Young Performers Workshop: Festival of Shows

2019 Spring Festival of Shows
May 24 - June 2
Little Theatre

SPONSORED BY

featuring Grease, The Clown, Count to Ten and Once Upon A Mattress


“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.

 


GREASE

YPW GreaseBook, Lyrics and Music by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals. GREASE Is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Dates/Times: Friday, May 24 @ 8PM / Sunday, May 26 @ 7PM / Thursday, May 30 @ 7:30PM / Saturday, June 1 @ 8PM / Sunday, June 2 @ 1PM

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



THE CLOWN

YPW The ClownBook, Lyrics and Music by C. Robert Jones

The Clown is the story of Mumbles, a shy clown, who falls in love with the beautiful ballerina, Doria.  When Dr. Tutto, the jealous circus owner discovers this, he frames Mumbles with the theft of the circus money box, and Mumbles is banished. THE CLOWN is presented through the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.

 

 

Dates/Times: Saturday, May 25 @ 2PM / Sunday, May 26 @ 4PM / Saturday, June 1 @ 5PM

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


COUNT TO TEN (A Brand New Family Musical)

YPW Count to TenBook by Michael Blevins & Beth Clary
Music & Lyrics by Michael Blevins, Scott Knipe, Bruce Sacks, and David Wollenberger

Loner, and unemployed actor/writer Victor heads to Starwood Performing Arts Camp in the Catskill Mountains where he is forced into producing his unfinished original musical with a cast of adolescents. Madoc Dean, whose long unkept hair barely covers the suspicious look in his eyes, learns with Victor that no man can make it alone. Despite Victor's inherent distrust of women he eventually learns to love one, Claire the camp's ballet teacher. COUNT TO TEN is a high-spirited, toe-tapping, rich and satisfying musical that gets richer with repeated viewings. COUNT TO TEN is presented through special arrangement with Group Theatre Too.

Dates/Times: Saturday, May 25 @ 5PM / Friday, May 31 @ 8PM / Saturday, June 1 @ 2PM / Sunday, June 2 @ 7PM

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


ONCE UPON A MATRESS

YPW Once Upon a MattressBook by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer
Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Marshall Barer

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals.

Dates/Times: Saturday, May 25 @ 8PM / Sunday, May 26 @ 1PM / Sunday, June 2 @ 4PM

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


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

May 24

Friday 8PM

Grease

May 25

Saturday 2PM
Saturday 5PM
Saturday 8PM

The Clown
Count to Ten
Once Upon A Mattress

May 26

Sunday 1PM
Sunday 4PM
Sunday 8PM

Once Upon A Mattress
The Clown
Grease

May 30

Thursday 7:30PM

Grease

May 31

Friday 8PM

Count to Ten

June 1

Saturday 2PM
Saturday 5PM
Saturday 8PM

Count to Ten
The Clown
Grease

June 2

Sunday 1PM
Sunday 4PM
Sunday 7PM

Grease
Once Upon A Mattress
Count to Ten

 

Schedulue By Show

Grease

Friday, May 24 @ 8PM
Sunday, May 26 @ 7PM
Thursday, May 30 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, June 1 @ 8PM
Sunday, June 2 @ 1PM

Count to Ten

Saturday, May 25 @ 5PM
Friday, May 31 @ 8PM
Saturday, June 1 @ 2PM
Sunday, June 2 @ 7PM

Once Upon A Mattress

Saturday, May 25 @ 8PM
Sunday, May 26 @ 1PM
Sunday, June 2 @ 4PM

The Clown

Saturday, May 25 @ 2PM
Sunday, May 26 @ 4PM
Saturday, June 1 @ 2PM