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'A Night of Broadway' Opens New RPHS Auditorium

Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley
Credits: Joe DeIorio and Thos Shipley

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Saturday night, the grand opening of Roselle Park High School Auditorium was filled with the Broadway caliber talent of RPHS Alumni and staff for the third annual “A Night of Broadway” cabaret.  

This year’s cabaret marked the grand opening of the renovated Roselle Park High School Auditorium, the culmination of a four-year fundraising project which began with the wish of a determined Roselle Park teacher, Barbara Kemps. Roselle Park High School principal Sara Costa opened the evening paying homage to Kemps. 

“Before retiring, she wanted to do something to help with the renovations of the auditorium,” noted Costa. Kemps, a Roselle Park High School alum, performed in the first musical on the auditorium stage. The principal added, “Her idea was that she wanted to do a bake sale every week until she retired.”

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“We are glad that it’s here and that the auditorium is finally done after four years of hard work,” said Patti Johns, president of the Friends of Roselle Park High School. Co-chair of the event Michelle Bodtmann continued, “We are grateful for everyone who helped contribute and sponsored a chair…to help celebrate this great accomplishment.”

Since then the Friends of Roselle Park High School along with the financial support of the Roselle Park Board of Education and custodial staff has teamed to create a new auditorium for future students to showcase their talents.

Music teacher Linda Green, the originator of “Another Night of Broadway” and cabaret performer, explained, “Three years ago we decided to raise money for the Friends of Roselle Park High School for a brand new auditorium.” She noted, ”We are very excited to be performing at the tonight’s grand opening.”

The evening was a wonderful two hour show with one intermission. Each performance and performer was a stand-out, wowing the audience with their amazing talents and vocals. 

After the ribbon cutting, the show opened with a dazzling production of, Another Opening, Another Show from “Kiss Me Kate”. 

One of the evenings many highlights was the sassy quintet of Linda Green, Melanie Carter, Samantha Nagengast, Stacy Feszchek and Michelle Casso performing I’m a Woman from “Smokey Joe’s Café,” belting out the number with flare and sensuality.

RPHS Alumnus Frank Mitacchione’s solo performance of Bring Him Home, from “Les Miserables,” entranced the audience with his vocals. 

The night ended with a powerful, full cast, performance of One Day More from “Les Miserables.”

For those who missed this wonderful performance, the show included:

Good Morning Baltimore, “Hairspray,” Michelle Casso; Sue Me, “Guys and Dolls,” Stacy Feszchak and Dan Green; And I am Telling You, “Dream Girls,” Margy Tocora; Take Me As I Am, “Jekyll and Hyde,” Eric Witkowski and Michelle Casso; The Grass is Always Greener, “Woman of the Year,” Mushnik & Son, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Howard Whitmore and Alex Tweed; Suddenly Seymour, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Frank Mitacchione and Alison Cogswell; The Quest (To Dream the Impossible Dream) “Man of La Mancha,” Anthony Delaney; For Good, “Wicked” Samantha Nagengast and Linda Green; Aquarius,  “Hair” Cast; Gee, Officer Krupke, “West Side Story,” Turn Back O Man, ”Godspell” Linda Green; Beautiful City, “Godspell” Jose Paz; In His Eyes, “Jekyll and Hyde,” Allison Cogswell and Stacy Feszchek; Being Alive, “Company,” Eric Witkowski; No Time at All, “Pippin”, Melanie Carter; No Matter What, “Beauty and the Beast” Dan Green and Margy Tocora; The Life of the Party, “The Wild Party,” Howard Whitmore; Easy Street, “Anne,” Anthony Delaney, Samantha Nagengast and Michelle Casso; and Selections from “Les Miserables” I Dreamed and Dream, Stacy Feszchak, Bring Him Home, Frank Mitacchione, One Day More Cast.

Piano accompaniment was performed by Roselle Park music teacher Jeff Manno.

Chair Sponsorships are still available for $150. Those interested should call Friends of RPHS Patti Johns at 908-216-2082.


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