Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Christie Classic Leaves Audiences Spellbound

Demarest, NJ: Suspense was in the air this month as audience members eagerly consumed “And Then There Were None” at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Each of the skilled actors teased out the dark secrets held by the key players in Agatha Christie’s classic tale of guilt and judgment. On opening night, the pivotal final scene drew a unified, audible gasp as a key secret was revealed. Delighted applause ensued at the play’s resolution.

This drama highlighted the many talents of the student thespians, Director Katie Collins, and those working behind the scenes. AHA’s productions consistently earn multiple awards and nominations for excellence.

Cast members included Nora Jacobi of West New York and Valentina Zazzali of Saddle River as Rogers, Julia Fernandez of Teaneck and Valeria Gonzalez of Lodi as Mrs. Rogers, Anijanie Perez of Teaneck as Fred Narracott, Rianna LeHane of Pearl River (NY) as Vera Claythorne, John Malcuit of Park Ridge High as Philip Lombard, Jack Piccirillo of Saint Joseph’s Regional as Anthony Marston, Gabi Layne of Upper Saddle River as Detective Blore, Jenna Cooperman of Tappan (NY) as General Mackenzie, Jessica Boccassini of Rutherford as Emily Brent, Jaden Urso of Closter as Dr. Armstrong, and Alexander Birchwale of Saint Joseph’s Regional as Sir Lawrence Wargrave. Birchwale also composed the original musical score for the play, which was his final drama at AHA.

The production also marked the directing debut of Assistant Director Allyx Miles, a senior from Stony Point, New York, who was given scenes to stage on her own. The final result was a seamless show.

The AHA Stage Crew, which just earned a Metro Award for its work on “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” greatly contributed to the play’s success.

Katherine Coster and Ellie Anderson headed the backstage crew, whose members also included Kym McGowan and Marissa Dellapi. The sound crew, led by Abigail Lovatt, included Maya Paul, Daniella Naham, and Sydney Loverich. Olivia Rettew and Sam Romano headed the light crew that included Rebecca Lovatt and Catherin Bagin. The hair and makeup crew was led by Elizabeth Anderson, Tamson Foudy, and MaryElena Bafundo, and included Emily Diaz, Nataleen Orangian, Marisa Dellapi, Sofia Urquiola, Gianna Gervino, and Ernestine Klecz.

Kyra Cseh and Katarina Katzarov led the lobby design crew that included Emily Pintarelli, Ashley Chang, Camila Correa, Caroline Tolin, Cassandra Sy, Catherine Bagin, Clare Daugherty, Elizabeth Kim, Geraldine Riveros, Julia Malnak, Kym McGown, Lana Papanyan, Margeaux Gould, Michaela Broussard, Sasha Leys, Teagan Bellitto, Tyara Estrada, Yasmine Carter, and Kate Lyons.

“And Then There Were None” also featured Nicholas Gonzalez as technical director and Brian Sosa as set designer.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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