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Centenary Stage Company’s NEXTStage Repertory welcomes over 100 high school students to Romeo and Juliet performance

Free performance is a benefit of the Centenary University High School Dual Enrollment Program

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Centenary Stage Company’s NEXTStage Repertory recently announced their production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet adapted by Stephen Michael Davis.

On Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 10:00 a.m., there will be a special presentation to 100 high school students from partner schools followed by lunch in the Lackland Center.

High school students from Hudson County Technical School, Morris County Academy, Warren County Vo-Tech, and Union County College are part of the Centenary University high school dual enrollment program.

Centenary University’s high school dual enrollment program is designed to allow students to earn undergraduate credits while still in high school. Our courses are offered at extremely competitive prices and application fees are waived.

Students may take courses on the Centenary campus or are taught by the high school faculty, in concert with our faculty, to provide both quality and economy.

Centenary University Theatre students bring Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers to life at Centenary Stage Company’s Little Theatre. Possibly one of William Shakespeare’s most well known stories, Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tragedy where two young people fall in love but are doomed.

It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud, and the tragic ending seems almost inevitable. Romeo and Juliet was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed.

The cast of Romeo and Juliet is made up entirely of Centenary University theatre students. The cast for this production includes: Kayla Yepez as Juliet, Danny Paternina as Romeo, Kylie Smith as Nurse, Madison Rhine as Benvolio, James Brandes as Mercutio/Page/Prince, Mark Squindo as Friar Laurence/Sampson, Christopher Rice as Tybalt, Jerry Caviston as Lord Capulet, Viviana Mendez as Lady Capulet/Apothecary, Robert Costa as Lord Montague/Peter, Gabrielle Provini as Lady Montague/Rosalind/Nurse Standby, Jacoby Stewart as Paris/Abram, Osaivbie Igiebor as Friar John/Gregory, and Evan Flick as Baltzar/Peter Standby.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at 908-979-0900. The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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