Young Performers Workshop

Musical Theatre Training Program (Ages 8 - 18)

2022 Summer Session 
ALL applicants must complete interview with program director prior to acceptance. We recommend scheduling your interview before registering. Contact CSC Administrative offices to schedule
(908) 979  - 0900 or e-mail

Session: July 11 - Aug. 14
Registration & Tuition Deadline: July 8, 2022

First Child: $795.00
Second Child: $695.00

Accident Waiver form must be submitted to CSC office with registration brochure.

This 5-week* intensive musical theatre program has been designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and
advanced performers ages 8 - 18 interested in working in the
theatre. The hands-on program utilizes both the
classroom and the “production process” to train young
people in the theatre arts. The program culminates in a live presentation of select production(s) selected by program director Michael Blevins and is based on enrollment. 
Once registered, students are guaranteed a part in at
least one production and, depending on ability,
experience, desire and commitment level, could feasibly
appear in more than one production. Classes are broken
up by age and ability. Students participate in a wide
variety of subjects including radio and television
production. No experience is necessary, however,
applicants must complete an interview/audition for



Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with CDC, Centenary University, and State recommendations and guidelines, Centenary Stage Company has made the following adjustments to standard procedures in order to maintain a safe learning environment for in-person learning.

The following procedures and policies will be followed:

  • Each student will be managing their own screening process prior to every rehearsal/performance by utilizing the mobile application CampusClear.  For the CampusClear app, a phone number will be required.

  • Students will be assigned designated meeting times; they may arrive as early as 5 minutes before their scheduled meet time and must leave campus immediately after the assigned session.

  • No student is permitted to remain on campus after their session.

  • Groups (or cohorts) will consist of 8 to 10 students; siblings will be placed in the same group.

  • There will be a break between sessions to allow for cleaning between meetings.

  • All sessions will meet in the Dance Studio of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

  • Rehearsals will be held outdoors when possible.

  • Masks are optional indoors, but strongly encouraged to be worn by anyone unvaccinated participant.


As per the University, the Lackland Performing Arts Center's HVAC system has been upgraded to highest quality air filtration that the system allows.

Meet the Staff:
Michael Blevins 
Program Director
Michael Blevins is an accomplished Director / Choreographer having choreographed the Off-Broadway production of "The Mad Forest" for the Manhattan Theatre Club.  He has directed and choreographed the National Tours of "Babes in Toyland", "Aladdin", and "Tom Sawyer" for the American Family Theatre.
He has worked with many Tony and Academy Award winning Directors and Choreographers including Sir Richard Attenborough, Joe Layton, Woody Allen, Vivian Matalon, Peter Gennaro, Danny Daniels, and Bob Fosse.  He has appeared in several Broadway productions including, "Bring Back Birdie", Neil Simon's "Little Me", and Tony Winning "Tap Dance Kid" in which he created the role of  "Winslow".  Major film roles include a cameo in "Zelig", and a supporting role in the screen biography of "Chaplin".  He is most widely known for his portrayal of Mark in the movie "A Chorus Line".
YPW: Hello Dolly
YPW: Hello Dolly

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YPW: South Pacific
YPW: South Pacific

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YPW: A Chorus Line
YPW: A Chorus Line

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YPW: Hello Dolly
YPW: Hello Dolly

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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 grow up participating in the arts score higher on the SAT by an average of 51 points on verbal and 38 points on math!


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

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 audiences. The program is held on the campus of Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey.


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

  • The spring session 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


"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