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St. Kilian Players Present Wizard Of Oz

Starting July 26, the St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church in Farmingdale will feature a production of the hit musical, The Wizard of Oz. 


Based on a classic tale—first penned as a children’s novel by L. Frank Baum in 1900 and later transformed into a major motion picture by Metro-Goldwyn Meyer in 1939— The Wizard of Oz tells the story of a girl named Dorothy Gale, played by Zoe Neyer, and her dog Toto, who after being thrown into a twister end up in the Land of Oz. 


Trying to find her way home, Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch of the North, played by Angela Roedig, who instructs her to “follow the Yellow Brick Road.”


The Roedig family is well represented in this production with her son Thomas performing in the ensemble and daughters Danielle, Mary and Theresa performing as Scarecrow dancers.


Along the way, Dorothy meets three traveling companions in need of help. There is a scarecrow, played by Steven Cottonaro, a Cowardly lion, played by Ed Brancato, and a Tin Man, played by Brian McKenna. 


However, McKenna is not completely relying on the Wizard to find a heart. He is also getting help from his two daughters, Theresa and Grace, who were practically raised on the St. Kilian stage.


“I attended rehearsals every summer and would make friends with all the young kids in the cast and when not on stage, we would have fun playing together,” Theresa said. 


But, the four travelers are not alone on their quest as they encounter the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Kathy Cruickshank, who attempts to intimidate Dorothy into giving up her ruby slippers. 


Perhaps, Cruickshank should have asked her sister Karen O’Rourke, who plays Auntie Em in the production, and grandchildren Meghan and Annie for help. 


Traveling the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy and friends finally arrive at the Emerald City where the gatekeeper, played by Bob Kuppelmeyer, tries to discourage the travelers from seeing the Wizard and ultimately getting home. Under the direction of Tina Lauro, who first began with the St. Kilian Player family in 1991, producer Lynda Diurno, who started in the SKP’s first production of West Side Story in 1988, and assistant director/costume designer Cynthia Neyer, this classic musical comes to life on the St. Kilian stage. 


“The SKP are a true Christian community as they are compassionate, tolerant, and encouraging” says Diane Coleman, mother of Nicholas, an autistic cast member. “Everyone has bad days and when

Nicholas has one, no one shuns him but rather says ‘you’re having a bad day today, but tomorrow will be better.’”


The production is already causing a lot of excitement in the community, with everyone involved anticipating a most wonderful and delightful peformance by the SKP. 


Showtimes are July 26 at 7 p.m., July 27 at 2 p.m., Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., and Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. The performance will be held in the St. Kilian auditorium on Cherry Street in Farmingdale. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the church rectory at 485 Conklin St. during normal business hours. Or call 516-249-0127 for reservations. Tickets will also be sold at the door prior to showtime. 


More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.

Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.


Farmingdale squeaks by Massapequa

The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.

The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before  halftime and the heavy rain that followed.

Town sports shifts to hockey

It’s almost time to hit the ice again.

The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.

“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”


Junior Varsity Football At Baldwin High School

Saturday, September 27

Girls Varsity Tennis At Malverne High School

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Varsity Volleyball Versus Massapequa High School

Wednesday, October 1


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