New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

State Theatre Presents 5th Annual Hub City Carnivale

(New Brunswick, NJ) -- New Brunswick's State Theatre is proud to present the 5th annual Hub City Carnivale, a three-week winter festival, February 2 - February 25, 2011, with performances ranging from the Off Broadway sensation STOMP to a glow-in-the dark puppetry performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to a romantic Valentine's weekend concert and U.S. premiere tour, of the Philharmonic of Poland. Also featured this month are various workshops; social events such as Thomas Sweets' pre-show chocolate tastings, and much more—suited for audiences of all ages. This year, the theater continues its mission to bring the best artists and entertainers to central New Jersey at an affordable price by offering a "MakeNoise" promotion of either $23 or $13 per ticket for every Hub City Carnivale main attraction. For a complete listing of events and prices, visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org.

"A winter festival for all ages is a wonderful way to bring families together during this cold weather season. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about Hub City Carnivale, and I look forward to experiencing this festival firsthand," said President & CEO Mark W. Jones. 

"Come in from the cold and enjoy one of the many great performances during the Hub City Carnivale. This is a great opportunity to join with family and friends to experience a great live performance at a great price" said New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill.

The official Hub City Carnivale kicks off with Brooklyn's extreme dance group STREB and their new show, BRAVE (2/4/11). STREB's performances combine dance, gymnastics, circus skills, and stunt-work with high-tech, cutting-edge set design. In their new show BRAVE, STREB joins forces with adventurous artists from other disciplines, including composer David Van Tiegham, the MIT Media Lab, and the trapeze virtuosos, Noe and Ivan España. Prior to the performance will be the Hub City Carnivale opening festivities, from 7pm-8pm in the State Theatre lobby. The pre-show celebration will include live musical performances and free popcorn for the first 50 people in attendance.

Also in the first week of February, Chicago's 500 Clown—a troupe of three actors that use physical comedy, improvisation, and audience participation to tell their stories—open up the month with five performances of their wild, unpredictable, and hilarious deconstruction of Shakespeare's classic Macbeth (2/2-5/11).

Other festival shows include: three performances of the explosive international percussion sensation STOMP (2/11-12/11); a U.S. premiere tour performance by the Philharmonic of Poland (2/13/11) in a program of Strauss, Liszt, and Chopin; The Philadelphia Dance Company, Philadanco (2/17/11) with a program that includes Bolero Too and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's By Way of the Funk (music by Parliament-Funkadelic). Additionally, on the night of the Philandanco performance, college students majoring in science or technology will take part in the FREE Scientists Exploring the Arts event. The program offers young scientists an opportunity to learn about the arts and to meet personnel from National Starch, a world leader in creating unique ingredients for the food and paper making industries. For more information on the program or to register call 732-246-7469, ext. 545. (Eligibility requirements apply.)

Also included in February's line-up are six-time Grammy® Award-winners, The Chieftains (2/18/11); a John Lennon 70th Birthday Celebration with Glen Burtnik & Friends (2/19/11); and the exhilarating, percussion and marching band theatrical presentation, DrumLine Live (2/20/11) featuring performers from Florida A&M, Southern University, the University of Georgia, and more.

Continuing a Hub City Carnivale tradition, Presidents Day (2/21/11) is Family Day at the State Theatre. Families can spend the school-day holiday enjoying dozens of performances, workshops, and hands-on activities—many of them free—plus costumed characters, the Philadelphia Zoo's Zoo on Wheels, face painting, balloon animals, a live deejay, food, and more. The festival, which runs from 10am to 4pm, encompasses multiple venues: the State Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, United Methodist Church, and the popular Herr's Hub City Big Top, an enormous tent set up in front of the State Theatre. The mainstage event for Family Day is The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites (2/21/11), a delightful black-light puppetry performance by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

Closing out the Hub City Carnivale is a special performance by Australia's dance-circus group, Circa (2/25/11). From daring free-falls and acrobatic stunts to graceful aerial work and brilliantly-integrated sound and lighting design, Circa's highflying "circus re-imagined" is simply breathtaking as they barrel, bolt, and balance at breakneck speeds. Closing festivities to be announced.

The Hub City Carnivale also features a number of school-day performances, all at 10:30am: STREB (2/4), 500 Clown Macbeth (2/4), Philadanco (2/17), Drumline Live (2/22), and Circa (2/24). For information and ordering, call the State Theatre Education Department at 732-246-7469, ext. 545.

Festival partners and event sponsors include American Repertory Ballet, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Gannett Foundation, The Garback Agency, George Street Playhouse, Herr's, Magyar Bank, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Miller's Rentals, New England Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, the Philadelphia Zoo, PSE&G Foundation, MomsLikeMe.com, Roberts Florals, and Rutgers Student Life.

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Hub City Carnivale Event Calendar:
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WED, FEB. 2
8pm     Performance of 500 Clown Macbeth @Crossroads Theatre
Tickets: $30 ($13 "Make Noise" tickets available)

   
THU, FEB. 3
8pm     Performance of 500 Clown Macbeth @Crossroads Theatre
Tickets: $30 ($13 "Make Noise" tickets available)


FRI, FEB. 4
10:30am          School Performance of STREB: BRAVE
Tickets: $12

10:30am          School Performance of 500 Clown Macbeth @Crossroads Theatre
Tickets: $10

7pm     Hub City Carnivale Kickoff Festivities with live performances in the State Theatre lobbies and free popcorn for the first 50 people!

8pm     Performance of STREB: BRAVE
Tickets: $22-42 ($23 "Make Noise" tickets available)

8pm     Performance of 500 Clown Macbeth @Crossroads Theatre
Tickets: $30 ($13 "Make Noise" tickets available)



SAT, FEB. 5
3pm & 8pm     Performance of 500 Clown Macbeth @Crossroads Theatre
Tickets: $30 ($13 "Make Noise" tickets available)


FRI, FEB. 11
7pm     Chocolate Tasting with Thomas Sweet (free with ticket to STOMP)

8pm     Performance of STOMP
Tickets: $32-67 ($23 "Make Noise" tickets available)



SAT, FEB. 12
2pm & 7pm     Chocolate Tastings with Thomas Sweet (free with ticket to STOMP)

3pm & 8pm     Performance of STOMP
Tickets: $32-67 ($23 "Make Noise" tickets available)



SUN, FEB. 13

2pm     Philharmonic of Poland Pre-Performance Insights at the United Methodist Church (323 George Street in New Brunswick)

2pm     Chocolate Tasting with Thomas Sweet (free with ticket to Philharmonic of Poland)

3pm     Performance by Philharmonic of Poland
Tickets: $32-72 ($23 "Make Noise" tickets available)



TUE, FEB. 15
7:30pm                        Smart Talk Media LLC presents SmartTalk ConnectedConversations: Barbara Corcoran
Tickets: $25-75


THU, FEB. 17
10:30am          School Performance by Philadanco-The Philadelphia Dance Company      
Tickets: $10

6pm     Scientists Exploring the Arts

8pm     Performance by Philadanco-The Philadelphia Dance Company
Tickets: $32-52 ($23 "Make Noise" tickets available)



FRI, FEB. 18
8pm     Performance by The Chieftains        
Tickets: $32-62 ($23 "Make Noise" tickets available)



SAT, FEB. 19
8pm     Performance – John Lennon Birthday Celebration with Glen Burtnik & Friends
Tickets: $22-42 ($23 "Make Noise" tickets available)



SUN, FEB. 20
8pm     Performance of DrumLine Live
Tickets: $32-67 ($23 "Make Noise" tickets available)



MON, FEB. 21 –Family Day on Presidents Day!

10-4pm            Free facepainting and balloon animals, live deejay, food, games, and more

10:30am, 1pm, & 3:30pm       Performances of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Tickets: $15-25 ($13 "Make Noise" tickets available)

All workshops are $8

10am               Making Character Masks (George Street Playhouse) Ages 4-8

10:15am          Create a Butterfly Mobile (Community Room at Crossroads Theatre) Ages 4-8

10:15am          "Hand-in-Hand" with American Repertory Ballet (4th Floor at Crossroads Theatre) Ages 3-4

11am & 2pm   Decorate a Picture Frame (4th Floor of Crossroads Theatre) Ages 4-8

11:30am          Making Character Masks (George Street Playhouse) Ages 9-13

11:45am & 2:45pm     Paper-bag Puppets (Community Room at Crossroads Theatre) Ages 4-8

12pm               "Intro to Ballet" with American Repertory Ballet (4th Floor at Crossroads Theatre) Ages 5-9

12:30pm          Make A Zoo Visor (4th Floor of Crossroads Theatre) Ages 4-8

1pm                 The Very Hungry Caterpillar: From Page to Stage (George Street Playhouse) Ages 4-8

1:30pm                        "Dancing with Eric Carle" with American Repertory Ballet (4th Floor at Crossroads Theatre)

Ages 4-8

2:30pm                        Intro to Improv (George Street Playhouse) Ages 12+

3pm                 "Hip-Hop Dance" with American Repertory Ballet (4th Floor at Crossroads Theatre) Ages 10+





TUE, FEB. 22
10:30am          School Performance of DrumLine Live
Tickets: $24



THU, FEB. 24
10:30am          School Performance of 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes by Australian troupe, Circa
Tickets: $10



FRI, FEB. 25

7pm     Hub City Carnivale Closing Festivities

8pm     Performance by Australian dance-circus troupe Circa
Tickets: $22-42 ($13 tickets available)


For tickets or more information, on Hub City Carnivale visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org/HubCity. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.