Friday, July 12, 2024

Centenary Stage Company Kicks Off Summerfest 2024 With Grease

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – This summer, Centenary Stage Company (CSC) presents their summer musical series beginning with “Grease.

Performances will run July 11 to 21 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center of the Centenary University campus at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown. Tickets range from $29.50 to $35 for adults with discounts available for seniors, students and children under 12 for select performances. The Summerfest musicals will also feature family night on Thursday evening performances, with a buy one, get one ticket special beginning at 5:30 p.m. in person at the box office. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at 908-979-0900.

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby socks and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night” and “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.

The cast will include Centenary University students, alumni, CSC veterans and a few brand-new faces. The cast includes Raymond Ocasio IV, Mackenzey Reilly, Nicole Boscarino, Megan Schmiedhauser, Stacie Michelle, Lauren Noack, Dan F. Sims, Ryan Griffin, Josh Crowley, Billy Mills, Cody Jackson, Griffin Gartlgruber, Deirdre Bryant, Erin Clark, Arianna Cacioppo, Najee Tariq, Jeremy Ashton, Maximus Klevence, Kyle Hendricks, Saquan Williams, Sophie Belkin, Cherise Graham, Sam Lewis, Hope Keil and Pamela Welsch. Directing this production is Michael Restaino.

The CSC box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown.