The Bridgewater Library will be open 9-5 p.m. on Monday 2/15/2016 – President’s Day.
THEATER @ THE LIBRARY: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - A selection of scenes Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Get ready for SCLSNJ's Bee Spectacular -- a county-wide Scripps Spelling Bee on March 4 -- with live performances of select scenes from the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" by the East Brunswick Community Players/Playhouse 22. Watch as an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.
Baby Times, Toddler Times, Pajama Times and Storytimes continue this week then will be off next week and resume on March 1st. On February 29th we have a special Music & Movement program – registration required.
Click HERE to register for any of these programs.
Around the Community:
NEW AT THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM
WHEN: Monday, February 15, 10am-3pm
WHERE: State Theatre New Brunswick, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
The State Theatre’s popular Family Day festival returns. The annual event is a great place for kids and their families to spend the Presidents Day holiday, with performances, games, hands-on workshops, exhibits, and more, stretching across four venues in and around the State Theatre. It’s a jam-packed day of fun for the entire family!
Headlining this year’s Family Day is Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia and their delightful trio of stories by Eric Carle, including everyone’s favorite,The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The stories leap from the page and onto the stage with beautiful black-light puppetry.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
WHEN: Mon, February 15, 2016 at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm
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There are plenty of free activities, too, including:
- Kids rock group Brady Rymer & The Little Band that Could
- Philadelphia Zoo: “Who’s Who at the Zoo”
- Drum Circle – Everybody join in!
- Hands-on dance and theater workshops
- Photo booth
- Coloring station
- Face paintin
- Balloon animals
- and lots more!
WHEN: February 12th through 21st with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM
WHERE: Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS: FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children.
To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.growingstage.comor contact the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.
Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.
The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is proud to present the world premiere production of the winner of their 2015 New Play-Reading Festival.
THE BOOK OF D introduces us to D, a young outcast, who escapes into a world of stories. He keeps a book, The Book of D, to grapple with the tough things in his life — his parents’ divorce, his lack of friends, and the reasons for everything. When he makes a new friend, Blu, who introduces him to Greek mythology, friendship becomes a new story for D to write.
Enhance your theatergoing experience with pre and post show-activities.
- Join us Opening Weekend February 12th through the 14thfor post-show talkback sessions with the playwright and creative team.
- Also, a special pre-show writing workshop with playwright, Cody Daigle-Orians on Saturday, February 20th.
American Pride Laser Spectacular Children's Theatre Monday, February 15, 11:00AM and 1:30PM Celebrate Presidents' Day and America's unquenchable spirit of innovation, discovery, and exploration with the American Pride Laser Spectacular, an exciting musical and laser extravaganza that touches on several US historical highlights featuring pop/rock and patriotic music. Presented by Prismatic Magic. Tickets: $10 Members; $12 Non-Members.get tickets
Presidents' Day Studio Art Workshops Monday, February 15
Looking for a creative activity for your kids this Presidents' Day? Sign them up for one of our studio art workshops! All courses are $40 for Members and $45 for Non-members. Advanced registration is required.
Patriotic Wire-and-Yarn People 9:30AM - 12:00PM Ages 8-12+
Page o' Comics 10:00AM - 12:30PM Ages 6-11+
A Day with Warhol 1:00 - 3:30PM Ages 8-14+ learn more
Dr. Seuss Family Festival Saturday, February 27, 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. Mix up a batch of Oobleck, enjoy readings by the Cat in the Hat, or craft a pet from the new Seuss book What Pet Would You Get. Plus, two showings of the hilarious play Seussology in the Theatre. learn more
Theater Triebwerk’s production of
MOBY DICK IMAGE: A scene from Theater Triebwerk’s production of Moby Dick. Photos courtesy of Theater Triebwerk
WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, at noon and 7 p.m.
WHERE: Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.
ADMISSION: $10 for noon performances and $25 for 7 p.m. shows.
Tickets are xTo purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are available for most performances.
The production, recommended for audience members age 14 and older, is part of RVCCArts’ Tuesdays with Stories series.
Set sail for a whale of a tale with young sailor Ishmael, first mate Starbuck, and Captain Ahab as they voyage across the seven seas in search of the legendary white whale Moby Dick. Three gifted actors use their bodies, ever-switching hats, and a variety of musical instruments to create excitement and suspense. A double bass and cello creatively depict everything from the creaking of the ship’s oars, to the moaning of the hull, to the elusive whale himself.
Brimming over with music, wit, and imagination, Moby Dick has been hailed by The New York Times as "a luminous and engrossing" theatrical event.
Anyone interested in learning more about the presentation is invited to read Moby Dick by Herman Melville before or after attending the show.
The 2015-2016 Tuesdays with Stories series is a unique way to experience great American stories. Performances include a discussion as well as light refreshments. For further information, visitwww.raritanval.edu.
Dinosaurs, Rocks, Minerals and Volcanoes take center stage at the Children’s Museum on Saturday February 20th from 10AM to 3PM at The PeopleCare Center, 120 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater. Activities will include Dino fossils, Dino puppets, Dino 3D puzzles, a Rock and Mineral Quiz, colorful kid-sized volcanoes, an audio-kinetic sculpture by George Rhodes (Odyssey of the Spheres), and much more! Suggested donation is $3 per child.
Disney FANTASIA: Live In Concert
A live event that combines classical music with two beloved Disney movies! The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling, accompanies scenes from the animated feature films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ted Sperling share Disney's crown jewels of animation, FantasiaandFantasia 2000, highlighting a selection of its magnificent repertoire, including Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite. Other iconic moments from Disney's stunning footage is shown in high-definition on the big screen, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral"). For performance details, clickhere.
New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents
THE 19th ANNUAL STAGES FESTIVAL
The state’s largest celebration of theatre with FREE and discounted tickets to over 85 professional performances, workshops, and events throughout New Jersey in March 2016.
WHEN: starts February 27th and runs through March
WHERE: theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, hospitals, and other community venues throughout the state
ADMISSION: free of charge or at significantly discounted rates
New Jersey Theatre Alliance and its partners and funders are pleased to present the 19th annual Stages Festival (Stages), a statewide, month-long festival of theatre offering over 85 theatre performances and programs for children and adultsfree of charge or at significantly discounted rates. Events will take place at theatres, arts centers, libraries, schools, hospitals, and other community venues throughout the state.Most events require registration. For a full listing of events, program details, and registration information visit stagesfestival.org. (Top: Performance at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey during the 2015 Stages Festival—returning to New Jersey in March 2016! Photo by Ruth Zamoyta; Above Right: Performance at Passage Theatre in Trenton. Photo by Jerry Dalia)
Thanks to Ruth Ross of NJArtsMaven.com for many of these listings.
LET YOUR FINGERS DO MORE WALKING:
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