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West Side Story - the New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT)
August 2-11, 2013
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center
Jammin In July 

“A truly first class production…”
                  – Rick Busciglio New Jersey Footlights

“From the first strains of the orchestra and some snapping fingers, the entire stage
explodes in a whirlwind of movement. It is a marvel of synchronization.”

               - Ruth Ross, New Jersey Arts Maven

xxIt’s been called one of the best and most beloved musicals of all time, the award-winning West Side Story now comes to the Centenary Stage. This timeless musical launched Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway career and with help of other creative geniuses like Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein, it has become a classic in the American theatrical repertoire. The New Jersey Youth Theatre will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their award-winning production by bringing a new group of talented young-adult actors that Director Cynthia Meryl calls “the future of Broadway” to the Lackland Center to showcase the phenomenal training that NJYT provides. Performances will take place August 2nd – 11th at the Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown.

Book by  Arthur Laurents
Music by  Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim
Based on Conception of   Jerome Robbins
Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In 2003, NJYT’s production of West Side Story won the Music Theatre International’s Award of Excellence, an award rarely allotted. The show is a musical masterpiece that set a standard of excellence in American musical theater seldom, if ever, achieved since. The original stage production opened in 1957 with powerful direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, and a musical score by Leonard Bernstein featuring now-legendary songs such as "Tonight," “Maria”, and "America.” Director Cynthia Meryl talks about how this story, though written over half a century ago, is still relevant today. And critic Ruth Ross furthers the point, “The added tragedy of Tony and Maria reminds us that, despite improved communication between people…sectarian strife continues to leave tragedy in its wake. And it all stems from, as one character puts it, fear.”


On the mean streets of New York City, two gangs are in a long-lasting duel. The Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, grapple with the difficulties of assimilating into American society. The Jets, the "American" gang, want to resist newcomers entering their territory. In the midst of this rivalry, a Jet, Tony, falls in love with a beautiful Sharks' girl, Maria. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. Brought to life on the CSC stage by the New Jersey Youth Theatre.


Earning a total of ten Oscars for the movie version back in 1961 and launching Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway career in 1957, West Side Story is one of the most beloved musicals in American theater history. Back by popular demand, New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT) will be bringing their highly acclaimed production of West Side Story to the Centenary Stage Company’s Jammin’ in July series.

Special Camp Matinee
There will be a special camp matinee, open to the public, featuring a talk-back with the cast after the show on Thursday, August 8th at 12:30 pm. Contact the CSC Box Office for group rates available for the camp matinee at $16 or other groups at $24 for adults and $18 for youth 17 and under.

The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.

Fri., Aug. 2 / 8pm
Sat., August 3 8pm
Sun., August 4th 2pm
Thurs., August 8th 12:30pm (camp show) and 7:30Pm
Fri., August 9th 8pm
Sat., August 10th 8pm
Sun., August 11th 2PM

West Side Story - the New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT)

New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT)

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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

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*** 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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