Originally published by Coastal Point
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced this week that the Freeman Stage at Bayside is set to celebrate its fifth season of bringing arts and entertainment to Sussex County. The Freeman Stage has attracted an average of 25,000 audience members each year in its first four seasons with offerings of dance, theater, live music and children’s performances.
The 2012 season will include more than 50 performances between Memorial Day and Labor Day, including five special concert events that will include Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on July 6, John Tesh: Big Band Live on July 20, country musician and sometime Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker on July 26, award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch on July 29 and the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” – The Midtown Men – on Aug. 1.
“We have just released our 2012 calendar and we couldn’t be more excited about the diversified programs and special events that our 5th season will offer,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. “So many gifted and talented artists are scheduled to grace our beautiful stage.
“This year,” Grimes said, “we will also welcome PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great program – whose mission is to prepare children for success in school and life – as a sponsor of our Saturday-morning children’s performances. It’s these kind of partnerships that are necessary for the continued success of our mission at The Freeman Stage at Bayside and in our communities.”
The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an outdoor performing arts venue located off Route 54 in the Bayside community, will host performances every Thursday and Friday evening and a few Saturday evenings throughout the summer, with children’s programs held every Saturday morning.
All events and programs are open to the public, and many of the events are free. All Thursday-night regular-season events and Saturday-morning children’s performances have free admission. For most events on Friday and Saturday nights, the cost is $10 per person, with children 18 or younger being admitted free of charge.
The five special concert events, including the Darius Rucker concert, will have additional admission costs. Tickets for all paid events will go on sale on Friday, April 6. Those who are 2012 Sponsors of the Freeman Stage at Bayside will be able to purchase tickets early, starting April 2.
Refreshments can be purchased at the Stage Café, which will be serving lite fare as well as beer and wine.
The Freeman Stage at Bayside will officially kick off the 2012 season on the evening of May 26, with a performance of Cirque Montage. Regular weekly performances at The Freeman Stage will commence on June 15 with a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and will continue throughout the year.
For a complete listing of all the season’s events, or to find out how to volunteer at the Freeman Stage, call (302) 436-3015 or visit www.freemanstage.org.