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2019 - 20 Season of Events

Archive of Centenary Stage Company's 2019 - 20 season of events including professional theatre productions, live music and dance events.

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Summer Series
Dr. K's Motown Review

Saturday, June 29 2019
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

The ultimate Motown tribute band.  Paul Korman (Dr. K) and an amazing array of seasoned musicians and singers take you on a very realistic journey of the Motown sound.  Staying true to its roots, each and every performance transports you back to another era... delivering authentic vocal sound of the Motown roster resulting in a powerhouse performance.

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2019 Summer Series
Nunsense

July 11 - 21, 2019
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

book, music & lyrics by Dan Goggin

 

"A hail of fun and frolic - Nunsense, like the holy mother church, is a bona fide institution." 
-the New York Times

 

The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials.  They decide the best way to raise money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eight grade production of "Grease."

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Summer Series
Jesus Christ Superstar

August 1 - 11, 2019
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

lyrics by Tim Rice
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

 

The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice.  A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.  Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ's life.

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Young Performers Workshop
Summer Festival of Shows

August 9 - 18, 2019
The Little Theatre : 400 Jefferson Street

Presenting Assassins, The Act, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, Wait Until Dark and the Mini-Musicals/One Act Playhouse.

 

Dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, the Young Performers Workshop serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers between the ages of 8 -18.  The program is one of only a handful in the nation to offer both formal training and production experience for young people.

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Curtain Up!
Darlene Love

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Darlene Love is the voice that helped launch a hundred hits: the No. 1 "He's a Rebel," "(Today I Met) the Boy I'm Gonna Marry," "He's Sure the Boy I Love" and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," all of which she sang for the legendary producer Phil Spector during the glory days of the girl-group era.  Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed Darlene Love to be "one of the greatest singers of all time".

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
Young Audience Series
September 26 - 30, 2019
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

by Melvin Tunstall III, Douglas Lyon & Greg Borowsky

8-year-old Lily Polkadot 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.  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.

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The Ghost Train
Professional Theatre Series
October 4 - 20, 2019
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

by Arnold Ridley

directed by Carl Wallnau

In Maine near the Canadian border there's a legend of a phantom locomotive sweeping through a peaceful village leaving death in its wake.  Accidentally stranded in the waiting room of this railway station, despite a psychic station master's weird stories of a ghost train, six passengers decide to stay the night.  Soon they regret this decision as ghostly and not so ghostly apparitions materialize and the Ghost train comes barreling down the line.

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The Things They Carried
CSC Fringe Festival
October 24 - 27, 2019
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

written by Tim O'Brien
dramatized by Jum Stowell

Based on the literary classic, The Things They Carried is the powerful retelling of Tim O'Brien's personal journey from his innocent years in rural Minnesota to the jungles of Vietnam.  A one-person tour-de-force, this play explores the lines between truth and reality as fact and fiction blur in this unforgettable soldiers journey.

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Nunsense

Special Encore Presentation

October 25 - 27, 2019

Fellowship Cultural Arts Center : Basking Ridge, NJ

book, music & lyrics by Dan Goggin

 

"A hail of fun and frolic - Nunsense, like the holy mother church, is a bona fide institution." 
-the New York Times

 

The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials.  They decide the best way to raise money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eight grade production of "Grease."

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The Merry Wives of Windsor
NEXTstage Repertory
October 31 - November 4, 2019
The Little Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

by William Shakespeare

Urban legend claims that Queen Elizabeth asked Shakespeare to write a play featuring "the fat knight in love."  Falstaff is certainly in lust, if not truly in love.  The objects of his affection, two clever Windsor wives, team up to outsmart and outmaneuver one of Shakespeare's most beloved bad boys.  Romance, farce, and a loving portrait of Elizabethan domestic life blend in this irresistible comic confection.

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All American Program
The New Jersey Ballet

Professional Dance Series

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

Featuring the American Rodeo, by Agnes de Mill with score by Aaron Copeland, Margo Sappington's haunting pas de deux Waterfront, and Matthew Rushing's tribute to Count Basie, Hand in Hand and James Kinney's Civil War homage American Salute.

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Hansel & Gretel
The New Jersey Ballet

Professional Dance Series

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

A lively re-telling of the well-known fairy tale about a brother and sister who wander into a forest where they are captured by a witch in a fantastic gingerbread house.  The spunky youngsters defeat the witch, free other children she had baked into gingerbread and are reunited with their loving parents in the happily-ever-after finale.

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The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook Show

CSC Fringe Festival

November 7 - 10

Kutz Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

This uniquely entertaining music and multimedia event chronicles the extraordinary career of Simon & Garfunkel.  Featuring Rex Fowler, co-founder of renowned folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step, Dodie Pettit an original cast member of Broadway's Phantom of the Opera and singer and multi-instrumentalist Steven Roues.  The show's story-line was originally created by Pete Fornatale and narrated by WCWP radio host Tony Traguardo.

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Kvetches of 1932

CSC Fringe Festival

November 14 - 17

Kutz Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

with Yelena Shmulenson, Allen Lewis Rickman the shtetl couple from the Coen Brother's A Serious Man and Steve Sterner.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll krechtz.

Featuring songs and comic sketches from Yiddish and American vaudeville with miscellaneous related frou-frou.  Understanding Yiddish helps... but it's just as funny without it.

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Cyclone Slam
Centenary University Special Event

November 23, 2019

Reeves Gymnasium : Centenary University

LAW in association with Centenary University's Wrestling Class presents Cyclone Slam, a special benefit event for Camp Kesem with Centenary University students and professional wrestlers to raise funds benefiting Cam Kesem.

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Disney's
Beauty and the Beast
Family Holiday Spectacular

November 29 - December 15

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

book by Linda Woolverton

music and lyrics by Alan Menken, Tim Rice & Howard Ashman

The classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.  If the beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self.  But time is running our. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

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Winter Festival of Shows
Young Performers Workshop
December 14 - 22, 2019
The Little Theatre : 400 Jefferson Street

Presenting Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and George M!

Dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, the Young Performers Workshop 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 to offer both formal training and production experience for young people.

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The Nutcracker

The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet

December 20 - 22, 2019

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

An enchanting ballet and holiday favorite, The Nutcracker is a classic production for all ages.  With talented young dancers of the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet, Warren County's only non-profit ballet company, and featuring professional dancers from around the world, this production is sure to delight!

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Rodney Marsalis
Philadelphia Big Brass

January THAW Music Festival

Saturday, January 11, 2019

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America's top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences.  A group that reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in American culture, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone.

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The Bossa Nova Wave
featuring Diego Figueiredo & Ken Peplowski

January THAW Music Festival

Sunday, January 19, 2019

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

It all started in 1962.  Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote the songs, "The Girl from Ipanema", "Corcovado", and "Wave". The music hit North America and it was an explosion of Grammy's and Billboard hits. Stan Getz and Charlie Burd's famous album "Jazz Samba" from April 1962, hit #1 on The Billboard Pop Chart. Now world-renowned artists Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueredo recreate music from this era, but in their own special way.

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Sam Reider
and the Human Hands

January THAW Music Festival

Saturday, January 25, 2019

Kutz Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

Sam Reider and the Human Hands have appeared at major festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and the U.K. and performed live on the BBC.  Irresistible melodies, fiery improvisation and otherworldly sounds collide in what Songlines Magazine has dubbed a "mash-up of the Klezmatics, Quintette du Hot Club de France and the Punch Brothers."

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Marisol
NEXTstage Repertory
February 6 -10, 2020
Little Theatre | 400 Jefferson St.

by Jose Rivera

Winner of the 1993 Obie Award. An apocalyptic urban fantasy which urges society to "wake up" and somehow find a way to recover the long-lost and much-needed compassion for our fellow man, as this is the only way to save our world.  "... Rivera's play is angry, fearsome, fantastic, and poetically frenzied, without surrendering either its sanity or its mordant sense of humor... it's a cry from the poet's heart." - Village Voice

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The Sunshine Boys
Professional Theatre Series

February 14 - March 1, 2020

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

by Neil Simon

Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs.

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Moe-tion Dance Theater
Professional Dance Series
Saturday, March 7 2019
Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

"Artistic Director Maureen Glennon Clayton's choreography has the ring of truth," says NJ dance critic Robert Johnson, and her work has been called "refreshing, wise, and grounded in experience."  Known for their site-specific work, Glennon Clayton's company is dedicated to creating new forms of expression through movement and dance.

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ACT III: A Musical Journey

Concert Series

Sunday, March 8 2019

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

New Jersey native Timothy Liam Smith takes us on his journey through becoming an Irish Tenor, how he sang for 3 US Presidents, and how life can come full circle if we work at it.  Featuring Irish favorites, and many other great songs of the last 50 years in this wide-ranging program about life, family and his love of the stage.

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