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 

Ronald K Brown/ Evidence/ A Dance Company

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 10 am & 12:30 PM
  • Friday, January 12, 2018, at 10 am & 12:30 PM
  • Victoria Theater
  • 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.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

  • Friday, December 15, 2017, 12:30pm
  • Prudential Hall at NJPAC
  • 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.

Regina Carter: Simply Ella

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

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
  • 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.

Petra and the Wolf

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10am & 12:30pm
  • Friday, November 3, 2017, 10am & 12:30pm
  • Victoria Theater
  • 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.

Do You Speak Djembe

  • 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 
  • Led by a line-up of world-class Western and African musicians, the audience plays their favorite tunes on their own djembes.

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2017, at 10am & 12:30pm
  • Thursday, March 1, 2017 at 10am & 12:30pm
  • Friday, March 2, 2017 at 10am &12:30pm
  • Prudential Hall at NJPAC
  • Tickets: Regular 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 fantasy.

Freedom Riders

  • Wednesday, February, 14, 2018, at 10am & 12:30pm
  • Thursday, February, 15, 2018, at 10am & 12:30pm
  • Friday, February, 16, 2017, at 10am &12:30pm
  • Victoria Theater at NJPAC
  • Tickets: Regular price $8
  • Curriculum: S, T, M, L 
  • 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.

The Ugly Duckling

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 10am & 12:30pm  
  • Friday, April 20, 2018, 10am & 12:30pm
  • Victoria Theater at NJPAC
  • 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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

  • Friday, May 11, 2018, at 12:30pm
  • Prudential Hall
  • 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.

Darius & Twig

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10am & 12:30pm
  • Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10am &12:30pm
  • Prudential Hall at NJPAC
  • 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

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
  • 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.

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.

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.