Family Performances

The Lightning Thief

Theatreworks USA presents

The Lightning Thief
Based on the popular book series
by Rick Riordan

Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:00 am*
*School-time Performance
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00 pm**
**Pre-show creative activities begine at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: *Friday (School Time Performance)-General Admission $8.00
**Saturday-Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00
Approximately one hour in length.
Appropriate for grades 2-8.
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature, Music, Relationships and Family, Social Studies


Lately, mythological monsters and gods seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy Jackson’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them, in particular, Zeus, who believes Percy stole his master lightning bolt. Yikes! Join the troublesome Percy Jackson for a wild adventure that takes you deep into a child’s imagination.

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Pirate School!

Pirate School!
Learn how to be a pirate!

Saturday October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00
Appropriate for Pre-K and up
Show duration: 1 hour (no intermission)


Arrrgh!!!! This riotous, interactive pirate escapade will turn your kids into briny buccaneers of yore, and you’ll marvel, as they become “good pirates,” swaggering out of the theater transformed by this heartwarming family show.

Kids and parents are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a parade that will take place one hour prior to the show.



Welcome to Pirate School!


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The Secret Life of Bees

Young Audiences New York's Literature to Life®
Stage Presentation of

The Secret Life of Bees
By Sue Monk Kidd
Performed by Denise Wilbanks
Adapted and Directed by Wynn Handman

Tuesday, October 28, 10:30 am*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

$15.00 General Admission
Show duration: 1 hour plus 15 minute pre- and post-show interactive discussions.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature, Relationships and Family, Social Studies

*To reserve space for your school, please contact the University Performing Arts office: 973-720-3178 or email Lavene Gass-Youmans


In this New York Times bestseller set during the Civil Rights Movement, a young girl’s search for the truth about her mother leads her to three beekeeping sisters and the discovery of the real meaning of family.

Young Audiences New York's Literature to Life®

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Mutts Gone Nuts

Mutts Gone Nuts

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 p.m.

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15.00 • Children $12.00
Show duration: 1 hour


Disorderly duo, Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Their nine amazing canine partners are all adopted from animal shelters and rescues.Mutts Gone Nuts is sure to unleash havoc and hilarity as the Houghtons attempt to match wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance will leave you howling for more!

WP Presents encourages you to support local animal shelters. We especially thank our local partner, Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, for their efforts in animal rescue and support of this event.



Mutts Gone Nuts


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Walking The Tightrope

24th Street Theatre presents

Walking the Tightrope
by Mike Kenny
Winner of L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award
for Best Production

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 10:30 am*
and 12:30 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: All Seats $8.00
Show duration: 1 hour (no intermission)
Curriculum Connections: History/Social Studies,
Language Arts, Science
Appropriate for grades 3 and up

*To reserve space for your school, please contact the University Performing Arts office: 973-720-3178 or email Lavene Gass-Youmans


Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather who, while trying to tell his 5 year-old granddaughter that Grandma is gone, goes about building a beautiful new relationship with her. The production includes sophisticated video, sound design and original music to transport audiences from Grandad’s quaint English seaside cottage to the spectacular big top circus.



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Curious George

Theater for Children with Autism

Theatreworks USA presents

Curious George

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10:00 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: $8.00
Appropriate for Pre K-3
Show duration: Approximately 50 minutes


Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical, adapted specifically and exclusively 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.

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Doktor Kaboom

Doktor Kaboom
The Science of Santa
No holiday icons will be harmed during the making of this show!

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00
Show duration: 1 hour


Back by popular demand, Dr. Kaboom arrives at the Shea Center with a new holiday show that brings cheer to kids and adults alike as he attempts to learn the secrets behind making reindeer fly, getting down tight chimneys, and knowing who’s been bad or good. Join Dr. K in solving the magical mysteries of the man in red.

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Family Scene Activity

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!