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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.

the stages festival – march 2014
Professional theatres across the state offer free and discounted tickets to performances and special events including theatrical workshops, classes and backstage tours. For a complete roster of events, visit the Stages Festival website.

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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.

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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
Apr 25
         Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid. 7pm.
Kidz Cabaret Series
Apr 12
         Hip Hop Connection. 1 & 3pm.

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.
Selected Special Events
Apr 10
         
Another Night of Laughter, 7:30pm. Shaun Eli and several NY/NJ area comedians entertain. $25, members/srs./students $20.
The Main Stage
May 21-25
         Forever Plaid, musical. A quartet of young men missed their chance at fame when their cherry red 54 Mercury collided with a bus filled with teenage girls on their way to see the Beatles' American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. The boys are sent back to earth and given one chance to perform the big concert they never got to present.

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.
2013-2014 Mainstage Season

Mar 7-30
          The Foreigner.
Apr 25-May 18
         South Pacific.
Jul 11- Aug 3
        Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

2013-2014 Children's Theatre Season
One hour live shows designed for ages 3-9.
Apr 11-12
         Treasure Island.
May 9- 10
         Three Little Pigs.
Jun 6-7
         Snow White.
Jul 17-19
         Aladdin.

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.
Apr 4-13
         Monty Python's Spamalot.
Jul 10-20
         Brookdale Summer Shakespeare Ensemble.

Brundage Park Playhouse
Carrell Rd., Randolph, 973-989-7092. Community theater with Feb.-Dec. performances, improv comedy, For Kids by Kids performances, youth theater classes and summer camp. Performances on Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sunday 2pm.

Cape May Stage
The Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette St., Cape May, 609-770-8311.
Professional theatre company presents mid-May-Dec. season of main stage productions and "Second Stage Series" featuring magic shows, puppet theatre, cabaret actis and original works by emerging artists in an intimate setting.

Centenary Stage Company
Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center, Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900. Concerts and special events, jazz series, theater season and BlackBox Festival by professional Centenary Stage Company, Women's Playwright series, family fun series, and Festival of Shows presented by members of Young Performers Workshops at end of fall, spring and summer sessions. Student rates; student matinees; Family Night on Thurs. See Music & Dance for more events.
Centenary Stage Company
Apr 9, 16, 23
        Women Playwrights Series 2014.
Family Fun Series
2pm, Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center.
Apr 13
         The Illusionary Magic of Brad Ross.
Young Audience Series
Stage adaptations of classic children's literature third Sat. at Centenary Theater in the Seay Building on campus. 11am, unless noted.
Apr 12
         Shake It Up–Shakespeare for Students.

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.
2013-2014 Season
May 9-24
         Barnum,
musical.
Jul 26-Aug 3
         Jersey Voices,
one-act festival of New Jersey playwrights.

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 Children & Family Events
May 6
         Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid Live.

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.
May 2-17
         Doubt, A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley.

Crossroads Theatre
7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-545-8100. Regional theater presents 4-play main stage season with a focus on literary works that examine the African American experience. Subscription, student and group discounts are offered.
Apr 3-13
         Lift,
by Walter Mosley.

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.
2013-2014 Season
Mar 15-29
         The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh.
Jun 14-18
         Stage Door, by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman.

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.
2014 Season
Apr 24-May 11
         Motherhood Out Loud,
New Jersey premiere.
May 1, 28
         "Meet the Artist" Series,
two new play readings.
Aug 1
         Dreamcatcher Junior,
family show by theatre camp students 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.

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.
Jun 6-15
         Floyd Collins, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, book by Tina Landau.

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.
2013-2014 Mainstage Season
Mar 11-Apr 6
         I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, comedy.
Apr 22- May 25
         Our Town, by Thornton Wilder. Partnership with Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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.
2013-2014 Season
Fri. at 7:30pm, Sat. & Sun. at 4pm.
Apr 18- May 18
         Knuffle Bunny–A Cautionary Musical, based on the beloved picture book.

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

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

Kean Stage
Kean University Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union; or Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall, Nathan Weiss Graduate School campus, 250 North Ave., Hillside, 908-737-7469. Sept.-May season includes world-class music and dance artists, chamber music series, student and faculty productions, Holocaust Resource Center events, lecture series, family and on school time performances (908-737-4349). Premiere Stages, a professional equity theater company in residence, develops new plays and offers family-friendly 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 and Film for more events.
2013-2014 Theatre Events
Apr 4-12
         The Lover,
by Harold Pinter.

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3333. Home to a student company and 12 resident theater companies, Kelsey Theatre offers live cultural events, family theater, children's theater and adult events, both professional and semi-professional, year 'round. Most performances Fri.-Sun. Tickets $18-12.
Selected Full-Length Events
Mar 28-Apr 13
         TBA, musical.
Apr 25-May 4
         HAIR.
May 16-25
         The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
May 30-Jun 8
         Shrek, The Musical.

Jun 13-22
         Much Ado About Nothing.
Kelsey Kids Events
Apr 5
         Stuart Little, Theatre IV.
May 17
          The Emperor's New Clothes, Kaleidoscope Theatre.

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.
2013-14 Mainstage Season
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 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 Children & Family Events
Mar 25
         The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Erc Carle Favorites,
ages 5 & up.
Apr 2
         Are You My Mother?,
ages 3-8.
Apr 8
         Erth: Dinosaur Zoo,
ages 5 & up.
Apr 13
         The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise & The Hare,
ages 4-8.
Apr 18
         Scooby Doo Live!,
ages 5-12.
Apr 27
         Sid the Science Kid–Live,
ages 2-6.
Selected Adult & Family Events
May 2
         Bring It On,
musical. All ages.

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
Apr 1- May 4
         The Figaro Plays: The Barber of Seville.
Apr 9-May 3
        
The Figaro Plays: The Marriage of Figaro.

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
Apr 15
         Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books, musical revue. 10am.
Apr 29
         Erth's Dinosaur Zoo, with large-scale dinosaur puppets.

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
Mar 29
        
We're Going on a Bear Hunt, musical. 2pm. $22-$12. Family workshop available.
May 17
         Stuart Little, Dallas Children's Theater. 2pm. $22-$12.
Jun 7
         Cinderella The Remix, hip hop version by 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.
Mar 6-Apr 6
         Date of a Lifetime, new musical.

Ocean Professional Theatre
Bengal Auditorium at Barnegat High School, 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.
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.

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.
2013-2014 Season
Apr 9-Mar 4
         South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein.
May 28-Jun 29
         Grease.
2013-2014 Children's Theatre
Apr 26
         Charlotte's Web, TheatreWorks USA. Ages 4+.
Apr 27
         Seussical, TheatreWorks USA. Sensory-friendly performance, ages 4+.
May 3
         Are You My Mother?, TheatreWorks USA. Ages 4+.
May 10
         The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe, TheatreWorks USA. Ages 4+.
Jun 14
         Disney's Aladdin Jr., Paper Mill Theatre School. Sensory-friendly performance, ages 5+.
Sensory Friendly Performances
The theater environment is altered to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space for all families.
Apr 25
         "Meet Your Seat" Open House, 4-6pm.
Apr 27
         Seussical, TheatreWorks USA. Ages 4+.
Jun 13
         "Meet Your Seat" Open House, 4-6pm.
Jun 14
         Disney's Aladdin Jr., Paper Mill Theatre School. Sensory-friendly performance, ages 5+.

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. All seats $9.
Opens Jan
         Beauty & the Beast.

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 2014 season.

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
Apr 11-19
         True West,
by Sam Shepard.
Jun 20-28
         Next to Normal,
musical.

Premiere Stages
Zella Fry Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Vaughn Eames Building, Union, 908-737-7469. See listing under Kean Stage.

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. 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.
Selected 2013-2014 Theatre Events
Apr 12
         The Guru of Chai,
Indian Ink Theatre.
Apr 13
         The Fantasticks,
Nebraska Theatre Caravan.
2013-2014 Family Series
Recommended for ages 8 and up. 7pm. Tickets $15.
May 3
         Circus Incognitus,
Jamie Adkins.
2013-2014 Sampler Series
Recommended for ages 4 & up. 1 & 3:30pm. Tickets $10.
May 4
         Peter Pan,
TheatreworksUSA.
2013-2014 TinyTots Series
Recommended for ages 2 and up. 10, 1:30 & 4pm.
Apr 10
         Hatched,
Treehouse Shakers.
2013-2014 SchoolTime Performances
Weekday performances for groups and individuals. 908-526-1200 x8267.
Nov-May

Rhino Theatre
247 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes, 973-248-9491. Community theater presents a season of adult and children's productions and offers theater workshops, summer camps and coaching sessions for kids, teens and young adults.

The 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.
Summer Outdoor Stage
Family-friendly performances are presented in the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morris Twp. June-July.

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 Children & Family Events
Mar 28
         Seussical, Theatreworks USA Theater for Children with Autism. This sensory-friendly musical is adapted exclusively and specifically for children on the autism spectrum and is only open to classes and families with children with autism. Please call the University Performing Arts office, 973-720-3178, for ticket reservations and information. 10-11:15am. $8.
Mar 30
         Henry & Mudge, Theatreworks USA. After moving from the big city to the country, Henry has difficulty meeting new friends in his neighborhood. Luckily, he has Mudge, his canine companion. This fun-loving pair navigates through unchartered territory, while learning invaluable lessons on loyalty, responsibility and devotion. 2pm. Adults $12, children $10.
Apr 27
         The Ugly Duckling, Lightwire Theatre illuminates the stage with glow in the dark electro-luminescent wire puppetry, music and choreography. A treat for children and adults alike. 2pm. Adults $15, children $12.

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.
Apr 26-May 4
        Shrek The Musical.

Somerset Valley Playhouse
Rt. 514 (689 Amwell Rd.), Neshanic Station, 908-369-7469. Year 'round community theater staged in a 1900's 2-room schoolhouse. Adults $18, srs./students $16.
2013-2014 Season
Apr 25-May 11
         9 to 5 The Musical, music & lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick.
Jun 6-22
         Wedding Secrets, by Joe Starzyk.
Jul 18-Aug 3
         Treasure Island, by Ken Ludwig & Robert Louis Stevenson.

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 Music & Dance for additional events.
May 10
        
Listen to Your Mother, a national series of original live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother's Day. Sponsored by SOPAC and Midtown Direct Rep.
Selected Children & Family Events
Apr 12
         Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales, 2pm. A giant genie, princesses, and wizards abound in the marvelous tales of Scheherazade, the storyteller heroine of Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales. Join them on a fantastic journey brought to life with stunning costumes, puppets, illusion, and pantomime by the Enchantment Theatre Company.

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 listings. Visit website for added shows.
Selected Events
Apr 3-4
         Cirque Dreams Rocks.
May 30-Jun 1
         West Side Story.
Sep 14
         Jeff Dunham,
ventrioloquist and comedian.
Oct 10
         D.L. Hughley,
stand-up.
Selected Children's Events
Mar 24
         Leo Lionni's Swimmy Frederick & Inch by Inch,
performance for schools.
Apr 11
         Erth's Dinosaur Zoo.
Apr 17-20
        Sesame Street Live, "Can't Stop Singing."
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.-June shows and offers Pebble Players youth theater program.
Apr 4-13
         Agatha Christie Trilogy.

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 Mainstage
May 2-17
        Little Women, The 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.
Mainstage Shows
May 30-Jun 14
         Spring Awakening, rock musical, mature content.
Magic Trunk Shows for Children
Performances 1:30 & 3:30pm Sat. & Sun. All tickets $8.
Apr 26-May 4
         Jack & the Beanstalk.

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.
Apr 25- May 10
        Harvey, by Mary Chase.

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.)

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.
2013-2014 Season
Apr 24-May 4
         Heels Over Head, new comedy by Susan Goodell.

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.
2013-2014 Events
Apr 5-27
        Trouble in Mind,
by Alice Childress.
May 31-Jun 22
         Third,
by Wendy Wasserstein.
Selected Children & Family Events
Apr 26
         Hatched: Life on the Farm,
movement-theater especially for ages 2-6.

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 for additional events.
Sensory Friendly Theatre
60-min. performances with no intermission, general seating, lowered sound, lights up and freedom to talk. "This Is My Theatre" picture packet may be downloaded online.
May 18
         Aesop's Fables, puppeteer Jim West.

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
Mar 28-Apr 13
         Wrong Window, spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.

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.
Mar 8-29
         Butterflies Are Free, by Leonard Gershe.
May 10-31
         A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams.

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. One-hour children's performances. $6 at door.

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.
Apr 6
         The Merchant of Venice.

Count Basie Theatre Free Film Series
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000. Free films shown monthly, 7pm. Tickets are free, but must be picked up at the box office.
Special Film Events
Apr 6
        The Diocese of Trenton's Re:Image Film Festival, 11am. High school, college and general entries of faith-filled films. $12-$8.

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.
Apr 3
         Barbara Walters.

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 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 during the school year, Sundays at 3pm in the Jules Schwartz Lecture Hall, Stem Building, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469. $9, free with Kean ID.
Mar 30
         Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.
Apr 6
         Kon-Tiki.
Apr 13
         Stories We Tell.

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.

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
Mar 25
         Richard Blanco, President Obama's Inaugural Poet. 4:30pm, Pollak Theatre.
Apr 24
         Louise Gluck, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, former Poet Laureate. 4:30pm, Pollak Theatre.
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.
Apr 14
         United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.
Provost Film Series
2013-2014 series focuses on "Fateful Choices: Power & Identity in the Promised Land." 7:30pm, Pollak Theatre. Free and open to the public.
Apr 8
         A Bottle in the Gaza Sea.

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.
Apr 10
         Last Call at the Oasis, highlights the urgency of facing the global water crisis.
May 22
         Chavez.

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.
Apr 26-27
         The Wizard of Oz, with orchestra. April 26 in Newark; April 27 in New Brunswick.

Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371. Arts hotline: 973-720-ARTS.
Apr 4
         Broadway Icon Harold Prince, Distinguished Lecturer Series.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787.