Bellarine Theatre Company (BTC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to servicing the members of local and surrounding communities in Southern Ocean County, NJ with innovative and original work. As the Founder and Artistic Director, I dreamed of this company in my dorm room as a sophomore in college at Rowan University. This dream became a reality when my (now) husband encouraged me to pursue my passion.
Between performances, classes, and exams, I researched non-profit law and by the end of that school year, BTC was fully functioning. With $10,000 of Pepsi Refresh grant money ready for implementation, Bellarine’s first production of The Wedding Singer, performed at Pinelands High School, was a bold choice and a great success. The area had not been exposed to newer works of theatre, but the community fell in love with this new group and this new idea of reimagined theatre. In our second season, next to normal was produced along with Annie. Two big firsts for BTC: a challenging groundbreaking show and a contract with an Equity actress. BTC earned credibly, respect, and gained an impressive following. We proved to the community that we could produce classics along side newer works, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy our performances.
For our third year, a local art gallery approached us, looking to have Bellarine Theatre Company perform in their space. Coming from an undergraduate program that encouraged thinking out of the box and trying new things, I was eager to see this new space and envision what it could hold for us. The space was a gem hidden within the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences (LBIF) in Loveladies, NJ. We immediately formed a relationship, and the Foundation has become the closest thing to home us. We planned our fourth season, exceeding everyone’s expectations by offering four productions to the community. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dorothy Meets Alice, Oklahoma!, and Bat Boy: The Musical. Our season was diverse and challenging, yet we felt that it offered something to every genre of audience member we had garnered. In addition to these productions, we offered a special needs friendly viewing of Dorothy Meets Alice, a Winter Improvisational Cabaret, and a few small fundraisers.
Completing our fifth season, Bellarine has grown immensely. We presented Songs For A New World in March, our first-ever youth performance of Into The Woods, Jr. in May, and set the bar high for our summer production, Legally Blonde. In addition to these main stage events, we offered educational opportunities to our members. We presented a Student Director Showcase, another Improvisational Cabaret, and a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture show, which completely sold out and broke box office records. I’ve been fortunate enough to attract fabulous collogues that share my passion for Bellarine. From all walks of life, these people, that now inhabit our board of directors, are energized and ready to take the leap that we have been waiting for. My team and I are ready to take the next step with this organization by dedicating ourselves to its success. We are looking forward to the success of our sixth season!
When asked, “What does ‘Bellarine’ mean?” I simply say, “to see beautifully.” My vision has carved Bellarine into a wonderful, safe environment for those wanting to explore their craft, and I want nothing more than to see people enjoy live performance and take something special away from it. I know Bellarine has the opportunity and ability to grow, and we have the creative and organizational team to make that hapen. Bellarine continues to prove to be original, and our bold choices make us exciting and engaging to be a part of, whether it is off or on stage. Sustainability is something that we strive for, and we are ready to make that dream a reality.
So share in our enjoyment of the pursual of dreams. Join us for our next performance, onstage or off,
and discover the magic that has become Bellarine Theatre Company!
Jessica Huch, Founder & Producing Artistic Director
Our Performance History
Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Anything Goes, Young Performers Edition
Big Fish The Musical
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings
James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
Cry Baby The Musical
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Guys & Dolls, Jr.
Dogfight The Musical
Urinetown The Musical
Songs For A New World
Into The Woods, Jr.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Dorothy Meets Alice
Bat Boy: The Musical
next to normal
The Wedding Singer
Our "Meg of the Shows"
What is the "Meg of the Show?" It is a special tradition of ours that began with our first show. "Meg of the Show" comes from the character Meg in "The Phantom of the Opera." Meg is an emseble character that the audience wants to know more about. These actors are members of our ensembles that truly shined in their roles!
Rachel Pytlewski - The Wedding Singer
Olivia Cruser - next to normal
Mia Spallina - Annie
Victoria Vazquez - Footloose
Jessica Evans - ...Spelling Bee
Alex Henderson - Dorothy Meets Alice
Corey Smith - Oklahoma!
Adam Urato - Bat Boy: The Musical
Greg Jaeckel - Songs For A New World
Connor Harris - Into The Woods, Jr.
Ashley Furlong - Legally Blonde: The Musical
Jonathan Hughes - Guys & Dolls, Jr.
Stacy Cranmer - Dogfight The Musical
Jannah Tabbacchino - The Producers
Hattie Kenduck - Urinetown The Musical
Mia Spallina - James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
Marcella Aboyoun - Steel Magnolias
Jonathan Leach - Cry Baby The Musical
Molly Barneman - You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Summer Longo - Anything Goes, YPE
Ethan South - Big Fish The Musical
The Marvelous Wonderettes - Nicole Picinic
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings -
Schoolhouse Rock, Jr. - Emerson Conklin
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Faith Diccion
The Fantasticks - Buddy Stankowski