Saturday, May 25, 2013

Growing Stage announces ambitious 2013-14 schedule

Here is The Growing Stage - The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, 2013 – 2014 season schedule:

"SHREK THE MUSICAL" opens the 32nd season and is the first New Jersey premiere running September 27th, Fridays at 7:30 P.M., Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 4:00 P.M.  The production is based winning DreamWorks film that started it all with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. The show brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.  In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.  Full of all-new songs,great dancing and breathtaking scenery, "SHREK THE MUSICAL" is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

Back by Popular Demand, is "RUDOLPH the RED-NOSED REINDEER," running November 22, 2013.  It tells the timeless story of a true misfit who transforms into a beloved hero.  Set in a magical, holiday world in and around the North Pole, and populated by endearing characters –from a talking snowman to flying reindeer – our production will feature Johnny Marks’ well-known Christmas songs and the enduring Christmas spirit of the television special, adapted by Robert Penola, which has been seen by over one billion people since 1964.

In 2014, the World Premiere of "THE SECRET LIFE OF HUBIE HARTZEL" by Susan Rowan Masters graces the Palace stage,opening February 7, 2014.  This story is about the perils of life in fifth grade. Humor helps to lighten this radio-style entertainment for all ages as Hubie deals with his problems. He’s failing school, he’s stuck with an impossible older sister, his beloved family cat is sick, and he’s the target of Ralph Marruci, class bully. But he has an escape – daydreaming. He imagines himself a prizefighter and draws caricatures in class of his teachers, family and friends.

Everyone, that is, but the new art teacher—he has a crush on her! Unfortunately, Hubie’s attempts at coping with life backfire, and he winds up in more trouble than before. When the perfect plan for revenge on Marruci blows up in his face, Hubie finds the courage to stand up to the bully and do the right thing.... Fridays at 7:30 P.M, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 P.M.  This stage presentation is through March 2nd, Fridays at 7:30 P.M, Saturday and Sunday.

The final main stage show of the season and second New Jersey premiere is "KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL" running April 18 and a special opening night performance.
Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. But throw adventure, song and dancing laundry into the mix and you get an instant children's classic! Six-time Emmy Award winner Mo Willems teams up with Grammy Award–winning composer Michael Silversher to create this heart-warming and hilarious musical. Based on the beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, "KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL"  follows Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny on a trip to the laundromat.

The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand.  This brilliant true-to-life tale is the epitome of children's theatre, the story itself already proclaimed a "kid favorite." The perfect show for a family-friendly outing, "KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL" offers a great opportunity to showcase wacky characters and outrageous technical...through May 18th, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 P.M. and at 7:30 P.M.  The story: girl loves stuffed animal.

The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors.  2013-2014 Season Ticket Packages go on sale June 1, reservation or order a ticket package, visit or contact the Growing Stage Box Office at (973) 347-4946 or e-mail at  Group rates and Birthday Party packages available.

The Growing Stage-The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is a non-profit professional performing arts center dedicated to theatre for young audiences. A member theatre of the Association of Actor’s Equity,that provides opportunity for all to learn and grow through participation in the arts.

The GS is located in the historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey.

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