STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — For Emily DeChristine, artwork imitates life.
The New Springville resident and St. Joseph Hill Academy Excessive Faculty senior hung out through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic creating an unique musical, which is about to debut this summer time.
The manufacturing, underneath the working title “TFWM Musical,” is about youngsters who’re fighting, or tending to, their psychological well being throughout a pandemic.
“I began engaged on this after a whole lot of my college’s reveals began getting canceled,” stated DeChristine, a singer, songwriter and playwright. “There was no actual outlet for individuals to carry out, so I wrote one thing on myself. It allowed me to be inventive at a time when it was wanted, and it simply grew from there.”
In accordance with DeChristine, the present is from a 17-year-old feminine’s perspective as she navigates relationships in addition to her battle with psychological sickness.
“It began out as a small undertaking that allowed my pals and I to work on one thing productive,” she stated. “As the method went alongside, I began to get actually invested in it. I do know through the pandemic, my psychological well being has been struggling so I needed to make one thing constructive out of it.”
The manufacturing consists of an unique storyline and 21 musical numbers.
After writing the music and story, DeChristine started recruiting her pals to participate within the undertaking. Whereas has been concerned in Hill’s theater productions, the musical she is engaged on isn’t affiliated with the varsity.
DeChristine and her forged mates are all concerned in native theater, whether or not in school or in one in every of a number of theater organizations on the Island. DeChristine has carried out with Standing Ovation Players, Monsignor Farrell Players and she or he is pursuing a focus in drama at St. Joseph Hill Academy Excessive Faculty. She additionally has been concerned with the Actor Children’s Theatre School at Wagner College.
Final yr, DeChristine received the Monsignor Joseph C. Ansaldi Memorial Prize on the Minty Awards Gala Dinner.
The forged of DeChristine’s musical consists of Alyssa Cobb as “Tessa,” Antonia Bongiorno as “Quinn,” Emily DeChristine as “Parker,” Sophia Maiello as “Skylar,” Emily Milone as “Brooke,” Jillian Bodiford as “Zoey,” Michael Aruta as “Levi,” Nikhil Branam as “Matteo,” Daniel Zavilowitz as “Tyler,” Christian Damora as “Jesse,” Mattea Ricciardi as “Danielle,” Luke Burcio as “Dr. Willard,” Bethany Griffin as “Avery,” Sofia Dolcimascolo as “Emma” and Jack West as “Jake.”
Utilizing face masks and social distancing, the forged has been in a position to rehearse at DeChristine’s residence.
She stated the present is “blocked out” and able to hit the stage.
“It’s all about when and the place, actually,” DeChristine stated. “My forged and I are prepared to start out performing. We’re within the technique of securing a venue to try this. I’m excited for individuals to see the present, and I hope it can carry out some understanding of what’s vital in life.”
For extra updates on the musical, observe @tfwmmusical on Instagram.