MTC Presents "Broadway Kids III."

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents "Broadway Kids III" at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

August 23 at 7 PM

August 24 at 10 AM, 2 PM, & 7 PM

August 25 at 10 AM & 2 PM

MTC’s fourth all-pre-teen summer cast will present a new musical revue highlighting songs from such favorite musicals as "Hamilton", "Moana", "Anastasia", and "Guys And Dolls", among others.

Come and see MTC's cast of children bring this original musical revue to life. All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $12. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


MTC Presents "West Side Story: School Edition"

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents the Delaware Valley Premiere of "West Side Story: School Edition" at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

August 16 at 7 PM

August 17 at 10 AM, 2 PM, and 7 PM

August 18 at 10 AM & 2 PM

MTC’s sixth all-teen cast will present the stage version of the 1961 Hollywood movie that still holds the record for most Oscars by a movie musical with 10. Our teens will bring this modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet to life as ‘Tony’ and ‘Maria’ and their ‘Jets’ and ‘Sharks’ gangs sing and dance their way into your hearts.

Come and see MTC's cast of 63 teens (including 21 boys!) bring this PG-13 musical to life. (We are using this rating due to the death and violence that occurs in this musical.) All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $12. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


MTC Presents "Willy Wonka, Jr."

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents "Willy Wonka, Jr." at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

Wednesday, August 2 at 7 PM

Thursday, August 3 at 10 AM, 2 PM and 7 PM

Friday, August 4 at 10 AM & 2 PM

MTC will present the Roald Dahl musical that features such beloved characters as ‘Augustus Gloop’, ‘Veruca Salt’, ‘Violet Beauregard’, ‘Mike Teevee’, ‘Charlie Bucket’, the ‘Oompa-Loompas’, and, of course, the title character. The six-to-17-year-old cast will sing such favorites as “The Candy Man”, “Cheer Up, Charlie”, “Think Positive”, “(I’ve Got A) Golden Ticket”, “I Want It Now”, and “Pure Imagination”.

Come and see MTC’s cast of children bring this musical to life. All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $12. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


MTC Presents "The Wizard of Oz"

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents "The Wizard of Oz" at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

July 20 at 7 PM

July 21 at 7 PM

July 22 at 2 PM and 7 PM

July 23 at 2 PM

July 26 at 7 PM

July 27 at 7 PM

July 28 at 7 PM

July 29 at 2 PM and 7 PM

A 64-member all-ages cast, directed by MTC’s Producing Artistic Director Mark Morgan, will perform this musical with such well-known songs as “Follow The Yellow Brick Road”, “If I Only Had A Brain / A Heart / The Nerve”, “We’re Off To See The Wizard”, “Merry Old Land Of Oz”, “King Of The Forest”, “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead”, and the Oscar winning “(Somewhere) Over The Rainbow”.

Come and see MTC's cast bring this classic musical to life. All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $17 (for Adults) and $13 (for Seniors and Students). For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


MTC Presents "Disney's High School Musical, Jr."

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season this year, presents "Disney's High School Musical, Jr." at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) on these dates and times.

July 12 at 7 PM

July 13 at 10 AM, 2 PM, & 7 PM

July 14 at 10 AM & 2 PM

This recent Disney franchise started with this musical about the students at East High School. It features these favorite songs: “Start Of Something New”, “Get’cha Head In The Game”, “Breaking Free”, “Stick To The Status Quo”, and, of course, “We’re All In This Together”. A 77-member cast will present the story of ‘Troy’, ‘Gabriella’, ‘Ryan’, ‘Sharpay’, ‘Chad’, ‘Taylor’, ‘Coach Bolton’, ‘Mrs. Darbus’, and the rest of the ‘Wildcats’.

Come and see MTC's cast of 77 performers bring this Disney musical to life. All tickets are reserved and are available at MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. All ticket prices are $12. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.


Underground Railroad Museum to open in South Jersey's Smithville Park

Newsworks, February 3, 2017

Eastampton, NJ -  When people describe the Underground Railroad to newcomers to American history, they usually have to explain that it was not literally underground, rather a covert network of abolitionists who smuggled runaway slaves to free northern states.

But in Burlington City, New Jersey, the Underground Railroad path was actually subterranean.

The state’s oldest pharmacy - Wheatley’s Pharmacy, now Burlington Pharmacy, built in 1731 - was connected to other safe houses and the riverbank on the Delaware River by underground tunnels.

“The pharmacy built by that man there, William Allison, a Quaker, the second from the bottom,” said Louise Calloway, pointing to a wall of photos of heroes of African-American freedom. “There are tunnels in the cellar that lead to the riverfront in Burlington City.”

Calloway has been collecting artifacts related to African-American history since she was nine years old. Now 87, she is the proprietor of the Underground Railroad Museum in Burlington County.

She has hundreds of objects - maybe thousands; she never made an inventory at the coffee shop. They include iron shackles, whips, and branding irons once used on slaves.

“This was a branding iron for people who worked in the field,” she said, holding up the heavy, rusted prod tooled with initials on the end. “This one is important, because it was taken from the plantation where Michelle Obama’s great great grandfather was enslaved.”

The collection used to be housed in her coffee shop, right next to the historic pharmacy. But in 2013 she ran into financial problems and had to give up the coffee shop. The collection was stored in her basement, where it might have stayed forever.

Word got out, and Calloway started getting phones calls from townships, municipalities, and colleges wanted to host the collection. The winning offer came from the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Runaway slaves would hide in Allison’s pharmacy, then take tunnels two or three miles to a waiting barge on the river to take them north. It one of the stories Calloway tells in her Underground Railroad Museum.

They offered Calloway a newly restored historic building in the Smithville Park Historic District in Eastampton, N.J., a campus of 19th century buildings that had once been a mill and industrial factory. The county has been renovated the buildings one-by-one, to be used for visitors. The main house - a mansion - is already a museum of the local Industrial Revolution; there is an indoor/outdoor event space that can accommodate hundreds.

“We still have a few left to do,” said Board director Bruce Gorganio. “They are very old and in pretty bad shape. So what we’ve been doing is bringing them up so we can bring the public into them and use them for these purposes.”

The new Underground Railroad Museum is in what was once mill workers housing. It’s three times the size of Calloway’s old coffee shop. She can spread out her collection, including photographs, maps, engravings, and documents that tell the story of slavery, chronologically, with criticisms: in Calloway’s explanation Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was not a moral victory for freedom but a calculated political gesture with limited real effect, and Quaker abolitionists had to browbeat their fellow Quakers holding slaves.

Garganio said an Underground Railroad Museum is just was the Smithville Historic District needs.

“It’s the history of Burlington County. It’s the history of the United States. We like to find these uses and put them in this facility.”

The Underground Railroad Museum will be open Thursdays through Sundays. Calloway will personally be there every day its open to explain the nuances of history.