Verona Kids Star In Caldwell Show


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Sean McGinley as Tevye singing "If I Were a Rich Man"

Whether you’re spending spring break near or far, this might be a fun way to end the week: Watching two Verona High School students perform in Fiddler on the Roof.

Sean McGinley will have the featured role of Tevye, the milkman. Michael Hardenberg is cast as Fyedka, a young Russian farmer. The musical will be performed on Friday through Sunday, April 30 to May 2, at The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell. The show is directed by Verona resident Barbara Piercy, who most recently was the music director for the H.B. Whitehorne spring musical, Seussical Jr. Professional dancer and Verona resident Adriana Piercy is the choreographer.

Michael Hardenberg as Fyedka with West Caldwell resident Kelly Stein as Chava

Admission is by a suggested donation of $10.  The church is located in Caldwell at 326 Bloomfield Avenue.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, and 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. Further information is available at 973-228-0310.

The cast consists of over 60 members of the church’s two youth choirs, grades 6 through 12.  The young people have been rehearsing since September, assisted by coaches, costume designers, lighting designers, prop masters, sound technicians, musicians, and many more.

The performances in Caldwell follow a weeklong tour to Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois, during which the young people presented the musical in several churches in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Chicago. Tours in previous years have taken the group to cities such as Montréal, Seattle, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and London, with shows including Godspell, Children of Eden, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.


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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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