Young Audience Series (YAS)

A program of the Centenary University Theatre Department produced by Centenary Stage Company

The Centenary Stage Company's Young Audience Series (YAS) is part of the professional Centenary Stage Company's mission to serve the region's youth with dynamic performances and workshops throughout the year. Several times a year, the Young Audience Series offers stage adaptations of beloved classic children's literature at the Centenary Little Theater located in the Seay building  at 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840 on the campus of Centenary University. In addition to "in-house" performances the Young Audience Series offers a selection of productions available for touring. Bring the fun right to you!


Call the Centenary Stage Company box office directly at 908-979-0900 to book your school group!

In house YAS productions

All performances are held in the Little Theatre

Ticket Prices for in-house performances:

$15.00 Adults / $10.00 Child under 12

2020-21 In-house Production Schedule

In addition to the touring program Centenary Stage Company's Young Audience Series offers a selection of performances on-site in our Little Theatre space at 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ throughout the year. These performances are typically scheduled upon request of a larger school group, however, pending availability will be opened to the general public.

A Year with Frog and Toad
A Year with Frog and Toad

Miss Nelson is Missing
Miss Nelson is Missing

Shake It Up Shakespeare
Shake It Up Shakespeare

A Year with Frog and Toad
A Year with Frog and Toad


YAS productions

Exact productions may vary based upon availability. Call the CSC box office at (908) 979 - 0900 for a complete list of productions available for tours.


School House Rock Live Jr.

Appropriate for Grades K - 4

Originally adapted and produced for the stage by Theatre BAM. From the series created by George Newall and Tom Yohe.

Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall

Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe

The Emmy Award winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammer, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is instructing a whole new generation to "Unpack Your Adjectives and do "The Circulations"!


Miss Nelson is Missing!

Appropriate for Grades K - 4

Book by Mike Artell

Adapted by Joan Cushing

Miss Nelson can't control her crazy classroom because she's just too nice. But when she disappears, her substitute is the no-nonsense Viola Swamp! With the big test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss their Miss Nelson... and they'll do anything to get her back!


Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Appropriate for Grades K - 4

by Melvin Tunstall, III, Douglas Lyon, Greg Borowsky

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the "Squares Only" small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily's quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.


Shake it Up Shakespeare: Magic, Mystery and Mayhem

A Celebration of the Works of William Shakespeare

Appropriate for Middle and High School

Take a journey through some of the bard's greatest works and characters in this interactive performance, engaging young audiences and introducing a new way to look at Shakespeare! With scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, including comedy and action-packed sword fights!