CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY OPENS THE FIRST 2021 SUMMERFEST MUSICAL FOREVER PLAID THIS WEEK
Centenary Stage Company’s NextStage Repertory’s annual summer musical theatre series returns with
by Stuart Ross
WHEN: July 8 through 18. Performance dates and times are Thursdays, July 8 and 15, at 7:30 pm; Fridays, July 9 and 16 at 8:00 pm; Saturdays, July 10 and 17, at 8:00 pm; Sundays, July 11 and 18, at 2:00 pm.
WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ
TICKETS: $18.00 to $29.50 with discounts available for seniors, students, and children under 12. Additionally, all Thursday evening performances are “family nights” with a special “buy one get one free” ticket promotion when purchased in person at the CSC box office beginning at 5:30 PM. Buy One/Get One is not available for advance sales on-line or over-the-phone.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.
Considered one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent history, Stuart Ross’ Forever Plaid is the story of four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols—The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo's and The Crew Cuts. They create their own quartet, calling themselves “Forever Plaid.”
On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes when the "Plaids" are killed in an accident with school bus. All is not lost, however, because while their lives may have ended, their story is just starting.
"Screamingly funny! Entirely enchanting, utterly entertaining, [Forever Plaid] will put a smile on your face, a hum in your throat and a tap to your feet." —New York Post. This musical revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies featuring the nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s.
The production is co-directed and choreographed by CSC’s own Lea Antolini-Lid as well as award winning director and choreographer Jillian Petrie. Antolini-Lid last appeared on the CSC stage as Christmas Past in the CSC production of A Christmas Carol by Stephen Temperley. Petrie is currently the company choreographer for The Growing Stage. The cast is comprised of current CSC students as well as CSC favorites Jonathan Drayton (Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar), Na’jee Tariq (Jesus Christ Superstar), Luis Rodriguez (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol), and Christopher Hara (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol).
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 PM and two hours prior to all performances. The Centenary Stage Company box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.
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The 2020-2021 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premiere Season Sponsor The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center Atlantic Health System, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.