Kelsey Kids Shows

Please note: Kelsey Theatre has stadium style seating. Only the handicapped seats are on floor level. All other seats are at least 1 step up or down!

Call the box office at 609-570-3333 to arrange for handicapped seating.

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES                                                                     Virginia Repertory Theatre

Sat. Oct. 15, 2022 at 1pm & 4pm

The classic fable is brought to life in the Hans Christian Andersen story of greed and privilege. When it comes to fashion and…well, everything…this emperor knows it all or so he thinks.  A charlatan decides to profit from his bombast.  He persuades the emperor that he has the world’s most exquisite fabric.  The emperor pas the “tailor” a fortune, but when he goes to inspect his dazzling new wardrobe, the con artist offers a clever trick that ultimately shows the foolishness brought on by the emperor’s greed. $15/$12  


HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY? The Musical!                                Virginia Repertory Theatre

Sat., 2022 Nov. 12, 2022 at 1pm & 4pm

This brand-new, fun-filled musical is based on the concepts in Carol McCloud’s award-winning children’s books, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, Growing Up With a Bucket Full of Happiness and Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead’s book, The Bucket Filling Fairy.  The play uses the concept of a “bucket” to show kids how to express kindness, appreciation and love to be “bucketfillers”.   Have you filled a bucket today ?  SPECIAL EVENT $16/$14


A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL                          MPOnStage & The Kelsey Players

Sat. Nov. 26, 2022 at 1pm & 4pm

Sun. Nov. 27 at 1pm & 4pm

A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. Its theme, which concerns caring, sharing and the importance of cultivating friends, makes this a very special and enchanting musical suitable for any age.  $15/$12


TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS…                                                   The Kelsey Players  

Fri. Dec. 2, 2022 at 7pm                                                                              

Sat. Dec. 3 at 1pm & 4pm                                                                                                    

Sun. Dec. 4 at 1pm & 4pm

Special School Performances - Fri. Dec. 2 & Mon. Dec. 5 at 9:45am & 11:15am     

The excitement and wonder of the long-awaited midnight visit by Santa Claus, made famous in Clement Moore’s beloved poem, is brought to the stage again in a fun and enchanting musical perfect for even the littlest ones.  Bring the whole family for this joyous Holiday Tradition, and take a picture with Santa on the way out.  $15/$12 (not part of Golden Rule series, but can be added)


NUTCRACKER                                                                                                        NJ Dance Connection           

Fri. Dec. 16, 2022 at 10am & 7pm                                                                                       

Sat. Dec. 17 at 1pm & 4pm

Sun. Dec. 18 at 1pm & 4pm

Young Clara sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favorite present – a Nutcracker – when she is suddenly confronted by the menacing Mouse King!  Her Nutcracker prince comes alive, saves her and whisks her away to the Land of The Sweets where Snow Queen & King, snow fairies, dancing sugar plums and toy soldiers all await her.  This classic ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score, is abridged and fully narrated!  Family and friends of all ages can celebrate the holiday season together at this delightful performance. Special Event $16/$14 (not part of Golden Rule Series but can be added)


THE MAGGIE WALKER STORY                                                                 Virginia Repertory Theatre

Sat. Feb. 11, 2023 at 1pm & 4pm

The child of a freed slave, Maggie Walker was born in 1864 in the Virginia home of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union spy. When she was nine, Maggie’s father was murdered and her mother had no money to bury him. Young Maggie joined the order of St. Luke, a national savings group formed to pay the burial expenses of poor blacks. As a high school senior, Maggie helped to establish an appropriate graduation for her class by organizing the nation’s first civil rights strike by black students. As an adult, she led and expanded St. Luke’s, becoming the nation’s first woman bank president and a powerful force in civil rights. Recommended Grades 3 and up. Special Event - $16/$14 (not part of the Golden Rule Series but can be added)


DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SING-ALONG                                                        Theater To Go

Sat. Feb. 25, 2023 at 10am & 2pm

The Tale as old as time continues as we follow along with Belle and her fantastic journey to the enchanted castle of The Beast.. But Theater to Go adds an additional cast member- YOU!  Packed with audience participation activities and a goody bag of props to use throughout the movie, you will be guided by our hosts to Sing Along and Play Along with the movie. And don't forget to come in costume for a chance to win a prize! Special Event $16/$14  



Fri. Mar. 24, 2023 at 7pm                                                                                   Tomato Patch & The Kelsey Players                   

Sat. Mar. 25 at 1pm & 4pm                                                                                                      

Sun. Mar. 26 at 1pm & 4pm

We're all in this together in Disney Channel's smash hit musical phenomenon featuring the students of East High. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities.

This show features a cast of young actors and has been shortened to run 60 minutes. The show’s iconic upbeat musical numbers are still here and are infectiously fun and engaging for both young and old alike. $16/$14


THE UGLY DUCKLING                                                                                           Virginia Repertory Theatre

Sat. April 22, 2023 at 1pm & 4pm

We all know the fable of the swan who grows up “ugly” in a family of ducks, later to find his appearance changing as he discovers his true identity. Follow along as our “duck” finds friendship with other unlikely misfits: a mole that hates dirt and the bald eagle with a full head of hair. These three “misfit” heroes work together to earn their home on the King’s estate and find the self-confidence that only friendship and accomplishment can provide. Please join us for this all-singing, all-dancing, all-delightful new musical. $15/$12  


MTI’s PURE IMAGINATION                                     Kelsey Players & Tomato Patch Workshops

Fri. May 12, 2023 at 7pm

Sat. May 13 at 1pm & 4pm

Come see our youngest stars of the stage perform the Central Jersey premiere of MTI's brand new Best of BROADWAY JUNIOR REVUE – PURE IMAGINATION. This show features talented youngsters ages 7-17 performing numbers from hit Broadway Junior musicals based on adored titles like Seussical and Shrek, the Musical to Disney favorites like Beauty and the Beast and Frozen. $15/$12   


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE        Tomato Patch Jr & Broken Leg Productions

Fri. June 23, 2023 at 7pm

Sat. June 24 at 1pm & 4pm

Sun. June 25 at 1pm & 4pm

In a mysterious old house, children find a musty, magical wardrobe containing a secret entrance that leads them into a fantastic world.  More than just a delicious story of make-believe, C. S. Lewis’s Narnia is a land where a malicious Witch and a beautiful and dear lion touch the hearts and influence the choices of all who enter.  This special Creative Theater piece is sure to delight.   $15/$12


Kelsey Forward Initiative is committed to actively assisting Kelsey Theatre in advancing an environment of  diversity equity inclusion , and  anti-racism  in all productions and programs offered by the resident theater companies. We acknowledge the need for growth and are committed to learning from our past mistakes. We aim to foster an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, creeds, socio-economic statuses, nationalities and abilities. 

PLEASE NOTE: NOT ALL KELSEY KIDS SHOWS ARE part of the golden rule series, the ones marked with # are not
ne-Hour KIDS Shows


*denotes Special Event






  The Emperor's New Clothes

Saturday 10/15 1pm & 4pm $15 $12
 Have You Filled a Bucket Today?* Saturday 11/12 1pm & 4pm $16 $14
 A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tail Saturday 11/27 1 pm & 4pm $15 $12
  Sunday 11/28 1pm & 4pm $15 $12
  'Twas The Night Before Christmas# Friday 12/2 7pm $15 $12
  Saturday 12/3 1pm & 4pm $15 $12
Sunday 12/4 1pm & 4pm $15 $12
Nutcracker*# Friday 12/16 7pm $16 $14
  Saturday 12/17 1pm & 4pm $16 $14
Sunday 12/17 1pm & 4pm $16 $14
The Maggie Walker Story*# Saturday 2/11 1pm & 4pm $16 $14
Disney's Beauty & The Beast Movie Sing-along* Saturday 2/25 10am & 2pm $16 $14
The Kelsey Player's Production of Disney's High School Musical, Jr. Friday 3/24 7pm $16 $14
Saturday 3/25 1pm & 4pm $16 $14
Sunday 3/26 1pm & 4pm $16 $14
The Ugly Duckling Saturday 4/22 1pm & 4pm $15 $12
MTI's Pure Imagination Friday 5/12 7pm $15 $12
Saturday 5/13 1pm & 4pm $15 $12
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Friday 6/23 7pm $15 $12
Saturday 6/24 1pm & 4pm $15 $12
Sunday 6/25 1pm & 4pm $15 $12