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Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
July 27, 2013 / 8pm
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center
Jammin In July 

Long-lost Gershwin Piece to Premiere at
Centenary Stage By The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Paragon Ragtime OrchestraAlong with the discovery of 5,000 historic theater scores, buried in an attic in Washington, D.C., Founder and Artistic Director of The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Rick Benjamin was stunned when he came upon George Gershwin’s long-lost Broadway score for La La Lucile, which hasn’t been performed since 1919. The piece will make its premiere in Hackettstown this month at the Centenary Stage Company’s Jammin’ in July Summer Concert Series.

This is a concert that audiences won’t want to miss with pieces by other famous composers such as Scott Joplin and John Philip Sousa. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music,” will fill the Centenary Stage this summer with the syncopated sounds of early musical theater and classic dance rhythms. Audiences can see and hear this world-famous orchestra during its 27th touring season at the Centenary Stage Company on Saturday, July 27th at 8 pm at the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown.

When Benjamin came upon the lost Gershwin treasure, he immediately contacted CSC to announce that he had decided to perform this piece first at the July concert. Benjamin wrote, “A big part of my job involves expeditions out in the field looking for lost musical scores, literally combing through old attics and basements. I had a huge find in Washington, DC - about 5,000 historic theater scores, including parts of George Gershwin's lost first Broadway show, La La Lucille. I've decided to break the news of this discovery at your concert, and play the Overture for the first time anywhere since 1919.” La-La-Lucile was George Gershwin’s first Broadway show. It closed after only a short run due to an Actor’s Equity strike, and most of the score was subsequently lost. This concert will also include interactive elements where the audience is encouraged to sing-along.

Since 1989 the Walt Disney Company has relied on the Orchestra’s recordings for the outdoor theme music heard at Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, Disney World, and Disneyland Paris; The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra strengthened its international following during its extended engagement as a U.S. Ambassador of Goodwill at the 1992 World’s Universal Exposition in Seville, Spain. Over the years they’ve been heard on the soundtracks of several motion pictures and television programs. In addition to its worldwide concert hall, university, and festival appearances, the orchestra has acquired a considerable following both here and abroad through its radio programs on the New York Times’ WQXR, National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Voice of America networks.

Tickets for The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on Saturday, July 27th at 8 pm range from $20 to $27.50 in advance and $25 to $32.50 for day of purchases, with discounts for seniors, students, and children under 12.

Tickets are available via our Secure Online Tickets/Ordering, or by calling the box office at 908-979-0900, open 1-5 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to each performance. The David and Carol Lackland Center is located at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown.

See Ticket and the Summer Concert Series Flex Pass
subscription description and prices below.

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Sitnik Theater of the David and Carol Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey.   Directions

About the David and Carol Lackland Center

Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center
   Sitnik Theater of the
   Lackland Performing Arts Center

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 42 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')

Tickets for Centenary Stage Company's Jammin' in July Summer Concert Series are available through the CSC Box office at 715 Grand Ave., open 1-5 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to each performance. They may also be purchased using our Secure Online Ticketing, or by calling the box office at 908-979-0900.

   Series Pricing
  Summer Series Flex Pass (all four events):   $90.00 per person
   Individual Tickets

An Evening With Groucho - July 13, 2013 / 8pm
   Adult $30.00, Senior/Student $27.50, Child -12 $22.50

Masters of Motown - July 20, 2013 / 8pm
Adult $30.00, Senior/Student $27.50, Child -12 $22.50
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra - July 27, 2013 / 8pm
   Adult $27.50, Senior/Student $25, Child -12 $20

West Side Story:
    Sunday Matinee, Thurs. & Friday Evenings $26, Senior/Student $23, Child -12 $18.50
    Saturday Evening: Adult $28, Senior/Student $25, Child-12 $20
    Summer Camp Matinee Thursday, August 8th at 12:30pm:  Groups Sales $16.00

Note:  Add $5.00 for tickets purchased on the day of the show

See 'How to Order' for details

*** 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.

Jammin in July is a fundraiser for Centenary Stage Company.
Thank You for your Support!

Secure Online Tickets/Ordering
The 2013-14 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible (and affordable) through the generous support of the The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and sponsors, including Premier Sponsors Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Heath Village Retirement Community, as well as Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Holiday Inn (Budd Lake-Rockaway Area), Bronze Sponsor, Mama's and Café Baci, in Hackettstown and Centenary Stage Company Members and Sponsors.

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