Community Stage productions are free (and nearly free) events held in collaboration with local artistic groups and organizations. Community Stage programming enable the Arts Council’s Solley Theater to act as an accessible space for community partnerships and high-quality performing arts experiences.

 

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED
For free events, we strive to overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, and seats may become available at that time.




Wednesday, November 8, 7pm

OnStage Seniors of McCarter Theatre

OnStage Seniors, a community project of McCarter Theatre, creates documentary theater performances that explore the stories and issues of our community. Ensemble members- all over 55 – perform locally, generating delight, insight, and affirmation about senior memories and experiences. This year’s production is entitled Insights and Revelations. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, November 15, 7pm

Wild Beauty with Ntozake Shange

From the poet, novelist, and cultural icon behind the award-winning and celebrated Broadway play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, comes an evocative and moving bilingual collection of new and beloved poems. In Wild Beauty, a stirring collection of more than sixty original and selected poems in both English and Spanish, Ntozake Shange shares her utterly unique, unapologetic, and deeply emotional writing that has made her one of the most iconic literary figures of our time. This event is co-sponsored by the African American Collaborative of Mercer County. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite.

Monday, November 20, 7pm

Neighborhood Children’s Choir of Westminster Choir College

This new choral experience for young singers in grades 3 through 5 is led by Assistant Professor Tom Shelton, assisted by Westminster Choir College students, in collaboration with the Princeton Family YMCA. The Westminster Neighborhood Children’s Choir offers choir members the opportunity to sing together, play musical games and develop music reading skills. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, December 13, 7pm

Princeton, Slavery, and Me

The Arts Council of Princeton presents the final presentation of Professor Brian Herrera’s “Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me” offered through Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The course focuses on the stories we do (and don’t) tell about ourselves, as well as the stories we do (and don’t) tell about Princeton University. This workshop course engages directly with the historical materials unearthed by the “Princeton and Slavery Project” as it rehearses the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling. Working in an array of storytelling modes, course participants will share stories about how the history of slavery at Princeton University guides, informs or challenges our ethical and moral understandings of the stories we choose to tell about ourselves. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite.

Thursday, February 8, 7pm

African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County

Founded in 2011, the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County has worked to become “more than just a festival” with goals of collaborating to educate, empower and unite through cultural arts, health and wellness, entertainment and sports. This focus is centered on cohesiveness among generations of families to celebrate the rich heritage that unites Africans in the diaspora across cultures. This Community Stage event, held during African American History month, will showcase poetry readings by local teens. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite.

Thursday, March 22, 7pm

ARB2

ARB2, American Repertory Ballet’s second company, is a development company for talented young dancers. Dancers in ARB2 work directly with the main company on a daily basis, rehearsing and understudying the professional company in order to develop their performance skills. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended.

Thursday, April 19, 7pm

Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra of Greater Princeton

Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra is first and foremost a team of music lovers who participate in learning and teaching together in an immersion based music learning program. Young musicians come together to tackle the challenge of playing great works of the chamber orchestra literature. This event will feature the Advanced Ensemble and Quartet. Stretto has performed in Chicago, Paris, Prague, Brussels, Shanghai, Beijing, Germany, Italy, Austria, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria, and as a featured guest performing ensemble at the Philadelphia Bach Festival, New York Encounter (New York, NY) and the Princeton Early Music Festival.

Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite.

Saturday, May 5, 3pm

Legacy Arts International

Legacy Arts International presents the bitKlavier, a radical reimagining of the piano by Princeton University composer and inventor Dan Trueman. Turning the keyboard into a revolutionary music tool, it changes how we think and play the keyboard – a digital expansion of the piano as we know it. LAI’s dynamic teaching team has devised a course using the bitKlavier that puts musicianship and experimentation first. Our young performers will create a musical soundscape that will shatter your idea of what a piano recital is. Performers will play original and specially commissioned compositions for this new digital instrument. Best of all, bitKlavier stations will be set up all around for an interactive experience. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite.

Every Fourth Saturday of the Month

Cafe Improv

On the fourth Saturday of every month for the past 25 years, Café Improv has connected beginning and professional performers in the ACP’s Solley Theater. Attendees can expect an evening of exciting local music, poetry, comedy, and more. Café Improv is easily accessible to the public through affordable admission rates and televised broadcasts on Princeton Community Television. Click here to learn more and/or register to play!