Ocean County Library Offers New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents nine productions across 18 library branches throughout the Ocean County Library system during the month of March. These events are part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides free and discounted theatre events for all ages.

The following productions are available to the public free of charge, but registration is required:

“A Cinderella Tale…Happily Ever After” presented by the Push Cart Players
• March 3, 10:30 am at the Little Egg Harbor Branch, 290 Mathistown Rd.
• March 10, 2 pm at the Lacey Branch, 10 East Lacey Rd.
• March 15, 3:30 pm at the Point Pleasant Beach Branch, 710 McLean Ave.
• March 23, 12 pm at the Jackson Branch, 2 Jackson Dr.
“Miss Nelson is Missing!” presented by the Centenary Stage Company
• March 5, 7 pm at the Berkeley Branch, 30 Station Rd.
• March 9, 1:30 pm at the Lakewood Branch, 301 Lexington Ave.
• March 26, 6:30 pm at the Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St.
• March 31, 2 pm at the Barnegat Branch, 112 Burr St.
“SchoolHouse Rock Live!” presented by the Centenary Stage Company
• March 10, 2 pm at the Point Pleasant Borough Branch, 834 Beaver Dam Rd.
• March 19, 6:30 pm at the Brick Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd.
“Velveteen Rabbit” presented by the Push Cart Players
• March 16, 10:30 am at the Plumsted Branch, 119 Evergreen Rd.
“At Ninety-Three” presented by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
• March 19, 6 pm at the Tuckerton Branch, 380 Bay Ave. Monday

“Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Speckled Band -Radio-Style!” presented by East Lynn Theater Company
• March 19, 6:30 pm at the Island Heights Branch, 121 Central Ave. Monday
• March 24, 3 pm at the Upper Shores Branch, 112 Jersey City Ave. Saturday
• March 26, 6 pm at the Waretown Branch, 112 Main St. Monday
“Peter and the Wolf” presented by the Pushcart Players
• March 22, 6 pm at the Stafford Branch, 129 N. Main St. Thursday
“Victorian Magic” presented by East Lynn Theater Company
• March 26, 7 pm at the Beachwood Branch, 126 Beachwood Blvd.
“Tales from the Garden – A Celebration of the History and Folklore of NJ” presented by the Growing Stage
• March 28, 4 pm at the Long Beach Island Branch, 217 S. Central Ave.
The Stages Festival offers dozens of performances, workshops, classes, and events at theatres, art centers, libraries, schools, senior centers, and other community venues throughout the state. The program was developed to encourage New Jersey’s residents to attend their local professional theatres by making the experience affordable, accessible, and fun. Since its inception 20 years ago, the program has served over 190,000 people.

For more information or to register for these free performances, call the library’s branches or visit the library’s website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org and click Events & News. To receive a full schedule of events for The Stages Festival please visit www.stagesfestival.org. New Jersey Theatre Alliance website www.njtheatrealliance.org

“The Alliance is grateful that the Ocean County Library is participating in the 2017 Stages Festival,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “We are especially excited to be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Stages which has provided theatrical experiences for thousands of residents, regardless of age, across New Jersey. These efforts would not be made possible without the wonderful help of our partners such as the Ocean County Library.”

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance is the first statewide organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies and is a leader in developing model programs that foster collaboration, cooperation, and audience development. The Alliance provides member theatres a wide range of supportive services and programs, and assists member theatres in their growth and development, helping them reach their full potential. For arts patrons, the Alliance provides accessibility services, discount ticketing through NJArtsTix, and various public programs including the The Stages Festival.

Ocean County events are made possible by the generous support of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.
The Stages Festival is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and Bank of America. Additional program support has been provided by The Smart Family Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, and PSEG Foundation.

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