Young Performers Workshop: Festival of Shows

2018 WInter Festival of Shows
December 8 - December 16
Little Theatre

SPONSORED BY

featuring Godspell, Christmas is Comin' Uptown and The Wiz.


“Take it from me, who’s been regularly attending high school musicals for more than four decades: I’ve never seen the likes of what the Centenary Young Performers achieve.”
- Peter Filichia, Drama Critic, The Star Ledger

 

The Young Performers Workshop (YPW) has been called "The most professional kids troupe around!" by the Star Ledger.

 


Godspell

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

The show is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to MAtthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative and Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified.

Sunday, Dec. 9 @ 5PM; Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 8PM; Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 7:30PM

Tickets: Adult $12.50, Child (-12) $10, YPW Alumni $5

 


Christmas is Comin' Uptown

Book by Philp Rose and Peter Udell
Music by Gary Sherman
Lyrics by Peter Udell

All those Dickensian characters dancing, jiving and swinging to a Harlem beat? Right on! Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. He comes upon his own grave after watching tiny Tim's burial procession and he's reformed.

Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 5PM; Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 2PM; Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 4PM

Tickets: Adult $12.50, Child (-12) $10, YPW Alumni $5


The Wiz

Book by William F. Brown
Music & Lyrics by Charlie Smalls

When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy tries to save her dog from a storm, she's miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz, a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she's joined by the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.

Sunday, Dec. 9 @ 7:30PM; Friday, Dec. 14 @ 8PM; Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 5PM; Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 1PM

Tickets: Adult $12.50, Child (-12) $10, YPW Alumni $5


ANNIE

Family Holiday Spectacular!
November 23 - December 9
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center

Book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hanningan in 1930s New York.

Tickets: Adult $29.50 - $32.00, Child (-12) $20.00

FOR A COMPLETE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND PRICING CLICK HERE.

 


Program Director

YPW has been led by Broadway, film and television veteran, Michael Blevins, for 20 years and is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young 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.

For more information about the YPW Festival of Shows or Registration for the YPW Spring Session, contact the Centenary Performing Arts Guild at 908-979-0900 or visit the YPW Program page.

 

 

 


Schedule by Date


 

Date Day/Time Performance

December 8

Saturday 2PM
Saturday 5PM
Saturday 8PM

Annie
Comin' Uptown
Annie

December 9

Sunday 2PM
Sunday 5PM
Sunday 7:30PM

Annie
Godspell
The Wiz

December 14

Friday 8PM

The Wiz

December 15

Saturday 2PM
Saturday 5PM
Saturday 8PM

Comin' Uptown
The Wiz
Godspell

December 16

Sunday 1PM
Sunday 4PM
Sunday 7:30PM

The Wiz
Comin' Uptown
Godspell

 

Schedulue By Show

Godspell

Sunday, December 9 @ 5PM
Saturday, December 15 @ 8PM
Sunday, December 16 @ 7:30PM

Christmas is Comin' Uptown

Saturday, December 8 @ 5PM
Saturday, December 15 @ 2PM
Sunday, December 16 @ 4PM

The Wiz

Sunday, December 9 @ 7:30PM
Friday, December 14 @ 8PM
Saturday, December 15 @ 5PM
Sunday, December 16 @ 1PM

Annie

CLICK HERE for performance schedule.