[Newark, NJ] On the evening of Wednesday, October 18th The Newark Public Schools celebrated the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month with an outstanding performance of La Gringa by Repertorio Español de Nueva York. The event was held at First Avenue School, and included a pre-show dinner as well as a musical performance by the Arts High School Latin Jazz Band. Following the pre-show festivities, guests made their way to the auditorium for the opening of the show.
La Gringa is a journey of discovery, revealing the story of a young woman born in New York City who travels to Puerto Rico for the first time to meet her family and discover her roots. Her misconceptions are transformed as she learns that being Puerto Rican is a matter of heart and spirit and not just geography.
Superintendent Roger León stated, “La Gringa illustrates the power of cultural exchange and the depth of human connections, overcoming boundaries and bridging communities.” He added, “The Newark Board of Education is dedicated to bringing educational and cultural experiences to its community through theater and storytelling.”
“La Gringa took everyone present on an exciting cultural journey that allowed us to live vicariously through the talented actors of Repertorio Español,” said Board President Hasani Council. In a word, “La Gringa enchants” he added.
One excited parent exclaimed before the show, “To be here celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is a pleasure. The music was great, the food was fantastic and I can’t express how appreciative I am for Mr. León and Principal Branco of First Avenue School to include me. I can’t wait to see the show.”
Events such as these, celebrating parents in this manner, is yet another example of the priorities and strategies of the District’s strategic plan, The Next Decade: 2020 - 30, in action.
About Repertorio Español de Nueva York
Founded in 1968 by the visionary Artistic Director René Buch and the accomplished Producer Gilberto Zaldívar, Repertorio Español has long been a beacon of cultural exchange in the world of theater. This Off-Broadway powerhouse was created with a profound mission: to produce Spanish-language theater from Latin America and Spain, as well as plays written by Latinx artists. Over the years, they have consistently delivered compelling stories that resonate with audiences from all walks of life.
About Newark Public Schools
The Newark Public Schools is the largest school district in New Jersey and dates back to 1676. The District currently enrolls over 39,000 students in 63 schools. After more than two decades of state operation and upon return to local control in 2018, the District has opened 9 new schools under Superintendent León’s leadership with an additional portfolio of new options to be announced in the coming months and years. The Newark Board of Education serves as a beacon of educational excellence, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. With a commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and fostering a love for learning, the District continues to shape future generations and make a positive impact within the community.
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