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Seussical Jr. Thrills Audiences

Last weekend, the actors of the Our Lady of Victory Drama Club presented Seussical Jr., thrilling show-goers who adore not only the classics of Dr. Seuss, but the work of their own local Floral Park actors.

Seussical Jr., written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, combines the much loved Seuss tales of Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and many others into one story.

“Horton teaches everyone how important each and every one of us are; Gertrude learns to love herself the way she is; Mayzie learns to be less selfish and to think of others—so many great lessons that we need to remember every day, no matter our age,” said Donna Lindskog, club moderator and show director. In the show’s Playbill, she said, “One lesson I continue to learn is that we learn so much by watching our children. I watched a cast work hard and come together as one...I watched them support each other and share themselves each week.”

In the first act, performers delivered more than 15 show-stopping musical numbers, including “Horton Hears A Who” and “Gertrude McFuzz,” followed by 13 more musical treats in the second half of the show.

Younger members of the audience were especially taken with the familiar characters on stage. After the show, Horton’s message, A person’s a person no matter how small, was echoed throughout the auditorium by young children eager to meet the talented performers.

The cast and crew included:

Kaitlin Walsh as “The Cat in the Hat”

Joseph Merino as “JoJo”

Eushin Vitale as “The Girl”

Sarah Lindskog as “Horton the Elephant”

Lourdes Rohan as “Gertrude McFuzz”

Ashley Caturano as “Mayzie La Bird”

Caitlin Fitzgerald as “Sour Kangaroo”

Caroline Chun as “Young Kangaroo”

Maeve Boyle, Katie Lavin, Elizabeth Bavaro, and Kayla Mitchell as “The Wickershams”

Juliana Merino as “Mr. Mayor”

Lauren Firoz as “Mrs. Mayor”

Emily Lynn and Eushin Vitale as “Bird Girls”

Emily Lynn as “Yertle the Turtle”

Jarred Arendt as “The Grinch”

Megan O’Donnell as “Thing 1”

Mary Donnelly as “Thing 2”

Victoria Valencia as “Vlad Vladikoff”

Sheila Walsh and Lori Stone were in charge of set design and construction. Kaitlyn McCleary was the stage manager and Victoria Craig was in charge of the stage crew.

News

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  

Elmont Library reneges on Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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