County Prep Theater Arts performs on Broadway!
On Monday May 16, 2016 County Prep Musical Theatre class performed on Broadway at Circle in the Square, as part of their Teens on Broadway Program. Directed by Mrs. Shields, choreographed by Mrs. Warfel-Sandler and under the musical direction of Mr. Chuck Macklin, the students performed excerpts from their winter musical Jekyll & Hyde.
This has been a very unique and rewarding opportunity for the students who were thrilled to perform on the Circle in the Square stage, which is home to Fun Home, this year’s Tony award winner.
About the experience, the students called it “life-changing.” Senior Joshua T. Dunn (role of Utterson), who is going to pursue theatre at Kean University, said “this performance gave me more of a drive to pursue my dreams.” Senior Alexia Velazquez (role of Lucy), who will pursue her theatre studies at Circle in the Square in the fall, said that “it gave us all a taste of what is like to work on Broadway, as far as the experience overall off and on-stage”. Junior Adam Hassan (role of Jekyll/ Hyde), said “it was exhilarating to finally perform on a Broadway stage”. Junior Kaylin Vazquez (Emma) said “it was a wonderful opportunity. I felt particularly moved in my duet with Alexia (Lucy), and I absolutely loved that the audience was so responsive.” All students gave their all in a performance, which was received with roars and applause.
The cast also included Seniors Jose Lupianez, Samantha Killion, Elizabeth Flores, and Gianni Ortega, Junior Alyssa Massa, Sophomores Kyle Velazquez, Matthew Riccardi, and Freshmen Sirena Morales, Jahn Camac, and Robert Delmonte. The show was stage managed by Katherine Castro and Juan Ferreira.
Mrs. Shields would like to thank Mrs. Mendolla and our wonderful administration for helping our program grow and for supporting us in this life-changing theatrical endeavor.