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PVC Students to Perform Aladdin Jr

  PVC Students to Perform Aladdin Jr

PVC Students to Perform Aladdin Jr for Live Audience

This weekend, Pierre Van Cortlandt students will be taking ownership of the CHHS auditorium to perform Aladdin Jr. as their Spring Musical. After all the hard work they put in rehearsing and building the sets, everyone involved is beyond excited to perform in front of a live audience. 

PVC French teacher and co-director Sally Barnes says that theater is a wonderful gift to our community and had this message for the cast and crew: “You have worked hard to be the best you can be! Break a leg, enjoy the performance and SMILE:)”

The students have been working towards this performance since the start of the new year. Rehearsals began in January, and the stage crew began building in late February. Now that the time for the show has come, the students involved have been reflecting on the process of putting the show together.

It feels so satisfying to perform in front of a live audience after all the hard work that leads towards the performance,” said eight grader Romy Files who plays Jasmine. “The best part was getting to work with my other castmates and the stage crew. It's really fun to perform with everyone and work together to make the show great.”

Another eight grade student, Avery Raglsey, who is stage manager for stage left said that she had so much fun working on this show. “I was able to present some of my own creative ideas during set building,” she said. “Then everyone in the stage crew colored in some mandalas.”

Ms. Barnes has served as an assistant or co-director for the PVC spring play for the last 12 years, with eight grade ELA teacher Christina Carmosino joining in 2019 to help with choreography. Both of them are extremely proud of their students’ hard work and can’t wait to see them perform on stage. 

“The musical is so important because it’s open to all students of PVC, so many young people are working together in groupings that are just not possible during the traditional school day,” said Christina. “Students are making new friends and bonding over a shared experience that creates friendships that outlast the production dates.”

Ben Caputo, who is in seventh grade and play Aladdin says that Ms. Barnes and Ms. Carmosino are “the best directors I could ever ask for.” 

“They are always there to support me at the end of the day. As well as how sweet and kind they are, I could’ve never had two better directors, and I can't wait to do more shows in the future,” said Ben.

Ms. Barnes and Ms. Carmosino also extend their sincere thanks to their wonderful creative team including Jack Redsecker (a talented musician who is a former Croton alumnus) and teachers Chase Itter, Marlene Ratliff, Dan Large (retired) and Paula Correale. They are grateful to the PVC administration Michael Plotkin and Lauren Scollins (who served as the former choreographer) for their ongoing support. Lastly, they send a shout out to the parents of the cast and crew who have allowed them to work with their children these past three months. They said: “It has been a true pleasure. We hope that they are inspired to continue in theater as they move through middle school and beyond.”

There will be two performances of Aladdin this weekend, one on Friday, March 25th and one on Saturday, March 26th, both at 7:30 p.m. in the CHHS auditorium. Ticket information can be found online. There will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase at the door on the evening of performances.