Taking the Stage: Andrew Pulver ’14

Andrew Pulver ’14, a budding singer and actor, embraced the stage as a second home early in life, making his Carnegie Hall debut performing “Ave Maria” when he was only a fifth grader at Oak Knoll.

Pulver, now a junior at Newark Academy, came back to Oak Knoll’s Mother Mary Campion Center for the Performing Arts in April 2018 to assume the role of the prince in the Upper School musical performance of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” 

He is similarly expected to return this spring to perform in the Upper School musical performance of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

For Pulver, Cinderella was a homecoming both as a student and performer.

“It’s great to come back to Oak Knoll School, where I feel at home and have many wonderful memories. I really enjoyed performing here with my former classmates and in front of my former teachers,” Pulver said.

Though “Cinderella” was the first musical in which he performed, he said he was ready for the challenge and enjoyed how it had brought him back to Oak Knoll.

“While I was at Oak Knoll, I was very active in the performing arts,” Pulver said. “I often sang at Oak Knoll assemblies, and my teachers and classmates were incredibly supportive. I really appreciated that when Lower School Principal Joanne Ainsworth retired, I sang at her goodbye assembly. It was such an honor.”

The school’s support continued when Christine Spies became Lower School Division Head, he said, allowing him to work with his teachers to complete his studies despite missing class time after being offered a role at the Metropolitan Opera.

During his years at Oak Knoll, Pulver also sang in the New Jersey Youth Choir and studied piano and voice privately, which he continues to do now.
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Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.

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