ELIZABETH—Benedictine Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Elizabeth, will present a Christmas musical, “Christmas Para Todos” (“Christmas for Everyone”), Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. The production will feature singing, acting and dancing.
Liz McConahay Wanfried, a veteran Broadway actress who is managing the academy’s theatre arts program, is producing and directing the performance, which she wrote specifically for the school. New York actress Danielle Chambers will appear in the role of “Mom.”
Students from the Academy have been rehearsing since early November. “They are thrilled to be able to do another production,” Wanfried said. “They’ve worked incredibly hard, and they absolutely shine in this piece,” she noted.
The production, a story about the meaning of Christmas, “will feature music ranging from classic choral to traditional to modern day pop and hip hop,” according to Wanfried. “The music is sung in five languages,” she added. The producer/director has added some innovative dimensions to the performance thanks to the assistance of several Broadway, theatre and film allies.”
Gary Schreiner, who has a background in film scoring, music production and composing, has helped compose a soundtrack the girls can absolutely relate too,” Wanfried explained. “The contemporary setting and orchestrations allow the audience to experience Christmas from the points of view of some of the very diverse teenagers. We believe, kids and parents alike will take a lot from this production,” she added.
The school is located at 840 North Broad Street in Elizabeth. Tickets for the production are $15 for adults and $7 for students (with ID) and senior citizens. For more information or for tickets, call 1-908-352-0670, ext. 105.
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