A marathon of musicals light up the Centenary Little Theatre this June as the Centenary Stage Company presents the Young Performers Workshop SPRING FESTIVAL OF SHOWS, featuring the legendary Broadway musical CATS along with the hit musicals CABARET, BYE BYE BIRDIE, and THE ACT. Performancesrun from June 1-June 10 in the Centenary Little Theatre on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. The YPW Spring Festival features more than 80 young performers, ages 8 – 18, from Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset and Sussex Counties.
Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. The show tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heavyside Layer and come back to a new life. CATS will be performed Saturday, June 2 @ 8 P.M., Sunday, June 3 @ 4 P.M., Saturday, June 9 @ 2 P.M., and Sunday, June 10 @ 7 P.M.
Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, CABARET was a groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical based on Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin. Fosse used the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis. This intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. CABARET will be performed Saturday, June 2 @ 2 P.M., Saturday, June 9 @ 8 P.M., and Sunday, June 10 @ 1 P.M.
George Sidney’s adaptation of the satiric Broadway musical smash, BYE BYE BIRDIE, by Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse, and Lee Adams, follows and Elvis Presley-inspired rock star, who is drafted into the army and creates a near-riot in a small Midwestern town when he stops there for one last publicity junket. BYE BYE BIRDIE takes good-natured swipes at popular culture, rock n’ roll, and American family life. BYE BYE BIRDIE will be performed Friday, June 1 @ 8 P.M., Saturday, June 2 @ 5 P.M., Sunday, June 3 @ 1 P.M., Saturday, June 9 @ 5 P.M.
With music and lyrics by songwriting team, John Kander and Fred Ebb, THE ACT is a backstage musical concerning a fading film star attempting a comeback in Las Vegas. Liza Minelli starred in the 1977 Broadway musical directed by Martin Scorsese with choreography by Ron Lewis. THE ACT will be performed Sunday, June 3 @ 7 P.M., Friday, June 8 @ 8 P.M., and Sunday, June 10 @ 4 P.M.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8.00 for children under 12, and are available through the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900 and online at www.centenarystageco.org. Patrons may purchase tickets in person at the CSC Box Office Monday – Friday 1-5 P.M. at the David and Carol Lackland Center as well as two hours prior to each performance at the CSC Box Office located at the Centenary Little Theatre.
The Young Performers Workshop, a musical theatre training program for young people ages 8 – 18, is the educational arm of the Centenary Stage Company. Under the direction of Broadway, film and television veteran Michael Blevins, students enjoy studies in acting, voice and dance while preparing for the Festival of Shows culminating at the end of the session. Entrance into the YPW training program is based on an interview. Registrations for the YPW Summer Intensive are being accepted now with interviews scheduled for Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at 11 A.M.
The YPW Summer Intensive will run from July 16 – August 19, 2012. For more information regarding Centenary Stage Company’s YPW programs, call the CSC Box Office at 908-979-0900, or visit online at www.centenarystageco.org.