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It's The Bard, Made Easy

Shakespeare LIVE! offers kid-friendly productions of "Julius Caesar" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

For kids, Shakespeare is homework. Long plays with iambic pentameter and antiquated language can leave young readers (and, let’s be honest, some older ones) scratching their heads.

But the people behind Shakespeare LIVE!, the touring educational company of the , promise that their live family performances make the Bard’s work understandable for young audiences.

“One of the things that people find, whether they’re kids or adults, is that Shakespeare—once it’s presented by actors in live action — is surprisingly accessible,” Jamie Brink, the Shakespeare Theatre’s associate director of education, said. “A lot of us think of Shakespeare from ninth grade, sitting and reading out of a book or even listening to a tape, and it was harder to follow. It becomes much easier to follow, for starters, when you have live actors in front of you performing the actions. When you see what’s happening, as well as hearing what’s happening, the words become more accessible because they’re connected to actions.”

Parents can expose their young ones to abridged versions of “Julius Caesar” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the, March 11 to 16. While the shows are abridged to run about an hour, they use Shakespeare’s actual language.

Shakespeare LIVE! mainly performs at schools in New Jersey and surrounding states. The idea is to give students a chance to experience the plays performed live, the way they were intended to be seen. The performances in Madison are opportunities for families and kids who are home schooled to see the kid-friendly shows.

Brink said the recommended age for “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is 8 and up, while “Julius Caesar” (with its themes of politics and murder) is geared toward kids 12 and older. “‘Midsummer’ has a lot of comedy,” he said, “so it’s more accessible to younger kids, as opposed to ‘Julies Caesar.’”

Shakespeare LIVE! also makes the plays accessible by not presenting them as “museum pieces,” in Brink’s words—you won’t see any tights or ruffled shirts in these shows. The characters in “Julius Caesar,” for example, aren’t wearing togas, but a modified suit-and-tie look, so that the characters somewhat resemble contemporary political leaders.

“We’re kind of leveraging elements of today’s world to help students see that these are not just plays about something that might have happened 500 years ago or 2,000 years ago but a story that could be unfolding today as well,” Brink said.

One of the best parts of doing these shows, Brink said, is hearing from students who enjoy the productions.

“I can’t count the number of kids who’ve written to us, and one of the things they say is, ‘I thought this was going to be boring and it was actually really exciting, it was actually really fun, and I understood it a lot better than I thought I was going to,’” Brink said. “I get that comment over and over again and it is very satisfying to hear that.

“And it’s satisfying for the actors too, to be performing for an audience that isn’t necessarily a jaded audience, isn’t an audience that’s seen many, many live plays and has been to Broadway a dozen times in their lives," Brink said. "They’re playing to kids who, for some of them, it’s their first time seeing a professional play at all. And for most of them it’s their first time seeing Shakespeare performed, so it becomes a really exciting experience for the actors as well, to be dealing with an audience of people who are seeing the play with a fresh set of eyes, they don’t necessarily know how the story’s going to end.”

Reading Shakespeare is a great experience, even if it is challenging, and Brink said the Shakespeare Theatre isn’t encouraging kids to toss away their books. But students can lose site of the fact that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed as entertainment. Many of his works, in fact, weren’t even published for the general public in his lifetime.

“Once kids, or any audience members, experience Shakespeare (on stage), they’re experiencing those texts in a way that’s much more authentic to what they were written to be,” Brink said. “And I think you’ll have a little bit more of a sense of how visceral and how exciting those plays were for the people who originally saw them that you would never really be able to imagine in your head, sitting at home and reading it or sitting at your desk in class reading it, or even renting the DVD and putting it on.”

Shakespeare LIVE! will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” March 9, 7 p.m. and March and 16, 11 a.m. “Julius Caesar” will be performed March 11, 7 p.m. and April 16, 2 p.m. Performances are at the . Tickets cost $15 for adults (includes one free ticket for a child under 18). For more information, call 973-408-5600 or see www.shakespearenj.org.

THE ON STAGE SCOOP

Hey, Watch Your Language: The Chatham Players will perform David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Glengarry Glen Ross,” March 4 to 19, directed by Chase Newhart. The play follows four unethical real estate agents who are desperate to sell undesirable properties to prospective buyers. It was adapted into a 1992 movie featuring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin and Kevin Spacey. Performances are March 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 8 p.m. and March 13, 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20, $18 seniors/youth. (Because of its strong language, “Glengarry Glen Ross” is not appropriate for young children.) Reservations can be made by calling 973-635-7363. Tickets can also be purchased here.

It's Better Than Even Money: 's musical for this year will be "Guys and Dolls." Performances will be Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday March 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. Senior citizens will be admitted free to the final dress rehearsal on Wednesday, March 2 at 4 p.m. with dinner to follow in the high school cafeteria. Shows are in the Chatham High School Auditorium, and tickets are available for $10 for students and $12 for adults at the door.

You Gotta Go … To Urinetown: The Chester Theatre Group at the Black River Playhouse will present “Urinetown: The Musical,” through March 19. The Tony-winning musical satire features music and lyrics by Mark Hollman and a book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. The title may sound icky, but “Urinetown” is actually a funny musical about a city that, because of a water shortage, charges citizens to perform the most basic of functions. Bobby Strong (played by Brian Hill) takes on the powers that be so that everyone in the city can get some relief. The cast and crew of “Urinetown” have developed a special humanitarian project dubbed "Pennies for Potties." Named by cast member Roxanna Wagner, who is heading up the effort, P4P is collecting money to to the international non-profit organization, Foundation for Peace, based in Ironia. The Foundation for Peace has provided much needed emergency care to many materially impoverished countries. Coin drops will be placed at the public rest rooms in the theater through the run of the show. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $24, or $22 for seniors and students. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the box office at 908-879-7304.

Audition Alert, “The Mousetrap:” Brundage Park Playhouse will hold auditions for its production of “The Mousetrap” March 2, 7 to 9 p.mEach person auditioning is requested to bring a headshot or snapshot to the audition. Cold readings will be provided.  No appointments are necessary. The mystery written by Agatha Christie features five male roles (three in their 20s, two who are older) and three female roles (two in their 20s and one who is older). Performances are May 5 through 15. For more information, go to brundageparkplayhouse.org.

An Enterprising Adventure: Mad Science Productions will present “Star Trek Live,” March 2, 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at the . In this program for grades 3-8, Romulan forces invade, and the new members of Starfleet Academy (also known as “the audience”) must save Earth. They’ll have help from a time-traveling Vulcan and the Starfleet commander. Tickets cost $8. For more information, call 973-539-0345, ext. 6517 or go to www.mayoarts.org.

Let Your Hair Down with “Rapunzel:” Pax Amicus Castle Theatre in Budd Lake will present Richard Boyer’s “Rapunzel: A Brush With Fate,” March 5 and 12, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring your kids to see the story (which also inspired the recent hit movie “Tangled”) of a confident girl trapped in a tower who’s determined to be free. Tickets cost $12. For information, call 973-691-2100 or go to www.paxamicus.com.

Hollywood Ending: There’s no business like show business, especially when David Mamet’s writing about it.  will present Mamet’s 1988 play “Speed the Plow” through March 5. Filled with Mamet’s trademark, rapid-fire dialogue, it focuses on the ruthless nature of Hollywood and the movie industry. With the writer’s dialogue and taught plotting the seemingly superficial depiction of two Hollywood producers looking for a big break finds deep meaning. The show stars Robert Barwick, from Wayne, as Bob Gould; James Sloan, from New York City, as Charlie Fox; and Danielle Pennisi, from Cedar Grove, as Karen. Trey Compton is the director. Tickets cost $20, or $15 for students. For tickets see here or call 908-273-2192. Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Ave., Summit,

What Do I Say Now? “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood return to the  for an evening of improv comedy based on audience suggestions and participation, March 3, 8 p.m. Tickets cost $47-$77. More information can be found here.

Isn’t It Romantic? Two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole (“Grey Gardens,” “42nd Street”) will perform an evening of love songs from the Great American Songbook at the , March 4, 8 p.m. Tickets cost $37-$62. Go to www.mayoarts.org for more information.

Hey, Watch Your Language:  will perform David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Glengarry Glen Ross,” March 4 to 19, directed by Chase Newhart. The play follows four unethical real estate agents who are desperate to sell undesirable properties to prospective buyers. It was adapted into a 1992 movie featuring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin and Kevin Spacey. Performances are March 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 8 p.m. and March 13, 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20, $18 seniors/youth. (Because of its strong language, “Glengarry Glen Ross” is not appropriate for young children.) Reservations can be made by calling 973-635-7363. Tickets can also be purchased here.

Pay Attention to “Distracted:” Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is staging Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted at  , March 4 to 20. The play, which had a successful run off-Broadway starring Cynthia Nixon last year, looks into attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and how it affects a child and his parents. In the play, a 9-year-old boy named Jessie has problems with school and at home. Everything is a struggle for him, school, obviously, but even simple things like getting him to dress and eat become frustrating for his parents. Serious stuff, but the play’s cast and crew say the play offers its share of laughs as the parents deal with the thicket of information and options about HDHD — and deal with adults who all have something to say about Jessie’s condition.  is located at 33 Green Village Road, Madison. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $30, or $25 for seniors and students. You can save $3 by buying tickets atwww.dreamcatcherrep.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Audition Alert, “Mauritius:” The Chester Theatre Group in Chester will be holding auditions for Theresa Rebeck’s “Mauritius” March 6, 2 p.m. and March 8, 8 p.m. at the Black River Playhouse, located at the corners of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. Needed are two female and three male actors for the following roles: Jackie, female late 20s; Mary, female late 30s; Philip, male 35-plus; Dennis, male late 20s-plus; Sterling, male 40-plus. Readings will be from the script. Performances are May 6 through 21. If you have any questions, call Jay Mills, the director, at 973-626-6629. For information about the Chester Theatre Group, go to www.chestertheatregroup.org.

Getting “Dark” in Dover: Dover Little Theatre will present William Inge’s “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” March 5 to 19. The theater’s website describes the comedy-drama as a series of short stories. Those stories include a fight between a husband and wife, the fear of a shy girl going to a dance, the problems of an introverted boy who feels the world is against him, and others. The play debuted on Broadway in 1957 and won the Tony Award for Best Play. Performances are Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. For tickets and information call 973-328-9202 or go towww.doverlittletheatre.org.

Cajun Tunes: BeauSoleil’s 35th Anniversary Tour will make a stop at the in Morristown, March 5, 8 p.m. The Grammy winners follow the Cajun music tradition while keeping things interesting with elements of zydeco, Tex-Mex, country, blues and other genres. Featuring special guests Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Mardi Gras Indians, Don Vappie, and Roswell Rudd. Tickets cost $42-$67. See www.mayoarts.org for more information.

That’s Some Pig: TheatreworksUSA will perform an adaptation of the E.B. White beloved children’s novel, “Charlotte’s Web” at the  March 8 at 4 p.m. Geared for kids ages 4 to 10, the show brings to life the story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. Tickets cost $12. For tickets and information, go towww.mayoarts.org or call the box office at 973-539-8008.

Audition Alert, “RUTHLESS! The Musical:” Dover Little Theatre will hold auditions for “RUTHLESS! The Musical,” March 6 at 5:30 p.m. and March 7 at 7 p.m. Call backs are March 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. (if necessary). Auditions are open to everyone. Auditioners are asked to familiarize themselves with the script ahead of time and know a little bit about the play and characters. Performances will take pace during three weekends starting May 7 and continuing through May 21. The theater is seeking eight female actors, including an 8- to 12-year-old “triple threat” who can act, sing and dance. Children auditioning for Tina should prepare a short tap combination, and bring taped accompaniment on a cassette or CD. The theater is ideally looking for someone between the ages of 8 and 12, but would consider someone older. Range: F# below middle C to E one octave above middle C. For the audition, bring sheet music in the appropriate key for one uptempo musical theater standard, in the style of “Gypsy,” “Mame,” “Hello Dolly,” “Annie,” etc. Do not bring music from this show. An audition pianist will be provided, and no recorded accompaniment for the singing portion will be used. The other female roles vary in age and all require solo songs, except for one non-singing role. No dancing is required at the audition, except for the role of Tina. A male performer is also needed. Auditions will be held at Dover Little Theatre, Elliott Street, Dover. Technical and backstage volunteers are also needed. E-mail the director, Tom Blewitt, at tomsquad73@yahoo.com with any audition questions, concerns or to volunteer. If you need to speak to a person, call Dover Little Theatre at 973-328-9202 and your call will be returned.

Audition Alert, “Jewtopia:” will hold open auditions for “Jewtopia” at its playhouse in Hillsborough, March 3, 8 p.m. and March 6, 7 p.m. (Call backs are March 7, 8 p.m.). Needed are four adult males ages 28-75, four to seven adult females ages 20-60 and one girl age 15-18. SVP describes the play as a politically incorrect comedy where “stereotypes are savagely skewered, traditions are lustily lampooned, role models are relentlessly ravaged, and not a single irreverent stone remains unturned.” Performances are May 6-22. For information, go towww.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.

Songs From the Golden Age: The ’s A La Carte Series continues with “Hooray for Hollywood,” starring Gay Willis, March 6, 2 p.m. This salute to Hollywood’s golden years features songs made famous by Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Mario Lanza and Carol Channing. Ms. Willis will be accompanied by baritone James Michael and pianist David Maiullo. Tickets cost $20-$30. The Bickford Theatre is located at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township (Punching it into your GPS? It's got a Morristown mailing address). For information, call 973-971-3706 or go to www.morrisumusem.org.

She’s Got Spunk: “Pippi Longstocking,” an original musical based on Astrid Lindgren’s classic story about an adventurous and mischievous girl will come to the , March 6, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $12. Go to www.mayoarts.org for more information.

It Takes More Than Two to Tango ... when Tango Buenos Aires performs at the  March 10, 8 p.m. The dance group promises to bring the passion, romance and spectacle of the world’s most sensual dance to the Mayo stage as the tango is performed by Argentina’s most celebrated dancers and musicians. Tickets cost $32-$57. For tickets and information, go to www.mayoarts.org or call the box office at 973-539-8008.

Moon Over Bloomfield will present “Wicked Moon,” a new musical by Varick Bacon (music), Powers McElhone (lyrics) and Richard Aellen (additional book and lyrics), March 10 through 12 at 7:30 p.m. The show is about Arlene, who owns the Wicked Moon Cabaret club, and the complications in her life that arise from love, family and a landlord who wants to terminate her nightclub’s lease. Talkback sessions with the cast and crew will follow each performance. Tickets cost $15 and can be reserved by calling 973-748-9008 ext. 279. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.4thwalltheatre.org.

Step Into the St. Patrick’s Spirit: Celtic Fire will perform a fusion of Irish traditions, including step dancing and traditional Irish folk music, at the in Morristown March 11 at 8 p.m. Featuring dancers, and musicians playing instruments like fiddles, pipes, accordion, whistles and guitar under the direction of Riverdance’s Michael Londra, the show promises to be a great way to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets cost $32-$52. For tickets and information, go to www.mayoarts.org or call the box office at 973-539-8008.

Strike up the Band:  in Morris Township will present “Gershwin for Kids” by the Dave Leonhardt Jazz Group and Shelly Oliver Tap Ensemble, March 12 with performances at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The family-friendly interactive show is designed to introduce kids, and their parents, to the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Tickets cost $8 (one child free for each paid adult). Call the box office at 973-971-3706 to place an order. www.morrismuseum.org.

Keeping it Simple With “Our Town:” Pax Amicus Castle Theatre in Budd Lake will perform Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town,” March 12 through 26. The play about the residents of Grover’s Corner in New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century won the Pulitzer and Tony. Tickets cost $15-$20. The theater is located 23 Lake Shore Drive. For information, go to www.paxamicus.com or call 973-691-2100.

Auditions Alert, “The Boys Next Door:”  in Hillsborough is casting Tom Griffin’s “The Boys Next Door,” March 12-13, 3-5 p.m. Director Christopher Rollings is seeking seven males and two females (ages 25-50) for what SVP’s website describes as a gentle comedy about four special young men living together in support and trust. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Reading the play prior to auditioning is recommended. Two- to three-minute monologues are also recommended for the audition. Performances are June 10 through 26. For information, call 908-369-7469.

Pure Imagination: Villagers Theatre will present “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as part of its KidsVill series, March 12 through 20 at its theater, located at 475 DeMott Lane in Somerset. Based on the classic children’s novel by Roald Dahl, the show takes audiences on a tour of the chocolate factory owned by the mysterious Willy Wonka. Performances are Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. and Sundays at noon. Tickets cost $10.Reservations can be made here, by e-mail at boxoffice@villagerstheatre.comor by calling 732-873-2710.

Audition Alert, “Blithe Spirit:"  is holding auditions for Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” March 13, 7 p.m. and March 15, 7:30 p.m. at the theater, located at 14 Alvin Place. Performances are May 20 to June 11. Female roles range from 25 to late 40s or 50s and males ranging from 40ish to 50s. All characters except Edith (female, 25-plus) speak with an educated, English accent. Sides are available here. Call 973-744-9752 or e-mail studiopl@studioplayhouse.org for more information.

Comedy Tonight (Well, Not Tonight; It's Starting March 16): in Millburn will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” March 16 through April 10. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Sheelove and Larry Gelbart, this slapstick farce has been making audiences laugh since it debuted on Broadway in 1962 starring Zero Mostel. Nathan Lane headlined a popular revival in 1996. Tickets cost $25 to $92. For information go towww.papermill.org or call 973-376-4343.

Love Under the Stars: T will present John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” March 18 through April 2. Described by the Barn’s website as a “delightfully charming midwinter night’s dream,” the play follows the residents of Almost as they fall in and out of love as the northern lights illuminate the sky. Tickets cost $15 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 973-334-9320 or e-mailing boxoffice@barntheatre.org(reservations can only be accepted via e-mail up to to 24 hours prior to showtime). The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive. For more information, go to www.barntheatre.org.

Audition Alert, “The Drowsy Chaperone:”  will be holding auditions for Scott Hart’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. and March 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, go to www.barntheatre.org.

Audition Alert, “A Man of No Importance:”  will hold auditions for “A Man of No Importance” (book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens) March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. at the Westminster Arts Center, at the corner of Franklin and Freemont streets on the . Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m. Those auditioning must sign in by 8 p.m. Callbacks will be held March 30, 7 p.m. Actors should prepare a song that best shows off their range and ability to tell a story. An accompanist will be provided. Sides will be available at the auditions. Actors ages 18-60s are encouraged to audition and must be able to do Irish accents. All roles are open. Please bring a headshot and resume stapled together. A complete breakdown of cast can be found on this page. Rehearsals will begin the last week of April and the production opens June 3, and runs 3 weekends. Non-union, small stipend paid. For more information, go to www.4thwalltheatre.org or e-mailinfo@4thwalltheatre.org.

Registration for Summer Theater Camps: Brundage Park Playhousein Randolph has announced its 30th season of summer performing arts education with the return of three programs. Summer Stages is a workshop for young performers ages 8 through 14 who have completed second grade or higher during the 2010-11 school year; staff instructs students in acting, music and dance, and each two-week session will end with a production for audiences of parents, relatives and friends. The Advanced Performers Workshop is open to students who are already at least 12 and will be entering seventh through 11th grades in the 2011-2012 season. Admission is by audition and interview. Students will spend part of their time in rehearsal for whatever show they are working on, and part of their time in workshops on various aspects of theater arts. The Budding Stars program is designed for children ages 5 to 7. Students will also create simple props and costumes for skits, fairy tales and children’s stories they perform. For pricing, schedules and registration, go to www.randolphnj.org , click on “Parks and Recreation,” and click on “Online Registration.” You can also register in person at the Parks and Recreation Department, located in the Senior Community Center on Calais Road, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 973-989-7092.

Go See the Go-Go’s. Tickets for the Go-Go’s June 1 concert at the in Morristown go on sale March 1. The all-female ’80s pop sensations had hits with “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat,” and “Vacation.” Tickets cost $57 to $96. More information can be found here. Box office number: 973-539-8008.

Hey Hey, Monkee Tickets Are on Sale! The Monkees are reuniting for a tour in celebration of their 45th anniversary and they’ll take the last train to Morrisville for a June 9 concert at the . Tickets go on sale March 3 and cost $57 to $97. Click here for information or call the box office at 973-539-8008.

Doobie Brothers Tickets on Sale: Tickets for The Doobie Brothers’ April 22 concert at the  in Morristown are on sale. The legendary band’s hits include “China Grove,” “Takin’ It To the Streets” and “Jesus is Just All Right With Me.” Tickets cost $69-$109. For information, go to mayoarts.org or call the box office at 973-539-8008.

With a Banjo on His Knee: There’ll be nothing wild and crazy going on when Steve Martin comes to the  in Morristown. Tickets for his concert of bluegrass and banjo music are on sale now. The concert is June 28. Martin’s 2009 album, “The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo,” won the 2009 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. For information on all shows at the Mayo Center, go to mayoarts.org or call the box office at 973-539-8008.

Registration Open for Villagers Summer Theater Programs: TheVillagers Theatre in Somerset has announced its summer programs for training in theater arts, preparing young performers for the stage. Actors ages 9 to 12 who have demonstrated desire and talent for the performing arts will discover many aspects of theater, including acting, dance, voice, and musical theater, and production arts through both instruction and experience. The program will begin June 28 with two 3-week sessions, Monday through Friday. Li’l Villagers half-day sessions are offered from 9 a.m.-noon for younger performers, 6-8 years old; Villagers Apprentice full-day sessions are offered from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Each session will culminate in a performance on the Villagers Main Stage on the final Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Overture care and encore care are available for an additional fee. Students will be grouped for instruction by age, ability or experience. Arts educators will be assisted by college interns and high school counselors. Students are required to provide their own transportation and brown bag lunches. Session 1 will take place July 5-23. Session II: July 23-Aug. 13. For more information, go to www.villagerstheatre.com.

Paper Mill's New Season:  in Millburn has announced its 2011-2012 season, which will include four musicals (including a world premiere) and one comedy. The season will kick off with the debut of “Newsies The Musical,” based on the 1992 Disney movie, and written by Harvey Fierstein (book), Jack Feldman (lyrics) and Alan Menken (music). Paper Mill’s holiday offering is “White Christmas,” based on the movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Next up is Marc Canoletti’s 1960 comedy “Boeing Boeing,” (which recently had a successful Broadway revival) in January. Just in time for the baseball season is the classic musical “Damn Yankees” March 7 through April 1, and the season will wrap up with “Once on this Island,” May 30 through June 24. Meanwhile, there are two more shows to go before the current season ends. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” March 16 through April 10 and “Curtains” April 27 through May 22. .

Get Schooled: The educational touring wing of , Shakespeare LIVE!, presents abridged productions of the Bard's work that keeps Shakespeare's language intact. It's offering A Midsummer Night's Dream and Julius Caesar through June 10. For more info and bookings, see here.

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