TGS Receives Historic Location Grant Award!

The New Jersey Historic Trust and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts announced the FY23 Capital Arts – Historic Locations grant award recipients, which includes The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey. This grant opportunity prioritized project proposals that will be used to halt and remediate the physical deterioration of historic locations. There were 13 grants awarded totaling more than $2.6 million, with a maximum award of $250,000.

Executive Director, Steve Fredericks states, “This award provides The Growing Stage with a much-needed, energy efficient upgrade to its lighting system. The lighting system, which we hope to be installed prior to our first production of the season, THE HARDY BOYS – MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE includes ETC ColorSource equipment, which will allow for the advantage of additive LED color-mixing resulting in rich colors and vibrant whites. The benefits of this retrofit includes better energy efficiency, benefiting the environment, and improved lighting quality which will enhance production quality and as a result, our patron’s experience at our theatre.”

The theatre has been investing in upgrading its technical production values over the past five years. Over that time, we have purchased a new ETC dimmer pack, lightboard, and restored the fly system capability of the Palace Theatre through a $350,000 project completed in September 2021.

We have selected the New Jersey firm, PRG, based in Secaucus, NJ which has 30 years’ experience in lighting installations. Made in the USA, the ETC line is renowned for its quality, durability and reliability. It is also known for its technical support and ease of use. This is a vital component since the Growing Stage provides young people the opportunity for hands-on learning in technical theatre and design. 

The Growing Stage appreciates the funding received by the NJSCA, the New Jersey Historic Trust and the 22nd, 24th and 25th NJ Legislative Districts for their ongoing support.

Fredericks continues to state, “This is a pivotal investment for TGS and our patrons. This improvement to our lighting system demonstrates our ongoing respect and dedication to our young audiences and our craft. Our children deserve the same quality and professionalism that is expected by the adult patron, and we are committed to providing it in all of our programming.”

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.

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