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The Bronx Prep Performing Arts Academy offers 5th-12th grade students an intensive Performance Studies experience spanning speech, theater, musical theater, stagecraft, directing and more.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Les Mis": Does Thenardier's Fate Signal a Cynical View of Humanity?

12th Grader Hakeem shares his views on his character "Thenardier": 
Imprisonment, Freedom, Love (and the Meaning of it All)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Set Crew Sunday

Gotta make a mess sometimes to make art...

Letishia surveys her team's work

Celebrating after a long, productive Sunday session!

Flashback: May 2011
This year: May 2012

....Drumroll please...
The newest member of BP Set Crew is officially initiated!
(And yup... that's paint on his head.)

A Trip to See Our Good Friend Yon at "Beyond Costumes"

The Thenardier's square off...

Miguel tries on Bamatabois's costume

Marius snaps a pic of Prouvaire's snappy vest
Not to be outdone, Marius models his own. 
Miguel channels his highest self... (You ready to rock that look, Rashawn?)

You know you're a BP Theater OG if you remember these tunics from Aida.
Yup, they're still there on the racks.

(And yup, that's Rashawn--grade 5--and Norberto--grade 6, rocking them in Aida, circa 2007.)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

12th Graders Thomas and Sahirah as "Marius" and "Cosette"

Senior, and veteran Bronx Prep musical theater star, Sahirah plays the role of "Cosette." When asked about the vibe at rehearsal, she says, "No one ever half-steps. Everyone is so full of desire to make it great. People are going all out during practice. The energy is just fantastic."

Marius (Thomas) falls at Cosette's feet
"Vocally [the role] is not a problem because I’m used to that kind of range of voice," Sahirah says, "but capturing Cosette’s softness and grace has been somewhat difficult. I have to make Cossette me but at the same time be true to her character. I get a lot of support from the cast. My teammates have been patient. They've waited for me to get it right."

Cosette and Marius embrace as Eponine (Dianeiris) looks on longingly

Interview by Simone Johnson

Monday, April 2, 2012

Miguel Reflects on How Les Miserables Connects to His Life

Miguel may be performing in his first musical, but you'd never know it from the deep way he analyzes the story, the dedication he shows to the creative process, the support he gives his teammates and his strong directorial instincts. (Oh yeah, and don't forget the stage combat.)

In this short video, Miguel explains his personal connection to the play: