Who We Are

ABOUT US

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. 

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR TEAM

FOUNDER & PRODUCING

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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

Nick Durst, Member

PRESIDENT & 

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Our History

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

2019

Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Fantasticks

2018

Anything Goes, Young Performers Edition

Big Fish The Musical

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings

2017

James and the Giant Peach, Jr.

Steel Magnolias

Cry Baby The Musical

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

2016

Guys & Dolls, Jr.

Dogfight The Musical

The Producers

Urinetown The Musical

2015

Songs For A New World

Into The Woods, Jr.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

2014

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Dorothy Meets Alice

Oklahoma!

Bat Boy: The Musical

2013

Footloose

2012

next to normal

Annie

2011

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 MagnoliasMarcella 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

The Wedding Singer
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Annie
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