Play Cancellation Letdown

Note to readers:

This is the first in what is planned to be a continuing blog tracking the highs and lows of life in the St. Benedict’s community as its members weather the effects of a worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

Newark, N.J., Friday the 13th, March, 2020

Today, Headmaster Fr. Edwin Leahy, O.S.B., announced that all classes would be taught online starting Monday, March 16, and that the Newark Abbey property, which includes St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, would be closed to students for the next two weeks, to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. School officials cancelled many events including the spring play, “American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose.”

In an interview by Podcast Editor James Hunt SY, SBP Drama Guild members Malcolm James SY (at left) and Israel Small UD1 express how the cancellation of the school play affected their school year, while acknowledging the severity of the global situation. Small is also the Design Editor of The Benedict News and James is a designer. The video was filmed by Video Editor Christian Browne-Mixon.

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