Contact The NJ State Museum
Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)

Thursday Theater in the NJSM Auditorium

This monthly live theater series is a wonderful way to expose your students to a theater experience while connecting with classroom curriculum. Choose performances based in science, literature or social studies.

These shows are a steal at only $3.00 per person! Be sure to ask about our special offers throughout the year and remember that all Trenton Public Schools may attend performances FREE of charge. All shows begin at 11:00am.

Advance registration is required for groups of 10 or more. For reservations call (609) 292-6347. School Groups: be sure to ask how to add tours, workshops and planetarium shows to your field trip schedule for an entire day of educational exploration.

Upcoming Shows
Become Your Dreams (History of Hip Hop)
Illstyle & Peace Productions

January 28, 2016

With incredible energy and personalities to match, the dancers of Illstyle & Peace demonstrate and teach the history of hip hop dance! Showcasing early hip hop dance styles, such as popping, locking and breaking, move through the history of hip hop dance from the 1960’s to today. The program ends with the positive message of “Think it – Do it – and Become it!”
Harriet Tubman - Gwendolyn Briley-Strand
February 11, 2016

This dynamic one-woman performance takes students on one of the 19 journeys Harriet Tubman took through the Underground Railroad. With music, props, costumes, and extraordinary acting, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand portrays the strength, courage, faith, and steadfastness of this remarkable American - once a slave herself - who led more than 300 other slaves to freedom.
Appropriate for grades 3-12
I, Nat Love - Rochel Garner Coleman
February 18, 2016

Playing the Black Cowboy, Nat Love (a.k.a Deadwood Dick), Rochel treats the audience to the life and times of this ex-slave who joined thousands of others like him to explore and settle the West. This one-man show was written by Rochel based on stories from Love’s autobiography, and underwent development at the Langston Hughes Center for the Arts in Seattle. From Love’s birth into slavery to his walk to freedom and how he won his name, the performance recreates that special period in American history that has captivated generations ever since.
Super Scientific Circus: The Magic of Chemistry
February 25, 2016

Magic tricks, circus skills, and audience participation help explain atoms, molecules, the elements, compounds, solutions, magnetism, and static electricity.
Appropriate for grades K-8
The Crabgrass Theater: The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea
March 10, 2016

A swashbuckling adventure about friendship and cooperation! Take one bumbling buccaneer. Add one problem-solving princess. Throw in a stack of mattresses with a pea on the bottom, and put the pirate on top. Season liberally with sharks, sea monsters and side-splitting action and you have the recipe for one hilarious adventure on the high seas!
Appropriate for grades pre-K to 4
Yah-Oh-Way - Thunderbird American Indian Dancers
March 17, 2016

Yah-Oh-Way, meaning “it is good” in Hopi, features dances of various Native American nations. Accompanied by song and drumming, the dancers don beautiful costumes and explain the meaning behind each movement. Audience volunteers will have a great time participating in the Feather Dance, a traditional expression of thanksgiving.
Mad Science: Marvels of Motion
April 7, 2016

Come one, come all… to the Mad Science Physics Olympics! This interactive event is all about the fun-damentals of moving science including Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion and all sorts of surprises including dancing, chemically assisted football tossing, and even amazing "space-age" rocket packs. Children will have a chance to compete in wacky events, while the mad scientists prepare to unveil their top-secret motion machine. Come and discover the science behind some of your favorite Olympic sports and find out why this show is such a “blast!”
Austin the Unstoppable
April 21, 2016

George Street Playhouse presents a touching story that confronts the challenges of obesity.

This musical comedy teaches how positive change can occur through the power of hard work, support and love.
Folktale Fun - TAHIRA
April 28, 2016

Clever spiders, signifying monkeys and grinnin’ buzzards are just some of the intriguing characters in the Folktale Fun told by TAHIRA. This interactive program is ideal for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children. Delivered in her signature high-energy style, TAHIRA captivates young audiences while imparting universal values such as appreciating differences and being kind with your words. Family audiences around the country have remarked how inspiring, as well as entertaining TAHIRA’s folktales are.
Mad Science: Up Up and Away
May 19, 2016

A large and flashy show that will capture the audiences' interest and demonstrate how exciting science can be. Includes a variety of eye-popping demonstrations and experiments. Some of the topics and demonstrations include the three states of matter, air pressure (using the Madgeburg Sphere), a Hot Air Balloon, the Mad Science Hovercraft, a giant size vortex generator and the Big Sneeze demonstration.
Appropriate for grades K to 6
Flying Ship Productions: The Courage to Dream -
Amazing Life of Ben Franklin

May 26, 2016

This engaging musical theatre performance will entertain and enlighten. Ben Franklin was America’s first true Renaissance man: printer, writer, inventor, scientist, diplomat and statesman. Despite humble beginnings and only two years of formal schooling, Franklin changed the world.

Franklin’s life and times are brought to life with a creative script by Jonathan Luks. Mr. Jonathan Luks uses the musical influences of the eighteenth century to create a rich, yet joyful original score, which will further humanize this American icon, captivating the audience. Don’t miss this mesmerizing salute to one of the fathers of our nation!
Appropriate for grades K to 8