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School's Out for Summer!

With the weather warming up and summer beginning to make its presence known, it is time for our Performances for Schools 2018-2019 season to come to a close. This year nearly 19,000 students and teachers attended the 21 school day matinee performances at State Theatre—with events ranging from adaptations of Eric Carle’s classic stories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, all the way to the national tour of RENT. Students experienced the art of ballet in Nutcracker, but also had a chance to laugh along with The Man Who Planted Trees, a play based off the short story by Jean Giono. Whether teachers were looking to expose their classes to the arts in directly connection with their lessons, like the science teachers who brought their students to Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure to learn more about dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, or just wanted to bring them in for a fun time listening to STOMP and their symphony of sounds, every school was able to find something that fit with their curriculum.

“Thank you for the entire process—from booking the trip, adding extra seats, arriving at the show, finding our seats, enjoying the show, and leaving—everything went perfectly. The entire staff was very professional and friendly. We have visited other theaters, and the State Theatre NJ was the best by far. We will be back!” –Jessica Necci, Newmark Education K-8

Then after each performance, we always have a few classes and teachers who love to share what they thought of the show! One of our favorite pastimes here is going through this kind of mail. 

The Education & Community Engagement Department gets the best mail in the whole office!

Packages and emails from teachers like Jo Winik, of Haworth School, whose class put together a wonderfully colorful letter for us to say that Nutcracker is something that she “looks forward to making an annual event for my 5th grade class” is the community response that reminds all the staff here about our mission–to provide the finest arts education programs and encourage the community to have a life-long associate with the performing arts. 

Nutcracker Letter from Haworth School


These students couldn't wait to read more stories about their favorite creatures under the sea when they returned to school after attending a performance of The Rainbow Fish this spring. We love seeing student interest in a show continue after they leave the theater!


The local preschools in New Brunswick always send us fantastic artwork of the performances they see each year!

Our next season of Performances for Schools is now for sale, so if you know a teacher who is looking for an opportunity for their students to experience the arts, let them know about the opportunities at State Theatre New Jersey! 

My 7th graders absolutely loved the performance and so did the other staff who attended with me. The Poets are so relatable to this age group and make poetry relatable as well. The Mayhem Poets get 12-year-olds to give poetry a standing ovation which is a pretty amazing feat! -Tina Avarello, Community Middle School

Bottom photo of Mayhem Poets by Jeffrey Auger Photography

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