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Mamaroneck Student Takes PACE Stage for First Time

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Tommy Murphy performed as Steve in the entirely student-written "Musical Collage", his first ever acting role and the Mamaroneck High School PACE program's first production of the year.

This year's "Musical Collage", which follows the young actors from the cradle to college, was written and composed in its entirety by PACE's seniors for the first time.

"Every line of the script and every note of the score is going to be student work," said music teacher Bill Derby.

Murphy, a junior, may not have helped to write this year's "Musical Collage", but will have his chance next year. For this performance, he spent the first month of school preparing for his role, which, he said, paid off when the curtain went down on their third and final performance Saturday night.

"This is the first show I've actually had a part in," said Murphy, a Mamaroneck resident who has been a part of the PACE program since he was a freshman.

The show concludes with the students at graduation in their caps and gowns, which Derby said is appropriate since the seniors on stage, and behind the scenes, will graduate at the end of the school year.

Also debuting from their directors chairs were PACE's new dance and theater teachers Alison Parsley and Zachary Moore, respectively, who worked in tandem with music teacher Bill Derby in this three-part collaboration.

"It's a nice introduction for us, that the first show is something that we all work on together," Moore said. "The whole point of this program is the crossover of the arts and how they can help each other and work with each other."

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