Holiday Magic Hits Centenary Stage With “Mary Poppins”

Everyone’s favorite practically-perfect nanny takes flight this holiday season with Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Musical “Mary Poppins,” November 25 through December 11 in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center.  This “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure is an enchanting mixture of unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, stagecraft and a live orchestra.

Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Musical celebrates all of Centenary Stage Company’s programming by combining community members, CSC staff, Centenary University Theatre Department faculty and students, Young Performers Workshop students, and professional guest artists.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, “Mary Poppins” has delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, Poppins must teach the family members how to value each other again.

Boasting a cast of more than 70 performers, “Mary Poppins” is full of local and regional talent.

McKenzie Custin will lead in the role of Mary Poppins, while Hackettstown native Justin Buccitto, an award-winning choreographer, will play cockney-accented Bert. Additional principle cast members are Hackettstown’s Deirdre Worth and Debbie Lockwood, as well as Osborn Focht, Carl Wallnau, Lea Antolini, Jeremy Hilgert, Maria Brodeur, Cara Kramer, Jeff Foote, Megan McGill, James Russo, Donald Danford, and Cindy Livingstone.

Evening performances of “Mary Poppins” are Fridays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, and Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., and Thursdays, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.  Matinee performances are Friday, Nov. 25, Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, and Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 10, and Wednesdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Tickets vary in price depending on the showtime. Matinees and Friday evenings are $27.50 for adults and $22.50 for children under twelve.  Saturday evenings are $30 for adults and $25 for children under twelve.  Thursday evening ticket prices are $27.50 for all seats. Thursday evening is also our Family Night. Enjoy a two for one rush ticket special when tickets are purchased in person at the CSC box office as early as two hours prior to performance time.  Rush ticket offer is not valid for advance ticket sales.

For more information or to purchase tickets for either event, visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979–0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown. The CSC box office is open Monday through Friday from 1–5 p.m. and two hours prior to every performance.

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