thrus at the Burgdorff and DeHart centers in Maplewood


About the show

Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler is pacing the living room of her Manhattan townhouse when she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called but find only an empty chair. Elaine's terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees another body, but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a psychiatrist who shares his fears for her sanity. Increasingly desperate to uncover the truth, Elaine pulls in her best friend, the flamboyant amateur sleuth who lives next door, a local business owner, and her inquisitive maid Helga, all of whom contribute to the deepening mystery and the chilling climax.


5 Men | 4 Women (all ages are relative; open casting)

Elaine Wheeler (40s-50s) An heiress with a troubled past. Elaine is strong-willed yet, given recent events, on the edge of sanity and struggling to figure out whom she can trust. Often frantic and full of fear.

John Wheeler (40s-50s) Elaine’s second husband. A stock broker, very dominating and in control. He is concerned yet exasperated by Elaine’s visions. 

Helga (any age; German in the script, but open to change) The Wheeler family maid. Nosy, bold, and suspicious.

Blanche Cook (40s-50s) A nurse, who is also Elaine’s best friend. Sympathetic and seemingly truly concerned.

Vanelli (any age) A cop with an interest in art.

Lieutenant Walker (30s+) The patrolman assigned to investigate Elaine’s claims. Increasingly frustrated with Elaine and her claims.

Curtis Appleby (40s+) The Wheelers' flamboyant, inquisitive neighbor. Writes for the neighborhood newspaper and fancies himself an amateur sleuth.

Dr. Tracey Lake (25+) Dr. Lake has come to evaluate Elaine. She is calm, professional, and somewhat cool.

Sam Hoke (40s+) Local deli owner, famous for his potato salad. Infuriated by Elaine’s claims, which are affecting his business.

 Sides will be posted soon. Please check back. 

The Trip to Bountiful

Auditions: March 15 & 16, 7:30-10pm

               callbacks March 17, 7:30pm

Check back for details and sides.

Performances: May 8-16, 2020

Please check this space regularly for news of upcoming auditions.

The Strollers

PO Box 83

Maplewood, NJ 07040


(973) 761-8453


The Strollers of Maplewood was established in 1932 "to provide an opportunity for artistic and dramatic education and enjoyment for its members and the community."


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