Theatre & Dance

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Winter-Spring 2020

The Addams Family

The Addams Family Animated Portrait

March 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
March 22 and 29 at 3:00 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $15, students $5

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The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story that is every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

JCTC and NJCU presents

Photo of men looking at camera

Written & Directed by Alexa Kelly
Featuring BRIAN RICHARDSON as Dr. Du Bois
Created and developed by Pulse Ensemble Theatre

Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3, 2020 8:00 pm
West Side Theatre
Tickets: $25, Students $5

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An emotion packed play about the life and times of Civil Rights 
Activist --W.E.B. Du Bois, (1868-1963). With this riveting drama we are 
transported into Du Bois' private and political world. An inspirational 
journey through almost one hundred years in this great man's life. An 
experience both humorous, touching and enlightening.

Tales From The Garden

Dancers on stage with open arms

Wednesday, April 29, 9:45 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
$8 for all students and adults (including teachers)

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To purchase group tickets please contact: or (201) 200-2429

Grades 1-6, Links: Social Studies, History

A fun-filled journey through the rich history of the Garden State from its original settlers to its many legends – as well as some of the more unique roles New Jersey has played in American history. This production meets N.J. State Department of Education Core Standards.  A great way to enhance your unit on New Jersey.

Musical Theatre Workshop: Jukebox Musicals

Musical Theatre students dancing on stage

Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
West Side Theatre

Free Admission with RSVP

The performance will include selections from some of Broadways greatest Jukebox Musicals.

The Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts

A marionette doll playing the violin

Saturday, May 9, 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $20, Children under 17: $12

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Simple Gifts, is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight, the original vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. The performance explores a range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing. The marionettes are engineering marvels and the quality of movement is extraordinary.

A man and marionette walking across stage

Nai Ni Chen: The Art of Chinese Dance

Dancers with fans

Thursday, May 14 at 9:45 am
Margaret Williams Theatre
$8 for all students and adults (including teachers)

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Grades: 1 – 6, Links: Social Studies, Dance, History & World Cultures

A multi-cultural, interactive dance program, with dazzling costumes and fantastic props. The Nai Ni Chen dancers bring young people on a journey to explore one of the most ancient cultures in the world.  With detailed narration about the background and inspiration of each dance, audiences experience the history, geography and the basic practice of traditional Chinese dance.  Selected audience members are invited on stage to learn how to dance with silk ribbons.

Nai ni chen dancers dancing

Past Events

woman sitting, dissapointed

Thursday, November 7, Friday, November 8 & Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m.
West Side Theatre
Tickets: $25, Students: $5

When Denitra loses the charter school lottery
for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking, but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. Set in 2010 in Essex County, NJ - over a half-century after Brown Versus The Board of Education,
LINES IN THE DUST questions how far we’ve come and more importantly, where we go from here. (Luna Stage Commission)

Performer on stage

Mexico Beyond Mariachi: SUGAR SKULL!

Thursday, September 26, 9:45 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
$8 for all students and adults (including teachers)
CONTACT:, 201-200-2429

Mexico Beyond Mariachi performs SUGAR SKULL! A Dia De los Muertos Musical Adventure! A heartfelt story following young Vita on a magical adventure where she discovers the true meaning of Day of the Dead with the help of a candy skeleton who suddenly springs to life. It’s an entertaining, educational show that takes you on a historic and geographical journey through traditional Mexican music and dance.

Dancers on stage

Margaret Williams Theatre
Thursday, January 23, 9:45 a.m.

$8 for all students and adults (including teachers)
Grades 4-12

To purchase group tickets please contact: or (201) 200-2429

A celebrated body of compositions that merge live dance, multimedia presentation and interactive dialogue to honor faith, survival and renewal as the cornerstones of her Eastern European roots and Jewish heritage. As a child of Holocaust survivors, Dorfman reveals her heritage through dance stories that interweave the common threads of our humanity. In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the show explores the rich tapestry of human experience and tradition through interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration.

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Preview of The Carolyn Dorfman Dance: Legacy Project