The Centenary Stage Company continues their tradition of nurturing young artists and proudly presents the Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows. The 2019/2020 winter productions include: Anything Goes, George M, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
The productions run from December 14 through Dec 22. All shows will take place in the Little Theatre, located on the campus of Centenary University at 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ. Ticket prices are $12.50 for Adults and $10.00 for Children under 12.
The Centenary Young Performers Workshop, hailed by The Star-Ledger as “a state treasure”, is a professional musical theatre training program for young people ages 8-18. The program is one of the few in New Jersey that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.
Anything Goes (book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, John Weidman, Timothy Crouse with music and lyrics by Cole Porter) presents the story of the S.S. American as it sails between New York and England with an assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” Song, dance and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life. Performances for Anything Goes are Saturdays Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m.
George M (book by John Pascal, Michael Stewart, music by George M. Cohan and Lyrics by George M. Cohan, Mary Cohan) tells the story of the singer-dancer-actor George M. Cohan's life in show business with his show-business family starting in the late 1880s to 1937. The story takes George from working with his parents (Jerry and Ethel) and sister (Josie) in vaudeville as The Four Cohans to his Broadway endeavors. Performances for George M are Sundays Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 1 p.m., and Saturday Dec. 21 at 5 p.m.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (book by Abe Burrows, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser) is a story about the triumph of the common man amid the buffoonery of big business. When an ambitious window washer named J. Pierrepont Finch happens upon a book entitled 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', he decides to begin his rise up the corporate ladder. With the book’s instructions and a dose of his own cleverness, he quickly gains promotions and outsmarts his scheming, sniveling rival Frump - who also happens to be the boss's nephew - until finally reaching the very top of the organization. Performances for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying are Sundays Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., Friday Dec. 20 at 8 p.m., and Saturday Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
The Centenary Young Performers Workshop (YPW) is a musical theatre program under the auspices of the Centenary Stage Company, a not-for-profit Equity Theatre Company in residence at Centenary University located in Hackettstown, NJ. Under the direction of television, film, and Broadway veteran, Michael Blevins, YPW is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through the use of theatre art and serves as a greenhouse for cultivating young theatre performers, ages 8-18. Career-minded individuals can prepare for the rigors of a professional career, yet students not aiming for a professional career benefit from the program with its emphasis on discipline, self-worth and development of communication skills.
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Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows is sponsored in part by Panther Valley Pharmacy and Gifts.
The 2019-2020 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, Zonta Morristown Chapter and CSC corporate sponsors, including Season Sponsor The House of the Good Shepherd, Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center with Atlantic Health System, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.