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The Music & Dance and Theater 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.

new jersey theatre alliance
The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, an alliance of professional theaters in New Jersey, publishes a calendar two times a year. They also sponsor The Stages Festival annually in March, featuring a month of free and discounted performances, workshops, play readings and behind-the-scenes events for all ages. For more information, contact New Jersey Theatre Alliance, 8 Marcella Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052, 973-731-6582, email, or visit their website.
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. 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.

2015-2016 season calendars
Calendars for many venues are not available until mid-summer for the new season. Call for a brochure or use the convenient links below to view the complete calendar of events.


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
Dec 9
          Peppa Pig's Big Splash.
May 22
          Curious George: The Golden Meatball. 1 & 4pm.

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
Oct 1-18
          Not Now, Darling, comedy by Ray Cooney.
Jan 28-Feb 14
          The Runner Stumbles, by Milan Stitt.
Apr 7- 24
          My Mother, My Sister & Me, world premiere comedy by Sherri Heller.

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.
2015 Mainstage Season

Oct 30-Nov 22
Dec 4-20
           Holly & Ivy, holiday musical show.
2015 Children's Theatre Season
One hour live shows designed for ages 3-9.
Oct 23- 24
           The Littlest Witch.
Nov 13-14
           Peter Pan.
Dec 12-24
           Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Feb 5-6
           Road to Freedom.
May 28-29
           Ben Franklin & the History of America.

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.

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.
2015 Season
Oct 9-25
Dec 4-13
         Scrooge, A Musical Christmas Carol.

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.

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.
2015-2016 Season
           August: Osage County.
           The Lion in Winter.

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 for new shows.
Selected Family Events
Nov 13-22
          Peter Pan, Phoenix Productions.
Nov 17
          Black Violin, 10:30am & 8pm.
Dec 3
          Peppa Pig's Big Splash!
Dec 14
A Christmas Carol.
Apr 10
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater.

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.
2015-2016 Season
Oct 16-24
          Born Yesterday, by Garson Kainin.
Dec 4-6
          Rapunzarella White.
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.

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, Spoken Word series 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.

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.

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, 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.
Jul 28- Aug 1
          Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical. Ridgedale School Theatre, 71 Ridgedale Ave.

Forum Theatre Arts Center
314 Main St., Metuchen, 732-548-5600. 1928 450-seat theatre and vaudeville tryout house presents theatre, concerts, dance and other performances, movies and recitals. Rentals available.

4th Wall Theatre
In residence at Westminster Arts Center, Corner of Franklin & Fremont Sts., 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.

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.
Jun 25-Jul 12
          Ubu Roi, 1896 parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth by Alfred Jarry. Black Box Theatre at Bergen PAC.

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.

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey
Historic Palace Theatre, Rt. 183, 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, birthday parties, summer arts day camp. Touring show available for schools and community organizations.

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.
Jersey City Theater Center Kids Shows
Performances every Sunday at 1pm. Advance tickets: Adults $10, children $9.
Thru Dec 13
          The Emperor's New Clothes & The Snow Queen, two classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson adapted for the marionette stage, for ages 3 and up.

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.

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333. Home to a student company and 12 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. Tickets $18-12.
Selected Full-Length Events
Jul 10-19
          Guys and Dolls.

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, stand-up comedy nights and jazz series are offered as well as education programs, including performing arts workshops for ages 7-17, adult acting classes and school-time matinees. Season passes; student ­tickets $10 with student ID 30 min. before showtime.
2015-2016 Mainstage
Dec 3-20
          Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, by Stephene Dolginoff.
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 Kids Club Events
Nov 29
          Mooseltoe, 1:30 & 4pm. Ages 4-10.
Jan 31
          Fan Yang presents The Mega Bubble Show. 1:30 & 4pm. All ages.
Feb 2
          Flight School, based on the book from best-selling author Lita Judge. 4pm. Ages 4-10.
Feb 21
          Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live, 1:3- & 4:30pm. Ages 2-6.
Mar 6
          Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, 1:30 & 4pm. Ages 4-10.
Mar 15
          Charlotte's Web, 4pm. Ages 4-10.
Apr 3
          Rumpelstiltskin, 1:30 & 4pm. Ages 4-10.
Apr 24
          Peter Rabbit Tales, 1:30 & 4pm. Ages 3-10.
May 22
          New Jersey Ballet: Cinderella, classic fairy tale with New Jersey Ballet's original storyteller narration. 1:30 & 4:30pm. Ages 4+.
Selected Family Events
Oct 26

          America's Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour! 8pm.
Oct 30
          Bewitched Broadway, 8pm.
Nov 11
          So You Think You Can Dance Live, 8pm.
Dec 5
          Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, 3 & 8pm.
Dec 11-13
          New Jersey Ballet's Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Jan 3
          Sing-A-Long Grease, 3pm.
Jan 17
          Mummenschanz, 7pm.
Jan 23
          Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2 & 7:30pm.
Feb 6
          Tao: Seventeen Samurai, 8pm.
Feb 20
          Drew Thomas Magic presents: Materialize! 3 & 7:30pm.
Feb 26
          Tap Factory, 8pm.
Apr 9
          The Peking Acrobats, 3 & 7:30pm.
Apr 11
          Seussical, 4pm.
Apr 15
          Mamma Mia! 8pm.

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
Dec 4-27
          A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.
Apr 2
          Sing Along with the Muppet Movie.
Apr 30
          Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live!
2015-2016 Theatre Season
Oct 13-Nov 1
          A Comedy of Tenors, Ken Ludwig.
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
Nov 2
          The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, 10-11am. Grades 1-7. Tickets $12-15.
Mar 3
Imago Theatre's ZooZoo, recommended for ages 3 and older. A whimsical, silly family show is performed without words to an original score. ZooZoo is a circus, a zoo, and a world all its own, where penguins play musical chairs, a cat becomes trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos have insomnia, and anteaters work as waiters—all resulting in a madcap revue of illusion, comedy, and fun.
May 18
Curious George: The Golden Meatball, 10-11am. Grades PreK-3.

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.
2015-2016 Family Series-Theatre Events
Dec 12
Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents an innovative, double-bill adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's beloved bedtime classics. 2pm. $13-20.
Dec 13

          Babes in Toyland, Little Orchestra Society.
Jan 23
Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, musical production, featuring a hit score by Bob Marley and based on the children's book by his daughter, Cedelia Marley, tells of young Ziggy, who is so terrified of hurricanes, mongooses and other things in his native Jamaica that he's afraid to leave the house. 2pm. $13-25.
Jan 30-31
The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis' beloved and magical novel comes to life through dance. World premiere, choreographed by Randy James, features members of 10 Hairy Legs dance company and special guests. Jan 30 at 2 & 5pm, Jan 31 at 2pm. $29-39.
Mar 19
          Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, full of non-stop antics, from the minute Sally and her brother open the door to the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. 2pm. $13-25.
Selected 2015-2016 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.

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; 973-379-3636. Professional theater presents musicals, plays, concerts, children's theater and school time ­performances. Flex pass options, group, sr. and student subscriptions. Student rush tickets may be available the day of performance in person with student ID. Conversation series with cast and directors prior to curtain is held for some dates.
2015-2016 Season
Oct 8-Nov 8
Bandstand, world premiere big-band musical.
Nov 25-Jan 3
A Christmas Story: The Musical, holiday musical based on the classic 1983 movie.
Feb 4-Mar 6
A Bronx Tale, world premiere musical.
Apr 6-May 1
Pump Boys & Dinettes, musical.
Jun 1-26
West Side Story, new production of legendary classic.
Children's Shows
Performances at 10am for ages 5 and up. Selected shows are sensory friendly performances where the theater environment is altered to provide a comfortable, judgment-free space for all families. Tickets $12.75.
Dec 13

          A Christmas Carol, ages 6 & up. Theatreworks USA.
Dec 19
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, musical, ages 6 & up. Theatreworks USA.
Dec 20

          Frosty the Snowman, ages 4 &up. Theatreworks USA.

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 weekends, weekday shows for schools and camps. All seats $10, group discounts, under 2 free. Reservations recommended.
Nov 9-Jan 9
 The Nutcracker, a musical treatment of the classic holiday story. Every Saturday at 2:30pm, 1st and 4th Sunday at 2:30pm.

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.

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Memorial Dr. in downtown Trenton's historic Capitol Complex, 609-984-8484. Owned by the state of New Jersey, Patriots Theater hosts limited music, dance and special events.

Pax Amicus Castle Theatre
23 Lake Shore Dr. (Exit 26 Rt. 80), Budd Lake, 973-691-2100. Year round 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.
Selected Family & Children Events
Oct 30
          The Life, Loves & Tales of Terror of Edgar Allan Poe.

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).
Dec 26-28
          Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, State Theatre, 732-246-7469.

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
Jul 24-26
          9 to 5 The 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.
Premiere Stages 2015 Season
Nov 13- 15
           Liberty Live, staged reading. Free admission.

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 Major Artists Series, Tuesdays with Stories Series, Club 28 cabaret series, Sampler Series for ages 4+, Family Series for age 8+, Tiny Tots Series for ages 2+ and school-time performances. Student and series discounts. See additional listings under Music & Dance.

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.
Selected Family Theatre Events
Dec 13
          The Gizmo Guys, comedy jugglers for all age

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.
2015 Season
Oct 14-Nov 21
The Diary of Anne Frank, by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The powerful story of Anne Frank's family's will to survive comes to life for a new generation in this adaptation of the Pulitzer, Tony, and NY Drama Critic's Circle award-winning play.
Oct 26
          Something Wicked This Way Comes: Dracula.
Dec 2-27
The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare. With the roguish Falstaff as the centerpiece of this hilarious tale of marital hijinks (and low-jinks), the clever wives of Windsor put everyone to the test in a festive cornucopia of colorful characters, holiday spirit, and glittering merriment.
Dec 14
Something Merry This Way Comes, nostalgic, funny, and inspiring holiday tales, songs, and poems, read by members of The Shakespeare Theatre's renowned company of actors and guest artists. Appropriate for all ages.

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 per year.

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.
2015 Season
Oct 23- Nov 8
          The Uninvited, by Tim Kelly.
Dec 4-20
          Miracle on 34th Street, based on the motion picture.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances by major artists in theater, dance, comedy, music, family events, school time performances and performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council. See additional events under Music & Dance.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Nov 5

          Olate Dogs, 7pm. Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, The Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and lots of laughs. They are winners of the seventh season of America's Got Talent.
2015-2016 Kids 'n Family Performances
Performances at 2pm. Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to 2 or more performances.
Nov 14
          Rainbow Magic "Saving Fairyland."
Dec 6
Nutcracker, American Repertory Ballet, matinee and evening performances.
Jan 10
          The Berenstain Bears.
Feb 6
          The Hungry Caterpillar & other Eric Carle Stories.
Mar 19
Apr 2
         Big Friendly Giant.
May 14
         Story Pirates.

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
Nov 27-28
         Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales.
Dec 6
Home Alone: The Movie with the NJSO.
Dec 21
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, The Musical. 3 & 6pm.
Feb 15
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, 10am, 12:30 & 3pm. Mermaid Theatre's production presents three of Eric Carle's storybook tales, adapted for the stage with black-light puppetry, fanciful music, and the author's original text. The show 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.
        Presidents Day is State Theatre Family Day. Enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment, food, FREE face painting and balloon animals, live characters from popular children's shows, and more.
Feb 27-28
         Annie.Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production is a new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony® Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."
Selected Theatre Events
Jan 15-16
Stomp, an eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—to fill the stage with rhythms.
Feb 4-6
Feb 13
Masters of Illusion, for the whole family, includes live grand illusions, levitating women, escapologists, comedy magic, sleight of hand, and dancers.
May 13-14
         42nd Street.
Autism-Friendly Performances
A shorter show length and carefully modulated sound and lighting make the program welcoming to families with children with autism. Additional accommodations include a calming center, space throughout the building for standing and moving around, and specially-trained ushers and volunteers for support.
Nov 8
         Big Apple Circus, 2 & 5pm, Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Ave.
Mar 6
Galumpha, 2 & 5pm. Galumpha is a "human jungle gym" featuring three performers who combine acrobatic movement, physical comedy, and inventive choreography in gravity-defying poses and feats of physical strength.
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 to be added to the mailing list.

Stony Hill Players
Oakes Outreach Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 888-
817-3013. Commu­nity theater produces Nov.-May shows and offers Pebble Players youth theater program.

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.

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.
2015-2016 Main Stage
Children's shows TBA.
Oct 23-Nov 7
         Rehearsal for Murder.
Jan 8-23
         Stage Kiss.
Mar 11-26
         Light Up the Sky.
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 Pixie Dust Players, summer youth theater program.
2015 Pixie Dust Players
Jul 17-Aug 2
          Children of Eden Jr., Stephen Schwartz.
Aug 6-9
          Disney's The Jungle Book Kids.

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
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.

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.
2014-2015 Season
Aug 5-9 2015
          Crossing Borders Festival, new plays by Latino writers, free public events.
2015-2016 Season
Sep 12-Oct 4
          Seven Guitars, August Wilson.
Nov 14-Dec 13
          A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Stephen Sondheim.
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 for added events. See Music & Dance and Speaker & Film Series below for additional events.
          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. Check website link for new season announcement.

Villagers Theater
Franklin Twp. Municipal Complex, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2710. Community theater presents Main Stage, Black Box (adult themes), teen and children's productions Oct.-June. Summer theater arts program; children's parties.

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.

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.

film & speaker series

Consult website links below for new season announcements.

Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030.

Centenary Stage Company
Great Authors Out Loud Series

The Edith Bolte Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900.

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000.

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. Some speakers are open to subscribers only. New season is announced late summer.
2015-16 Season
Nov 4
David McCullough, historian and Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award winner. 8pm.
Mar 3
Donna Brazile, political analyst, author and syndicated columnist with Margaret Hoover, CNN political commentator and best-selling author. 8pm.
Mar 30
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential historian and 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 Jules Schwartz Lecture Hall, Stem Building, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469. $5, free with Kean ID.

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333.

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.
Oct 2-3
          Morristown Festival of Books, two day festival features visits by more than 25 acclaimed authors. All Saturday events 10-5, free.

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 Provost Film 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.
Jun 28
          The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes. 7:30pm.
Feb 19
          Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert, Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
May 28
          Sinatra at the Movies.
Oct 7
          Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa.
Jan 24
          Garrison Keillor.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1-800-ALLEGRO. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra.
Dec 5-6
         Home Alone: The Movie, with John Williams' score performed live by NJSO.

Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371. Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS. Distinguished Lecturer Series.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.
Family Movie Event
Dec 6
          Home Alone: The Movie with the NJSO.

Union County Performing Arts Center
Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. Classic film series.