Family Performances

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!

Moon Bunny

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
Stories by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures by Clement Hurd
For ages 3 to 7

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults $15.00 • Children $12.00


This staged adaptation brings to life two popular children’s books through the visual magic of glow-in-the-dark puppetry.



Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia



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Cat in the Hat

Childsplay in

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
For ages 3 to 9

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 2:00 pm*
*Pre-show creative activities begin at 1:15 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children


Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Dr. Seuss text, character and images TM and ©2009 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.





Childsplay



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Mauritius

University Theatre presents

Mauritius
by Theresa Rebeck

Tues.-Sat., October 20-24, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Sun., October 25, 2015 at 3:00pm
Sat., October 24, 2015 also at 2:00 pm
Hunziker Black Box Theatre


Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, students, alumni and senior citizens $10
Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel


After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to cash in on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three sleazy collectors are willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.



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Haunted Illusion

Haunted Illusions Starring David Caserta

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults- $25 Orchestra • $20 Loge • $15 Children • $10 WP Students (limited to 1 ticket per student)


Treat your family to a Halloween magic spectacular of dazzling spells, uproarious comedy, never before seen illusions and audience participation that gets all the goblins and ghouls into the act.





The Magic of David Casserta



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Jerry Dodgion

Jazz Room Series presents

The Big Band with
Saxophonist/Composer Jerry Dodgion

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:00 pm*

Shea Center for Performing Arts

*3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session
General Admission $15 • William Paterson faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • non-William Paterson students $8
$3 fee added on tickets purchased on show day
William Paterson students admitted free with show of valid I.D.


Although many will recognize Dodgion’s membership in the original Thad Jones Mel Lewis sax section in 1966, he has also had a number of other historic roles, including his 1962 Soviet Union tour with Benny Goodman’s band, his longterm accompaniment of Billie Holliday as a member of the Vernon Alley quintet, and his featured role on one of Frank Sinatra’s few small-group recordings. This concert will showcase Dodgion’s saxophone and his compositions, including his widely played composition “Thank You” and his arrangement of Marian McPartland’s “Ambience.”

Jerry Dodgion on Facebook


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Davis/Cyrille/Kaneko/Sanchez

Richard Davis and Andrew Cyrille
with Aska Kaneko and Angelica Sanchez
CD recording session co-produced with Seed Artists

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 4:00pm

This live CD recording session features the iconic bass of Richard Davis and Andrew Cyrille on drums. Richard Davis can be heard on such landmark recordings as Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunchand others with Kenny Dorham, James Moody, Booker Ervin, and Pat Martino – and as the original bassist of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra in their 1966 debut. They will be joined by composer/violinist Aksa Kaneko, internationally known and in demand as a new-music pioneer; and pianist and WP jazz alumnus Angelica Sanchez who has performed with Joe Lovano, Dave Ballou, Tim Berne and Mark Dresser.

Richard Davis
Andrew Cyrille
Aska Kaneko
Angelica Sanchez on All About Jazz


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Haunted Illusion

Haunted Illusions Starring David Caserta

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00 pm

Shea Center for Performing Arts

Admission: Adults- $25 Orchestra • $20 Loge • $15 Children • $10 WP Students (limited to 1 ticket per student)


Treat your family to a Halloween magic spectacular of dazzling spells, uproarious comedy, never before seen illusions and audience participation that gets all the goblins and ghouls into the act.





The Magic of David Casserta



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