2013 Season

July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2013

Dunellen Skylight made its debut with this original comedy written by Tori Clemens and featuring original incidental music by Neal Acito.  Based on the classic children's story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this production adds in some modern jokes and clever slapstick to entertain all audiences.

The show was presented at the Dunellen American Legion Post 119 picnic grounds.


August 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25, 2013

A classic comedy by William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, loaded with operatic hilarity.  Featuring a rollicking band of pirates, a bevy of beautiful maidens, and “the very model of a modern Major-General.”

The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty is the quintessential Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.  It tells the story of Frederick, an able-bodied boy who was apprenticed to a pirate instead of a pilot, due to his nursery maid Ruth mishearing his father's instructions.  Specifically, he was apprenticed to the self-proclaimed Pirate King, the leader of the Pirates of Penzance, who though famous, are not very bright.  Upon turning twenty-one, Frederick has decided to leave the pirate band to seek out true love and join the Royal Navy to bring his former associates to justice.  Frederick's heart is soon captured by the daughters of Major-General Stanley, particularly the youngest daughter, Mabel.  But the pirates want to claim the ladies for themselves, and only Frederick, the Major-General, and a bumbling band of policemen stand in their way!

The show includes several beloved tunes including "Oh, Better Far to Live and Die" (better known as "For I Am a Pirate King"), "Climbing Over Rocky Mountain", "With Cat-Like Tread" (which provided the tune for the later favorite "Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here"), and of course, the tongue-twisting favorite "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General", which is perhaps Gilbert and Sullivan's best-known song.

The show was presented on the gazebo stage in Washington Memorial Park.


December 13, 2013

WDST Christmas Radio Showcase

December 24th, 1944: WDST Radio (that's Dunellen Skylight Theatre) presents a showcase of songs and stories to warm the hearts of Dunellen.  Special appearance by Santa Claus!

The show was presented in the St. John the Evangelist Church auditorium.