As part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival, Trenton’s Passage Theatre Company announced a new creation specially written for families and young audiences: Teaching Disco Square Dancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation. Written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Suzana Berger, the show will run from March 5th to March 8th at the Mill Hill Playhouse (16 East Front Street). The cast will feature of Kenny Ramos as ‘Kenny Two Hawks,’ John Anthony Torres as ‘Martin Leads to Water,’ Magdalena Rodriguez as ‘Amanda Smith,’ and Joan Henry as ‘Grandma Two Hawks.’

This New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s popular program, called ‘The Stages Festival’, is the State’s largest annual theatre celebration that provides free and discounted productions for all ages during the months of March, April, and May. To see a full schedule of events for The Stages Festival, visit www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages. This year’s Passage Theatre show will be presented at student matinee performances at 11:00 a.m. on March 5th & 6th and public performances at 3:00 p.m. on March 7th & 8th. To obtain tickets and more information, visit passagetheatre or contact Ryan Hennessey, Administrative Associate, at (609) 392-0766.

A scene from 2019 Families and Young Audiences show

This is the second year that Passage Theatre is offering ‘Theatre for Families and Young Audiences’ shows and is providing students in elementary and/or middle school with staged presentations that focus on themes that affect them. Each show has four performances: two for local schools, and two that are open to the public. Equally important, student attendees also participate in school pre-and post show workshops led by Passage selected teaching artists.

The 2020 Stages Festival is made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind. For more information, see www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages.