Get To Know Belinda!

Even though Belinda Diaz-Perez is making her TGS stage debut, she’s no stranger to The Growing Stage. Belinda is a current member of the Board of Trustees and her children have performed and taken classes here. We recently sat down with Belinda to talk about being a part of The Growing Stage’s World Premiere new play, MADDIE & ELEANOR!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a teacher, children’s book author and animal enthusiast. I also love the arts, and performing is so much fun! My favorite role, however is that of a wife and mother.

Tell us about your role in Maddie & Eleanor.
I play Karen, Maddie’s mom. I love Karen because I feel a connection to her. I have a teenaged daughter that I adore, and I teach 4th grade, and so I feel that I understand the interactions between Karen and Maddie well.

Were you a fan of Eleanor Roosevelt prior to this production?
I have always been a very big Eleanor Roosevelt fan. I always highlight her with my students during Women’s History Month. I think she was an incredible human who was ahead of her time.

What can audiences expect from seeing Maddie & Eleanor?
This is such a special story, told in a way that is warm, witty, endearing and relevant. At its’ core is the friendship that develops between an unlikely pair. Maddie and Eleanor seamlessly weaves the past and the present together. I know everyone will love this story.

Do you have a favorite first lady? If so, who and why?
I have a few, but I would say that I connect with our current first lady because she’s an educator like me. I also deeply admire Michelle Obama for her intelligence, charm and grace.

What’s it like getting to work with this team at TGS?
I am thrilled to be in the company of such amazing talent!

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Don’t miss Belinda and the entire company of MADDIE & ELEANOR, February 3-18!

About Maddie & Eleanor:
When Maddie Leonard returns home after her first day in fourth grade, she is fed up with school-yard bullies and flaky ex-best friends. As she turns to her beloved iPhone for solace, she gets an unexpected surprise with a magical visit by Eleanor Roosevelt. As Maddie and Eleanor navigate their budding relationship through old and modern technologies, they inspire each other, laugh with one another, and discover a universal truth: friendship transcends everything.

Ticketing System

  • Main Stage Performances are normally Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Friday performances are on a limited basis at 7:30pm.
  • Studio Series Performances: Thursday/Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Local Flavor Coupons and Groupons cannot be redeemed online.  You must call the Box Office to reserve and redeem. Box Office is open daily Monday thru Friday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Please call at least 24 hours prior to redeem.
  • Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. If you select Will Call as your ticket delivery method, your tickets will be available for pick up starting an hour prior to the performance.
  • Seating is general admission except for season ticket holders and groups of 10 or more.
  • Sales are final and no refunds will be given unless the performance is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate you at a different performance based on availability.
  • Concessions will be available for sale before the performance and during intermission. Outside food and drink is not allowed.
  • Parking is available in the bank parking lot next to the theatre (when the bank is closed), the park lot behind the bank lot, and on the surrounding streets. If needed, overflow parking is available at the Methodist Church down the street.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 973-347-4946 or and we will be happy to assist you.

    Group Sales (10 or more) are available by calling the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.

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