2020 - 2021 Season

Due to the pandemic, all planned productions will be rescheduled to a future season.


Until then, please join us for a monthly program of live performances via Zoom...

All the World's a Virtual Stage 

Submissions for original or published performance pieces are still being accepted for this season. Contact us for information. 




Dena Daniel is a veteran Stroller who wears many hats in the organization. Though primarily on the administrative side of things lately, she most loves acting and singing. Favorite roles include Velma von Tussle (Hairspray), Mrs. van Daan (The Diary of Anne Frank), Veronica (God of Carnage), Aunt Elizabeth (The Heiress), Dana (The Sweetest Swing in Baseball), and Tom Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Dena has directed numerous workshops and children’s theater productions, but ‘Art’ marks her first time directing a full-length grown-up show!  She thanks her fearless cast for their support and unwavering commitment.

Dena raises a glass to all those hearty souls out there endeavoring to keep live theater alive during these strange pandemic days, especially her compatriots on the Virtual Stage task force!


Norman Metz (Marc) has been involved in community theater for 30 years — acting, building sets, tech crew, stage managing, directing, and producing. As a Stroller, his favorite roles include Cladwell B. Caldwell (Urinetown), Treasurer Cooley (Anyone Can Whistle), Sam (The Cemetery Club), and featured performer in the musical revue COLE. Norman is also a founding member of The Loose Canons, a musical group that performs around the state. In his spare time, Norman practices dentistry in Millburn.


Mateo Moreno (Ivan) is an actor and playwright who’s very happy to be back with The Strollers. Recent acting credits: Krampus Search 2020 (Rising Sun), MetalBird (The Tank), For the Love of Lina (Conch Shell Productions), An Enemy of the People (The Strollers), Not-Knowing (3LD), Pride & Prejudice (win: Audience Favorite - Actor), Snipped/Cut/Tied: Una Noche de Magia (win: Best Featured Actor), Twelfth Night (Boomerang Shakespeare in the Park), City of Glass (UTC #61) and the podcast plays Devil Land & Dead Wait: A Journey into Afro-Existentialism (dir. Tonya Pinkins), both available on “Parsnip Ship” via iTunes. Recent playwriting credits: Pitch (featured as part of the “Reset Theatre Coalition”), No Hablo Español: Mix-Tape of a Mexi-Can’t (NY Fringe), Bohemian Valentine (NY Fringe), Broken Pieces, Within Our Walls, Happily After Tonight. He is also a film reviewer and resides in NYC. Stay safe & wear a mask. Black Lives Matter. 

www.Mateo-Moreno.com   www.TheArtsWireWeekly.com


Donald Pauselius (Serge) has been active in community theatre for much of his life and has performed in productions with various groups all over Northern New Jersey. Some of his favorite roles include Ben Weatherstaff (The Secret Garden), Mal Bieneke (The Addams Family), Judge Omar Gaffney (Harvey), King Charlemagne (Pippin), and the Big Bad Wolf/Scrooge (Fairy Tale Christmas Carol). Donald first came to The Strollers last year when he appeared in Working, A Musical. He is thrilled to be appearing in this online production of ‘Art’.



Emcee: Beth Seales Hanson

            (with help from Zoë, Violet, and Leo Hanson)


The Tell-Tale Heart

By Edgar Allen Poe

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Killer: Robert S. Webb & Mathew Schwartz

Police Officer 1/Old Man: Alan Foster

Police Officer 2: Suz Stone


The Monkey’s Paw

By W. W. Jacobs

Directed by Sharon Quinn

Narrator: Laurellie Jacobs Martinez

Mr. White: Mentha Marley

Mrs. White: Sharon Quinn

Herbert White: Skyler Martinez

Sergeant-Major Morris: Kirk Woodward

Lawyer: Norman Metz


The Night Wind

By Eugene Field

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Sharmeen Azmudeh (with Marilyn and Merlin)


The Cask of Amontillado

By Edgar Allen Poe

Directed by Sharon Quinn

Montressor: Ron Richardson

Fortunado: Norman Metz


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (excerpt)

By Washington Irving

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Narrator 1: Melyssa Searcy

Narrator 2: Sandra Eismann

Ichabod Crane: Jeff Taylor


Jon Mortonson’s Funeral

By Ambrose Bierce

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Friend 1: Judi Gajary 

Friend 2: John Mendlovitz

Minister: Alan Foster

Widow: Suz Stone

Family at the Funeral: the Schwartz family, the Searcy family



Carol Cornicelli is an actress/singer/dancer who has also directed, choreographed, written, and designed for The Strollers and currently serves on their Board of Directors.  Thanks to all for joining us on our Virtual Adventure!


Sharon Quinn holds a M.A. in Theater from Montclair State University and is a three-time recipient of grants from NEH for the study of George Bernard Shaw. Most recently, Sharon directed An Enemy of the People for The Strollers. As an actress, favorite roles include Amanda (The Glass Menagerie), Penny (You Can’t Take It With You), and Ofelia (Anna in the Tropics). She has also written and directed four original children’s plays. By day, Sharon is an attorney practicing in Maplewood.


Watch the performance now on YouTube!

The Murder of Crows 

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Ginny Crooks (Mrs. Wilkins) 

Melyssa Searcy (Debra)

Mathew Schwartz (Greg)


The Meadow 

Directed by Alan Foster

Lisa Barnett (Mrs. Page)

Shiva Kiani (Miss Harris)


The Deal

Directed by Alan Foster

Vinnette Richardson (Vivian Howard)

Ron Richardson (Arthur Nelligan) 


Dewey or Don’t We?

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Betty Slevin (Helen) 

Gene Ciccone (Oliver)


Nancy Halper  is an editor and ESL teacher who has written several short plays, including “The Murder of Crows,” “Dewey or Don't We?,” and “The Truth About the Lemmings.” She and her husband live in Summit, New Jersey, and have four grown children.


Ryan Kaminski is a playwright from Flemington, New Jersey. His work has been featured in one-act festivals, playwriting festivals, and podcasts. Learn more via his New Play Exchange profile: https://newplayexchange.org/users/34918/ryan-kaminski

The Trip to Bountiful

[tentatively scheduled for May 2021]

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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