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Cranford Mother and Daughter Sing in Paper Mill's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

Credits: Paper Mill Playhouse


CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford mother and daughter duo, Maureen Monroe and Eilidh Brady are currently a part of the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, singing in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” In conclusion of a two part series, TapintoCranford spoke with Brady.

Brady, whose first name Eilidh is Gaelic for Eileen, grew up in Cranford and is currently a freshman at Cranford High-School. For as long as she can remember she has loved singing and performing. Brady said,” I enjoy learning about music, performing, I love how the music sounds.”  One of her favorite memories is when she was cast as Belle in OAS’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Brady recalls, “It was so much fun, I was with my friends, it was a fun role and the music was pretty.”

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Brady’s biggest influences are her mother and her older sister. Her mom is a vocal coach, who Brady credits with teaching her. “I like being from a family that does music, I have a lot to learn but it’s fun to do it with family.” Her favorite memory with her sister, is when she had the opportunity to sing with her in concert choir at the high-school. It’s tradition to have a sibling who sang in the choir in the past, join the current choir on stage.

“They are amazing,” Brady said of Candace Wicke, DMA, Founder, President and Executive Director of the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus and BA Hoffman, Paper Mill’s musical director, Brady continued, “I love learning the music from them and I am so excited to have it up on stage.”

As for future plans, “I would like to pursue a career in music,” Brady stated. She plans to attend college to study music and perhaps psychology, she is still uncertain. Currently she is focused on school and the musical production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

The choir’s website states, “The Continuo Arts Foundation, New Jersey’s most comprehensive intergenerational choral program and Paper Mill Playhouse, one of the country’s premier not-for-profit theaters have partnered for Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which selected members of the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus will be featured as the on-stage choir in the musical’s United States premiere.”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame runs through April 5 at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

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