by Olivia Quinn
Have you ever been to the Villa Victoria Academy Theatre? I’d like to invite you to come soon! Hello, my name is Olivia Quinn, and I am currently in eighth grade at Villa Victoria Academy. VVA is known for its arts programs and annual spring musical, and I have been lucky enough to be able to participate in this great tradition since fourth grade. Although we have Pre-K through high school here, only fourth through 12th graders can audition because the play is a huge commitment. Just like with everything else, school and grades come first!
Last year, I had the role of Peter in our production of “Peter Pan.” I have also been in “The Wizard of Oz” as the munchkin coroner, “The Sound of Music” as Kurt von Trapp, “Oliver” as The Artful Dodger, and am currently in “Annie” as a chorus member. The cast of “Annie” is absolutely amazing! There is so much talent, dedication, and determination. This year’s play will definitely set the bar for all other shows, because Villa doesn’t produce any old high school level play, and everyone who comes is always entertained. It is especially fun this year because my younger sisters are also in the cast. I get to be a chorus member with Juliet (sixth grade), and Isabella (fourth grade) is taking the spotlight as Annie. Each experience has helped build my confidence, people skills, talent, and overall mindset. Being able to go to practice after school is an amazing way for me to relax, decompress from the day, and just clear my head. My favorite reason for doing the plays is that I get to entertain people and make them happy by playing pretend. There isn’t a better way.
Having been able to put on the Villa Victoria uniform since first grade, I feel as though Villa is my home away from home. I’ve been taught skills that will carry me through life. Villa has also blessed me with amazing friends that I couldn’t live without. We are a close-knit family that love each other and never cease laughing, even and especially when there are hardships. Although Villa Victoria is in New Jersey, it’s only about 10 minutes away from where I live in Newtown and there is free bus transportation. VVA is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I wouldn’t wish to change anything about my experiences there. Make sure you come over to Villa Victoria to see “Annie” in March, which I promise will make you laugh, smile, and want to sing along to all the songs!
Olivia Quinn and her family live in Newtown. Tickets are on sale now for “Annie” (March 21st- 23rd) by calling 609-882-1700 ext. 10. Visit www.villavictoria.org for more information.