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Local Children to Perform in Musical in West Orange

Ava Redmann, Bonale Fambrini and Sydney Brenton will perform in the musical Ragtime in February.

From L to R: Ava Redmann, Bonale Fambrini and Sydney Brenton will be featured in the musical Ragtime next month in West Orange. Photo Credit: Samantha Brown
From L to R: Ava Redmann, Bonale Fambrini and Sydney Brenton will be featured in the musical Ragtime next month in West Orange. Photo Credit: Samantha Brown

Short Hill residents Sydney Brenton and Ava Redmann and Bonale Fambrini of Millburn will perform in the musical Ragtime in February. The musical will be presented by Pleasant Valley Productions, a community theatre company based in West Orange.

Fambrini stars in the production as Edgar alongside Redmann and Brenton, who stars as Little Girl.  Redmann last appeared onstage with Pleasant Valley Productions in the company’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last season.

Ragtime is an epic musical that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Based on the 1975 E.L. Doctorow novel, Ragtime is a modern classic of American musical theatre.  Three distinct stories intertwine to depict life in the early 1900’s for three drastically different classes of Americans – the new immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe, the African-American working class of Harlem and the already established and affluent Anglo-Americans.  

Brenton, Redmann, Fambrini and many others from other local communities will perform from Feb. 8 to the 15 at Roosevelt Middle School located at 36 Gilbert Pl. in West Orange.  

Performances are Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.; and Feb. 13, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.

As part of Black History Month and the NJ 350 celebration, a special educational talkback will follow the performance on Feb. 9 and will be discussing the show’s themes and historic elements.  

The production is directed by Camille Vecchio-DiLorenzo, with music direction by Ilene Greenbaum, choreography by Marcel Coleman and Howie Tilkin serving as producer.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.PleasantValleyProductions.org or call 1-800-838-3006.

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