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Theater students bring back ‘Education Project’ on MCVTS East Brunswick Campus

Theater students bring back ‘Education Project’ on MCVTS East Brunswick Campus

An acclaimed look at the state of education through the eyes of students will be presented this month by the theater program of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

First performed in 2014 and later reprised for state educational leaders, “The Education Project” was written by MCVTS School of the Arts students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 after hundreds of hours of interviews with peers, teachers, administrators and parents.

The play will be presented in conjunction with Novus Productions as part of the School of the Arts Senior Showcase Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium on the MCVTS East Brunswick Campus, 112 Rues Lane. Presale tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. At the door, tickets will be $7 and $12.

Few subjects raise more controversy and diverse opinions than the state of education in the United States. And yet no other topic is more relevant to parents, students and teachers.  “The Education Project” is a raw, unapologetic look at day-to-day education with original music.

The director is Maria Aladren, who developed and leads the MCVTS theater program. Music and lyrics are by Hayley Trachtenberg, with sound effects by Vivian Aladren, MCVTS theater company alumni.

The MCVTS theater program provides a broad-based practical foundation for striving young artists seeking excellence in the field of the arts. It provides a conservatory-style education in a regular high school setting. Students attend the program for a half-day and then complete their high school curriculum during the rest of the day. Admission is by audition and interview only.

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The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first county vocational school district in the nation, has campuses in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge.