PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield youth will showcase their rich diversity and talents at the “We Are Plainfield" event that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Plainfield High School. Several auditions, open to current or former Plainfield residents of all ages, were held, and ten acts were selected. Dance, drama and a mass choir, with several entities participating, have been actively rehearsing.
TAPinto Plainfield (TAP) caught up with the event creator, Dr. Stefanie Minatee (SM) for a quick Q & A:
TAP: Please share a little information about your background.
SM: I am a retired Vocal Music Teacher (2012) for the Plainfield Public School District. I was able to take my chorus all over the world as ambassadors. We traveled to Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Ghana, West Africa, London, Paris, Bermuda and various cities in the United States including Hawaii.
TAP: How did the idea of “We Are Plainfield” come about?
I was reading a post from one of my former students on social media. He was saying how Plainfield possessed so much talent and it was a shame that the city could not come together. Thus, "We Are Plainfield" was born.
TAP: When did you start working on the project, and can you outline what you have done so far?
SM: I started preliminary work immediately after I read the post, which I guess was last year. The initial date was in October, but we moved it because of a conflicting event. I contacted all stakeholders for the city. Many remembered my name and vowed to assist me. I suffered a devastating stroke in 2015, so I was unable to do the legwork, but friends, committee members and stakeholders have been of great assistance.
TAP: How has the town's response been so far?
SM: The city has been wonderful. Mayor Mapp's office, Principal Dion Roach, and Information Technology have really been awesome. They have attended to every need and desire to the best of their ability.
TAP: Any challenges that you can share with us?
SM: Not really, I am just hopeful that the city will support in large numbers.
TAP: What can residents expect at the event?
SM: The event will be engaging, filled with educational information, music, drama and dance. I am hopeful everyone will leave knowing more about their city, and experience pride in where they live. The rich culture of Plainfield will be on display.
According to Jubilation Choir, which Dr. Minatee founded in 1988, her life and career has been built around music, and later ministry.
Upon graduating from Newark’s prestigious performing arts high school, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance with a certification in music education from Kean University. Afterwards, she spent nearly 30 years teaching some students to love music and nurturing the passion others had for music as a vocal education teacher in the Plainfield Public School District.
Save the date, Plainfield, and plan on an afternoon of entertainment in the Queen City.
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