Arts & Entertainment Neighbors Schools

Disney’s Descendants Takes Stage At Local School

Come PLAY in the PAC from Thursday through Sunday.

Meg Nowacyzk, Emily Bruni.
Credit: Bridget Gorman

Come PLAY in the PAC from Thursday through Sunday.

It’s PLAY time again at Villa Joseph Marie, the premier, private, all-girls college preparatory academically comprehensive experience in Bucks County. All are welcome to experience the talents, enthusiasm and artistic devotion of the performers in this state-of-the-art, 600- person seating capacity Performing Arts Center [PAC] auditorium.
The PAC is the perfect venue for theater performances, recitals, and presentations.

This brand-new “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical” play is jam-packed with comedy, adventure, Disney characters, and captivating hit songs from the films for all ages.
The entire engaging cast of Descendants passionately performs with BIG personalities and a unique, capturing stage presence that will win the crowd.

“Let your dreams take flight…. And your heart ignite….”

VJM Performing Arts Administrator/ Fine Arts Chair, Mrs. Melissa Holdren, and her talented, vivacious cast and crew from the all-girls student body often call in reinforcements from local schools including Holy Ghost, Archbishop Wood, Pennsbury HS, and Archbishop Ryan for the male roles.

Makenna Buchinski
Credit: Bridget Gorman

Advance tickets are required but will be available for purchase online up until showtime:
$20 ADULTS [18+] / $15 CHILDREN, STUDENTS [under 18]
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday show time 7:00 p.m. Sunday show time 2:00 p.m.

Sunday Brunch with the Characters Sunday, April 2, 2023 Noon-1:30pm
Activities for the kids will be provided throughout the brunch which is a great opportunity for the young audience to use up that extra energy before sitting down for the show. 
Join this fun “party” with the four evils — Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay, as well as Prince Ben.
*Under 2 are free but are considered lap children and will not have their own designated seat at the brunch or show. If his/her own seat is preferred, please purchase an “under 13” ticket.

*Star Wands are available for purchase in the lobby.

Now, so it seems, changes are afoot in an idyllic land called Auradon and the VJM stage is well prepared to vibrantly and enthusiastically present “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical”.

Madison Sperduto, Aliyah Wishahi, Donald Holdren
Credit: Bridget Gorman

The teenaged children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil have been imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost and have never ventured off the island… until now. 
Four of the offspring of the most infamous villains, the troublemakers, are sent to attend Auradon Prep school alongside the children of beloved Disney heroes. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have been tasked with stealing the Fairy Godmother’s magic wand and restoring their parents to power. 
A Rotten to the Core clash between good and evil! 
They will be presented with a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or do they have the potential to learn to be good?

Meet some of the leaders at the PAC…..not only actors, they are multi-talented young ladies.

“Don’t be afraid to be who you are.
Just dream out and shout and follow the stars….”

Lauren K. Abbamont ’23 is the Vice President of the Drama Board and a student in the VJM Theatre Tech class. She has also been recognized by Widener University, NBC10 and Telemundo62 as a recipient of the 2022 High School Leadership Awards.
She will be performing “comic relief” as Jay, Jafar’s son.

Paige E. Veneziale ’23 is an NHS member and the President of the Drama Board. 
She enjoys theatre and loves art!
She will be portraying Mal, Maleficent’s daughter. “I enjoy my friend group from the plays and I get to meet new friends from other schools as I also work on my public speaking.”

Erica M. Johnson ’24 is the co-captain of the VJM tennis team who participated in the District One 2A Doubles Tournament and she loves plays and music. She will be singing and dancing as an Auradonian in the ensemble. “Being in the plays is a fun time with a good group of people!”

Emily G. Schmidt ’25 is also a student in the VJM Theatre Tech class. She is the Sound Board Operator and she quite adeptly runs the sound booth. “I enjoy the plays, just not being on the stage!”
She has many creative outlets. Her cardboard and glue gun rendition of Villa Joseph Marie earned a significant spotlight in the Art classroom. 

Major kudos to the students who created the background sets and props, and run the Sound Board, the Light Board, and Projection Screens and the curtain! Vocal/ Music Director, Alissa B. Nelson masterfully runs the pre-recorded music during the play.

“Did you know that it’s true
Everything is possible…. There’s nothing we can’t do…”

Please join us as we celebrate the students, musical theater, and education!

For questions regarding tickets to “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical”, please contact Erica Franzzo ’03, Communications Manager, at

About the author

Cate Murway