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PV Theatre Alumni Show Support for Little Mermaid Cast and Crew at First "Family Reunion"

Valley Echo

Olivia Manfredo ‘20

3 June 2020 

On Friday, May 15th, PV Theatre and Summer Theatre alumni came together to produce PV’s very first Theatre Family Reunion. The event, live streamed on Facebook, featured 42 alumni along with three current and three former PV Theatre staff. Participants provided support and performed for the Class of 2020 and cast of The Little Mermaid.

PV Theatre Family Reunion

The PV Theatre Family Reunion, which was rebroadcast as a part of PV's June Events, was produced by alumni Nicholas Juzdan '11 and Alexa Arrabito '10. “We wanted to give the Class of 2020 some support as we know they could not perform their show this spring,” said Juzdan. “This is a family like no other. We hope people will watch this and be motivated to reach out to their own communities and share kindness and love.” 

During the reunion, “the people who submitted videos sang some of their favorite songs, danced, and talked about memories of their time with PV Theatre,” said Director of The Little Mermaid, Ms. Jennifer Shue. The performances and words of wisdom provided plenty of laughs, tears, and appreciation from current and graduating theater students.

“I loved seeing Alex Sanchez, Seda Akman, and Francesca Carr. I haven’t seen them in so long, and it was a great surprise to have them be a part of it,” said senior Mark Huggins.

Ms. Shue opened the reunion and, to close the event, Broadway star and former PV Theatre member, Jess Leprotto, performed a musical number from his home. “He danced and sang, and it really felt like we were watching a musical number from a show!” said Mia Preziosi '20. 

Little Mermaid Preview

Even though the Little Mermaid cast are currently unable to perform their spring musical, students really enjoyed this event, as it was a lovely tribute to all they have accomplished in this program. “While it really does hurt that our performance has been postponed for so long, this was a beautiful way to help us remember what we love about the program”, says Preziosi.

This event made each student know that they are special and remembered, especially during times like these. Theatre Directors, Ms. Jennifer Shue and Ms. Caren Atamian really care about their students, past and present. "I count on all of my students as my children, and I couldn't be more proud of all their accomplishments, both big and small. even outside the arts,” said Ms. Atamian. 

The Theatre Department would love to have this reunion annually as it was a wonderful success. “This was the most beautiful thing. I've worked with PV Theatre for my entire career, and the program and the students hold a special place in my heart,” said Ms. Shue.