Meet Our Musical Director, Laura Petrie!

Tell us about YOU!

I’ve been involved with The Growing Stage since the beginning and has worn many hats as teaching artist, editor, Summer Camp director, accompanist, and musical director. In her other life, she taught middle and high school English for 38 years, and is the choir director and organist for her church. She loves being a teacher and instilling a love of reading, writing, and theater in young people. Being a part of The Growing Stage is a huge source of pride.

Tell us about your role in GOOSEBUMPS: Phantom of the Auditorium.

As musical director of Goosebumps, it’s been my job to teach the music to the cast and lead them through the process of learning the notes, harmonies, and inflections. This cast is very talented, and it has been so much fun to work through the music with them as they developed their character voices in the songs. The score for this show is full of catchy tunes and memorable lyrics. Each song moves the story along with humor and revelations about the characters. I love hearing the performers sing! They are terrific!

What is your favorite Goosebumps book?

I don’t have a favorite Goosebumps book, but as a middle school English teacher, I can attest to the popularity of R.L. Stine with my students over the years!

Why should audiences see Goosebumps?

This show really is a “something for everyone” kind of show. There’s the mystery, of course, but also so much humor. The audience will relate to the characters and leave the theater humming those tunes.

What do you love about working at The Growing Stage?

There are many reasons I love working at GST, but the main reason is the people. Respect for the performers and audiences is paramount to the company, and it makes the work here a true pleasure. Over the years I have been privileged to work with family here, and also with colleagues and friends who have become like family to me. I have grown in every role I have been afforded, learning from the professionals as well as from the children. What a joy to be a small part of the magic that happens here with every show.


Goosebumps is that exciting feeling of anticipation – a little fear and a lot of fun. The show is filled with that same combination of emotions that is so entertaining.

R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium runs October 14th through the 30th with performances on Saturdays at 4:00PM, Sundays at 2PM and a special Opening Night performance on Friday, October 14th at 7:30PM.

Learn More About Our Production

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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