UNION, NJ – Union High School Performing Arts Company is participating in a documentary that NJTV, New Jersey’s PBS affiliate, is producing on theatre education in New Jersey.   

The hour-long documentary will appear on NJTV next fall and will focus on New Jersey high schools putting together productions of Mary Poppins, a popular show for high schools this year.

Jennifer Williams of UHSPAC said, “we are truly honored to be part of a documentary highlighting theater education in the state of New Jersey.  Our staff and students -- cast, crew and orchestra -- work incredibly hard to achieve what they accomplish on the stage.  We can promise our production of Mary Poppins is 100% unique to UHSPAC.” 

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The film will look at the challenges and successes school theatre programs and their students face in creating a production, and it will culminate in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s annual Rising Star Awards.  According to their letter requesting participation from UHSPAC, NJTV hopes to showcase the work that students, teachers and members of the community put into the musical, see what students learn from the experience and learn about what aspects of these programs continue to make the productions stronger and stronger.   

“It's wonderful to be recognized by PBS for our work, and we look forward to continuing a partnership with them in the future,” continued Williams.  “The crew at PBS has been really lovely. They were very interested in why we chose the show, what is our specific process - what types of classes we offer the students, budget information, details on time spent rehearsing, etc.  It's fun because on one of the evenings they taped us, the moms of the UHSPAC where cooking dinner for everyone so they got a chance to speak to some of them as well.  It's been a wonderful experience.”