St. Mary’s Students Dazzle With Fall Musical

St. Mary’s Students Dazzle With Fall Musical

This past weekend, the Performing Arts program at St. Mary’s High School presented “May the Schwartz Be With You,” a musical tribute to the works of composer Steven Schwartz, known for such works as Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Children of Eden, The Prince of Egypt, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Students in grades 9-12 performed songs from many of Schwartz’ plays and movies. Through song and dance, they demonstrated the breadth of their dedication, talent, and devotion to the arts. 

 

Although the play featured works from many Schwartz musicals, “Pippin,” “Godspell,” “Wicked,” and the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” were given particular emphasis. A few highlights (among many incredible performances) in Act 1 included “Magic To Do” and “On the Right Track” from Pippin, “We Beseech Thee” and “All For The Best” from Godspell, “Neat To Be a Newsboy” from Working, “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, and “There Can Be Miracles” from The Prince of Egypt. Act 2 began spotlighting Wicked with songs such as “For Good” and “Defying Gravity.” Other notable numbers included “The Hardest Part of Love” and “Ain’t It Good” from Children of Eden and “The Bells of Notre Dame” and “God Help the Outcast” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

 

The students of St. Mary’s should be proud of their accomplishments. Audiences at each performance were enthralled by their poise and talent. Noted soloists included seniors John Amico, Jacqueline Doody, and Melanie Henderson, juniors Ariana Barlas, Charlie Strecker, and Branch Worsham, sophomores Rainer De Lalio, Alisha Gregory, and Spencer O’Reilly, and freshmen Diana-Abasi Archibong, Alessandra Barlas, and Amber Collazo. Spencer O’Reilly, Katelyn Pecoraro, and Oscar Tang punctuated the show with humorous commentary which also provided useful information about upcoming numbers. Students also personalized the show with a few sly references to St. Mary’s, adding to the levity and excitement. 

 

“May the Schwartz Be With You” was produced in partnership with the Josephine Foundation and directed by Mr. Andrew Joseph Koslosky, with musical direction by Patrick White, choreography by Richard Masin and Alyssa Pitaluga, and assisted by Kelsey Gronda.

 

Congratulations to the students of St. Mary’s for putting on such a fantastic performance! To see more photos from the show, click here