Performance Descriptions

Click on any performance to see descriptions, location, times and more information or click the link below to download the brochure as a PDF.

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2017-18 SchoolTime Performance Series 

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Hidden Figures

Monday, September 25, 2017, 10:00am
Prudential Hall at NJPAC
Tickets: Regular $5
Follow the story of a team of African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. A guest panel discussion will follow after the screening.

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Petra and the Wolf 

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10am & 12:30pm
Friday, November 3, 2017, 10am & 12:30pm
Victoria Theater
Grades: 3-6
Tickets: Regular price $8
Curriculum: M, L, T 
This new rock musical introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. Produced by Lionheart Youth Theatre with Glass HalfFull Theatre and Mother Falcon.

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Regina Carter: Simply Ella

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10am & 12:30pm
Wednesday, November, 15, 2017, at 10am & 12:30pm
Victoria Theater

Grades: 8-12
Tickets: Regular price $8 
Curriculum: M, S
Award-winning violinist Regina Carter celebrates the music and spirit of her musical idol, Ella Fitzgerald, on the year of the beloved singer’s 100th birthday.

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Friday, December 15, 2017, 12:30pm
Prudential Hall at NJPAC
Grades: 5-12
Tickets: Regular $15, Partnership price $8
Curriculum: D, S
A dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist and digital scenery bring the traditional Nutcracker story to new life with a contemporary urban twist.


Recycled Percussion

Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 10am & 12:30pm
Friday, January 19, 2018, at 10am & 12:30pm
Victoria Theater at NJPAC
Tickets: Regular price $8
Curriculum: M, T, L 
Recycled Percussion is a New York style street percussion band. The group has been touring since 2001 and has been featured on America's Got Talent. 


Year of the Dog Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 10am & 12:30pm 
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10am & 12:30pm
Victoria Theater at NJPAC
Grades: 3-8
Tickets: Regular $8
Curriculum: C, D, W 
Nai-Ni Chen and her amazing dancers, musicians, and acrobats present their annual, fantastic celebration of the Lunar New Year, which in 2018 celebrates the Year of the Brown Earth Dog, a symbol of the wish to succeed.

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Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey

Wednesday, February 28 at 10am & 12:30pm
Thursday, March 1 at 10am & 12:30pm
Friday, Mar 2 at 10am & 12:30pm
Victoria Theater
Grades: Pre-K-2
Tickets: Regular $15, Partnership price $8
Curriculum: L, P

Lightwire Theater uses electroluminescent puppetry to tell stories that literally light up
the stage. In Moon Mouse, Marvin the mouse is constantly bullied by the “cool” rats. To
get away from the continuous badgering, he retreats into his science books and a world of

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Freedom Riders

Wednesday, February 14 at 10am & 12:30pm
Thursday, February 15 at 10am & 12:30pm
Friday, February 16 at 10am & 12:30pm
Victoria Theater
Grades: 5-8
Tickets: Regular $15, Partnership price $8
Curriculum:  S, L, M, T.
The latest in the Mad River Theater Works collection of plays about American history. Freedom Riders, set in 1961, follows activists of the civil rights era, both black and white, who traveled together on buses across state lines in defiance of segregation practices that were still rampant across much of the country.

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Darius & Twig

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10am & 12:30pm
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10am &12:30pm
Prudential Hall at NJPAC
Grades: 9-12
Tickets: Regular price $8
Curriculum: L, T
Based on the beloved novel by Walter Dean Myers, “Darius & Twig” tells the story of two Harlem teens – one a writer, one a runner, both on the verge of great success, and both hobbled by pressure from family, friends – and enemies. A Kennedy Center World Premiere Commission

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The Ugly Duckling

Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 10am & 12:30pm  
Friday, April 20, 2018, 10am & 12:30pm
Victoria Theater at NJPAC
Grades: Pre-K-2
Tickets: Regular price $8 
Curriculum: T, M, L
This musical from the Virginia Repertory Theatre unites the classic ugly duckling with the Burmese mole that hates dirt and the Inuit bald eagle with a full head of hair. These three “misfit” heroes work together to earn their home on the King’s estate.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Friday, May 11, 2018, at 12:30pm
Prudential Hall
Grades: 5-12
Tickets: Regular $15
Curriculum: D 
Elegant, electrifying and marvelously athletic, this always dazzling company returns for NJPAC’s annual presentation. America’s premier modern dance company is known for its vibrant fusion of modern dance, ballet and more.

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Havana Hop!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10am & 12:30pm
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10am & 12:30pm
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 10am &12:30pm
Prudential Hall at NJPAC
Grades: Pre-K-3
Tickets: Regular price $8
Curriculum: L, C, T
This one-woman show depicts three generations of a Cuban-American family to help youngest member Yelia get ready to perform a dance number for the President.

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Ronald K Brown/Evidance

Thursday, January 11, 2017, at 10 am & 12:30 PM
Friday, January 12, 2017, at 10 am & 12:30 PM
Victoria Theater
Grades: 6-12
Tickets: Regular price $8
Curriculum: D, S
EVIDENCE focuses on the integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. It provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs

2017-18 Assembly Series 

Carolyn Dorfman Dance in Dance Stories

  • Grades: 3-8 
  • Curriculum: D, L, H
  • Single Performance: $2,500
  • Back-to-Back Performance: $3,200
  • Folk tales from around the world are reinterpreted through song, speech and movement in Carolyn Dorfman Dance’s signature work for children, Dance Stories.

All the World's a Song: Shakespeare on Jazzjavascript:;

  • Grades: 8-12
  • Curriculum: L, M, H
  • Single Performance: $2,500
  • Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly trans- forms poetry from Shakespeare’ most beloved plays into original jazz songs. A treat for Shakespeare aficionados and beginners alike, this show will have students leaving the theater singing lines from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.

Character Rocks!

  • Grades: PreK-2 
  • Curriculum: L,H 
  • Single Preformance: $2,000
  • Back-to-Back Performances: $2,700
  • Travel with Carly on a visit to the rock garden that reveals that it’s always cool to do the right thing – because Char- acter Rocks! This highly-interactive assembly teaches the components of good character, including respect, integrity, compassion and citizenship.

Dance Therapy

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Curriculum: D, C, H 
  • Single Performance: $1,800
  • Back-to-Back Performance: $2,500
  • Choreographed by Newark native Maurice Chestnut — a protégé of Savion Glover — Dance Therapy fuses the worlds of tap and modern dance to explore the impact of gun vio- lence on families and communities. The show was inspired by the story of Chestnut’s niece, killed in a drive-by shooting in Paterson.

Hip Hop Aesop

  • Grades: K-4 
  • Curriculum: L, C, M, T
  • Single Performance: $750 
  • Back-to-Back Performance: $1,000 
  • Storyteller and beatboxer D-Cross adds a beat and a modern sensibility to Aesop’s classic fables, including The Lion and The Mouse, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Women and the Word: A Poetic Herstory

  • Grades: 5-12
  • Curriculum: T, SW
  • Single Performance: $1,500
  • Back-to-Back Performance: 2,200
  • Newark’s own Sheikia Norris — aka rapper Purple Haze — explores the mix of messages society sends girls about what it means to be a woman, and how they can silence that cacophony so they can hear their own inner voices. In this piece, the audience meets three young women locked in a school amphitheater, who challenge each other through spoken word duels celebrating womanhood and self-ex- pression.

From Jazz to Hip Hop: Featuring the Mark Gross Quartet and DJ MIke

  • Grades: 5-12
  • Curriculum: H, M, C
  • Single Performance: $1,800 
  • Back-to-Back Performance: $2,500 
  • Learn the language, rhythms and cultural significance of two of America’s greatest musical exports — jazz and hip-hop — through a musical journey that goes from swing and bebop to rap.

Curriculum Areas:
D Dance
L Language Arts
C Multicultural
M Music
T Theater
S Social Studies
W World Languages
P Puppetry

Events are held in the Victoria Theater unless otherwise noted.