Children’s theater to welcome back families for indoor live performances

A Morris County children’s theater is now ready to welcome back families for live, indoor performances after a nearly six-month shutdown.
It is one of the first theaters in the Garden State to do so.
Inside the Growing Stage Theatre in Netcong, there are murals of characters that have been portrayed on stage in years past. Executive Director Stephen Fredericks says that he is happy to begin to return things to normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The fun that we are able to once again have on stage is inspiring,” he says.
The Growing Stage will begin its first live production on Oct. 16. The audience will be limited in size and socially distanced with only two actors. The non-equity “Snow White” cast will play multiple roles.
“I’ve learned to stage a play with actors standing 6 feet apart at all times. To not face each other when speaking. To take turns talking to the audience,” Fredericks says.
The theater will stream a live concert on Saturday from its stage by family music artist Brady Rymer. It is a benefit for the theater after months of little-earned income.
Overcoming challenges is nothing new for the Growing Stage Theatre. When Growing Stage purchased the Palace Theater 25 years ago, it was in disrepair. But it soon became a community landmark.
Ticket buyers will also be able to stream the production of “Snow White.”