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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.

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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 online.

2017-2018 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, subscribe to email lists of theaters near you, and see "Hot Picks" for new season announcements.

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The Acting Space
Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St., Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-275-2699.
      The Acting Space holds classes out of the Barrow Mansion in the historic district of Jersey City. We are a boutique premier performing arts acting school providing the highest quality theater education to kids, teens and adults in a fun, safe, and creative environment. During our summer camps, we produce and perform a variety of Disney's and other musical plays, improv acting and Broadway singing. Students will master musical theater and acting techniques while building self-confidence in a collaborative learning environment. We also offer in-school, after-school and other summertime programs and accept everyone at any level. Our expert faculty has vast professional experience in acting, singing, and dancing for theater, musical theater, film, and TV, with advanced degrees from the top schools.

Alliance Repertory Theatre Company
Performances at Mondo, 426 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ 07901, 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
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.
2017-18 Children's Theatre
Performances at 11am & 3pm. $12, members $10. Combo ticket plus museum admssion, $15. Three-series subscription $24. Recommended for ages 3-9.
Oct 28
          Mad Science.
Nov 9-10
          Dikki's Wacky Magic Show. Thurs. at 11:00am and Fri. at 3:00pm.
          Schoolhouse Rock.

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
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.

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 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 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.

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. (& 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. 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 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 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
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.

The Garage Theatre Group
Bergen County, gtgshowtime@gmail.com. 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. Visit website link for updates on locating new performance space.

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 in the new season.
Selected Theatre Events
Dec 10

          All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, the story of thousands of men who put down their weapons, left the trenches and met their enemies for a Christmas Day truce. They exchanged gifts, sang songs and buried each other's dead, but upon orders resumed fighting the next day. Music and text taken from letters, journals and war documents.

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.
Kelsey Kids Events
Performances at 2 & 4pm. Adults $12, srs. & children $10.
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).

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, 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.

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
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.

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.
Sep 16
          Gymnastics Expo featuring Nastia Liukin & Shawn Johnson. 9am & 2pm.

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
Performances at 10am. Selected shows are sensory friendly offering a comfortable, judgment-free theater environment for all families. Audience guides are available to download online
2017-2018 Season
Sep 28-Oct 29

          The Honeymooners, world premiere musical with television characters Ralph, Alice, Ed and Trixie.
Nov 22-Dec 31
          Annie,
family musical.
Jan 24-Feb 18
          The Outsider,
funny and timely commentary on modern American politics.
Mar 29-Apr 29
          The Sting, A New Musical.
New musical stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film that starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman.
May 31-July 1
          Half Time, A New Musical.
East Coast premiere of an uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team.

Paper Moon Puppet Theatre
First Avenue Playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716, 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.
May 4-21
           Fixed, by David Lee White.

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.

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).

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, cabaret night and special events. Studio classes for youth and adults; summer theater; school programs; workshops and mini-camps.

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.

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 intimate theatre series, Youth & Family Series, 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 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.
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.

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.

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), Hillsborough, 908-369-7469. Year round community theater staged in a 1900's 2-room schoolhouse.

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.
2017-2018 Kids' 'n Family Series
Oct 21
          Sleeping Beauty, the tale of a beautiful princess, an enchantment and a handsome prince comes to life on stage. King Humphrey and Queen Bea are so delighted at the birth of their daughter, Aurora, that they throw the biggest party the kingdom has ever seen. When they forget to invite the land's most powerful sorceress, Vestra, their happiness soon turns to grief. A spell is cast that puts Aurora to sleep, until the magic of true love revives her, and the entire kingdom comes back to life. 2pm. $20.
Nov 18
          Snow White, Snow White takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as "the fairest in the land," and Snow White's beauty surpasses her own. One day while the dwarfs are at their mine, the Queen arrives at the cottage disguised as an old peddler woman and persuades Snow White to bite into a poisoned apple. Only true loves kiss can break the spell and bring Snow White back to life. 2pm. $18.
Dec 8-9
          
American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker, brings the beloved classic to the stage with Tchaikovsky's score, new sets, choreography, and a cast of over 100 performers. Directed by ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB's professional company will be joined by students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl and how a mysterious gift brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. Dec. 8 at 7pm; Dec. 9 at 2 & 7pm. Adults $30, children $25.
Jan 12
          
Mark Nizer 4D...the only live 3D show in the world, comedic antics and expertly crafted juggling feats.
Feb 10

          Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales, once again Jack finds himself up the wrong beanstalk...in order to hold the Giant at bay, he distracts him with familiar fairy tales that have a unique twist. Jack spins old tales with new treatments such as the tortoise racing a hair-growing hare, Little Red Running Shorts, Cinderumplestiltskin, and a couple of princesses who kiss frogs and sleep on peas. 2pm. Children $18, adults $25.
Mar 24

          Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, favorite childhood storybooks come to life with bunny banter, whimiscal puppetry, and dream-like imagery. 2pm. Children $20, adults $25.
Apr 7
          
Treasure Island, a fun-filled yarn of piracy and buried treasure. Jim Hawkins, cabin boy on the sailing ship "Hispaniola," is drawn into this action-packed story full of unsavory characters, including the infamous Long John Silver, who leads a scramble for buried treasure on an exotic isle. The greedy mutineers fight each other for treasure as friendships come unraveled, and new alliances are formed. Good ultimately triumphs, but not without lots of twists and turns. 2pm. $20.
May 18
          The Gruffalo. Based on the much loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Tall Stories' The Gruffalo is an enchanting production of songs, laughter, and physical theater. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood in search of hazelnuts, meeting the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake on the way. 2pm. Children $20, adults $25.

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. See Music & Dance for more events and visit website for added shows.
2017-2018 Theatre Series
Oct 13-15
          Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons.
Dec 22-24
          The Sound of Music, beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family.
Feb 9-10
          Cinderella, production of the Tony Award®-winning musical.
Mar 23-25
          
Motown the Musical, true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from feather-weight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul.
Apr 6-7
          
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, tells the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way.
May 4-5
          
The Wizard of Oz, travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends.
May 18-19
          
Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff's Tony®-winning musical.
2017-2018 Selected Family Events
Oct 22
          
Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook, double feature presents two tales from children's illustrator Anita Jeram. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's production features their signature puppetry, along with recorded music, and narration. 1 & 4pm. $15-35.
Nov 15
           
Brain Candy Live!, Adam Savage, former co-host of MythBusters, joins forces with Michael Stevens of YouTube, to bring more than three tons of their crazy toys and tools for an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience. 7-9pm. $35-75.
Nov 17-18
           
National Acrobats & Martial Artists of China, internationally-renowned troupe features over 100 acrobats, magicians, and martial artists, who have appeared with such troupes as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Cirque du Soleil, and the Big Apple Circus. 2 & 8pm. $25-70.
Nov 28
           A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage, 7-8pm. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. $35-55.
Dec 18
          
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, see all the favorite characters from the beloved TV classic. 3 & 6pm.
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.

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. Tickets $8.

Surflight Theatre
Engleside and Beach Aves., Beach Haen, NJ 08008, 609-492-9477. Professional Mainstage and children's theatre all summer, comedy and music concert series, and December holiday shows. Individual tickets and subscriptions available. Show Place Broadway Ice Cream Parlour next door.
Mainstage
Dec 8-17
          Home for the Holidays – A Surflight Celebration!

Surflight Concert Series
Comedy and music on select Monday nights.
Nov 25
          
The New Millenium Jazz Band plays the Sinatra songbook.
Dec 31
          
The Rave-Ons, Todd Meredith and his band plays Buddy Holly and more.

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.

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.

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 on "Class Trip Tickets" at the Theatreworks website to find local performances.

Tri-State Actors Theater
Littell Community Center, 10 Munsonhurst Rd., Franklin, NJ, 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 Family Events
Oct 12-15
          
Skeletons: A Day of the Dead Bedtime Story, lighthearted comedy about a boy, Jimmy, who is dealing with the death of his best friend, his Grandfather. His parents try everything to help but nothing works, until the eve of Day of the Dead when his Grandfather comes back to life for just one night to orchestrate an adventure. Best for ages 7 and up. 10am, 1 & 4pm. $20/15.
Dec 15-18
          
The Rainbow Fish, an adaptation of the award-winning book about a beautiful fish who learns to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry. Best for ages 3 to 7. 11, 1:30 & 3pm. $25 per person.
Mar 6-11, 2018
          A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors. Celebrating its 5th season as one of Two River's most popular programs, A Little Shakespeare engages young artists and audiences alike with the comedic work of the Bard. Last season, 28 students from 12 area high schools participated in this theatrical adventure; do not miss seeing the madcap magic they create this year. Best for ages 9 and up. 2 & 7pm. $20/15.
Apr 20-22, 2018
          
The Young King, a naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be the heir to the kingdom. The Young King is a coming-of-age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership, and compassion. Best for ages 8 and up. 11, 1:30 & 4pm. $25.

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.
Sensory-Friendly Family Series
Live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and other special needs.

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.
2017-2018 Main Stage Season
Oct 6-22
          Equus.
Nov 3-19
          Avenue Q.
Feb 2-18, 2018
          Peter and the Starcatcher.
Mar 23-Apr 15
          Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Jun 8-24
          Hairspray.
2017-2018 KidsVill Theatre
Dec 9-17
          
A Christmas Snow White.
Mar 3-11, 2018
          
Honk Jr.
Black Box Theatre
Jan 12-24, 2018

          The Fantasticks.
May 11-20
          The Understudy.

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.

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.

film & speaker series

Consult website links below for new events.

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.

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. 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
Award-winning modern foreign films are shown Saturdays at 3pm in the STEM Auditorium, 1075 Morris Ave., 908-737-7469.

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 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.
Oct 28
          
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert, the film in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams' unforgettable score. 2 and 7:30pm.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
60 Park Place, 9th floor (admin. office), Newark, 1-800-ALLEGRO. Favorite family films are accompanied by live orchestra.
Oct 28
          
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert, the film in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams' unforgettable score. 2 and 7:30pm. NJPAC.

Shea Center for Performing Arts
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371. 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 free summer movies.