This year’s presentation of A (Virtual) Christmas Carol is dedicated to the memory of 14-year-old Mary Socci – one of NewArts’ most dedicated family members. Mary lost a valiant two-year battle with cancer on November 14th.
There is no charge to view the performances of A (Virtual) Christmas Carol but we do suggest a $15 dollar donation for individuals and $30 for families. Larger donations are, of course, also welcome. All proceeds go towards future NewArts programming and youth empowerment activities.
From Lew Socci, Mary’s father:
“New Arts and ARC are loved by everyone in the Socci Family. All three Socci girls, Susan, Mary, and Jennifer came to New Arts in their own time at their own pace. One thing that was clearly evident about their participation was that each child grew in an exponential way. But Mary, my middle child, quickly and quietly became the embodiment of the values taught by the foundation. She stood out. Her power pose and power statement were clearly present in her daily life. Her concern for the greater good and desire to elevate those around her was heartfelt and visible. You see Mary got it! Dr. Baroody’s vision, and now it was her vision too. It governed her life. Mary defined Mary, She knew her passions and pushed out her comfort zone. The grit she would show in her life was epic. New Arts is producing more than high quality theater. New Arts and The ARC program are producing resilient, passionate, children that embrace challenges.
In Mary’s last show (Newsies) I wrote her a note before the show. It read: ‘Mary, You are my hero. I love you so much! Rise above, Go Beyond. It is what you do.’
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