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Previews Begin Tonight for THE WIZARD OF OZ at Centenary Stage

Centenary Stage Company features singing and dancing throughout the chilly December month. Opening up with the beloved family classic The Wizard of Oz, welcoming the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet performing The Nutcracker, and ending with the Young Performers Workshop Winter Festival of Shows featuring musical favorites Hello, Dolly!, A Chorus Line, and The Boy Friend.

Audiences can celebrate the holiday season with a classic tale brought to the Sitnik Theater’s stage starting Thanksgiving weekend November 23rd and running until December 9th. The Wizard of Oz is a family musical tradition following the story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion and Toto, too. These beloved characters visit Hackettstown on their way to the Emerald City, as CSC presents the Royal Shakespeare Company’S adaptation by Frank Gabrielson and John Kane, with Music and Lyrics from the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. With the help of stage flying experts, Flying By Foy, audiences will experience a theatre event never before seen on the Centenary Stage. The Wizard of Oz’s official sponsors are Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and Restaurant Village in Long Valley

Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performer’s Workshop presents the Winter Festival of Shows December 8th-16th in the Little Theater on the Campus of Centenary College. This musical theatre extravaganza will feature Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, and The Boy Friend.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. The Young Performers Workshop 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 NJ Civic Youth Ballet returns to present its seasonal classic, The Nutcracker December 16th-18th at the Sitnik Theater in the David and Carol Lackland Center. The NJ Civic Youth Ballet has delighted audiences for over 10 years, and features a cast of 60 talented dancers from Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties. The NJCYB's Nutcracker is unique thanks to the narration by Janine Byrnes who tells the story from the perspective of young Clara Stahlbaum.


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