NJCYB Presents a Double Feature

The beloved characters of Beatrix Potter leap off the page and onto the stage in the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet’s production of the Tales of Beatrix Potter. As the curtain opens we are invited to attend a picnic of mice, which is soon disrupted by two troublemakers who invade the basket of goodies, creating havoc and humor for all. Next, there’s Peter Rabbit and his great misfortune when Farmer McGregor catches him in the cabbage patch and as a punishment he takes Peter’s new jacket, using it as a scarecrow. Children and adults will be enthralled by the antics of the Sly Fox who attempts to convince Jemima Puddle Duck to give him her eggs for breakfast, but the Fox is no match for a mother’s love. The Sly Fox is danced by Vitaly Verterich, formerly of the Russian Chamber Ballet Theater, Riverdance on Broadway, and the New Jersey Ballet Company as a soloist.

Making its debut performance is the well-loved ballet Coppelia.  Only second to Nutcracker, this is one of the greatest comic ballets ever produced. A delightful tale that presents a budding romance between two villagers, Franz and Swanilda, alongside the curious workings of their eccentric neighbor Dr. Coppelius, a mad inventor who has taken to creating life-like automatons. Infatuated by the sight of the inventor’s new doll, Franz sneaks into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop, and mayhem, fun, and laughter keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Guest artists include
Narek Martirosyan, performing the role of Dr. Coppelius,  from the Armenian National Ballet Theatre and former principal with The Israel Ballet and New Jersey Ballet Company. Dancing the role of Franz is Leonid Flegmatov who is a graudate from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. Mr. Flegmatov has performed with The Miami City Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, International Ballet Theater, Grand Rapids Ballet, and the New Jersey Ballet.

This performance is a must for all theater lovers age 4 – 104! And if it’s your first ballet, we dare that you love it, or your ticket money back!

Remember, it’s Lincoln Center without the traffic! This performance is funded in part by a grant from the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Performance Date

Sunday, June 5th at 4pm

Tickets Available by Calling 908-850-0709
or at NJSDA Office
400D Valentine Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840


Performance Location

Centenary College
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center

715 Grand Ave.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840


Hackettstown is located in northwest New Jersey at the crossroads of routes 46, 517, and 57.

From Interstate 80 East: Take Exit 19 onto Route 517 South. Proceed five miles to the intersection with Route 46.  Jog across Main Street and continue straight for 7 blocks (the street name is now called “Grand Ave” at this point).   When you come to “Tannery Field” baseball field on the left, you will turn LEFT immediately after the field, into the large 500-space parking lot.  The Lackland Center is the main building in the center of the lot.

From Interstate 80 West: Take Exit 26 onto Route 46 West toward Budd Lake/Hackettstown. Proceed approximately 7 miles. Turn Right onto Route 46/Main Street. Proceed to the traffic light, turn left onto Grand Ave.   Follow Grand Ave for 7 blocks until you come to “Tannery Field” baseball field on the left, you will turn LEFT immediately after the field, into the large 500-space parking lot.  The Lackland Center is the main building in the center of the lot.

From the South: Take the Garden State Parkway or New Jersey Turnpike (I95) to Interstate 287 North. Take Exit 22B Route 206 North. Stay on Route 206 North to Route 80 West. Go one exit to Exit 26 Route 46 West, towards Budd Lake and Hackettstown. Stay on Route 46 West into Hackettstown. Proceed to the center of the town and make a left onto Church Street (one-way street), opposite the Trinity United Methodist Church. Proceed four blocks to the College.

From Philadelphia/Trenton Area: Take Rt. 95 to Route 31 North (Ringoes). Follow to Route 202 North (Flemington) to Route 31 North (Bartles Corners). Follow Route 31 North past Rt. 78 into the town of Washington. Once in Washington, get onto Rt. 57 East (Hackettstown). At the outskirts of Hackettstown, Rt. 57 intersects with Route 183. Turn left onto Rt. 183, and follow to Route 46. Turn Left onto Rt. 46 (Main St. Hackettstown). Proceed to the center of Hackettstown. Turn left onto Church Street (one-way street) opposite Trinity United Methodist Church, and proceed four blocks to Centenary College.