NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Every fall and winter State Theatre New Jersey, located in the heart of New Brunswick, hosts a lively, interactive storytelling series, aimed at entertaining children 3-8 and their families.
The series is called “Milk & Cookies” and they just released their line-up of shows for the 2019-2020 season. Best of all, tickets to all shows are just $5, which includes the performance, along with a glass of milk and a cookie for each child.
Also, all the 12 p.m. performances are sensory-friendly, which allow families with children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities to enjoy high-quality live entertainment in a safe, welcoming, sensory-friendly environment.
“Milk & Cookies is one of our most beloved programs,” said Lian Farrer, State Theatre New Jersey’s Vice President of Education & Community Engagement. “It’s become so popular that this season we decided to expand the series from six to eight shows.”
“Our girls have been attending for five years — from the time they were three,” said one Central Jersey parent. “It has been fabulous to expose them to live performances, so important in this age of virtual entertainment. Especially for people like me who could not afford to take them into New York to experience live theater.”
2019-2020 Milk & Cookies Lineup:
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 12 p.m.
A performance with storyteller Julie Pasqual is a real treat: fun, high-energy, and downright silly, with lots of audience participation. Always a Milk & Cookies favorite, Julie is back with a selection of delightful tales from many lands.
The Bilingual Birdies
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
¡Hola, amigos y amigas! The Bilingual Birdies invite you to dance and sing along to the festive sounds of Latin America. Explore the region’s rich cultural heritage and learn a little Spanish as you move to the irresistible rhythms of cumbia, salsa, tango and samba.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
City Stomp performs fun original songs, along with contemporary versions of traditional folk songs that celebrate Latin American, Caribbean, African, Irish, Jewish, and other world cultures. They takes kids’ music to a new level with songs that the whole family will love!
Mr. Pennygaff’s Sideshow Spectacle
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Mr. Pennygaff takes you on a tour of American popular entertainment, with juggling, feats of daring, comedy, sideshow stunts, and audience interaction. See Mr. Pennygaff balance bottles on wooden spoons and tops on strings, experience a classic plate-spinning frenzy, and even learn some of his tricks!
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
mr. RAY is back, bringing along his famous sticker-covered guitar and family-friendly songs with a rock-and-roll beat. He’s performed with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry and Bon Jovi, but kids are his favorite audience. With mr. RAY, songs about friendship, dinosaurs, and rainbows never sounded so cool!
Princeton Symphony Orchestra BRAVO Percussion Ensemble
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
In this fun, interactive, and educational program, members of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra introduce audiences to the wide-ranging group of instruments that make up the percussion family. You’ll meet an assortment of drums, cymbals, chimes, and lots of other instruments that are played by hitting, shaking, or scraping.
Charlotte Blake Alston: “Come Tell With Me”
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Charlotte Blake Alston has shared her African and African-American tales with audiences from Cape Town to Carnegie Hall, at events ranging from concerts in Japan to the U.S. Presidential Inaugural festivities. Come ready to clap, sing, and play a part in telling the stories!
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
For her original kids music, singer-songwriter Joanie Leeds has won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, the Independent Music Award, Gold Parents’ Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award, and Family Choice Award. One of the top nationally-touring kiddie rock singers, Joanie returns to the State Theatre with her high-energy, interactive kids’ rock.
Milk & Cookies is sponsored by Community Access Initiative Sponsor The Provident Bank Foundation.
Space is limited, so families are encouraged to purchase their tickets as early as possible at 732-246-SHOW or STNJ.org. Please note: Milk & Cookies performances take place on the second floor of State Theatre New Jersey, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. There is no elevator access to the second floor.