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Young Performers Workshop (YPW) - Winter Festival Of Shows
The Centenary Theatre   (aka 'The Little Theatre')
Dec. 14-22, 2013

CSC Young Performers Bring More Holiday Fun to Hackettstown

Grease      The Wiz       Christmas is Cominí Uptown

Every winter, a hard-working group of young performers take the Little Theatre by storm with their festival filled with music and dancing. This year will be no different when Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performer’s Workshop presents the Winter Festival of Shows December 15th-22nd. This season’s musical theatre extravaganza will feature Grease, The Wiz, and Christmas is Comin’ Uptown with all performances in the Little Theater on the Campus of Centenary College. YPW has been called "The most professional kids troupe around!" by the Star Ledger.

Dec. 19 Message:
The performance of THE WIZ for Dec. 15 / 7:30 pm was rescheduled due to the weather to Thurs., Dec. 19 / 7:30 pm.
Stay warm and safe!
Call with questions at 908-979-0900.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Among the world's most popular musicals, Grease is the word at Centenary Stage. Rydell High's senior class of hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoke the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through the soundtrack of a generation with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Performance dates are Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 pm; Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 pm.

Grease Performed by YPW in Spring 2009
  Grease Spring 2009 YPW Producton     Photo by Pat Lanciano

The Wiz

Book by William F. Brown
Music by Charlie Smalls, Timothy Graphenreed and Harold Wheeler, Luther Vandross
Lyrics by Charlie Smalls, Zachary Walzer, Luther Vandeross

Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Wiz makes its way to Hackettstown. In this adaptation of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, this beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul. Audiences will have the chance to dance along and move on down the road with their favorite storybook characters, with book written by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls.

Performance dates are Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 pm.

Christmas is Comin’ Uptown

Book by Peter Udell and Philip Rose
Music by Garry Sherman
Lyrics by Peter Udell

Christmas is Comin’ Uptown includes all those Dickensian characters everyone knows and loves dancing, jiving and swinging to a Harlem beat. Scrooge is a slumlord about to make everyone’s Christmas a miserable time when his late partner and the infamous ghosts take him on their rounds. Culminating in a rousing gospel number, this version has music by Garry Sherman, lyrics by Peter Udell, and book by Philip Rose and Peter Udell.

Performance dates are Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 pm; Saturday, Dec 21 at 4 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 1 pm.

A Christmas Carol

Book by Alan Menken
Music by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent.

Some of the YPW performers are also appearing in CSC's professional presentation of "A Christmas Carol-The Musical". See A Christmas Carol for more information.

Program Director
YPW has been led by Broadway, film and television veteran, Michael Blevins, for 20 years and is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young performers between the ages of 8 and 18. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.

For more information about the YPW Festival of Shows or Registration for the YPW Spring Session, contact the Centenary Performing Arts Guild at 908-979-0900 or visit the YPW Program page.


Tickets for the Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Performance times vary from December 13th-22nd at The Little Theater on the campus of Centenary College. Tickets may be purchased online at, 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 1-5 p.m., 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 3-6 p.m.


Schedule Click to Print VersionPrint Schedule
By Date By Event

Sat., Dec. 14
2:00pm   Christmas is Comin’ Uptown

Thurs., Dec. 19 (rescheduled fr Dec. 15)
7:30 pm   The Wiz

Fri. Dec. 20
8pm   Grease

Sat. Dec. 21
1:00pm   Grease
4:00pm   Christmas is Comin’ Uptown
8:00pm   The Wiz

Sun. Dec. 22
1:00pm  Christmas is Comin’ Uptown
4:00pm   The Wiz
7:30 pm   Grease

Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 pm
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 pm
Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 pm

The Wiz
Thurs, Dec. 19 at 7:30 pm
         (rescheduled fr Dec. 15)
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 pm
Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 pm

Christmas is Comin’ Uptown
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 pm
Saturday, Dec 21 at 4 pm
Sunday, Dec. 22 at 1 pm

Return to YPW Event Page

Spring Festival of Shows Interviews

YPW Spring 2014 Session Interviews
Interview Dates: Sat., Dec. 21  and
Sun., Dec. 22
Location: The Centenary Theater Lobby
   (aka The Little Theater)
400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ
Interview Reservations: Call 908 979-0900 for appointment
Registration Form YPW Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Brochure / Registration Form (.pdf)
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader: free download)
This brochure serves as a Print Copy of the information shown on this page, as well as the registration form.
[Full Details]

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

Tickets: Call 908 979-0900 or use our
Online Tickets/Ordering System
Gen. Adm $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12

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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