New Jersey Ballet to return to Lackland Center

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HACKETTSTOWN — The New Jersey Ballet returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center for an exciting weekend of Dance. On Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. in the Sitnik Theatre the New Jersey Ballet presents an evening of romance, sword fighting, and witches with Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth. Based on Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, Romeo & Juliet tells the tale of young lovers torn apart by family rivalries. Critics have called this ballet “a striking one-act classic” and “a gem.” NJB dancers will also perform excerpts from Shakespeare’s towering tragedy, Macbeth, based on the version by Vladimir Vasiliev with music by Kirill Mochanov. An expanded staging of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. More scenes. More characters. More dancing. And witches.

Then on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. the New Jersey Ballet continues the weekend to present their family favorite Sleeping Beauty in the Sitnik Theatre. This production is the full-length classical ballet that has drawn people to ballet for more than 100 years. Sleeping Beauty delivers high drama, tender romance, spectacular dancing and glorious Tchaikovsky music. The stage is filled with familiar characters including Princess Aurora, the Handsome Prince, the King and Queen and their splendid Royal Court, as well as characters from the fairy realm including the Lilac Fairy, the wicked Carabosse, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood, the Blue Bird and the Enchanted Princess. New Jersey Ballet’s troupe of international artists brings the story to life with elaborate pantomime and glorious dancing in a magical fairytale castle, with phantasmagorical costumes straight out of an old storybook illustration.

On Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m., Darrah Carr Dance presents Ceilidh: An Evening of Irish Music and Dance in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Since 1998, the Bessie Award nominated company Darrah Carr has brought a bold new twist to conventional Irish dance. Artistic Director Darrah Carr has also created a sensational and unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance she calls ModERIN: a playful combination of the words modern (dance) and ERIN (an Irish American reference to Ireland) This mixed repertoire program of traditional Irish music and dance include featured cast members Billy Elliot star Trent Kowalik and longtime Riverdance cast member Timothy Kochka. The programs have a live music component and feature champion Irish sTep dancers who have garnered awards at numerous competitions on both the national and international circuit.

The 2018–19 dance events conclude with MOE-TION Dance Theatre on Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Established in 2007, moe-tion dance theater is a contemporary modern dance company based in New Jersey. Under the artistic direction of Maureen Glennon, the company is dedicated to experimenting and creating new forms of expression. The company enjoys collaborating together, creating new work that speaks to each one of the dancers. Maureen is honored to have a company of dancers who are dedicated, creative, funny, inspiring and willing to do anything that she asks, Moe-tion dance theater, known for their diverse repertory and site-specific work, has performed at numerous festivals, showcases and venues throughout the tri-state area.

The Centenary Stage Company 2018–19 season of events are now available for purchase to Season Producers and Flex Pass holders only. Season Producer package offers patrons admission into 16 events during the CSC 2018 – 19 season (excluding NJYCB Nutcracker). Benefits of becoming a Season Producer include: advance season renewal with preferred seating selection, no restrictions on date/time of performance selection, discounted tickets and no order, exchange or mailing fees. Season Producer package is $250 for single patron and $400 for two patrons. Centenary Stage Company also offers a variety of Flex Pass options: Pick 6 (Any 6 events) for $150 per patron, Theatre Pass (4 Equity Theatre Events) for $100.00 per patron, Take 3 (Any 3 events) for $85.00 per patron. CSC’s Flex Pass options exclude the Curtain Up! gala, Nutcracker. Flex Passes provide patrons with discount ticket prices and the convenience of purchasing tickets at any time for each event.

For more information regarding any of the 2018 – 19 series of events visit or call the CSC box office by phone at (908) 979 – 0900. The Centenary Stage Company box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ in residency on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

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