Drama Club Newsletter

Winter/Spring 2019

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The Music Man

Our spring musical had a record number of audience members in attendance just shy of 1500 people attended during our three performance run of The Music Man! Thank you for coming out to support 60+ students who were involved in this production. It was a special treat to have 9 students from Kelley School and NMS involved as cast for this show. There were many tears shed at our closing curtain call. The Music Man was one for the memory books!

Rehearsal article from the school website

Article from the school website

Info on the Drama Club website

Article in the Wayne Post

Article in Times of Wayne County

Production Photos

Our resident graphic designer, NHS Senior Liberty Faliveno, gifted this beautiful caricature drawing of our entire cast and crew!

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Bravo to our talented Drama Club members (Ryan Hermenet, Ben Cepulo, Jack Comella)

who created this Music Man Preview Video!


Taking our show on the road...

For the first time, we took our cast of The Music Man to visit some of the elementary schools. We were excited to share snippets from our show with future Drama Club members!

Field Trip to NYSTEA Student Conference

January 11, 12, and 13, Drama Club members Isabella Bailey, Jaston Brooks, Isabelle Figueroa, Anisha Stallworth, and Medina VanDuyne, along with Drama Club advisor Emily Howard, attended the New York State Theatre Education Association's annual Student Conference. This was Newark's first time experience at the 3 day, 2 night conference with 700+ theatre students from around New York State! Our students participated in classes on audition techniques, dance (ballet, swing, Broadway, and auditions!), makeup, improv, character development, creating theatre and so much more! Students also attended a College Fair specifically designed for performing arts students. Our seniors also were able to audition for several colleges right during the conference. Other activities included a dance, rock climbing, swimming, snow tubing, and a attending a performance of student written pieces.

Our students shared their thoughts on the experience:

  • "The conference really gets you out of your comfort zone. I feel like it made me a different person because I learned so many new things."
  • "Always say 'yes' when you’re given the chance to take a risk. Even though you may have little vampires in your head reminding you of everything that could go wrong, don’t be afraid of failure and take a risk. It could lead to victory."
  • "The conference reminded me to be brave in everything that I do."
  • "It's a great learning experience especially if you want to go into musical theatre or something similar."

We received official approval to attend again January 10-12, 2020! Miss. Howard can bring 10 students (in grades 10-12). If you are interested, let her know. If more than 10 are interested we will have an application process. Want more info? Check out our website.

Spotlight on...our new spotlight!

Thanks to Mr. Miller and the Grant Department, the Drama Club is the proud owner of a brand new spotlight! Such a beauty!
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Working with the next generation...

High school Drama Club members are playing a huge role in the NMS Musical - James and the Giant Peach, Jr.! High school helpers are assisting at rehearsals - learning choreography alongside our MS students, serving as mentors and someone who can help a younger actor rehearse lines, choreo, or lyrics! High school students are also taking leadership in the design of the production elements - props, costumes, lights, and sound. We look forward to sharing this production with our community Friday April 26 at 7PM and Saturday 27 at 2PM! Tickets $3 at the door!

Coming Soon!

30 Drama Club members are traveling to NYC April 5-7! We have a jam packed itinerary which features TWO Broadway shows (The Prom and Come From Away), a Broadway Classroom Workshop (to learn a song and choreography from The Prom!), a tour of Lincoln Center, Top of the Rock and lots of great sightseeing!

Newark Middle School presents James and the Giant Peach, Jr. April 26 at 7:00pm and April 27 at 2:00pm!

Participation in the RBTL Stars of Tomorrow Gala May 16 and the Wayne Arts Elenbe Ceremony May 28!

One Act committee is in planning process! Stay tuned to see our Student Produced One Act most likely in May!

End of the year celebration for HS Drama Club Members - Friday June 7! Competition, food, and dancing!


Drama Club will always accept donations! Items we generally use for most shows:

  • Painting Supplies: black paint, white paint, paint brushes, rollers, tarp/paint drops, tape - duct, gaff, spike
  • Costume Building Supplies: bolts of fabric or large pieces of scrap fabric, elastic, Velcro, other sewing items
  • Costume Pieces: wigs, hats, men's black dress shoes, women's black or tan character shoes
  • YOUR SEWING or BUILDING or PAINTING SKILLS! Ever want to help out? Connect with us!

Have something else you think we could use? Let us know! Thank you!


If you have something to share in a future newsletter (current students or alum) please contact us! Emily.Howard@newarkcsd.org

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