Friday, December 2, 2011


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By Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens & Mike Okrent
Based on a story by Charles Dickens
Directed by Michael Blevins
WHEN: November 25-December 11, Thursdays at 7:30 PM (“Family Night”, with 2/1 “rush” ticket prices available at the door) , Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM,  Wednesday, Nov 30  @2 PM and Wed. Dec 7 at 10 AM (school matinee), with an additional preview matinee on Friday, Nov 25 at 2 PM.
: Sitnik Theatre, David and Carol Lackland Center, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown (on the campus of Centenary College)
TICKETS: $22.50 and $27.50 with discounts for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 908.979.0900.
Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, comes to life as a musical extravaganza on the Centenary Stage this holiday season.

“A tonic for children and adults…a transfixing journey…,” raved the New York Times about the show that ran for ten years in Madison Square Garden.  Charles Dickens' classic gets the full Broadway treatment by the Broadway team of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Okrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl).    A Christmas Carol retains its emotional power and pure joy, thanks to the marvelously-told story by Ockrent and Ahrens, and the Menken/Ahrens score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics.

christmas carol rehearsal shots 050A Christmas Carol features a cast of 65 actors, young and old, hailing from  New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Osborn Focht returns to CSC in the lead role of “Scrooge,”  after appearing as Bill Sykes in Oliver! last season.  Focht is best known for his appearance in Paul Simon’s The Capeman on Broadway, and as Benny Andersson in Kristina at Carnegie Hall. Other returning performers from the popular CSC  Oliver!  production include CSC Artistic Director Carl Wallnau and Professor of theatre and dance,  Lea Antolini-Lid.  

christmas carol rehearsal shots 038The cast of  A Christmas Carol  will also  feature students from the Centenary College Theatre Degree program, as well as the state-acclaimed CSC Young Performers Musical Theatre program and talented local performers from the region.   

“This production celebrates everything theatrical here at Centenary, and is our homage to this amazing new facility and its benefactors,” said General Manager Catherine Rust, “and it’s going to be such great fun for everyone!”

Photo: (back, standing) Jeremy William Hilgert (“Fezziwig,” NY) , Lea Antolini (“lamplighter/Ghost of Christmas Past,” Sparta), Morgan Mack (Old Bridge), Emilio Tirri (“young Ebenezer,” Blairstown), Christine De Frece (” Mrs. Fezziwig,” NY) , Catherine Stebbins (Hackettstown); (Front, seated) James Nester (“Bob Cratchet,” Pennsylvania) and Andrew Nussbaum (“Tiny Tim,” Long Valley).