SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of Union Catholic's Performing Arts Company, who are part of the cast and crew of the spring musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood, were recognized at a special breakfast on Monday morning at the school.

Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, welcomed everyone at the breakfast and congratulated the cast and crew on all their hard work. PAC senior Colleen Falconer delivered the prayer. Co-directors Mrs. Maryann C. Carolan (UC Class of 1986) and Mr. Edward Sagendorf (UC Class of '07), and PAC seniors Makay Johnson, Goldera Surles, and Julia Pecoraro all addressed UC's PAC members.  

After breakfast, each member of the cast and crew received special pins to commemorate their participation in the musical.

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Mrs. Maryann C. Carolan (UC Class of 1986), the co-director along with Mr. Edward Sagendorf (UC Class of '07), said UC's Performing Arts Company is grateful and appreciative of all the support it receives from Union Catholic and the UC Community.

"The support that the Performing Arts Company receives from the Administration and the Union Catholic community is second to none,'' said Mrs. Carolan. "In most schools, arts funding is the first budget cut to be made. But here at UC, Sister Percylee has made it her mission to continue to bring a professional theatrical experience to our community.

Sister Percylee even made her PAC debut this winter at our Third Annual Cabaret Night. In discussing her experience, she pointed out the need for trust: the performers must trust each other, the cast and crew trust each other, the audience trusts the Company and so on.  I'm truly grateful that Sister Percylee and the UC Administration has placed their trust in me and in the entire Performing Arts Company Staff to mold the lives of our students and to bring art to our school community and a wider audience.''

Goldera Surles, the President of PAC's Executive Board, said it feels good to be recognized by the school.

"For Union Catholic to recognize our Performing Arts Company is very important to us,'' said Surles. "The Performing Arts Company on a whole feels appreciated and we feel everyone understands the passion we have for what we do.''

PAC performed its first three shows of the spring musical this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The final two shows are this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood'' can be purchased online at showtix4u.com and at the box office before all performances.