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.
American Repertory Ballet Friday, December 20, 2013, 10:30am Venue: State Theatre Program Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes For Students in Grades: 4-12 All Seats:$10
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, The 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
Carmen in HD
Monday, February 03, 2014, 10:00am Venue: State Theatre Program Length: 3 hours 15 minutes For Students in Grades: 7-12 All Seats:$6
This electrifying production of Carmen, captured live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, is shown full-length in crystal-clear HD on the theater's enormous 46-foot screen. The performance is larger than life in every way, as it presents the story of an ill-fated loved triangle in which a misfit soldier and a charismatic bullfighter both long to possess the free-spirited gypsy, Carmen. Destiny brings all three together in Seville, Spain, and sets them on a course leading to heartbreak and murder. The score includes a string of familiar melodies including Carmen's seductive "Habanera" and the bravura "Toreador Song." Sung in the original French (with English subtitles), Carmen is an ideal introduction to the world of opera.
Curriculum connections: music, world languages, theater arts, dance
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
State Theatre @ Crossroads Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:00am & 12:00pm Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10:00am & 12:00pm Friday, February 21, 2014, 10:00am & 12:00pm Venue: Crossroads Theatre Program Length: 60 minutes For Students in Grades: Pre-K-2 All Seats:$8
At this time, all performances are full. Please contact us about being placed on a waitlist.
Michael Rosen's award-winning children's book (inspired by the popular kids' song) is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in this fun-filled romp from Great Britain. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; follow along with them as they wade through the tall swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river, the oozy squelchy mud, and other obstacles. This highly interactive musical journey presents concepts such as rhyme, repetition, alliteration, and problem solving, and—just as importantly—introduces children to the joys of live theater.
Curriculum connections: theater arts, language arts, music, physical education
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Monday, February 24, 2014, 10:30am Venue: State Theatre Program Length: 75 minutes For Students in Grades: 3-8 All Seats:$8
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing the story of South Africa for more than 50 years. Their music, born in the mines of 19th-century South Africa, has become celebrated across the globe through the group's performances with Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder, and on Broadway, film soundtracks, and their own Grammy Award-winning albums. As South Africa's cultural emissaries at home and around the globe, they travel the world over, spreading the message of peace, love, and harmony. Their a capella music, rooted in the traditional Zulu musical style isicathamiya, features stunning vocal harmonies, mouth percussion, and floating melodies, along with graceful choreography.
Curriculum connections: music, social studies, dance
Eileen Ivers—Beyond the Bog Road
Friday, February 28, 2014, 10:30am Venue: State Theatre Program Length: 75 minutes For Students in Grades: 3-8 All Seats:$8
The story of Irish immigrants in America is one of brilliant transformation from desperate refugees to cultural forces to be reckoned with. Virtuoso Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers—founding member of Cherish the Ladies, original musical star of Riverdance, and lifelong traveler of Ireland's musical paths—brings to life the stories and sounds of Irish immigration in Beyond the Bog Road. The concert showcases how Irish music and dance have integrated with various roots music of North America, Africa, and Europe to create one of the richest cross-fertilizations of folk music styles in the world. Hailed by The New York Times as "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin," Eileen Ivers is a Grammy Award winner who has been recorded on more than 80 albums, performing with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, The Chieftains, and Sting.
Curriculum connections: music, social studies
Monday, March 10, 2014, 10:30am Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 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 MadMagazine 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
Curriculum connections: language arts, social studies, theater arts
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:00am Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 10:00am Thursday, March 20, 2014, 10:00am Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:00am Venue: Crossroads Theatre Program Length: 2 hours 45 minutes For Students in Grades: 7-12 All Seats:$8
What happens when fairies meddle with love? The three interlocking plots of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream reveal the heartbreak, confusion, and foolishness that love brings to mortals and immortals alike. In BAMA Theatre Company's acclaimed production, eight actors magically morph into 22 characters—everything from a duke to a mischievous sprite—all out of one trunk. The company's creative concept brings the complicated plot into sharp focus and makes Shakespeare's poetry crystal clear to modern audiences.
Curriculum connections: theater arts, language arts
Leo Lionni's Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:00am & 12:00pm Venue: State Theatre Program Length: 60 minutes For Students in Grades: Pre-K-3 All Seats:$8
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia transforms three of Leo Lionni's Caldecott Honor books into an enchanting theatrical experience for young children. Swimmy is the story of a tiny fish who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. In Frederick, a poetic mouse makes everyday life an artful experience. Inch by Inch features a lovable inchworm with a knack for measuring absolutely everything. The production incorporates an assortment of innovative puppetry styles, imaginative lighting techniques, and an original musical score.
Curriculum connections: language arts, math, visual art, interpersonal skills, theater arts
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™
Created and Performed by Erth-Visual & Physical, Inc. Friday, April 11, 2014, 10:00am & 12:00pm Venue: State Theatre Program Length: 60 minutes For Students in Grades: K-5 All Seats:$8
Travel all the way back into a prehistoric world to visit a remarkable dinosaur zoo! The intrepid team of zookeepers and rangers takes the audience on an interactive journey to introduce an incredible cast of dinosaurs that inhabited Australia (and beyond) millions of years ago. Erth's menagerie of ancient beasts—from the adorable baby dryosaurs to the awe-inspiring giant allosaur and the hungry Tyrannosaur—is brought to life through various forms of human-powered puppetry. The large-scale, incredibly lifelike puppets were designed in collaboration with paleontologists using real fossil evidence.
Curriculum connections: science, theater arts
A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Princeton Symphony Orchestra Thursday, May 01, 2014, 10:00am & 12:00pm Venue: State Theatre Program Length: 60 minutes For Students in Grades: 2-6 All Seats:$8
From violin to tuba, piccolo to bassoon, xylophone to harp, take a tour of the orchestra with Benjamin Britten's A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Every instrument gets a chance to shine, playing variations on the same tune—solo, in instrument family groups, and with the entire orchestra. Narrator Sara Valentine provides entertaining and informative commentary to guide young students in watching and listening. The program also features selections from Edvard Grieg's colorful and dramatic Peer Gynt Suite.
Additonal support for the State Theatre Symphony Series comes from THE FRANK AND LYDIA BERGEN FOUNDATION
Curriculum connections: music
To order education events or for more information call 732-246-7469, ext. 545.
E & G Foundation; J. Seward Johnson, Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust; McCrane Foundation