New Jersey Stage

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dreamcatcher Offers Variety of Programs for The New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival and the 14th Annual Family Week at the Theatre

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, professional Theatre in Residence at the Baird Center in South Orange, is offering a number of special programs during the month of March as a part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's The Stages Festival and Family Week at the Theatre, an annual statewide event that provides discounted and free theatre performances, workshops and events for families throughout the month of March.

The first of its special programs is a discounted ticket offer on its next mainstage production, DISTRACTED by Lisa Loomer. DISTRACTED was a hit Off-Broadway last season, where audiences responded to its humor and relevance, making it one of the year's most popular shows. The play tells the story of nine-year-old Jesse, who has a problem, according to his teacher and a slew of specialists. But is it ADHD, or just normal boyishness? The reviewer at Time Out New York proclaimed it "my favorite comedy of the year!" Student tickets (aged 13 and up) for the Saturday, March 5 8:00 pm performance are $10 with the purchase of one full-price adult ticket. This highly entertaining play contains many challenging themes that will provide a unique opportunity for discussion with your teen.

DISTRACTED will run at Playwrights Theatre of NJ, 33 Green Village Road in Madison from Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 20. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students, with special rates for subscribers and groups. To take advantage of the Stages Festival offer, purchase your full-price tickets at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Then reserve your discounted student ticket at 973-3787754 x2228.

Dreamcatcher's next special program is a Free Sample Class Day for its Summer Theatre Conservatory, a program for students aged 10-17 during the month of July. Students in this varied program will take classes in subjects like acting technique, improv, voice, and dance and will have the opportunity to create and put on a show! The Sample Class Day will be held Saturday, March 26 from 10 am to 2 pm, where students will get a taste of what's in store for them in the summer program. The STC is a fun way for students to explore their interest and deepen their skills in the performing arts during their summer vacation. Professionals in their field teach all classes, and students receive individual attention, constructive feedback, and the support needed to achieve their personal goals. Reservations are required for the Sample Class Day, and enrollment is strictly limited. To register, please call 973-378-7754 x2228 or email

The third Stages Festival event that Dreamcatcher provides is a free cabaret performance at the South Orange Library, 65 Scotland Road in South Orange. Singers from the Dreamcatcher company will perform "The Fabulous Fifties," a cabaret where audience members can sing along using the lyric sheets provided for them. The 45-minute cabaret performance will take place on Wednesday, March 30 at 1 pm. No registration is required – just come! For more information, call Phyllis Kalb at the South Orange Library at 973-762-0230.

The Stages Festival – which includes the 14th annual Family Week at the Theatre– is a statewide event offering free and discounted tickets to attendees of all ages at the states professional theatres, as well as in non-tradition venues like libraries, schools, senior centers and museums. The program was developed to encourage families to attend professional theatre together by making the experience affordable, accessible and exciting.

All across the state, patrons will receive free and discounted tickets to over 100 performances and special events, including free classes, workshops and backstage tours. Since its inception in 1998, the program has served over 75,000 people. The New Jersey Theatre Alliance encourages our audiences to bring not only children, but grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, care-givers and more in their theatre parties. To receive a full schedule of statewide events for The Stages Festival and Family Week at the Theatre please visit

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance is the only state-wide service organization for profession theatres; it provides a wide variety of programs and services for the state's professional theatres and the audiences who enjoy them.

The Stages Festival and Family Week at the Theatre is a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest of NJ, The HMS Fundation, Johnson & Johnson, The Karma Foundation, The F.M. Kirby Foundation, McCarter & English Attorneys at Law, The George Ohl, Jr. Trust Foundation, Prudential Foundation and The Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement. Beyond the Stage programming is made possible by the support of Bank of America.

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