The month of October at Centenary Stage is filled with a variety of entertainment for every theatre goer in and around the Skylands region.
The excitement starts with the 60th anniversary celebration of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. It's a cold, wintry night in a lonely boarding house. Somewhere, a murderer is on the prowl. The Mousetrap has been performed in more than 40 countries and translated into over 20 languages. More than 10 million people have seen this classic murder mystery, running from October 5th through the 21st.
CSC's Young Audience Series (YAS) will then present If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, based on the popular children's book written by Laura Joffee Numeroff. This is presented as part of the Third Saturday Series and will perform in CSC's Little Theatre on Jefferson Street on Saturday, October 20th at 11 am. Children and the young at heart can enjoy a live performance of what is becoming a true children's classic.
Saturday, October 27th at 8 pm, CSC will host the New Jersey Ballet at the David and Carol Lackland Center. The state's premiere dance company will perform "Ghosts of the Ballet," filling this late October evening with sprits, souls and saints, including elements such as Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Barbara Gilford of The New York Times New Jersey Weekly wrote, "New Jersey Ballet is an assemblage of professional dancers who embody the highest standards of technique and artistry and they are ours!"
Sunday, October 28th presents two opportunities to help round out the month of October. Both performances are the second in a series and they each offer unique forms of entertainment.
First, at 2 p.m., in the Little Theatre, jazz master Bill Mays returns to the Centenary stage for the Music on a Sunday Afternoon Series. He brings with him his new ensemble The Inventions Trio. Doug Ramsey of the Jazz Times writes, "[he's] one of the masters of color and touch among today's pianists..."
The Great Authors Series presents award-winning actor Randall Duk Kim and director Anne Ochiogrosso leading a staged reading of An Enemy of the People at 3 p.m. in the Kutz Black Box Theatre. This free event on October 28th is part of a series celebrating works by some of the world's greatest playwrights, whose mastery of language transcend their time and place to speak to us about what it means to be human. Reservations recommended.
To purchase tickets or to find more information on any of the events listed, visit www.centenarystageco.org or call (908) 979-0900. Tickets for The Mousetrap range from $17.50 to 27.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Every Thursday night is "Family Night," which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased 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. There are matinées on Friday, October 5th and Wednesdays October 10th and 17th. The Young Audience Series Productions (YAS) are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The New Jersey Ballet's tickets range from $15 to $27.50 and The Inventions Trio tickets are $17.50, with discounts for children. The Great Authors Reading Series is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. CSC also offers several different packages, such as a Pick Five Flex Pass for $110, to purchase tickets for multiple shows at a discounted price. CSC will be opening a box office on Main Street this fall in Hackettstown, NJ.
The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit professional equity theatre, in residence at Centenary College, dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands Region with professional music, theatre and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year. Performances at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and CSC members, friends and sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and The Holiday Inn, and Series sponsors, Fulton Bank and Mamas and Café Baci.
Centenary Stage Company
400 Jefferson St
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
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