LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Last past week, elementary school students from Little Falls, Woodland Park, and Totowa had a chance to visit Passaic Valley High School to view the production "Charlie Brown's Christmas Spectacular," Passaic Valley's Theater Department's annual winter holiday production.
The musical marks the first time that an original script, written by Mia Preziosi, a member of the class of 2020, and Mark Huggins, class of 2020, was produced for the stage.
Huggins and Preziosi wrote the script inspired by several classic holiday shows, according to a feature in the student newspaper, the Valley Echo. Fans of holiday classics will recognize some of the content, but much of it is completely original, highlighting the students' creativity and ambition. Preziosi and Huggins have been a part of theater their entire high school careers.
Preziosi served as student director. The Music Director was Mark Huggins, '20, Alexandra Paese, '19, was assistant director, Brooke Berrigan was choreographer, Fabian Gallege managed costumes, and Camryn Frey managed hair and makeup. Aidan Timms and Evan Sanchez were the set designers.
Student directors are mentored by adult counterparts. Ms. Jennifer Shue was director, Mr. Michael Deluccia was music director, Maggie Letche Lavagno was costume designer, Rob Lavagno was set designer, Alexa Arrabito managed hair and makeup. Nik Marmo was lighting technician, and Rob Whetham was sound and video technician.