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The State Theatre’s school-day matinees are a great introduction to the performing arts and an effective, creative way to explore a variety of curriculum areas. They help students meet the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards—not only in the arts, but in the other content areas as well. To help connect the performance to your classroom activities, we provide specially-designed Keynotes, a study guide containing background on the performance and artists; classroom activities that engage students in reading, writing, listening, analyzing, and creating; resources for further study; and information for students about their roles and responsibilities as members of the audience.

To order education events or for more information call 732-246-7469, ext. 545.
Education Events are not available through the State Theatre Ticket Office.

The Okee Dokee Brothers

State Theatre @ Crossroads
Monday, November 17, 2014, 10:00am & 12:00pm
Venue: Crossroads Theatre
Program Length: 60 minutes
For Students in Grades: 2-6
All Seats:$8

Winners of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Children's Album, the Okee Dokee Brothers put their passion for the natural world at the heart of their music, using their outdoor adventures—hiking the Appalachian Trail, exploring the Rocky Mountains, and canoeing down the mighty Mississippi River—as the source of their inspiration. The four-member band, featuring Justin on banjo and Joe on guitar, performs original music with a distinctive American folk/bluegrass flavor. Join the Okee Dokee Brothers on a fun-filled musical camping trip!


Curriculum connections: music, social studies, earth science, language arts

Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet
Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30am
Venue: State Theatre
Program Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes
For Students in Grades: 4-12
All Seats:$10

If you are a parent or family of one of the performers, please call 732-246-7469, ext. 545 to purchase tickets for this performance.

In this classic holiday ballet, the gift of a beautiful nutcracker brings young Clara astonishing dreams of battling mice, enchanted forests, and the exotic Land of Sweets. Set to Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, Nutcracker boasts spectacular costumes and scenic effects, inventive choreography, and a cast of more than one hundred performers! The American Repertory Ballet’s full-length production is a perfect introduction to the beauty and narrative power of dance.  Photo by George Jones.


Curriculum connections: dance, physical education, music, theater arts, language arts, visual arts

Stella, Queen of the Snow

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Monday, February 02, 2015, 10:00am & 12:00pm
Venue: State Theatre
Program Length: 60 minutes
For Students in Grades: Pre-K-2
All Seats:$8

Based on the award-winning children's book series by Marie-Louise Gay, Stella, Queen of the Snow tells the endearing story of two children who spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs, snow angels, and the mysterious white stuff itself provide fuel for Sam's questions and Stella's answers as they discover the world of winter together. From the company that created The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites comes this brand-new production featuring whimsical puppets, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music.

Curriculum connections: theater arts, earth science, interpersonal skills

Black Violin

Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 10:30am
Venue: State Theatre
Program Length: 75 minutes
For Students in Grades: 6-12
All Seats:$8

Classically-trained virtuoso violinist/violists Kev Marcus and Wil B—the dynamic duo known as Black Violin—are boundary-defying performers who merge classical, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B into an electrifying style all their own. Joined by turntable whiz DJTK and drummer Beatdown, they smash musical stereotypes to get young people fired up about classical music. As they enthrall fans of Bach, Beyoncé, and beyond, Black Violin also offer positive messages about believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams.



This engagement of Black Violin is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program
of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Curriculum connections: music

A Midsummer Night's Dream

American Repertory Ballet
Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:30am
Venue: State Theatre
Program Length: 2 hours
For Students in Grades: 4-12
All Seats:$10

American Repertory Ballet's new full-length ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, brings to life the interweaving tales of cunning fairies, quarreling lovers, and a hilariously inept amateur acting troupe—whose paths all cross in an enchanted forest. Shakespeare's beloved comedy is told entirely through dance, with an enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn and choreography by the company's Artistic Director, Douglas Martin.

Curriculum connections: dance, physical education, music, theater arts, language arts, visual art

Scrap•Arts•Music

Friday, March 27, 2015, 10:30am
Venue: State Theatre
Program Length: 75 minutes
For Students in Grades: 4-12
All Seats:$8

Founded by a percussion virtuoso with a talent for welding and a commitment to recycling and a designer with a passion for spectacle, Scrap•Arts•Music is a one-of-a-kind combination of intricate rhythms, raw energy, athletic choreography, and the greenest, most inventive reuse of materials on stage today. The group performs on more than 140 invented instruments crafted from industrial scrap—ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells. They deliver an adrenaline-laced power-percussion performance rooted in street performance, jazz, and world music.


Curriculum connections: music, visual arts, dance, physical education, environmental science, theater arts

Mayhem Poets

Monday, April 13, 2015, 10:30am
Venue: State Theatre
Program Length: 75 minutes
For Students in Grades: 7-12
All Seats:$8

With words, humor, and extreme hip-hop energy, the Mayhem Poets raise poetry to a playful and powerful new level. Witty and wise, they boldly engage the audience with the issues that rock our world—from Dr. Seuss to school to fast food. Their clever, eclectic riffs are as much Mad Magazine and The Simpsons as Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. Home-grown in New Jersey but rapidly gaining international recognition, these beat-boxing bards keep the rapid-fire rhythms flying in a clever concert of words that will inspire students with the power of poetic/theatrical expression.


Curriculum connections: language arts, social studies, theater arts

Lifeboat

State Theatre @ Crossroads
Tuesday, May 05, 2015, 10:00am & 12:00pm
Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 10:00am & 12:00pm
Venue: Crossroads Theatre
Program Length: 60 minutes
For Students in Grades: 3-8
All Seats:$8

Lifeboat is a story of courage, survival, and enduring friendship. It chronicles the extraordinary true tale of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, two 15-year-old girls who embarked on a voyage to Canada to escape the bombing raids over England during World War II. Four days into the crossing, their ship was torpedoed and sank. Bess and Beth spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat, willing each other to survive. In this acclaimed production by Scotland's Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, two versatile actors play all the characters in the story.


Curriculum connections: social studies, theater arts

Cuentos:Tales from the Latino World

David Gonzalez
Thursday, May 28, 2015, 10:00am & 12:00pm
Friday, May 29, 2015, 10:00am & 12:00pm
Venue: Crossroads Theatre
Program Length: 60 minutes
For Students in Grades: K-2
All Seats:$8

Master storyteller and musician David Gonzalez paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and even the Bronx! David's stories are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots, and positive messages. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the performance in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning. A live musician provides and evocative soundscape to enhance this delightful program.


Curriculum connections: world languages, language arts, social studies, theater arts, interpersonal skills

To order education events or for more information call 732-246-7469, ext. 545.

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