New Jersey Stage
New Jersey Stage on social media


Did you know NJ Stage offers FREE Event Listings? Nearly 100,000 listings were viewed in January. Be sure to add your events to our calendar and get your shows noticed!

JCTC-KIDS Tells Heart-Warming, International Holiday Tale with Shadows

JCTC-KIDS Tells Heart-Warming, International Holiday Tale with Shadows(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The children’s programming division of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is presenting Mishka, an international tale bound to make any holiday season complete. JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre is a live, story-telling experience where fairytales, folklore and children’s literature from around the world are performed using shadow puppets – a form of puppetry that dates back to ancient times.  Performances run from December 16 to January 15.

The visually evocative, hand-crafted silhouettes and other forms of shadow puppetry are manipulated by trained shadow puppeteers and accompanied by professional actors and musicians. The result is engaging and dreamlike, a unique form of storytelling and children’s theater rarely seen in today’s world. 

“Families, not just in Jersey City and Hudson County, but from throughout the Tristate area have been very supportive of JCTC-KIDS programing,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Parents have asked us for more programming and with Shadow Theatre we have found quality work that emphasizes diversity and positive messages. With JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre, the stories we will be telling will be taken from folklore from all around the lore and told through one of the oldest forms of storytelling, Shadow Theatre.”

The first production of JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre is a wintery, holiday tale from Scandinavia –Mishka, a beloved story about a little teddy bear who runs away from the house of a spoiled little girl. Walking alone in the forest, he discovers the joy of living in the world and meets an actual reindeer! But tonight is Christmas, when everyone is generous and kind, and Mishka realizes he must give up what he holds most dear - his newly found freedom – to stay with a sick little boy. 

The stories themselves come from around the globe, each carefully chosen for originality, poetic narrative and themes of humanity, tolerance, and mutual understanding.  JCTC-KIDS Presents Shadow Theatre stories are selected for the relevance to today’s kids and the life-lessons taught by the subject matter. the aim is for kids to become global citizens by traveling to different nations and experiencing different cultures through stories and theatre.



The article continues after this ad

 


Marion Schoevaert – Educational Program Coordinator at JCTC and creator of Shadow Theatre – is an international theater professional with more than 25-years experience as a director, producer and choreographer, and has worked in  New York, Seoul and throughout France. For the past 13 years, Marion has created shadow puppet plays in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic (33 sold out performances!). The music and narration for Mishka  is provided by Tiphanie Doucet, an internationally known singer/songwriter (tiphaniemusic.com) who is  a regular performer on Spirit Cruises and appeared in the French TV series Chante!, a Gallic version of Glee. 

“In making theater for the young audience, I always strive to base stories on today's life, to create performances using many different artistic forms in order to encourage our children to dream,” said Schoevaert. “Shadow Theatre and its music and storytelling is a rich theatrical experience which will captivate kids and parents alike."  

Mishka performances are held in the black box theater at Merseles Studios, which Studios features an inviting, welcoming and comfortable theater space. A truly interactive theater experience for children, Mishka includes performances, workshops and post-show shadow puppet demonstration with a Question & Answer Session.

Family shows of Mishka are held Saturdays, 2:00pm. JCTC-KIDS also schedules special school shows of Mishka during the week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-11am.  Mishka runs from December 16 to January 13. 

The final show of JCTC-KIDS presents The Prince & The Magic Flute by Puppetworks takes place Sunday, December 10,  at 1:00pm at Merseles Studios. Puppetworks resumes programming on Sunday, February 18 with Pinocchio (school and group shows with discounted pricing  of Pinocchio are also be available).  

In 2018, JCTC will be presenting complete weekends of programming for children (3-12) on Saturdays at 2:00pm (Shadow Theatre) and Sundays at 1:00pm (Puppetworks), not to mention soon to be announced, family friendly productions at White Eagle Hall. “JCTC is committed to affordable programming for families and children,” added Levina. “Theater and the arts should be for all people, no how matter how old they or if they can afford to go into Manhattan or not.” 

Jersey City Theater Center, Inc. (JCTC) manages programming at Merseles Studios and the adjacent White Eagle Hall. JCTC is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization committed to presenting innovative and progressive performing & visual arts as well as educational arts programs that embrace the multicultural identity and preserve the rich history of Jersey City, bringing its community closer together and enhancing its quality of life. 



originally published: 2017-12-07 00:00:00


Features You Might Like

PHOTOS from "Driving Miss Daisy" at Mile Square Theatre

PHOTOS from "Driving Miss Daisy" at Mile Square Theatre

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Currently on stage at Mile Square Theatre is Alfred Uhry’s powerful masterpiece Driving Miss Daisy. Set in the South between the late 40’s and early 70’s, the play explores an unlikely friendship between an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffer, Hoke Colburn. The production runs until February 25.


Sharyn Rothstein's "A Good Farmer" Raises Emotional Issues

Sharyn Rothstein's "A Good Farmer" Raises Emotional Issues

Two women are talking, a small farmer and one of her employees. They’re also friends. Immigration officers have just raided a nearby farm, and they’re scared. Sharyn Rothstein’s play “A Good Farmer” is set in a small town in upstate New York. It’s a study in friendship, paranoia and competing loyalties that’s looking for the human experience behind the kind of big issues that fill our daily news feed.


PHOTOS from "American Hero" at George Street

PHOTOS from "American Hero" at George Street

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- From the author of last season’s American Son, comes a raw, gritty drama which shines a light on how America honors its veterans, the corrupting effect of awards and commendations, and questions what it truly means to be a hero. American Hero joins American Son and a yet-to-be titled new work to create a trilogy of plays exploring American injustice by Christopher Demos-Brown.  The production runs January 30 through February 25.


Two River Theater Premieres "El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom"

Two River Theater Premieres "El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom"

There’s a new superhero in town! “El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom” is having its world premiere at Two River Theater. Featuring a down-on-his-luck comic book artist, this new play tells a lively story about following your passion and the strong ties of community. Jesse and Dave were at rehearsal in Red Bank to get the scoop from show’s creators.








EVENT CALENDAR
Monday, Feb 19, 2018

Open Auditions: Calendar Girls @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 7:00pm



Add your events to the calendar for free,
Click here



View all events














 
















For more on our awards, click here








New Jersey Stage © 2018 by Wine Time Media, LLC | PO Box 140, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 (732) 280-7625 | info@newjerseystage.com

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms.
If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.