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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pushcart Players' all new musical 'Celebrating New Jersey!'


Pushcart Players, the Verona, based professional theater company for young audiences, has released information about its new season of theater productions and arts in education programs for schools, performing arts centers and community centers throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area.

In honor of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary in 2014, Pushcart has written an all new musical entitled “Celebrating New Jersey!” It is scheduled to open in January 2014 and will be available throughout the year, giving Pushcart the chance to celebrate its own 40th anniversary season while also honoring New Jersey’s 350.

This theater piece uses the art of story telling to reach across more than three centuries, linking young viewers to their past.

Beyond serving as a salute to New Jersey, “Celebrating New Jersey” provides a source of understanding and inspiration for young people in viewing their role in both New Jersey’s and America’s future.

“It is the perfect assembly program to provide arts enrichment, history enhancement and a joyful overview of New Jersey’s earliest beginnings,” says Pushcart Artistic Director, Ruth Fost of North Caldwell. “There is a full segment on Thomas Alva Edison, along with story theater at its best — highlighting the arrival of the first settlers, the fight for freedom in the American Revolution, the struggle to end slavery in the Civil War and glimpses of the many people and events that helped make New Jersey the Great Garden State “Celebrating New Jersey” is sure to delight young audiences with its captivating story, music and choreography; its innovative sets, costumes and props.“

In addition to “Celebrating New Jersey” many other Pushcart productions will be available during various times during the 2013-14 school year. These include “Peter and The Wolf” and “Red Riding Hood and Other Stories” in October and November; “A Season of Miracles”– a classic multi-cultural holiday show, available in November and December; “Happily Ever After…A Cinderella Tale” and “Let Freedom Ring” from January through April; “Cuentos del Arbol”– a bilingual musical” and “Stone Soup & Other Stories” from March thru June. “The Last…Butterfly”– an introduction to Holocaust education will have limited availability throughout the year. Selections may be viewed by clicking on Theatre Programs or by downloading the brochure on the Pushcart website at www.pushcartplayers.org.

Pushcart productions provide young audiences with an introduction to theater and the arts along with lessons rich in character development and human values. All presentations are accompanied by a study guide for teachers and a question and answer session with the cast is available immediately following a performance.

Representatives from schools and other sponsors of theater and arts in education programming interested in previewing or booking a performance or arts workshop should call “Pushcart” at (973) 857-1115 or email Pushcart at information@pushcartplayers.org

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