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The Music & Dance and Theatre categories include an incredible array of performances for all ages -- from parents and grandparents, young adults and teens to elementary students and young children. Shows geared specifically for young children are typically found under “Family” or “Children’s” series listings. Keep in mind that many shows for family audiences are full-length productions best suited for older children and teens. Age recommendations are only guidelines. Parents must use their discretion in determining their individual child’s readiness for a theater, music or dance performance.

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The Music, Dance and Theatre listings included in the Kids Guide are only an introduction to the volume and variety of performing arts offered throughout New Jersey. Consult websites using the convenient links below for complete event calendars and check often for new shows added throughout the season.

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Professional theatres across the state offer free and discounted tickets to performances and special
events including theatrical workshops, play readings and behiind-the-scenes events for all ages. For a complete roster of events, visit The Stages Festival online.

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ArtsPower Field Trip Series
9 Sand Park Rd., Suite 6, Cedar Grove, 973-239-0100. Non-profit professional touring theater presents original school-time shows at theaters throughout the state and is also available for booking at school assemblies or other events. Consult website for schedule and to purchase tickets.

Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030. Oct.-May season offers music, dance, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concerts, comedy, family and special events. See Music & Dance for additional performances.
Selected Children & Family Events
Jan 24
     
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live!
Jan 29
      Cesar Millan Live!
Feb 20
      Mike Super: Magic & Illusion.
Mar 13
      
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy The Musical.
Apr 8
     
The Peking Acrobats.
Apr 10
       Clifford The Big Red Dog Live!
May 1
     
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.
May 22
      Curious George: The Golden Meatball.
Jun 5
      The Lightning Thief Live!

Bickford Theatre
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706. Year round performances in the 312-seat theater include special concert events, Main Stage and children's theater series. Student discounts and subscriptions available. See Music & Dance for additional events.
2015-2016 Main Stage Series
Jan 28-Feb 14
      The Runner Stumbles, by Milan Stitt.
Apr 7-24
      My Mother, My Sister & Me, world premiere comedy by Sherri Heller.
Children's Theatre
Performances at 11am and 1:30pm.
Jan 18
     
Black History Laser Tribute, Prismatic Magic.
Feb 6
      Miss Nelson is Missing, Centenary Stage Co.
Feb 15
     
American Pride, music and laser show.
Feb 27
      Seussology, by Currier's Magical Mania.

Broadway Theatre of Pitman
43 S. Broadway, Pitman, 856-384-8381. Six main stage shows, a Dec. holiday show and children's theater season are presented in a former movie and vaudeville theater from 1926. Concerts, movies, special events and children's summer theater camp are also scheduled.
2016 Children's Theatre Season
One hour live shows designed for ages 3-9.
Jan 29-30
      The Frozen Princess.
Feb 4-5
      The American Presidents.
Feb 18-20
      The Wizard of Oz.
Mar 9-12
     
The Lost Little Fish.
Mar 17-18
     
Mr. Malcolm's Mathemaniacs!
Apr 6-9
     
Mr. Malcolm's Crazy Science Show.
May 6-7
      Beauty & the Beast.
May 19-20
      Ben Franklin & the History of America.
Jun 3-4
     
Alice in Wonderland.
Jul 20-30
     
The Musical Adventures of the Caribbean Pirates.
2016 Mainstage Season
Jan 15-Feb 7
      Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Feb 26- Mar 20
      The Seven Year Itch.
Apr 22- May 15
      Man of La Mancha.
Jun 3-12
      The Fantasticks.
Jul 15-Aug 7
      The Producers.

Brookdale Performing Arts Center
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-224-2411. Music, dance, and theater department performances Sept.-May and free outdoor summer Shakespeare theater.
Selected Events
Apr 8-17
     
The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee.

Brundage Park Playhouse
Carrell Rd., Randolph, 973-989-7092. Community theater with Feb.-Dec. performances, improv comedy, For Kids by Kids performances, youth theater classes and summer camp. Most performances on Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sunday 2pm.

Cape May Stage
The Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette St., Cape May, 609-770-8311.
Professional theatre company presents mid-May-Dec. season of main stage productions and "Second Stage Series" featuring magic shows, puppet theatre, cabaret actis and original works by emerging artists in an intimate setting.

Centenary Stage Company
Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center, Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900. Concerts and special events, jazz series, theater season and BlackBox Festival by professional Centenary Stage Company, Women's Playwright series, family fun series, and Festival of Shows presented by members of Young Performers Workshops at end of fall, spring and summer sessions. Student rates; student matinees; Family Night on Thurs. More events under Music & Dance.
2016 Professional Theatre Series
Feb 19-Mar 6
      Beck Shaw, comedy by Gina Gionfriddo.
Apr 8-24
      Start Down, by Eleanor Burgess.
Jul 29-Aug 7
      Little Shop of Horrors.

Chatham Community Players
3 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham, 973-635-7363. In addition to the Player's regular season, Fantasy Theater, the children's entertainment arm of the Players, presents a production in Jan. Subscriptions, student rates and group rates are offered.
2016 Season
Mar 4-19
     
The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman.
May 6-21
     
Spamalot.

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. Year round season of concerts by major recording artists, comedy, dance, theater, classical music and family events in a 1,550 seat theater circa 1926. Performing Arts Academy offers programs in acting, dance, music, rockband, jazz and an outreach program. Half-price rush tickets may be available on the day of a show at the discretion of the box office. See Music & Dance for concert and dance listings and check website often for new shows.
Selected Children & Family Events
Jan 17
      Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, 1:30 & 5pm.
Jan 31
      Sing Along with the Muppet Movie, 2pm.
Feb 21
       Mega Bubble Show!, 12 & 3pm.
Feb 25
     
The Berenstain Bears, autism/sensory-friendly performance. 4:30pm.
Apr 10
      Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 3pm.
Apr 21
      Clifford the Big Red Dog Live!, 4pm.

Cranford Dramatic Club
78 Winans Ave., Cranford, 908-276-7611. Community ­theater has been presenting plays and musicals in Cranford since 1918. Oct.-May season features 3 major productions and annual holiday children's show in Dec. Subscrip­tions, sr. and student discounts ­available. Performances Fri.-Sun.
2016 Season
Feb 12-27
      Green Day's American Idiot, musical.
May 6-21
      The Drowsy Chaperone.

Crossroads Theatre
7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-545-8100. Regional theater presents 4-play main stage season with a focus on literary works that examine the African American experience. Subscription, student and group discounts are offered.
2016 Season
Feb 4-14
      College Colors, modern comedy about race and identity on the college campus.
Apr 7-17
     
Fly, by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan.

Darress Theatre
615 Main St., Boonton, 973-334-9292. Former 1920 vaudeville house presents theater, special events and classic film screenings, some with live organ accompaniment.

DeBaun Auditorium
Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, 5th & Hudson Sts., Hoboken, 201-216-8933. Student and faculty theater, music and dance events and special events.

Dover Little Theatre
69 Elliot St., Dover, 973-328-9202. Community theater presents Oct.-June subscription series and special events Performances Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm. Children's summer theatre camp.
2016 Season
Jan 15-30
      One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Mar 4-19
     
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
May 6-21
     
DLT's Theatre on the Edge: Next Fall, by Geoffrey Nauffts.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-514-9654. Professional non-profit theater produces innovative mainstage productions, new play readings, holiday special, cabarets, improv comedy shows and offers an internship program for high school and college students, community outreach program and Summer Theater Conservatory for ages 10-17.
2016 Main Stage
Feb 18-Mar 6
      Sister Play, New Jersey premiere, by John Kolvenbach.
Apr 21-May 8
      The Outgoing Tide, New Jersey premiere, by Bruce Graham.
Special Events
May 18-25
      
"Meet the Artist" New Play Readings. Free.

East Lynne Theater Company
In residence at the First Prebyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, 609-884-5898. Professional theater presents Mainstage productions and touring shows focusing on the American spirit and histor. Film series, presented on Sundays June-Oct., includes classic films and silent films with live organ accompaniment.

Exit 82: A Toms River Theatre Company
Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701, exit82theatre@gmail.com. Community theatre presents three shows annually.

Florham Park Players
299 Brooklake Rd., Florham Park, 973-377-9078. Community theater sponsors Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater, a summer theater experience for ages 13-19.

Forum Theatre Arts Center
299 Brooklake Rd., Florham Park, 973-377-9078. Community theater sponsors Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater, a summer theater experience for ages 13-19.

4th Wall Theatre
In residence at Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield, 973-566-9255, box office 973-748-9008 ext. 279. 4th Wall Theatre is dedicated to producing diverse and lesser known plays and musicals. Theater arts training for children, teens and adults is offered in partnership with the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts (973-566-9700). Subscriptions; student and group discounts.
2016 Season
A tribute to composer Jason Robert Brown
Mar 11- 13
      Songs for a New World.
Jun 3-12
     
The Bridges of Madison County, by Jason Robert Brown (pending licensing).

The Garage Theatre Group
Becton Theatre at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 960 River Rd., Teaneck, 201-569-7710. Professional artists present Oct.-May season focusing on plays in development for off-Broadway and regional productions. Youth conservatory productions and summer camps for youth.
2016 Season
Mar 10-27
      World Premiere, TBA.
Apr 28-May 15
      Out of Sterno, by Deborah Zoe Laufer.

George Street Playhouse
9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7717. Profes­sional theater dedicated to the production of new American plays offers subscriptions, student subscriptions, new play readings, student matinees and issue-oriented touring theater productions for grades K and up (732-846-2895 x117). Year-round theater classes for ages 5 to adult.
2016 Mainstage
Feb 2-21
     
Nureyev's Eyes, by David Rush. Nureyev's Eyes, the top prize winner at both Dayton Playhouse's FutureFest and Firehouse Theatre's Festival of New American Plays in 2012, is a riveting fictional account of the very real interaction between two great artists. Beginning in 1977 and lasting over a period of several years, artist Jamie Wyeth produced hundreds of paintings and drawings of Russian defector and star of ballet and screen, Rudolf Nureyev. Fighting personal demons and demanding perfection, the two developed a friendship that transcended their differences and lasted until the end of Nureyev's storied career and too-short life in 1993. Struggling to capture the icon on paper and canvas, Wyeth is not satisfied until an unexpected breakthrough provides new inspiration, opening his eyes to what is right in front of him.
Mar 8-27
      Sex with Strangers, by Laura Eason. Mature audiences.
Apr 12- May 1
      My Name is Asher Lev, by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok.

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey
Historic Palace Theatre, 7 Ledgewood Ave., Netcong, 973-347-4946. Professional children's theater presents Sept.-May Main Stage season and experimental works in the Studio Presentation Series. Group rates, subscription series, creative arts programs, school matinees, birthday parties, summer arts day camp. Touring show available for schools and community organizations.
2016 Main Stage
Feb 12-21
      The Book of D, world premiere. Ages 8+.
Mar 11-Apr 3
      James & the Giant Peach, all ages.
May 13-22
      How I Became a Pirate.

Hudson Theatre Ensemble
Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave., Hoboken, 201-377-7014. Community theater company presents adult shows and Silly on Sixth children's series.

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
88 Rt. 173W (Rt. 78 exit 12), Hampton, 908-730-8007, 800-447-7313. Dinner theater presents musical reviews, light-hearted comedies, annual holiday revue and summer musical.

Jersey City Theater Center
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave. (2nd floor of the Monaco Lock Building), Jersey City, NJ, 201-795-5386.

Kean Stage
Kean University Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469. Sept.-May season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, family and on school time performances (908-737-4349). See listing for Premiere Stages for summer theater, children's musical theater and performing arts camps. Student rates; subscriptions. See Music & Dance and Film below for more events.
Selected Events
Jan 30
      TAO: Seventeen Samurai.
Feb 19-27
     
Julius Caesar, Kean Dept. of Theatre.
Apr 1-9
      Kiss the Bride, Kean Dept. of Theatre.

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333. Home to a student company and 10 resident theater companies, Kelsey Theatre offers live cultural events, family theater, children's theater and adult events, both professional and semi-professional, year round. Most performances Fri.-Sun.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Jan 22-31
     
Arsenic & Old Lace.
Feb 5-7
     
Zombie Prom.
Feb 12-21
      Room Service.
Feb 26-Mar 6
      The Addams Family.
Mar 11-20
      The Diary of Anne Frank.
Apr 1-10
     
A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Apr 22-May 1
     
Mary Poppins.
May 6-15
     
City of Angels.
May 21-22
     
Dancer Diaries.
Jun 3-12
      Hamlet.
Jun 17-26
     
Bonnie & Clyde, The Musical.
Kelsey Kids Events
Mar 5
      T-Bone's Camp Muckalucka, 2 & 4pm.
May 14
      Little Red Riding Hood, 2 & 4pm.
Jun 4
      Junie B's Essential Survival Guide to School, 2 & 4pm. Group shows Fri. at 9:45 & 11:30am.

Luna Stage
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551. Professional equity theater presents new works in an intimate 99-seat black box theater and 40-seat studio theater. Mainstage plays, literary and play reading series, and jazz series are offered as well as theater classes for children and adults and school-time matinees. Season passes; $10 student tickets are available 30 min. before showtime (valid ID required).
2016 Mainstage
Feb 4-Mar 6
      The Brothers Size, by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Apr 7- May 8
      Old Love New Love, by Laura Brienza, world premiere.

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008. 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of contemporary music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, speakers, children's programming and classical music. Create-your-own subscriptions; family subscriptions; student and group discounts. School-time shows for school groups, Performing Arts Academy, master classes, school residency programs and high school internship/community service programs are available.See Theatre for additional events and check website often for newly added events.
Selected Family & Children Events
Jan 17
      Mummenschanz, 7pm.
Jan 23
     
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Feb 2
      Flight School, ages 4-10. 4pm.
Feb 20
     
Drew Thomas Magic presents: Materialize!
Feb 21
     
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live, ages 2-6.
Mar 6
      Ladybug Girl & Bumblebee Boy, ages 4-10.
Mar 15
      Charlotte's Web, ages 4-10. 4pm.
Apr 3
      Rumpelstiltskin, ages 4-10.
Apr 11
      Seussical, ages 4-10. 4pm.
Apr 15-16
     
Mamma Mia!
Apr 24
     
Peter Rabbit Tales, ages 3-10.

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. Sept.-May season of internation­ally known artists in music, dance, theater, world and special events. Extensive education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater workshops, group backstage tours, in-school programs and professional development. Discount student tickets available. See Music & Dance for additional events.
Selected Family Events
Jan 27
      Mummenschanz.
Feb 27- 28
      The Saltzburg Marionettes.
Apr 2
      Sing Along with the Muppet Movie.
Apr 30
     
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live!
2016 Theatre Season
Jan 8- Feb 7
      The Piano Lesson, August Wilson.
Mar 8-27
      The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie.
Apr 29-May 29
      All the Days, Sharyn Rothstein world premiere.

Monmouth University Performing Arts
Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, 732-263-6889. Sept.-May season of contemporary concerts and special events, The Met Live, Bolshoi Ballet Live and live theater in HD, visiting writers, film, theater, dance and children's events in an intimate 700-seat theater. In summer, outdoor theater is presented on the Shadow Lawn Stage. For birthday party packages, 732-571-3473.
Selected Children & Family Events
Mar 6
      Imago Theatre's ZooZoo, ages 3+. 2pm.
Mar 22
     
Charlotte's Web, Theatreworks. 12:15pm.
May 18
     
Curious George: The Golden Meatball, 10am.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Feb 4
     
Jane Eyre, National Theatre Live, in HD. 7pm.
Feb 18
      Hamlet, National Theatre Live. 7pm.
Mar 24
      As You Like It, National Theatre Live, in HD. 7pm.

Montclair State University
Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, One Normal Ave., Montclair, 973-655-5112, box office; 973-655-3059, info. School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events are presented through Peak Performances. All tickets $15.

Montclair Operetta Club (MOC)
Performances at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, corner of Franklin & Fremont Sts., Bloomfield, 973-744-3133. Community theater presents two musical productions in fall and spring from Broadway classics to contemporaries. Student rates.

Morris Museum
See listing under Bickford Theatre.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC. 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and 500-seat Victoria Theater in Newark. Classical music, international dance, world music & jazz, comedy, contemporary concerts, film and family series. See listings under Music & Dance and Film/Speakers below.
2016 Family Series-Theatre Events
Mar 19
     
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.
Selected 2016 Family Events
Jan 2
      Video Games Live.

New Jersey Repertory Company
Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, 732-229-3166. Professional theater presents new plays, classics and staged readings. Senior, student, group discounts.
Jan 14-Feb 14
      Substance of Bliss, world premiere by Tony Glazer.
Mar 10- Apr 10
      For Worse, U.S. world premiere by Deborah Rennard.
May 5-Jun 5
      Villainous Company, New Jersey premiere by Victor L. Cahn.
Jun 30-Jul 31
      Struck, U.S. world premiere by Sandy Rustin
Aug 25-Sep 25
     Iago, U.S. world premiere by James McLure.
Oct 20- Nov 20
      TBA.

Ocean Professional Theatre
PO Box 35, Manahwkin, 609-312-8306. Shows, summer children's theater and apprentice program for high school students are temporarily suspended.

Paper Mill Playhouse
Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343. Professional theater presents musicals, plays, special concerts, children's theater and school time ­performances. Student rush tickets may be available in advance or on day of performance in person or by phone (with valid student ID). Conversation Club with cast and directors prior to curtain is available for some dates. Education programs include theatre school for children to adults; summer camps and intensives; college prep.
2016 Season
Thru Jan 3
      A Christmas Story, The Musical.
Feb 4- Mar 6
      A Bronx Tale, world premiere of new musical.
Apr 6-Mar 1
      Pump Boys & Dinettes.
Jun 1- Jun 26
      West Side Story.
Children's Shows
Performances at 10am. Selected shows are sensory friendly offering a comfortable, judgment-free theater environment for all families. Audience guides are available to download online.
Feb 27
      Monster Who Ate My Peas, Arts Power National Touring Theatre. Grades PreK-2.
Mar 13
     
Charlotte's Web, ages 4+.
Mar 19
     
Alexander is Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Moving, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5+.
May 7
     
Skippyjon Jones, Snow What? (And the 7 Chihuahuas), Theatreworks USA. Ages 5+.
May 13
     
Junie B. Jones Essential Survival Guide to School, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4+.
Jun 11
     
Seussical, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5+.
Jun 12
     
Henry & Mudge, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-9+, autism-friendly performance. "Meet Your Seat" Open House on Friday, June 10, 4-6pm.

Paper Moon Puppet Theatre
First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732-775-0290. Presents marionette adaptations of international fairy tales, fables and folk tales, offers touring productions, puppetry classes and birthday parties. Each performance features interactive pre-show with the audience and post-show Q&A. Performances on Saturdays at 2:30pm, 1st and 4th Sundays at 2:30pm, weekday shows for schools and summer camps. All seats $10, under 2 free, group discounts. Reservations suggested.
Jan 26-Apr 3
      Cinderella. Come and enjoy the story of a kind and lovely young girl rewarded for her virtue. Romance, magic and humor against Jules Massenet's score round out this elegant marionette production. Meet a romance hungry stepmother, a too eager puppy, and, of course, stepsisters who can't get along. Plus, a fairy godmother that works her magic to bring happiness to Cinderella. Shows every Saturday at 2:30pm plus Jan 24, Feb 7, 28, Mar 6, 27 and April 3.

Passage Theatre Company
Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front St., Trenton, 609-392-0766. Sept.-June season includes Mainstage productions, new play development and theater programs for ages 8-22.

Pax Amicus Castle Theatre
23 Lake Shore Dr. (Exit 26 Rt. 80), Budd Lake, 973-691-2100. Feb.-Nov. season of Broadway and off-Broadway revivals; professional productions of Shakespeare's plays for students; comics and other performing artists; and children's theater. School time performances; theater classes; summer camp.

Plays-in-the-Park
Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Rt. 1S (1 block south of Menlo Park Mall), Edison, 732-548-2884. Middlesex County Department of Parks & Recreation's community theater presents summer outdoor and indoor performances at Roosevelt Park and annual holiday show at the State Theatre in New Brunswick (see summer Arts in the Park).

Playwrights Theatre
28 Walnut St., PO Box 1295, Madison, 973-514-1787. Professional theater devoted to the development of new plays and writers for the stage. World-premiere productions; free new play roundtable readings; extensive year-round educational programs for young people and adults, including special teen classes and classes for teachers (also see Enrichment and Camps).

Porch Light Theatre
555 Broad St., Glen Rock, 201-857-3520. Community theatre presents Main Stage season, youth and family productions featuring members of the youth performance troupe, and special events. Studio classes for youth and adults; summer theater; school programs; workshops and mini-camps.
Selected Youth & Family Events
Jan 29-31
      Alice in Wonderland.
Mar 10-12
      2015 Industry Showcase.
Mar 18-20
      Footloose, The Musical.
May 13-15
      Beauty & the Beast.
Selected Main Stage & Special Events
Jan 15-17
      Carrie, The Musical.
Apr 22-30
     
Our Town.
Jun 17-26
      Bonnie & Clyde, A New Musical.

Premiere Stages at Kean University
Kean University Zella Fry Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Vaughn Eames Building, Union, 908-737-7469. Professional equity theater company in residence develops new plays and offers family-friendly summer musical theater, Camp Premiere theater camp for middle school and high school students and school residencies for grades 1-12 during the school year.

Pushcart Players
261 Bloomfield Ave., Suite A, Verona, 973-857-1115. Touring company presents family theater and productions for schools, communities and other organizations. Visit website for a list of public performances and booking information.

Raritan Valley Community College
Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420. Oct.-May season includes theatre, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Tuesdays with Stories Series, Sampler Series for children ages 4 and older, Family Series for children ages 8 and older, and school-time performances. Student and series discounts. See additional events under Music & Dance.
Family Series Ages 8+
Mar 11
     
Live Wire: The Electricity Tour, science with Doktor Kaboom! 7pm. $15.
Apr 29
      Love That Dog, Theatre Kwatta. 7pm. $15.
Sampler Series Ages 4+
Feb 21
      Egg, a tale of three birds and an egg. 1 & 3:30pm. 1pm show is a sensory-friendly performance.
Apr 16
     
Big Bad Wolf, Windmill Theatre. 1 & 3:30pm.


Rhino Theatre
247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes, 973-248-9491. Community theater presents a season of adult and children's productions and offers theater workshops, summer camps and coaching sessions for kids, teens and young adults.
Selected Events
Jan 29-31
      Seussical, The Musical.
Mar 4-19
      The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA
1 Pike Dr., Wayne, 973-595-0100. 408-seat theater offers theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs, concerts and special events. Rentals available.
Feb 27-28
      Aladdin Jr., youth show collaboration with Pushcart Players.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University campus, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600. Professional theater dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare and other classic masterworks. Subscriptions, FlexPass, student rates and $12 student rush tickets available for April thru Dec. season. First performance of each production is designated "pay-what-you-can." Pre-performance talks and post-performance discussions on select dates. Shakespeare Live!, one-hour production followed by discussion for grades 3-12, is available to tour schools, libraries and other organizations, 973-845-6742. School residencies; summer junior and senior corps; internships; teacher training.
Summer Outdoor Stage
Family-friendly performances are presented in the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morris Twp. in June and July. Pack a picnic, bring your own blanket, seat cushions or low beach chairs.

Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371. Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS. Jazz series, professional touring artists, family and schooltime shows, university theater and music performances and lecture series presented Sept.-May. Summer jazz series; also sponsors annual New Jersey playwrights contest.
Selected Events
Feb 25
      Mixed-Race Mixtape, interactive performance focuses on complex issues through rap, monologues and instrumentals. 12:30 & 7pm. $5.

ShowKids Invitational Theatre (SKIT)
Shows at Voorhees High School, 256 County Rd. 513, Glen Gardner, 908-638-5959. Non-profit family community theater group provides theater experience for children ages 5-18 presenting two full-scale musicals per year.
Jan 23-31
     
Seussical, The Musical.
May 7-15
      Me & My Girl.

Somerset Valley Playhouse
689 Amwell Rd. (Rt. 514), Neshanic Station, 908-369-7469. Year round community theater staged in a 1900's 2-room schoolhouse.
2016 Season
Jan 15-31
     
The Unexpected Guest, by Agatha Christie.
Feb 26- Mar 13
      The Graduate.
Apr 8- May 1
      Rogers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma.
Jun 3-19
      Boeing Boeing, by Marc Camoletti.
Jul 15-31
     Sleeping Beauty, by Blanche Marvin.
Sep 9-25
     
Bingo, The Winning Musical.
Oct 21- Nov 6
      Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike.
Dec 2-18
     
It's A Wonderful Life, Live Radio Play.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances by major artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, film, kids 'n family events, school time performances and performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council.
2016 Kids 'n Family Performances
Performances at 2pm. Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to 2 or more performances.
Jan 10
      The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical.
Feb 6
     
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites. Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children's book illustrator and author, are retold on the SOPAC stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The triple-bill includes the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar's metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud's travels through the sky, and the Mixed-Up Chameleon's discovery of his own unique nature. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.
Mar 19
     
Pinkalicious, The Musical.
Apr 2
     
The BFG, Big Friendly Giant, Roald Dahl story.
May 14
      Story Pirates: Greatest Hits, comedy musical inspired by creative writing by students. 12pm.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Full ­schedule of live music, Broadway, dance, opera, symphony and variety events plus a children's series and HD broadcasts. Student matinees (open to students and general public), artist-in residence program and professional development workshops for teachers. For education programs, call 732-247-7200, ext. 534 or visit the Education website. Visit website for added shows.
Selected Children & Family Events
Feb 15
     
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, State Theatre Family Day.
Mar 6
      Galumpha, autism-friendly performance, Crossroads Theatre.
Selected Theatre Events
Feb 4-6
     
Once.
Feb 13
     
Masters of Illusion.
Feb 27-28
     
Annie.
May 13
     
42nd Street.
Milk & Cookies
Interactive series, recommended for ages 3-8 and their families, features storytelling, music, puppetry and more monthly on select Saturdays in fall and spring. Free, advance registration required. 732-246-7469 ext. 545 or email jcunha@statetheatrenj.org to be added to the mailing list.

Stony Hill Players
Oakes Outreach Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 888-817-3013. Community theater produces shows Nov.-May and offers Pebble Players youth theater program.
2016 Season
Jan 29-Feb 6
      Gilbert & Sullivan Pirates of Penzance.
Apr 1-10
      Harvey, by Mary Chase.
May 21
      The Best of the Tony's Cabaret 2016, Pebble Players.

The Strollers
In residence at Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood, 973-761-8453. Community theater presents three plays and one children's production during Nov.-May season. Student discounts, subscription rates.
2016 Season
Jan 29- Feb 7
      Cre-A-tion: One World, Many Beginnings, creation stories from around the world.
Mar 4-12
      Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
May 6-21
     
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Studio Playhouse
14 Alvin Place, Montclair, 973-744-9752. Community theater presents Sept.-June season with main stage and Magic Trunk children's ­productions. Student rates; opening night tickets for main stage shows are half price based on the adult ticket price.
Magic Trunk for Children
Feb 13-21
       Robin Hood & the Fairy Tale Friends to the Rescue.
Apr 3-May 8
       Snow White & the Seven Fairy Godmothers.
2016 Main Stage
Jan 8-23
      
Stage Kiss.
Mar 11-26
       Light Up the Sky., by Moss Hart.
May 20- Jun 11
      Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike.

The Summit Playhouse
10 New England Ave., Summit, 908-273-2192. Community theater presents three shows a year and sponsors Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth theater program.
2016 Season
Mar 4-19
      Driving Miss Daisy.
May 6-22
      Godspell.

The Theater Project

Cranford and other New Jersey locations; 908-809-8865. Mainstage productions focus on new or lesser-known plays, hosts staged readings, playwrights group, performance classes, sponsors annual Young Playwrights and Young Filmmakers Competitions for students ages 13-18, and summer musical theater workshop.

Theatreworks USA
800-497-5007. Creator and producer of professional theater for young and family audiences tours throughout the U.S. and presents weekend theatre at the the Kaye Playhouse in NYC. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode on Theatreworks website, under "class trips," to find local performances.
Washington Township Schools Shows
Sewell, NJ. All shows at 10:30am. Tickets sold through TheatreWorks.
Jan 28
          June B. Jones' Essential Survival Guide to School.
Feb 23
          Freedom Train.
Mar 4
          Aesop's Fables.
Apr 27
          Seussical.
May 16
          Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move.

Tri-State Actors Theater
Performing Arts Center, Sussex County Community College, Newton, 973-383-0510. Professional regional theater presents March–Dec. season, new play reading series and hosts the Tri-State Actors Youth Company, a theater training program for children, teens and adults, and summer theater camp.

Two River Theater Company
21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732-345-1400. Sept.-June season presents theater series and education programs which include student matinees, summer theater classes, internships for high school and college students and professional development. Senior and student discounts are available.
Selected Children & Family Shows
Jun 9-12
         Where the Wild Things Are, based on the book by Maurice Sendak. Ages 3-7.
2016 Season
Jan 9-Feb 7
          Lives of Reason, world premiere.
Feb 20- Mar 20
          Ropes, Barbara Colio.
Apr 16- May 8
          Pericles, William Shakespeare.
Jun 4-26
          I Remember Mama, John Van Druten.

Union County Performing Arts Center
Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. Concerts, jazz, comedy, theater, film, family and children events are presented on the Main Stage in a 1,300 seat vintage 1920's auditorium, in a 50-seat Loft Theater or at the new Hamilton Stage, a 199-seat Main Stage and 60-seat Front Room Theater. Student/sr. discounts. Summer theater camp for ages 5-15. Check website Check website for added events. See Music & Dance and Speaker & Film Series below for additional events.
Selected Children & Family Events
Apr 22
      Clifford the Big Red Dog Live.
2016 Sensory Friendly Theatre Series

60-min. performances with no intermission, general seating, lowered sound, lights up and freedom to talk. "This Is My Theatre" picture packet may be downloaded online.
Jan 10
        
Jeff Boyer Productions' Bubble Trouble! 2pm.
Mar 20
        
Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could, 2pm.
May 1
        
New Jersey Ballet's Sleeping Beauty. 2pm.

Villagers Theater
Franklin Twp. Municipal Complex, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2710. Community theater presents a year round season including Main Stage, Black Box (adult themes), playwrights series, and KidsVill productions for children and teens. Summer theater arts program; children's parties.
2016 Main Stage
Feb 5-21
      Blood Brothers.
Apr 1-17
      Picnic.
Jun 10-26
     Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein.
2016 KidsVill
Mar 12-20
      Dear Edwina, Jr.

Westfield Community Players
1000 North Ave. W., Westfield. Box office, 908-232-1221, opens one week before show. Office, 908-232-9568. Community theater presents Oct.-May season. Subscriptions; student discounts.
2016 Season
Jan 9-23
     
Hot L Baltimore, Lanford Wilson.
Mar 5-19
      Tribute, by Bernard Slade.
May 7-22
      Veronica's Room, by Ira Levin.

Women’s Theater Company
In residence at The Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Rd., Parsippany, 973-316-3033. Professional theater company dedicated to development, promotion and inclusion of women in all aspects of theater production. Oct.-May season. School touring productions and theater workshops available.
Mar 11-20
      Girl's Room, comedy by Joni Fritz.

film & speaker series

Consult website links below for scheduled events.

Count Basie Theatre Cinema Society
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. Film screenings from Hollywood blockbusters to groundbreaking documentaries. Annual memberships include tickets for two and a complimentary popcorn.

The Drew Forum
Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-3917. Annual speaker series Sept.-May features renowned world leaders, opinion shapers and scholars from a variety of fields. New season is announced late summer.
Mar 3
      Donna Brazile, political analyst, author & syndicated columnist with Margaret Hoover, CNN political commentator & author. 8pm.
Mar 30
      Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential historian & Pulitzer Prize-winning author. 8pm.

East Lynne Theater Company
In residence at the First Prebyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, 609-884-5898. Film series, presented on Sundays June-Oct., includes classic films and silent films with live organ accompaniment.

Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ Speakers Series
Presented at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, 1-888-696-5722. Oct.-April series is sold by subscription only.

Kean Stage
Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469.
Holocaust Resource Center
Hosts events, free lecture series, teacher training and maintains an extensive library and resources for K-12 teachers.
• Kean Stage International Film Series
Award-winning modern foreign films are shown Sundays at 3pm in the STEM Auditorium, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469. $5.
Jan 24
      The Last of the Unjust.
Jan 31
     
I Wish, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.
Feb 7
     
We are the Best, directed by Lukas Moodysson.
Feb 14
      The Other Son, directed by Lorraine Levy.
Feb 28
     
Emmanuel's Gift, directed by Lisa Lax & Nancy Stern.
Mar 6
     
My Od Lady, directed by Israel Horowitz.

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008. 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of contemporary music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, speakers, children's programming, classical music and Spoken Word events.
Spoken Word Events
Jan 14
     
Deepak Chopra, 7:30pm.
Mar 31
      James Van Praagh, medium. 8pm.
May 1
      Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, 7pm.

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787.
Apr 2
      Sing Along with the Muppet Movie.

Monmouth University Performing Arts
ollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, 732-263-6889. Sept.-May season includes Visiting Writers series, On Screen in Person and World Cinema Series and ArtNow, artist lectures, screenings and workshops. Events are free and open to the public.
Visiting Writer & World Cinema Series
Jan 26
     
World Cinema Series: Brick Lane. 7:30pm.
Feb 12
      On Screen in Person: The Winding Stream, American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes. 7pm.
Feb 17
      World Cinema Series: When We Leave. 7:30pm.
Mar 22
     
Visiting Writer: Jane Hirshfield. 4:30pm, Wilson Auditorium.
Mar 22
      World Cinema Series: Monsieur Lazhar, 7:30pm.
Apr 6
      World Cinema Series: Tangerines, 7:30pm.
Apr 11
      On Screen in Person: Deaf Jam, 7pm.
Apr 19
      Visiting Writer: Laura Kasischke. 4:30pm.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC. Season may include classic film screenings with live accompaniment, new play readings and speakers series.
Films
Feb 19
      Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert, Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
May 28
      Sinatra at the Movies.
Dodge Poetry at NJPAC
Mar 18
      Dodge Poetry at NJPAC: Newark Voices.
Apr 22
      Dodge Poetry at NJPAC: PoemJazz.
May 27
      Dodge Poetry at NJPAC: Oigo Cantar a America: Latina/o Poets

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1-800-ALLEGRO. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra.