secret gardenWhat do Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, and Peter Rabbit have in common? Aside from being classic and beloved storybook characters, they're all coming to New Jersey stages this weekend for various live performances.

A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner

Saturday, April 28

Shea Center for Performing Arts
Wayne, NJ

Return to The House at Pooh Corner and spend some tender time with faithful friends: Tigger, Eeyore, and the whole gang. This production is faithfully based on the A. A. Milne classic of the same name. In addition, there will be pre-show activities and a post-show autograph session.

CYT Presents Pinocchio

Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28

Collingswood Middle School Auditorium
Collingswood, NJ

The Collingswood Youth Theatre presents a two-act children's musical, The Adventures of Pinocchio. The show is based on the classic story of Pinocchio by Carol Collodi. Many of your favorite characters plus a few new ones make an appearance. The show was written by Collingswood resident Jack Jeckot and contains his original music. 

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly

Friday, April 27–Sunday, May 20

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey
Netcong, NJ

Is Spider getting too big for his own skin? Will Fly find her superhero powers? This musical captures the humor and whimsy of the books on which it is based.

The Secret Garden (shown)

Saturday, April 28–Sunday, April 29

Kendall Hall, The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

DanceVision presents The Secret Garden, an original ballet based on the classic book. From the love story between Lilias and Craven to the acrobatic squirrels, hopping bunnies, and blooming rosebuds, the ballet has something for everyone.

The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, April 28–Sunday, April 29

Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ

The Wizard Of Oz will sweep you away from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas. Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow are transported "Over the Rainbow" to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest, and Emerald City. The Phoenix production of The Wizard of Oz will be the fully staged Broadway musical version including full cast, sets, costumes, and orchestra.

The Tales of Peter Rabbit

Saturday, April 28

Pax Amicus Castle Theatre
Budd Lake, NJ

This musical for children brings Flopsy, Mopsy, and the gang to the stage as they try to keep Peter Rabbit out of Farmer McGregor's garden. 

New Clothes for the Emperor

Saturday, April 28–Sunday, April 29

Studio Players
Upper Montclair, NJ

Two fast-talking con men help a kind but misguided emperor learn that the heart—not the clothes—makes the man. 

NJ Ballet's Cinderella

Sunday, April 29

Englewood, NJ

Cinderella loses her dancing slipper, step-sisters try in vain to act like ladies, and a pumpkin turns into a coach before your very eyes. Storyteller narration ensures even the littlest theatergoers can keep up with the story. This performance is part of bergenPAC's Young Friends of the Arts Program which offers a free ticket for a child with each full-paying adult ticket. When booking, use code "Friends."

What are your children's favorite classic stories?