Celebrating over 20 years of acclaimed musical theatre training for young thespians, the Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop returns to the Little Theater August 4 through August 13 with the annual Summer Festival of Shows. These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 will present a variety of musical theater favorites including; The Robber Bridegroom, She Loves Me, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr., Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and the ever-popular One-Act Festival.
Neil Simon’s hysterical coming of age comedy Brighton Beach Memoirs is part one of Simon’s autobiographical trilogy. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.
The YPW program has been led by Broadway, film and television veteran, Michael Blevins. YPW is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.
Tickets for the Young Performers Workshop Summer Festival of Shows are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets are available online at centenarystageco.org or by phone at 908-979-0900. The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1-5pm and two hours prior to every performance. Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop is sponsored by Panther Valley Pharmacy.