The Gateway Playhouse Theater in Somers Point is a profoundly, most important outlet for the performing arts.

Today, Friday, August 5, 2022, begins the culmination of a summer Gateway to the Arts camp, which took place at Gateway Playhouse Theater.

More than 100 children from Atlantic and Cape May Counties participated in the intensive six-week camp to prepare for these command performances.

The end result of all of their hard work will be two full-scale productions of the iconic:

Chicago High School Edition

Bye Bye Birdie

The “Hurley in the Morning” Charity is a $1,000 “Band Sponsor” for these wonderful community entertainment special events. We are honored to do so.

Harry Hurley
Harry Hurley

Some great adults have stepped up in the following key roles:

Phil Pallitto - Director for both Chicago and Bye Bye Birdie.

Karen Cleighton - choreographer

Claire Collins - vocal coach.

Kevin McCafferty - technical director.

Kathy Ford - musical director for Bye Bye Birdie.

Debbie Rolland - musical director for Chicago.


Children and young adults ages 14 to 18 will present Chicago on Friday, August 5 & 6, 2022. Show times are 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. each day.

Children ages 9 to 13 will present Bye Bye Birdie on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14, 2022. Show times are 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago were priced at $15 and available at: or by calling (609) 653-0553.

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All shows are sold out, with the exception of a few tickets left (as of yesterday) for tomorrow, Saturday, August 6, 2022, 1:00 p.m. show.

The Gateway Theater and Playhouse is located at 738 Bay Avenue in Somers Point, New Jersey.

The Gateway Playhouse is a 501-c3 non profit organization with the mission to provide year-round, quality, affordable entertainment to residents and visitors alike, as well as offer education opportunities to students, in hopes of creating future generations of actors, directors and audiences.

SOURCE:  Katie Calvi, Vice Chair, Theater Collaborative of South Jersey/Gateway Playhouse

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