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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 trivia, games, activities, videos and more over the next few days and weeks so please check back often!


For You


WATCH

Suliman Tekalli

Artist-In-Residence Suliman Tekalli
performs Handel

He can play the violin, viola, and the mandolin! State Theatre Artist-In-Residence Sulimon Tekalli from Center for Musical Excellence says hello AND plays 3 different parts from a work by Handel!
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Artist-in-Residence George Meyer

Artist-in-Residence George Meyer

Our Artist-in-Residence George Meyer may be social distancing, but he has a message for all of our patron and he performs a brief excerpt from one of his original compositions!
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Suliman Tekalli

Artist-in-Residence Suliman Tekalli on PAGAnini

Here he is again! Our Artist-in-Residence Suliman Tekalli shares some insight on Niccolo Paganini, an Italian violin virtuoso (1782-1840) from the 19th century. Around 2:50, listen to Suliman perform Paganini's Cantabile, a beautiful piece with a soaring melody that soothes the soul.
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A Message from the CEO

A Message from the President & CEO

We are in this together. Watch this message from our President & CEO Sarah K. Chaplin.
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Treasures of New Jersey

Treasures of New Jersey

Treasures of New Jersey documentary on State Theatre New Jersey. Just under 30 minutes, this doc by NJTV explores State Theatre's almost 100 years of history through archival photographs, film, and interviews.
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Production Day

A State Theatre New Jersey Production Day!

Watch this GoPro video of a full working day for our crew; setting up for a live performance, seeing a concert with a stage full of musicians, and then the break down of the set. Keep the sound on for this one!
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Diavolo

Diavolo on America's Got TalenT

State Theatre artist Diavolo or "architects in motion," first came to us in 2007, but in 2017, they made it to the finals on America's Got Talent. Check out their amazing audition performance.
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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:

Johnny Mathis

JOHNNY MATHIS

Listen to Johnny talk about music, growing up, going to the Olympic trials for high jumping, and his love of Jersey tomatoes!
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BJ Thomas

BJ Thomas

Check out our recent interview with BJ as we chat about his biggest hits ("Hooked On A Feeling"), working with Burt Bacharach, and starting in the music industry when he was just a teenager.
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Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

The couple—who have been married for over 40 years—share with us the story of their success as both a duo and as the former lead singers of The 5th Dimension.
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Mike Love

Mike Love from The Beach Boys

The founding Beach Boys member talks about the group's obsession with perfecting their vocal harmonies, growing up in a musical family singing doo wop songs, and Chuck Berry's influence on the group.
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Broadway Playlist

Ultimate Broadway Musicals Playlist on Spotify

Sing along to the best musicals from the last 30+ years in our Ultimate Broadway Musicals Playlist on Spotify including Cats, Hamilton, Wicked, and more.
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Comedy Playlist

laugh out loud playlist on spotify

Get some much needed laughs in with these past State Theatre artists including John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and more in our Comedy Hits playlist on Spotify.
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Games & Trivia

Set List 3

Set List 4

 

Attention 60s Music Lovers

Attention '60s music lovers!

Can you match the two parts of these album titles all from the 1960s? Test your skills and TAKE THE QUIZ »

Name these Musicals

Can You Name These Musicals?

Can You Name These Musicals From Just A Production Photo? TAKE THIS QUIZ »

 

 

Set List 1

Set List 2

 


CELEBRITY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

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Love, Lucy

Lucille Ball's Love, Lucy

It is rumored that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez once owned the State Theatre, so naturally we are drawn to the legendary TV star. This Audible version of her book, is not only written by her, but it is spoken in her own words.
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Desserts LaBelle

Patti LaBelle's Desserts LaBelle

During our current situation, we have noticed that dessert is definitely on the menu as many of us are baking our hearts out. Let Patti LaBelle help guide you.
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Martin Short

Martin Short's I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend

In this heartfelt memoir, read how Short transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen.
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Elvis and Me

Priscilla Presley's Elvis and Me

In her own words, Priscilla tells the story of their love, their marriage, the affairs, their divorce, and the unbreakable bond that has remained long after his tragic death.
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Martina McBride

Martina McBride's Martina's Kitchen Mix

Featuring more than 100 recipes, the country music icon's cook book recipes include Grilled Sweet Peppers with Goat Cheese and Herbs and Fresh Apple Cake with Homemade Caramel Sauce!
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Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone, A Memoir

LuPone shares the intimate story of her life both onstage and off with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks.
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FUN THEATRE FACTS

No Whistling

CAN YOU WHISTLE IN A THEATRE?

Only if you dare! Before headsets or walkie-talkies, intercoms, and light cue systems the onstage crew would use sailor whistles to communicate to their fellow crew members for scene changes. If someone whistled at the wrong time it sometimes resulted in injury or death! READ MORE ON PLAYBILL.COM »

First Theatre

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE FIRST THEATRE IN AMERICA WAS BUILT?

The first theatre in America was built in 1716 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Now, they are all over the country! The playhouse was started by a merchant named William Levingston. The productions included Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Othello.

Ghost Light

What is a ghost light?

A ghost light is one single light on a stand that stays on throughout the night when the theater is closed and unoccupied. Some say that it is left on "for the ghosts" or to keep them way, but we are pretty sure it's just so people don't tumble off the stage.

Hemp House

What is a Hemp House?

A Hemp House refers to a theater that uses hemp rope as the rigging ropes, which run over pulleys and are tied to sandbags. Most theaters operate with hemp system but rather a counterweight system or motorized rigging. Fun Fact: State Theatre is a Hemp House.


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.
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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 CONTEST

Hey parents! Kids ages 3 and up can enter our coloring contest for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to a State Theatre 2020-21 season show, PLUS, a backstage tour*! Submit a photo of the coloring page along with your child's first name only, age, and town to statetheatrenj@gmail.com. Deadline is April 15. Winner announced on Facebook and via email on April 16 at 12pm. *Please note, the tour will not take place on the same date as the selected show. 

Coloring Page


Milk & Cookies Storytellers

Charlotte Blake Alston

Charlotte Blake Alston

Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston's Milk & Cookies dates will be rescheduled for the fall but in them meantime she put together a fun video of her sharing one of her stories. So, grab the kids, some milk and cookies, cozy up on the couch, and enjoy. 
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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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CRAFTS

Littlle Monsters

Little Monsters

Recycle your tissue paper boxes by turning them into little monsters! Kids can paint, color, glue, or bedazzle each on to give it a unique monster look.
LEARN HOW »

Paper Rainbow

Paper Rainbow

Brighten up your house and your kids with these cute rainbows! It is super simple and sure to put a smile on everyone's faces.
LEARN HOW »

Paper Plate Butterflies

PAPER PLATE BUTTERFLIES

Looking for something to do with the littles? Make paper plate butterflies.
LEARN HOW »

Paper Plate Crafts

PAPER PLATE CRAFTS

Not into butterflies? Check out some other paper plate craft options with bunnies, tigers, even llamas!
LEARN HOW »


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!

The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish
This collection of three stories by Marcus Pfister are a wonderful gem. You can find these stories still being sold today, and there’s even a cartoon series that can be found online!

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Portsmouth Point Overture was based on a funny painting from 1814, and Franz Liszt was such a popular artist in 1839 that women and men would become hysterical and faint when they saw him perform! Learn more about the inspirations and composers behind the music played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
In 1965, Lynda Blackmon Lowery was the youngest person to participate in the Voting Rights March. Find out more of Lynda’s fascinating journey, which is also an illustrated memoir for young readers.


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