Jared Cowley as "Young Ebenezer", Osborn Focht as "Ebenezer Scrooge,"
and Nikki Miller as "Emily" Photo by Bob Eberle
“A tonic for children and adults…a transfixing journey…,” raved the New York Times about
the show that ran for ten years in Madison Square Garden. 2011’s smash hit returns to the Centenary Stage Company
in this season’s Family Holiday Spectacular A Christmas Carol: The Musical, running November 29 through December
15 in the Sitnik Theatre. Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas classic comes to life as a musical extravaganza
in the Sitnik Theater of the David and Carol Lackland Center in Hackettstown.
Music By Alan Mencken Book by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent
Dec. 15 Message:
There is a 4:30 performance on A CHRISTMAS CAROL today. Last chance to see
this great seasonal crowd pleaser.
If you have tickets for the 8pm show on Dec. 14 (that was cancelled), those seats
will be yours for the 4:30 performance today. Stay warm and safe!
Call with questions at 908-979-0900.
This beloved tale gets the full Broadway treatment by the Broadway team of Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast," "Little
Mermaid,"), Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime," "Seussical") and Mike Okrent ("Crazy For You," "Me
and My Girl. A Christmas Carol retains its emotional power and pure joy, thanks to the marvelously-told story filled
with beautiful melodies and emotional lyric. The Star Ledger says, “Centenary Stage Company grandly picks up
where Madison Square Garden left off.”
Hackettstown's Hometown Holiday Celebration December 6, 2013
The Friday, December 6th performance of A Christmas Carol will coincide with Hackettstown's Hometown Holiday
Celebration, which will include the arrival of Santa in a horse-drawn sleigh, carriage rides through Historic
downtown, a parade featuring the Colonial Musketeers, an illumination event at Centenary College, and a holiday
bazaar. For more information on the celebration, visit the Hackettstown Business Improvement District website
Select any of the five images below for a closer view.
Arrow through large copies of the images.
James Nester as "Cratchit"
and David Yawger as "Tiny Tim"
Jeremy Hilgert as "Mr. Fezziwig" and
Rita Medina as "Mrs. Fezziwig"
with Fezziwig Guests
Jared Cowley as "Young Ebenezer",
Osborn Focht as "Ebenezer Scrooge,"
and Nikki Miller as "Emily"
Nick Ardito-Martelli as "Mr. Smythe"
and Olivia Berlingerio as "Grace Smythe"
"Townspeople" Linda Nussbaum,
Kelci Kosberg, Christiane Darensbourg,
Laura Chaneski, Melanie Jackson,
and Katey Sabo
Photos by Bob Eberle
"Local talent shines in Centenary Stage's 'A Christmas Carol: The Musical'"
"...dazzling dance numbers and moving songs."
Emily Cummins, nj.com/warrenreporter [Full
see more photos with this review)
"'A Christmas Carol: The Musical’ a Joyous All-Family Entertainment at Centenary Stage Company
"Directing... Michael Blevins. Not only has he masterfully guided this enormous cast as director, but
he is the choreographer. Blevins has impressively staged the dancing numbers that range
smooth party dancing to energetic tap dancing to an exciting, precision kick line."
"Osborn Focht as Scrooge... is a perfect "humbug" Scrooge, never too menacing for the junior members
of the audience, properly humorous for adults. Focht displays a a fine singing voice and
agility on his feet."
"...tuneful music and spirited cast of seasoned lead actors and an energeticensemble of students
from the Centenary drama program and the CSC's Young Performers Workshop... Bottom line...
you will leave the theatre with the proper joyous holiday spirit."
Rick Busciglio, New Jersey Footlights [Full
Director: Michael Blevins
Directed by Broadway veteran, Michael Blevins, A Christmas Carol features
a cast of 65 actors, young and old, hailing from New York and New Jersey. Osborn Focht returns to the CSC stage in the lead
role of “Scrooge.” Focht
Focht is best known for his appearance in Paul Simon's The Capeman on Broadway, and his performance in Kristina at Carnegie
Hall. Other returning performers include last season’s lovable lion from The Wizard of Oz, Jeremy
Hilgert. The cast of A Christmas Carol will also feature students from the Centenary College Theatre Department, as
well as the state-acclaimed CSC Young Performers Musical Theatre program and local performers from the region. “This
production celebrates everything theatrical here at Centenary, and is our homage to this amazing new facility and its
benefactors,” said General Manager Catherine Rust, “and it’s going to be such great fun for everyone!”
Osborn Focht (Hoboken, NJ) returns in the lead role of "Scrooge" for another phenomenal performance. Focht
is best known for his appearance in Paul Simon's The Capeman on Broadway, and his performance in Kristina at
Carnegie Hall. Other returning performers include last season's lovable "Cowardly Lion," Jeremy Hilgert
(Delaware Water Gap, PA) as Mr. Fezziwig; Equity Actor and CSC favorite Lea Antolini-Lid (Sparta) as "The Ghost
of Christmas Past;" Sarah Lichty (New York, NY) as "The Ghost of Christmas Present" and regional
actor Dave Scheffler (Easton, PA) as "The Ghost of Marley." Making his professional CSC debut is David
Yawger (Columbia) as "Tiny Tim," who has worked his way up through CSC's educational programs starting
with Tyro at a very young age and was one of the stars of this summer's YPW show A Year with Frog and Toad.
Performances for A Christmas Carol are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2 PM, Wednesday December
4 at 2 pm, and Wed, December 11 at 10 am (school matinee), with an additional preview matinee on Friday, Nov 25 at 2 pm.
Ticket prices are $27.50 for adults on Matinees and Fridays and $29.50 on Saturdays with discounts for seniors, students
and children under 12. Thursday evening tickets are $27.50 with a two-for-one Family Night discount when purchased at
There will also be two performances where Scout Troops can get a discount when coming as a group. Friday, December
6th and Friday, December 13th scouts and their leaders can purchase tickets at $15 when they come in uniform. Reservations
The Centenary Stage Company moved to the Carol and David Lackland Center (located at 715 Grand
Ave, Hackettstown) in August, 2010. With a 22,000-square-foot performance space, the facility is the most sophisticated
performing arts venues in northwest New Jersey. The center includes a new state-of-the-art 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater),
a black box theater (The Edith Bolte Kutz í42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, a costume shop, green room and dressing
rooms. In addition to housing the theatre, the 68K square foot Lackland Center is home to a variety of cultural activity, and
including WNTI, the College's listener-supported public radio station, CCTV, Centenary's Comcast-licensed television studio,
and gallery space for visual artists.
Named in honor of Carol Burgess Lackland, A Centenary graduate (Class of 1954), and her husband, David A. Lackland, a Centenary
College Trustee, The David and Carol Lackland Center, has been designed to enrich student life and bring new cultural opportunities
to northwest New Jersey. ...more(including photos, progress reports, and 'Tour Lackland with Carl')
Lackland Center Seating
Sitnik Lower Level Seating Seats assigned on a best available basis.
Seating Seats assigned on a best available basis.
Tickets may be purchased online using our Secure
Online Ticketing, by calling (908)979-0900 or in person at the Lackland Center. at the CSC Box Office in The Lackland Center
at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, or by calling 908-979-0900. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 1-5pm, and 2 hours
prior to performance times. CSC also operates a second Box Office during the season at 217 Main Street in Hackettstown open
Monday through Friday 3-6pm where patrons can enter to win dinner for two at Prickly Pear Restaurant. See full details on
our 'How To Order'
Ticket prices are $27.50 for adults on Matinees and Fridays and $29.50 on Saturdays with discounts for seniors,
students and children under 12. Thursday evening tickets are $27.50 with a two-for-one Family Night discount when purchased
at the door.
Subscription Flex Passes:
Golden Flex Pass (All 24 CSC Events-Includes Betty Buckley)
Pick Ten Flex Pass (Any Ten Events-Excludes Betty Buckley)
Pick Three (Any Three Events-Excludes Betty Buckley)
Dance Fest (All Three Events)
FLEX PASSES ARE FOR CSC EVENTS ONLY AND DO NOT INLCUDE BLUES BASH OR NUTCRACKER. YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHOOSE FLEX PASS EVENTS IN ADVANCE.
Theatre Plays * (Except A Christmas Carol)
Matinees/Fridays Adult $25.00 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12
Saturday Adult $27.50 Sr/Stu $25.00 Child under 12 $17.50
Thursday (Family Night) ALL SEATS $25.00
A Christmas Carol *
Matinees/FridaysAdult $27.50 Sr/Stu $25.00 Child under 12 $20.00
Saturday Adult $29.50 Sr/Stu $27.50 Child under 12 $20.00
Thursday (Family Night) ALL SEATS $27.50
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How
Season Concert/Special Events(in advance):
Concerts and Special Events *
Betty Buckley Orchestra $40.00 Balcony $35.00
Orchestra plus pre-show reception $60.00
VIP $100.00 (Includes post-show reception with artist) LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE. **
All Dance Fest Events
Adult $20.00 Sr/Stu $17.50 Child under 12 $10.00
January Jazz Fest
Igor Butman Big Band Adult $30.00 Sr/Stu $30.00 Child under 12 $20.00
Lao Tizer Adult $22.50 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12 $15.00
Sammy Figueroa Adult $22.50 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12 $15.00
New Trad Octet Adult $22.50 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12 $15.00
Bishop Townsley Adult $25.00 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12 $15.00
Rio Clemente $20.00 All Seats
LÚNASA $25.00 All Seats
Young People and Family Events(in advance):
Family Fun Series
Adult $20.00 Sr/Stu $20.00 Child under 12 $17.50
WORKSHOPS*** Adult $18.50 Sr/Stu $18.50 Child
under 12 $18.50
Young Audience Series
Adult $12.50 Sr/Stu $12.50 Child under 12 $10.00
ALL TICKET ORDERS FOR CONCERTS, JAZZ, AND SPECIAL EVENTS INCREASE $5.00 DAY OF PERFORMANCE.
Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main stage productions.
However, they are permitted
to CSC’s Young Audience and Family
Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances. Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation
for individual shows.
Limited to 60 people; tickets available only via the Box Office
Limited to 50 people; Contact CSC for Workshop Details
ALL CONCERT TICKET PRICES ADD $5.00 DAY OF PERFORMANCE.
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How To Order.'
Senior: age is 65+
Student: anyone who can prove full-time student classification (ID may be required for verification
purposes) no matter the institution (whether it's High School or College)
*** NOTE: Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main
stage productions. However, they are permitted to CSC’s Young
Audience and Family
Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances.
Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation for individual shows.
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