Who We Are
Bellarine Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Southern Ocean County, NJ. Founded in 2011 by Jessica Huch in her college dorm room at Rowan University, Bellarine has grown immensely thanks to the passion of our dedicated staff, volunteers, patrons and generous sponsors.
Bellarine Theatre is devoted to leaving a positive impact on our community, audience, and company members by providing an invigorating theatrical experience. We believe in the advancing our craft by providing opportunities for all through education, collaboration, and exploration.
FOUNDER & PRODUCING
Board of Directors
Christopher Huch, President
Caitlin Hughes, Vice President
Jessika Morgan, Secretary
Jessica Huch, Treasurer
Jim McCabe, Member
AJ Mendini, Member
Rob Hilliard, Member
Melanie Magaziner, Member
Connor Morgan, Member
Elle Jones, Member
Dakota Reider, Member
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. Another five years have come and gone, and we are thrilled to venture into our tenth 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!
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!
The Wedding Singer- Rachel Pytlewski
next to normal- Olivia Cruser
Annie- Mia Spallina
Footloose- Victoria Vazquez
The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee- Jessica Evans
Dorothy Meets Alice- Alex Henderson
Oklahoma!- Corey Smith
Bat Boy: The Musical- Adam Urato
Songs For A New World- Greg Jaeckel
Into The Woods, Jr.- Connor Harris
Legally Blonde: The Musical- Ashley Furlong
Guys & Dolls, Jr.- Jonathan Hughes
Dogfight The Musical- Stacy Cranmer
The Producers- Jannah Tabbacchino
Urinetown The Musical- Hattie Kenduck
Mia Spallina - James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
Steel Magnolias- Marcella Aboyoun
Cry Baby The Musical- Jonathan Leach
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown- Molly Barneman
Anything Goes, YPE- Summer Longo
Big Fish The Musical- Ethan South
The Marvelous Wonderettes- Nicole Picinic
Schoolhouse Rock, Jr.- Emerson Conklin
The Hunchback of Notre Dame- Faith Diccion
The Fantasticks- Buddy Stankowski