School-day-tailored Main Stage shows, lesson plans and more

All TGS educational programming supports NJ and National core-curriculum guidelines and standards.

Field Trip Matinees

Our field trips feature the same shows that appear on our Main Stage on the weekends. They have been tailored to meet the tight constraints of a school-day in our Main Stage Matinee Series.

In addition to your class trip to our theatre for the performance, we continue our practice of providing excellent lesson plans. Furthermore, your students will have a Q&A session with our professional artistic team of directors, designers and actors.   

Additionally, matinees will be available during the show’s Main Stage run.

Catching the Moon

Recommended grades 1-4 

Book, Lyrics and Music by Tyrone L. Robinson and Nichole Jackson

With the crack of a bat, Marcenia Lyle rounds the bases with ease and slides into home. It’s the ballfield she knows and loves best. So, when famous baseball manager Gabby Street comes scouting players for summer camp, Marcenia steps up to the plate to compete. She’s determined to pursue her passion and defy the naysayers who discourage her from following her dream because she’s a girl.

Catching the Moon tells the inspiring true story of one spirited young girl who grew up to become “Toni Stone,” the first woman to play for an all-male professional Negro Baseball League.

This new and inspiring bluesy musical is perfect for grades 1 – 4. 

School performances are available February 18th to Feburary 28th.

Knuffle Bunny

Recommended grades Pre-K to 2

Book and Lyrics by six-time Emmy Award Winner Mo Willems

Music by Grammy Award winning composer Michael Silversher

The story: girl loves stuffed animal. Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. Throw adventure, song, and dancing laundry into the mix and you get an instant children’s classic! This heart-warming and hilarious musical, based on Mo Willems beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, is the perfect show for pre-schoolers through 2nd graders!

School performances are available from May 6th to May 23rd.

Touring & Resident Company

Beyond our Main Stage Matinees, The Growing Stage offers unique resources for educational enrichment through our touring and resident companies.

Fulfilling our mission of nurturing the performing arts through education, we have had the privilege of performing for schools throughout New Jersey.

In addition, The Growing Stage is on the New Jersey State Council on the Arts approved roster of Artist Residency Companies. 

classroom resources
Tales From the Garden (2016)

Ticketing System

  • Main Stage Performances are normally Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Friday performances are on a limited basis at 7:30pm.
  • Studio Series Performances: Thursday/Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Local Flavor Coupons and Groupons cannot be redeemed online.  You must call the Box Office to reserve and redeem. Box Office is open daily Monday thru Friday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Please call at least 24 hours prior to redeem.
  • Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. If you select Will Call as your ticket delivery method, your tickets will be available for pick up starting an hour prior to the performance.
  • Seating is general admission except for season ticket holders and groups of 10 or more.
  • Sales are final and no refunds will be given unless the performance is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate you at a different performance based on availability.
  • Concessions will be available for sale before the performance and during intermission. Outside food and drink is not allowed.
  • Parking is available in the bank parking lot next to the theatre (when the bank is closed), the park lot behind the bank lot, and on the surrounding streets. If needed, overflow parking is available at the Methodist Church down the street.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 973-347-4946 or and we will be happy to assist you.

    Group Sales (10 or more) are available by calling the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.

Please fill out this form to receive more information or call 973-347-4946

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