While COVID-19 created numerous challenges for schools throughout the nation, Holy Trinity School in Westfield has proved that when it comes to drama education, the show must go on.
Originally, the 7th and 8th grade students in the Holy Trinity School Drama Club were set to put on their annual production on May 8th and 9th. But after the school ceased in-person instruction, drama, like other extracurricular activities, was put on hold.
It would have been easy to give up and give in to the frustration of the time, but a few parents got together and spoke to the kids. The result? The Holy Trinity Club spring production, even if only in digital format.
The students put on an original production, “A Play in Compliance with the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order,” that was specifically developed to be performed via Zoom. With topical references relevant to life under COVID-19, the show attempts to poke fun at our current situation in the context of a community theater program that is, fittingly, being performed via Zoom.
Julia Cariello, a graduating 8th grader who played the role of Gracie and will be attending the Union County Academy of Performing Arts in the fall, said “I’m really glad to have had this experience. This school year was very unexpected – particularly because it was my last at Holy Trinity. Acting in this play really ended things on a high note.”
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Zoe Schack, also a graduating 8th grader, who played the role of Sylvia and will be attending Mount Saint Mary Academy in the fall, agreed, “Being involved in Drama Club over the past few years was a great way for us to bond and share our talents. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this tradition with my friends before graduating from Holy Trinity School.”
Added Dr. Adele Ellis, Principal of Holy Trinity School: “It was so heartening to see these children embody the resilience of our faith. I foresee great things for all of them as they continue their education. And it was a very funny show.”
The following students acted in the play (in order of appearance): Will Todd, Julia Cariello, Lily DelRossi, Conleth Gorham, Landon Jordan, Zoe Schack, Hortense Bonnet, Ethan Guarango, Lia Chiang, and Isabelle Guarango.
Readers can access the show on the Holy Trinity School’s YouTube channel here.
Since 1916, Holy Trinity School has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate students to actualize their full, individual potential, both spiritually and academically. Holy Trinity School, preparing our future now. www.holytrinityschool.org.