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Weird Science and Acrobats Headline Family Fun Series at RVCC Theatre

Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography, Galumpha offers a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. Credits: Courtesy Raritan Valley Community College
In LIVE WIRE: The Electricity Tour, Doktor Kaboom explores the fundamentals of electrical energyand its history. Credits: Courtesy Raritan Valley Community College

BRANCHBURG, NJ - From electrifying acrobatics and physical comedy, to the blending of theatrical arts with crazy science experiments, to storytelling using free-verse poetry—there’s something for everyone in The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s upcoming Family Series.

The series, which begins Feb. 27 with Galumpha, is specially designed for audiences ages eight and older and their families.

The following performances, which all feature general admission seating, have been scheduled:

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Galumpha, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 & 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 for the 2 p.m., sensory-friendly show; $15 for the 7 p.m. show.

Created in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg O'Brien,Galumpha delivers a fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, distinctive for its ingenuity.Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award winning choreography.

While suitable for everyone, the 2 p.m., sensory-friendly performance is specially designed for children with autism or related conditions who experience heightened sensory sensitivity, providing a safe and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families.

The performance will run 60 minutes with no intermission. Adjustments to the usual audience environment such as leaving the lights on inside the theatre during the performance, keeping sound levels lower, and limiting the audience size all allow for a more comfortable theatre experience for children with special needs.

In addition, children are free to talk and vocalize and may leave their seats with parental supervision.  A quiet space will be available in the upper lobby where children and their families can go to relax during the performance.

LIVE WIRE: The Electricity Tour (Doktor Kaboom!), Friday, March 11, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15

Nothing says science like KABOOM! Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom presents supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments that have audiences of all ages erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity.

In LIVE WIRE: The Electricity Tour, Doktor Kaboom explores the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential. Topics covered include safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts, current; voltage; conductive and non-conductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields; electromagnetic coils and conductors. called Doktor Kaboom “a complete delight, enthralling the youngsters in the crowd with his demonstrations, while keeping the adults amused with his hilarious running commentary.”

Love That Dog (Theatre Kwatta), Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.,Tickets: $15

Jack hates poetry. According to him, only girls write poetry and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty.  But his teacher, Ms. Strechberry, won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments—and Jack can’t avoid them.

But then something amazing happens.

The more he writes, the more he learns he has something to say. With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart.

Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dogshows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.

To purchase tickets for any Family Series shows or for additional information, contact the Box Office at 908-725-3420, or order online at Senior citizen, student and group discounts are available for a variety of performances.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.

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