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West Orange Alumnus Stars in George St. Playhouse Production

Joe Piserchio with parents Lou and Patti and Gregory Principal Michele Thompson.
(L-R) Evan Hart, Piserchio, Christina Comizio, and Rachelle Legrand. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Piserchio and fellow actors answer questions after the show. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2012 alumnus Joe Piserchio is currently starring in the George St. Playhouse production of “Austin the Unstoppable,” an original musical written by Barry Wyner with music by Daniel Israel.

Thanks to Gregory Elementary School teacher Teri Bonagura, who recently won a raffle at the New Jersey Education Association convention, a special production of “Austin the Unstoppable” was presented to fourth-grade students earlier this month.

The show, featuring four characters including Piserchio, focuses on addressing healthy eating and is currently on tour in schools across New Jersey. The catchy tunes and humorous script brought laughter and cheers from the students, who learned about the effects of a bad diet and sedentary lifestyles. The program culminated with a question-and-answer period.

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Piserchio, who is no stranger to acting, made his on-stage debut in the Edison Central Sixth Production of “Guys and Dolls” in 2007. He continued in musicals at Roosevelt Middle School and WOHS.

“My years at WOHS helped me decide that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life,” said Piserchio. “At WOHS, I was able to be a part of so many shows, really immerse myself in the art and figure out that I don’t really know how to/want to do anything else.”

Piserchio graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts and a concentration in Musical Theatre. Since then, he has been involved in the New Jersey-based theatre company, “Breaking Through the Box,” where he also serves on the staff and executive board. He has enjoyed working with the George St. Playhouse and hopes to continue projects with them after his contract ends in April of 2018.

Piserchio’s older sister, Gina, graduated from WOHS in 2009 and works as a medical technician. His twin, Anthony, is an officer with the West Orange Police Department.

“I have the most incredible support system in the world with my family, friends, West Orange, and all those who have taught me this great art and continue to support me,” said Piserchio.

See all the photos from "Austin the Unstoppable" here.

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