Bringing a taste of Broadway to Little Falls

It wasn’t an average meeting of the Little Falls Senior Citizens when students from Montclair State University’s musical theatre program sang and danced their way into the hearts of those in attendance at the Civic Center on April 21.

The 14 students are part of a group called “Spark of Creation” headed by Clay James of the Department of Theatre and Dance and coordinator of the University’s musical theatre program, which is considered one of the top 20 programs in the country. Montclair State is the only school in New Jersey that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater. The students who performed for the Little Falls seniors come from across the state as well as the country.

The students performed a variety of songs including “On My Own,” from Les Miserables;  “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Lion King; and “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast.” Other favorites were “Send in the Clowns” and “Put on a Happy Face.”

Little Falls Councilman William Liess, who oversees the Senior Citizens Advisory Board, said the performance was “the highlight of our monthly meetings this past year.”

One member described the performance as “wonderful. I hope they all make it to Broadway.”
Liess said the performance was the first time many of the residents had a chance to experience first hand the talent of the students at Montclair State. “It was an event they will never forget,” he said, “and one that they still speak of.”

The students who make up Spark of Creation are all freshmen, and a new cohort of talented singers and dancers  will perform in the spring for the Little Falls Women’s Club.