Young Audience Series (YAS)

The Young Audience Series is back on the Centenary Stage by popular demand. With even more plays and performances, the Young Audience Series is part of the professional Centenary Stage Company’s mission to serve the region’s youth with dynamic performances and workshops throughout the year.

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This season, the Young Audience Series offers stage adaptations of your favorite classic children's literature at the Centenary Little Theater in the Seay Building on the campus of Centenary College, unless otherwise noted. Curtain time for all performances is 11:00am, unless otherwise noted. See schedule below.

A Program of the Centenary College Theater Department produced by NextStage Repertory.

SATURDAYS AT 11 AM… In the Little Theatre

Ticket Pricing:        Adult            Children (-12)
                                $12.50              $10.00

Shake It Up Shakespeare:  Magic, Mystery and Mayhem


Take a journey through some of the bard’s greatest works and characters in this interactive performance, engaging young audiences and introducing a new way to look at Shakespeare! With scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including comedy and action-packed sword fights!

Appropriate for Middle School and High School.

Miss Nelson is Missing!

Book by Mike Artell
Adapted by Joan Cushing

Miss Nelson can't control her crazy classroom because she's just too nice.  But when she disappears, her substitute is the no-nonsense Viola Swamp!  With the big test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss their Miss Nelson... and they'll do anything to get her back!

Appropriate for Grades K - 4


Miss Nelson Has A Field Day

The Smedley Tornadoes have not only never won a football game, they have never scored a single point!  Coach Armstrong goes bonkers and Miss Nelson decides to enlist the no - nonsense substitute, Coach Viola Swamp, to whip the team into shape for the big Thanksgiving game.  Do the Smedley Tornadoes dare lose again?

Appropriate for Grades K - 4.

A Thousand Cranes

by Kathryn Schultz Miller
Based on the book by Eleanor Coerr

This is a true story of the young Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki, who inspired an international peace movement.  A Thousand Cranes combines Japanese and American language, music and dance, and highlights Japanese society in the after-math of World War II.  Sadako was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  When she later developed radiation sickness, Sadako remembered an old story: if a person will just make 1000 cranes, the gods will grant her a wish and make her healthy.  Sadako did not live to finish her cranes, but her friends took up the task and built a monument for her and all the children killed by the atomic bomb.  "This is our cry, this is our prayer.  Peace on Earth."

Appropriate for grades 5 - 12.

Performance Dates:

Saturday, September 17 at 11am - Miss Nelson Is Missing
Saturday, October 15 at 2pm - Miss Nelson Has A Field Day
Sunday, October 16 at 5pm - Miss Nelson Has A Field Day
Monday, October 17 at 7:30pm - Miss Nelson Has A Field Day
Saturday, November 19 at 11am - Shake It Up Shakespeare
Saturday, February 18 at 11am - A Thousand Cranes
Saturday, April 8 at 11am - TBA

Performance Location:

The Little Theater
400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840

See Also: YAS -Tours to Schools