SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Two family-friendly shows are featured at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) this weekend. Tickets are still available for both of these children's favorites. 

On Saturday, November 30, The Very Hungy Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites will come to life at two showings, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  

"The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has set as one of its goals exposing young children to theater and inspiring in them a love of reading and storytelling.," a SOPAC reslease said.  "Featuring literature author and illustrator Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a triple-bill performance that includes an assortment of favorite Eric Carle puppet characters. Enjoy the adventures of the magical transformations of Little Cloud, a chameleon’s trip to the zoo, and the progression of a little caterpillar into a lovely butterfly. Colorful performances of these characters come to life on stage with the Mermaid Theatre’s use of black light, providing a unique and vibrant experience."

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Then on Sunday, December 1, there will be special performances of The Nutcracker Featuring New York Theatre Ballet at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

New York Theatre Ballet’s production is the only hour-long Nutcracker presented by a professional troupe appearing in the metro area this year. It is perfectly suited to the attention span of a younger audience, yet sophisticated enough for the most discerning adult.

For tickets, call SOPAC at 973.313.ARTS or visit