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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Centenary University’s student NEXTstage Repertory to present ‘Schoolhouse Rocks Live Jr.’

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Centenary Stage Company and Centenary University’s all student NEXTstage Repertory presents the fan favorite Schoolhouse Rocks Live Jr. November 2 through 6 in the Little Theatre located on the campus of Centenary University at 400 Jefferson Street.  Performances are Thursday, November 2 at 7:30PM; Friday, November 3 at 8PM; Saturday, November 4 at 2PM; Sunday, November 5 at 5PM and Monday, November 6 at 7:30PM.

                The Emmy Award – winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science, an politics through clever, tuneful songs is instructing a whole new generation to Unpack Your Adjectives and do The Circulations!  Tom, a nerve - wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as Just a Bill, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly and Conjunction Junction.

                Originally adapted and produced for the stage by Theatre BAM from the series created by George Newall and Tom Yohe and based on an idea by David McCall, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. features a book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall; music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe.

lea peter panDirected by Centenary University Assistant Professor of Theatre and Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series director, Lea Antolini – LidAntolini – Lid received her BMA in classical voice from the University of the Arts and her MFA in acting from Brandeis University where she also had the opportunity to teach movement for the actor under the tutelage of Susan Dibble.  She has performed professionally in NYC and in cities on the east coast.  Recent credits: Working, The Last Five Years, The Fantasticks! (Women’s Theater Company of NJ); The Learned Ladies, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan (photo), The Wizard of Oz, Oliver!, A Christmas Carol and Christmas at Small’s Empire Music Hall (Centenary Stage Company); A Year with Frog and Toad, Mid – Summer Night’s Dream, Junie B. Jones and Suessical 9The Growing Stage Theater Company); 400 Parts per Million, Lying (Blessed Unrest Theater Co. NYC).  Antolini – Lid, has received various honors including “best actress in a professional musical” (broadwayworld.com), “best featured actress in a musical” (Star Ledger 2006); “best comedian in a musical” (Daily Record 2007) and “Hardest working actress in NJ” (Daily Record, 2006); “Best actress in a play” (Daily Record 2015) and the “Jete Award” in 2014.  Recently, Lea traveled to China with international dance company Nai – Ni Chen Dance, to teach dance in a prestigious festival held at Kunming University.  She is also a founding member and managing director of the XY Dance Project a professional dance company in NJ/NY area, with dancer/choreographer Nijawwon Matthews.  Antolini – Lid is a member in training with Blessed Unrest Theater Company in NYC, and a proud member of actors’ equity.

The cast features Centenary University students in all roles from performing to technical and stage management.  NEXTstage Repertory is the all student production company highlighting the close collaboration between the Centenary University Theatre Department and the professionally producing Centenary Stage Company.

Performances for NEXTstage Repertory’s Schoolhouse Rocks Live Jr. run November 2 through the 6 in the Little Theatre located at 400 Jefferson Street on the campus of Centenary University.  Specific performance times are Thursday, November 2 at 7:30PM; Friday, November 3 at 8PM; Saturday, November 4 at 2PM; Sunday, November 5 at 5PM and Monday, November 6 at 7:30PM.  Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to each performance.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2017-2018 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), House of the Good Shepherd and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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