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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 Family Week at the Theatre and The Stages Festival annually in March. For 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.
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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.

the stages festival - march 2015
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 website.


Actors Shakespeare Company
St. Peter's University, Dineen Hall, 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, 609-807-8258. Main stage productions, family classics and staged readings to be announced.

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 Events
Apr 9
          Jay Leno.
Apr 11
          An Evening with John Waters.
Apr 25
          Jackie Mason.
May 10
          Carol Burnett.
Selected Children & Family Events
Mar 28
          Popovich Pet Theater.
May 3
          The Berenstain Bears Live!
May 13
          Curious George.
Jul 19
          Big Apple Circus, 1 & 4pm. $49-29.

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.
The Main Stage
Apr 9-26
         Talley's Folly, by Lanford Wilson.

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
Apr 24-May 17
         My Fair Lady.
2015 Children's Theatre Season
One hour live shows designed for ages 3-9.
Apr 16- 18
         Schoolhouse Rock.
May 8 & 9
         Little Mermaid. May 8 at 10am; May 9 at 10am & 1pm. A mermaid grows tired of sea life and dreams to live on land. Although her father orders her to stay under the sea, her sea creature friends try to help her fantasy become a reality. Watch this mermaid swim her way to a happily ever after. $7-$12.
Jun 5 & 13
         Jungle Book, 10am & 1pm. As if being raised by wolves and kidnapped by monkeys wasn't enough, Mowgli, a mancub, has a panther trying to take him home and a tiger that is hunting after him. Join Mowgli and his friends as he tries to figure out where he belongs in the world. $7-$12.

Brookdale Performing Arts Center
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-224-2411. Music, dance, and theater department performances Sept.-May and free outdoor summer 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. 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. See Music & Dance for more events.
Selected Events
Apr 10-26
         Then Came Each Actor, with Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso.
Selected Children & Family Events
Apr 11
         Clueless An Interactive Detective Romp for the Whole Family.
Apr 18
         Shake It Up Shakespeare: Magic, Mystery & Mayhem, grades 4-9. 11am, Little Theater.
Apr 29
         If You Give a Pig a Pancake, grades K-4.

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.
2014-2015 Main Stage
May 1-16
          The Three Musketeers, by Ken Ludwig.

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 Events
Apr 10
          Jay Leno.
Selected Kids & Family Events
Apr 22
          The Adventures of Harold & The Purple Crayon.

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. & student discounts ­available. Performances Fri.-Sun.
2014-2015 Season
May 1-16
          How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Jun 5-6
          Junior Workshop Productions TBA.

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.
Apr 16-May 3
         Autumn, world premiere by Richard Wesley.

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. Check website for schedule.

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.
Mar 13-28
          Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller.
Jun 12-27
          The Other Place, by Sharr White.

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.
Apr 16-May 3
         Rapture, Blister, Burn, New Jersey premiere by Gina Gionfriddo.
May 9
         Multiple Personality Disorder, improv.
May 20, 27
         Meet the Artist Series, 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, 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
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. Performing arts classes and summer musical theatre day camp are offered for kids; acting intensive program for teens. Rentals available.
Mar 13- 29
, A New Musical about Online Dating in the Middle Ages.

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.
2014-2015 A Season of Love Stories
Mar 13-15
         Next Fall, by Geoffrey Nauffts.
Jun 5- 14
         Hands on a Hard Body, new American musical. Book by Doug Wright, music and lyrics by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green.

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.
Apr 16-May 3
          Lost in History, world premiere by Adam Siegel.
Jun 25-Jul 12
          Ubu Roi, 1896 parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth by Alfred Jarry.

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.
2014-2015 Mainstage Season
Mar 3-29
         To Be Announced.
Apr 21-May 17
         Six Degrees of Separation, 25th Annniversary Production.

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.
2014-2015 Season
Mar 6-29
          And Then Came Tango, world premiere inspired by true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo. Ages 7+.
Apr 17-May 10
          A Year with Frog & Toad, original Broadway version. Ages 4+.

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.

Kean Stage
Kean University Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union; or Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall, Nathan Weiss Graduate School campus, 250 North Ave., Hillside, 908-737-7469. Sept.-May season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, Holocaust Resource Center events, lecture series, family and on school time performances (908-737-4349). Premiere Stages, a professional equity theater company in residence, develops new plays and offers family-friendly summer musical theater, theater camp for middle school and high school students and school residencies for grades 1-12 during the school year. Student rates; subscriptions. See Music & Dance and Film below for more events.
2014-2015 Season
Apr 1-8
          Kindness, based on playwright's interviews with middle school students. 45 min. show followed by Q&A with audience. Grades 1-6.

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
Mar 13-29
         Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS.
Apr 10-19
         Romeo & Juliet.
Apr 24- May 3
         Picasso at Lapin Agile.
May 8-17
         The Music Man.
May 29-Jun 7
         They're Playing Our Song.
Jun 12-21
         The Winter's Tale.
Kelsey Kids Events
Apr 25
         Dog Loves Books.
May 30
         Junie B. Jones.

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. Student ­tickets $10 with student id 30 min. before showtime.
2014-2015 Mainstage
Apr 9-May 9
         Tar Beach, by Tammy Ryan, 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 for newly added events.
Selected Adult Events
Mar 28
          Mike Super, magic. 3 & 7:30pm.
Apr 23
          America's Got Downton, Luke Kempner.
May 5
          Ira Glass: Reinventing Radio, NPR's This American Life.
May 6
          Laughter & Reflection with Carol Burnett.
May 8-9
          Memphis, musical.
Jun 10
          Million Dollar Quartet, musical.
Selected Children & Family Events
Mar 22
          Fancy Nancy, ages 4-12. 1:30 & 4pm.
Apr 10-12
          Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Fri. 7pm, Sat. 1pm, Sun. 11am.
Apr 19
          Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure, 2 & 5pm.
Apr 20
          Butterfly!, Hudson Vagabond Puppets. Ages 4-12. 4pm.
Apr 26
          Berenstain Bears Live!, ages 3-8. 1:30 & 4pm.
May 19
          Curious George, ages 4-10. 4pm.

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 Children & Family Events
Mar 31
          The Peking Acrobats.
Apr 24
          Popovich Comedy Pet Theater.
Selected Adult & Family Theatre Events
Mar 10-29
          Ken Ludwig's Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.
Apr 10
          Reduced Shakespeare Company.
May 1-31
          Five Mile Lake, Rachael Bonds.

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 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.

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.
Family Series–Theater Events
Mar 26
          Sleeping Beauty Dreams, Marionetas de la Esquina, puppet theater from Mexico.
Apr 25
          Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live!
May 9
          The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.
Jun 6
          Adventures of Robin Hood, grades 3-8. 2pm. Free family workshop, 12:30.
Selected Theater Events
Apr 17
          The Price is Right Live!
Jun 20
          One Man Star Wars, Charles Ross.

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.
Feb 26-Mar 29
         The M Spot, world premiere comedy by Michael Tucker.

Ocean Professional Theatre
PO Box 35, Manahwkin, 609-312-8306. April-Dec. season includes Broadway shows and music, a family holiday production and four children's shows during summer. Apprentice program for high school students is also offered in the summer.

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.
2014-2015 Season
Mar 4-Apr 5
         The Hunchback of Notre Dame, U.S. premiere based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Music by Alan Menken.
May 21-Jun 21
         Ever After, world premiere of new musical.
Children's Shows
Performances for ages 5 and up. All shows start at 10am.
Mar 21
         Skippyjon Jones, ArtsPower Theatre.
Mar 28
         Fly Guy & Other Stories, Theatreworks USA.
Apr 18
         The Lightning Thief, Theatreworks. Ages 7+.
Apr 19
         Alexander & the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Theatreworks USA. Ages 6+.
Jun 6
         Miss Nelson is Missing, Theatreworks. Ages 6+.
Jun 7
         Junie B. Jones, Theatreworks USA. Autism-friendly performance.
Jun 13
         Curious George, Theatreworks USA.
Sensory Friendly Performances
The theater environment is altered to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space for all families.
Jun 1
          "Meet Your Seat" Open House, 4-6pm.
Jun 7
          Junie B. Jones, Theatreworks USA. Autism-friendly performance, ages 5 and up.
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.

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, summer puppetry classes for ages 6-12 and birthday parties. Each performance features interactive pre-show with the audience. Performances on weekends, weekday shows for schools and camps. All seats $10, group discounts. Reservations recommended.

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.
2015 Mainstage
May 14-31
          The Goldilocks Zone, by Ian August. World premiere.

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Memorial Dr. in downtown Trenton's historic Capitol Complex, 609-984-8400. 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 a season of theater for children. School time performances.

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 Arts in the Park in June).

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.
2014-2015 Main Stage
Apr 17-25
          How I Learned to Drive, winner of 1998 Pulitzer Prize.
Jun 19-27
          Songs for a New World, first musical from Jason Robert Brown.
Youth & Family Shows
Mar 20-22
          Addams Family, Academy Spring musical.
May 15-17
          Wizard of Oz, Academy Jr Spring musical.

Premiere Stages
Zella Fry Theatre, Kean University, 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 Major Artists Series, Tuesdays with Stories Series, Club 28 cabaret series, Sampler Series for younger children, Family Series for children ages 8 and older and their families, Tiny Tots Series and school-time performances. Student and series discounts. See additional listings under Music & Dance.
Family 8+ Series
Recommended for ages 8+. All shows at 7pm. Tickets $15.
Mar 28
          Theatre of Illusion, The Spencers. 2 & 7pm. 2pm performance is sensory-friendly, $10.
Apr 18
          Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre.
May 1
          Lifeboat, true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings.
Selected Adult & Family Theatre Events
Mar 6
          Timber!, Cirque Alfonse.
Mar 11
          A Couple of Blaguards, by Frank McCourt & Malachy McCourt.
Apr 10
          Cirque Ziva, Golden Dragon Acrobats.
Tuesdays with Stories
An intimate theatre experience, discussion and light snack. 12pm $10; 7pm $25.
Apr 7
          Notes to the Motherland, Paul Rajeckas. Recommended reading: The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski.
May 5
          Unsinkable Women: Stories & Songs from the Titanic, Deborah Jean Templin. Recommended reading: A Night to Remember by Walter Lord.
School Time Performances
Performances on school days for groups of 15 or more students and adults. Individual tickets may be available. Call 908-231-8801 or visit website for schedule.

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.
          Jesus Christ Super Star.

The Rosen Theater at the Wayne YMCA
1 Pike Dr., Wayne, 973-595-0100. 408-seat theater offers theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs and special events. Rentals available. See listings under Music & Dance for additional events.

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.
May 27-Jun 21
The Royal Family, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber.
Jul 8-26
The Guardsman, by Ferenc Molnar.
Aug 5-30
Misalliance, by George Bernard Shaw.
Sep 16-Oct 4
Equivocation, by Bill Cain.
Oct 14-Nov 21
The Diary of Anne Frank, by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett.
Dec 2-27
The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare.
Summer Outdoor Stage
Family-friendly performances are presented in the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morris Twp. beginning mid-June.
Jun 17-Jul 26
Love's Labour's Lost. Three idealistic young courtiers vow "not to see ladies" in order to "study, fast, not sleep." But when three witty French beauties arrive in court, testing the young lords' resolve, the result is one of the Bard's most delightful romps.

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. Also sponsors annual NJ playwrights contest. See additional events under Music & Dance.

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.
May 2-9
         Footloose the Musical.

Somerset Valley Playhouse
Rt. 514 (689 Amwell Rd.), Neshanic Station, 908-369-7469. Year 'round community theater staged in a 1900's 2-room schoolhouse.
2015 Season
Mar 6-22
          Brighton Beach Memoirs, by Neil Simon.
Apr 17-May 9
          The Addams Family, musical.
Jun 5-21
          Moon Over Buffalo, by Ken Ludwig.
Jul 17-Aug 2
          Breaking Legs, by Tom Dulack.

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.
2014-2015 Kids 'n Family Series
Performances at 2pm. Save on tickets for multiple shows.
Apr 11
Alice in Wonderland, Pushcart Players. Tea party in the SOPAC Loft follows the performance. Ages 5-11.
May 3
The Jungle Book,Theatre IV. Ages 3+.

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. Also see Music & Dance and Speaker & Film Series listings below. Visit website for added shows.
Selected Adult & Family Theatre Events
Mar 19
          Peter & the Starcatcher, prequel to Peter Pan.
May 3
May 17
          Mamma Mia!
Selected Children & Family Events
Apr 2-5
          Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend."
Milk & Cookies
Interactive series, recommended for ages 3-8 and their families, features storytelling, music, puppetry and more. Six events in fall and spring are offered once a month on select Saturdays. 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.
Mar 20-29
         Play On.
May 30
         Cabaret, 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.
2014-2015 Mainstage
May 1-16
         Hairspray, musical.

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.
2014-2015 Main Stage
Apr 24-May 9
         Stop Kiss, by Diana Son.
Jun 5-20
         Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring.
Children's Shows
Mar 21-29
         A Hairy Tale, by Charlie Lovett.

The Summit Playhouse
10 New England Ave., Summit, 908-273-2192. Community theater presents three shows a year and sponsors Kaleidoscope Theatre, a summer youth theater program.
2014-2015 Season
May 1-17
         Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, comedy by Alan Ball.

Surflight Theatre
Beach & Engleside Aves., Beach Haven, 609-492-9477. Presents well-known children's stories, fully staged professional theater, comedy and concerts all summer to vacationers and residents of Long Beach Island. Surflight To Go brings professional theatre to schools or organizations. Ice cream concoctions at the ShowPlace Ice Cream Parlour next door are named after Broadway show tunes and served by singing and dancing waiters and waitresses during the summer season. (609-492-0018 for seating info.)

The Theater Project in Maplewood/Cranford

Burgdorff Center for the Arts, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood, 908-809-8865. Mainstage production, staged readings, playwrights group; performance classes; sponsors annual Young Playwright's Competition for students ages 13-18.
Apr 1
          Deadline for submissions for Young Filmmakers Competition, open to high school students.

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.

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
Apr 11-May 3
          Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine, world premiere by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
May 30-Jun 21
          Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, world premiere musical.
Aug 14-17
          2014 Crossing Borders Festival, new plays by Latino writers, free public events, outdoor party, food, music 5:30-7:30pm Aug. 14.
Selected Children & Family Events
Apr 23- May 1
          A Little Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream, 90-min. production by local high school students.

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 from website.
Mar 29
Berenstain Bears in Family Matters, Musical, adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. 2pm. $8.
May 3
        Cinderella, one of New Jersey Ballet's most popular ballets for families. Full two-act ballet is accompanied by original ''storyteller'' narration so even the littlest ones can keep up with ease. 2pm. $8.
Hamilton Stage Selected Events
Mar 13-22
         Nine: The Musical, Fearless Productions.
Apr 10-19
         Beyond Words, mime Bill Bowers, American Theater Group.

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.
Mar 27-Apr 19
         Inherit the Wind.
Jun 5-21
         Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Kidsvill Show
Mar 7- 15
         The Pale Pink Dragon.

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.
Mar 7-28
          A Thousand Clowns, by Herb Gardner.
May 9-30
          The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, words and music by William Finn.

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.
May 29- Jun 7
         Always Patsy Cline, starring Patricia Durante.
Children & Family Show
Mar 13-22
         Aesop's Fables, A Modern Adaptation, family event as part of the Stages Festival.

film & speaker series

Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030.
Apr 11
         An Evening with John Waters.

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. See website link for upcoming programs.

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000.
Mar 19
         James Van Praagh.
Apr 10
         Jay Leno.
Apr 13
         David Sedaris.

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 series is announced every August.
Apr 30
         Leon Panetta, 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. Thursdays at 8pm.

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.
Mar 22
          Gabrielle, a musically gifted woman with Williams syndrome. Canada.
Mar 29
          Unmistaken Child, the search for the reincarnation of a Tibetan master. Israel.

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333.
Mar 20
          Mamma Mia Movie Sing-A-Long.

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.
Spoken Word Events
Apr 23
         America's Got Downton, Luke Kempner.
May 5
         Ira Glass: Reinventing Radio, NPR's This American Life.
May 6
         Laughter & Reflection with Carol Burnett.

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 artist lectures, screenings and workshops.
Visiting Writers Series
4:30pm, Wilson Auditorium. Free and open to the public.
Mar 24
         Brooks Haxton.
Apr 21
         Brian Turner.
ArtNow: Performance, Art & Technology
Free and open to the public.
Apr 16
         Wafaa Bilal, artist lecture 2:30 Wilson Auditorium; screening/Q&A 3:30pm Rechnitz Hall 208.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC.
Apr 24
          Dodge Poetry at NJPAC: Jersey Voices.
May 15
          Dodge Poetry at NJPAC: Poetry Like Bread.
Trending with Scott Simon
Leading thinkers discuss provocative issues of the day, moderated by NPR host Scott Simon. 7pm, The Chase Room. $25.
Mar 17
          Lessons in Education Reform, featuring Joel I. Klein.
May 19
          Women Who Set the Agenda, with Arianna Huffington.
NJPAC Stage Exchange
New play development meets insightful community dialogue in panel discussions, a partnership with Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and Yendor Productions. 7pm. Free.
Mar 27
          Generation T, by Pia Wilson.
May 22
          Hoodwinked, explores radical Islamism, by Emily Mann.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1-800-ALLEGRO. Performances at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark; State Theatre, New Brunswick; Richardson Auditorium, Princeton; War Memorial, Trenton; bergenPAC, Englewood; Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, and Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.

Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371. Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS.
Distinguished Lecturer Series
Mar 27
          The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of the Rest: The Good, Bad & Ugly of America's Obsession with Sports, by author, philanthropist and sports reporter Mitch Albom. 7:30pm.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.

Union County Performing Arts Center
Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. See website link for new dates for Classic Film Series.