You can lick ice cream cones, play mini golf, and press your luck on boardwalk games only so many times during your beach vacation. If you’re looking for a break and perhaps even a dose of culture when you’re down the shore, a little theater might be just the ticket. Many Jersey Shore theaters offer family-friendly musicals and plays.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite theaters for you to check out this summer.
Algonquin Arts Theatre
Location: 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan
Details: This 540-seat venue is located on the town’s main drag. Founded in 1992, Algonquin Arts offers dramas, musicals, jazz and pop music concerts, film presentations and more all year long. Their Summer Series for 2017 features two fabulous shows. From July 15 to 30, see the classic musical Peter Pan, where dreams are born and no one grows up. From August 11 to 20 is The Fantasticks, the romantic tale of two young lovers and their fathers who try to keep them apart. Both shows run about two hours and no children under age 4 will be admitted.
More info: www.algonquinarts.com or call 732-528-9211
Greater Ocean City Theatre Company
Location: 1501 West Avenue, Ocean City
Details: OCTC is putting on an array of kid-friendly shows at various venues this summer. Catch Fiddler on the Roof from July 11 to 14 and watch Tevye the Dairyman try to protect his daughters from a changing world. Bring the kids to see Curious George: The Golden Meatball on July 18. The new musical features the lovable monkey who is up to his usual hijinks. The Musical Adventure of Flat Stanley on July 25 is based on the beloved children’s book. In August, view Stinky Kids the Musical on August 1 and Seussical Junior on August 25 & 26. Also, take in the classic musical Mary Poppins, with everyone’s favorite nanny, from August 8 through 11.
More info: Visit the website or call 609-398-1118
Our Gang Players
Location: Various locations in South Jersey
Details: Our Gang Players has been operating continuously since 1977, making it the oldest-running community theatre troupe in Ocean County. They feature an event almost every month, with at least four Mainstage productions each year. Every season boasts family-friendly productions featuring their youngest performers. They also offer summer camps for budding theater artists. This summer, take the family to see Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins! from August 10 to 14 at the Stafford Township Arts Center.
More info: www.ourgang.org or call 609-597-0553
Spring Lake Community House
Location: 300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake
Details: Spring Lake Theatre Company has called this 350-seat theater home since 1978. The company produces Broadway-quality musicals, comedies and dramas with professional casts, lavish sets, extravagant costumes and showstopping performances. They put on six different shows each season, with opening night ticket sales of each show donated to a local charity. The family-friendly musical Annie opens their summer season, running for ten dates in July. Later in the summer, return for The Music Man, a funny and romantic tale full of quirky characters and a score of marches, barbershop quartets and ballads. It’s playing August 17 to 20 and 24 to 27.
More info: Visit the website or call 732-449-4530
The Strand Center for the Arts
Location: 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood
Details: A variety of live entertainment options are offered at this Jersey Shore entertainment venue. Acts including Milton Berle, George Burns, Don McLean, Taylor Swift, George Carlin and more have taken the stage here. From July 14 to 16, check out the musical Hairspray, about a 1960s teen and her rise from outcast to star when she gets chosen to dance on a popular TV show. Peter Pan, a beloved family favorite, hits the stage from July 28 to July 30. And from August 4 to 12, step back in time to 1985 with The Wedding Singer, set to the backdrop of classic ’80s pop songs.
More info: www.strand.org or call 732-367-7789
Location: 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven
Details: The beloved Surflight is back! The theater reopened this summer under new ownership after being closed for two years. On the Mainstage, the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs from July 11 to 23. The Disney musical Newsies hits the stage from July 25 to August 13. And sing along to the music from Hairspray, on stage August 15 to 27. Surflight also offers children’s theatre productions throughout the summer. All shows begin at 6:00 pm on Wednesday through Sunday nights. The schedule includes Snow White (July 12-16), Wizard of Oz (July 19-23 and August 16-20), Sleeping Beauty (July 26-30), Cinderella (August 2-6), Jungle Book (August 9-13), Peter Pan (August 23-27) and Winnie the Pooh (August 30-September 3).
More info: www.surflight.org or call 609-492-9477
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