School Programs

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Main Stage Matinees

The same shows that appear on our Main Stage on the weekends have been tailored to meet the tight constraints of a school-day in our Main Stage Matinee Series. In addition to your class trip to ourCat-In-The-Hat_4C theatre for the performance, we continue our practice of providing excellent lesson plans and the unique opportunity for your students to have a question and answer session with our professional artistic team – director, designer and actors!   This season Dr Seuss’s THE CAT IN THE HAT from our is available for a Main Stage Matinee.  Matinees will be available during the show’s Main Stage run (May 2017). For details, please call our Educational Programming Director, Lori Lawrence at [973] 347-4946 or email at eddir@growingstage.com .

Touring & Resident Company

In addition to our Main Stage Matinees, The Growing Stage offers unique opportunities for educational enrichment through our touring and resident companies. Fulfilling our mission of nurturing the development of the performing arts through education, we have had the privilege of performing for schools throughout New Jersey.  The Growing Stage is on the New Jersey State Council on the Arts approved roster of Artist Residency Companies. Our current touring production is described below:

Tales from the Garden 

Tales ITales from the Garden is a fun-filled journey through the rich history of the Garden State from its original settlers to its many legends as well as some of the more unique roles New Jersey has played in American history. It can be performed either at the Palace Theatre or in school and is available April through May.  This production is a great way to enhance your unit on New Jersey.

Available April through May 2016.

Meets NJ State Department of Education Core Standards:

1.1 through 1.5, 3.1, 35 & 6.3 through 6.6

Audience Recommendation: Grades 3 through 8



Busytown

Play by Kevin Kling
Music by Michael Koerner
Adapted from the books by author Richard Scarry

September 24 – October 24, 2010
Opening Performance only Friday September 24 7:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00pm

Busytown is always buzzing with activity. But what do people do all day? That’s where Huckle Cat comes in—he’ll take us on a tour of his great neighborhood. And there is so much to see and do, so many wonderful friends to visit. Huckle shows us how Farmer Pig and Grocer Cat work together to bring food to the town. Construction Worker and his crew build new houses, and Fire Chief and the gang keep them safe. Isn’t it wonderful how everyone works together to keep Busytown busy?

Also available to schools as a Main Stage Matinee!

Audience Recommendation: All Ages