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The Music & Dance and Theatre categories include an incredible array of performances for all ages -- from parents and grandparents, young adults and teens to elementary students and young children. Shows geared specifically for young children are typically found under “Family” or “Children’s” series listings. Keep in mind that many shows for family audiences are full-length productions best suited for older children and teens. Age recommendations are only guidelines. Parents must use their discretion in determining their individual child’s readiness for a theater, music or dance performance.

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

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

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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.

2016-2017 season calendars
Calendars for many venues are not available until mid-summer for the new season. Call for schedules or use the convenient links below and on the Kids Guide NJ Music & Dance page for complete calendars for the 2016-2017 season beginning in September.

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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.
Backstage at Westfield Garden State Plaza
See schedule under Music & Dance.

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.
Summer Children's Theatre
Performances at 11 & 1:30, recommended for ages 3-9. $12, 3-show subscription $24.
Jul 7
      The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen, Applause Unlimited Puppet Theatre.
Jul 13
     
Whale Tales, multi-media extravaganza coincides with the new Planet Ocean exhibition.
Jul 14
     
The Wizard of Oz, Goowins-Balloowins, balloon artist.
Jul 20
     
Tortoise & the Hare: The Results Show, Flying Ship Productions.
Jul 21
     
Bubble Trouble, bubble show.
Jul 27
     
Dikki's Wacky Magic Show, circus and magic.
Jul 28
     
Harlem Wizards, basketball wizardry.
Aug 3
      Upcycled Cinderella, Bright Star Touring Childrens Theatre.
Aug 24
     
Prismatica Extravaganza, laser show.
Selected Adult & Family Events
Aug 11-13
      The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Theatre Next Door.

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.
2016 Children's Theatre Season
One hour live shows designed for ages 3-9.
Jul 20-30
     
The Musical Adventures of the Caribbean Pirates.
Sep 30-Oct 1
      Rumpelstiltskin.
Oct 28-29
     Malcolm McGhoul's Halloween Spooktacular.
Nov 12-18
     
Pocahontas.
Dec 10- 22
      Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Dec 3-24
     
A Frozen Christmas.
2016 Mainstage Season
Jul 15-Aug 7
      The Producers.
Sep 16- Oct 9
      Sweeney Todd.
Oct 28-Nov 20
      Will Rogers Follies.
Dec 2-18
     
Once Upon a Christmas Dream.
Jan 13- Feb 5
      La Cage Aux Folles.

Brookdale Performing Arts Center
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-224-2411. Music, dance, and theater department performances Sept.-May and free outdoor summer Shakespeare theater.
Summer Shakespeare on the Lawn
Mid Jul
      Measure for Measure.

Brundage Park Playhouse
Carrell Rd., Randolph, 973-989-7092. Community theater with Feb.-Dec. performances, improv comedy, For Kids by Kids performances, youth theater classes and summer camp. Most performances on Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sunday 2pm.
2016 Season
Jul 8-24
      Dr. Dolittle, Jr.
Aug 10-14
      It's Not Easy Being Green–A Group Therapy Cabaret, annual kid's cabaret.
Oct 7-23
      Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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.

Chatham Community Players
3 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.

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. Year round season of concerts by major recording artists, comedy, dance, theater, classical music and family events in a 1,550 seat theater circa 1926. Performing Arts Academy offers programs in acting, dance, music, rockband, jazz and an outreach program. Half-price rush tickets may be available on the day of a show at the discretion of the box office. See Music & Dance for concert and dance listings and check website often for new shows.
Selected Children & Family Events
Oct 16
      Jack Hanna: Into the Wild Live!, 4pm.
Oct 23
      Odd Squad, 2 & 5:30pm.
Nov 11-13, 18-20
      A Christmas Story, Phoenix Productions.
Nov 23
      Disney Junior's Octonauts Live!, The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure, 4pm.
Dec 2
      A Christmas Carol, 8pm.
Jan 7
     
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, 2 & 5:30pm.
Selected Adult & Teen Events
Jul 15-17, 22-24
      T
ommy, Phoenix Productions. 3 & 8pm.
Sep 16-18, 23-25
      Gypsy, Phoenix Productions. Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 3pm.
Nov 29-30
   
   Once, 8pm.
Apr 15
     
Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles, 8pm.


Cranford Dramatic Club
78 Winans Ave., Cranford, 908-276-7611. Community­theater has been presenting plays and musicals in Cranford since 1918. Oct.-May season features 3 major productions and annual holiday children's show in Dec. Subscriptions, sr. and student discounts ­available. Performances Fri.-Sun.

Crossroads Theatre
7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-545-8100. Regional theater presents 4-play main stage season with a focus on literary works that examine the African American experience. Subscription, student and group discounts are offered.

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

DeBaun Auditorium
Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, 24 5th St. (& Hudson St.), Hoboken, 201-216-8933. Student and faculty theater, music and dance events and special events.

Dover Little Theatre
69 Elliot St., Dover, 973-328-9202. Community theater presents Oct.-June subscription series and special events Performances Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm. Children's summer theatre camp.
2016-2017 Season
Aug 5-20
      The Music Man.
Oct 14-29
      The Passion of Dracula.
Dec 2-17
      The Miracle Worker.
Mar 3-18
     
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
May 5-20
      Assassins.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-514-9654. Professional non-profit theater produces innovative mainstage productions, new play readings, holiday special, cabarets, improv comedy shows and offers an internship program for high school and college students, community outreach program and Summer Theater Conservatory for ages 10-17.

East Lynne Theater Company
In residence at the First Prebyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, 609-884-5898. Professional theater presents Mainstage productions and touring shows focusing on the American spirit and histor. Film series, presented on Sundays June-Oct., includes classic films and silent films with live organ accompaniment.

Exit 82: A Toms River Theatre Company
Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701, exit82theatre@gmail.com. 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.
Aug 2-6
      Peter Pan.

4th Wall Theatre
In residence at Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield, 973-566-9255, box office 973-748-9008 ext. 279. 4th Wall Theatre is dedicated to producing diverse and lesser known plays and musicals. Theater arts training for children, teens and adults is offered in partnership with the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts (973-566-9700). Subscriptions; student and group discounts.
2016-2017 20th Anniversary Season
Sep 30-Oct 2
      Guys & Dolls.
Mar 3-5
      Take One, Musicals in Development Series.
Mar 31, Apr 1
      New Jersey Musical Theatre Composers Showcase 2nd Edition.
Jun 2-11
     
It Shoulda Been You, musical comedy.

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.

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey
Historic Palace Theatre, 7 Ledgewood Ave., Netcong, 973-347-4946. Professional children's theater presents Sept.-May Main Stage season and experimental works in the Studio Presentation Series. Group rates, subscription series, creative arts programs, school matinees, birthday parties, summer arts day camp. Touring show available for schools and community organizations.

Hudson Theatre Ensemble
Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave., Hoboken, 201-377-7014. Community theater company presents adult shows and Silly on Sixth children's series.

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
88 Rt. 173W (Rt. 78 exit 12), Hampton, 908-730-8007, 800-447-7313. Dinner theater presents musical reviews, light-hearted comedies, annual holiday revue and summer musical.

Jersey City Theater Center
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave. (2nd floor of the Monaco Lock Building), Jersey City, NJ, 201-795-5386.

Kean Stage
Kean University Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469. Sept.-May season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, family and on school time performances (908-737-4349). See listing for Premiere Stages for summer theater, children's musical theater and performing arts camps. Student rates; subscriptions. See Music & Dance and Film below for more events.

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333. Home to a student company and 10 resident theater companies, Kelsey Theatre offers live cultural events, family theater, children's theater and adult events, both professional and semi-professional, year round. Most performances Fri.-Sun. Summer arts workshops for children and teens.
Summer 2016 Events
Jun 17-26
     
Bonnie & Clyde, The Musical.
Jul 1-10
     
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka The Musical.
Jul 16-17
     
Reock & Roll Revue presents Jackson Browne: Running on Empty.
Jul 29- Aug 7
     
Anything Goes.

Luna Stage
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551. Professional equity theater presents new works in an intimate 99-seat black box theater and 40-seat studio theater. Mainstage plays, literary and play reading series, and jazz series are offered as well as theater classes for children and adults and school-time matinees. Season passes; $10 student tickets are available 30 min. before showtime (valid ID required).
2016-2017 Mainstage
Oct 6-30
      
King of the Mountains, Teddy Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir camp in Yosemite. World premiere by Ben Clawson.
Dec 1-18
     
This Wonderful Life, starring Erica Bradshaw.
Feb 2-Mar 5
     Indian Head, world premiere by Nikkole Salter.
Apr 13-May 14
     
Tranquil, world premiere by Andrew Rosendorf.

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008. 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of contemporary music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, speakers, children's programming and classical music. Create-your-own subscriptions; family subscriptions; student and group discounts. School-time shows for school groups, Performing Arts Academy, master classes, school residency programs and high school internship/community service programs are available. See Music & Dance for additional events and check website often for newly added events.
Selected Family & Children Events
Sep 17
      Peppa Pig Live!, ages 2-5. 2 & 5pm.
Oct 3
     
Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music," 3 & 6:30pm.
Oct 21
      The Price is Right Live, 8pm.
Nov 19
      The Octonauts Live!, 2 & 5pm.

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. Sept.-May season of internation­ally known artists in music, dance, theater, world and special events. Extensive education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater workshops, group backstage tours, in-school programs and professional development. Discount student tickets available. See Music & Dance for additional events.
Selected Family Events
Mar 4
      A Year with Frog & Toad.
2016-2017 Theatre Season
Sep 9-Oct 9
      Bathing in Moonlight, world premiere from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz.
Oct 11-30
      Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.
Dec 9- 31
      A Christmas Carol.
Jan 13-Feb 12
      Bedlam: Hamlet & Saint Joan.
Mar 14- Apr 2
      Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
May 5- Jun 4
      Intimate Apparel, historical romance.

Monmouth University Performing Arts
Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, 732-263-6889. Sept.-May season of contemporary concerts and special events, The Met Live, Bolshoi Ballet Live and live theater in HD, visiting writers, film, theater, dance and children's events in an intimate 700-seat theater. In summer, outdoor theater is presented on the Shadow Lawn Stage. For birthday party packages, 732-571-3473.
Selected Adult & Student Events
Oct 6
      Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Aquila Theatre.
Feb 16
    
  Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Walnut Street Theatre.

Montclair State University
Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, One Normal Ave., Montclair, 973-655-5112, box office; 973-655-3059, info. School of the Arts theater, music and dance performances and professional arts events are presented through Peak Performances. All tickets $15.

Montclair Operetta Club (MOC)
Performances at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, corner of Franklin & Fremont Sts., Bloomfield, 973-744-3133. Community theater presents two musical productions in fall and spring from Broadway classics to contemporaries. Student rates.

Morris Museum
See listing under Bickford Theatre.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC. 2,750-seat Prudential Hall and 500-seat Victoria Theater in Newark. Classical music, international dance, world music & jazz, comedy, contemporary concerts, film and family series. See listings under Music & Dance and Film / Speakers below.
2016-17 Children & Family Theatre Events
Most performances in Victoria Theater.
Dec 10
      Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. $13-22.
Feb 25
     
A Year with Frog & Toad. $15-29.
Mar 16-17
      Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!, vaudevillian romp of a musical based on the children's books by Mo Willems. $9-12.
May 6
      Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, musical adaptation by Dallas Children's Theater. $13-27.

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.
Jan 14- Feb 14
      Substance of Bliss, world premiere by Tony Glazer.
Mar 10- Apr 10
      For Worse, U.S. world premiere by Deborah Rennard.
May 5-Jun 5
      Villainous Company, New Jersey premiere by Victor L. Cahn.
Jun 30-31
      Struck, U.S. world premiere by Sandy Rustin.
Aug 25-Sep 25
      Iago, U.S. world premiere by James McLure.
Oct 20-Nov 20
      Mad Love, comedy by Marisa Smith.

Ocean Professional Theatre
PO Box 35, Manahwkin, 609-312-8306. Shows, summer children's theater and apprentice program for high school students are temporarily suspended.

Paper Mill Playhouse
Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343. Professional theater presents musicals, plays, special concerts, children's theater and school time ­performances. Student rush tickets may be available in advance or on day of performance in person or by phone (with valid student ID). Conversation Club with cast and directors prior to curtain is available for some dates. Education programs include theatre school for children to adults; summer camps and intensives; college prep.
Children's Shows
Selected shows are sensory friendly offering a comfortable, judgment-free theater environment for all families. Audience guides are available to download online. Visit website link in the fall for new season.
2016 Main Stage Season
Jun 1- Jun 26
      West Side Story.
2016-2017 Main Stage Season
Sep 28-Oct 23
     The Producers.
Nov 25-Jan 1
      The Bodyguard.
Feb 1-26
     
Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors.
Mar 29- Apr 23
      Million Dollar Quartet.
May 24-Jun 25
      Mary Poppins.

Paper Moon Puppet Theatre
First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, 732-291-1216. Presents marionette adaptations of international fairy tales, fables and folk tales, offers touring productions, puppetry classes and birthday parties. Each performance features interactive pre-show with the audience and post-show Q&A. Performances on weekends, weekday shows for schools and summer camps. All seats $10, group discounts. Reservations suggested.
Jun 18- Aug 31
      Aladdin & The Wonderful Lamp.

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.

Pax Amicus Castle Theatre
23 Lake Shore Dr. (Exit 26 Rt. 80), Budd Lake, 973-691-2100. Feb.-Nov. season of Broadway and off-Broadway revivals; professional productions of Shakespeare's plays for students; comics and other performing artists; and children's theater. School time performances; theater classes; summer camp.
Selected Children & Family Events
Jul 9-23
     
The Little Mermaid.
Dec 2-18
      Peter Pan.
Selected Adults & Teen Events
Aug 5-20
      Young Frankenstein.
Oct 28
     
Edgar Allan Poe.

Plays-in-the-Park
Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Rt. 1S (1 block south of Menlo Park Mall), Edison, 732-548-2884. Middlesex County Department of Parks & Recreation's community theater presents summer outdoor and indoor performances at Roosevelt Park and annual holiday show at the State Theatre in New Brunswick (see summer Arts in the Park).
Oct 8-22
      24th Annual Indoor Children's Musical.
Dec 28-30
      Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. State Theatre, New Brunswick.

Porch Light Theatre
555 Broad St., Glen Rock, 201-857-3520. Community theatre presents Main Stage season, youth and family productions featuring members of the youth performance troupe, and special events. Studio classes for youth and adults; summer theater; school programs; workshops and mini-camps.
Selected Main Stage & Special Events
Jun 17-26
      Bonnie & Clyde, A New Musical.
Jul 22-24
      Hair.

Premiere Stages at Kean University
Kean University Zella Fry Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Vaughn Eames Building, Union, 908-737-7469. Professional equity theater company in residence develops new plays and offers family-friendly summer musical theater, Camp Premiere theater camp for middle school and high school students, internships, and school residencies for grades 1-12 during the school year.
2016 Season
Selected Children & Family Events
Jul 13
      Sleeping Beauty, Yates Musical Theatre. 10:30.
Jul 27
     
Peter & the Wolf, Pushcart Players. 10:30.
Aug 3
      Pinocchio, Yates Musical Theatre. 10:30.
Oct 13-16
     
Liberty Live: My Lord What a Night, new play recounts the night legendary singer Marian Anderson spent at the home of Albert Einstein. In partnership with Liberty Hall Museum. Museum tours, workshops for children and talks with local historians.
Selected Adult & Student Events
Jun 17- 19
      Three Rules for the Dragon (Staged Reading), Fri. & Sat. 7pm, Sun. 3pm. Free, call to reserve.
Jul 14-31
     
Water by the Spoonful, NJ premiere, by Quiara Alegria Hudes.
Sep 1-18
     
Las Cruces, by Vincent Delaney.

Pushcart Players
261 Bloomfield Ave., Suite A, Verona, 973-857-1115. Touring company presents family theater and productions for schools, communities and other organizations. Visit website for a list of public performances and booking information.

Raritan Valley Community College
Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420. Oct.-May season includes theatre, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Tuesdays with Stories Series, Sampler Series for children ages 4 and older, Family Series for children ages 8 and older, and school-time performances. Student and series discounts.

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.
Selected Events
Jun 11-26
         The Glass Slipper, based on Cinderella.

The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA
1 Pike Dr., Wayne, 973-595-0100. 408-seat theater offers theater productions for youth, teens and adults, dance programs, concerts and special events. Rentals available.
Jul 16-17
      Disney's The Jungle Book Kids, performance by kids ages 5-11.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University campus, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600. Professional theater dedicated to the pre­sentation of Shakespeare and other ­classic masterworks. Subscrip­tions, FlexPass, student rates and $12 ­student rush tickets available for April thru Dec. ­season. First performance of each production is designated "pay-what-you-can." Pre-performance talks and post-performance ­discussions on select dates. Shakespeare Live!, one-hour ­production ­followed by discussion for grades 3-12, is available to tour schools, libraries and other organ­izations, 973-845-6742. School residencies; summer junior and senior corps; internships; teacher training.
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Free tickets for kids 18 and younger to the Outdoor Stage and $30 under 30 tickets for both Main Stage and Outdoor Stage performances.
2016 Season
Jul 6-24
        Coriolanus, by William Shakespeare.
Aug 10-28
        Exit the King, by Eugene Ionesco.
Sep 7-25
        Red Velvet, by Lolita Chakrabarti.
Oct 5-Nov 6
        Richard III, by William Shakespeare.
Nov 30-Jan 1
        A Child's Christmas in Wales, based on the poem by Dylan Thomas.
Summer Outdoor Stage
Family-friendly performances are presented in the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morris Twp. in June and July. Pack a picnic, bring your own blanket, seat cushions or low beach chairs. Ages 18 and under free.
Jun 22-Jul 31
        The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged, Revised), three crazy actors take an irreverent romp through Shakespeare's 37 plays in 97 minutes.
Play Reading Series
Jul 18
        
The Lady's Not for Burning.
Sep 19
        
The African Company presents Richard III.
One Night Holiday Events
Oct 24
        
Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Dec 12
        
Something Merry This Way Comes.

Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371. Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS. Jazz series, professional touring artists, family and schooltime shows, university theater and music performances and lecture series presented Sept.-May. Summer jazz series; also sponsors annual New Jersey playwrights contest.
2016-2017 Family Events
Nov 5
     
Pinkalicious the Musical, 2pm. $15.
Dec 9
      Click Clack Moo, Theatreworks USA. Theater for Children with Autism open to classes and families with children with autism. Call for reservations, 973-720-3178.
Dec 17
    
A Very Electric Christmas, Lightwire Theater. All ages.

ShowKids Invitational Theatre (SKIT)
Shows at Voorhees High School, 256 County Rd. 513, Glen Gardner, 908-638-5959. Non-profit family community theater group provides theater experience for children ages 5-18 presenting two full-scale musicals in winter and spring.

Somerset Valley Playhouse
689 Amwell Rd. (Rt. 514), Neshanic Station, 908-369-7469. Year round community theater staged in a 1900's 2-room schoolhouse.
2016 Season
Jun 3-19
      Boeing Boeing, by Marc Camoletti.
Jul 15-31
     Sleeping Beauty, by Blanche Marvin.
Sep 9-25
     
Bingo, The Winning Musical.
Oct 21- Nov 6
      Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike.
Dec 2-18
     
It's A Wonderful Life, Live Radio Play.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787. Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances by major artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, film, kids 'n family events, school time performances and performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council.
2017 Kids 'n Family Performances
Performances at 2pm. Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to 2 or more performances purchased in the same order.
Oct 15
      The Princess & the Pea, funny musical.
Nov 5
       Humpty Dumpty and The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes, classic fairy tales come to life.
Jan 28
      Mammoth Follies, dinosaur puppet musical.
Feb 18
      The Little Mermaid.
Mar 4
     
Aesop Bops! with Storyteller David Gonzalez, funny potpourri of Aesop's classic stories.
Apr 8
      The Rainbow Fish, musical tale of the value of sharing true friendship.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Full ­schedule of live music, Broadway, dance, opera, symphony and variety events plus a children's series and HD broadcasts. Student matinees (open to students and general public), artist-in residence program and professional development workshops for teachers. For education ­programs, call 732-247-7200, ext. 534 or visit the Education website. Visit website for added shows.
Selected Children & Family Events
Sep 18
      Peppa Pig's Big Splash.
Oct 8
     
The Price is Right Live!
Oct 27
      Penn & Teller.
Nov 18-19
     
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China.
Dec 11
      A Brown Bear, A Moon & A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle.
Jan 21
      Dr. Kaboom: Live Wire!
2016-2017 Theatre Events
Nov 4-6
       Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story on Stage.
Dec 2-4
       Elf the Musical.
Mar 24-25
       Pippin.
May 5-6
       Rent, 20th Anniversary Tour.
May 19-21
       Hedwig & the Angry Inch.
Milk & Cookies
Interactive series, recommended for ages 3-8 and their families, features storytelling, music, puppetry and more monthly on select Saturdays in fall and spring. Free, advance registration required. 732-246-7469 ext. 545. Reserve free tickets and join mailing list online.

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

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.
2016-2017 Season
Nov 4-18
        Cole.
Mar 17-25
        Good People.
May 5-13
        Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Studio Playhouse
14 Alvin Place, Montclair, 973-744-9752. Community theater presents Sept.-June season with main stage and Magic Trunk children's ­productions. Student rates; opening night tickets for main stage shows are half price based on the adult ticket price.
Magic Trunk for Children
Visit website link for new season.

The Summit Playhouse
10 New England Ave., Summit, 908-273-2192. Community theater presents three shows a year and sponsors Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth theater program and summer children's workshops.
2016 Season
Jul 22-31
     
Footloose The Musical, Kaleidoscope Theatre.

The Theater Project

Cranford and other New Jersey locations; 908-809-8865. Mainstage productions focus on new or lesser-known plays, hosts staged readings, playwrights group, performance classes, sponsors annual Young Playwrights and Young Filmmakers Competitions for students ages 13-18, and summer musical theater workshop.
Selected Events
Aug 19-21
      Grease, Theater Project Jr. at Hamilton Stage, Rahway.
Sep-May
      Monthly Staged Readings.
Sep 29- Oct 23
      Crowns, The Gospel Musical.

Theatreworks USA
800-497-5007. Creator and producer of professional theater for young and family audiences tours throughout the U.S. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode under "Class Trip Tickets" on Theatreworks website 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 Youth Acting Company, a theater training program for children, teens and adults, and summer theater camp.

Two River Theater Company
21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, 732-345-1400. Sept.-June season presents theater series and education programs which include student matinees, summer theater classes, internships for high school and college students and professional development. Senior and student discounts are available.
Selected Children & Family Shows
Dec 27-30
         A Very Electric Christmas, Lightwire Theater.
Mar 7-12
         A Little Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor, high school students perform 70-minute version for audiences ages 9 and up.
2016 Season
Jun 4-26

         I Remember Mama, John Van Druten.
2017 Season
Sep 10-Oct 9
         August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Nov 12- Dec 4
         The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman.
Jan 14-Feb 12
         Hurricane Diane, by Madeleine George.
Feb 25- Mar 26
        
The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare.
Apr 8-30
         The Women of Padilla, by Tony Meneses.
Jun 3-25
         The Ballad of Little Jo, musical.

Union County Performing Arts Center
Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. Concerts, jazz, comedy, theater, film, family and children events are presented on the Main Stage in a 1,300 seat vintage 1920's auditorium, in a 50-seat Loft Theater or at the Hamilton Stage, a 199-seat Main Stage and 60-seat Front Room Theater. Student/sr. discounts. Summer theater camp for ages 5-15. Check website for added events. See Music & Dance and Speaker & Film Series below for additional events.
Ongoing
        
Sensory Friendly Theatre, 60-min. performances with no intermission, general seating, lowered sound, lights up and freedom to talk. "This Is My Theatre" picture packet may be downloaded online.
Selected Adult & Student Events
Sep 29-Oct 2
      The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh.

Villagers Theater
Franklin Twp. Municipal Complex, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2710. Community theater presents a year round season including Main Stage, Black Box (adult themes), playwrights series, and KidsVill productions for children and teens. Summer theater arts program; children's parties.
2016 Main Stage
Jun 10-26
     Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein.
2016-2017 KidsVill
Dec
     
A Christmas Cinderalla.
Mar
      School House Rock Jr.
2016-2017 Main Stage
Sep
      Barefoot in the Park.
Nov
     
Titanic.
Feb
     
Altar Boyz.
Apr
     
August: Osage County.
Jun
     
The Wizard of Oz.

Westfield Community Players
1000 North Ave. W., Westfield. Box office, 908-232-1221, opens one week before show. Office, 908-232-9568. Community theater presents Oct.-May season. Subscriptions; student discounts.

Women’s Theater Company
In residence at The Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Rd., Parsippany, 973-335-3038. Professional theater company dedicated to development, promotion and inclusion of women in all aspects of theater production. Oct.-May season.

Writers Theatre of New Jersey
28 Walnut St., PO Box 1295, Madison, 973-514-1787. Professional theater devoted to the development of new plays and writers for the stage. World-premiere productions; free new play roundtable readings; extensive year-round educational programs for young people and adults, including special teen classes and classes for teachers (also see Enrichment and Camps).

film & speaker series

Consult website links below for new season schedules.

Count Basie Theatre Cinema Society
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. Film screenings from Hollywood blockbusters to groundbreaking documentaries. Annual memberships; free summer film series.
Free Summer Film Series
Jun 15
     
Jaws, 7pm.

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 season is announced late summer.

East Lynne Theater Company
In residence at the First Prebyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, 609-884-5898. Film series, presented on Sundays June-Oct., includes classic films and silent films with live organ accompaniment.

Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ Speakers Series
Presented at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, 1-888-696-5722. Oct.-April series is sold by subscription only.

Kean Stage
Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-7469.
Holocaust Resource Center
Hosts events, free lecture series, teacher training and maintains an extensive library and resources for K-12 teachers.
• Kean Stage International Film Series
Award-winning modern foreign films are shown Sundays at 3pm in the STEM Auditorium, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469. $5.

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008. 1,200-seat venue offers a wide array of contemporary music, jazz, dance, drama, comedy, speakers, children's programming, classical music and Spoken Word events.
Spoken Word Events
Oct 5
     
David Sedaris.

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

Monmouth University Performing Arts
Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, 732-263-6889. Sept.-May season includes Visiting Writers series, On Screen in Person and World Cinema Series and ArtNow, artist lectures, screenings and workshops. Events are free and open to the public.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One Center St., Newark, 1-888-GO NJPAC. Season may include classic film screenings with live accompaniment, new play readings and speakers series.
Selected Events
Oct 20-23
     
Geraldine R. Dodget Foundation Poetry Festival 2016, conversations, readings, poetry and music explorations, themed events and discussions.
Oct 30
      Steve Martin & Martin Short in An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.
Nov 13
     
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, live symphony and giant screen.
Dec 2
      Last Fan Standing, hosted by Bruce Campbell.
Dec 15
       Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, family-friendly, followed by Q&A.
Jan 28
     
Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and HD video.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1-800-ALLEGRO. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra.
Jan 6-8
      Raiders of the Lost Art with NJSO.

Jun 3-4
       Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.

Shea Center for Performing Arts
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371.
38th Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series
Nov 4
      Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning Presidential historian, on the upcoming election.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra.
Free Summer Movies
10:30am and 7pm. Free, no reservations required.
        Jul 12: Frozen.
        Jul 19: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
        Jul 26: Despicable Me 2.
        Aug 2: Babe.
        Aug 9: Monsters University.
        Aug 16: Aladdin.
Selected 2016-2017 Film Events
Jan 8
     
Raiders of the Lost Ark with NJSO.
Jun 4
     
Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.