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(MAHWAH) – “Goofball Galaxy: A Musical for Children,” co-written by Ramapo College Professor of Literature Lisa Williams and her nine-year-old son, Sam Jacovitz, will be performed at the Meadowlands Environmental Center in December.

Goofball Galaxy is a musical about Max, the king of Goofball Galaxy, who goes on a journey to save the other children and planets in the galaxy. Among his adventures, Max slays a dinosaur, combats a Cyclops, and even visits the planet of Sleep and Snore, where he must convince the children to stop sleeping 23 hours a day.

The writing process of “Goofball Galaxy” began when Sam was in kindergarten, and his teacher recommended he begin practicing his handwriting. Mother and son practiced by writing a story together, which sparked the ideas for “Goofball Galaxy.” Over the next two years, Sam continued to think of ideas, developing Max, the king of the Galaxy, and the planets and adventures he would explore. Last year, Williams was awarded a grant from the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission to turn the duo’s story into a children’s play to be performed at the Environmental Center.

“Goofball Galaxy: A Musical for Children” will be performed by the children’s acting troupe, Story Pirates, at the New Jersey Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst on Friday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m., and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, and $4 for members. The musical is recommended for children ages 5 through 11. For more information or questions, contact the Center at 201-460-8300.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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