WP Presents Series

About WP Presents!

WP Presents! strives to bring to campus high caliber touring artists across a range of disciplines including acoustic and world music, contemporary folk music, theatre, dance, family programming and other eclectic fare. The series is built on a foundation of excellence and continuously seeks innovative programming to serve the campus, and the community.

A multitude of artists including David Crosby, Graham Nash, Lucinda Williams, DMC, Los Lonely Boys, Wanda Sykes, Paula Poundstone, Dar Williams, David Bromberg, Roy Haynes, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Ventura, The 5th Dimension, Judy Collins, Southside Johnny, John Sebastian, Jim Messina and Dark Star Orchestra have graced our stage. We have presented works from national theatre tours of The Second City, Moscow Ballet, Aquila Theatre Company, American Place Theatre, Vital Theatre, and the National Theatre of the Deaf. Family Performances have included participation in New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, and sensory friendly productions presented by Theatreworks USA, as part of our Theater for Children with Autism series. Many of our visiting artists conduct educational outreach programs, for both the community at large and the University.

The WP Presents! events are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

BillCharlapfor88KeysIn an effort to provide the tools necessary for student success in the music program and for the University to continue to provide outstanding public performances, The WP 88 Keys Campaign is being launched to generate support for the purchase of a new Steinway piano for the Shea Center for the Performing Arts. You are invited to join in this campaign with a purchase of a piano key. If you are interested, please contact Maureen O’Connor at oconnorm24@wpunj.edu or 973.720.3990. General support of the campaign is welcome by visiting wpunj.edu/giving, click on the giving form, and choose WP 88 Keys Campaign as your gift designation.

Watch Highlights from the 2018-19
Performance Season

Cirque-tacular's Spring-A-Ding-Ding!
Available On Demand Now Until May 30, 2021

Spring-A-Ding-DingBrianna, the charming and curious girl who explored the magic of winter in Snowkus Pocus, hops into a new 'adventure-through-the-seasons' in Spring-A-Ding-Ding! A fresh cast of characters create the vivid enchantment of springtime. Jump-roping frogs, twirling flowers, dancing birds, glittering rain showers and even a contortionist earthworm bring the budding season to life! Portrayed through dazzling circus, dance, and can't-believe-your-eyes specialty acts, audiences of all ages will delight as the glory of the new season unfolds. Imagine Brianna's surprise as she meets comical creatures and even befriends a skunk! Our young heroine has lessons to learn and teach the woodland creatures as she eagerly searches for the butterfly that will usher in the next season, summer. This delightful new show thrills young and old while warming hearts in the way only Cirque-tacular can!
Recommended for ages 3+
"Not only dazzling to the eyes, but charming to the heart"

Cirque-tacular

Admission: $10 Video Stream • $15 Video Stream and Live Hosted Chat with Cast Member
All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra’s Stage and Screen Spectacular

    Apr 14, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Join Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (PRSO) for a musical time machine back to the fun and excitement of the early 20th century. Tap your feet to the syncopated stylings of the early 1900s - from tongue in cheek vocal numbers to the classics of Scott Joplin and George Gershwin, and even pop favorites by The Beatles and Queen. Watch classic silent films underscored by a twelve-person orchestra with live music and sound effects! It's a program sure to make both young and old smile from ear to ear. Grab your bowler hat and suspenders, park your Model T down the street, and enjoy a trip back in time with PRSO! See why the Washington Post wrote: Peacherine is the premiere American Ragtime Ensemble” and the Baltimore Sun said: “We need more!” 

    Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.

     


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Event
    Tom Paxton and the DonJuans

    Apr 17, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Tom Paxton, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, teams up with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter duo The DonJuans, Don Henry and Jon Vezner. Collectively their songs have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, John Denver, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, and Bob Dylan...just to name a few! Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something special. Now they bring their intimate, acoustic concert to audiences via livestream with high-quality audio and video. Join us some music, storytelling and laughter, all from your own front-row seat. After the show, stick around for a short Q&A. 

    Tom Paxton
    The DonJuans

    Admission:  $15 Individual •  $25 Additional Viewers
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Wednesdays
    The Silhouettes present Golden Moments

    Apr 28, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    The Silhouettes -- first runner-up on America’s Got Talent season 6 and 2020 Golden Buzzer winners on America’s Got Talent: The Champions – is America’s premiere shadow-dance company created and directed by Lynne Waggoner-Patton. They have been featured in TV commercials, Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run, Netflix’s MC2, and have performed around the world receiving standing ovations and outstanding press reviews. Their virtual program, Golden Moments, is a one hour show that tells the story of their twice around journey on America’s Got Talent.

    The Silhouettes

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $5.00)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.


     

  • WP Presents! Virtual Event
    Mariachi Divas - A Virtual Cinco de Mayo Concert Celebration

    May 05, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Online

    Two-time GRAMMY Award Winners, six-time GRAMMY Award nominees and multiple winners of Fox Music USA Latin Awards, Mariachi Divas are a unique, all-female multi-cultural ensemble with its foundation and roots in mariachi, but also draws on its member’s diverse influences like jazz and pop to create music that is traditional and then some. 

    Mariachi Divas is one of the most significant and successful mariachi ensembles in the business. Since 2003, Mariachi Divas have been the official premier mariachi band of the Disneyland Resort. Mariachi Divas was recently featured in Disney Pixar’s Coco: A Live-to-Film Concert Experience at the Hollywood Bowl. They specialize in providing professional mariachi music for commercials, television, and film recordings. Over the years, they have performed, recorded, and collaborated with artists such as Alejandro Fernández, Ozomatli, Natalia Jiménez of La 5ª Estación and Sergio Vallín of Maná, to name a few. Additionally, Mariachi Divas has appeared in three music videos with major recording artists: OhNo’s Suavemente,” U2’s “Song for Someone,” and Disney Pixar Coco’s “Remember Me” with Christina Aguilera and Miguel. Their discography includes sixteen professional full-length album releases through East Side Records. Most recently, in celebration of their 21st anniversary, the Divas released Esta Distancia, which can be described as an emotional musical exploration of the shared experiences resulting from the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. 

    Mariachi Divas

    Admission:  Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10)
    All tickets must be purchased in advance via the internet ticketing systems for this performance.