Surflight Theatre’s outdoor stage damaged by storm; GoFundMe campaign started

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The Surflight Theatre posted today, on its Facebook page, this photo of its storm-damaged outdoor performance area.

The Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven has responded to the coronavirus crisis by building an outdoor, tented stage and continuing to present shows. But the stage and tent suffered major damage today, when Tropical Storm Isaias hit New Jersey, and the theater’s opening-night presentation of “Mamma Mia! The Musical,” tonight, has been cancelled.

Also on the theater’s schedule for this week is a production of a show for children, “Frozen Jr.,” and comedian Mike Marino is booked for Aug. 9. It is not known when the theater will be able to reopen.

The following message was posted today on the theater’s Facebook page, along with the photo above: “It was a very very rough day today. We hope to be back up and running very soon this week. Isaias did the outside venue in for now.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help the theater in its recovery. The campaign’s message reads, in part, “The gale force winds did them in by destroying their outdoor tent, collapsing entirely the venue, stage, props and the electrics light and sound equipment. … They are hoping to be back up and running this week. Remember, through all of this turmoil, their bills aren’t going to stop while the plays and shows do and equipment gets replaced. Insurance will help some but not enough.”

Visit for the GoFundMe campaign.

Visit for information and updates on the theater.


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Diane Famula August 4, 2020 - 8:52 pm

Please everybody support the Surflight! But please donate directly to them via PayPal or directly to their website instead of using GoFundMe!


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