P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high school’s student-actors dazzled audiences this March with their musical productions of “Tarzan” and “Legally Blonde,” respectively. Nearly 500 seventh- through ninth-grade students were involved in the productions after months of rehearsals under the direction of Robert DePersio (Gelinas) and Anthony Pollera (Murphy).
In addition to the audiences that packed the school’s auditoriums during the regular shows, each school showcased this year’s musical during free daytime performances for the district’s sixth-graders and senior citizen community. As this year’s musical marked the 30th anniversary of the theater arts program at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School, a special ceremony was held during the show’s Friday performance.
During the event, Gelinas Principal Marion Gaigal was honored for her instrumental role in starting the program in 1984 and a special slideshow, prepared by art teacher Corinne Keane, covering the 30-year program, was displayed. Ms. Gaigal was also presented with an honorary “Oscar” from Mr. DePersio and members of the cast.
Photos provided by the Three Village Central School District