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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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