Christina Aguilera Visit a Highlight of Surflight Theatre’s Young Season

Jul 12, 2017
Courtesy of: Country Kettle Fudge The pop star also made time to stop in Country Kettle Fudge and share a taste of summer with fiancé Matt Rutler.

The resurrected Surflight Theatre has certainly had an exciting 2017 season so far, highlighted by a recent visit by superstar singer Christina Aguilera.

Aguilera and her two children, Max and Summer Rain, took in a performance of the children’s theater classic “Peter Pan” on Wednesday, July 5.

It was, said Surflight Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner, a very low-key affair.

“It all happened in the two hours before the show,” said Steiner. “The cast knew she and her kids were going to be in the audience and they planned to meet with her briefly after the show in the theater before they went outside to meet the other people who had attended. She had brought her children to introduce them to children’s theater. We wanted to give her a chance to be a normal person. That’s something she doesn’t get to be very often.”

Respecting the pop star’s privacy, the cast refrained from what had to be an almost irresistible urge to grab a selfie stick and sneak up behind her for a quick snapshot.

“It was all about her kids meeting the characters, not us meeting her,” said Steiner.

Following in the steps of playwright Moss Hart, actress and game show personality Kitty Carlisle, comedian Joe Piscopo, rock star Jon Bon Jovi, the late U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and 1996 presidential candidate Alan Specter, Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers and TV newswoman Megyn Kelly, Aguilera has become the latest “guess who I saw yesterday” celebrity to regularly grace Long Beach Island. Last year The SandPaper reported that she had attended a Fourth of July wedding at Beach Haven’s Tuckers Tavern.

Indeed it seems the internationally known singer was on LBI again this past Fourth. She posted a number of photos on her Facebook page that day, some of which have her, and then her and her family, showing their love for America in flag-filled pics taken on a dock with what appears to be Manahawkin Bay in the background.

Aguilera’s attendance at the children’s theater performance was far from the only exciting moment at Surflight since it had its grand reopening on June 23 after a two-summer bankruptcy-forced hiatus. Steiner said 13 of the 16 performances of the theater’s first mainstage production of the season, “Footloose,” sold out. Meanwhile, a Coaster, Drifters and Platters concert set for Monday, July 17 has proved so popular that Surflight had to add a third performance on Sunday.

Two shows were originally scheduled, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other for 8 p.m. As of Monday afternoon only three of Surflight’s 450 seats were available for the former while just two remained for sale for the latter. So a 10 p.m. show was added. Tickets are $37.50 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 609-492-9477 or at the box office.

Meanwhile, Surflight’s next mainstage production, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” was set to open on Tuesday evening.

“Joseph” will run through July 23. Tickets are $39 for adults and $29 for children 12 years of age and younger.

— Rick Mellerup


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