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February 24, 1999. All rights reserved.

The New Jersey Theater Group and its professional member

theaters is planning its the second annual AT&T Family Week at

the Theater, scheduled for Saturday, February 27, through Sunday,

March 7. Young people, ages 5 to 18, can receive free tickets to a

choice of over 100 performances and special events including backstage

tours, classes, and workshops.

AT&T Family Week at the Theater was developed to give families the

opportunity to experience together the thrill of professional theater

by offering affordable, exciting, and educational programming. "For

those of us who work in the theater, our childhood memories of seeing

our first play remain with us today. It was a magical experience,"

says Laura Aden, executive director of NJTG. AT&T Corporate Affairs

Vice President Linda Haertlein adds, "AT&T Family Week is ideal

for us, in that it reaches a new generation of theater-goers, showing

them what we have here at home — a rich cultural heritage that

comes alive in a very real and accessible way." Participating

professional theaters include Paper Mill Playhouse, McCarter Theater,

The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, George Street Playhouse, and

Crossroads Theater, all of which will also be offering free and/or

discounted tickets for their mainstage performances during Family

Week. For a free schedule of Family Week events, call 1-800-THE-ARTS.

Here are some are highlights:

McCarter Theater presents the outreach show "All The

World’s A Story" free on Saturday, March 6, and will offer free

tickets to teenagers when adult tickets are purchased for the mainstage

production of "Two Sisters and a Piano." 609-683-8000.

Passage Theater will offer two free Creative Dramatics

Classes on Saturday, March 6, at the New Jersey State Museum Auditorium.

609-392-0766.

Throughout the week, George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick

is offering a variety of free workshops and classes perfect for the

whole family including an Intergenerational Improvisational Jam, a

Teen Acting Workshop, and Beginning Theater Arts. Also, free tickets

for children are available for their mainstage production of "Jolson

Sings Again." 732-246-7717.

At Crossroads Theater young people can test their boxing

skills on Saturday, February 27, by participating in a Mock Sparring

Match in honor of their mainstage production, "Ali," celebrating

the legendary Muhammad Ali. 732-249-5560.

Also in New Brunswick, The State Theater will offer free

tickets to children when adult tickets are purchased for the Aquila

Theater Company of London’s production of "The Odyssey" on

Tuesday, March 2. 609-246-7469.


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