Family Performances

WPU Symphony

Symphony for Young Audiences
Legends and Heroes
featuring the William Paterson Symphony

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
Pre-show activities begin at 6:45 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12 • Students and children $10 • William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.

Appropriate for Grades K – 8 with adult supervision. Children under 4 will not be admitted.


Great stories set to orchestral music for the entire family! You will hear William Tell Overture, Our Men and Women in Uniform, Samson and Dalila, Firebird, and other favorites. Kids get a chance to meet the instruments and conduct the orchestra. You can expect some surprises, too!



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Doktor Kaboom

Doktor Kaboom! Lookout! Science is Coming!

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00 pm
Pre-show activities begin at 1:15 p.m.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12 • Children $10


In a one-man interactive variety show, Doktor Kaboom keeps crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter while creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Join Doktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting journey of spectacular science experiments designed to engage, excite, educate and entertain.



Doktor Kaboom!


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Ellis Island

American Family Theater presents

Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream

Monday, February 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: General Admission $8 • There will be no discounts for this performance.
Appropriate for grades K-8.
Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.


Ellis Island is a high-spirited musical celebrating the multi-cultural threads woven together in our nation’s history and educates students on how a new generation of immigrants redefined the American dream. This fully staged musical is the perfect supplement to immigration classroom studies.

American Family Theater


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Alex Bad Day

New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s The Stages Festival presents

Surflight Theatre’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Book & Lyrics by Judith Viorst • Music by Shelly Markham

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:00 pm
Pre-show activities begin at 1:15 p.m.
Appropriate for Grades K - 5

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Free admission for children • Adults $12


?Alexander is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day from the minute he wakes right on through the time he goes to school. Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings when problems arise.

Surflight-to-go
NJ Theatre Alliance The Stages Festival


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Seussical

Theater for Children with Autism

Theatreworks USA presents

Seussical

Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: General Admission $8 • There will be no discounts for this performance.


Seussical is a whimsical literary explosion of some of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters. This sensory-friendly musical is adapted exclusively and specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

Please note: This performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism. Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.

Theatreworks USA


Henry & Mudge

Theatreworks USA presents

Henry and Mudge
Based on the books by Cynthia Rylant

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: Adults $12 • Children $10
Appropriate for grades Pre-K-5


After moving from the big city to the country, Henry has difficulty meeting new friends in his neighborhood. Luckily, he has Mudge, his canine companion. This fun-loving pair navigates through unchartered territory, while learning invaluable lessons on loyalty, responsibility and devotion.

TheatreWorks USA


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The Ugly Duckling

Lightwire Theater & Corbian Visual Arts and Dance presents

The Ugly Duckling (As seen on America’s Got Talent!)

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15 • Children $12


Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, illuminates the stage with spectacular glow in the dark electro-luminescent wire puppetry that is a treat for children and adults alike. Incorporating fluid choreography against classical, jazz, and pop music, this hour-long production is described by Broadway.com as “an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.”



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About the Family Performances

The Family Performances are the perfect way to introduce your children to the joys of the performing arts! Each presentation is carefully chosen to balance educational topics with fun so that your child will be actively engaged. Youngsters will leave the theatre with a song on their lips while learning about such topics as sharing, responsibility, respecting other cultures as well as music and great children’s literature. Each show is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and designed to appeal to the age group designated for that title.

A pre-show craft activity is offered free of charge prior to each Family Performance. These activities may include making masks, puppets, magnets, picture frames, etc., all themed to the show. After the show, meet the cast for an autograph and picture session. Your whole family will have an afternoon of enjoyment and live entertainment for less money than an evening at the movies!