Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Fly, Thrill Crowds in Tarzan

Billy Nolan of Colonia and Mairead Forrest of Parlin starred in Tarzan

Billy Nolan of Colonia and Mairead Forrest of Parlin starred in Tarzan (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — Seventy-three students from the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison contributed to a successful four-show run of Tarzan from March 7-10.

The show featured 11 different students flying across the stage and more than 1,200 patrons attended. Director Becky Randazzo, music director Sharon Byrne and co-producer Allyson Schieve assembled a talented cast and crew.

Billy Nolan of Colonia and Mairead Forrest of Parlin starred in the lead roles of Tarzan and Jane, respectively. Other major characters who dazzled on the stage included Neelam Patel of Edison, Alex Barbet of Plainfield, Harry T. Osborne of Plainfield, Julia Linger of Cranford, Michael Olano of South Plainfield, Claude Djan of Scotch Plains, Noah Fischer of Parsippany, Antonia Santangelo of Rahway, Josh Marseille of Linden and Nick Davis of Union.

Ensemble cast members include Dana Afflu of Edison, Steven Bessette of Scotch Plains, Aaliah Burney of Sewaren, Cecily D’Amore of Scotch Plains, Stan DeLaurentiis of Plainfield, Dazlyn Erachshaw of Iselin, Connor Forrest of Parlin, Katelyn Gadek of Perth Amboy, Karolyn Gonzalez of Plainfield, Lily Helander of Westfield, Victoria Howell of Piscataway, Lara Jasti of Colonia, Lauren Kisare of Bridgewater, Kelly Lawrence of Scotch Plains, Caroline McNamara of Westfield, Huma Naqvi of Carteret, Haley Needle of Scotch Plains, Carlin Schildge of Westfield, Tal Sherman of Plainfield, Charlotte Sweeney of Cranford, Emily Wexler of Scotch Plains and Lauren Yates of Piscataway.

“The 73 members of our cast and crew did a wonderful job during our run of Tarzan! Some of my favorite memories from the show were the first rehearsal with flying where the cast “got the giggles out” and seeing the cast and crew’s smiling faces during the curtain call at each of our four performances,” Mrs. Byrne said. “I am particularly proud of the lead’s vocal development during this production. They all worked very hard in voice lessons with me throughout the rehearsal process and some fought through illness during the performances like professional singers. Congratulations to the cast and crew!”

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