Local girls to perform in Pippi Longstocking

| 12 Apr 2012 | 12:19

WEST MILFORD — Emmy Glick and Grace Nevin of West Milford are performing in the Off-Broadway production of Pippi Longstocking at the Theatre at Saint Peters.

Pippi Longstocking, the high-spirited redhead who has inspired generations around the world, is making her Off-Broadway debut. Performances of Pippi Longstocking are April 20 at 7:30 p.m., April 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and April 22 at 2 p.m. at The Theatre at Saint Peters, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in New York City.

Ten-year-old Emmy has had the acting bug since she was about five years old and saw a production of Annie at the New Jersey Theatre, according to her mom, Lyz Best.

"She just loved it," said Best.

Since then, Emmy has been part of several theatre groups, performing in shows as part of the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre in Nyack, N.Y., and Smiling Rhino Theatre in Pompton Lakes.

This fifth-grader at the Saddle River Day School loves to sing and dance, Best said. She is part of a traveling show called "Kids Who Care," a Broadway review that goes to hospitals and nursing homes to perform for kids and the elderly. She's been an extra on the SyFy Channel's "School Spirits."

And Emmy is a talented musician, playing both the piano and violin.

Pippi Longstocking Nine-year-old Pippi Longstocking is every child's dream of freedom and power. The daughter of a pirate sailing the South Seas, Pippi lives in Villa Villekulla with her horse and pet monkey. In the house next-door, live Tommy and Annika and since Pippi moved in, life has become a lot more fun. With her eccentric behavior, supernatural strength and witty personality, Pippi is the world’s most popular troublemaker.

Award-winning Swedish author Astrid Lindgren first wrote the story of Pippi Longstocking for her seven-year old daughter, Karin. It was Karin who created Pippi’s original Swedish name, Pippi Långstrump. Lindgren’s books have been translated into 76 different languages and have sold millions of copies throughout the world. Published in 1945, Pippi Longstocking has remained her most loved work.

This cast features over 30 performers, including Julianna Rigoglioso as Pippi Longstocking, Jeremiah Burch as Tommy, Rachel Weintraub as Annika, Annette Winter as Mrs. Prysselius and Drew Davidson as Captain Longstocking. Completing the cast are Terry Palasz, Kenneth Heaton, Erol Tamerman, Claire Russell, Daniel Moser, Brian Butera, Kimberly Jackson, Madisyn Shipman, Joy Kate Lawson, Rebecca Kurnellas, Dana Konner, Chloe Elaine Scharf, Meridien Terrell, Rachael McVey, Daphne Ciccarelle, Grace Nevin, Morgan Dalhausser, Zachary Brod, Moriah Tobin, Vera Marshall, James Ciccarelle, Isabella Galagarza, Emerson Glick, Irena Kogarova and Molly Oates.

For tickets visit www.PippiNYC.com or call the Box Office at 212-935-5820.