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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

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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