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Young Performers Workshop (YPW)
Young theatre performers between the ages of 8-18
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"The most professional kids troupe around!"
                              Star Ledger

2014 YPW Spring
Festival of Shows

May 30 - June 8, 2014
YPW 2014 Summer
Session Registration
A Chorus Line
   A Chorus Line - YPW - Dec. 2012

Centenary Stage Company applauds Michael Blevins on over 16 years of excellence in Theatre Training for the young people of YPW. Michael Blevins has produced over 150 Broadway musicals, straight plays and one-acts while he has been with us.

"I literally have never seen her happier in her life than she's been these last few weeks of doing this program. It's amazing!"
                       - A YPW Parent

“A most unique program….the Skylands Northwestern NJ is fortunate indeed to have this quality, theatrical bonanza in its midst.”
                                                     - Skylands Visitor

Young Performers Workshop is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers between the ages of eight and 18. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.

Research studies point to strong relationships between learning in the arts and fundamental cognitive skills and capacities used to master other core subjects, including reading, writing, and mathematics. Studies show that kids that grow up participating in the arts score higher on the SAT by an average of 51 points on verbal and 38 points on math!
Meet Me In St Louis - YPW - Dec. 2011
   Meet Me In St Louis - YPW - Dec. 2011

 

 

YPW is under the direction of Broadway, film, and television veteran Michael Blevins, and students study technique in acting, voice, and dance with a staff of theatre professionals in a five-week summer session. YPW also offers a Fall and Spring session, conducted each Saturday throughout the academic year, which culminates in a festival of shows performed for regional school audiences. The program is held on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

 

 


The three production seasons presented every year are:

  • The fall semester begins in September, culminating with the "Festival of Shows" in December.

  • The spring semester begins in February, culminating with the "Spring Festival of Shows" in May.

  • The summer session is a five-week intensive program beginning in July, culminating with the "Summer Festival of Shows" in August.

 Cats performed by YPW May 2006  (click image  for closer view)
   Cats
performed
   by YPW May 2006
   (click image
   for closer view)
 
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   HelloDolly performed by Young Performers Workshop
   December 2009

Registration is open to any young person regardless of experience. However, prospective students must complete an interview/audition prior to acceptance into the program. The minimum age is eight.

Don't forget to bookmark our Web site so that you can keep up with upcoming festival schedules and Young Performers Workshop registration periods.  The particulars on each season's schedule/registration will be shown on the Home Page (where an overview of our upcoming events is reviewed).

You can also call 908 979-0900 for more information on registration or use Online Order Form to order tickets.
 

YPW Past Schedules:

Education at Centenary Stage Company
From its acting and master's classes for adults and young adults to the Young Performer's Workshop, a performance-based, musical theatre program for children aged 8 to 18 that has been lauded by the Star-Ledger as "the most professional kids troupe around", CPAG is committed to providing quality performing arts education to the Skylands region. For more information about the program, which is offered year-round, or other programs at the Centenary Performing Arts Guild, see one of the following Web pages or contact our administrative offices at 908 979-0900 / Online Feedback Form.

Young Performers Workshop    (ages 8-18)
Tyro Theatre Program    (ages 6-8 and Tyro II ages 9-11)
Summer Dance Intensive       (ages 13 and up)
Summer Internship Program
Four year Theatre Degree Program offered by Centenary College
Adult Acting Classes
Acting Instructors  
Intro To Comedy - 8-week Comedy Workshop for the public

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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