Welcome to The First Avenue Playhouse



The First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey is one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in Monmouth County. Located in downtown Atlantic Highlands, The First Avenue Playhouse is a dessert theatre that is preparing to celebrate it's 30th anniversary of providing a variety of live theatre choices such as comedies or musicals as well as original productions by local playwrights. 




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December Show's Auditions Announced!

The First Avenue Playhouse will hold  Auditions 
on Tuesday October 10,  at 700 pm  and Wednesday
October 11,  at 700 pm at The First Avenue


Playhouse for :: "I Do Love the Holidays (Sometimes)" our Christmas musical.  Needed are:

Children, ages 7 – 13  for singing during scene changes and some small parts.  

Female aged 35 - 50.


Harry Hannukah Age range 20 – 39.  Will need to pronounce Yiddish for a poem reading as part of the character.


(Rest of show is in English).

Also looking for children or adults that can sing and play guitar to be featured singing an original song in the show.

All other parts are cast.


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From TripAdvisor (5.0 based on 60+ reviews)

TripAdvisor reviews of  First Avenue Playhouse 
“The Philadelphia Story - Once again, First Ave Playhouse beautifully presents a classic! Drop everything and go see it!”
The theater puts on a great comedy show month after month. From Broadway scripts to those by local play wrights, the shows are sure to please. Having seen some of the original scripts on Broadway, I can say that the cast here often does a better job than their counterparts on the Great White Way.


The current play,  The Philadelphia Story, was well-done and had the audience laughing almost from the opening curtain. 

Visited August 2017


The theater maybe small and quaint but time and time again they produce first rate shows. 'The Philadelphia Story',

takes you back in time to the Main Line of Philadelphia and the Lord family. The large cast is filled with great talent

. Lilyanne White as the precocious child of Alexandra Lord steals the show. If you close your eyes, you'd swear it was

Katherine Hepburn on stage. That's how well Mary Lawrence plays the part of Tracy Lord.

All the members of the cast are terrific. This is "A don't miss" performance!


My friends and I really love this venue and we have enjoyed several plays at the First Avenue Playhouse and we all agreed that this one was one of the very best.




Directed by  Donna Jeanne

 Directed by  Dave McGrath

An interview with a true 'behind the scenes' icon.   in TheatreWatch©

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