Spring Musical

spring musicalEach year, the Immaculata Music Department is proud to present its annual spring musical. The completed musical is a full scale production that is entirely student run. It is comprised of students with diverse backgrounds who are involved in the cast, crew, or pit orchestra. Auditions take place in November with the rehearsals occurring between January through early March. All culminate in the final performances that happen over two weekends in early to mid March. No experience is necessary! 

Immaculata also participates in Paper Mill Playhouse’s Rising Star Awards Program which awards outstanding high schools in New Jersey for their outstanding accomplishments in theater; this includes both individual awards and group awards to cast, crew, and pit orchestra.


2021 Spring Musical Recap:

This past weekend, the Immaculata Music Department completed their run of Seussical The Musical, to the joy of spectators and students alike. Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza where many beloved Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 brought an abrupt end to last year’s production of Little Shop Of Horrors: all performances were canceled the day before the show was scheduled to open. As a result of that experience, this year’s team was committed more than ever to the old Broadway adage, ‘the show must go on!’ Trent Van Doren ’89, the Spring Musical Director who has been involved in over 30 productions at IHS shared, “Simply putting on this show was one of our greatest challenges in the Spartan Music Department. I still can't believe we opened this show to a live audience. Things looked grim when our first weekend was canceled due to covid safety measures, but the students accepted the challenge to strive harder and reach further.”

Now in its 39th year, the Immaculata Spring Musical combines the talents of IHS students, faculty, and adjunct staff who work together to present a full-scale production. Students have active roles in all elements of the musical including cast, art crew, stage crew, building crew, tech crew, and pit band. Van Doren continued, “The students learned many life lessons, but the most important was how to succeed by making good choices and adapting to any situation."

Victoria CoeyStudents and staff alike thrived in the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss. Immaculata junior Victoria Coey played the role of Gertrude McFuzz, a one-feathered bird who helps Horton on his journey.  Coey said, “My favorite part of the musical this year was the creativity in the story. Our directors Lisa and Trent gave us the freedom to create our own characters, and that made the show really unique to us as individuals and as an entire cast.”

The concept of "family" has always been strong at Immaculata High School. In the classroom, on the field of play, or in service to their community, Immaculata students work together as a team to achieve more than they could as individuals. Sophomore Sarah Nichols highlighted this concept saying, “Being in the Spring Musical has shown me the true beauty of our Immaculata family. I feel so blessed to have shared something so special with such wonderful people. I will always remember Seussical!" Enad and NicholsFreshman Will Coey, who played The Cat In The Hat, echoed this sentiment of working together, “I love participating in the musical here at Immaculata because the community is like nothing else. I feel like I'm in a family. My favorite part of the musical this year was the "forever" bonds that I created with the cast and crew. What I will remember about Seussical is how fun the show was, the crazy things I saw people do for the show, and how supportive everyone was of each other.” Angela and Will

In Act 1 of Seussical, Jojo, played by IHS Senior Angela Matias, sings “It’s Possible” which may have been the call to action for the entire production. “I could not be more proud and humbled by the level of talent, maturity, patience, and perseverance our students showed this year. The world threw everything possible at our students, including multiple quarantines and snow days, yet our students still put on a show like it was a normal year,” said Mr. Michael Gasko ’06, Director of the Immaculata Music Department. 

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“They were fearless and unstoppable, and I could not be more proud. Our students don't know how to do ‘just good enough.’ They came ready for every rehearsal and before we knew it we were pushing them as if it was a normal year.”

Joe AlexisReflecting on the message of the song “How Lucky You Are,” along with pre-performance prayers, Immaculata students performed their hearts out with a packed weekend of performances. Van Doren added, “The result was an emotional standing ovation for four straight shows in three days. I am so impressed with this cast, crew, and pit band. Words can't describe the pride I felt. This was a special show and an experience that we will never forget."


With the curtain closed on another Immaculata Spring Musical, the IHS Music Department is already hard at work on activities for spring, summer, and fall of 2021. In April, the Indoor Drum Line will perform their 2021 show Seaworthy in a championship competition. The concert, vocal, and jazz ensembles are working on their music for May’s Spring Concert. And, planning for the 2021 marching band season is already underway with rehearsals slated to begin in May. For more information about these activities and events, please contact Mr. Michael Gasko at mgasko@immaculatahighschool.org.


Registration is also open now for the two summer camps offered by the Immaculata Music Department!

Summer Players: July 12–16

For students interested in musical theater, both on stage and in art crew.
Summer Players CAST: for students entering grades 2–9
Summer Players Art Crew: for students entering grades 5–8

Summer Symphony: July 19–23. 

For musicians entering grades 5–8
This camp creates a positive, fun-filled environment that embraces each student on their own level.

For more information about our summer programs, please contact our Camp Director, Gen Webber, Phone: (908) 447-2150 or Email: gwebber@immaculatahighschool.org.

Learn more about getting involved at Immaculata from our Dean of Students, Ed Webber ’99 and three members of our cast and pit band by watching our intermission video.