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  • Theater for Children with Autism presents
    Artspower’s
    The Monster Who Ate My Peas

    Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower’s sensory-friendly musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas.  Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.

    Admission:  $8 General Seating

    Please note this performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism. 
    Please call 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information

    ArtsPower's THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS


     

  • William Paterson University Symphony
    Mar 22, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Music of Strauss and Shostakovich

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • A History of Hip Hop
    Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works Dance Company

    Mar 23, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This lecture/demonstration by dancers of RHAW illustrates how Hip Hop has its roots in African tradition and culture throughout the Diasporas and includes not only African American, but Afro-Brazilian, Afro Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures from the early sixties throughout today.

    Admission:  $8 Non-WP students • WP Students admitted free with ID

    Schools Call 973-720-3178 for reservations and information

    Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works


     

  • Graeme of Thrones
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A Wacky and Wicked Parody on Game of Thrones

    Starring Michael Condron, who appeared in seasons 5 and 6 of Game of Thrones as Bowen Marsh

    In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London’s West End and Australia, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favorite fantasy saga on stage - aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school - Bryony. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches them that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes wrong ...

    Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, Graeme of Thrones is a wacky and wicked parody on the international phenomenon that is Game Of Thrones.

    Admission:  $30 Orchestra • $25 Loge

    Graeme of Thrones


     

  • I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years
    Mar 24, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Featuring special guests Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC and original MTV VJ Mark Goodman.
    Music Director: Grammy Award winner (with Lady Gaga) and WP alumnus Rob Fusari.

    Experience the 1980s in this tribute to the Ronald Reagan-era of MTV, featuring performances by WP Music Department students, along with McDaniels and Fusari. You’ll re-live the music of Whitney Houston, Prince, Toto, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, and many more in this fundraiser for Music Department scholarships.  This will be the ultimate ‘80s tribute!

    Admission:  $25 General Admission • $20 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $10 All Students

    Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC

    MTV VJ Mark Goodman on Facebook

    Rob Fusari


     

  • Onstage Café at Shea
    Girls, Guns and Glory - Country Rock

    Mar 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    “Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classic American rock n’ roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison,” says The Boston Globe, in describing the country rock group Girls, Guns and Glory.

    The group’s love for early rock ’n’ roll, true country, raw blues and pretty much any kind of authentic American music makes for an electrifying evening.

    Admission:  $20. General Admission

    Girls, Guns and Glory


     

  • N.J. Theatre Alliance 19th Annual Stages Festival
    Stone Soup and Other Stories
    A Sensory Friendly performance

    Mar 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A charming, well-seasoned blend of folk tales from around the world!

    Dynamic, participatory and filled with zesty entertainment, “Stone Soup…” is on the gourmet “not to be missed” list for young viewers!

    Admission:  $10 Adults • Children: Free!

    Pushcart Players' Stone Soup and Other Stories


     

  • Vocalist and Pianist Johnny O’Neal
    Mar 26, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Blues singer and bebop pianist Johnny O’Neal is a jazz treasure, who has returned to the New York jazz scene after a prolonged absence. O’Neal’s formidable style is influenced by the giants Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson and has made him a captivating vocalist and virtuoso pianist.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Johnny O'Neal on Facebook


     

  • Circle Mirror Transformation
    by Annie Baker

    Apr 04, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Four New Englanders sign up for a community center acting class for the summer. Before the six weeks are over, buried feelings are unearthed, major discoveries are made, and in subtle and major ways, lives are quietly transformed. Join us for what the New York Times described as “the kind of gem that sends people into the street urging everyone they know to come.”

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens

    Additional Performances: April 4-9, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. • Friday 11:00 a.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Circle Mirror Transformation
    by Annie Backer

    Apr 07, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Four New Englanders sign up for a community center acting class for the summer. Before the six weeks are over, buried feelings are unearthed, major discoveries are made, and in subtle and major ways, lives are quietly transformed. Join us for what the New York Times described as “the kind of gem that sends people into the street urging everyone they know to come.”

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens

    Additional Performances: April 4-9, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. • Friday 11:00 a.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Circle Mirror Transformation
    by Annie Baker

    Apr 09, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Four New Englanders sign up for a community center acting class for the summer. Before the six weeks are over, buried feelings are unearthed, major discoveries are made, and in subtle and major ways, lives are quietly transformed. Join us for what the New York Times described as “the kind of gem that sends people into the street urging everyone they know to come.”

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens

    Additional Performances: April 4-9, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. • Friday 11:00 a.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Brass Ensembles
    Apr 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Enjoy an evening of chamber music as the WP Brass Ensembles perform the works of Frackenpohl, Bach, Ewald, Susato, Gabrielli, Reynolds, and Gershwin.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The Machine
    America’s Top Pink Floyd Show!

    Apr 21, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Machine has forged a 25-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. The New York-based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for fans. Performing a diverse mix of Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, The Machine’s stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and visuals, and passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest.

    Admission: $45 Orchestra • $37 Loge

    The Machine


     

  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
    Apr 22, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding and similar Stax Records titans.

    Admission:  $42 Gold Circle • $35 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $30 Rear Loge

    Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes


     

  • Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix
    Comedy Dog Show

    Apr 23, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines present a show for the whole family, and the dog lover in all of us. Staring mostly dogs rescued from shelters, these Animal Planet Pet Star Winners have appeared on David Letterman, Disneyland, the Big Apple Circus, and at the White House.

    Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children

    Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix


     

  • WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Program TBA, please check back!

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • WP Wind Ensemble
    Apr 27, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Conducted by J. Craig Davis

    The WP Wind Ensemble will perform selections by David Gillingham, Clifton Williams, Howard Hanson, Alfred Reed, John Barnes Chance, and WP music professor Payton MacDonald.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • Gypsy Jazz with the Rhythm Future Quartet
    Apr 30, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, this young quartet is dedicated to expanding the spirit of the Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz tradition. Anick’s talents have already been recognized as an award-winning composer and one of the youngest faculty members at Berklee in Boston. His Finnish colleague Soikkeli is a top call guitarist in the bustling New York jazz scene and has performed alongside many renowned musicians like Cyrille Aimee, Bucky Pizzarelli, and the world-famous Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg. The quartet is squared up by drummer and 2015 Saga Djangofest Award winner Max O’Rourke and top rate bassoonist Greg Loughman.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Rhythm Future Quartet


     

  • Bridge to the Soul
    Celebrating Music, Poetry, and Dance of the Middle East and India

    May 02, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP Spring Choral Concert features the WP Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, and special guests.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The Comedy Improv Show
    May 03, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall

    Laugh the loudest for your favorite team! In this comedic competition, WP students take suggestions from the audience and create improvisations, vying against each other for the highest score. For information contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at stroppele@wpunj.edu.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The Sketch Comedy Show
    May 05, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall

    Come laugh with us as WP students perform comedy sketches written and developed in the format of Saturday Night Live! For information please contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at stroppele@wpunj.edu.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The Stand-Up Show
    May 06, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Gotham Comedy Club, NYC

    Join us as WP students take their final exam for Stand-up I by performing their sets live at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC!

    Please call Gotham Comedy Club at 212-367-9000 for reservations. Ask for William Paterson Comedy Performance.


     

  • Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt
    with the WP Jazz Orchestra

    May 07, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Newly hired WP music faculty Jeremy Pelt is recognized as one of the most notable young trumpeters in jazz, voted Rising Star five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Pelt collaborated with some of jazz’s greatest masters and frequently performs with ensembles like the Roy Hargrove Big Band and the Duke Ellington Big Band. This exciting big band concert features the musical prowess of Jeremy Pelt, and the premiere of three new arrangements of Pelt’s compositions by WP masters level arrangers.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Jeremy Pelt