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Read All About It: PVC Students Give an Unforgettable Performance of Newsies Jr.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It: PVC Students Give an Unforgettable Performance of Newsies Jr. 

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School has chosen Newsies Jr. for its annual musical performance, co-directed by English Teacher, Christina Carmosino and French teacher, Sally Barnes. The show is running March 22-23 at Croton Harmon High School.

Preparing for the show takes months, and there are always challenges to overcome, including a tight timeline to “make magic happen” as Mrs. Barnes put it. Whether it was practicing lines, choreography or just getting in and out of your costumes quickly (choreography of sorts some might say), each student worked hard and supported each other along the way. “Theater is a place where new friendships are forged between students of all ages and grades,” said Mrs. Barnes.

Eight-grader Grace Geren earned the role of Katherine Plumber, an ambitious young reporter trying to make a name for herself. Similar to her character, Grace shared that preparing for Newsies Jr. has been a “journey” of gaining confidence in herself. “I really love theater so I put a lot of passion into this. I think it’s allowed me to become more confident in my singing abilities, and learn new things that I didn't know I could do,” she said.

Businessman Joseph Pulitzer is played by seventh-grader, Quinn Kelley. He talked about being excited for his first big role and working his way up in the theater, starting as part of the ensemble in previous productions. Quinn also shared that he “auditioned specifically for the role of Joseph Pulitzer because the villains are always the best characters.” 

Jack Kelly, the charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies is played by eighth-grader Jimmy DeLeon. Jimmy’s advice for anyone who wants to get into the theater, but is a little nervous? “Just do it! Nothing can go wrong. It’s really fun, everyone is nice and helpful,” he said Grace shared a similar sentiment adding, “Theater is a really welcoming place, there’s a spot for everyone.”

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for putting together an outstanding performance and making new friends, and special memories along the way.