Saturday, January 21, 2012


clip_image001State Theatre presents the 6th Annual

A Winter Festival for Families and Kids

WHEN: January 27 - February 24, 2012
WHERE (unless otherwise noted):
STATE THEATRE, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick
Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
Ticket Office: 732.246.SHOW (7469)

New Brunswick’s State Theatre is proud to present the 6th annual Hub City Carnivale, a four-week winter festival, with performances ranging from The Temptations and The Four Tops to kids’ band  Dan Zanes & Friends to the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof. Also featured this month are an assortment of fun social events, including “Motown Karaoke” and chocolate tastings by Thomas Sweet of New Brunswick. For a complete list of events and prices, visit

“The Carnivale brings a colorful variety of first class performing arts and entertainment to the community and helps propel us through the winter,” said President & CEO Mark W. Jones.

Many Hub City Carnivale events have discounted tickets available as part of the State Theatre’s “Take5”campaign.  Tickets are available for select shows listed below with the “Take5” pricing.


WHEN: Fri, January 27 at 8 PM – Carnivale Kickoff
: $25-57 / Take5 price: $20-55
With 35 brass, percussion and other performers, BLAST! features electrifying showmanship punctuated with the pageantry of music and theater. At 7:30 PM, come early for the Jazz Big Band of the New Brunswick School District

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
WHEN: Sun, January 29 at 3 PM
: $18-22
Fancy dress – Patrons are encouraged to dress up. Free goodie bag with ticket purchase. On the theater’s 46’ HD screen.

Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company
OYSTER (1999)
WHEN: Wed, February 1 at 8 PM; Pre-Performance Insights at 7 PM at the United Methodist Church
TICKETS: $32-52 / Take5 price: $20-40
A combination of ballet, contemporary, mime, and acrobatics. A magical and mysterious work combining the dreamlike qualities of Fellini and the keen intellect of Pina Bausch.

Il Trittico in HD, The Royal Opera, Giacomo Puccini
An HD screening on the State Theatre’s 46’ screen; captured live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London
WHEN: Thu, February 2 at 7 PM; Pre-Performance Insights at 6:30 PM in the theater.
TICKETS: $22 / Take5 price: $15-20

The Temptations and The Four Tops
WHEN: Fri, February 3 at 8 PM
; at 7 PM, come early for Motown karaoke with DJ Rob Porter.
TICKETS: : $25-80 / Take5 price: $20-80

One Man Lord of the Rings
Starring Charles Ross

WHEN: Sat, February 4 at  3 PM and 8 PM; come early for some Lord of the Rings trivia.
TICKETS: $15-35 / Take5 price: $10-35
An energetic one-man recreation of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, performed by Charles Ross, the mastermind behind the world-wide smash hit show One-Man Star Wars.

The Yardbirds & Vanilla Fudge
WHEN: Thu, February 9 at 8 PM

TICKETS: $25-55 / Take5 price: $20-55

Midnight in Paris in HD
Written and Directed by Woody Allen
WHEN: Fri, February 10 at 8 PM; at 7 PM
, come early for the Thomas Sweet Chocolate Tasting.
In keeping with the evening’s romantic theme, there is a pre-movie chocolate tasting (free with purchase of movie ticket) by Thomas Sweet. Presented in HD on the State Theatre’s 46’ screen. Rated: PG-13.

Glen Burtnik & Friends
The British Invasion Concert

WHEN: Sat, February 11 at 8 PM; At 7 PM, come early for the Thomas Sweet Chocolate Tasting and a lobby concert by singer/guitarist Lisa Bouchelle.
TICKETS: $20-45 / Take5 price: $20-45
A tribute to classic rock bands of the explosive 60s—including The Kinks and The Rolling Stones

Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra
Roman Leontiev, music director and chief conductor
Alexandre Pirojenko, piano soloist
WHEN: Sun, February 12 at 3 PM; pre-performance Insights at 2 PM at the United Methodist Church.
TICKETS: $36-58 / Take5 price: $20-50
Program: Maurice Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 2; Fryderyk Chopin, Concerto No. 2 in F minor for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 21; and Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65  

Fiddler on the Roof
WHEN: Fri, February 17 at 8PM
; Pre-Performance Insights at 7 PM at the United Methodist Church; Sat, February 18 at 2 PM and 8 PM, Pre-Performance Insights at 1 PM at the United Methodist Church
TICKETS: $32-67 / Take5 price: $25-67

WHEN: Mon, February 20

On the State Theatre stage…

  • Dan Zanes & Friends
    10:30 AM
    TICKETS: $10-20 / Take5 price: $5-20
  • The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
    WHEN: 1 PM and 3:30 PM
    Clowns, wire walking, a sword swallower, acrobatics, and live music. Hosted by Ringmistress Philomena.
    TICKETS: $10-15 / Take5 price: $5-15

On the Crossroads Theatre stage…

  • New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble
    WHEN: 10 AM
    Come and meet the dancing feet of these talented hoofers, in a high-energy, interactive program.
  • Princeton Symphony Orchestra “Meet the Percussion”
    WHEN: 11 AM
    The Princeton Symphony Orchestra introduces the wide range of percussion instruments in their lively interactive program.
  • Diane Macklin, storyteller
    WHEN: 12 PM
    Celebrating the African American storytelling tradition, Diane's folktales are interactive fun for the entire family.
  • Princeton Symphony “Meet the Percussion”
    WHEN: 1 PM
  • New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble
    2 PM
  • Diane Macklin, storyteller
    3 PM

For information and a listing of Family Day workshops visit:

Coppélia in HD, Bolshoi Ballet
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre
WHEN: Wed, February 22 at 7 PM; Pre-Performance Insights at 6:30 pm in the theater.
TICKETS: $22 / Take5 price: $15-20
Presented in HD on the State Theatre’s 46’ screen.

The Pink Floyd Experience
WHEN: Fri, February 24 at 8 PM
: $22-52 / Take5: $20-50

Festival partners and event sponsors include The Landis Family, Jim and Liz Hance, Ann and Lou Asbaty, Omar and Madiha Boraie, Rutgers Student Life, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Dave and Carolyn Horn, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trusts; The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, RTS Unified Communications, Stewart Filmscreen Corporation, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Vornado Realty Trust, and Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures.

For tickets or more information, on Hub City Carnivale visit The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM; Wednesday 11 AM to 7 PM; Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732.247.7200, ext. 517.

Three Ways to Buy discounted Take5Tickets:

  1. Buy online at Please sign in with promo code Take5 first, then select your seats and check out. You must be logged in with the promo code prior to ordering tickets to receive discount.
  2. Call 732.246.SHOW (7469) and mention promo code Take5
  3. Visit the Ticket Office at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901, mention promo code Take5, plus save $9 per order.

“Take5” tickets are available for select sections. Limited seating is available first come first serve. Discounts are not retroactive and cannot be combined with Rewards Club or any other discount offers. The “Take5” offer ends at 5pm on 3/5/12. Additional fees may apply. No refunds unless the show is cancelled.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.