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The Stages Festival

Celebrate the Stages Festival this March

The Stages Festival
, a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, offers audiences of all ages 90+ FREE and discounted performances, workshops, play readings, and behind-the-scenes events.

The festival is in its 21st year of bringing free and low-cost theatre to communities across New Jersey. Events are presented by professional Equity theatres; some take place at their theatres, and some take place in libraries, community centers, and other easy-to-access locations. Bring your family and your friends to experience the quality, inspiration, and richness that New Jersey's professional theatres have to offer.

For a full schedule and registration details, click here to visit the Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival website.

Northern Events
Northern Events
Central Events
Central Events
Southern Events
Southern Events
Northern Events
New Jersey Women Playwrights Showcase of New Work
Writers Theatre @ JCTC (Jersey City)
Mar 1-21 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

In celebration of Women's History Month, Writers Theatre, presents works written by writers from the NJ Women Playwrights Program.

1000 Faces: The Lon Chaney Musical
Skyline Theatre Company (Fair Lawn)
Mar 2 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

This is a staged reading of a brand new musical based on the life of film legend Lon Chaney.

Love Letters
The Theater Project @ BCB Bank (Union)
Mar 3 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

This play by A. R. Gurney that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Workshops: Intro to Stage Combat & Musical Theatre
Centenary Stage Company (Hackettstown)
Mar 3 & 10 | 10:00 AM | Event Details: 1 & 2

These workshops will give students a fun introduction to stage combat and teach them the basic elements of acting a song within the structure of a musical.

Mi Casa Tu Casa
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit)
Mar 9 | 6:30 PM | Event Details

In this bilingual blend of music and folktales for the entire family, musicians and storytellers are your guides on a unique journey through time, place, and imagination.

Spring Reading Series
Premiere Stages (Union)
Mar 9-12 | 7:00 PM, 3:00 PM | Event Details

The 13th Annual Spring Reading Series features readings of the finalists for the 2017 Premiere Stages Play Festival by professional actors.

Boy Sees Flying Saucer
Growing Stage Theatre: Children's Theatre of New Jersey (Netcong)
Mar 9-25 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

A great introduction to science fiction and fantasy, this is the story of Bobby Radcliff and how his one little "fib" sets off a series of astonishing events.

Readings from the Edge
Hudson Theatre Works @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Weehawken)
Mar 12-13 | 7:30 PM | Event Details

A staged reading of The Exonerated - a powerful drama that reveals the true stories of exonerated prisoners, culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files, and the public record.

Healing Voices OnStage:
Caregiver Stories
NJ Theatre Alliance @ Bickford Theatre (Morristown)
Mar 23 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

This evening of theatre weaves together short works by personal and professional caregivers into an original theatrical piece.

Timestorm by Dania Ramos
Newark Public Library/Centennial Hall (Newark)
Mar 31 | 2:00 PM | Event Details

A reading of an original children's audio drama script with music and sound effects.

Central Events

Plays by People
Premiere Stages @ Matheny Medical and Educational Center (Peapack)
Mar 3 | 3:00 PM | Event Details

Staged readings of short plays written by Arts Access playwrights (adults with medically complex developmental disabilities) are performed by professional actors.

CROWNS Dialogue on Drama
McCarter Theatre (Princeton)
Mar 18 | 4:00 PM | Event Details

Join McCarter's artistic team for a discussion about their 15th anniversary revival of CROWNS, as they reflect on the play's original inspiration, impact, longevity, and continued popularity.

Popular Culture and American Theatre
Lewis Center for the Arts (Princeton)
Mar 20 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

This discussion about theatre's role in pop culture and vice versa features representatives from Two River Theater, Crossroads Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, and Paper Mill Playhouse.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Centenary Stages Company @ Stony Brook Elementary School (Pennington)
Mar 23 | 7:00 PM | Event Details

This pop culture phenomenon is based off of the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful songs.

Southern Events

Miss Nelson Is Missing!
Centenary Stages Co. @ Various locations
Mar 2-31 | Times vary | Event Details

When the too-nice Miss Nelson disappears, her substitute is the no-nonsense Viola Swamp! The students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson ... but will they ever get her back?

A Cinderella Tale... Happily Ever After
Pushcart Players @ Vineland Public Library (Vineland & Ocean County)
Mar 3-23 | Tmes vary | Event Details

Filled with beauty, grandeur, magic, and wonder, this beloved tale is given the trademark Pushcart spin! The wondrous production is sure to dazzle young audiences.

Austin the Unstoppable
George Street Playhouse @ Middle Township PAC (Cape May Courthouse)
Mar 7 | 10:00 AM | Event Details

This fun, upbeat musical engages audiences in the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise by celebrating how positive change can occur through the power of love and hard work.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Centenary Stages Company @ Ocean County Libraries (Ocean County)
Mar 10 & 19 | Times vary| Event Details

This pop culture phenomenon is based off of the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful songs.

Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Speckled Band
East Lynne Theater Co. @ Ocean County Libraries (Ocean County)
Mar 19-26 | Times vary| Event Details

Holmes and Watson race against time to stop the bizarre murders in an eerie country manor in this radio play with live sound effects.

The Wizard of Oz
East Lynne Theater Co. @ West Cape May Elementary School (West Cape May)
Mar 21 | 6:00 PM | Event Details

After 10 hours of rehearsal in 7 days, 22 5th and 6th grade students will perform an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's American classic, complete with costumes, props, and sets.

Peter and the Wolf
Pushcart Players @ Ocean County Libraries & WheatonArts (Millville & Ocean County)
Mar 22-28 | Times vary | Event Details

This tantalizing version of the classic Russian folk tale brings together all the elements of growing up: daring, defiance, confidence, and courage.

Sample Summer Camp
Cape May Stage (Cape May)
Mar 24 & 31 | 1 PM & 3 PM | Event Details

This workshop will provide a sample of Cape May Stage's summer camps that will be offered in 2018. New for 2018: Musical Theatre Camp!

Stone Soup and Other Stories
Pushcart Players @ Warren H. Wolfe Elementary School (Brick Twp)
Mar 28 | 6:00 PM | Event Details

This well-seasoned blend of familiar folk tales from around the world sure to delight every young audience.

The Stages Festival is a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Stages Festival is made possible in part by funding from Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, PSEG Foundation, The Smart Family Foundation, The F.M. Kirby Foundation, and the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust Foundation.