Hamilton Stage in Rahway plans ‘Grand Reopening Open House’

by JAY LUSTIG
Hamilton Stage reopening

The Hamilton Stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center will celebrate its reopening, Feb. 3-4.

The Hamilton Stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway — which suffered major damage in Tropical Storm Ida in September 2021 and has been closed since then — will celebrate its reopening with an Open House weekend, Feb. 3-4.

The venue’s website describes it as “a weekend of festivities that are not only a celebration of the theater’s revival but also a reflection of the City of Rahway’s unwavering support for the arts.”

Here is the schedule. Though all events are free, tickets or advance registration is required for those with an asterisk (*), including the Feb. 3 appearance by former Star-Ledger theater critic Peter Filichia. Reservations can be made at ucpac.org/event/hamilton-stage-grand-reopening-open-house-weekend.

FEB. 3:
Noon-4 p.m.: Photobooth
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Rahway High School Marching Band performance
1-2 p.m.: Hive Dance Studio hip hop choreography workshop (Ages 13+) *
2-2:30 p.m.: The Wannabes (Hive Dance Studio performance) *
2:45-3:30 p.m.: Jazz jam and poetry mashup
3:45-4:15 p.m.: New Jersey Opera Theater presents “Timeless Songs of Old and New: Works by Copland, Higdon and Lara” *
7-8:30 p.m.: American Theater Group presents “An Evening with Peter Filichia.” This event will feature “anecdotes, gossip and special memories of his life on the aisle,” according to the UCPAC website. *

FEB. 4
Noon-4 p.m.: Photobooth
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Theatrical Artists Prep children’s workshop (Ages 8-18) *
12:30-1 p.m.: Theatrical Artists Prep presents a preview performance of “Disney Magic” *
1-2 p.m.: Backstage face painting by Wish Upon a Party
2-3:45 pm: Preview performance of new musical “Merrilee Mannerly” with book signing by authors Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple and a meet-and-greet with cast members *
4-4:30 p.m.: Rahway Dance Theater (children’s ballet performance)

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