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the arts
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, preschoolers and toddlers. Shows geared specifically for young children are typically found under "Family" or "Children's" series listings. Keep in mind that many shows are full-length performances 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.

Morris Arts, a passionate advocate of the arts, helps sponsor community arts events, publishes Arts Matters, a quarterly newsletter, an arts calendar online, and offers over 200 programs in dance, music, poetry, theatre, storytelling and the visual arts for schools. 973-258-5115 or visit website for information.
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 annual donation. links
The Music, Dance and Theatre listings below 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 for all ages, to check for newly added performances, and to view the new season announced during the summer or early fall.

the stages festival
march 1-31 annually

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.

new season calendars
Calendars for many venues are not available until mid-summer for the new season. Call for schedules, check the convenient website links below for complete calendars, subscribe to email lists of theaters near you, and see the "Kids Guide Calendar" for featured family events.


Alliance Repertory Theatre Company
Mondo, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-472-1502
    Professional theatre presents Sept. to July season. Student discounts.

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.

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.
National Theatre Live
Live and encore productions of the National Theatre broadcast to theatres throughout Europe and the U.S. 2pm. $25, members $20.

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.

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.

Brundage Park Playhouse
502 Millbrook Ave., 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.

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 University, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900
    Concerts and special events, jazz series, theater season by professional Centenary Stage Company, family fun series, and Festival of Shows is presented by members of Young Performers Workshops at end of fall, spring and summer sessions. Student rates; student matinees.

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 one production each year. 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.

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. 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 occasional 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. (and Hudson St.), Hoboken, 201-216-8934
    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. and Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm. Children's summer theatre camp.

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 classes and 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
Exit 82 Studio Theater, 73 Main St., Toms River
          Community theatre presents three shows annually.

Farmstead Arts
450 King George Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-636-7576
    A center for fine, performing and practical arts located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead is home to the Lord Stirling Theater Company and also presents concerts, lectures, art shows, special events, and art classes for children to adults.

Florham Park Jerry Gibson Memmorial Youth Summer Theater
Ridgedale School Theatre
71 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-377-9078
    Community theater sponsors Jerry Gibson Memorial Youth Summer Theater, a summer theater experience for teens ages 13-19.

4th Wall Theatre
Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield, 973-996-8484
    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. Visit website for locations while theater is under construction.

The Garage Theatre Group
Becton Theatre, FDU Campus, 960 River Rd., Teaneck
    Professional artists present Oct.-May season focusing on plays in development for off-Broadway and regional productions. Youth and adult conservatory productions and summer camps for youth.

George Street Playhouse
103 College Farm Rd., 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 Children's Theatre of New Jersey
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, 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, Hampton, 800-447-7313
    Dinner theater presents musical reviews, light-hearted comedies, annual holiday revue and summer musical.

Jersey City Theatre Center
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave. (2nd floor of the Monaco Lock Building), Jersey City, 201-795-5386
    Sept. to June season focuses on a global theme and includes related art shows, artist talks, theater, dance, readings and other performances. JCTC Kids provides professional theater and other arts programming for children, including productions of classic fairy tales by Puppetworks, the JCTC resident marionette company.

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, professional theater, Holocaust Resource Center events, family shows and on school time performances (908-737-4349). Premiere Stages offers summer theater, children's theater series and performing arts camps. Student rates; subscriptions. See Music & Dance and Film below for more events in the new season.

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.

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 rush tickets are available 30 min. before showtime (valid ID required).

Music Mountain Theatre
1483 Route 179, Lambertville, 609-397-3337
             Non-profit theater presents main stage, children's theatre and special events in a 250-seat performing arts center. Theatre school for all ages and levels.

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.

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 and special events. Education programs include student matinees, touring shows, theater classes, summer camps, group tours, in-school residencies, internships and professional development. See Music & Dance for additional events.

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.

Montclair State University Peak Performances
Alexander Kasser Theater, One Normal Ave., Montclair
Box Office: 973-655-5112; Info: 973-655-3059
    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)
Westminster Arts Center, Bloomfield College
449 Franklin St., 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
    Classical music, dance, world music, R&B, jazz, comedy, speakers, contemporary concerts, theater and family series presented in 2,750-seat Prudential Hall or 500-seat Victoria Theater. See listings under Music & Dance and Film / Speakers below.

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.

Ocean City Music Pier
825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-525-9300.
          Concert hall since 1929 hosts music, pageants, including the Miss New Jersey pageant, theater, children's theater, special events, and Ocean City Pops summer concert series.

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.

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 Saturdays, weekday shows for schools and summer camps. All seats $10, group discounts. Reservations suggested.

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., Budd Lake, 973-691-2100
    Feb.-Dec. season of Broadway and off-Broadway revivals, professional productions of Shakespeare's plays for students, comedians and other performing artists, and children's theater. School time performances; theater classes; summer

Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Rt. 1S, 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 Parks).

Porch Light Studio, Stage & Schools
555 Broad St., Glen Rock, 201-857-3520
    Community theater presents youth and family productions featuring members of the youth performance troupe, cabaret night and special events. Studio classes for youth and adults; summer theater; in-school programs; workshops and mini-camps.

Premiere Stages at Kean University
Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Building
1000 Morris Ave., 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.

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, 118 Lamington Rd.
(Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), Branchburg, 908-725-3420
    Oct.-May season includes theater, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and holiday shows, Youth & Family shows, sensory-friendly shows, 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.

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.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University,
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. 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.
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 are free.

Shea Center for Performing Arts–WPLive
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne
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.

ShowKids Invitational Theatre (SKIT)
Shows at Voorhees High School, 256 County Rd. 513
Glen Gardner, 908-638-5959
    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), Hillsborough, 908-369-7469
    Year round community theater staged in a 1900's two-room schoolhouse.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787
    Intimate 415-seat theater presents performances year round by major artists in music, comedy and dance, kids 'n family events, school time performances, performances by the Seton Hall University Arts Council, and theater productions by American Theater Group, SOPAC's professional company in residence.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469
    Full schedule of live music, Broadway, dance, symphony, film, variet and family events. Student matinees, artist-in residence program and professional development workshops for teachers. For education programs, call 732-247-7200, ext. 534 or visit the Education website. See Music & Dance for more events and visit website for added shows.
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 children's theater featuring actors from the Pebble Players youth theater program.

The Strollers
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.

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
Curtain time 1:30 & 3:30pm. Musicals $12, non-musicals $8.

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.

Surflight Theatre
201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-9477
    Professional Mainstage and children's theater all summer, comedy and music concert series, and December holiday shows. Individual tickets and subscriptions available. Show Place Broadway Ice Cream Parlour next door.

The Theater Project
Cranford, Union and Maplewood locations, 908-809-8865
    Mainstage productions focus on new or lesser-known plays, hosts staged readings, playwrights group, sponsors annual Young Playwrights Competition for students ages 13-18, youth improv classes and summer musical theater workshop.
          Monthly Staged Readings, 2pm Saturdays at Cranford Community Center.

Theatreworks USA
    Creator and producer of professional theater for young audiences tours throughout the U.S. Touring productions and presentations, residencies and workshops available. Enter your zipcode on "Class Trips" on the Theatreworks website to find local performances.

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
    Contemporary and classical music, dance, theater, films, variety, family and sensory-friendly events are presented in two venues—one, an elegant, restored 1334-seat 1928 vaudeville and silent movie theater, and the second, the 199-seat Hamilton Stage. Intimate concerts, jazz and readings are held upstairs in the Loft at UCPAC.
Sensory-Friendly Family Series
Live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and other special needs.

Villagers Theater
Franklin Township 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.

Westfield Community Players
1000 North Ave. W., Westfield
Box Office: 908-232-1221, 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.

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; year round educational programs for young people, adults and teachers.

film & speaker series

Consult website links below for new events.

Bickford Theatre Film Series
At the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3706

Count Basie Theatre Cinema Society
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000
    Cinema Society screens films from Hollywood blockbusters to groundbreaking documentaries. Annual memberships; free summer film series.

The Drew Forum
The Concert Hall at Drew University
Lancaster Rd., Madison, 973-408-3176
    Annual speaker series Sept.-May features renowned world leaders, opinion shapers and scholars from a variety of fields. The new season is announced in 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
  STEM Auditorium, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469
    Award-winning modern foreign films are shown Sundays at 3pm. $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.

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787

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, 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.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1-800-ALLEGRO
    Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra.

Shea Center for Performing Arts
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371
    Visit website for Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series.

South Orange Performing Arts Center
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, 973-313-2787
    La Cinematheque Film Club screens classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers in the Loft at SOPAC.

State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469
    Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra. See listing under Indoor Entertainment-Movies for annual free summer movies.