A familiar face from the Glen Cove drama scene, Melissa Rapelje, will be at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, playing the role of Daphne in the new family musical, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries.
“It’s really fun portraying a cartoon character. I always loved Daphne,” Rapelje told the Record Pilot. She adds that she enjoyed doing the research for the part, and always looked up to the character. “Daphne being just pretty and dumb is a common misconception. She’s conscious of fashion but always does her part in investigating the mysteries.”
Rapelje, a 2008 graduate of Glen Cove High School, has been dancing since age 7 and had her first leading role in Anything Goes, while in eighth grade at Robert M. Finley Middle School. She says that was the moment when she knew she wanted to pursue acting as a career, and continued to perform in school plays throughout high school, and taking on the job as president of the Masquers Club for three years.
Since graduating from high school, Melissa went on to study at NYU Steinhardt and has been in numerous shows, including Off-Broadway’sThe Awesome ‘80s Prom, the New York premiere of The Fix (Tina McCoy), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy), Sweet Charity (Charity), H2$ (Rosemary), Sweet Smell of Success (Dance Captain), Guys & Dolls, Anything Goes, as well as numerous new works and readings. She has been featured in several concerts in NYC at venues including Birdland, Ars Nova, Le Poisson Rouge, The Metropolitan Room, and many more.
At the show, she says audiences can expect a fun time, with “extremely accurate” portrayals of the mystery gang.
“The first day of rehearsal, we all knew exactly who was playing who,” she says.
While her character plays a key role, she notes that Scooby Doo is the biggest draw for the kids.
“They love seeing the cartoon character come to life on stage.”
The show runs from Friday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, Feb. 24, Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster phone charge 1-866-858-0008
Online: beacontheatre.com and ticketmaster.com. For information on the Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries tour visit: www.scoobydoolive.com.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”