Written by Christy Hinko, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
Ever since she was a little girl, Floral Park resident, Maria Santangelo has had a way of making animals feel at ease. The 19-year-old college student worked with abused animals as a kid and currently volunteers as a kennel helper at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington. She also has her own pet care and dog walking business in the village.
“I like making all dogs feel comfortable because every one of them has their own temperament,” said Santangelo who started her business two years ago with the help of her stepmother, Anne Marie. “I don’t push them but let them sniff me first so they get used to me.”
Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:00
The largest event in the comic industry, Free Comic Book Day, is taking place on Saturday, May 3, at participating comic book specialty shops across the country and worldwide, including right at Floral Park’s own Superhero Comics.
“People can stop by any time,” said Superhero Comics owner Rich Brindisi. “I hope new customers stop by too and become life-long fans of comic books.”