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The Music & Dance and Theatre 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 email@example.com, 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.
Website lists all accessible theaters, museums, cultural attractions and performing arts centers around the state.
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.
new 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 pages or Theatre listings below for convenient links to all websites.
Actors Shakespeare Company
West Side Theatre, New Jersey City University, 285 West Side Ave., Jersey City, 201-200-2390. Nov.-May season includes main stage productions, family classics and staged readings. Adults $20, srs. $15, students $10, ages 15 and under pay your age.
All Children’s Theatre
1180 Rt. 46 W., Parsippany, 973-335-5328, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Where every child is a star—
performing arts by young performers ages 4-17. Performances Saturdays in fall, winter and spring, and Friday evenings in the summer. Holiday vacation camps offered in Parsippany in Nov., Dec., Feb., and April. Air-conditioned theatre seats 70. Group discounts. Established 1983.
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Rd., Elmer, 856-538-2472. Year round programs include concert series, family series, arts classes, summer camp and annual arts and music festival in June. Performances are held at the historic Landis Theater, 830 E. Landis Ave., VIneland, 856-691-1211. See Music & Dance for additional events.
ArtsPower Field Trip Series
Webster Commons, 271 Grove Ave., Bldg. A, Verona, 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.
Menopause The Musical.
Selected Children & Family Events
Jungle Jack Hannah: Into the Wild.
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 Theatre for additional events.
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.
2013 Mainstage Season
Sep 13-Oct 6
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
2013 Children's Theatre Season
One hour live shows designed for ages 3-9.
Jack & the Beanstalk.
The Little Monsters BIG Halloween Adventure.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
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.
Oct 11- 26
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.
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.
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner.
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, by Stephen Dietz.
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.
Sep 20-24 29
Damn Yankees. Fri.-Sun. performances. Sylvia Browne: An Evening of Insights & Live Readings.
Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan.
Beyond the Naughty Step starring Jo Frost.
White Christmas. Fri.-Sun.
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.
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.
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.
Lost in the Field (Life in Foster Care), original play by Keith Brown.
The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White's Not So Famous Sister), Full Circle Theater Co.
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. Performances Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm.
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, classes for teens and adults, outreach theater and school programs 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.
Forum Theatre Arts Center
314 Main St., Metuchen, 732-548-5600. Children's theatre, special events, independent and foreign films are presented in a 1928 theater and vaudeville tryout house. After school and summer theater arts programs are available for children and teens.
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.
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 touring theater productions for grades K and up (732-846-2895 x115). 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. Touring show available for schools and community organizations.
Fri. at 7:30pm, Sat. & Sun. at 4pm.
Sep 27-Oct 27
Nov 22-Dec 22
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, musical.
Feb 7-Mar 2
The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel, comedy aboutthe perils of 5th grade.
Apr 19- May 18
Knuffle Bunny–A Cautionary Musical, based on the beloved picture book.
Hudson Theatre Ensemble
Sixth St. & Park Ave., Hoboken, 201-377-7014. Professional community theater 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.Nov 1- A Playhouse Christmas 2013, holiday revue.
Nov 1- Dec 22
A Playhouse Christmas 2013, holiday revue.
Dec 13, 27
A Branson Country Christmas 2013, starring the Tim Gillis Band & comedian Crazy Elmer.
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 series and on school time performances. Premiere Stages, a professional equity theater company in residence, develops new plays and offers family-friendly musical theater and theater camp for middle school and high school students during the summer and school residencies for grades 1-12 during the school year. Student rates; subscriptions. See Music & Dance for more events.
The Beautiful Dark, Zella Fry Theatre at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-4092. Thurs.-Sat. 8pm, Sat. & Sun. 3pm. $15-$30. A woman's life is turned upside down when she suspects her teenage son may be planning an attack on a school. Is her son capable of the unthinkable? And if she's wrong, will she ruin any chance he has at a normal life? A powerful story ripped from the headlines, Erik Gernand's new play provides a thought-provoking account of a topic that haunts the American psyche. Recommended for high school age and above.
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.
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.
2013-14 Mainstage Season
Oct 3-Nov 3
The High Water Mark, comedy by Ben Clawson.
Jan 30-Mar 2
Master Harold & The Boys, by Athol Fugard.
Apr 10-May 11
Marisol, by Jose Rivera, winner of 1993 Obie Award
Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008. 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of classical music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, children's programming and contemporary music. Create-your-own subscriptions; family subscriptions; student and group discounts. Internship/community service programs available to high school students. School-time shows are open to school groups.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Ralphie May, comedy, mature themes, language.
Kids Club & Wonder Series
Visit website later in the summer for new children's seasons.
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.
2013-2014 Theatre Season
Sep 6-Oct 6
Proof, drama by David Auburn.
Oct 15-Nov 3
The White Snake.
Jan 17-Feb 16
Fences, by August Wilson.
Apr 16- May 10
The Figaro Plays: The Marriage of Figaro.
Selected Children & Family Events
Dinosaur Train, based on the PBS series.
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 Family Events
Peter Pan, TheatreworksUSA. An adapted version of J.M. Barrie's classic tale recommended for grades 1-5.
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..
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
Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales, Enchantment Theatre Company. 2pm. $22-$11.
Mammoth Follies, Hudson Vagabond Puppets. 2pm. $22-$12. Family workshop available.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt, 2pm. $22-$12. Family workshop available.
Stuart Little, Dallas Children's Theater. 2pm. $22-$12.
Cinderella Remix, Imagination Stage. 2pm. $22-$12. Family workshop available
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.
Sep 19-Oct 13
Broomstick, world premiere, by John Biguenet.
Nov 7-Dec 15
Middlemen, New Jersey premiere, by David Jenkins
New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT)
Presenting professional all-youth production of "West Side Story" July 18-28 at Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre, then at Centenary State Company's Sitnik Theatre from Aug. 2-11. NJYT also offers professional classes in drama, musical theater, voice and dance from Oct.-mid-May annually for students (ages 8-18). Class registration in Sept. For further information, call 908-233-3200 or visit website.
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.
2013 Main Stage
Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Stafford Twp. Arts Center, Manahawkin.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Stafford Twp. Arts Center, Manahawkin.
Holly Jolly Holidazzle. Stafford Twp. Arts Center, Manahawkin.
Paper Mill Playhouse
Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343; 973-379-3636. Professional theater presents musicals, plays, concerts, fall and spring 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. On special dates for select shows, receive one free child’s ticket with purchase of full price adult ticket. Conversation series with cast and directors prior to curtain is held for some dates.
Sept 26-Oct 27
Honeymoon in Vegas, starring Tony Danza.
Nov 21-Dec 29
Feb 19-Mar 16
The Other Josh Cohen, new musical.
Apr 9-Mar 4
South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein.
May 28-Jun 29
2013-2014 Children's Theatre
Call or visit website for announcement of new season.
Sensory Friendly Performances
The theater environment is altered to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space for all families.
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. Performances on Sat. at 1pm. Each performance features interactive pre-show with the audience and after-show Q&A and opportunity to see behind the scenes. All seats $9, children under 2 free. Call for reservations.
Sep 14-Nov 9
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, features Abracadabra, the little apprentice; a Sorcerer who does magic tricks and conjures up wonderful puppet characters; Baba Yaga, a slightly befuddled witch; and a baby dragon known as XYZ. A spook ballet and fun galore awaits the Sorcerer's little apprentice as he conjures up more than he bargained for.
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. Call or visit website for new season.
2013 Adult Theatre
Oct 5-Nov 2
The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The LIfe, Loves & Tales of Horror of Edgar Allan Poe, 8pm. Plays for schools weekdays Oct. 22-Nov. 15.
Improv at the Castle, local comics. 8pm.
Ladies Let Loose, 8pm. Rated R.
2013 Children's Theatre
Nov 29-Dec 21
The Little Drummer Boy of Bethlehem, new musical.
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).
School House Rock!
Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.
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).
Zella Fry Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Vaughn Eames Building, Union, 908-737-7469. See listing under Kean Stage.
261 Bloomfield Ave., Suite A, Verona, 973-857-1115. Touring company presents family theater and productions for schools and other organizations. Visit website for a list of public performances and booking information.
Raritan Valley Community College
dward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420. 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.
TinyTots Series, for very young children ages 2-6 and their families.
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.
Sep 18-Oct 6
A Most Dangerous Woman, world premiere by Cathy Tempelsman.
Oct 16- Noc 17
Our Town, by Thornton Wilder.
Pericles, by William Shakespeare.
Summer Outdoor Stage
Family-friendly performances are presented in the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morris Twp.
Jun 19-Jul 28
As You Like It, by William Shakespeare.
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.
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. Costumes and props available for rent.
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. Adults $18, srs./students $16.
Sep 13-Oct 6
Monty Python's Spamalot.
Oct 25-Nov 10
A Piece of My Heart, by Shirley Lauro.
Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus, by Andrew J. Fenady.
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 Theatre for additional events.
Selected Children & Family Events
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, children's 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 www.statetheatrenj.org/education. Also see Music & Dance listings. Visit website for added shows.
Oct 25- 26
The Addams Family, musical comedy.
Rock of Ages, musical.
May 30-June 1
West Side Story.
Selected Children's Events
Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess
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 email@example.com.
Stony Hill Players
Oakes Outreach Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit. Community theater produces Nov.-June shows and offers Pebble Players youth theater program.
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.
14 Alvin Place, Montclair, 973-744-9752. Community theater presents Dec.-May 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.
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. 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.)
Sep 25-Oct 4
Our Town, by Thornton Wilder.
Nov 29-Dec 22
Irving Berlin's White Christmas.
The Theater Project at What Exit?
Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood, 973-763-4029. Acting, film and improv classes; sponsors annual Young Playwright's Competition for students ages 13-18.
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.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Apr 24-May 4
Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney.
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.
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, www.ucac.org. See Music & Dance for additional events.
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
Women’s Theater Company
In residence at Parsippany Arts Center, 1130 Knoll Rd., Lake Hiawatha, 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 Terrill Middle School, Terrill Rd., Scotch Plains. Series of three one-hour children's performances Jan.-Mar.
Count Basie Theatre Free Film Series
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. See listings under Music & Dance and Theatre for events and use website link for new shows.
Film screenings at 8pm. Tickets $8, unless noted. Visit website for upcoming films.
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. 2013-2014 series will be 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.
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 during the school year, Sundays at 3pm in the Jules Schwartz Lecture Hall, Stem Building, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469. $5, free with Kean ID. Visit website for 2013-14 schedule.
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.
VIsiting Writers Series
New season will be announced over the summer.
2013-14 On Screen in Person
Screenings of new independent American films are followed by a Q&A with their respective filmmakers. Free, open to the public. 7:30pm in Pollak Theatre or Wilson Hall. New season will be announced over the summer.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC.
Movies That Matter Series
Films produced to spur social action and panel discussions are designed for high school students and the public. 6:30pm.
A Place at the Table, hunger in America.
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.
Union County Performing Arts Center
Hamilton Stage Raconteur Ventures
Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway, 732-499-8226. Film screenings and author readings accompanied by conversations with the artists. See Music & Dance and Theater for additional events.