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The Music & Dance and Theater categories include an incredible array of performances for all ages -- from parents and grandparents to young adults, teens, 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 four times a year. They also sponsor Family Week at the Theatre and The Stages Festival annually in Mar. and publish an online catalog, which details educational and outreach programs offered by the group's members and affiliate theaters. For information, contact New Jersey Theatre Alliance, 8 Marcella Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052, 973-731-6582, email info@njtheatrealliance.org, or visit their website.

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.culturalaccessnetwork.org
Website lists all accessible theaters, museums, cultural attractions and performing arts centers around the state.

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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 to check for changes and newly added performances.

2014-2015 season calendars
Calendars for many venues are not available until mid-summer for the new season. Call for schedules or go to the "Hot Picks," "Music & Dance" or Theatre listings below for convenient links to all websites.

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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
Aug 1-3
         CATS, Performing Arts School production.
Jan 30
         Mummenschanz, visual theater.

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
Aug 1-10
        Oklahoma, Rodgers & Hammerstein II.
Oct 2-19
         Sophie Tucker–Last of the Red Hot Mamas.
Nov 20-Dec 7
         Social Security, by Andrew Bergman.
Jan 29- Feb 15
         Wait Until Dark, by Frederick Knott.
Apr 9-26
         Talley's Folly, by Lanford Wilson.
Children's Summer Music & Theatre
Performances 11 & 1:30pm, recommended for ages 3-9. $12, members $10, groups of 20 or more $9.
Jul 9
          Lasermania, Prismatic Entertainment.
Jul 10
          Squads of Arthropods, songs, dances, comedy with Billy B.
Jul 16
          The Gizmo Guys, juggling and comedy.
Jul 17
          Dancin' with the Honey-Bees, storytelling, puppetry, music, dance. Bear Honey Farms.
Jul 23
          Aladdin, Yates Musical Theatre.
Jul 24
          The Harlem Wizards, basketball foolery & skills.
Aug 5
          The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Musical Legends.
Aug 6
          The Magic of Peter Pitchford, B. Happie Entertainment.
Aug 13
          Annie Sing-Along, 6:30pm.

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.
2014 Mainstage Season
Jul 11-Aug 3
        Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
Sep 12-Oct 5
        Jekyll & Hyde.
Oct 31-Nov 23
        Pirates of Penzance.
2014 Children's Theatre Season
One hour live shows designed for ages 3-9.
Jul 17-19
        Aladdin.
Sep 26-27
       Hansel & Gretel.
Oct 24- 25
        The Little Ghost Who Couldn't Say "Boo!"
Nov 14-15
        Sleeping Beauty.
Dec 15-20
        Frosty the Snowman.

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.
Jul 10-20
         Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Brookdale Summer Shakespeare Ensemble. Free, bring a lawn chair and picnic.

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.
2014 Season
Jul 12-27
         Disney's My Son Pinocchio, Jr.
Aug 13-17
         Kid's Cabaret.
Oct 10-26
         Bye, Bye, Birdie.
Dec 5-14
         Babes in Toyland.

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.

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.
Jul 24-Aug 2
        Jersey Voices, one-act festival of New Jersey playwrights.
Oct 3-18
        Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris.

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
Jul 11-20
         Grease, Phoenix Productions.
Jul 24
         Maureen Hancock: The Medium Next Door.
Sep 12-21
         The Sound of Music, Phoenix Productions.
Oct 16
         Cesar Millan Live!
Oct 24
         Comedy Central presents Inside Amy Schumer's Backdoor Tour.
Nov 14-23
         Spamalot, Phoenix Productions.
Jan 10
         Wild Kratts Live, 1 & 5pm.
Jan 31
         Mummenschanz, visual 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. & student discounts ­available. Performances Fri.-Sun.
Jun 21
         Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr., 11 & 2. $5.

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.
Jun 27
         CrossConnect Open Mic Night, featuring Moe Bright. 7pm. $10.

Darress Theatre
615 Main St., Boonton, 973-334-9292. Former 1920 vaudeville house presents theater, special events and 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.
Jun 14-28
         Stage Door, by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman.
Aug 8-10
         Charlotte's Web, children's summer theatre camp performance.

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.

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 29-Aug 2
         Rodgers & Hammerstein South Pacific.

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 Season
Oct 24-26
         She Loves Me, musical.
Mar 13-15
         Next Fall, by Geoffey Nauffts.
Jun 5-14
         Hands on a Hard Body, new American musical.

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.

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
Oct 7-Nov 2
         Outside Mullingar, romantic comedy.
Nov 18-Dec 14
         The Fabulous Lipitones, acapella musical comedy.
Jan 20-Feb 15
         The Whipping Man, historical play.
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.
Jul 19-Aug 3
         Young Frankenstein, summer teen musical.

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.
Jun 14-22
         The Little Engine That Could, Silly on Sixth children's performance. 11 & 1. $10/$8.

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.

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
Jun 13-22
         Much Ado About Nothing.
Jul 18-27
         Meet Me in St. Louis.
Aug 1-10
         Li'l Abner.
Kelsey Kids Events
Jul 12
         Frozen, The Movie Sing-A-Long. 10 & 2pm.

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
Oct 9-Nov 9
         Lines in the Dust, by Nikkole Salter, world premiere.
Dec 4-21
         Tilt the Unlit Candle, by Ben Clawson, world premiere.
Jan 29-Mar 1
         A Pefect Ganesh, by Terrence McNally.
Apr 9-May 10
         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 Theater for additional events and check website for newly added events.
Selected Adult Events
Jun 29
          Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct, mature audiences.

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 5-28
         A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.
2014-2015 Theater Season
Sep 5-Oct 5
         Anthony & Cleopatra, William Shakespeare.
Oct 14-Nov 2
         The Understudy, by Theresa Rebeck.
Jan 16-Feb 15
         Sizwe Banzi is Dead, by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona.
Mar 10-29
         Ken Ludwig's Baskerville, a Sherlock Holmes mystery.
May 1-31
         Five Mile Lake, by Rachel 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.
Selected Children & Family Events
Oct 17
         The Lightning Thief.
Nov 14
         Skippyjon Jones.
Dec 6
         Click, Clack, Moo, grades K-4.
Mar 26
         Miss Nelson is Missing.
National Theatre of London Live Broadcasts
7pm, Pollak Theatre.
Jun 16
         A Small Family Business.
Sep 18
         Medea.

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–Theatre Events
Oct 26
         Haunted Illusions, starring David Caserta. 5 & 7:30pm. Ages 6 & up.
Dec 26-27
         Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical, Fri. 7pm, Sat. 2 & 7pm. All ages.
Jan 24
         Lyrics from Lockdown, 7:30pm. Ages 14+.
Feb 21
         Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, 2pm. Free family workshop at 12:30pm. Ages 5 & up.
Mar 28
         Sleeping Beauty Dreams, marionettes. Free family workshop at 12:30pm. Ages 5 & up.

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.
Jun 12-Jul 13
         Butler, world premiere by Richard Strand.
Jul 31-Aug 13
         Lucky Me, world premiere comedy by Robert Caisley.
Sep 11-Oct 5
         Dinner with the Boys, world premiere by Dan Lauria.
Oct 23-Nov 23
         Angels & Ministers of Grace Defend Us, world premiere by Elaine Smith.

Ocean Professional Theatre
Barnegat High School Auditorium, 180 Bengal Blvd., Barnegat, 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.
2014 Main Stage
Jun 26-Jul 5
         Call Me Madam.
Jul 10-19
         Singin' in the Rain.
Jul 24-Aug 2
         Chicago.
Aug 7-16
         Crazy for You, The Gershwin Musical.
Aug 21-28
         Bonnie & Clyde.
Dec 13-21
         Ebenezer, A Musical Christmas Carol.
2014 Children's Theatre
All tickets $10.
Jul 14-19
         Cinderella, 6pm, Jul 19 at 10am. $10. Cheer along when Cinderella gets a magical assist from her Fairy Godmother as she competes with her two ugly stepsisters to win the heart of the kingdom's most eligible bachelor in this charming adaptation filled with original songs and hilarity.
Jul 29-Aug 2
         
Wizard of Oz, 6pm, Aug. 2 at 10am. $10. Follow Dorothy "Over the Rainbow" as she meets The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and The Wicked Witch of the West on her memorable journey down the Yellow Brick Road.
Aug 12-16
         Disney The Jungle Book.
Aug 26-30
         Sleeping Beauty, musical adaptation of the timeless classic.

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
Oct 1-26
         Can-Can.
Nov 26-Jan 4
         Elf, family holiday musical.
Jan 21-Feb 15
         Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, comedy by Christopher Durang.
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.
Sensory Friendly Performances
The theater environment is altered to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space for all families. Call for new season dates.

Paper Moon Puppet Theatre
171 First Ave., (on W. Garfield), Atlantic Highlands, 732-775-0290. Presents marionette adaptations of international fairy tales, fables and folk tales, offers touring productions, puppetry classes for ages 6-12 and birthday parties. Each performance features interactive pre-show with the audience. Performances on Saturdays, weekday shows for schools and camps. All seats $10, group discounts. Reservations recommended.
Jun 21-Sep 6
         Pinocchio, Saturdays 12 & 2:30.

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, 609-984-8400. 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.
2014 Season
Aug 1-16
         Monty Python's Spamalot.
Sep 13-27
         Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Oct 18-Nov 15
         The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
2014 Children's Theatre
Jul 12-26
         The Wizard of Oz.
Nov 29-Dec 20
         Princess Christmas.

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 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.
Main Stage
Jun 20-28
         Next to Normal,
musical.
Youth & Family Shows
Jul 24-27
          The Wedding Singer.

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.
Play Factory Performance Series for Children
Performances at 10am in Wilkins Theatre. $15.
Aug 6
         Peter Pan, Yates Musical Theatre. Ages 3-9.
Aug 8
          Aladdin, Yates Musical Theatre. Ages 3-9.
Aug 13
         Jim West's Dinosaurs, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-12.
2014 Main Stage Season
Jun 20-22
         The Ansel Intimacy, by Vincent Delaney, staged reading. Free. For reservations, 908-737-4092.
Jul 10-27
         Soldier's Heart, by Tammy Ryan. NJ premiere.
Sep 4-21
         Janice Underwater, by Tom Matthew Wolfe, winner of 2014 Premiere Stages Play Festival.
Selected Family Event
Oct 16-19
         Liberty Live, an unlikely pair of American immigrants collide. Performances in the Carriage House at Liberty Hall Museum. $15 includes house tour after the show.

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.


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.
Jun 6-22
         Dracula.

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.
Selected Events
Sep 20
         Howdy Stranger, improv comedy show.
Nov 2
         Voca People, music, comedy and audience participation, all ages.

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, available to tour schools, libraries and other organ­izations, 973-845-6742.
2014 Season
Thru Jun 22

         The Tempest, by William Shakespeare.
Jul 2-20
         The Devil's Disciple, by George Bernard Shaw.
Aug 6-24
         The Alchemist, by Ben Jonson.
Sep 10-28
         Wittenberg, by David Davalos.
Oct 15-Nov 9
         Henry VIII, by William Shakespeare.
Dec 3-28
         Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare.
Summer Outdoor Stage
Family-friendly performances are presented in the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morris Twp.
Jun 18-Jul 27
         The Learned Ladies, by Moliere, comedy for all ages, especially families with teens.

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.
Selected Adult & Family Events

Selected Children, Family & School-Time Events
Adults $12, children $10, unless noted. For information and school-time reservations, call 973-720-3178.
Oct 17
         The Lightning Thief, Theatreworks USA. Grades 2-8. 10am.
Oct 25
         Pirate School! interactive pirate escapade. Wear your Halloween costume. 2pm, preshow craft begins at 1:15.
Oct 28
         The Secret Life of Bees, 10:30am.
Nov 15
         Mutts Gone Nuts, comedy dog show. 2pm. Adults $15, children $12.
Nov 18
         Walking the Tightrope, 24th St. Theatre, winner of L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production. Grades 3 & up. 10 & 12:30. $8.
Dec 11
         Curious George, Theater for Children with Autism. Open to classes and families with children with autism only. 10am. $8.
Dec 20
         Doktor Kaboom: The Science of Santa, all ages. 2pm.

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
Rt. 514 (689 Amwell Rd.), Neshanic Station, 908-369-7469. Year 'round community theater staged in a 1900's 2-room schoolhouse.
2014 Season
Jul 18-Aug 3
         Treasure Island, by Ken Ludwig & Robert Louis Stevenson. All seats $10.
Sep 12-28
         I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick.
Oct 24-Nov 9
         Footloose, musical.
Dec 5-21
         Humbug, by John Wooten.

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.

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 Events
Dec 12-13
         Sister Act.
Feb 14
         Million Dollar Quartet.
Mar 6-7
         Anything Goes.
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 jcunha@statetheatrenj.org to be added to the mailing list.

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

The Strollers
Burgdorff Cultural Center, 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 Children's Theatre
Jan 23-Feb 1
         How the World Got Wisdom, by Ahmondylia Best.
2014-2015 Mainstage
Sep 19-21
         Comedy Tonite!, comedy sketches.
Nov 7-15
         Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris.
Mar 6-14
         Fuddy Meers, by David Lindsay-Abaire.
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.

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.
Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth
Jul 25-Aug 10
         Disney Camp Rock, The Musical.

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 summer. (609-492-0018 for seating info.)
2014 Main Stage
Jun 18-Jul 6
         Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical.
Jul 9-27
         Fiddler on the Roof, 50th Anniversary.
Jul 30-Aug 24
         Monty Python's Spamalot.
Aug 27-Sep 14
         A Chorus Line.
Nov 28-Dec 21
         Holiday Production TBA.
2014 Children's Theatre
Jul 1-Aug 19
         Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids, character breakfast at Fred's Diner.
Jul 2-Aug 3
         Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.
Jul 10-Aug 31
         Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Jr. Sensory-friendly performance 10:30am on Aug. 8, Meet Your Seat, 4-5pm Aug 6.
Jul 16-Aug 17
         Dora The Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure. Sensory-friendly performance 10:30am on July 18, Meet Your Seat, 4-5pm July 16.
Jul 23-Aug 24
         Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr. Sensory-friendly performance 10:30am on July 25, Meet Your Seat, 4-5pm July 23.

The Theater Project in Maplewood/Cranford

Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood, 973-763-4029. Mainstage production, staged readings, playwrights group; performance classes; sponsors annual Young Playwright's Competition for students ages 13-18.

Theatreworks USA
212-647-1100, 800-497-5007. Creator and producer of professional theater for young and family audiences tours throughout the U.S. and presents free summer theatre at the Lucille Lortel Theatre 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
Sep 13-Oct 5
         The School for Wives, by Moliere.
Nov 15-Dec 14
         Camelot, Lerner & Loewe.
Jan 10-Feb 1
         Absurd Person Singular, by Alan Ayckbourn.
Feb 14-Mar 15
         Guadalupe in the Guest Room, by Tony Meneses, world premiere.
Apr 11-May 3
         Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine, by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, world premiere.
May 30-Jun 21
         Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, world premiere musical.
Selected Children & Family Events
Dec 19-22
         The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
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.
Sep 19-Oct 5
         To Kill A Mockingbird, Fearless Productions. Hamilton Stage.
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. 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.
Mainstage
Sep 12-28
         A Streetcar Named Desire.
Nov 7-23
         Hair.
Feb 6-22
         Sweeney Todd.
Mar 27-Apr 19
         Inherit the Wind.
Jun 5-21
         Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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.

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.

Young People's Theatre
Performances 1pm at Park Middle School, 580 Park Ave., Scotch Plains. Three one-hr. children's performances.

film & speaker series

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. Free presentations of the classics, 3pm.

Count Basie Theatre Free Film Series
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000.
Free Film Series
Tuesdays at 7pm. Free, tickets at box office. Consult website link for upcoming films.
Jun 17
         The Graduate, 1967.
Appetite Food Festival Main Stage Event
Live cooking demonstrations and Q&A with noted chefs, food writers and TV personalities.
Aug 1
         Andrew Zimmern.
Aug 2
         Giada de Laurentiis.

The Drew Forum
Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-3917. Annual speaker series Sept.-May features renowned world leaders, opinion shapers and scholars from a variety of fields. New series is announced in Aug.

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. Series is sold by subscription only. Thursdays at 8pm.
2014-2015 Season
Oct 9
         Madeleine K. Albright.
Oct 30
         Alan Alda.
Nov 20
         Steve Wozniak.
Jan 8
         Olympia Snowe.
Feb 19
         David Gergen.
Mar 19
         David McCullough.
Apr 23
         Dan Rather.

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. $9, free with Kean ID.

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. www.mayoarts.org
Sep 26
         Morristown Festival of Books: William D. Cohan, author of The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal.l
Oct 9
         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 Provost Film series and artist lectures, screenings and workshops.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC.
Trending with Scott Simon
Leading thinkers discuss provocative issues of the day, moderated by NPR host Scott Simon. 7pm, The Chase Room. $35.
Nov 18
         The Health Care Riddle.
Mar 10
         Lessons in Education Reform.
May 12
         Women Who Set the Agenda.

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.
Feb 8
        
Singin' in the Rain with the NJSO, State Theatre.

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

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.
Summer Movie Presentations
10:30am showing, $5. 7pm showing, $8.
Jul 7
         Wreck-It Ralph.
Jul 15
         Frozen.
Jul 22
         The Lego Movie.
Jul 28
         Despicable Me 2.
Classic Films with the NJSO
Feb 8
         Singin' in the Rain with the NJSO.

Union County Performing Arts Center
Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway.
Main Stage Classic Film Series
Jul 21
         Private Buckaroo. 7pm. $5.
Aug 10
        Block Busters / Hook, Line & Stinker. 7pm.
Sep 14
        An Afternoon with the Cartoons, featuring Popeye, Betty Boop, The Looney Tunes and more. 4pm.