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Happily Ever After at SOPAC May 6

Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $15 
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

With Happily Ever After, get ready to laugh out loud at our hilarious renditions of some of the best stories from the Grimm Brothers’ iconic works. In this (not-so-grim) adventure, our engaging performers transform into Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

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This fairy tale inspired production is the perfect way to create a magical afternoon! Loaded with audience participation and an endless stream of laughs, this show will leave you and your children shouting for more!

Founded in 2003, Bright Star Theatre tours the nation offering high quality, affordable programs to every imaginable venue including the National Theatre.

Join us at SOPAC for Happily Ever After to close out our 2016-17 Kids ‘N Family series season! 

Happily Ever After

Bright Star Touring Theatre
Recommended Ages: 4-10  
Running Time: approximately 45 minutes

Use code Kid15 to save 15% on tickets to two or more performances purchased in the same order. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at (973) 313-2787 or in person at the SOPAC Box Office. Discounts cannot be combined, SOPAC Members are not eligible for the Kid15 promotion. All sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable.

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.
SOPAC received funding through a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, visitnj.org.

About SOPAC

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org.

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