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State Theatre New Jersey

Online Culture Fix

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. 


For You


WATCH

Glenis Redmond Poetry Reading

Online Community Poetry Reading
with Glenis Redmond

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.
WATCH NOW »

Mandy Harvey

Together We Rise—
A Virtual Experience with Mandy Harvey

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.
WATCH NOW »

Marcia Ball singing

JAZZ APPRECIATION

April is also National Jazz Appreciation Month! Here is one of our favorite Jazz pianists—and a STNJ artist in 2001 and 2009—Marcia Ball performing "That's Enough Of That Stuff."
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Renovation Overview

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.

Stage and Auditorium 360 Tour

Stage & Auditorium

 

Downstair Lobby 360 Tour

Downstairs Lobby

 

2nd Floor Lobby 360 Tour

Second Floor Lobby & Studio

 

Balcony and Auditorium 360 Tour

Balcony & Auditorium

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR RENOVATION »


PINTEREST

Best Drummers of All Time

BEST DRUMMERS OF ALL TIME

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?
CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Spring Bullet Journal

SPRING BULLET JOURNAL

Hey bullet journal fans! It's time dust off your bullet journal and start getting organized! We have put together a board of some fun ideas to inspire you.⁠
CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

 

BBQ

IT'S BBQ SEASON!

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.
CHECK OUT OUR BOARD »

Spring Crafts for Kids

SPRING CRAFTS FOR KIDS

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.

MORE PINTEREST BOARDS »


LISTEN

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.

Here are some New SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS:

Superheroes and Villains

SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS

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.
LISTEN NOW »

Sci-Fi

SCI-FI

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!
LISTEN NOW »

Katrina and the Waves

SONGS THAT FEEL LIKE SPRING

Spring is in the air! Now, you can enjoy it even more with our "Spring is Here" playlist! Featuring songs with a spring feel including Katrina & The Waves' "Walking on Sunshine" and "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra.
LISTEN NOW »

 

LISTEN TO MORE PODCASTS & PLAYLISTS »


Play at Home

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

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.

LEARN MORE & DOWNLOAD THE PLAYS »


Celebrate PRIDE 2021!

Pride Zoom Background

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 »

CHECK OUT MORE PRIDE ITEMS »


ZOOM BACKGROUNDS

Zoom Backgrounds

Download these and more Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting! DOWNLOAD NOW »


Games & Trivia

Codenames

Codenames

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 »

Scattergories

Scattergories

You may know it as Scattergories or Catergories, but it's just like the game you remember, but online! You can choose topics like movies, TV shows, and Disney. After you set up the game, you can send a link to all the players to join. PLAY NOW »


PLAY MORE GAMES »


CELEBRITY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Carrie Fisher

CARRIE FISHER: THE PRINCESS DIARIES

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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John Lithgow

JOHN LITHGOW: DRAMA: AN ACTOR'S EDUCATION

This memoir by Emmy Award-winner John Lithgow highlights his collaborations with renowned performers and directors (Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Meryl Streep) and his the ups and downs of his long career.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Mary Lee Shetterly

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. 
LEARN MORE »

The Hate You Give

The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this powerful YA novel follows 16-year-old Starr Carter and her struggle for justice.
LEARN MORE »

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!

MORE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS »


FUN THEATRE FACTS

Shakespeare

THE WORDS OF SHAKESPEARE

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.

A Round of Applause

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE

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!

Explode

EXPLODE!

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.

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!)

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STATE THEATRE MAGAZINE

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

Tim Kubart

MEET NEW MILK & COOKIES ARTIST: TIM KUBART

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.
READ MORE »

1988 Reopening

THE 1988 STATE THEATRE RENOVATION AND REOPENING

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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Eileen Harkins with Marlene Canavera

SHARE YOUR STORY: EILEEN HARKINS

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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Thomas Lamb

STNJ'S RENOWNED ARCHITECT THOMAS W. LAMB

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.
READ MORE »


For Your Family


COLORING PAGES

Print out these fun images for your kids to color!

Ladybugs

Spring

Frog

Sun

Hello Spring

Butterfly

 

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. 
WATCH NOW »

 

 

 


Games for kids

Talking Tom Cat 2

TALKING TOM CAT 2

Your family will enjoy laughing along with this silly game! Tom is your pet cat and he likes to repeat everything you say with a funny voice. Try it out! PLAY NOW »

Maze Alphabet

MAZE ALPHABET

Maze Alphabet is a classic maze puzzle for kids and adults with fun tweaks and surprises. PLAY NOW »

Darwin's Yearbook

DARWIN'S YEARBOOK

Help Darwin and Gumball snap photos for the school yearbook and help them move onto the next level! 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!

MORE KEYNOTES »

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 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.

Catherine Lombardi

Catherine Lombardi Restaurant

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

Panicos

Panico’s

732-545-6161 |  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: 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.

Old Man Rafferty's

Old Man Rafferty’s

732-628-0565 — New Brunswick
908-904-9731 — Hillsborough
oldmanraffertys.com/home
Indoor and Outdoor Dining: Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm
Special food menu available, curbside pickup and front porch delivery.

Filippo's

Filippo's Famous Pizza

732-846-9060 | filipposfamouspizzanj.com
Mon-Sun 10:30am-9:30pm
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
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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