August 11, 2020

PPAS & The Barricklos

This time of year, many kids are busy applying to middle school and high school.   We spoke with Jenna and Jonah Barricklo about what it’s like to attend a performing arts school.

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Hi! It’s Jenna and Jonah here….

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What is PPAS and why did you want to go?

PPAS stands for the Professional Performing Arts School. It is a public performing arts school in Manhattan for grades 6-12. Every day, for an hour and a half, you have a performing arts class that involves either singing, dancing, acting, or music history. For the rest of the day you have regular classes like a normal middle school.

Jonah: I wanted to go to PPAS because I like performing arts and Jenna goes there.

Jenna: PPAS interested me because I wanted to have a more serious performing arts training in school. I thought it would be great to work on my skills everyday.

Were you nervous about auditioning?

Jonah: No, but I was excited.

Jenna: At first I was nervous because I had never been to a big audition before. I had only auditioned for two shows at the Y so far, so auditioning was still new to me. When I got to the audition I became more relaxed because everyone was so nice and supportive.

What did you prepare to audition and how did you prepare?

For the audition we had to perform a 1-2 minute monologue, and we also had to sing a song from a Broadway musical. Both of these things need to be memorized.

Jonah: I worked with my voice teacher, and my mom to pick a song. I practiced my song and monologue a lot at home. My family helped me a lot!

Jenna: My parents helped me to prepare for my audition. They helped me to interpret and learn my song and monologue. After that I worked on my monologue and song until I had them drilled into my mind.

Did being on stage with RRS help prep you in any way?

Jonah: The experience of being onstage in front of people definitely boosted my confidence.

Jenna: RRS helped me a lot to prepare for my audition. The only experience I had had onstage at the time was one production at the Y, so that helped my self-esteem.

What is the biggest change for you now going to PPAS?

Jonah: I now go to school with more performing arts kids, and I have more of a connection to them because we like the same things. At my old school not a lot of people liked performing arts.

Jenna: The biggest change for me is the commute! I used to wake up at 7:00. I now have to wake up at 6:00. I also used to walk to school everyday, which took about 10-15 minutes. Now, my mom drives me to school, which can take 20-45 minutes. I get a lot less sleep now!

What is your favorite class so far?

Jonah: I don’t have a favorite performing arts class because they are all so much fun! My favorite academic class is Science with Joe, my core teacher, because he describes things in full detail.

Jenna: My favorite class, hmmmm. That’s hard to choose! They are all so much fun. If I had to choose, I would say dance is the most fun of all of my performing arts classes because I get to express myself while being in school! My favorite academic class this year is Humanities because I really like my teacher.

 

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