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            BLACKWOOD, NJ ( a summer filled with delightful entertainment in Mainstage Center for the Arts’ 31st season featuring High School Musical, Jr.; CinderellaGetting to Know version Entertainmentfor young audiences; Frozen, Jr.; School House Rock, Jr.; and a community theatre production of the Broadway hit, The Drowsy Chaperone. The season is sponsored by AP Construction and William Penn Bank.

The performances kick off July 10-12 with High School Musical, Jr. where the kids from East High navigate their way through the second half of the year – musicals, basketball, scholastic decathlon, and relationships until the last day of school and “Summertime.” High School MusicalJr. is sponsored by 1st Colonial Community Bank, Bowman & Co, and Ryan Banksy Expert Tree Service. Then a princess in the making meets her prince charming in Cinderella, July 17-19, sponsored by the Bank of Princeton, The Meadows Diner, and the Lamp Post Diner.  Next, sister princesses Elsa and Anna discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood in Frozen, Jr., July 24-26, sponsored by the Lamp Post Dinner, Meadows Diner, Precision Power Wash, Republic Bank, and McGuinness Funeral home. The Children’s Theatre season ends with the iconic stories from the Saturday-morning cartoon pop culture phenomenon, School House Rock, Live! Jr., July 31 – August 1. School House Rock, Live! Jr. is sponsored by Ocean First Bank, Two Two Creative, and Precision Powerwash.

“What an enchanting Children’s Theatre season we have planned. Little ones will be mesmerized by the magic of Cinderella and Frozen, Jr. while audiences will find themselves singing along with the songs from High School Musical, Jr. and School House Rock, Live! Jr,” said Anne Marie Weaver, Mainstage Director of Special Projects.

            Along with the Children’s Theatre season, Mainstage presents its community theatre production, The Drowsy Chaperone, July 20, 21, 26, and 27, sponsored by William Penn Bank.Winner of five Tony Awards, this show within a show features a Broadway fan listening to his favorite recording of a 1928 musical. The music comes to life mixing in a couple on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, gangsters posing as pastry chefs, and more to create an evening of madcap delight!

In addition, the youngest Summer Stage participants, Broadway Babies (entering kindergarten and first grade), Musical Theatre KIDZ (entering second and third grades) and Apprentice(entering fourth and fifth grades) also receive the opportunity to perform. Apprentice campers will present an original musical revue based on a special family trip on Sunday, August 4, 7 pm.Broadway Babies and Kids Stuff will present musical revues on July 14 and August 3, both at 2 pm. Finally, the Video Film Production students will present their own original short films in a Film Premier, Friday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m.


High School Musical - Mainstage kicks of the season with High School Musical, Jr. They last presented this version of the show in 2009. This year's director, Lindsay Deal portrayed Kelsi Neilson.


        Ticket prices for the Children’s Theatre productions are $11 for senior citizens/students and $12 for adults. While tickets for The Drowsy Chaperone, are $15 senior citizens/students and $18 for adults. Group rates are available. All productions take place in Camden County College’s Dennis Flyer Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (856) 227-3091.


Mainstage Center for the Arts, located at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ is committed to make the arts experience enjoyable for all its patrons. In an effort to make the shows, concerts, events, workshops, classes, and offices accessible to as many as possible, Mainstage offers many services for patrons requiring assistance. For anyone in need of assistance, please notify the office at 856-227-3091 at the time of purchasing tickets, or at least five days prior to the event you are attending.

            Mainstage Center for the Arts, the parent program for Summer Stage, is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization committed to providing a creative, vibrant, and nurturing environment for youth and adults.  This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.