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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. 

News

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Town of the Taste - September 18

Evening with Jeffery Wands - September 19


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