Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Theatre at RVCC to present a series of plays for children and families

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg will offer local youngsters the opportunity to see live performances right in their own neighborhood. 

The Theatre’s 2011-2012 season will feature two series specially designed for families with children: the Sampler Series, for younger children and their families, and the Family Series, designed for families with older children.

This year’s Family Series offers a wonderful variety of performances, from the challenges of homelessness depicted in Danny King of the Basement, to the crazy circus antics of Aga-Boom, to the mystery and excitement of Zorro.
Tickets to the Theatre’s 2011-2012 Family Series performances cost $25 each. 

The series will feature the following presentations:

Danny King of the Basement (Roseneath Theatre),Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m.(Recommended for ages 8 and older)
Danny and his mom are constantly on the move, struggling to evade homelessness and overcome poverty. Despite the adversity he faces, Danny inspires all he meets with his positivity, generosity and humor.

Shape of a Girl (Green Thumb Theatre),Friday, December 2, at 7 p.m.(Recommended for ages 11 and older)
Braidie has seen some shocking behavior from her peers. For years her best friend has inflicted cruel and painful harassment on another classmate. If Braidie stands by and lets it happen, is she also guilty?

Aga-Boom, Saturday, February 11, at 2 & 7 p.m. (Recommended for the entire family)
The three former stars of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria juggle, stilt-walk and pratfall their way through paper pandemonium. The performance offers outrageous zaniness, leading to a blizzard of unrestrained laughter that never ends.

Zorro (Visible Fictions), Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. (Recommended for ages 8 and older)
A mysterious figure has come to town featuring a flurry of cape, a glint of sword and a flash of mask. Who is this baffling character, and is he an exciting friend or formidable foe?

Mur-Mur (“The Wall”; DynamO Theatre),Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. (Recommended for ages 8 and older)
Mur-Murdepicts the friendship between two teenage couples and a pesky, incorrigible younger brother. With humor and innocence, these five characters are swept up in an air-bound acrobatic ballet.

The Theatre at RVCC’s 2011-2012 Sampler Series is designed for young children and their families. The following performances will be presented at 1 & 3:30 p.m.:

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Dallas Children’s Theatre), Sunday, October 30 (Recommended for ages 5 and older);$10 & $12
Mufaro’s daughters travel through a jungle and across a river to meet the king, who is seeking a wife. During their journey the girls encounter a number of situations that test them.

Princess and the Pea (Matthias Kuchta),Sunday, November 13 (Recommended for ages 4 and older); $12
Expert puppeteer Matthias Kuchta presents another version of the thought-provoking tale, which will be enjoyed by adults as much as children.

Junie B. Jones (TheatreworksUSA),Saturday, November 26, JP Case Middle School, 301 Case Blvd., Flemington (Recommended for ages 4 and older); $12
Junie B. Jones is finally ready for first grade. But getting used to a new group of friends, a new teacher and new glasses is challenging—even for Junie B.

Twinkle Twonkle (Tall Stories),Saturday, March 3(Recommended for ages 4 and older); $10 & $12

One of England’s most prized children’s theatre companies presents a sparkling new show inspired by Mother Goose’s most beloved nursery rhymes and the science of our solar system.

Gizmo Guys, Sunday, April 1 (Recommended for ages 4 and older); $10 & $12
The Gizmo Guys are much more than a comedy juggling act. Their original routines, quick-witted verbal repartee and world-class juggling skills offer a light-hearted approach to the art.

For the eighth year in a row, Courier News readers voted The Theatre at RVCC as the “Best of the Best” in 2011 in the “Theater” category.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at A variety of subscribers’ packages are available for all Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances.

RVCC’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 40 years, the College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. RVCC @ Bridgewater, located at 14 Vogt Drive, offers technical, trade, credit and non-credit courses.
The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit

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