Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The 2018 Stages Festival Calendar is Here

The Stages Festival March 1-31, 2018


Please visit to search 90+ performances, readings, workshops, camp samplers, and special theatre events all across New Jersey throughout the month of March. 85% of the events are FREE, and the rest run from $2 to $20.

Bring your family and your friends to experience the quality, inspiration, and richness that New Jersey's professional theatres have to offer. Every March, The Stages Festival offers free and discounted performances, workshops, play readings, and behind-the-scenes events for all ages. Events are presented by professional Equity theatres; some take place at their theatres, and some take place in libraries, community centers, performing arts houses, schools, and more.

Pop Culture and American Theatre: past present, and future

Tuesday, March 20 at 7pm

Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton
On the fringes of pop culture, and often giving a platform for “unpopular” voices, theatre has nonetheless infiltrated and been infiltrated by its force. This panel discussion among leadership from four of the state’s top professional theatres will explore the tension and the harmony between theatre and pop culture.

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Mile Square PlayGround: The Forest by Lia Romeo

Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30pm

Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken
In The Forest, by Hoboken playwright Lia Romeo, Juliet is losing her marriage. Her mother, Pam, is losing her mind. And there’s a mysterious forest growing in and around their living room.

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Mi Casa Tu Casa

Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00pm

Newark Public Library, North End Branch, Newark
A bilingual blend of music and folktales for the entire family. Una mezcla bilingüe de música y cuentos para toda la familia. Los musicos y cuentistas serán sus guías en este viaje a travós del tiempo, lugares y la imaginación.

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The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm

Cape May Elementary School, Cape May
After ten hours of rehearsal in seven days, 22 fifth- and sixth-grade students will perform an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s American classic, complete with costumes, props, and sets, as they bring Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West, Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow, and other characters to life.

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New Jersey Women Playwrights Showcase of New Work: Wish Bone by Phoebe Farber

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm

Jersey City Theatre Center, Jersey City
Wish Bone is set in a small town in Virginia whose main industry is a poultry processing plant. the play explores our capacity for cruelty and the choices we make to close our eyes to the suffering of others.

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Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, March 22 at 6:00pm

Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library, Manahawkin
This tantalizing version of the classic Russian folk tale, Peter and The Wolf, brings together all the elements of growing up – daring, defiance, confidence, and courage. An exquisite setting on the edge of a forest captures the carefree colors of childhood while Prokofiev’s classical music reflects the ups and downs of the day as the story unfolds.

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Get Jigging With Us: Irish Step Dancing Night

Thursday, March 22 at 7:00pm

Two River Theater, Red Bank
Gear up for Two River's upcoming production of Dancing at Lughnasa with an Irish Step Dancing lesson held right here in our lobby! The Jig Factory Irish Dance School will perform a couple dance numbers and teach all in attendance a series of traditional dance steps. Afterward we invite you to stick around to enjoy traditional Irish tea time treats and live music by The Kilkenny Cats trio. No dance experience required. All are welcome!

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Friday, March 23 at 7:00pm

Stony Brook Elementary School, Pennington 
Schoolhouse Rock, Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.

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A Cinderella Tale … Happily Ever After

Friday, March 23 at 12:00pm

Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library, Jackson
A Cinderella Tale takes young audiences on that sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always
compelling journey fueled by inner beauty, courage, and kindness as they triumph over greed and

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Healing Voices OnStage: Caregiver Stories

Friday, March 23 at 7pm

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown
Join the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Premiere Stages, and Writers Theatre of New Jersey for a free evening of theatre highlighting the caregiving experience. Now in its third year at the Bickford Theatre, the project weaves together short works of prose, poetry, and dramatic monologues/scenes by personal and professional caregivers into an original theatrical piece, and has expanded to incorporate submissions by those receiving care as well as providing it.

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Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Speckled Band - Radio-Style!

Friday, March 23 at 7:00pm

Oakland Public Library, Oakland
ELTC invites you to be part of our "radio audience" when they perform this famous mystery with live sound effects and commercials, and actors portraying several roles to make the tale come to life.

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Boy Sees Flying Saucer

March 23-25

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, Netcong
"A flying saucer came down and took my bike," he says and the adventure begins! What Bobby doesn't expect is the arrival of a "mystery man" and the revelations that unfold! Bobby has to decide whether to continue the "fib" or confess the truth.

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Sample Summer Camp Day:Level 1 (Grades 2-4) Creative Drama

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