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Greenburgh Teen Finds Fulfillment On Stage, In Court

Tatsumi Romano, 14, will appear on stage as a villager at the Tilles Center in Long Island on April 19 and at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. May 2.
Tatsumi Romano, 14, will appear on stage as a villager at the Tilles Center in Long Island on April 19 and at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. May 2. Photo Credit: Submitted

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A Greenburgh teen will perform in the Dicapo Opera Theatre's “Pagliacci” tour production .

Tatsumi Romano, 14, will appear on stage as a villager at the Tilles Center on Long Island on April 19 and at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. on May 2.

Romano first got the acting bug at age eight during a school play. She later sought out acting schools and began auditioning, getting her first role as Pinocchio in the premiere production of Pinocchio on the Yorktown Stage.

“I really like becoming another person and just relating my own experiences to a different character,” she said.

In addition to acting, Romano has developed an interest in criminal justice by working with the Center for Court Innovation's youth court in New York City. The court handles minor offenses such as truancy, fighting and shoplifting.

The youth court deals with “restorative justice” that teaches kids about the consequences of their actions and how they can fix them instead of simply handing out punishments, Romano says.

“I'm really interested in helping other people and just listening to their stories because I think even though someone makes a mistake, we really try to listen to what happened before that, how are you doing in school, how's everything at home and we try to get the full picture rather than just focusing on 'you committed an offense and that's it,'” she said.

Romano attends private school in New York City, dividing her after-school time between rehearsals, justice court and homework. She's also working on some of her own songs, but says she's going to continue to focus on acting and the youth court in the future.

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