New Acting Company

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Created and founded in 2000 by Artistic Director, Stephen Michael Rondel, the New Acting Company's mission is to use the energy of live performance (both onstage and in class) allowing students to face issues of responsibility, commitment, trust, friendship, teamwork, reading comprehension, self-esteem, risk and success.

We pride ourselves in offering children, teens and adults the opportunity to study, rehearse and perform challenging texts in our professional, state of-the-arts 100 seat theater. Our expectations are high. Students are consistently challenged to "rise to the occasion," and at the same time we accept that live theater is a fickle art form, fraught with risks and surprises. We believe it is this unexpected aspect of live performance that has the unique ability to lift our students up with pride, to reveal skills which they were not aware of and to change (or at least point out) the inaccuracy of their perceived limitations.

Our annual professional productions feature classic plays, fairytales and original adaptations of children's literature guaranteed to engage the adults in the audience as thoroughly as the children.

Most importantly of all, The New Acting Company strives to be a fun, safe and creative place for children, teens and adults to express themselves. We pride ourselves in bringing top-quality family theater to the heart of Greenwich Village.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Alice in Wonderland  | Open: 04/24/08 Close: 05/25/08
Imagine Alice, 7 years old, born and raised in today's Greenwich Village, New York City. From the moment she wakes up until she rests her weary head, her parents over schedule and manage her day. With Architecture, Piano, Book Club, French and Ballet classes overwhelming her, Alice has forgotten what it is like to be a child and simply play.
Will her journey through Wonderland help her reclaim her childhood or is Alice destined to become an adult way before her time?

The cast is comprised of a tight ensemble of four professional adult actors and five young actors trained directly from our program.

Come see what audience and critics have called, "the best kind of children's theater...clever without being dull and amusing without being dumb...as entertaining for adults as is it for the children in the audience."

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Once Upon A Pandora's Box  | Open: 04/12/07 Close: 05/06/07
Once Upon A Pandora's Box is the story of what happens when Tabitha, a bright precocious girl who loves to learn, and her brother Louis, more of an athlete than a scholar, discover a mysterious box in their New York City apartment. Inside the box live five comedic villains from classic fairytales awaiting their release into the modern world. Will Tabitha outwit the Fairest beauty in the land or will Louis fall prey to the arms of the Big Bad Wolf? Join us in this outrageous family fantasy where good and evil battle forces and humankind's power of hope prevails!

The New Acting Company strives to be a fun, safe, and creative place for children, teens, and adults to express themselves. We pride ourselves in bringing top-quality family theater to the heart of Greenwich Village.

Once Upon A Pandora's Box is Directed by Artistic Director: Stephen Michael Rondel who created and founded The New Acting Company in 2000. Set & Lighting design by Gregg Bellon, Costume design by Julie Saltman, Art design by Margeaux Lucas, and Stage Management by Andrea Ghersetich. The cast is comprised of a tight ensemble of four professional adult actors and six young actors trained directly from our program.

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Peter Pan  | Open: 04/09/10 Close: 05/09/10
 A Non-Traditional, Re-Invented and Re-Imagined version of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Our Peter Pan is played by an actual 12 year old boy, just as the author originally intended. Our version of flying is not a pulley system, but rather a multimedia adventure.  To add a final twist, our Captain Hook is a woman!  Journey with us to a new Never Land where imagination and make believe are child inspired with wild abandon.


Cast:

  • Erica Cenci - Tootle and Liza
  • Alex Demers - Smee
  • Elizabeth Ely - Nibs
  • Jessica Goldstein - Nana and Slightly
  • Synge Maher- Mrs. Darling and Captain Hook
  • Jeremy Sabol - Starkey
  • Kyla Schoer - Storyteller
  • Sophie Shuster- Michael
  • Phoebe VanDusen - John
  • Charlotte Williams - Wendy
  • Zach Zamsky - Peter Pan
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Sideways Stories From Wayside School  | Open: 04/20/06 Close: 05/21/06
Wayside Elementary school is a wacky world where Myron, Dameon, Leslie, Rhondi, and Bebe attend class on the top floor of their 30-story school (an architect accidentally built the school's 30 classrooms on top of one another rather than side-by-side.) This zany classroom adventure is filled with tornado drills, talking pigtails, and wicked teachers who turn students into apples. Journey amidst the craziness as the Wayside students learn some valuable lessons about life! The New Acting Company prides itself in producing sophisticated and entertaining plays that appeal to all adults in the audience as much as to the children without being patronizing. We truly are a theater company for all ages!
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The Jungle Book  | Open: 04/01/05 Close: 05/15/05
The lush sounds and sights of the jungle are evoked in ways that are uniquely theatrical. Defiant and proud Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves, is coming of age in the jungle-a place where he both does and does not fit in. Bumbling Baloo the bear (played by artistic director Stephen Michael Rondel,) slick Bagheera the panther, and wise Kaa the snake teach Mowgli the laws of the jungle through story and song. When Mowgli learns that it is his destiny to battle the ferocious tiger Shere Khan, he is faced with the challenge of a lifetime. Will he defeat Shere Khan to protect his community, or will he retreat to the village? Join us for this exciting adventure in which differences are celebrated and imagination runs wild!

Strongly recommended for ages 6 and UP. INFANTS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED

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Wild Thing!  | Open: 04/17/09 Close: 05/17/09
Max, played by Artistic Director Stephen Michael Rondel, is the world’s most popular and fun stay-at-home Dad because he refuses to grow up. See what happens when a group of Monsters mistake him for an unruly child and take him away to the land of the Wild Things. Merriment turns to mayhem and dreams become reality in this WILD adventure filled with Monsters, Mischief and magic.

Come see what audience and critics have called, “the best kind of children’s theater…clever without being dull and amusing without being dumb…as entertaining for adults as is it for the

The cast is comprised of a tight ensemble of six professional adult actors and five young actors trained directly from our program.
 

When: April 17th Through May 17th
Fridays at 7 PM
Saturdays at 3 PM & 7 PM
Sundays at 1 PM and 5PM

Where: The Philip Coltoff Center, 219 Sullivan Street
(Between West 3rd and Bleecker,) Main Stage

Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, V to West 4th; 1, 9 to Christopher St.

Tickets: Contact SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or online at www.SmartTix.com
Advance sale: $18 General Admission (All Ages)
At the door: $20 General Admission (All Ages) CASH ONLY

Recommended for Ages 4 and up.

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