The Centenary Stage Company's Young Performers Workshop presents their Winter Festival of Shows with a week full of musical favorites. The Winter Festival of Shows will run Dec. 8-16 at the Little Theatre on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown. This year's selections will include "Hello, Dolly!," "A Chorus Line," and "The Boy Friend."
The Young Performers Workshop (YPW) has been called "The most professional kids troupe around!" by the Star Ledger. The workshop has been lead by Broadway, film and television veteran, Michael Blevins, for over 16 years. YPW 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. The young performers devote their weekends over a 13 week time-frame rehearsing challenging dance numbers and learning complex vocal arrangements to create a memorable theatre experience for all audiences to enjoy.
"Hello, Dolly!" is about the loveable matchmaker, Dolly Gallagher Levi, and she's back in town to work her magic! A meddlesome matchmaker brings together the young clerk of a wealthy Yonkers merchant and his assistant with a widowed milliner and her assistant, while making sure she herself gets to marry the merchant, in Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's play "The Matchmaker." This Broadway classic was originally directed and choreographed by Gower Champion in 1964 but has withstood the test of time and is still popular today. The schedule for "Hello, Dolly!" is Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m.
"A Chorus Line" tells the story of Broadway gypsies baring their souls and putting their lives "on the line" as they audition for an unnamed Broadway musical. "A Chorus Line" provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. The book was authored by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics were written by Edward Kleban, and music was composed by Marvin Hamlisch which includes the popular show-stopping number "One." The schedule for "A Chorus Line" is Saturday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.
"The Boy Friend" is a romantic comedy of love and hidden true identities of a socialite and a delivery boy during the Roaring 20's on the French Riviera. Get ready for heart-warming songs and fancy footwork! The book, music, and lyrics were all written by Sandy Wilson. The schedule for "The Boy Friend" is Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the YPW Winter Festival of Shows are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Thursday nights are "Family Night," which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price available at the door. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets or to find more information, visit centenarystageco.org or call 908-979-0900. Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendations for individual shows.
YPW is also interviewing for the Spring Session on Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16. The Spring Session runs from Feb. 9 to June 9, 2013. Call 908-979-0900 to set an appointment for one of the dates where Director Michael Blevins will be able to answer any and all questions about the program. More information about the program and the registration form can be found online at centenarystageco.org.
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