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It’s Tech Week for Shrek The Musical Jr Opening at Nutley High School Friday Night

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Kaitlyn Gibney, Olivia Grzywinski, Ava Algieri - as Young Fiona, Fiona, Teen Fiona Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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Parent volunteer completing stage set build. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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Nutley High School Graduate, Ciara Helver assisting with scenery. Studying Lighting and Scenic Design at Marymount Manhattan College, she is still happy to lend a helping hand. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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With daughters Anna and Kimberly in the show and a long history of drama participation themselves, Dawn and Michael Rabbia help with props when not assisting as stage crew. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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A team effort - with choreographer Julia Aiello (not pictured) on the main stage, Gianna McNulty and Alyanna Maglaqui practice with younger cast members. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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12 year old Suhayla Salcedo utilizes some down time to study. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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First time in full make-up and costume, Suhayla Salcedo as the Wicked Witch Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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Two cast members observing and waiting for their cues. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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Two performers prep for their roles as Teen Fiona and Young Fiona Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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During tech week the stage manager works with performers as well as lighting, sound and stage crews to ensure timings and bring cohesion to the entire production. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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Fast friends, fourth graders from different Nutley Elementary Schools enjoy some time together before getting into costume. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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Three Blind Mice - Samuel Guanzon, Lincoln Boyes, Alexandra Amiths Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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At the start of tech week no issue is too small, big or green to address with Director Jim Miles. Credits: Jenny Boyes / TAPinto Nutley
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NUTLEY, NJ - With opening curtain just days away all hands were on deck during the weekend for the official start of tech week for Shrek The Musical JR. The Nutley Parks and Recreation production will have two 7:30 evening performances Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9. Additionally there is a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance, Sunday June 10 in the Nutley High School Auditorium. 

The set needed final build, painting and finishing touches. Stage Manager, Anne Bertasso, had an ample support team for lighting, sound and scene changes. Though on-site for a full 8 hour day, cast members arrived eager to combine months of preparation with the culmination of the behind the scenes activities. First stop was hair and make-up, with several students stepping-up to help their peers. Other volunteers assisted with costumes and all that goes into a stage production’s opening night.

With quite some time before the first cue was called, the cast of local Nutley students, prepped for official head shots in full costume. Waiting for some of the technical components to be addressed students studied, ate, or just enjoyed time with friends.

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Kaitlyn Gibney, a fifth grader, shared rehearsing is long “but I get to spend time with my friends.” Shrek The Musical JR. is seventh grader Tayler Panzer’s third show. She shared that after seeing her friend Noella in her first production, she too wanted to give it a try. She went on to say she is still learning however everyone is kind and encouraging.

At least one student shared that the Department of Nutley Parks & Recreation drama program provides an opportunity that would otherwise be financially out of reach. Some of the more experienced cast members look forward to taking the skills they are learning within community theater to college drama and eventually the professional stage. Others just enjoy being a part of something fun.

Though auditions, months of rehearsals and long hours of tech week may sound more like work than fun, the level of excitement from cast and crew appears to only grow as opening night approaches. Seventh grader Samantha Schley summed it up by sharing “it’s long but when it all comes together, it’s worth it!”

Tickets for reserved seats are available for advance purchase at the Township of Nutley Department of Parks & Recreation Office: 44 Park Avenue, Nutley from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door - subject to availability.

$10 General Admission / $7 Seniors/Children under 5

Related Story: Nutley Parks & Recreation Presents Shrek The Musical JR. - Three Days Only

 

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