World-class family entertainment that ignites the imagination, opens young eyes to the magic of live performance, and teaches important life lessons. This is the Verizon Passport to Culture FamilyTime series at NJPAC.
For the 2011-2012 season, with the gracious support of Verizon, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and Bloomberg, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has programmed an eclectic series that includes 16 performances spanning cultural dance, theater, puppetry, story telling and music. Highlights include:
- In November, the series kicks off on November 5 and 6 at 2 pm with Théâtre Motus’ Baobab, an adaptation of a West African legend about a village plagued by drought and a magical child who summons the courage to save his community. Baobab combines African music with puppetry, drumming song and shadow theater.
- In January, Broadway leading man and master puppeteer John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean — an interactive, glow-in-the-dark, undersea musical detailing a remarkable journey of friendship and discovery;
- And in March, the tri-state area premiere of the Imagination Stage’s P.Nokio, a hip-hop retelling of the classic fairy tale.
Ticket prices for most FamilyTime performances are $12 for children and $22 for adults. Every FamilyTime performance is followed by a talk-back discussion with the artists seen on stage in the Victoria Theater. Tickets may be purchased in person at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark; by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722); or online.