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PR # 15 August 20, 2008


Young children can get their first live theatre experience right in their own backyard at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch. The Theatre?s 25th anniversary season will feature two series specially designed for families with children: the Sampler Series , for youngsters age four and older and their families, and the Family Series , for families with children ages eight and older.

?By offering two series designed for different age groups, young people can grow with the Theatre. As they outgrow one series they can move on to the next,? says Theatre Director Alan Liddell.

This year?s Family Series offers a wonderful variety of performance styles and presentations, from Celtic Tap?s modern take on Irish tap dancing, to Aga-Boom?s unique clowning around, to the always-popular and incredibly thrilling Peking Acrobats. The Family Series will feature the following presentations:

Celtic Tap: An Evening with James Devine , Sunday, October 12, at 7 p.m.

Celtic Tap is the next generation in Irish tap, fusing the sounds of dance, fiddle, vocals and percussion. It?s a fast-paced music and dance jam, offering a new and funky sound.

The Legacy of Galileo: An Encounter with Genius (Parnassus Productions), Friday, January 9, at 7 p.m.

The show is a perfect way to mark the 400th anniversary of Galileo?s first use of a telescope to study the heavens, which is being celebrated in 2009. It is being presented in cooperation with the RVCC Planetarium.

Aga-Boom (Clown Action Productions), Saturday, January 31, at 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, February 1, at 2 p.m.

Aga-Boom offers a 75-minute explosion of high-energy, pure family fun. You?ll feel like you?re being carried to the other side of the funhouse mirror.

Peking Acrobats , Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

The Peking Acrobats are the most effective diplomats of their traditional, spirited culture. They have toured the world over for decades with graceful presentations of their ancient folk art, acrobatics.

Magic of Lyn (Lyn Dillies), Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

Hailed as the finest female magician in the land, Lyn Dillies presents eye-defying illusions that have mesmerized audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada for over two decades.

The Theatre?s Sampler Series is designed for children ages four and older and their families. All Sampler Series performances will be presented at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 & $12 each. The following shows will be offered:

Frog in the Clouds (Theatre Terra), Sunday, October 19

Max has moved to a new city and hasn?t yet made any friends. He overcomes his nervousness with help from Grandpa and good friends Frog, Duck, Pig and Hare.

A Christmas Carol (TheatreworksUSA), Saturday, November 29, at a special location: Clinton Middle School

With witty dialogue and new songs, both humorous and touching, A Christmas Carol conveys Charles Dickens? message that the holiday season should be a time of kindness, forgiveness and charity.

The Gruffalo (Tall Stories), Sunday, November 30

Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark woods in this magical, musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.

The Snow Queen (Das Puppenspiel), Sunday, December 21

Breathtaking visuals, exquisitely crafted puppets and an original musical score meld into a charming adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen?s tale of friendship, fantasy and the power of goodness and love.

Aesop?s Fables II (Jim West), Sunday, January 11

Jim West and company are back in an all-new puppet extravaganza that includes The Goose that Lays the Golden Egg , The Boy Who Cried Wolf and more of Aesop's legendary fables.

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny (Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia), Sunday, February 15

Both of these tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery will infuse your youngster with a reassuring sense of security and peace.

Cinderella (New Jersey Ballet Company), Sunday, March 29

The ballet follows the classic fairytale, complete with a Fairy Godmother, pumpkin coach and wickedly funny stepsisters. The ballet is presented with narration, so even the youngest can follow along with ease.

Clean Machine (Tom Chapin & Friends), Sunday, May 17

Tom Chapin?s latest presentation is inspired by his Grammy-nominated This Pretty Planet and updated with new songs. The show expresses how everyone can do his or her part to ensure a clean and green future.

In addition to the Sampler and Family Series , the Theatre will present this season the Major Artists Series ; the 17th annual Merck Series , made possible by a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation; and School-Time Performances , a series for teachers and students grades pre-K to 12. The 2008-2009 season also will offer a new series, Tuesdays with Stories , which features great American literature performed by solo actors from The American Place Theatre.

A variety of subscribers? packages are available for all Theatre series. In celebration of the Theatre? 25th anniversary season, tickets for any of the Theatre?s public series may be purchased at 25 percent off, if bought before the September 16 presentation of The Secret Life of Bees , which is part of the Tuesdays with Stories series. When ordering online, use the pull-down menu, located next to the ticket price, to select the appropriate discount for each ticket. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org . Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances.

The Theatre offers birthday parties for both the Family and Sampler Series . For further information, call 908-725-3420.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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