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 Children over two years old, must have a ticket.

Please note that our Mainstage Theatre is on the second level.  Please call ahead to reserve our stair climbing device if required.
Rhino Studio 237, our Black Box Performance Space, is handicapped accessible.

There is no food permitted in the theatre or black box.

Ticket change fee is $3.00 per ticket.

More than 16 Years
of Theatre

For more than 16 years and through more than 150 shows, the Rhino Theatre has been reaching out to the community in Pompton Lakes, NJ...

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Youth theatre programs

Meet Our Private Instructors!

We offer private training in acting (beginner and advanced), dance, voice, guitar, percussion, piano, bass, audition prep and more!  Scroll through our coaches to find the best one for you or let us choose based on your needs!

Julie Galorenzo

Specialties: Beginner Acting, Monologue/Scene Technique, Audition Preparation, College Audition Preparation, Voice

Julie is a graduate of the prestigious acting program at Marymount Manhattan College. As a lifelong performer, Julie has been in over 150 shows all over NJ, NYC, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast. Julie has been teaching acting in groups and privately for 15 years and is thrilled for this new opportunity to reach more wonderful actors at any stage in their learning! Acting is about finding the truth in every moment and Julie will guide you every step of the way.

Dan Giannone

Specialties: Percussion

Dan is currently majoring in Jazz Studies and Music Education at Rutgers University studying with internationally acclaimed drummer/composer Victor Lewis. He currently performs with various Rutgers Jazz ensembles including The Rutgers Mingus Big Band, The Scarlet Knight Trombones, and the Rutgers University Big Band. Dan has also studied with Ralph Peterson Jr., Jerome Jennings, Rich DeRosa, Tim Horner, John Riley, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Abraham Burton, Claire Daly and Luciano Salvatore.  Such performances include Rutgers University concerts with Donald Edwards, Frank Lacy, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Champian Fulton, Alex Foster, Earl McIntyre, Renee Manning, Tim Hagans, Josè Neto, Café Da Silva, The Boston Brass at The State Theatre (NJ), The Rutgers University Big Band at The Blue Note (NYC), The Rutgers University Big Band on WBGO, The Claire Daly ensemble at The Vision Jazz Festival, The Litchfield Jazz festival and The American Music Abroad Red Tour in Europe.

Rich Lovallo

Specialties: Voice, Musical Theatre, Audition Prep

Rich Lovallo has worked professionally as a music director, teacher and voice coach at the scholastic, college, community and professional level for the last 40 years.  For Rhino Theatre he was music director for Spamalot, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar and more and will be the music director for upcoming productions of Forever Plaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Little Mermaid.  He has been a musical theatre teacher and private vocal coach at Rhino since 2006.

Kim Marino

Specialties: Advanced Acting, Audition Preparation, College Auditions for Theater Programs, Monologue/Scene Technique

Kim has been with Rhino Theatre for 10 years as a Director, Acting Teacher and Coach.  A graduate of Muhlenberg College with a BA degree in Theater, Kim starred as the Nun in "Tony N'Tina's Wedding" on Broadway, has performed in close to 60 musical theater productions in NJ, NY, & PA, national tv commercials, over 500 business industrials, and worked on Comedy Central for 3 years.  In addition to this she worked behind the camera on hit films / television programs such as, "Sopranos," "Sex & The City," "Stuart Little 2," and more.  She was the associate casting director for Bradley Baron Casting, and has coached several students for their professional auditions, interviews, and meetings.  Currently a drama/film teacher and Director at Indian Hills HS, she splits her time between the two locations working with youth students to perfect their craft.

Pete McCullough

Specialties: Guitar, Bass, Piano

I, as a music teacher, have been teaching privately and at studios since 2001.  I teach guitar, bass, beginning to intermediate piano, beginner drum set, as well as ear training and music theory.   I also have been performing in a well-known touring band STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO as bassist and background vocalist since 2006.  I can provide real-world knowledge of how to succeed in music.  I teach all styles of guitar, be it flat-picking or finger-style, and can focus on any genre of music.  I like to tailor each lesson to that particular student and their individual needs.  I always like to mix in theory and reading music notation in the lessons.  For older students who choose not to learn music notation I will of course go with guitar tablature.

Terese Opiela

Specialties: Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, First Dances (Bride/Groom, Bride/Father, Groom/Mother), Bridal Party Dances, Talent Show/Special Event Choreography

Terese Opiela has been on staff at Rhino Theatre for the past 16 years, and earned Bachelors in Fine Arts from Montclair State University. A certified Dance and Theatre teacher, Terese has been teaching wonderful students for over 11 years! By day, she takes on the role of Miss Opiela, classroom dance teacher at WLC and by night, she is the in-house choreographer here at Rhino Theatre, and has choreographed, directed, and co-directed over 40 musicals, including The Wizard of Oz, Blue’s Clues, Legally Blond, Producers, 42nd Street, Cabaret, Spamalot, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors to name a few!  She has been nominated “Choreographer of the Year” by NJ Theater and was a 2014 Rhino Gala Honoree. Terese is also a board member of Care 4 a Cure/Cabaret 4 a Cure, a charitable organization designed to help both cancer patients and their families.  Terese has served as Artistic Director, Teacher, and Board Member for many local theatres and dance programs.  She has choreographed for many public school events and musicals.

Juliana Valente

Specialties: Voice, Acting, Piano

Actor-Singer-Composer Juliana Valente has been teaching and performing internationally in theater and musical theater for 15 years. Education: Pensacola Christian College and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music: M.A. Opera Theater; B.A. Music Performance; B.A. Interpretive Speech -Theater. Juliana's students have gone on to study at Juilliard, NYU, Baylor University, and Indiana University. She is dedicated to the journey of the complete musician-singer-actor and offers expert vocal, acting and piano training to all ages. She addresses the health of the speaking voice, the skills of musicianship, and the art of storytelling. Her goal is to facilitate all aspects of performance: physical, technical, stylistic, interpretive, and demonstrative.

She offers curriculum and coaching in all of the following:
Classical: Art Songs, Opera, Oratorio in Italian, French, and German
Sacred: Traditional, Spiritual, Contemporary Christian
Musical Theatre: Legit and Contemporary Styles
Pop, Jazz, Country, R&B
Scene Development and Speech for the Stage
Total Musician: Piano, Music Theory, Sight Singing
With a holistic approach to the singing technique, Juliana naturally guides the student to find his or her own true voice. Students experience a variety of new styles, songs and arias, sight singing, speech and language study; solid bel canto and speech-based technique allows for crossover into many styles.

The one-on-one relationship in ongoing training often allows Juliana to get quick results. Students are exposed to new monologues, cold readings, dialects, and acting technique. Sessions are geared to success in school, community and professional opportunities.

Piano/Music Theory
Adept at making even the most tricky concepts simple, memorable, and fun, Juliana guides students, step-by-step, through each new song and music theory concept. Designed for beginners young and old, the lessons enable students to play songs successfully, starting with the very first lesson.