Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Centenary Stage Company Young Performers Present Winter Festival Of Shows 

PRESS RELEASE: HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – The Centenary Stage Company (CSC) Young Performers Workshop class of fall 2023 is set to present their productions of “Gifts of the Magi” and “Really Rosie” running December 15 to 17 in the Little Theatre at 400 Jefferson Street in Hackettstown. Tickets for any performance are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children and students. CSC is also now accepting applications for the Young Performer’s Workshop 2024 spring session, running February 24 through June 2 and the deadline to apply is February 23. For more information, tickets or to schedule your interview, call the CSC box office at (908) 979-0900 or visit centenarystageco.org.

“Gifts of the Magi” features music and lyrics by Randy Courts, and lyrics by Mark St. Germain. It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. But as those familiar with the famous O. Henry story know, their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions in order to buy gifts for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city.

“Really Rosie” with book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King, tells the story of Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, who entertains herself and her friends by acting out her showbiz fantasies.  

Specific performance times for the shows are: “Gifts of the Magi,” Friday, December 15, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 16, at 2 p.m.; Sunday, December 17, at 7 p.m.; “Really Rosie,” Saturday, December 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. Ticket sales for day-of performances will be at the box office at the Little Theatre.   

The Young Performer’s Workshop is a 15-week theatre training program for performers ages 8 to 18. This is a hands-on program designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced performers interested in working in theatre. Throughout the session, students have the opportunity to learn about multiple facets of theatre arts from acting, singing and dancing to stage management, props and costuming. Each session concludes with a weekend Festival of Shows. New applicants must complete an interview with the director of the program, Michael Blevins, before registering. The price for the first student is $425, a second student is $395 and a third student is $300.