Children’s Tales, Dance, Inspirational Stories Set At RVCC Theatre

From a modern take on a children’s tale, to a contemporary dance rendition of a beloved novel, to a one-woman show focusing on a life-changing journey – The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg has plenty to entertain and inspire audiences in November. The Theatre has slated the following performances:

The Ugly Duckling (Lightwire Theater), Saturday, November 5, at 1 p.m.; $10 (General admission; recommended for ages 6 and older)

With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and music ranging from classical to jazz to pop, Lightwire Theater (as seen on America’s Got Talent!), literally brings a beloved tale into a new and brilliant light. The story plays out on stage through a cutting-edge blend of full-body puppetry, technology and dance for an unforgettable theatrical experience.

In addition, the performance will feature a “Show Starter” event at noon, when representatives from the Somerset County 4-H Clubs will visit the Theatre and audience members of all ages can learn about bunnies, reptiles and birds.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (10 Hairy Legs), Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m.; $20 & $30 (Reserved seating)

C.S. Lewis’ beloved novel comes to life through dance. In this classic story, four siblings enter the magical land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. Ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch, this wondrous place features all of your favorite characters – the heroine Lucy and her brother Edmund, Tumnus, Beavers, Nymphs, Giants and, of course, Aslan the Lion. Follow the children through the land of forever winter to see if they can break the witch’s evil spell, restore sunshine and peace to Narnia, and return the great King Aslan to his throne.

Thao’s Library (Elizabeth Van Meter), Tuesday, November 22, noon and 7 p.m.; $15 (General admission; includes discussion and light refreshments)

Coping with a life-altering tragedy that has left her feeling hopeless, Elizabeth comes upon a haunting photograph of Thao, a 25-year-old Vietnamese woman born with life-threatening birth defects as a result of Agent Orange. The photograph propels Elizabeth to rural Vietnam to meet a woman whose indomitable spirit inspires her to build a library. These two unlikely friends are brought together, forging a bond that eventually will change both of their lives forever.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Subscribers’ packages are available for all Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.