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Young Performers Workshop (YPW)
Summer Festival Of Shows 2013
Aug. 9-18, 2013
The Centenary Theatre   (aka 'The Little Theatre')
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Young Performers Workshop To Launch
2013 Summer Festival Of Shows

 
A Year with Frog and Toad        Carrie The Musical            Pal Joey
Welcome to the Monkey House
           One Act Playhouse

“Take it from me, who’s been regularly attending high school musicals for more than four decades: I’ve never seen the likes of what the Centenary Young Performers achieve.”
            - Peter Filichia, Drama Critic, The Star Ledger
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   Pippin - Performed by Centenary YPW
   in Summer 2012
 

Musicals galore fill the schedule of the annual Summer Festival of Shows August 10-19th at the Centenary Young Performers Workshop with a cast of talented young thespians from Morris, Warren, Hunterdon and Sussex counties [see below]. The Centenary YPW has been hailed as a "state treasure" by Peter Filichia of the Star Ledger. The festival will feature A Year with Frog and Toad,  Carrie The Musical Pal Joey, Welcome to the Monkey House, One Act Playhouse and The One Acts Playhouse. Performances will be held in Little Theatre on the campus of Centenary College at 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ. The YPW is led and directed by Broadway, film and television veteran, Michael Blevins.

A Year with Frog and Toad
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, make believe, all charm, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

Carrie The Musical   (Not recommended for children under the age of 14)
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King

Contains graphic images and language that may be inappropriate for young audience members. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it…

Pal Joey
Music by Rodgers, Richard
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by John O'Hara

Joey is an opportunistic cad, but he always seems to land on his feet. He elbows his way into a job at a seedy Chicago nightclub and is soon juggling the affections of a naive chorus girl and a wealthy society dame who just happens to be married.

Welcome to the Monkey House
Comedy. By Christopher Sergel.
Based on short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

A young man searches for companionship and identity through participation in amateur theatricals, appropriately entitled Who Am I This Time? An edged satire of the future concludes the first act. The Time's literary critic describes Vonnegut as "...a zany but moral mad scientist at the controls of a literary time machine. He is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer. Though Vonnegut is knocking a misplaced sense of values by showing the horrifying results, he's doing it with an irreverent chuckle."

One Act Playhouse
 
A series of one-act plays directed, performed and stage managed by YPW students.
FREE EVENT

Bye Bye Birdie performed in 2006 by YPW
   Bye Bye Birdie performed in 2006 by YPW
CATS production by YPW May 2006
   CATS production by YPW May 2006

Schedule

By Date  Print Schedule
Day Date Time Event
Fri. Aug. 9 8pm Carrie The Musical
Sat. Aug. 10 2pm
8pm
A Year with Frog and Toad
Pal Joey
Sun. Aug. 11 1pm
4pm
7pm
Carrie The Musical
A Year with Frog and Toad
Pal Joey
Tues. Aug. 13 7pm Welcome to the Monkey House
Wed. Aug. 14 7pm Welcome to the Monkey House
Thurs. Aug. 15 7pm Welcome to the Monkey House
Fri. Aug. 16 8pm Pal Joey
Sat. Aug. 17 11am
2pm
5pm
8pm
One Act Playhouse
Pal Joey
A Year with Frog and Toad
Carrie The Musical
Sun. Aug. 18 11am
1pm
4pm
7pm
One Act Playhouse
A Year with Frog and Toad
Pal Joey
Carrie The Musical
By Show

A Year with Frog and Toad
Sat. Aug. 10 / 2pm
Sun. Aug. 11 / 4pm
Sat. Aug. 17 / 5pm
Sun. Aug. 18 / 1pm

Carrie The Musical (Not recommended for children under the age of 14)
FRI. Aug. 9 / 8pm
Sun. Aug. 11 / 1pm
Sat. Aug. 17 / 8pm
Sun. Aug. 18 / 7pm

Pal Joey
Sat. Aug. 10 / 8pm
Sun. Aug. 11 / 7pm
FRI. Aug. 16 / 8pm
Sat. Aug. 17 / 2pm
Sun. Aug. 18 / 4pm
 
Welcome to the Monkey House
Tues. Aug. 13 / 7pm
Wed. Aug. 14 / 7pm
Thurs. Aug. 15 / 7pm

One Act Playhouse
Sat. Aug. 17 / 11am
Sun. Aug. 18 / 11am

Tickets
Tickets for the YPW Festival of Shows are $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12, and are available at the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900 and online using our secure Online Tickets/Ordering System. Call our box office for information about group reservations. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the performances.

Young Performers Workshop Program
Hailed "a state treasure" by the Star Ledger, the YPW is the educational arm of the Centenary Performing Arts Guild and The Centenary Stage Company, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Centenary College, 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Under the auspices of Producing Director, Carl Wallnau, the YPW is led by Broadway performer, choreographer, film, and television veteran Michael Blevins, and is staffed by theatre professionals. See YPW program description.

YPW Fall Session Interviews
 
Dates: Sat., Aug. 18 and Sun., Aug. 19, 2013
Interview Reservations: Call 908 979-0900 X3
 
See full details on our YPW Registration page.

 
YPW Program Description / Photos     
Directory Of Young Performers Workshop: Michael Blevins

 
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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