Senator Anthony M. BuccoCommentsComments0PrintPrintShort LinkShort LinkCommittee Approves Bucco Bill Recognizing “The Growing Stage” as the New Jersey State Children’s TheatreMay 19, 2022 Contact: Jonathan Azzara / (609) 847-3600Please Share:

A joint resolution sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco that would designate The Growing Stage Children’s Theatre as the New Jersey State children’s theatre cleared the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

“The Growing Stage plays a unique role in New Jersey because it introduces children and families to the performing arts in creative and engaging ways,” said Bucco (R-25). “The theatre has also had a long history of enriching the community by presenting a variety of productions to thousands of people in the Garden State and beyond. My legislation will formally recognize The Growing Stage’s long history of engaging communities of all economic and social backgrounds to be a part of the performing arts.”

Bucco’s resolution, SJR-63, would designate The Growing Stage Children’s Theatre of New Jersey as the New Jersey State children’s theatre.

The Growing Stage is currently housed in the historic Palace Theatre in the Borough of Netcong, which after an illustrious history as an entertainment center was in danger of losing its artistic role in the community, until it was saved by The Growing Stage in 1994. Countless volunteer hours and over one million dollars were raised and invested into the project.

The Palace Theatre is now on both the national and State Register of Historic Places and has resumed its role as a performing arts center in the region.