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The West Park Players were a well-respected and vital part of Ocean
Township High School's artistic landscape for many years.

Each year, the West Park Players presented both a fall play and spring musical.
Most recently, audiences have been entertained with spectacular performances
in such well-known productions such as "Miss Saigon", "Les Miserables", "Curtains", "Ah, Wilderness!","CATS", "Bye Bye Birdie", "The Laramie Project", "The Miracle Worker", "The Diary of Anne Frank", "Harvey" and "Our Town."

Some of their most recent musical performances include Stephen Sondheim's "Into The Woods", Broadway's past and current hit "A Chorus Line"  and the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "The Pirates of Penzance," all of which received rave reviews and standing ovations.

The West Park Players worked hard to provide a positive outlet for the abundant creative
talent and energy of Ocean Township students. By being a part of this close-knit community, students experience the positive impact of theater as a hobby, as well
as an educational tool. The West Park Players offered something for every ambitious student whether it involved acting, singing, dancing, playing in the pit band, or being a member of the stage/lighting crew.

Yes...We were pretty cool!

The West Park Players were dedicated to the service of others though the
magic of the theater. Our student performers work hard to produce a great product. For instance, with the help of Madison Marquette, Asbury Park's premiere developers, the 2007 fall production of "The Laramie Project" raised over $10,000 for the Ocean Township High School Gay-Straight Alliance, The
Tectonic Theater Project, The Matthew Shepard Foundation and The Center
in Asbury Park. Our students know the importance of community service
and helping with worthy causes. Please help us help those in need!

The OTHS Staff for 2013-2014                                                           

Ms. Anne Hanley -Co-Director
Ms. Lynette Werthwein -Co-Director

Past and Present Performances of the West Park Players

2011 - 2012 Season**

  • Noises Off
    • Nominated for 4 Basie Awards!
  • Miss Saigon
    • Nominated for 13 Basie Awards!
    • Winner, "Best Actor in a Musical", Richard Huy
    • Winner, Best Lighting in a Musical, Victoria Casces
  • 2010 - 2011 Season**

    • Our Town
      • Nominated for 3 Basie Awards!
      • Winner, Best Play, "Our Town"
      • Winner, Best Director, Bob Angelini "Our Town"
    • Les Miserables
      • Nominated for Basie Awards!

    2009 - 2010 Season**

    • Ah, Wilderness!
      • Nominated for 5 Basie Awards!
      • Winner "Best Lighting Desgin in a Drama",Alyssa Berning
    • Curtains
      • Nominated for 2 Basie Awards!

    2008 - 2009 Season**

    • A View from the Bridge
      • Nominated for 6 Basie Awards!

    • CATS
      • Nominated for 9 Basie Awards!
      • Winner "Best Director" , Bob Angelini
      • Winner "Outstanding Set Design in a Musical" , Tom Collins

    2007 - 2008 Season**

    • Bye Bye Birdie 
      • Nominated for 11 Basie Awards!

    • The Laramie Project
      • Nominated for 8 Basie Awards!
      • Winner "Outstanding Overall Production"

    2006 - 2007 Season**

    • The Miracle Worker
    • Into The Woods
      • Nominated for 6 Basie Awards!

    2005 - 2006 Season**

    • Harvey
    • A Chorus Line

    2004 - 2005 Season**

    • A Bad Year for Tomatoes
    • Pippin (Alumni Reunion Show)

    2003-2004 Season**

    • The Diary of Anne Frank
    • Annie

    2002-2003 Season**

    • Rumors
    • Grease

    2001-2002 Season**

    • Inspecting Carol
    • The Pirates of Penzance

    2000-2001 Season**

    • Our Town
    • Once Upon A Mattress

    1999-2000 Season**

    • Play It Again, Sam
    • Guys and Dolls

    1998-1999 Season**

    • You Can't Take It With You
    • Crazy For You

    1997-1998 Season**

    • God's Favorite
    • Pippin

    1996-1997 Season**

    • Don't Drink The Water
    • My Fair Lady

    1995-1996 Season**

    • Celebrate II (Monologues)*
    • Leader of the Pack

    1994-1995 Season*

    • Celebrate I (Monologues)
    • West Side Story

    1993-1994 Season*

    • I Just Want To Tell Somebody
    • The Man of LaMancha

    1992-1993 Season*

    • Fiddler On The Roof

    (Please submit any corrections or additions to director@westparkplayers.com)

    ** Directed by Bob Angelini
    *Directed by: Paul Chalakani


    Director:  Mr. Robert Angelini 

    Mr. Angelini began his directorial debut with the West Park Players in the spring of 1996 with the Ellie Grenwich-inspired musical "Leader of the Pack."  Prior to directing the  theatrical productions at the Ocean Township High School, Mr. Angelini first performed on the stage of Shore Regional High School, Monmouth University and several New Jersey community and civic theaters. He credits his high school theater director Mr. Jack Brignola, and Director/Choreographer/Mentor/Friend Steve Sorrentino for lighting the theatrical flame in his heart. Mr. Angelini, was the drama director from January 1996 until April 2012. 

    ProducerMrs. Cheryl Brautigan

    Mrs. Brautigan This is Cheryl's forth production with the West Park Players and her second as Full Producer. Cheryl has been involved with the WPP since 2005. Her love of the stage began when she choreographed her high school's production of The Fantastiks at Neptune High School. While at Kean College, she was a member of Kean's Dance and Children's Theater programs. She was also a dance teacher for seven years before having her first child. She is currently a 4th grade teacher at Wayside Elementary School where she has been teaching for the past thirty two years. Cheryl would like to thank all of the kids in the play for making this new job so much fun. She would also like to thank Bob Angelini for giving her this wonderful opportunity. Finally, she would like to thank her 14 year old twin sons, Sean and Matt, for understanding her busy new schedule, and her daughter, Erin, a student at Ramapo College, for her knowledge of how the WPP is run, since she was in seven productions at OTHS. Most of all, she would like to thank her husband, Kip, who has been there to help out in any way he can, and also by doing most of the physical labor of the job. She thanks everyone who has come out to support the West Park Players and hopes you all enjoy the show.

    Musical Director Mr. Mark Cook

    Mr. Cook earned his Bachelor of Sacred Music and Organ from Centenary College of Louisiana and his Masters of Music Performance in Organ from Rice University. He has
    held positions as Organist/Choirmaster in churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and 
    New Jersey and has toured as a soloist and accompanist in much of the United States and Europe. Mr. Cook has directed musicals for schools, community, and regional theatres in Texas, New Jersey and New York. He has been vocal director of two productions for the West Park Players, A Chorus Line and Into the Woods. Mr Cook also took over as Conductor along with Vocal Director for the production of CATS. Mr. Cook grew up in Arkansas and currently lives in Brick Township.

    Set Designers: Mr. Tom Collins

    Mr. Collins started his “behind the scenes” theater work as a student in the Stage Crew at Paramus High School. He went on to work as a Master Carpenter, Master Flyman, and Master Electrician with the Stage Crew at Montclair State College (now University), where he received a B.A. in Industrial Education. In his senior year at MSC, he directed the lighting for The Mandrake, which won the American College Theater Festival and toured to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

    While in college, Mr. Collins also worked as a lighting engineer for a period of time in professional theater. After receiving a M.Ed. in Technology Education from Bowling Green State University, he went on to teach in a small college in Southwestern Indiana. There he had the opportunity to help start-up a community theater which included converting a storefront into a working theater with a rotating stage. After having directed the technical side of a number of theatrical productions, Mr. Collins moved back to New Jersey, leaving with the distinction as a Lifetime Member of Old Town Players.

    After working over 25 years in the private sector, Mr. Collins came back to his technical teaching roots, joining Ocean Township High School in Spring 2004. He became the Stage Crew Adviser in Fall 2004 and has designed and coordinated the set construction, and backstage production of A Bad Year For Tomatoes, Pippin, Harvey, A Chorus Line, The Miracle Worker, and Into The Woods. On May 23, 2007, Mr. Collins was the co-recipient of the 2007 Basie Award for Outstanding Set Design for Into The Woods. He credits the many dedicated and talented students that he and Stage Crew Co-Advisor Mr. Ripley have had the pleasure of working with to build his elaborate sets over the years.

    Mr. Collins teaches Digital Photography and Woodworking courses in the Applied Technology Dept. at OTHS. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and daughter in West Long Branch, and has two stepsons living in Long Branch and Atlanta, GA.

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