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2020-21 Season of Events

Archive of Centenary Stage Company's 2020-21 season of events including professional theatre productions, live music and dance events.

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Family Front Porch Series

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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.

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Miss Nelson is Missing
Family Front Porch Series
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
FREE Outdoor Event : 400 Jefferson St.

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!

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School House Rock Live Jr.
Family Front Porch Series
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
FREE Outdoor Event : 400 Jefferson St.

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"!

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Songs of Promise:
An Evening of Music Celebrating CSC's 35th Season
An Outdoor Gala Event
Saturday, September 26, 2020
FREE Outdoor Event : 400 Jefferson St.

A celebration of Centenary Stage Company's 35th Season of professional theatre producing.  The concert will feature hit Broadway show tunes focusing on the CSC's theme for the anniversary season: Hope.  Showcasing special live entertainment from some of Centenary Stage Company's favorite artists, you'll hear songs from productions like Songs for a New World, Avenue Q, Man of La Mancha, Spongebob: The Musical, Nine to Five and many more! Singers will include talented alumni of Centenary University's Theatre Degree Program, past CSC performers, and current Centenary Students.

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A Music Celebration:
A Look Back & Ahead
Front Porch Series
Thursday, August 20, 2020
FREE Outdoor Event : 400 Jefferson St.

A celebration of Centenary Stage Company's 35th Season of professional theatre producing.  The concert will feature hit Broadway show tunes focusing on the CSC's theme for the anniversary season: Hope.  Showcasing special live entertainment from some of Centenary Stage Company's favorite artists, you'll hear songs from productions like Songs for a New World, Avenue Q, Man of La Mancha, Spongebob: The Musical, Nine to Five and many more! Singers will include talented alumni of Centenary University's Theatre Degree Program, past CSC performers, and current Centenary Students.

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Outside the Lines
Site Specific Dance Works
Sunday, October 18th, 2020
FREE Outdoor Event : 400 Jefferson St.

Free outdoor site specific dance concert featuring guest artists from Moe-tion Dance Theater and Centenary University faculty and students

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Miss Nelson is Missing
Young Audience Series
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center

 

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!

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School House Rock Live Jr.
Young Audience Series
Sunday October 4, 2020
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center

 

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

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
Young Audience Series
Monday, October 5, 2020
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center

 

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.

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Rent Control
Fringe Festival
October 8 - 11, 2020
Sitnik Theatre: Lackland Performing Arts Center

 

Written & Performed by Evan Zes
"A struggling actor falls backwards into an NYC rent-controlled apartment and turns it into a lucrative AIRBNB scheme in this wild-but-TRUE one-man show. Watch Evan Zes portray nearly 30 characters as they close in on him and threaten to ruin his life in this cautionary tale of greed and redemption."

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Tevye Served Raw
(Garnished With Jews)

Fringe Festival
October 22 - 25, 2020
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center

 

With Yelena Shmulenson, Allen Lewis Rickman the shtetl couple from the Coen brothers' A SERIOUS MAN and Shane Baker the best-loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today. 
The Tevye stories are most famous, of course, as the basis of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.  But the musical watered them down to make them more acceptable to the Broadway audience of its day.  TEVYE SERVED RAW goes back to Sholem Aleichem's original, and it shows you what they left out of FIDDLER.

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The Last Midnight
FREE Outdoor Cabaret
October 31, 2020
400 Jefferson Street:
Front Lawn of Seay Building

 

Centenary Stage Company teams up with various Centenary Students/Alumni and CSC Artists for a Halloween cabaret of scary good songs. Bring your kids for the costume parade, events tables, and more!

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Bachelorette
A NEXTstage Repertory production
November 5 - 8, 2020
The Little Theatre


 

by Leslye Headland 

Ten years out of high school, Regan, Gena and Katie convene in the luxurious bridal suite of their old friend, Becky, the night before her wedding in New York City. Fueled by jealousy and resentment, the girls embark on a night of debauchery that goes from playfully wasted to devastatingly destructive. Their old fears, unfulfilled desires and deep bonds with each other transform a prenuptial bender into a night they'll never forget. A wicked black comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess.

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A Christmas Carol
CSC Family Holiday Spectacular
November 27 - December 13, 2020
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center


 

by Charles Dickens
adapted by Stephen Temperley

A Christmas Carol, probably the most popular piece of fiction that Charles Dickens ever wrote, was published in 1843.  Charles Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all year round.

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Winter Festival of Shows:
Young Performers Workshop

December 18 - 20, 2020
Sitnik Theatre
Presenting:
Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil 
Peter & the Wolf & Other Dance Stories


 

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.

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The Blue Dahlia
IN-PERSON & STREAMING LIVE!
CSC January Thaw Music Festival
Saturday, January 9, 2020
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center


 

Brooklyn-girl, but a nomad at heart, Dahlia Dumont traveled the world from an early age, always absorbing the cultural and musical influences in her path. Her Eastern European heritage and her years as an anthropology student and teacher in France and Senegal shaped her musical palette, and in 2012 she created her project The Blue Dahlia.

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Chuchito Valdes
CSC January Thaw Music Festival
Saturday, January 23, 2020
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center


 

Chuchito Valdés, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba. With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild.   This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives excitement with his dynamic band.

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Turning
Professional Theatre Series
February 25 - March 7, 2021
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center



 

By Darrah Cloud

In the heart of 1930s Newark, a group of scrappy young women began to train in backyard gyms for what would become the experience of a lifetime. Playwright Darrah Cloud brings their stories, once lost to history, back to vibrant life in the new play "Turning", as part of the NJ Stage Exchange Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

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Sweat
NEXTstage Repertory
March 25 - 29, 2021
The Little Theatre



 

by Lynn Nottage​
Set near her hometown of Reading, PA Pulitzer prize winning SWEAT details the life of a close knit group of friends who have been affected by their factory closing, ending the only way of life the town has known for generations.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
NEXTstage Repertory
April 22 - May 2, 2021
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center



 

by William Shakespeare
Four brawling lovers, caught in a dispute of increasingly magical proportions; a crew of keen mechanicals, determined to give it their all; and one roguish sprite, hell-bent on causing as much havoc as possible… What could possibly go wrong? Exploding with dramatic poetry, mischief and merriment, Shakespeare’s beloved raucous comedy comes to vivid life.

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Shake-It-Up-Shakespeare:
Magic, Mystery & Mayhem
Young Audience Series
Saturday, April 10, 2021
The Little Theatre : 400 Jefferson St



 

A Celebration of the Works of William Shakespeare
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!

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Moe-tion Dance Theater:
Outside the Lines

Professional Dance Series: In-person & Streaming Live
Saturday, May 15, 2021



 

Outside on the Front Lawn of Centenary University's Seay Building
Led by co-directors Maureen Glennon Clayton and Lea Antolini-Lid, Outside the Lines is a site-specific dance series, growing from the darkness of a pandemic presenting immersive site-specific dance experiences throughout the state of New Jersey. By moving dance out of the theater and into the unique landscape of the Garden State, Outside the Lines creates unique, visceral experiences for audiences while inspire an imaginative way of looking and thinking about dance. 

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Spring Festival of Shows
Young Performers Workshop
May 28 - 30, 2021
The Sitnik Theatre



 

Presenting:
Chaplin: Classic Celluloid Stories Told in Dance
Seven Chances: A Comedy in Three Acts

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.

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