Almost, Maine

Jun 8 - Jun 9, 2023
Join Mainstage's Acting Company as they present Almost, Maine, a place that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States. It's almost in Canada. And it's not quite a town because its residents never got around to getting organized.

Encore Show Choir

Encore is designed to be a training program for the successful high school aged Harmony Show Choir. Students in the choir will have the chance to learn, perform and build friendships.

Harmony Show Choir

The Harmony Show Choir performs in the South Jersey area and beyond, entertaining crowds with high energy musical performances.

Summer Stage 2023

Summer Stage is the oldest, most successful, and most affordable youth theater program in Southern New Jersey. We offer a series of creative theater programs specifically designed to allow children of every age to expand their skills.

Sounds of Summer: Free Concert Series

The Sounds of Summer Concert Series is a great way to relax and unwind Monday nights from June 26th to August 7th, 2023 at 7:00 pm in Veteran's Park in Gloucester Township. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a series of concerts featuring some of the best musical talents in the area.

Mainstage's Blackwood Pumpkin Festival

Mainstage Center for the Arts is so excited to be bringing the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival back to the South Jersey Community. The festival will return on Sunday, Oct. 2 11-4 (rain date: Oct 9). We can't wait to see everyone then.

The Studio at MCA

The Studio at Mainstage Center for the Arts A well-rounded dance & theatre education experience! 856-302-6485 | 
One male and female voice student singing in their vocal recital.

Private Lessons in Voice, Guitar & Acting for all ages

We are here to help you improve your singing – whether it’s for your church or school choir, a musical theatre production, or to auditon for college, or the All-South Jersey or All-State Chorus.

Dear Mainstage Center for the Arts Friends and Community,

As I sit down to write this letter, my heart is filled with so many emotions. After 35 years as the Founder and Artistic Director of Mainstage Center for the Arts, I feel the time has come to step down from my current position, but not out. As of July 1, 2023, I will resign as Artistic Director.

Mainstage has been such an important part of my life for so long. I am confident that the organization is in good hands with the dedicated Board of Directors and the new Administration that we have in place. I look forward to remaining active in Mainstage Center for the Arts by assuming the part-time position of Associate Artistic Director.

As I reflect on my time at Mainstage, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all that we have accomplished together. When I founded this organization in 1989, I envisioned bringing the transformative power of the performing arts to children and families in our community. Over the years, we have grown and evolved, producing countless performances, offering educational programs, and providing opportunities for children to explore their creativity and develop their skills.

I am proud of all we have achieved together, especially with the contributions, heart, and soul of my lifelong friend and co-founder, Joe Bretschneider. I want to express my deep appreciation and love to my wife, Nancy, and my three daughters, who have spent all of their lives with Mainstage as a part of the fabric of our family. Also, to Harry and Dottie Dietzler and my life-long friends from Upper Darby Summer Stage, Anne Marie and Tom Weaver, Cheri Howlett, the late Vince Gentless, and the late Michael Schreiner, for all they have done to support me and Mainstage Center for the Arts since its founding.

I am also grateful for the friendships and partnerships I have formed over the years. The support, dedication, and passion for the arts from Mainstage staff and Alumni have been a constant source of inspiration for me. Most especially, the support and confidence entrusted to me by the Township of Gloucester and Gloucester Township Schools. Together, we have faced challenges, celebrated successes, and worked tirelessly to make Mainstage Center for the Arts the incredible organization it is today.

I look forward to watching Mainstage continue to serve the children of our community and to seeing all that will be achieved in the years ahead.

In closing, I want to say that it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Founder and Artistic Director of Mainstage Center for the Arts for the past 35 years. I will always cherish the memories and experiences that we have shared, and I will remain a dedicated supporter of this incredible organization for many years to come.

With deepest gratitude and warmest regards,

Ed Fiscella
Producing Artistic Director/Founder
Mainstage Center for the Arts


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