Written by Betsy Abraham, email@example.com Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less is the place for you.
The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.
Director Caitlin Cassidy says she chose this play because it allows students the opportunity to show-off their comedic sides.
“It’s a real ensemble piece and showcases the students in a different way,” Cassidy says. “We have a funny group of students so I thought I would grab the chance to do a comedy.”
She describes the play as similar to a sketch comedy show, in that it is always changing and very fast paced. And while some may think Greek mythology is boring, this play puts a modern, comedic twist to classic stories.
“Everything in the play moves along really fast. It takes something classical and modernizes it. There’s lots of pop culture references that anyone can understand. It’s going to be a show a lot of people will be attracted to,” said senior Kalene Speranza, who plays several roles in the play.
Assistant Director Caroline Parlewicz agrees saying that though she has seen the show several times, it still makes her laugh.
“There’s a lot of new things people can relate to and it incorporates new references,” she said.
In addition to the 26 student cast, Cassidy also recruited the help of three student Assistant Directors. The role of Assistant Director usually consists of taking attendance and running lines, but this time, Cassidy also asked them each to direct their own scene.
“I’ve known these students for several years and I know what they’re capable of, so I wanted to give them an opportunity to be creative,” she said.
Senior James Stamos wasn’t expecting to take such a hands-on role in the creative process of the play, but says he loved directing his scene, “Choices.”
“It was a cool experience," says Stamos. “I loved being able to have my opinion and views heard and the cast seemed to like it so I’m satisfied.”
Senior Sara Christopher usually does sound for the plays, and says being assistant director allowed her more interaction with the actors.
“When I did sound, I was very used to watching the show from the audience’s point of view,” she said. “Being an assistant director is very different because now I have input on their acting style.”
This is the theater’s company’s last play of the year and it will be done “theater in the round” style, which means that the audience is seated in a circle around the cast, allowing for a lot of cast-audience interaction.
The Iliad, the Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less comes to the high school gym April 24-26 at 7 p.m. To find out more call 516-733-2201. Togas are not necessary.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.
In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.
The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:18
The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.
Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
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