We can't wait to reopen our doors in September 2021 for our 100th Anniversary! Until then, here are some arts and cultural activities to keep you and your family engaged, distracted, and entertained.
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April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate, we hosted a free Online Community Poetry Reading with nationally-acclaimed poet Glenis Redmond. Participants from Glenis' State Theatre workshops performed their own personal poems alongside Glenis who also performed.
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In March, we partnered with Bristol Myers Squibb, Accenture, and Ernst & Young, to present a free virtual concert with singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey. Best known as a finalist on America's Got Talent, Harvey is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and inspirational speaker who lost her residual hearing at the age of 18. Despite this invisible disability, her love of music and determination led her to a career in vocal performance. She tours the world performing her original music and presenting her inspirational story of never giving up—helping others to realize their dreams and pursue their hopes.
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GET A SNEAK PEEK INTO CURRENT RENOVATION PROGRESS!
Go inside our historic theater and see it like never before with this 360˚ online tour. Virtually walk around the stage, auditorium, studio, lobbies and more to get an inside look at the current renovations taking place throughout the building. We’re so excited to share our progress with you. Best part? No hard hats necessary for this tour! Special thanks to Brunswick Branding.
May is International Drum Month! To celebrate, we put together a Pinterest board of some of the best drummers of all time. Do you agree with our list?
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May is National Barbecue Month! Which is a great excuse to gather friends and family and enjoy a big meal. Here is our Pinterest board of recipe ideas to help get you started.
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Spring is finally here! Which means, it is time for your kids to add some spring flair to their crafts with flowers, birds, trees, and more! We have some easy ideas for you.
Check out the State Theatre's Spotify page and our playlists, curated just for you! Also, listen to exclusive artist interviews from our NJ Ad Club Jersey Award-winning weekly podcast and radio show, All Access with State Theatre New Jersey. All interviews are available on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.
On June 9th, we're hosting our Superheroes & Villains Trivia. In honor of all your favorite Marvel and DC characters, we have put together a fun soundtrack for you to enjoy as you emerge out into the beautiful spring season.
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This month marks the 44th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie! This playlist is our tribute to all things Sci-Fi so you have soundtracks from Star Wars, E.T., Guardians of the Galaxy, The Twilight Zone, and more!
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State Theatre New Jersey is proud to be part of new theater project, Play at Home. The project is a collaboration between theaters from across the country as a response to the rapidly changing landscape of the performing arts during this global crisis. The initiative's mission is simple: to continue to inspire joy and creativity through live theater.
As a part of this collaboration, the State Theatre has micro-commissioned playwrights/creators to write a short play or musical (10 minutes or less) which are now available for free download.
All plays are intended for families or small groups of people to perform together at home. We hope that you and your family will pick a play to produce from your living rooms and if you feel so inclined, share it with us at #PlayAtHomePlays.
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Looking for a virtual game to play with your friends and family? Try CodeNames! Channel your inner spy: There are 25 secret agents who can only be identified by their codenames, and you have to identify and make contact with your agents before the other team does, using clues given by the "spymasters." PLAY NOW »
This recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, Star Wars, is sure to please fans of the series and movie lovers alike.
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Margot Lee Shetterly's New York Times bestselling book, Hidden Figures—which inspired the 2016 film—is the true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
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Ordering on Amazon? Amazon will donate a small portion of your shopping amount to State Theatre New Jersey through their Amazon Smile program!
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Many words that we use in modern English were actually first recorded in the works of William Shakespeare! Experts estimate that approximately 422 words that we use today were completely original words coined by the Bard. Some surprising ones include addiction, bloodsucking, control, mimic, and reclusive, just to name a few.
The ancient Greeks showed their admiration for a show by doing everything other then clapping their hands. They would stamp their feet and shout to show praise for a production. Ancient Greeks enjoyed invoking as much loud noise as humanly possible when satisfied with a performance. Some even believe that clapping hands together was originated in ancient Greek theatre!
The origin of the word "explode" actually comes from the world of theatre! It was first used in the 1530s as the Latin word "explodere," which meant "to boo an actor off the stage." It comes from the roots "ex-," meaning "out," and "plaudere," which means "to clap." ("plaudere" is also the root of the words "applaud" and "applause!") When "explodere" was adopted into the English language in the 1650s, it came to mean "to drive out with violence and sudden noise," and over time, it started to resemble the word "explode" as we know it today, defined as "to burst forth with sudden violence or noise from internal energy." Photo by Love Imagery.
While rows A-H and J-Z are typically present in a theater, you will almost certainly never see a row I. After people would flock to the front row confusing their row ‘I’ tickets for row ‘1,’ the row was taken off completely to avoid confusion. (Some theaters omit rows O and Q as well!)
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How did Kubart come to the children’s music scene? In an interview with Billboard in 2017, Kubart explained that he volunteered at a women’s and children’s shelter on the Upper West Side while studying at Fordham University.
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This December, State Theatre will celebrate the monumental milestone of our 100th anniversary. This anniversary celebrates the original 1921 opening, but each year, we also commemorate the theatre's reopening as a performing arts center in the late '80s.
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To commemorate the State Theatre's 100th Anniversary, we are sharing 100 years of STNJ memories! Eileen Harkins grew up in New Brunswick in the 1960s and fondly recalls joining her friends at STNJ for the noon matinee. The cost? Fifty cents.
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As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the State Theatre, we’re looking back to the individuals who built the historic theatre in 1921—including its architect, Thomas W. Lamb. Lamb's designs became the archetype of the early 20th century movie theatre, influencing the development of thousands of theatres across the country.
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Print out these fun images for your kids to color!
Did you attend one or more of our events that were also in the Performances for Schools Season? An invaluable resource for teachers, students, and anyone looking to know more about the show, Keynotes include in-depth information, fun facts, activities, and resources to be used both before and after the show.
The Color Purple
Looking for something read while stuck at home? Learn more about Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book and inspirational movie about the life of Celie.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
This incredible South African male choral group has won five Grammy® Awards (much of it on Spotify!)! Learn more about their story and listen to some wonderful isicathamiya music.
American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition since 1964. Read more about one of the longest consecutively-running Nutcracker performances in the United States!
Here are our partner restaurants that are offering special takeout menus and outdoor dining during this time! Let them know you heard it from State Theatre!
732-828-4444, ext. 213 | stageleft.com
Indoor dining and sidewalk cafe open every Thu 4:30pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 4:30pm-9:30pm
Also offering takeout, curbside pick-up and free local delivery Thu-Sat from 4:30pm-9pm. Plus, their whole wine list is available for take-out and delivery.
732-296-9463, ext. 213 | CatherineLombardi.com
The Catherine Lombardi menu is available for indoor and outdoor dining Tue-Sat 4:30pm-9pm. Curbside takeout and delivery of the whole menu and wine list also available.
Specials include: Roast Beef and Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich on Garlic Bread; Lasagna with Meat Gravy; and Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and Home-Spun Ice Cream
732-543-0202 | fritzsnb.com
Pickup or Delivery. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Breakfast served Mon-Fri until 11:30am, Sat until 1pm and Sunday All Day. Full menu available on website. Weekly specials change each week, check out Facebook and Instagram @fritzsnb
732-249-6666 | harvestmoonbrewery.com
Indoor and Outdoor Dining: Tue-Sun 11:30am-1am; Mon 5pm-11pm
Takeout and delivery options
Growlers (bottles of wine & liquor) are available, all refill growlers will be only $10 and bottles of wine only $15! Can deliver “larger” orders personally, please call.
732-846-9060 | filipposfamouspizzanj.com
Available for dine-in, curbside pickup, and no-contact delivery. Enduring pizzeria doling out oversized thin-crust slices & pies, plus subs & pasta, since 1972.
732-545-7778 | sophiesbistro.net
Lunch Wed-Fri 12pm-4pm;
Dinner Wed-Thu 4pm-8pm; Fri-Sat 4pm-9pm; Sun 4pm-8pm
Available for take out. A classic French bistro offering country-style items. At Sophie’s Bistro, everything is made in-house. They bake their own bread and their homey, large portioned dishes are fresh and delicious.
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