Saturday, February 23, 2019

Local talent is shining in CSC's 'An Enemy of the People'

Local talent is shining in the current professional Equity production of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” at the Centenary Stage Company. Young performers Dominick Lusardi, of Blairtown, NJ, and Finley Vaniman, of Great Meadows, are performing as the children of Dr. Tom Stockman, who discovers pollution in the waters that feed the town’s new, highly successful spa.  

Lusardi and Vaniman are no strangers to performance, having honed some craft at their young ages (Lusardi is 11 years old, Vaniman is 9) through their studies with the Centenary Stage’s Young Performers Workshop.

Dominick, who plays Ejlif in the play,  is a 6th grader at Blairstown Elementary.  He has already been in numerous shows with roles such as Oliver in “Oliver!” at Roy’s Hall, Sid Sawyer in Tom Sawyer, The Wiz, and Charlotte’s Web in CSC’s Young Performers Workshop productions, Tommy in The Music Man at Blairstown Elementary, and a Brooklyn Newsie in the CSC mainstage holiday musical production of Newsies.   Dominick says that this has been a positive experience for him, says his mother, Jennifer Ludardi. “When you find something you love, you must take it and run with it. Take every opportunity that exists” the young thespian said.   His future education plans are to go to a performing arts school to study acting. 

Finley Vaniman is a student at Liberty Elementary School.   “It's been fun! I met all these people, and the lines are fun,” says Finley, who plays “Morten” in the production.  “I got interested in theater because I've always liked dancing - I would dance for no reason at all as a baby just because I loved to do it.  My mom heard about the Young Performers Workshop and I joined that. That program has pushed me very hard but its been worth it. And now I'm in An Enemy of the People and it's great. I feel like I've had great experiences and I'm excited about what's to come next!"    Finley’s credits include the role of Tiny Tim in Christmas is Comin’ Uptown, Bert in All My Sons, and various roles in Charlotte’s Web and Damn Yankees, in the Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop program.

An Enemy of the People runs until March 3rd at the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM, with a Wed, Feb 27 matinee performance at 2 PM.  Tickets are $25.00  for matinee, $27.50 for Friday evenings and $29.50 Saturday evenings, with discounts for students. NEW:  Every Friday night is “Student Rush” night, where any student from any school will be admitted for $5. at the door.  Thursdays are “Family nights” with two-for-one rush ticket price on the $27.50 ticket, available at 5:30 pm on performance night.   Tickets are available online at or through the box office at  (908) 979 – 0900.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events 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 and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), 

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