The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey – is a not-for-profit, professional regional performing arts center dedicated to young audiences. The center was founded in 1982 with the mission to nurture the development of the performing arts through education and to create, produce and perform works that engage the entire family. Educational programming for pre-school through high school includes the Creative Arts Academy, New Play-Reading Festival, Concert and Summer Arts Camp.
Of Special Note:
- TGS purchased the historic Palace Theatre in Netcong in 1995
- Built in 1919, the Palace was in a desperate state of disrepair and was restored over a 20 year period
- The Palace Theatre is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places
- TGS is the only theatre-for-young-audiences company in the state of New Jersey that owns its own facility