Two different plays will be taking center stage at the Centenary Stage Company this month: “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily” kicks off this Friday, Oct. 7, and runs through Oct. 23 as part of the Professional Theater Series, while “Miss Nelson has a Field Day” is the next scene-stealer in the Young Audience Series, running the weekend of Oct. 15-17.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mastermind detective is brought to life in this clever play, which imagines what would happen if Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Oscar Wilde teamed up to solve a mystery. The play is written by Katie Forgette.
When Wilde brings celebrated actress Lillie Langrty to Baker Street, Holmes and Watson must foil a plot that threatens not only the English Crown but Holmes’ own life as he faces off against his arch nemesis, “The Napoleon of Crime.” As the mystery unfolds, comedy ensues as Holmes works diligently to solve the case, going so far as to disguise himself as an early version of Lady Bracknell from Wilde’s latest play, “The Importance of Being Forthright,” while Watson falls head-over-heels for the Jersey Lily, and a wicked professor attempts to bring the Crown to its knees.
Performances are Thursdays, Oct. 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays Oct. 7, 14, and 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 8, 15, and 22 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, Oct. 9, 16, and 23 at 2 p.m.; and Wednesdays, Oct. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Centenary Stage Company is also offering buffet matinees for groups of 25 or more on Wednesdays October 12 and 19. All performances are located in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center.
Tickets run $17.50 to $27.50 with discounts for students, children under 12, and Centenary Alumni.
The second in a series of delightful “Miss Nelson” plays, “Miss Nelson has a Field Day” is a singing, dancing, football-in-slow-motion extravaganza that includes all the favorite original characters. The Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game, or even scored a single point, and Coach Armstrong goes bonkers. Miss Nelson decides to help out. She enlists Coach Viola Swamp to whip the team into shape and save the day. The play is adapted from the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, with book, lyrics and music by Joan Cushing.
Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Performances will be Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m., and Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets for either event, visit centenarystageco.org 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.