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Family Theater Week

During the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s 14th annual Family Week at the Theatre, March 5-12, your family can experience several professional live performances at little or no cost, many of them at community schools or libraries.

“There’s something very special about going to theater with young people,” says John McEwen, executive director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. “Watching a performance happen right in front of you is very different than watching television or a movie, and children really respond to that.”

South Jersey highlights include Surflight Theatre’s School House Rock Live! at Holly Glen Elementary School in Williamstown, Mon., March 7 ($3) and Pushcart Players’ bilingual Cuentos Del Arbol (Tree Tales) at Frank Guaracini, Jr. Fine Arts & Performing Arts Center in Vineland, Sat., March 19 (adults $5, kids free).

Pushcart Players will also be touring New Jersey performing Little Red Riding Hood & Other Stories, classic tales told musically with a contemporary twist. You can see Hood at the Vineland Public Library on Tues., March 8 and the Woodbury Library on Wed., March 9 (both free) or at the Lyceum Hall Center in Burlington on Fri., March 11 (adults $5, kids free).

Family Week at the Theatre initiative is part of The Stages Festival, a month-long, statewide celebration of the performing arts for all ages. For a complete schedule of shows, visit www.stagesfestival.org.

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

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