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It's Showtime! Fall Theater the Kids Will Love

This autumn, head to a live performance the whole fam will love.


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Bergen PAC
 

BergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood
201-227-1030

Haunted Illusions Live
Oct. 21, 3 pm

Get in the Halloween spirit at a show that’ll impress with levitation, disappearing objects and more. Go early for a pre-show party and kids’ face painting. $19-39 per person.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Nov. 18, 1 and 4 pm

If your kids love Eric Carle, they’ll dig this live, critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of his beloved stories, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. $15-29 per person.

 

Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

1 College Dr., Toms River
732-255-0500

National Geographic Live Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Creataceous
Oct. 5, 7 pm

At this performance, your crew will meet the Spinosaurus, the largest prehistoric predator ever discovered, and learn how dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. $35 per person.

 

MPAC

110 South St., Morristown
973-539-8008

The Wizard of Oz
Nov. 2-3, times vary

This live production of the Wizard of Oz features special effects, seamless choreography and your favorite songs. $49-99 per person.

 

McCarter Theatre Center

91 University Pl., Princeton
609-258-2787

The New Chinese Acrobats
Nov. 17, 7:30 pm

Between bowl balancing, pole climbing and plate spinning, these Chinese acrobats will inspire the kids to try some new tricks at home. $25-55 per person.

 

NJPAC

1 Center St., Newark
973-642-8989

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Live in Concert
Oct. 27, 2 and 7:30 pm

If the kids are still dreaming about getting an acceptance letter from Hogwarts, this is the show for them. NJPAC will project Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on a screen while an orchestra accompanies the movie with a live score. $35-85 per person.

 

Raritan Valley Community College

118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
908-725-3420

Rainbow Fish
Oct. 21, 1 and 3:30 pm

Come see an award-winning production about sharing and friendship. For those with special needs kids, swing by the 1 pm showing for a relaxed, sensory-friendly performance. Ages 2 and older. $10 per person.

 

Shea Center For Performing Arts

300 Pompton Rd., Wayne
973-720-2371

The 39 Steps
Oct. 23-28, times vary

This performance combines the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock classics with a touch of Monty Python humor. $15 per person.

Girls Night: The Musical
Nov. 10, 8 pm

Who runs the world? Watch as five girls relive their past in this upbeat musical featuring songs like “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “I Will Survive.” $35-40 per person.

 

SOPAC

1 SOPAC Way, South Orange
973-313-2787

Pinocchio
Nov. 17, 2 pm

Take your real boys and girls to see this classic tale about love, friendship and family. Based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, this production is sure to bring your kids to life. Recommended for ages 4 and older. $20 per person.

 

State Theatre of New Jersey

15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
732-246-7469

Peppa Pig Live!
Nov. 7, 2 and 6 pm

Everyone’s favorite muddy puddle-loving pig is back with an action-packed live show featuring Mummy Pig, Daddy
Pig and George. $34.50-49.50 per person.

Star Wars: A New Hope
Nov. 25, 3 and 8 pm

Listen to John Williams’ greatest hits along with the movie that started it all. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be accompanying an onscreen projection of Episode IV: A New Hope. Recommended for ages 10 and older. $35-125 per person.

 

Studio Players

14 Alvin Pl., Upper Montclair
973-744-9752

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7, 1:30 and 3:30 pm

If your kids love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, take them to see the gang in a whole new story. Find out what happened to Willy Wonka after the final page. $10 per person.

 

Two River Theater

21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
732-345-1400

Journey to Oz
Nov. 23-25, times vary

Munchkins ages 4 and older are invited back to Oz for another adventure down the Yellow Brick Road. There’ll be singing, dancing and audience interaction. If there are special needs kids in your crew, go to a sensory-friendly performance on Nov. 25 at 10 am. $23 per person.

 

Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving St. Rahway
732-499-8226

The Phantom of the Opera 
Oct. 16, 8 pm

“He’s there, the Phantom of the Opera...” Watch the original silent flick with a live organ score by Bernie Anderson. $10 per person.

Classic Film Screening: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Nov. 24, 7:30 pm

Help E.T. find his home before it’s too late! Spielberg’s beloved classic will be played on 35-millimeter film (its original quality). $3 per person.

 

Vital Theatre Company

152 West 71st St., NYC
212-579-0528

Angelina Ballerina The Musical
Select Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 6-Nov. 18, 11 am and 1 pm

Angelina, her friends and teacher are preparing for a special visit to Camembert Academy. Your kids’ favorite ballerina will perform genres of dance from hip-hop and modern to Irish step and ballet. Recommended for ages 2-7. $49.50-69.50 per person.

 

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