Six young people from Westchester and Rockland Counties have landed supporting roles in A Cambodian Lullaby, which opens Thursday, March 31, and runs through April 17 at The Schoolhouse Theater. The production is the New York premiere of this exciting new play that deals with timely issues of the lives of refugees.
Sydnie Heslop, 16, is a resident of Mount Vernon who attends New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities in Yonkers, received acting and dance training at Youth Theater Interactions, also located in Yonkers.
Emily Knutsson lives in Waccabuc and is a sophomore at John Jay High School.
Iris Nguyen is a 17 year-old Vietnamese exchange student who lives with her host family in Nyack.
Catherine Saraceno of Somers, studies theater at Manhattanville College and will graduate this May. She recently starred in the Manhattanville production of The Diary of Anne Frank and worked at the New York Renaissance Faire last summer, where she played the town gossip, Sally Overfence.
Kyle Thomas, 20, is a theater major at CUNY’s City College. He lives with his family in Port Chester and is a graduate of Port Chester High School. Alessandra Tucker lives in Cross River and is a junior at John Jay High School.
Playwright Sokeo Ros, whose family story is the subject of A Cambodian Lullaby, likes to include young people from within the community in which he performs because he remembers how dance impacted him when he was in high school. Sokeo moved from a refugee camp in Thailand to Providence, Rhode Island with his family when he was just three years-old. As a sophomore in high school, he began performing with the Carriage House Performers, a Providence-based hip-hop group at the Everett, a school for the arts and company of artists.