State Theatre New Jersey

Online Culture Fix

Our doors may currently be closed and our stage silent, but we remain committed to providing you with arts and cultural activities to keep you and your family engaged, distracted, and entertained. Here are some activities, recommendations, videos, fun facts, and more! 

We will be adding new videos, activities, Spotify playlists, and more every month so check back for the latest additions!


For You


WATCH

NJSO

WORLD PREMIERE FOR NJSO

In a world-class concert film, our friends at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra  present the world premiere of their commission by Daniel Bernard Roumain alongside works by Michael Abels, Mahler, and Mozart. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Yuri Alves.
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Caterpillar

STORYTIME WITH THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia has captivated more than 6.5 million spectators from around the world. Enjoy this special book reading of Eric Carle's, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
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Mad Lib Theater

Mad Lib Theater

Jimmy Fallon from The Tonight Show brings celebrities on stage for the ultimate Mad Lib Theater. Laugh with Jimmy and actors such as Tom Cruise, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Natalie Portman as they put their creative thinking hats on to develop one-of-a-kind stories you’ll be sure to enjoy!
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Netflix

3 Music Filled Netflix Originals Premiering This Month 

This November Netflix will be releasing three music-filled originals! Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, featuring original songs by John Legend, premieres on Nov. 13, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square premieres the Nov. 22,and documentary Shawn Mendes: In Wonder premieres November 23.
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Happy Trees

Happy Little Trees!

Bob Ross was well-known for his art and relaxation aura. Observe Bob Ross cultivating beautiful images or join him in the journey from the comfort of your home.
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Virtual Festival

Kwanzaa

NJPAC’S ANNUAL KWANZAA FESTIVAL

Celebrate Kwanzaa virtually with numerous events and presentations that you can experience and enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home with the convenience and ease of Zoom. NJPAC's annual FREE Kwanzaa Family Festival is for family members of all ages. Activities include online arts and crafts for the kids, panel discussions for young teens and adults on social justice, storytelling with the elders, or Black theater. Take an online class to explore West African dance, stepping, Zumba, drumming, capoeira, Bebop Graffiti Arts, or Afrobeats. MORE INFO »

 

 

 

 


PINTEREST

Winter Origami

WINTER/HOLIDAY ORIGAMI

Have you ever tried origami? Well, now is the time! We put together a board of some holiday and winter ideas for you to try out (plus the whole family could try it!).
CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Winter Crafts

WINTER CRAFTS FOR THE KIDS

Here are some fun wintery crafts for the kids to do indoors this season, including Snow globes, gingerbread men, snow slim, and more! CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

 

Self Care

SELF-CARE TIPS

The holidays are upon us and we know how crazy things can get, so that is why we are reminding you that self-care is important! Here are some tips on how to stay calm and reduce stress. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Winter Cookies

COOKIE TIME!

This holiday season fight the winter blues with cookies! Yes, it is cookie season...we've got super fancy options and your standard options (can't beat a good chocolate chip!). Whatever your tastes, we have it here for you on our Pinterest Board. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

 

Love the 80s

Love the 80's?

As we get ready for '80s Trivia Night, we take look back at the fashion, the hair, the toys, and the music of that rad decade. CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Calling All Theatre Fans

Calling all Theatre Fans

Do you have a bullet journal and LOVE theatre? Check out our Pinterest board full of some ideas for your next journal page! CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

 

MORE PINTEREST BOARDS »


LISTEN

All Access with State Theatre New Jersey is a NJ Ad Club Jersey Award-winning weekly podcast and radio show hosted by the State Theatre featuring exclusive artist interviews. All interviews are available on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.

Here are some of our favorite interviews & SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS:

'80s Playlist

'80s Playlist on Spotify

Last month, we had a lot of fun presenting '80s Online Trivia Night with host Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) from Stranger Things. We are continuing our '80s nostalgia with this epic '80s Spotify Playlist featuring Cyndi Lauper, The Romantics, Whitney Houston, and more!
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2000s Playlist

2000s Playlist on Spotify

In the early '00s, we were all Crazy in Love, Chasing Pavements, and shaking it like a polaroid picture! Check out the playlist we put together celebrating the early '00s featuring Alicia Keys, Shakira, Mariah Carey, and more.
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist on Spotify

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, check out our playlist of these Latinx and Hispanic artist top hits.
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Somwhere Over the Rainbow

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Playlist on Spotify

Did you know that "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is one of the top 20 covered songs of all time? To celebrate the song and the movie musical's recent 81st anniversary, we created this Spotify playlist of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" covers.
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Back to School

"Back to School" Playlist on Spotify

It's back to school time! We know this year's start of the school season will have its challenges and because of that we wanted to put together a playlist that both you and the kids can enjoy and let off some steam.
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Pump It Up Playlist

PUMP IT UP PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY

Your workout just got a little easier with our Pump It Up Spotify playlist, compiled of all the best songs to keep you active and motivated throughout the day. Get up and get going with songs like "Don't Stop Believin" (Journey), "Try Everything" (Shakira), "Stronger" (Kelly Clarkson), "Eye of the Tiger" (Survivor), and more!
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LISTEN TO MORE PODCASTS & PLAYLISTS »


Broadway

Save Your Memories!

Your Broadway show memories are super special so any keepsakes you have—including your playbill—should be preserved! Here are some fun DIY ways to keep your tickets and other memorabilia.

Broadway Dances You Can Learn at Home

Get up off that couch and dance! Learn some of Broadway's most famous choreographed routines. 

Broadway BLOG

Underrated Musicals

Underrated Musicals

With a few months of quarantine behind us, you’ve probably gotten sick of listening to your favorite cast recordings over and over again. Check out these three hidden gems of musical theater. READ THE BLOG »

Broadway BINGO

Get together with the friends and family you are quarantining with, watch a musical, and play musical Bingo!

Broadway Book Recommendations

Check out these recommended Broadway books on Broadway Stars, shows, and more!

Ordering on Amazon? Amazon will donate a small portion of your shopping amount to State Theatre New Jersey through their Amazon Smile program! You shop. Amazon Donates to State Theatre! There’s no cost to you and your shopping will help support our programs and mission! Use this link to sign into your Amazon account »

Coloring Pages for Adults!

Bust out your fancy markers and coloring pencils because we have the coolest Broadway coloring pages for you to download now!

You Will Be Found

Coloring Sheet

Mean Girls

Hamiton

Phantom of the Opera

Heathers

 


Play at Home

Three New Short Plays Micro-commissioned by State Theatre New Jersey

State Theatre New Jersey is proud to be part of a new theater project called 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 mission of the initiative 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.

LEARN MORE & DOWNLOAD THE PLAYS »


Celebrate Pride Year-Round!

ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

Check out our Pride Zoom backgrounds! 

PRIDE PLAYLIST

Music is always a quick way to kick off a celebration! Listen to our new Pride playlist, featuring songs by Elton John, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, and more.  LISTEN AND FOLLOW »

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ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

Zoom Backgrounds

Download our new Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting! DOWNLOAD NOW »


Games & Trivia

Broadway Stars Crossword

Kids Crossword

Star Wars Crossword

Theatre Lingo Crossword


PLAY MORE GAMES »


CELEBRITY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Ordering on Amazon? Amazon will donate a small portion of your shopping amount to State Theatre New Jersey through their Amazon Smile program!

Use this link to sign into your Amazon account »
You shop. Amazon Donates to State Theatre! There’s no cost to you and your shopping will help support our programs and mission!

Waitress

Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Cookbook
from the files of Jenna Hunterson

This may not be written by a celebrity, but we think its pretty cool to include on this list anyway. It is the official tie-in to Broadway’s hit musical Waitress, featuring the recipes for three dozen of the show’s most evocative and delicious pies! 
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Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp's Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

In his passionate memoir, Rapp recounts his experience being part of the original cast of the award-winning musical Rent, discovering his sexuality, and dealing with personal loss. 
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Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland's Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Now one of the world's most groundbreaking artists, Copeland tells the story of her life on stage and her journey as an African-American ballerina.
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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews' Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

Andrews shares her rise to fame in the entertainment industry and a glimpse into her personal life as a child, young woman, and mother.
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MORE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS »


FUN THEATRE FACTS

Row I

Where is Row I?

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!)

Proscenium

PROSCENIUM STAGE VS. THRUST STAGE

A proscenium theatre (like the State Theatre) features a proscenium, which looks like a picture frame placed around the front of the playing area of a stage. The spaces on either side of the frame are the wings, extending off-stage. Scenery can surround the performance area on all sides except side towards audience, who watch the play through picture frame opening. With a thrust theatre, the stage is surrounded by audience on three sides. The fourth side serves as the background. Today, this stage is often a square or rectangular playing area, usually raised, surrounded by raked seating. Photo by Jeffrey Auger.

Wings

WAITING IN THE WINGS

Wings are the out of view stage areas located to the sides of the acting/performance space. The wing space is where performers stand before they enter and are often filled up with technical equipment or instruments, costumes/props.   

What is Vaudeville

What is Vaudeville?

From the 1880s to the 1920s, vaudeville was the most popular form of entertainment in America. The acts featured were comedians, singers, dancers, ventriloquists, and acrobats. After the 1920s, many former vaudevillians went on to star in films including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Will Rogers, Bob Hope, and Fanny Brice. This is an important part of our history as the State Theatre was built as a grand movie palace in the heyday of silent film and vaudeville in 1921. MORE ON OUR HISTORY »

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STATE THEATRE MAGAZINE

Check out our blog for show previews, artist interviews, event features, and much more. GO THE BLOG »

Carole King

Carole King Timeline

Carole King is as one of the most celebrated and unprecedented singer/songwriters in the music industry. Here is a breakdown of some of King's most iconic moments of her life.
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Otis Williams

Q&A with Otis Williams, Founding Member of The Temptations

The Temptations have been an inspiration for countless artists since their inception in the early 1960s. Founding member, Otis Williams, has been at the epicenter of the group for six decades.
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Don Felder

The History of Hotel California

“Hotel California,” The Eagles’ intricate rock ballad, is widely included among the greatest rock songs of all time. Ostensibly the story of a luxury hotel visit that takes a sinister turn, “Hotel California’s” dark themes and images of violence, debauchery, and illusion continues to mesmerize us.
READ MORE »

Rent

La Boheme Vs. RENT

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning masterpiece RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists, which many of you already know. What you may not know is that RENT is a re-imagining of Puccini's famous opera La Bohème. Let's compare the two!
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For Your Family


COLORING PAGES

Print out these fun images for your kids to color, including one of the State Theatre!

Happy Hanukkah

Gingerbread

Winter Houses

Puppy

Winter

Penguin

Sledding

Ornaments

Snowman

Snowman

Merry Christmas

Christmas Tree

 

MORE COLORING PAGES »


Milk & Cookies Storytellers

Julie Pasqual

JULIE PASQUAL

Milk & Cookies fan favorite Julie Pasqual, knows the power of our a good story. Watch her perform The Lion and you will see why she is a favorite with the little ones. 
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Games for kids

Carmen's World Orchestra

Carmen's World Orchestra

Put on a concert with instruments from all around the world! PLAY NOW »

PinkaDance

Pinkadance

Get up and dance with Pinkalicious! Play freeze dance or learn some new moves. PLAY NOW »

Music Maker

MUSIC MAKER

Make music with Peg and Cat at the Bamboo Grove or Magical Forest! PLAY NOW »

Daniel Tiger

SPIN AND SING

Spin the wheel to sing along with Daniel Tiger! PLAY NOW »


Keynotes Study Guides

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

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

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.

Nutcracker

Nutcracker
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!

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TAKEOUT, Indoor, and outdoor dining FROM OUR PARTNERS

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!

Stage Left Steak

Stage Left Steak

732-828-4444, ext. 213 | stageleft.com
Indoor dining and sidewalk cafe open every Thu-Sat from 4:30pm-9pm
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.

Catherine Lombardi

Catherine Lombardi Restaurant

732-296-9463, ext. 213 | CatherineLombardi.com
The Catherine Lombardi menu is available for indoor and outdoor dining 7-nights per week. 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

Panicos

Panico’s

732-545-6100 |  panicosrestaurant.com
Indoor and Outdoor Dining: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 2am, and Sun 11am-10pm. No Reservations Required.  Family Menu options. Delivery or pickup. 15% discount with code: PANICOS15

Fritz's

Fritz’s

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

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

732-249-6666 |  harvestmoonbrewery.com
Indoor and Outdoor Dining: Daily 11:30am-10pm. 
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.

Old Man Rafferty's

Old Man Rafferty’s

732-628-0565 — New Brunswick
908-904-9731 — Hillsborough
oldmanraffertys.com/home
Indoor and Outdoor Dining: Daily 12pm-8:30pm
Special food menu available, curbside pickup and front porch delivery.

Esquina Latina

Esquina Latina

732-543-1630 | esquinalatinarestaurant.com
Outdoor Dining: Daily from 12pm-9pm
Also open for takeout & delivery!
Curbside takeout & cocktail menu available.

George Street Ale House

George Street Ale House

732-543-2408 | gsalehouse.com
Open 11am-12am Thu – Sat; Wed and Sun 11am-10pm.
Available for dine-in, curbside pickup, and no-contact delivery. High quality pub fare, gourmet burgers, and enticing entrees along with specialty craft beers, original cocktails, as well as low prices and great deals!

Filippo's

Filippo's Famous Pizza

732-846-9060 | filipposfamouspizzanj.com
Open every day 10:30am-12am.
Available for dine-in, curbside pickup, and no-contact delivery. Enduring pizzeria doling out oversized thin-crust slices & pies, plus subs & pasta, since 1972.

Sophie's Bistro

Sophie's Bistro

732-545-7778 | sophiesbistro.net
Open Wed-Sat 3:30pm-7pm; Sun 3pm-6pm.
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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