MARCH 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Evening of Entertainment Benefits CO/LAB Theater Group

Demarest, NJ: The Thespian Honor Society at the Academy of the Holy Angels hosted a Talent Show that effectively converted vocal and instrumental music, dance, rhythmic gymnastics, lip syncing, bowling, and stand-up comedy into monetary support for the CO/LAB Theater Group. CO/LAB, a New York-based non-profit, provides free theater arts programs to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Thespian Honor Society members Rianna “Ronnie” LeHane and Gabrielle Layne emceed the fundraiser, and sang solos and a duet. LeHane and Layne and their honor society peers also performed “Cell Block Tango,” a dance routine and parody that included music from “Chicago the Musical” and lyrics featuring AHA-specific humor.

Myra Bocage, Emma Yale, and Lola Samiian entertained the audience with various piano pieces. Samiian also sang as she played “idontwannabeyouanymore.”
Several talented student vocalists stepped up to the microphone. Judianne Meredith sang “She Used to Be Mine,” and Jenna Cooperman and Emily McKiernan collaborated on “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Emily Stanzione performed “I’ll Always Remember Us This Way,” Karina Berberian presented the Adele hit “Rolling in the Deep,” and Patsy Coleman sang “I Don’t Need a Roof.” Stanzione also teamed up with Samiian for “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman.”
Caitlin Egan performed her original song, “Better Off without You,” while she accompanied herself on the ukulele.

AHA Dance Team member Alana Pomponio showcased her award-winning talent as she performed an evocative, original routine to “End of Love.”

Angela Zhang brought a ball, hoop, and ribbon to the stage for her rhythmic gymnastics number. Zhang’s performance underscored her excellent timing and engaging stage presence.

Shirley Made and Emilie Thomas drew cheers for their lip sync routine featuring “This Is What Dreams Are Made Of.” The audience also enjoyed Julia Oakley and Maura Sheehan’s dance to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.”

The AHA Bowling Team tinkered with “Part of Your World” to create a crowd-pleasing performance piece that ended with a team member bowling a “strike” thanks to the kick her teammate gave to one stubborn pin. Performers included Leah Sanchez, Sarah Folk, Josephine Noble, Julie Zierer, Amelia Brunda, Brianna Figueroa, and Gabriella Borges.

Carol Laux treated the audience to a stand-up comedy routine that included witty observations about her interest in speaking Latin with friends, and the “micro-generations” within her immediate family.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. 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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