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Centenary Stage Company presents “Rent” as the first show of Summerfest 2022

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originally published: 06/19/2022

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) — Centennial Stage Company and the NEXTStage Repertory are currently in rehearsals for the first production of the Summerfest 2022 main stage, Lease by Jonathan Larson. This show will run July 7-17 at the Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the Centenary University campus at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ. The Bohemian life ! Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical that shaped a generation of viewers and taught us all to measure our love lives.

Located in the East Village of New York, Lease It’s about falling in love, finding your voice and living today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. With rock songs and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

This production of Lease will be led by Lea Antolini-Lid of Centenary Stage Company. Antolini-Lid is the director of CSC’s Young Audience Series and producer of the summer series NEXTStage Repertory, as well as an associate professor of theater arts at Centenary University. Antolini-Lid received her BMA in Classical Voice from the University of the Arts and her Masters in Theater from Brandeis University where she also had the opportunity to teach movement for acting under the tutelage of Susan Dibble. She has performed professionally in New York and cities on the East Coast. Lea traveled to China with Nai – Ni Chen Dance to teach at Kunming University. She is also a founding member and managing director of the XY DANCE PROJECT. Antolini is a member-in-training of the Blessed Unrest Theater Company in New York and a member of the AEA.

The cast includes Centenary University students, CSC alumni and veterans Cody Jackson, James Gerard Russo, Louie Alexander Steele, Stephanie Rosario, Nicole Boscarino, Jonathan Drayton, Na’Jee Tariq, Alneesha Harris, Luis Rodriguez, Danny Sims, Mackenzie Castle, Audrey Jantzen, Mark Squindo, Benedict Dawa-Cross, Lisa Kosak, Emily Kurnides, Jibril Shabazz-Scott, Kylah Wilson, Isaiah Rosario Chagas, Kai Vialva, Kayla Yepez, Kylie Smith, Serena Buchan, Connor McCrea, Olivia Tomlin and Jordan Sievert.

Representations of Lease will be Thursdays July 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays July 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays July 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays July 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be held at the Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the Centenary University campus at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Tickets are $25.50-$29.50 for adults with discounts available for some shows for seniors, students and children. 12 and younger. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at centenarystageco.org or over the phone by calling the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900.

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Centenary Stage Company remains committed to the health and safety of our community and adheres to all requirements established by the State of New Jersey. For more information on CSC’s policies regarding COVID-19 and policy updates, visit centenarystageco.org/faq.

The 2021-22 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, NJ State Council on the Arts, Shubert Foundation, Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, the John and Margaret Post Foundation and CSC corporate sponsors including Platinum Season Sponsor The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center Atlantic Health System, Home Replace Senior Care (Washington) and Fulton Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union members and supporters and Centenary Stage Company.

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