StoryCorps' Animated Short on Nicholas Petron to Show at BAM Animation Block Party

Top Quote Adelphi Professor, Nicholas Petron will participate in a Q&A following the showing of an animated version of an interview he had with StoryCorps at the BAM Animation Block Party. End Quote
  • Nassau-Suffolk, NY (1888PressRelease) July 27, 2013 - On Friday, July 26, 2013, as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Animation Block Party, StoryCorps will screen some of its original animated shorts, including one on Nicholas Petron, '73, chair and professor in the theatre department at Adelphi University. Petron will participate in a Q&A following the showing about what it was like to be animated. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at BAM Rose, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

    StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit that conducts interviews with people from all different walks of life. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. The stories are aired weekly on NPR's Morning Addition and can be found on its Listen page.

    The animated shorts series are cartoon versions of some StoryCorps' most popular radio stories. Last November, StoryCorps released the animated version of Petron's interview called, "Sunday at Roccos." Rocco, Petron's grandfather, moved to New York City from Italy and was the owner and superintendent of an apartment building where much of his family resided. In the original interview, Petron shares his memories of his grandfather and their family traditions.

    Nicholas Petron received his bachelor's degree in theatre from Kansas Wesleyan University and his masters from Adelphi. His first major role was as the Prince in The King and I, followed by nine years in theatre. On television, Petron has done commercials for Ponderosa Steak House and Eagle Brand snacks. He is the voice of characters in the Children's Television Workshop. Petron has directed Uncle Vanya, Holy Ghosts, The Rimers of Eldridge, Come back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Moonchildren and Steel Magnolias, among others.

    About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs-The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work-the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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