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High School Gears Up For Willy Wonka

Students transform auditorium stage

into a fantastical chocolate factory

On a cold night last week, the stage crew of Hicksville High School was still hard at work way past twilight. “We’ve been here since three,” said student Gabe Membreno.  “And I don’t think we will be leaving tonight until 9 or 10.”

The passion the group has is palpable as one walks into the main auditorium at the school. Everyone is busy with the tasks that need to get done for the day in order to meet set deadlines. After all, the upcoming play depends on it.

“I think it’s more stressful for the crew on show nights then it is for the cast,” said James Stamos, a veteran of the theater program since seventh grade who has been both behind and in front of the curtain and is now the program's senior tech officer. “There is so much excitement and chemistry.”

Sara Christopher, a senior who has been in the crew since her freshman year and has done every play, said that it’s a lot of pressure to make sure things go right on show night. “We have to be careful of feedback during the show and making sure that everything is perfect,” she said.

Junior Chris Abernate takes it upon himself to build most of the set as the crew’s construction designer.  While he discusses the ideas with the group’s supervisor he does all of the measurements and dimensions himself. His amazing work will take center stage next week as the Candy Shop/Bucket Household in the high school's production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

And it’s not all about the work, the group agrees. The crew members recruit their own friends into the club, who bring more friends, said Julia Berry. “I joined because a lot of my friends were in it and they asked me to join. I joined my junior year,” she explained. “But the best part of being here is the new friends you make.”

Adriana Tores said that she joined the stage crew because although she always loved Broadway, she had horrible stage fright. “I found something to let me still be involved with something I love without having to deal with my stage fright. And part of my job here is clothes, so, it’s great,” she said.

And at the end of the day, all of the hard work pays off, not only because of the show’s success, but because of the friends that were made. “One of the reasons I love tech crew is because of the people,” Stamos said. “We’re all friends here,” added Membreno. “It’s a safe place where you can be yourself and no one judges you.”

Don’t miss the cast and crew put on their winter musical performance of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from March 13 to March 15 at 7 p.m. at Hicksville High School.

News

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, beads, and paint. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fund raising event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island and allows artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends, family members and others to use originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease. All are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor.

Fran Mulholland from Hicksville along with her friend Emilia Goncalves decorated a bra for last year’s Creative Cups. Their bra was themed “Celebrating Another Birthday.”

Linda Doyle knows how to make a good hot dog. And she doesn’t need a big fancy kitchen or shiny barbeque grill to do it. Rather, Doyle’s famous franks are served out of a small trailer on the side of S. Broadway.

For the past 16 years, passers-by coming along S. Broadway looking for a delicious, cheap bite to eat for lunch or a pre-dinner snack have been stopping by Linda’s Hot Dog Boutique, a simple white trailer adorned by a flag, yellow umbrella and two signs.


Sports

Hicksville High School senior Kyle Carroll recently participated in the prestigious Blue Grey Super Combine in Canton OH. Over 7,000 high school football players are invited to combines sponsored by Blue Grey Football throughout the country. Carroll was recognized for his overall scores and abilities during the one on one drills and was honored to have been chosen as one of 140 athletes invited to the Super Combine at the Football Hall of Fame. From there, a select few will be invited to play in the Blue Grey All-America Bowls in December in Texas and in January in Florida.  

The Super Combine in Canton took place on Fawcett Field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The combine featured some of the top football prospects from around the country. Carroll fit seamlessly into the drills as he displayed impressive work with fast feet and hip turns as well as skilled ball handling ability.

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.


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