Follow Kids Guide NJ
Kids Guide on Facebook    Kids Guide on Twitter

Click to read Kids Guide NJ

See today's Groupon deal

nj kids summer camps guidenj private schools, preschools, tutors, education guidenj kids parties, birthday party and special event entertainers in new jersey
NJ Theater for Kids, Teens, Adults & Families
Theatre Film & Speaker Series

the arts
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.

The Arts Council of the Morris Area (973-258-5115) publishes a complete arts calendar each quarter. Subscriptions and other benefits are available with membership.

www.njartstix.org
A program of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance offers an overview of performances across the state and the opportunity to purchase discounted ­tickets 48 hours in advance of showtime or one week in advance with a $30 yearly donation.

www.kidsguidenj.com links
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.

the stages festival
march 2017

Professional theatres across the state offer free and discounted tickets to performances and special events including theatrical workshops, classes and backstage tours. For a complete roster of events, visit The Stages Festival online.

theatre

Alliance Repertory Theatre Company
Performances at Mondo, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ 07901, 908-472-1502. Professional theatre presents Sept. to July season. Student discounts.
2017 Season
Mar 3-18
           Danny & the Deep Blue Sea, drama by John Patrick Shanley.
May 5-20
           Bakersfield Mist, comedy-drama by Stephen Sachs.
Jul 14-29
           The Realistic Joneses, N.J. premiere by Will Eno.

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 31
           The Ugly Duckling, Corbian & Lightwire Theater. 4pm.
Feb 12
           Disney's Frozen Sing Along, 1pm.
Mar 19
           Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live!, 2 & 5:30pm.
Apr 19
           The House at Pooh Corner, 4pm.
May 18
           Pete The Cat, 4pm.
Selected Full-Length Family Events
Apr 22
           Cirque Ziva, acrobatic troupe from China. 7pm.

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.
2017 MainStage
Jan 26-Feb 12
           Ravenscroft, thriller by Don Nigro.
Apr 20-May 7
           Clever Little Lies, comedy by Joe Dipietro. Adult language and situations.

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.
2017 Children's Theatre
One-hour performances best appreciated by ages 3-9.
Jan 27-28
           Three Little Pigs.
Feb 10-11
           Snow White.
Mar 9-11
           A Toy Tale.
Apr 5-8
           Charlotte's Web.
Apr 27-28
           Mr. Malcolm's Crazy Science Show.
May 5-6
           Rapunzel.
May 18- 19
           Ben Franklin & the History of America.
Jun 2-3
           The Frog Prince.
Jul 12-22
           Aladdin.
2017 Mainstage Season
Jan 13-Feb 5
           La Cage aux Folles.
Feb 24-Mar 19
           Barefoot in the Park.
Apr 21-May 14
           Camelot.
Jul 7-30
           Titanic.

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 7-23
           The Addams Family, The Musical.

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.
2017 Season
Feb 17-Mar 5
           Man of La Mancha.

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 University, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900. Concerts and special events, jazz series, theater season by professional Centenary Stage Company, 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.
Selected Adult, Teen & Family Events
Feb 17-Mar 5
           The Surrogate, world premiere by Patricia Cotter.
Feb 18
           Yas: A Thousand Cranes, by Kathryn Schultz Miller.
Apr 1
           Nai-Ni Chen: The First Chinese New Year, Dance Fest family event. 2pm.
Apr 9
           Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.
Apr 12, 19, 26
           Women's Playwrights Series 2017.

Chatham Community Players
23 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.
Fantasy Theater Children's Production
Mar 24-26
           TBA.
MainStage Events
Feb 24-Mar 11
            Moon Over Buffalo, by Ken Ludwig.
May 5-20
            Bell, Book & Candle, by John Van Druten.

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
Feb 12
       MEGA Bubble Show!, 1 & 4pm.
Mar 26
       Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live, 12 & 4pm.
Apr 19
        The Little Prince, 4:30pm.
Apr 23
        Golden Dragon Acrobats, 4pm.
Selected Full-Length Events
Jan 6
        Raiders of the Lost Ark, with NJSO. 8pm.
Mar 5
        MOMIX, multimedia experience. 7pm.


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.
2017 Season
Feb 10-18
           Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward.
May 5-20
           9 to 5 The Musical, based on the movie

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.
2017 Season
Feb 16-26
           Beyond the Oak Trees, historical drama by Kisha Bundridge.
Mar 9-19
           Sarah Sings a Love Story, world premiere of new musical by Stephanie Berry.

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

DeBaun Auditorium
Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, 24 5th St. (& Hudson St.), 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. and Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm. Children's summer theatre camp.
2017 Season
Mar 3-18
           Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard.
May 5-20
           Assassins, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

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.
2017 Events
Feb 16-Mar 5
           Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself), by Donald Margulies.
Apr 20-May 7
           Things Being What They Are, by Wendy MacLeod.
May 13
           Multiple Personality Disorder, improv comedy.
May 17, 24
           "Meet the Artist" New Play Readings.

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 Jerry Gibson Memmorial Youth Summer Theater
Ridgedale School Theatre, 71 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-377-9078. Community theater sponsors Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater, a summer theater experience for teens 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.
2017 20th Anniversary Season, A Season of Comedies
Mar 3-5
      Take One, Musicals in Development Series.
Apr 1
      New Jersey Musical Theatre Composers Showcase 2nd Edition.
Jun 2-11
     
It Shoulda Been You, musical comedy.

The Garage Theatre Group
Bergen County, gtgshowtime@gmail.com. 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. Visit website link for updates on locating new performance space.

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.
2017 MainStage
Feb 7-26
           American Son, drama by Christopher Demos-Brown.
Mar 21-Apr 9
           Bad Jews, New Jersey premiere comedy by Joshua Harmon.
May 2-21
           Season Finale TBD.

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.
2017 MainStage
Feb 10-19
          The Box of Stories, world premiere, book by J.S. Puller. All ages.
Mar 10-Apr 2
          The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Quest). All ages.
May 5-21
          Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat. Pre-K-adult.

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 in the new season.
Selected Family Events
Jan 29
           Skippyjon Jones Snow What, 3pm.
Mar 19
           Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live, 3pm.
Apr 30
           ArcAttack, high tech wizardry. 3pm.

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. Summer arts workshops for children and teens.
Kelsey Kids Events
Performances at 2 & 4pm. Adults $12, srs. & children $10.
Apr 22
           The House at Pooh Corner.
May 20
           Biscuit.
Full-Length Events
Jan 20-29
           Unnecessary Farce.
Feb 3-12
           God of Carnage.
Feb 17-26
           Boeing, Boeing.
Mar 7-12
           NJ Community College New Play Festival.
Mar 17-26
           To Kill a Mockingbird.
Mar 31-Apr 9
           Big Fish, The Musical.
May 12-21
           The Boy from Oz.
May 26-Jun 4
           Disney's The Little Mermaid.
Jun 9-18
           The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams.
Jun 24-Jul 2
           Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare.

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).
2016-2017 Mainstage
Feb 2-Mar 5
     Indian Head, world premiere by Nikkole Salter.
Apr 13-May 13
     
Tranquil, world premiere by Andrew Rosendorf.

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 Music & Dance for additional events and check website often for newly added events.
Selected Children & Family Events
Feb 8
           The Rainbow Fish, ages 4-10. Special performance with modulated sound and level levels and relaxed environment for children on the autism spectrum. 4pm.
Feb 25
           Annie, musical. 2 & 7:30pm.
Mar 12
           Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, ages 3-10. 1:30 & 4:30pm.
Mar 18
           Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live, ages 2-6.
Apr 30
           Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live, 1:30 & 4:30pm.
May 7
           The Little Prince, puppets, live actors, original music. Ages 4-10. 1:30-4:30pm. 4:30 performance is sensory-friendly.
Selected Full-Length Events
Feb 5
           Into the Woods, 3pm.
Feb 12
           Once, winner of 8 2012 Tony Award. 2 & 7:30.
Mar 2
           MOMIX: Opus Cactus, 8pm.
Mar 17
           STOMP, uses everything but conventional percussion instruments. 8pm.
Mar 31-Apr 1
           42nd Street, Fri. at 7:30pm, Sat. at 2 & 7:30pm.
Apr 15
           The Illusionists: Live from Broadway, 4:30 & 7:30pm.
Apr 23
           New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: HMS Pinafore, 3pm.

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
Mar 4
      A Year with Frog & Toad.
2016-2017 Theatre Season
Jan 13-Feb 12
      Bedlam: Hamlet & Saint Joan.
Mar 14- Apr 2
      Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
May 5- Jun 4
      Intimate Apparel, historical romance.

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
Feb 23
          Pirate School: The Science of Pirates, discover your inner swashbuckler. Grades K-5. 10am & 12:15pm.
Selected Adult & Student Events
Feb 16
          Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Walnut Street Theatre.

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.
Selected Children & Family Theatre Events
Most performances in Victoria Theater.
Feb 9-10
           Mayhem Poets, hip-hop, theater and improv comedy. 10 & 12:30pm.
Feb 25
           Wally Jones & Casa Manana Theatre presents A Year with Frog & Toad, 2pm.
Apr 27
           Peppa Pig's Big Splash!, 6pm.
May 6
           John Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, musical adaptation by Dallas Children's Theater. 2pm.
Jun 2
           Mercer Final Performance, five Essex County Middle Schools. 2pm.

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.
2017 Season
Jan 12-Feb 12
           The Jag, world premiere by Gino DiIorio.
Mar 9-Apr 9
           Multiple Family Dwelling, world premiere by James Hindman.
May 4-Jun 4
           & Juliet, world premiere by Robert Caisley.
Jun 29-Jul 30
           Halftime with Don, world premiere by Ken Weitzman.

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.
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.
Mar 4

           Miss Nelson is Missing, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5-10.
Mar 11
           The Lightning Thief, Theatreworks USA. Ages 7-13.
Apr 29-30
           Charlotte's Web, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5-10. April 29 show is autism-friendly performance. "Meet Your Seat" open house Thurs. April 27 4-6pm.
May 7
           Alice in Wonderland, Pushcart Players. Ages 5-10.
Jun 3
           Seussical, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5-10.
Jun 4
           Biscuit, ArtsPower. Ages 4-8.
Jun 10-11
           Pete the Cat, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-9. Autism-friendly performance June 11 10am. "Meet Your Seat" open house June 9 4-6pm.
Jun 17
           Jim West's Dinosaurs, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-9.
Autism-Friendly Performances
Apr 29
           Charlotte's Web, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5-10. "Meet Your Seat" open house April 27 4-6pm.
Jun 11
           Pete the Cat, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-9. "Meet Your Seat" open house June 9 4-6pm.
Jun 23
           Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical.
2017 Season
Feb 1-26

           Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors.
Mar 29-Apr 23
           Million Dollar Quartet.
May 24-Jun 25
           Mary Poppins.
2017-2018 Season
Sep 28-Oct 29

          The Honeymooners, world premiere musical with television characters Ralph, Alice, Ed and Trixie.
Nov 22-Dec 31
          Annie,
family musical.
Jan 24-Feb 18
          The Outsider,
funny and timely commentary on modern American politics.
Mar 29-Apr 29
          The Sting, A New Musical.
New musical stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film that starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman.
May 31-July 1
          Half Time, A New Musical.
East Coast premiere of an uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team.

Paper Moon Puppet Theatre
First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732-291-1216. 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, weekday shows for schools and summer camps. All seats $10, group discounts. Reservations suggested.
Opens Jan 2
           Beauty & the Beast.

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.
Mar 18-26
           Solo Flights: Miracle in Rwanda, one woman show created and performed by Leslie Lewis.
May 4-21
           Fixed, by David Lee White.

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).

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, cabaret night and special events. Studio classes for youth and adults; summer theater; school programs; workshops and mini-camps.
Selected Main Stage & Special Events
Jan 27-29
           James & the Giant Peach, Academy Jr. Winter Musical, grades 1-5.
Feb 10-19
           First Date, Broadway's Musical Comedy.
Mar 10-12
           25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Academy Spring 2017 Musical, grades 6-10.
Mar 24-26
           YPT Spring Musical.
Mar 31-Apr 9
           The Grand Tour: Winner of the 13th Annual NJ Playwright's Contest.
May 5-7
           Shrek Jr., Academy Jr. Spring 2017 Musical, grades 1-5.
May 19-21
           YPT Select Original Production.
Jun 2
           Spring Showcase.

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, internships, and school residencies for grades 1-12 during the school year.
Mar 9-12
           13th Annual Spring Reading Series, free readings for the 2017 Play Festival.

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 intimate theatre series, Youth & Family Series, sensory-friendly shows, and school-time performances. Student and series discounts.
Youth & Family Theatre Series
All tickets $15.
Feb 12
           Tetris, physical dance quartet inspired by the game. Ages 6+. 2 & 5pm, 2pm performance is sensory-friendly.
Mar 19
           The Man Who Planted Trees, Puppet State Theatre Co. Ages 7+. 2 & 5pm.
Mar 24
           Hatched, Treehouse Shakers. Ages 2+. 10am, 1:30 & 4pm. $10.
Mar 25
           Water on Mars, juggling. Ages 7+. 2 & 7pm. 2pm performance is sensory-friendly.
Apr 21-22
           Grug & the Rainbow, Windmill Theatre, puppetry & storytelling. Ages 2+. Fri. 10, 12:30 & 4pm. Sat. 10 & 1pm. 10am show is sensory-friendly. $10.
May 25-27
           The Way Back Home, Teater Refleksion. Ages 4+. Thurs. 10 & 12:30, Fri. 10, 12:30 & 4, Sat. 1 & 3:30. $10.
Sensory-Friendly Performances
Feb 12
           Tetris, physical dance quartet inspired by the game. Ages 6+. 2pm.
Mar 25
           Water on Mars, juggling. Ages 7+. 2pm.
Apr 1
           Kevin Spencer, magician. 3pm.
Apr 22
           Grug & the Rainbow, Windmill Theatre, puppetry & storytelling. Ages 2+. 10am. $10.

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.

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.

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. Ages 18 and under free.

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.

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 in winter and spring.
Jan 21-29
           Disney My Son Pinocchio, Geppetto's Musical Tale.
May 6-13
           Hairspray.

Somerset Valley Playhouse
689 Amwell Rd. (Rt. 514), Hillsborough, 908-369-7469. Year round community theater staged in a 1900's 2-room schoolhouse.
2017 Season
Jan 27-Feb 12
           Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot.
Mar 10-26
           Rumors, by Neil Simon.
Apr 28-May 14
           Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Jun 9-25
           Evil Dead The Musical.
Jul 21-Aug 6
           Wagon Wheels West.

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.
2017 Kids 'n Family Performances
Performances at 2pm. Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to 2 or more performances purchased in the same order.
Jan 28
           Mammoth Follies, dinosaur puppet musical. Ages 6-12.
Feb 18
           The Little Mermaid, ages 4-10.
Feb 26
           Disney's Choo-Choo Soul "With Genevieve!" ages 4-8.
Mar 4
           Aesop Bops! with Storyteller David Gonzalez, funny potpourri of Aesop's classic stories. Ages 4-12.
Apr 8
           The Rainbow Fish, musical tale of the value of sharing true friendship. Ages 4-8.
May 6
           Happily Ever After, hilarious renditions of Grimm Brothers' stories. Ages 4-10.

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. See Music & Dance for more events and visit website for added shows.
Special Event
Feb 20
           State Theatre Annual Family Day, performances, workshops, hands-on activities, costumed characters, face painting, games, balloon animals, food, and more activities throughout downtown New Brunswick.
Selected Children, Teen & Family Events
Feb 9-11
           The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket, performances at Crossroads Theatre, 1 & 4pm. Henry and Bucket are best pals who live together in a rusty, dusty, battered, and 'bockety' world of discarded objects. Even though they are best friends, they sometimes argue, get on each other's nerves—however, when they work together, their imaginative adventures can take them anywhere. The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket explores what friendship is, what happens if it goes wrong, and how you fix it. The show, from Ireland's Barnstorm Theatre is endearing, playful, and rich in visual antics. School performances Feb 9-10 10 & 12pm.
Feb 16
           Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible.
Feb 20-21
           Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, Lightwire Theater. 10, 12:30 & 3pm. Marvin the mouse is constantly teased and bullied at school by the "cool" mice. Retreating into his science books, he dreams up a world of fantasy where he is the brave hero. He sets off on his homemade rocket for the space adventure of a lifetime—a trip to the moon. While on this cosmic adventure Marvin encounters an assortment of unusual creatures. This blacklight production by Lightwire Theater features over 40 luminous characters and a variety of music from pop to classical.
Mar 24-25
           Pippin, musical revival. Ages 10+.
Apr 5
           Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues.
Apr 9-10
           Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. School & sensory-friendly performance April 10 10:30am.
Apr 14-16
           Sesame Street Live: "Make A New Friend."
Apr 30
           Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live.
May 5-6
           Rent, 20th Anniversary Tour. Ages 13+.
May 7
           Annie, musical.
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. Reserve free tickets and join mailing list online.
May 16-17
           Mayhem Poets, words, humor, hip-hop. 10:30.
May 19-21
          Hedwig & the Angry Inch. Ages 13+.

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.
2017 Season
Jan 27-Feb 4
            Little Shop of Horrors.
Mar 31-Apr 9
            Lend Me A Tenor.
May 20
            Pebble Players Youth Theatre Cabaret, 2017 fundraiser.

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.
2017 Season
Jan 27-Feb 5
           SOMuch Talent!
Mar 17-25
           Good People.
May 12-20
           Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

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
Curtain time 1:30 & 3:30pm. Tickets $8.
Feb 18-26
            Goldilocks on Trial.
Apr 29-May 7
             The Stinky Cheese Man, and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.
MainStage
Jan 13-28
             The Assembled Parties, by Richard Greenberg.
Mar 24-Apr 8
            Jake's Women, by Neil Simon.
Jun 2-17
            The Twentieth Century, adapted by Ken Ludwig.

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 and summer children's workshops.
2017 Season
Feb 24-Mar 11
           Defiance, by John Patrick Shanley.
May 5-20
           Violet, musical.

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. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode on "Class Trip Tickets" at the Theatreworks website to find local performances.

Tri-State Actors Theater
Littell Community Center, 10 Munsonhurst Rd., Franklin, NJ, 973-383-0510. Professional regional theater presents March–Dec. season, new play reading series and hosts the Tri-State Youth Acting 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
Mar 7-12
         A Little Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor, high school students perform 70-minute version for audiences ages 9 and up.
Jun 8-11
          The Way Back Home, puppets, Teater Refleksion of Arhaus, DK. Grades pre-K-2.
2017 Season
Jan 14-Feb 12
         Hurricane Diane, by Madeleine George.
Feb 25- Mar 26
        
The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare.
Apr 8-30
         The Women of Padilla, by Tony Meneses.
Jun 3-25
         The Ballad of Little Jo, musical.

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 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 for added events. See Music & Dance and Speaker & Film Series below for additional events.
Ongoing
        
Sensory Friendly Theatre, 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.
Selected Children & Family Events
Feb 8
           Stone Soup & Other Stories, Pushcart Players, introduction to live theater.
Apr 8
           Peter & The Wolf, Pushcart Players.
Jun 6
           Ellis Island: Gateway to America, Pushcart Players.
Jul 8
           A Cinderella Tale...Happily Ever After, Pushcart Players.
Selected Full-Length Events
Mar 19
           Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile, Aquila Theatre.
Sensory-Friendly Family Series
Live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and other special needs.
Feb 19
           Jeff Boyer's Bubble Trouble.

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.
2017 KidsVill
Mar 11-19
           School House Rock Live! Jr.
2017 Main Stage
Feb 3-19
           Altar Boyz.
Mar 31-Apr 23
           August: Osage County.
Jun 6-25
           The Wizard of Oz.

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.
Jan 14-28
           The Musical of Musicals—The Musical!
Mar 11-25
           Boeing Boeing.
May 6-21
           One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.

Women’s Theater Company
In residence at The Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Rd., Parsippany, 973-335-3038. Professional theater company dedicated to development, promotion and inclusion of women in all aspects of theater production.
Mar 24-Apr 2
           The Musical of All Musicals (The Musical!).

Writers Theatre of New Jersey
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.

film & speaker series

Consult website links below for new events.

Count Basie Theatre Cinema Society
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. Film screenings from Hollywood blockbusters to groundbreaking documentaries. Annual memberships; free summer film series.

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. The new season is announced in late summer.
Feb 4
            Seth Meyers, Mayo Performing Arts Center.
Mar 14
            In the Game: Earl Monroe and Ira Berkow.
Apr 5
            Ron Chernow.

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 Saturdays at 3pm in the STEM Auditorium, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469.
Feb 25
           Mother of George.
Mar 18
           English VInglish.
Apr 7
           Grease Sing-Along, 7:30pm, Wilkins Theatre.
Apr 23
           Force Majeure, Swedish Film Institute Best Film Award, 2014.

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.

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787.
Apr 5
       David Sedaris.

Monmouth University Performing Arts
Pollak 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.

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.
Selected Events
Jan 28
           Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy.
Mar 11
           Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert.
Jun 3
           Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony with NJSO.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1-800-ALLEGRO. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra.
Mar 11, 31, Apr 1
           Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert, NJPAC and Radio City Music Hall.
Jun 3-4
           Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.

Shea Center for Performing Arts
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371. Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. La Cinematheque Film Club screens classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers in the Loft at SOPAC.
Mar 9-12
           SOMA Film Festival, independent filmmakers screen their work.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra. See listing under Indoor Entertainment-Movies for free summer movies.
Jun 4
           Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.