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     Rehearsals are under way for Light Opera of New Jersey's upcoming production of Seussical. Four performances from August 9-11 will take place at the Rosen Theatre in Wayne, NJ. James marks his debut as director with LONJ and will also be serving as set design for this production. For tickets, please click here.


Pictured (from left to right): Erin Kennedy, musical director; Jason Tramm, executive produer of LONJ; Katie Claire, choreographer; James Conrad Smith, stage director/set designer

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   James made his debut with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. May 15-June 9, 2024.


Stage & Music Directing, Production Design

     In early January, James accepted a position at Villa Walsh Academy (Morristown, NJ) as the stage and music director for their 2024 spring musical Seussical. This marks his music directorial debut and is his first time working with high school students. As stage director, James will also be responsible for designing (and helping to realize) the set, the lighting, and the costumes/wigs. The show will have three performances in mid-March with a cast of 20 mostly high school and middle school age girls. He would like to thank the choreographer, Mrs. R. Lanni, for considering him for this position; she taught at his high school and choreographed the last three of his high school musicals.


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Leap Day 2024: Pour, oh, pour the pirate sherry

"For some ridiculous reason, to which, however, I’ve no desire to be disloyal, some person in authority - I don’t know who - very likely the Astronomer Royal has decided that, although for such a beastly month as February, twenty-eight days as a rule are plenty, one year in every four his days shall be reckoned as nine and twenty..."

Happy 168th/42nd Birthday, Frederic!

The encore of James' senior voice recital at Montclair State University in February 2014 featuring Steven Ryan (piano) and members of The Young Artists' Initiative founded by James the Fall of the previous year.

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Light Opera of New Jersey's production of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER was nominated for the 2023 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards!


James was nominated for Best Performer in a Musical for his portrayal of The D'Ysquith Family. Although he didn't win, he did break 1% which - for this popularity contest - is an achievement! Thank you for voting and your support.


The Musical

Dec. 8-10, 2023

James played the eponymous Buddy the elf in four performances of ELF in December 2023 fulfilling not just a Christmas wish but one of his all-time dream roles!


A Celebration of the Stage: Opera to Broadway


October 8, 2023 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church

LIGHT OPERA OF NEW JERSEY'S gala concert to open their 2023-2024 season showcased James alongside Troy Cook, Gemma Nha, Cesar Andres Parreno, and Karen Delavan with a program of operatic classics and Broadway favorites. James sang from Die Tote Stadt, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. James sang from



the musical

September 16, 2023 at the Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center

James appeared as Man 3 in Skyline Theatre Company's presentation of Working the musical as part of their Broadway in Concert Series directed by Sam Scalamoni.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder


July 15-23, 2023 at SOPAC

The Light Opera of New Jersey presented Steven Lutvak’s and Robert Freedman’s Tony Award-winning operetta A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. James played the role of The D'Ysquith Family: one actor plays the eight heirs to the D'Ysquith fortune, each murdered so that Monty Navarro can become Earl of Highhurst. LONJ presented GGLAM at South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, NJ.


Review by Jacqueline Parker 

"In the charming hamlet of South Orange, NJ, which in addition to some charming shopping and notable architecture, boasts the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), where yesterday we enjoyed A Gentleman‘s Guide to Love & Murder, the award-winning musical from several years ago by Steve Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman. With fond memories of the original still vivid in my mind, I was delighted to see a cast of lively professionals deliver performances worthy of Broadway. The cast of ten nimbly scampered through this hilarious piece with dexterity and aplomb, skillfully directed by Joseph Hayward. Keep your eyes open for James C. Smith and Joey Nasta, the two male leads, whose talent we’re sure to see here before long."

Highlights Reel: James Conrad Smith as The D'Ysquith Family. Recorded July 23, 2023 at South Orange PAC. Light Opera of New Jersey presents A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER; directed by Joseph Hayward; musical direction by Griffin Strout; choreography by Matthew Lynady; executive produced by Jason Tramm. Featuring Joey Nasta (Monty Navarro), Gabriella Giangreco (Evangeline Barley "Poison in my Pocket"), and Lauren Rathburn (Lady D'Ysquith).

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