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Ontario High School Students Take Their Breast Cancer Musical To NYC
February 5, 2013
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How great is this? A group of high school students from Caledon, Ontario are taking their performance of an original musical called 'In the Pink' from their school to an off-Broadway stage in New York City.

The musical was co-written by Frank Adriano and Rob Ciccotelli, drama teachers at Robert F. Hall Catholic School. It deals with an issue that most high schoolers thankfully don't have to face: breast cancer.

The teachers were inspired to write the musical when one of their students was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks before prom.

"That inspired the story," Adriano told CBC News. "And we thought, you know what, let's bring awareness to how breast cancer can affect younger women as well."

in-the-pink-left.jpgOnce the musical was ready to go, the teachers secured an off-Broadway venue and partnered with a performing arts school in New Jersey.

The production asked the U.S. school, "if we bring a show to New York, will you come watch our show?", Ciccotelli says. "And they were ecstatic about it."

Robert F. Hall students have travelled to perform before - they've done shows in Europe and across North America - but this is the first time one of their shows has been mounted in New York.

The production plans to invite breast cancer survivors to the shows in New York, which will begin on March 12. And there are two local performances at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario on March 4 and 5.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is sponsoring shows both here and in New York, with a portion of ticket sales going to the Foundation.

As for the show's co-writer Rob Ciccotelli, he's helped launch at least one other young person to a bigger stage in the past: he was George's teacher back in the day.


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