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Scotch Plains Student to Star in New Television Series

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Jacob Morrell attends the Pineda Conservatory in Scotch Plains where he performs and acts. Credits: Courtesy of Kim Morrell
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Red Oaks is a comedy about 20-year-old David Myers, who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. (from imdb.com) Credits: Amazon Prime
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Jacob Morrell, 8, of Scotch Plains will play a principal role as “Kevin” in Amazon Prime’s TV series, “Red Oaks," the story of a teenager working the last summer before college in 1985 at a country club in New Jersey.

Morrell, who has been acting and performing since the age of 5, will star alongside famed actors Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser, and Richard Kind. The show is produced by the critically acclaimed Steven Soderbergh.

“He knows it takes a lot of hard work, but he’s so excited for the opportunity to be on a TV show,” his father Eric Morrell said.

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The young actor will be going into third grade at Cole’s Elementary School and recently performed at the Cranford Dramatic Club Theater in “Seussical Jr.,” a Dr. Seuss-themed musical organized by the Pineda Conservatory.

Morrell also works closely with a voice coach, Dylan Shelofsky, and has done voice-over work in addition to landing spots in short films, feature films, and commercials through Abrams Artists Agency in Manhattan.

His parents Eric and Kim Morrell are very supportive of his career at a young age, and excited to see what projects he will be involved in.

“Jacob is very motivated and expresses a lot of interest in it,” his father said. ”It’s great to have this in the first two weeks of summer because it doesn’t conflict with the school year and it’s a learning experience in itself.”

“Red Oaks” has received rave reviews since its pilot debuted on Amazon Prime in August 2014.

“The series showed a lot of promise. It was the best of the pilots they released in that batch,” said Alan Sepinwall, the television reviewer for HitFix.com.

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