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Hackettstown, New Jersey will be a cornucopia of holiday-themed performances and activities, highlighted by the Centenary Stage Company’s rousing production of A Christmas Carol - The Musical and the NJ Civic Youth Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. Also featured in December will be the acclaimed CSC’s Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows, a musical theatre extravaganza which this season includes Narnia- The Musical, Meet Me in St. Louis and Count to Ten.
Performances will occur in the Sitnik Theatre and Little Theatre on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, throughout the month of December.
“A tonic for children and adults…an intoxicating journey,” declares the New York Times about the musical extravaganza A Christmas Carol that ran in Radio City for ten years.
Directed by Broadway and Film veteran Michael Blevins, the CSC production of A Christmas Carol celebrates everything theatrical in the Centenary community, including professional Equity actors, Centenary College Theatre Dept students, members of the CSC Young Performers and local performers. A Christmas Carol will run November 25th through December 11th in the 500-seat Sitnik Theatre in David and Carol Lackland Center.
Also during the run of A Christmas Carol, Centenary College will invite the public to join them for the “Tis the Season” celebration, on Sunday, December 4th, with the arrival of St. Nicholas in a horse-drawn wagon (3:00 pm) , photos and refreshments with St Nicholas in the Seay Administrative building on Jefferson Street, caroling, and Grand Illumination at 6:00 pm.
The Young Performer’s Workshop Winter Festival of Shows returns with 94 local young thespians, ages 8-18.
Meet Me in St. Louis, made famous by Judy Garland, features the beloved classic, “The Trolley Song”.
Count to Ten is an original musical by YPW Director, Michael Blevins, and it was an official selection of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival with its show-stopping tap numbers.
Narnia- the Musical is a musical adaptation of the beloved children’s book, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
The Winter Festival of Shows runs December 10th through the 18th in the Centenary Little Theatre on Jefferson Street.
The NJ Civic Youth Ballet returns to the Lackland Center to present its seasonal classic, The Nutcracker. This Christmas classic is told from the perspective of 12 year-old Clara Stahlbaum, who narrates the magical tale. The NJ Civic Youth Ballet has delighted audiences for over 10 years, and features guest artists from the Suzanne Farrell Ballet of Washington, D.C. The Nutcracker features a cast of 60 talented dancers from Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties, and will run December 16th through the 18th in the Sitnik Theatre in the David and Carol Lackland Center.
Tickets for any Centenary Stage Company performance may be purchased online at www.centenarystageco.org or by calling the Box Office at 908-979-0900.