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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughters of Divine Charity

Hill and Farrell Students Visit the Harry Connick Jr. Show Set

Tune in to Harry on February 5th, 9th, and 12th to spot our students in the audience!

On January 31st, both Hill and Farrell students were given the opportunity to get a first-hand look into the makings of a major network production.  They were able to see the intricacies of these productions and how many people are involved.  Larissa Guida's experience at the show left her with a new found appreciation for what happens on and off camera.  “Attending the Harry live taping was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I could feel the energy in the room and it opened my eyes to how much work and effort is made by hundreds of people to create just one episode.” 

The first guest of the day was the legendary, Rita Moreno.  She was part of the show’s “Icons Series” in which Harry spotlights icons who have greatly impacted his life.  She spoke about the struggles of being a woman in the film industry and how it affected her throughout her life.  Hill Senior, Julia LoCascio, was left awe-struck upon being in the presence of her childhood idol.  “I grew up idolizing her character Anita, her stage presence, and her persona as that of a confident and independent woman in an extremely tough industry.”  Olivia Vota was also left speechless upon seeing Rita Moreno, one of her favorite actresses.  “Seeing her brought tears to my eyes!”

The next guests of the day were the Impractical Jokers, who are alumni of Monsignor Farrell.  Three out of four Jokers, Joseph "Joe" Gatto, James "Murr" Murray and Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano, were there to promote the upcoming season of their show.  It was great for the students to see fellow Staten Islanders succeed in the entertainment industry. 

In addition to being part of the show, they received a private tour of CBS Studios' Inside Edition set.  The students got to see all of the elements that go into the production.  They were given an inside look at the control room and even met some of the staff.  This was definitely a highlight for Nicolette Karabaic.  “Touring the CBS Studio was really cool because we got to see how much goes into filming and broadcasting a show!”


After the show, Harry Connick Jr. was kind enough to stay and answer some questions. The students were given a rare opportunity to interact with him in a one on one environment.  He offered great insights and was able to give our students a different perspective into the industry that so many show interest in.  Christie Chahwan, who is currently deciding her major, used this opportunity to gain insight into careers in the entertainment industry.  “I enjoyed seeing different aspects of the world of TV, as well as understanding all the roles and work that goes into it.” 


Please CLICK HERE to see more behind the scenes photos 
CLICK HERE to read our article in the Staten Island Advance.