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Monday, June 13, 2016

Not too late to join CSC's Young Performers Summer Workshop

Centenary Stage Company is still accepting applicants for exciting educational Summer Programs. Keeping in the tradition of cultivating and nurturing young artists Centenary Stage Company’s summer programs include the critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop Summer Intensive and TYRO I and II. 

Registration continues for Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop Summer Intensive. The program runs July 11 through August 14, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The Summer Intensive culminates with a Summer Festival of Shows with performances August 8 through 14. Registration is $995 per student. Registration deadline is June 27, 2016. A $75 Non-refundable registration fee is due upon registering and will be applied towards tuition. Tuition must be paid by July 1. A $30 late fee will be applied to all registrations received after JUNE 30. No student will be allowed to participate in orientation without a paid registration. 

There are NO payment plans. Students may withdraw after the third class day with a 75% refund. There are NO refunds for any reason after the first week. To register interested applicants must contact the CSC box office directly and all new applicants are required to complete an interview process with program director, Michael Blevins. Interviews will be scheduled on a case by case basis. 

To register and schedule an interview please contact the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The initial interview will cover in detail commitment level, previous training experience, applicant goals and expectations. Parent questions and concerns will also be addressed. 

All students are accepted into the program. Auditions are held the first day to determine vocal and dance skill level. Students will be placed in the appropriate class level based upon audition status and will perform in the Summer Festival of Shows. 

The YPW Summer Intensive is a 5-week program designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced performers interested in working in the theatre. The hands-on program utilizes both the classroom and the “production process” to train young people in the theatre arts. The program includes the production of musicals and one-act plays. 

The workshop director is Broadway, film and TV veteran Michael Blevins (see bio below). Once registered, students are guaranteed a part in at least one production and, depending on ability, experience, desire and commitment level, could feasibly appear in more than one production. Classes are broken up by age and ability. Students participate in a wide variety of subjects including radio and television production. No experience is necessary. 

Led by CSC Education Director Maria Brodeur, The TYRO Theatre Program provides an introduction to theatre skills and performance for children. As part of the Centenary Stage Company’s mission to introduce and develop arts in education within the community, Tyro I and II is a two-week theatre arts program meeting Monday through Friday and running July 11 – 22. The program is designed specifically for young thespians ages 6—11 years of age. Using structured theatre activities which focus on expression, confidence building and fun, young thespians will learn acting games and demonstrate improvisations inspired by fairy tales and folk tales. 

Tuition for the two-week program is $200 per student. TYRO I is designed for ages 6—8 years old and will meet 9:30am - 12:00pm and TYRO II is developed for ages 9—11 years old and will meet 1:00pm - 3:30pm. Registration deadline is June 27, 2016. 

For more information regarding summer programs offered at Centenary Stage Company visit or call the CSC box office directly at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm. The box office is located in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ

Michael Blevins - Director of YPW

Michael Blevins (Young Performers Workshop Director) attended the University of North Carolina, majoring in theatre and dance. He continued his studies in the performing arts at New York University.
He has appeared in several Broadway productions including Bring Back Birdie, Neil Simon's Little Me, and The Tap Dance Kid in which he created the role of Winslow Alexander. He has appeared in the Tony Awards Show, as well as many other television shows, feature films and TV commercials, is widely known for his portrayal of Mark in Sir Richard Attenborough's film A Chorus Line, and is also featured in Chaplin. He is also the director of the new Musical Theatre Works Academy.
He has worked with many noted directors and choreographers, among them Danny Daniels, Bob Fosse, Woody Allen, Vivian Matalon, Joe Layton, Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Peter Gennaro. He has choreographed music videos for Amy Grant, five national commercials as well as the off- Broadway production of The Mad Forrest, and his own show, the Musical Count to Ten at New York's Musical Theatre Works.

photos by Bob Eberle

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