While many celebrations and gatherings may need to cancel due to the pandemic, the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF), a non-profit organization enhancing excellence in education in the Morris School District, today announced its premier fundraiser, Morristown ONSTAGE, will return for its 14th year as an all virtual event. The show will feature the best amateur talent from those who live, work, trains or attends school in the towns of Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains as well as alumni of Morristown High School.


Unprecedented strength and camaraderie have been demonstrated throughout the community during this challenging time. Accordingly, the theme for this year’s event is Together We Can, a belief of unity, support and perseverance. In keeping with these ideas, Morristown ONSTAGE is planning an exciting show – one that is not to be missed and can be viewed by those around Morristown and beyond.


“We are thrilled to be able to continue on with our annual Morristown ONSTAGE talent show,” said Melanie Smith, Morristown ONSTAGE event chair and vice chair of the Morris Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. “For the last 13 years, Morristown ONSTAGE has been a staple in our community to come together and celebrate our hometown talent in support of the Morris School District. While we may not be together physically, together we can overcome these difficult days while encouraging and enjoying incredible entertainment.”


While the event will be presented in a new way, many of the elements will remain the same. Starting on November 1, audition registration will open for contestants. As in years past, the finalists will compete for one of two 1st place $1,000 cash prizes – one for contestants ages 19 and over and one for contestants ages 18 and under. A panel of distinguished arts and entertainment professionals will judge the competition. Returning as the Master of Ceremonies and host of the show is Morristown resident and Senior Content Producer at People Magazine, Tara Bernie, who was awarded an Emmy for her work as the Senior Correspondent on DailyMailTV.


Audition videos will be due in January in lieu of an in-person performance. Stay tuned for more information on how to submit an audition for the virtual show, which will be streamed in March of 2021.


Morristown ONSTAGE was created to further the Morris Educational Foundation’s ability to distribute financial and other resources to and for the Morris School District for enrichment programs and other projects. The 2020 event raised over $175,000 for the MEF. Tickets, or access, to view Morristown ONSTAGE will go on sale in early 2021.

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