Haiti Benefit: Kids Show

Once in a rare while I will simply post a press release on my blog, because it’s a worthy cause and I don’t have time to put a Princeton Comment spin on it. This is one of those times…..
Trenton, NJ (May 26, 2010) Once On This Island, a Broadway hit twenty years ago, will come to life again in the joyous voices of fifteen fourth and fifth grade students at the Village Charter School on June 4 and June 5 at 7PM. This production of a show described as a “snazzy, syncopated kids’ show” in 1990, is being performed as a benefit for the children of Haiti.

The Charter School’s music director Dyan Zbikowski, says, “This pop Caribbean show takes place on an island that might be Haiti. The music has a great beat and the story is universal…forbidden love.” She goes on to say that this musical was nominated for eight Tony Awards and according to New York Times critic Frank Rich, made Broadway audiences “emerge from the theater ready to dance down the street” so it will be fun for the young actors and the audience.

In addition to Dyan Zbikowski, the production team includes assistant director, Ellen Caruso, choreographer, Theresa Twisdale, sound engineer, Jimmie Jones and set designer, Virginia Welker.

Once On This Island, only the second production at the school, was not funded in this year of very tight school budgets. The Springpoint Foundation, through its arts and culture initiative is the major sponsor of this production but other donations will be welcome.

To get tickets ($4 for adults and $2 for students) or to make a donation, please contact Dyan Zbikowski at 609-695-1001 ext. 8 or email dzbikowski@villagecharter.org.

About the Village Charter School

With the passage of the New Jersey Charter School Act of 1995, community leaders were able to establish a charter school of excellence serving the greater Trenton community. Their vision became a reality when the Village Charter School opened on a ten acre campus in Trenton to 153 kindergarten to second grade students in1999. The School graduated its first class of eighth graders in the spring of 2006 and continues serving Trenton’s young people. Its mission is to create a child-centered community of active learners where each child can and will succeed in ways that reflect his or her own unique aptitudes and interests.

About the Director

Dyan Zbikowski, who joined the Village Charter School faculty in 2007, is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with graduate work at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in voice performance. She sings in operas and chorales in New Jersey and New York.


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