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Winter Performance Recap

We have had a wonderful December full of exciting performances for both our dance and theater students. Our many performers ranged in age and experience from four year-olds in their first production to seasoned professional adults!

Aladdin KIDS!

On December 3rd our young performers ages 4-7 performed Aladdin KIDS at the St. Matthews stage in Hoboken. Directors Mari Linder, Jackie Mercandetti, and Erin Murray Quinlan directed a show-stopping performance with lots of fun choreography and singing. Highlights included ‘Arabian Nights’, ‘One Jump’ and of course ‘A Whole New World’! Congratulations to the entire cast on a fantastic performance.

A Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 4th the Acting Initiative performed an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story ‘A Christmas Carol’. The ensemble flexed their acting muscles through playing multiple parts, developing unique characters for each one. Steven Schmidt played the iconic role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Congratulations to the cast and director Anne Brummel on their dynamic and compelling production!

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

This summer we were honored to be chosen as the host school for the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performance in Wayne, NJ!

On September 27th Ballerina Olga Aru came to Garden Street to host auditions and cast performers in the roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian Variations. Those cast went on to rehearse with Olga for a week, leaning the choreography to the show. Students rehearsed under the direction of Garden Street instructors Jacqui Dean, Ju Yeun Lee, and Joanna Barry for 10 weeks from September to December.

On December 8th the 25 dancers, featuring our outstanding students, performed alongside The Moscow Ballet to a sold out crowd at William Paterson University. The 10 hour day included costume fittings, a photo session, and rehearsal with the cast prior to the performance.

We could not be prouder of the excellent work of our dancers onstage! Congratulations to everyone involved!

To see more about the audition process check out the video made by William Paterson University here:

Christmas Spectacular Field Trip

Garden Street Student Finn Douglas currently stars as Ben in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! Finn performs daily (sometimes 3 performances in a day!) to audiences with 6,000 people. We coordinated a special field trip for Garden Street students to see Finn in his production on November 27th. The kids had so much fun watching Finn in the show and meeting him at the stage door afterwards! Congratulations Finn!

Christmas from the Emerald Isle with McLean Avenue Band

This past Sunday, December 18th, our Advanced Irish Step performed with instructor Joanna Barry’s dance group Emerald Fire in a special Holiday performance.

The show featured Irish music, song, and dance. Our students were honored to be a part of the exciting show and to perform alongside their instructor at the Shea Center for the Performing Arts.