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Shakespeare, With A Twist

The North Shore High School’s cast and crew of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare delivered three spectacular performances during the weekend of  Nov. 22.  The play was comprised of comedic twists of Shakespeare’s 37 works.

Each work was somewhat modernized and  condensed to a few minutes to fit all of them into the performance. The quick changes of plot and characters kept the audience on the edge of their seats and yearning for more.

 

Although there were many acts, the cast was small and the venue was intimate. The seating surrounded the stage, enabling the cast to interact with the audience throughout the entire performance. The narrators of the play made it extremely easy for people to follow along if they were not familiar with each of Shakespeare’s works. The play was suitable for not only high school students, but adults as well. Many North Shore School District teachers attended  the performances to have a laugh while supporting their former and current  students. 

 

Danielle Lynn, a North Shore High School senior, said, “The play was hilarious, creative, and it was great to see my friends perform on stage. All of their hard work paid off.” 

 

An audience favorite was the iconic Romeo and Juliet skit performed by two boys. Tyler Melson played the part of Romeo Montague and Joe Doyle played Juliet Capulet. It was an unconventional spoof and caused the entire audience to burst with laughter. It was a great example of the creativity and boldness possessed by the cast and crew.

 

The play would not have been a success without all of the helping hands behind the curtain. The make-up, costume, scenery, and stage crews were running around making sure everything was in its right place, and that the cast was ready to perform. Both the cast and crew spent the majority of their afternoons and nights preparing for the actual performances.

Their dedication and hard work was evident from the smooth and successful performances.

 

Kevin Quinn, a member of the cast and high school senior, says, “Working on this play and learning from my peers has made me grow as a performer. We all came
together and the fun we had making art on the stage was reflected in our performance.”

 

The North Shore High School Performing Arts Department has more performances in store. The Senior Play will be performed this winter, and a musical will be performed in the spring. For more information about the North Shore

Performing Arts Department and future performances, visit the North Shore School District website at www.northshoreschools.org. 


News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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