ShowKids Invitational Theatre (SKIT) is a non-profit family community theater group. Founded in 1986 to offer the children of Hunterdon County an opportunity to experience the joys of theater and give the community professional quality children's theater productions, it has since blossomed into an organization that also provides families the opportunity to share quality time while providing an unending amount of wonderful memories.

SKIT has grown from 11 members in 1986 to its present level of 150+ members. The young performers, ranging in age from 5 to 18, and adults come from the counties of Central Jersey and beyond and are selected on the basis of a desire to perform in the theater plus their willingness to give the dedication it requires. Such a large group is workable only because strict self-discipline is required of all members at all times.

Excellence in theater is SKIT's primary goal. Carolyn Newman, the founder and director of the group, feels that her main role is to coordinate and oversee the various areas of theater which go into both the training of the young actors and the actual performance.

This includes and requires attention to detail and encouragement of all the actors to perform a show with the precision it demands and the energy it deserves. Amateur and professional dancers, singers, choreographers, set designers, stage managers, teachers and actors come into the group at various points in time to work with the group.

Our hope is that SKIT will continue to thrive and becomes established in New Jersey as a professional quality children/family theater group. We believe children profit from participating in a major SKIT production, performed to a high standard. The experience enriches their lives and stimulates their minds. They and their families will remember it always.


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