Summer may be ending but theatre season is just getting underway! Are you looking for a great date night or family activity in your area? Blue Star Theatres are back in a big way and new seasons are being launched across the country as you read this. This year, we are proud to report that over 150 theatres are participating in the Blue Star Theatre program and offering free or discounted tickets to Blue Star Families as well as veterans.

Here are Blue Star Theatres you should check out in Rhode Island, California and New Jersey. Consult the map to find a participating theater near you and remember that most theatre seasons last from early Fall through the Spring.

The Gamm is not the latest emoji or app on the market. It is a wonderful theater in Rhode Island that welcomes military families and veterans to enjoy live professional performances from September through May. They are gearing up for the season opener of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Here’s the description and we are certain that you will want to reserve your tickets today after reading it: Recognized as one of the greatest plays of the last 50 years, Arcadia is a captivating, comedic cocktail of literary sleuthing, romantic entanglements and scientific discoveries. In a stately home in the British countryside, poets, tutors, historians and lovers roam the halls some 200 years apart, trying to solve their particular mystery. In the early 19th century, impetuous 13 year old Thomasina and her tutor, Septimus, are discovering chaos theory too early. In the late 20th century, scholars Hannah and Bernard are piecing together history from the puzzling documents that remain. Along the way, there are mistaken identities, hermits, duels—and sex, the irrational force that brings everyone together and splits them apart with hilarious and tragic results. The play runs from September 15 through October 16 and you can qualify for two tickets at half price. If you can’t make it to these performances, we are sure another offering in their season will be of interest.

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 12.23.12 PMPhoto ID: Grace Viveiros as Thomasina and Jeff Church as Septimus in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at The Gamm Theatre. Photos by Peter Goldberg.

Ever heard of Cal Shakes? No, this is not the newest offering at the ice cream parlor or a dance step popularized on youtube. It’s a great theater company in northern California’s Bay Area where performances take place in an amphitheatre under the stars. This year’s productions include classics like Othello and George Bernard Shaw’s romantic farce You Can Never Tell. If you are looking for a romantic night out, grab a picnic basket and enjoy a play. Tickets are discounted 20% for all military families and veterans.

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The McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ offers a 50% discount on tickets military families and veterans. Their season, which opens September 9 and runs through June 4, 2017, includes such wonderful plays as Bathing in Moonlight, the Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced and the family favorite A Christmas Carol. They also offer a 10% discount for their children’s classes for military kids, so if you have a budding Broadway star in the house, make sure to check them out. You can’t go wrong with a day or evening out enjoying live theatre. After you go, tell us all about the experience and share your photos with us.

McCarter Theatre Center - Photo by Matt Pilsner (1)