This is an excellent and inexpensive way to introduce your kids to theater. And they love to see other young people perform!
Summer Festival of Shows
WHO: Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop
WHEN: August 6-14
WHERE: The Sitnik Theater of the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ.
Seussical the Musical
Book by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens,
Co-conceived by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Eric Idle
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
WHEN: August 5 at 8 PM, August 6 at 2 PM, August 7 at 1 PM, August 13 at 8 PM and August 14 at 4 PM
Based on the beloved characters and stories of Dr. Seuss, incorporates elements from 15 Dr. Seuss books, including appearances by many of his most famous characters. Seussical the Musical follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant, who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe. The performances of Seussical will feature Brendan Fogherty of Hackettstown as The Cat in the Hat, Neil Ianniello as Horton the Elephant of Lebanon and Melissa Barrow of Flanders as Gertrude McFuzz.
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN
Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schultz, with book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
WHEN: August 6 at 5 PM, August 7 at 4 PM, August 12 at 8 PM, August 13 at 8 PM, and August 14 at 1 PM.
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, starring Dan Marion of Newton in the title role and Nicolette Policastro of Lebanon as Lucy Van Pelt, glides through a day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown—from Valentine's Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening. (Above: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown performed by YPW Summer Festival of Shows 2007)
Written by Willy Russell, with music and lyrics by Willy Russell
WHEN: August 6 at 8 PM, August 7 at 7 PM, August 13 at 2 PM and August 14 at 7 PM
Blood Brothers tells the story of the Johnstone twins, Mickey(Alex Evans of Hackettstown) and Eddie (Andy Calderone of Blairstown), brothers separated at birth, who reunite and become friends in their childhood, unaware of their relation to each other or of the consequences their relationship will bring about. According to the London Evening Standard, Blood Brothers “rings out as a rich, detailed and desperately moving piece of work.” (Above: Blood Brothers performed by YPW in Summer 2006)
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
By Neil Simon
WHEN: August 9, 10 and 11 at 7 PM
A coming-of-age comedy, Brighton Beach Memoirs focuses on the life of a poor boy in a crowded house. Eugene, a young Jewish boy, recalls his memories of his time as an adolescent, living with his parents, his aunt, two cousins and his brother Stanley.
ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
WHEN: August 13 and 14 at 11 AM
Includes three One Act Plays and is free to the public.
TICKETS: $10 for adults and $8 for children.
To purchase tickets for the YPW Summer Festival of Shows, contact the box office at 908.979.0900 or visit www.centenarystageco.org >.
The YPW is the educational arm of the professional Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College. Programs at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible through generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts and the following local businesses: Heath Village Retirement Community ( the CSC Platinum Sponsor), Panther Valley Pharmacy, Skylands Community Bank, and the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, as well as individual CSC members and sponsors.
CAST: Melissa Barrow (Flanders), Jenna Black (Hackettstown), Allyson Borgstrom (Hackettstown), Andy Calderone (Blairstown), Zack Clark (Hackettstown), Izac Cruz (Blairstown), Gracelyn Donovan (Blairstown), Alex Evans (Hackettstown), Tom Farber (High Bridge), Brendan Fogarty (Deland, FL), Monica Gallagher (Budd Lake), Neil Ianniello (Lebanon), Rachel Lee (Flanders), Sarah Lee (Flanders), Jaclyn Lutz (Hackettstown), Daniel Marion (Newton), Laura Mocker (Annandale), Joy O’Brien (Blairstown), Quinn O’Hara (Hackettstown), James O’Rourke (Glen Rock), Tom O’Rourke (Glen Rock), Raphael Pelczmann (Morristown), Nicolette Policastro (Lebanon), Brian Rigney (Great Meadows), Hanna Rose (Blairstown), Anthony Sica (Sparta), April Rose Sigler (Stanhope), Christina Stanton (Hackettstown), Julie Ullman (Newton), Kali Wright (Stockholm), Michaela Yanosy (Hackettstown), Meghan Yarussi (Hackettstown), Anthony Zas (Hackettstown)