Looking for a fun class field trip? Live performances reinforce classroom learning, ignite creativity and help young people develop a lifelong enthusiasm for the arts. The School Performance Series at SOPAC complements classroom lesson plans by engaging students in entertaining and educational performing arts experiences that support the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Seating is reserved by school group. When booking, please let us know of any special accommodations or wheelchair accessible requirements so we can make every effort to accommodate the needs of your school group.

2023-24 School Performances

LUX Orchestra

Thursday, November 16 at 9:30PM

Bold. Dramatic. Visionary.  LUX Orchestra Initiative is an explosion of light, sound, and music.  Founded by conductor and composer Brent Chancellor, LUX, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Link UP and South Orange Performing Arts Center, presents a new vision for classical music aimed at inspiring young audiences.

The performance serves as an engaging introduction to the orchestra for students embarking on their journey toward instrumental instruction and mastery.  Through this interactive experience, students meet the different instrument sections and touch on basic music concepts such as melody, rhythm, and harmony. They also learn about the orchestra’s significant role in various genres like symphony, ballet, opera, and even movie scores! The performance encourages student participation by allowing them to ask questions and join in a sing-a-long with an Opera soloist!  LUX merges high-energy performance, dynamic lighting, and synchronized projections in a uniquely engaging and immersive experience, bringing the orchestra to life.

Recommended Grades: 3–6
Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Curriculum Connections:
 Visual & Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Social Studies


Frosty: A Musical Adventure

Friday, December 15 at 10AM & 12PM

A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat, and when he places the hat on a snowman’s head, that snowman comes to life! Can Frosty help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join them on a thrilling quest through New York City as they discover that the real magic of the Season is Love.

Recommended Grades: K–5th
Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Curriculum Connections:
 Visual & Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies, History


The University of Wonder & Imagination

Monday, January 29 at 10AM & 12PM

The University of Wonder & Imagination is now enrolling students of all ages and magical abilities…and there’s a place with your name on it!

Journey to the most unusual of universities, where the mysterious Professor Bamberg will guide you through this interactive theater experience, and the choices you, the audience, make will shape your unique course. Choose your subjects of study and enter themed rooms (such as Math, Space, and Art!)  You will interact with the liveliest of lecturers and encounter all kinds of problems and puzzles, unlocking your magical powers as you go.

Cahoots combines magic and illusion with multi-media technology to create an innovative, engaging theatrical performance bound to boggle the mind and spark the imagination… Come join the class!

Recommended Grades: 2–6th
Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Curriculum Connections:
 Visual & Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Literature, Science, Social Studies, History


The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Friday, February 9 at 10AM & 12PM

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip!  But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system.

Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.

Recommended Grades: K–5th
Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Curriculum Connections:
 Visual & Performing Arts, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies


The Math Maniac Show

Wednesday, March 27 at 10AM

In his fast-paced, up-beat and highly visual demonstrations, The Math Maniac proves that learning math and fun go together naturally. And because the content of this program is 100% supportive of core curriculum in math, whether students are reviewing the material, previewing the material or learning the material for the first time, not one minute is wasted, not one learning opportunity is lost! Students have so much fun they don’t even know they’re learning. This program will help K-6 students hone their skills in: Arithmetic, Patterns, Place Values, Word Problems, Fractions, Measurement, Geometry, Money, Operations, and Probability.

Recommended Grades: K–6th
Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Curriculum Connections:
 Visual & Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Math


PANTO’s Beauty & The Beast

Monday, May 6 at 10AM & 12PM

When you think of a dying rose and a clock, a candlestick and a teapot who talk…you are thinking of Beauty and the Beast. One of this season’s spellbinding family shows from The Panto Company USA stars Dame Dotty Potty, Loopy Louie, Gaston, Belle, and, of course, the Beast! The beautiful Belle finds herself in a spell-bound castle held captive by a beast…does she fall in love with the Beast before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart? Filled with the wonderful ingredients you have come to expect from The Panto Company USA; lots of laughter, stunning costumes, music, and plenty of magic.

Recommended Grades: PreK–5th
Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Curriculum Connections:
 Visual & Performing Arts, Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies


To book your school group reservations, please contact Linda Beard at (973) 382-1035 or education@sopacnow.org.



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