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13 OCL branches presents NJ Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival in March

TOMS RIVER –   New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will present eight programs at 13 Ocean County Library branches and two local schools in March.

These programs will mark the 18th anniversary of the library’s partnership with the Alliance.

The festival brings professional, Broadway-quality programs to communities throughout March and Ocean County Library presents them to the public free of charge.

Throughout the years the performances have touched people of all ages and this year will be no different.

Preschoolers can enjoy programs like “Stone Soup and Other Tales” and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” Seniors and families will be entertained by “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and educated by “Tales from the Garden.”

The presentations are free and meet many of the Common Core Curriculum Standards.

Registration is required for each of the presentations. Telephone the branch to register.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, is an adventurous, fun-filled performance complete with slap-stick comedy. In this family program an innocent milk-and-cookie snack time goes from mishap to calamity to catastrophe faster than the twitch of a whisker.

The performance will be held 3:30 p.m. Fri. March 13 at Lakewood, 301 Lexington Ave., 732-363-1435.

“Stone Soup and Other Tales,” presented by Pushcart Players, is a charming blend of carefully selected folk tales from around the world. Supporting the literacy movement’s emphasis on the joy of reading, this dynamic and participatory program is not to be missed by young viewers and families.

The performance will be held:

2 p.m. Sat. March 7 at Stafford, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, 609-597-3381,

3:30 p.m. Wed. March 11 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, 609-758-7888,

2 p.m. Sat. March 14 at Barnegat, 112 Burr St., 609-698-3331,

11 a.m. Sat. March 21 at Lacey, 10 E. Lacey Rd., Forked River, 609-693-1197.

6:30 p.m. Mon. March 23 at Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513.

“If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, shows what happens when a young girl accommodates the demands of a quirky piglet after eating pancakes.  Their adventure is just beginning as they take a bubble bath, tap dance, take a photo, mail a letter, build and decorate a tree house, and of course, go back for more pancakes.

The performance will be held 11 a.m. Sat. March 7 at Waretown, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133.

“Tales from the Garden,” presented by The Growing Stage, is a fun-filled journey through the rich history of the Garden State and examines the unique roles New Jersey has played in American history.

It will be performed:

6:30 p.m. Thur. March 26 at Berkeley, 30 Station Rd., 732-269-2144,

6:30 p.m. Mon. March 30 at Toms River, 101 Washington St. 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

“Red Riding Hood and Other Stories,” presented by Pushcart Players presents classic tales such as “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “Little Red Riding Hood” in music and is told with a contemporary spin.

It will be performed:

6 p.m. Tue. March 10 at Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197,

7 p.m. Thur. March 12 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., 732-657-7600,

6 p.m. Tue. March 31 at Pt. Pleasant Beach, 710 McLean Ave., 732-892-4575.

“Mi Casa Tu Casa,” presented by Dreamcatcher Repertory Company, is a bilingual blend of music and folktales for the entire family. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this unique journey through time, place and imagination.

It will be performed 3 p.m. Wed. March 25 at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School, 1200 Bay Boulevard, Seaside Heights. Telephone 732-793-3996.

“New Kid,” presented by the George Street Playhouse, is a play that addresses racism, prejudice, peer pressure and conflict resolution. It prompts its audience to explore issues of moving to a new place, being the outsider, and making and keeping friends.

It will be performed 6:30 p.m. Mon. March 16 at the Island Heights Grade School, 115 Summit Ave., 732-270-6266.

The George Street Playhouse will also present “Austin the Unstoppable,” 2:30 p.m. Sat. March 28 at Long Beach Island, 609-494-2480. This fun, upbeat musical engages audiences in the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise by celebrating how positive change can occur through the power of love, hard work, and support.

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NJ Theatre Alliances Stage Festival performances @ 15 OCL branches

New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will present nine programs at 15 Ocean County Library branches in March.  These programs will mark the 17th anniversary of the library’s partnership with the Alliance.

The festival brings professional, Broadway-quality programs to communities throughout March and Ocean County Library presents them to the public free of charge.

Throughout the years the performances have touched people of all ages and this year will be no different.

Preschoolers can enjoy programs like “Stone Soup and Other Tales” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Seniors and families will be entertained and educated by “Celebrating New Jersey” and “IRL: In Real Life.”

Registration is required for each of the presentations. Telephone the branch to register.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, is an adventurous, fun-filled performance complete with slap-stick comedy. In this family program an innocent milk-and-cookie snack time goes from mishap to calamity to catastrophe faster than the twitch of a whisker.

The performance will be held:

11 a.m. Sat. March 1 at the Waretown branch, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133.

10:30 a.m. Sat. March 8 at the Stafford branch, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, 609-597-3381.

6:30 p.m. Thur. March 13 at the Berkeley branch, 30 Station Rd., 732-269-2144.

“IRL: In Real Life,” presented by George Street Playhouse, examines the perils of cyber-bullying when four students encounter anonymous text message, secret photos, and threatened online conversations.

The program, for teens (ages 11-17) and adults, investigates how students can take an active role to end cyber-bullying.

It will be presented 6 p.m. Mon. March 10 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., 732-657-7600.

“Stone Soup and Other Tales,” presented by Pushcart Players, is a charming blend of carefully selected folk tales from around the world. Supporting the literacy movement’s emphasis on the joy of reading, this dynamic and participatory program is not to be missed by young viewers and families.

The performance will be held 6:30 p.m. Tues March 11 at Point Pleasant Beach, 710 McLean Av., 732-295-1555.

“If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, shows what happens when a young girl accommodates the demands of a quirky piglet after eating pancakes.  Their adventure is just beginning as they take a bubble bath, tap dance, take a photo, mail a letter, build and decorate a tree house, and of course, go back for more pancakes.

The performance will be held 6:30 p.m. Tues. March 25 at Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513.

“Celebrating New Jersey,” presented by Pushcart Players heightens your appreciation of our state on its 350th anniversary. This delightful theatre piece used the art of storytelling to reach across more than three centuries, linking New Jerseyans to their past and breathes life into our history.

The performance will be held:

10:30 a.m. Sat. March 8 at Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197.

2:30 p.m. Sat. March 22 at Long Beach Island, 217 S. Central Av., Surf City, 609-494-2480.

“Victorian Magic,” presented by East Lynn Theater Company, brings actor Robert Aberdeen to the stage where he will delight audiences of all ages with his magical sleight-of-hand. Be careful, this family performance includes audience participation!

The performance will be held 2:30 p.m. Tues. March 18 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt 609-758-7888.

“Bullies in the Hall,” presented by Surflight Theatre, tells the story of a group of students at Woodruff High and how they learn to deal with the constant and mean-spirited bullying behavior that has become the norm, including cyber-bullying. Schools should be a safe place for everyone, and students have the power to make it so.

It will be presented 6:30 p.m. Mon. March 24 at the Island Heights Grade School, 115 Summit Ave., 732-270-6266.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” presented by Surflight Theatre, tells of Alexander’s day. Not only does He wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he’s not his be friend anymore.  Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but will educate young audiences as they identify with him and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings.

It will be performed:

7 p.m. Thurs. March 6 at Toms River, 101 Washington St., 732-349-6200.

3 p.m. Fri. March 14 at Lakewood, 301 Lexington Av., 732-363-1435

11 a.m. Sat. March 15 at Point Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., 732-295-1555.

2 p.m. Sat. March 22 at Lacey, 10 E. Lacey Rd., Forked River, 609-693-8566.

“Happily Ever After- A Cinderella Tale,” presented by Pushcart Players is based on the classic tale. This musical adaptation takes one on that sometimes happy, sometimes say, but always compelling journey, fueled by inner beauty, courage and kindness as they triumph over greed, arrogance and bully behavior.

It will be performed 2 p.m. Sat. March 29 @ Barnegat, 112 Burr St., 609-698-3331.

OCL presents Stages Festival at 10 branches

TOMS RIVER –  New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival”  will present seven programs at 10 Ocean County Library branches in March. These programs will mark the 16th anniversary of the library’s partnership with the Alliance.

The Festival brings professional, Broadway-quality programs to communities throughout the month, and Ocean County Library presents them to the public free of charge.

Throughout the years the performances have touched people of all ages and this year will be no different.

Preschoolers can enjoy programs like “Stone Soup and Other Tales” and “Frog and Toad.”  Seniors and families will be entertained by “Victorian Magic” and “IRL.”

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, is an adventurous, fun-filled performance complete with slap-stick comedy. In this family program an innocent milk-and-cookie snack time goes from mishap to calamity to catastrophe faster than the twitch of a whisker.

The performance will be held:

Tue. March 5 at 6 p.m. in the Manchester branch, (732) 657-7600

Sat. March 9 at 11 a.m. at the Pt. Pleasant Borough branch, (732) 295-1555

Tue. March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Pt. Pleasant Beach branch, (732) 892-4575.

“IRL: In Real Life,” presented by George Street Playhouse, examines the perils of cyber-bullying when four students encounter anonymous text message, secret photos, and threatened online conversations. The program, for teens (ages 11-17) and adults, investigates how students can take an active role to end cyber-bullying.

The performance will be held Tue. March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Jackson branch, (732) 928-4400.

“Schoolhouse Rock, Live!” by Surflight Theatre, is a pop culture phenomenon that has come to the musical stage. The Emmy Award-winning 1970s cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever songs comes to life at the Toms River branch, (732) 349-6200, Sat. March 9 at 2 p.m.

“Stone Soup and Other Tales,” presented by Pushcart Players, is a charming blend of carefully selected folk tales from around the world. Supporting the literacy movement’s emphasis on the joy of reading, this dynamic and participatory program is not to be missed by young viewers and families.

The performances will be held:

Fri. March 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Lakewood branch, (732) 363-1435

Sat. March 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Long Beach Island branch, (609) 494-2480.

“Let Freedom Ring,” presented by Pushcart Players, is a robust musical review that celebrates our nation’s birth and development. It is a compilation of authentic folk songs and vignettes that will appeal to children ages 5 and older.

It will be performed Sat. March 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Little Egg Harbor branch, (609) 294-1197.

“A Year with Frog and Toad,” presented by Surflight Theatre, follows two friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Neighboring squirrels, birds, moles and even a snail-with-the-mail all help to make this theatrical adventure a treat for children of all ages.

It will be performed at the Barnegat branch, (609) 698-3331, Sat. March 23 at 2 p.m.

“Victorian Magic,” presented by East Lynn Theater Company, brings actor Robert Aberdeen to the stage where he will delight audiences of all ages with his magical sleight-of-hand. Be careful, this family performance includes audience participation!

The performance will be held Sat. March 30 at 2 p.m. at the Stafford branch, (609) 597-3381.

Registration is required for the programs.  To register telephone the branch or go to the library Web site www.theoceancountylibrary and click on “Events and News” then on “Calendar of Events.”

A dozen stage performances offered free at OC Library

 TOMS RIVER –   New Jersey’s Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival will present eight unique programs throughout March at various Ocean County Library branches.

 Initially offered 15 years ago as a one-week program for young people, the Stages Festival proved to be so popular it now provides a full month of performances, workshops and programs for theater lovers in all stages of their lives.

 While all the performances at the branches are free, registration is required to attend.  For more information or to register, telephone the branch or visit the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

 The Stages Festival begins with a presentation by Surflight Theatre’s musical production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” at the Pt. Pleasant Borough branch (732-295-1555) Sat. March 3 at 11 a.m.

 Intended for grades Pre-K and up, the 55-minute program teaches an important lesson about friendship and rejoices in the attributes that make each of us different and special. The show will be repeated Sat. March 31 at 11 a.m. at the Stafford branch (609- 597-3381.)

 Other performances include:

 “IRL: In Real Life” presented by George Street Playhouse at the Lacey branch (609-693-8566) Thur. March 8 at 7 p.m. Recommended for ages 11-18, the play examines the dangers of cyber-bullying and investigates how students can take an active role to end it.

 “Victorian Magic” presented by the East Lynne Theatre Company and actor/magician Robert Aberdeen who delights audiences of all ages with his sleight-of-hand.  Performances include audience participation. It will be presented at the Long Beach Island branch (609-494-2480) Sat. March 17 at 2 p.m.; the Point Pleasant Borough branch (732-295-1555) Sat. March 24 at 1:30 p.m.; and the Upper Shores branch in Lavallette (732-793-3996) Tue. March 27 at 7 p.m.

 The pop culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock, Live!” presented by Surflight Theatre comes to the musical stage at the Toms River branch (732-349-6200) Sat. March 17 at 2 p.m. The Emmy-award winning 1970s cartoon series taught youngsters history, grammar, math, science and civics through clever songs.

 The Pushcart Players present “Stone Soup and Other Stories” at the Little Egg Harbor branch (609-294-1197) Sat. March 17 at 11 a.m.  These four folk tales from around the world provide a delightful introduction to theater as well as to the cultures and customs of other lands.

 East Lynne Theater Company’s “Sherlock Holmes’ Adventure of the Norwood Builder” will be presented as a vintage radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects and commercials, just like radio shows were done in the 1930s.   The play will be performed at the Toms River branch (732-349-6200) Sun. March 18 at 3 p.m. and the Barnegat branch (609-698-3331) Tue. March 20 at 7 p.m.

 The musical “Happily Ever After – A Cinderella Tale” is based on the classic tale takes the audience on a sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always compelling journey.  Fueled by inner beauty, courage and kindness, the characters triumph over greed, arrogance and bully behavior. The Pushcart Players will perform this adaptation at the Manchester branch (732-657-7600) Sat. March 24 at 10:30 a.m.

 “Frog and Toad” follows two great friends through four fun-filled seasons, learning life’s important lessons about friendship and diversity.  This play is presented by Centenary Stage Company at the Lakewood branch (732-363-1435) Fri. March 30 at 2:30 p.m.

 These Ocean County Library events have been made possible by the generous support of The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the Stages Festival, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Bank of America.

Information about the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Stages Festival can be found at their Web sites www.njtheatrealliance.org and www.stagesfestival.org .