Family Performances

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.

Doktor Kaboom


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Black Violin

Black Violin
Hip-Hop Violin Duo

Thursday, February 5, 2015,
12:30 pm* & 7:30 pm**

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: *School-time performance-All tickets $10.00 •
**General public performance-Orchestra $25.00 • Loge $20.00


Here to make their mark in popular music, this classically trained violin duo introduces a groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music that melds highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act. Black Violin is made up of the South Florida twosome of Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester. The pair has played and collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles to name a few. Live, they are accompanied by their potent band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal), drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen), and cellist Joe Cello (Joseph Valbrun).

"It's something everyone can enjoy, whether you're an 80-year-old grandmother or a kid in kindergarten…it's classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop…just good music." - Wil B of Black Violin

"We're the biggest independent group that no one has ever heard of." - Kev Marcus of Black Violin





Black Violin's Triumph Video
Black Violin's A Flat Video
Black Violin's Web Site



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Greg Kennedy

Greg Kennedy
Innovative Juggler from Cirque Du Soleil

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00


Two-time International Juggling Champion Greg Kennedy and his very talented cast of circus artists, Theorem, will stun you with jaw-dropping moments that bring the art of juggling to a new high! The group makes visual spectacles out of everyday objects in a show that includes Greg's largest structure pieces, aerial acrobatics, 5-person choreography, and an interactive lobby installation.





Greg Kennedy



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ArcAttack

As seen on NBC's America's Got Talent
ArcAttack – Tesla Coil Music

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm*
*Preshow activities start at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15.00 • Children $12.00


The crew of ArcAttack deploy their wizardry to generate a truly 'electrifying' performance through the use of homemade, high-tech instruments like their custom build "singing" Tesla coils which have been modified to play musical notes, and more traditional instruments such as guitar and bass. Part rock concert, part science experiment…the creators of ArcAttack take us behind the spectacle as one brave stunt man displays the wonderment of their musical machines, and further explore concepts such as electricity, voltage and current, magnetism, robotics, and lightning in a show that's both entertaining and engaging.



ArcAttack



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The Lizard of Oz

Bugs and Balloons presents

The Lizard of Oz

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 12:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $12.00 • Children $10.00


Journey to see The Lizard of Oz – an interactive land of balloon creations and sculptural costumes – with the singing/dancing Tornado, Yellow Brick Road, the Witch's Castle and, of course, the great and powerful Lizard of Oz!

Bugs and Balloons


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Skippyjon Jones

Theater for Children with Autism

Theatreworks USA presents

Skippyjon Jones
Based on the book by Judy Schachner

Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:30 am

Shea Center for Performing Arts

General Admission: $8.00
Appropriate for Pre K-4


Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams, who pretends to be anything BUT a Siamese cat! This is enchanting musical is about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams. This production is 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.

Theatreworks USA


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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!