Young Performers Workshop: Festival of Shows

2017 Winter Festival Of Shows
December 9 - December 17
Little Theatre

SPONSORED BY

featuring the pajama game, joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat and a class act. with ypw students featured in centenary stage company's family holiday spectacular disney's newsies the musical.


“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.


the pajama game

book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
music and lyrics by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler

Based on the novel, 7 1/2 Cents by Richard Bissell

Saturday, December 9 at 5PM
Friday, December 15 at 8PM
Saturday, December 16 at 5PM
Sunday, December 17 at 7PM

The Pajama Game was awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and, over half of a century later, claimed the award for Best Revival of a Musical, proving that the story is truly timeless. With an energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (Damn Yankees), The Pajama Game is brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theatre standards, including "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway."

Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 ½ cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

 


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

lyrics by Tim Rice
music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sunday, December 10 at 5PM
Saturday, December 16 at 2PM
Sunday, December 17 at 1PM

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.  Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” 

 


A Class Act

music and lyrics by Edward Kleban
book by Linda Kline and Lonny Price

Sunday, December 10 at 7PM
Saturday, December 16 at 8PM
Sunday, December 17 at 4PM

The Tony Award winning lyricist of A CHORUS LINE was determined on writing both the words and music for a Broadway show, a goal unrealized in 1987 when he died of cancer at the age of 48.  Only posthumously would Ed's songs garner the acclaim they always deserved, in the biographical musical A CLASS ACT.  Ed got his start in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop where he largely amasses the charismatic songbook that has been arranged in A CLASS ACT to dramatize Ed's often hilarious, ultimately heartbreaking journey. An ensemble of 7 inhabit the colorful gallery of friends and loved ones in Ed's life including the legendary acerbic Lehman Engle, the relentlessly peppy Marvin Hamlisch, and Uber-creative Michael Bennett.  Fourteen years after his death, one of the theater's unsung champions finally got the recognition he always deserved in this vibrant musical about musicals.


Disney's Newsies The Musical

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein

November 24 - December 10

Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.

The 2012 Tony - Award winning musical makes its way onto the Centenary Stage!  It is New York City 1899 and Jack Kelly and his ragtag of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets.  But when the prices of "papes" are hiked and the newsies are hung out to dry, there is nothing left to do but "open the gates and seize the day"!

Centenary Stage Company's Family Holiday Spectacular!  Part of Centenary Stage Company's mainstage season.  Disney's Newsies The Musical features several YPW students in various principle and ensemble roles.

For specific performance dates, times and ticket prices click here.


Tickets prices for Young Performers Workshop productions: 
(Does NOT include Disney's Newsies The Musical)

Adults $12.50 | Child $10.00

Ticket prices for Disney's Newsies The Musical 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 9

Saturday 5PM

The Pajama Game

December 10

Sunday 5PM
Sunday 7PM

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
A Class Act

December 15

Friday 8PM

The Pajama Game

December 16

Saturday 2PM
Saturday 5PM
Saturday 8PM

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Pajama Game
A Class Act

December 17

Sunday 1PM
Sunday 4PM
Sunday 7PM

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
A Class Act
The Pajama Game

 

Schedulue By Show

The Pajama Game:
                                
Saturday, December 9 at 5PM
Friday, December 15 at 8PM
Saturday, December 16 at 5PM
Sunday, December 17 at 7PM

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:

Sunday, December 10 at 5PM
Saturday, December 16 at 2PM
Sunday, December 17 at 1PM

A Class Act:

Sunday, December 10 at 7PM
Saturday, December 16 at 8PM
Sunday, December 17 at 4PM

Disney's Newsies The Musical:

Click HERE for performance information.