Theatre

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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Alice of Ward 13

The New Jersey Playwrights Contest presents

Staged Readings of the Finalists from the
Twelfth Annual NJPC - Play Series

Sunday, October 26, 2014
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Shea Center Recital Hall 101


FREE Admission


Comedies and dramas, one-acts and full-lengths…Oh my!...Get a peek at the works of three up-and-coming New Jersey playwrights as you enjoy staged readings of the finalists from the Twelfth Annual NJPC - Play Series. A full day of new plays – all FREE! Stay after the performances to meet the authors and provide valuable feedback to the judges. The winning author will have a full production of his/her play in December 2015.

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.



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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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Trial and Treason Logo

New Jersey Playwrights Contest presents

Winner of the Eleventh Annual NJPC - Play Series

Trial and Treason
by S.W. Senek
Based on the novel See No Evil, by Cristina Guarneri

December 3-6, 11-13, 2014 at 7:00 pm
December 7 and 14 at 3:00 pm
Hunziker Black Box Theatre


Admission: $18.00 General Public • $12.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $10.00 Students
Previews on Wed. 12/3/14-all tickets $10.00
Meet the author session follows the Sun. 12/7/14 matinee.


The President of the United States is taken hostage by an underground society that accuses him of trying to destroy the party system on which the country was built. During his interrogation he reveals secrets of corruption that he has lived with throughout his political career. To prove his innocence and love for the country he must retrace all of the steps in his career. In the background are the remnants of the American antiquity that lead to the downfall of a government and political system that no longer work for the people they were meant to serve. Trial and Treason is a timely and thought provoking piece in this age of the never-ending election process.



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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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Micro Shrimp Logo

New Jersey Playwrights Contest presents

Winner of the Eleventh Annual NJPC - Musical Series

Micro Shrimp
Music, Book & Lyrics by Marcus Yi

March 31 & April 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm
April 8-11, 15-17, 2015 at 7:00 pm
April 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Hunziker Black Box Theatre


Admission: $25.00 General Public • $18.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $10.00 Students
Previews on March 31 and April 1-all tickets $10.00
Meet the author session follows the Sun. 4/12/15 matinee.


This musical comedy is a microcosm of the loves, beliefs and hardships of everyday life in the saltwater tank. As Marty, the new owner of the micro shrimp kit, follows the steps outlined in the instructions, we see the micro shrimp society come to life. A society that is complete with beliefs that shrimp are meant for a greater good; the other side, from which no shrimp returns; and an unknown deity - a moving light source and a net. They also have sibling rivalry; gangs of no-goodniks and lovers who vow to spend their entire lives together. The system is challenged when one shrimp returns from the “other side” to reveal their true fate: they are but fish food, and the revolt begins. This is their struggle; this is their story! A fun, silly outrageous new musical with tunes that will swim around in your head long after you leave the theatre.


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Food, the Musical

New Jersey Playwrights Contest presents

Staged Readings of the Finalists from the
Twelfth Annual NJPC - Musical Series

Sunday, April 19, 2015
12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Hunziker Black Box Theatre


FREE Admission


Get your toes tapping and fingers snapping as you enjoy staged readings of three NEW musicals from up-and-coming composers, lyricists and book writers. The three finalists from the NJPC Musical Series will each get one chance to wow the audience – come to one or all three (they’re FREE!). Stay after the performances to meet the author(s) and provide valuable feedback to the judges. The winning musical will receive a full production in April 2016.