Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
It’s the rock musical that electrified a generation. Levels presents a “Next Stage” production of Jonathan Larson’s Rent, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. in Levels, Great Neck Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Levels, the Great Neck Library’s cultural center for teenagers, presents several fully staged theatre productions each year - all directed, produced, designed and performed entirely by students 7th grade and up. “Next Stage” Productions are created, rehearsed and principally financed outside of Levels by advanced students, using Levels as a co-producer and a performance venue.
Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, based loosely on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, Rent is the story of eight friends living in the AIDS ravaged New York City of the 1990s. Roger, Mimi, Tom, Angel, Maureen, Joanne, Benny and Mark struggle with everything from romantic entanglements, to preserving their artistic integrity, to the life and death struggle with a disease that is threatening almost everyone they know.
Rent won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as four Tony Awards (including Best Musical). Tragically, author Larson did not live to see this success, as he died of an aortic aneurysm the morning after the final dress rehearsal. But his last work lived on, becoming the ninth longest running musical in Broadway history. A 2005 movie followed, starring most of the original stage cast, and then a successful Off-Broadway revival was presented at New World Stages in 2011.
This production of Rent is directed by Michael Levinson, who also directed last summer’s “Next Stage” Production, Edges: A Song Cycle. Musical direction is by Jane Coons, with choreography by Ariel Heller-Sabet. Alex Kaufman is assistant director. Matt Sotiriou serves as producer, with lighting design by Christopher Wong and set design by Michael Levinson.
The cast of high school and college students includes Michelle Geffner, Kelsey Gronda, Ariel Heller-Sabet, Alex Kaufman, Justin Kelly, James Kennedy, Michael Levinson, Lili Notovitz, Matthew Sotiriou, Jonathan Schindler, Jacob Szilagi and Gio Xu. The band features Adam Angel on drums, Todd Reiss on guitar and Polina Senderova on keyboard.
Showtime: 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for ticketholders and 7:45 p.m. for non-ticketholders. Tickets are free of charge and are intended to guarantee seating. They are available at the circulation desk of all Great Neck Library facilities while they last. Open to the public. Contact: Levels at 516-466-8055 ext. 216.
Please Note: Rent contains mature language and situations. Audience discretion is advised.
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A cold windy day did not stop the Manor Oaks School students from running in the Second Annual Turkey Trot recently. Gym Teacher Ms. Innella coordinated the event. In order to take part in the run, students were asked to bring in canned food. The food was donated to local families in need, so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
The kids had fun running the race. Some students dressed up as Pilgrims, Indians and even turkeys for the costume contest.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:33) Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials of the Town of North Hempstead. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently participated in the studios 33nd Black Belt Graduation.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Grandmaster Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The foundation for character building and success starts at home. The schools and role models that impact your child’s life assist in reinforcing the aspirations that you have for your child’s development and future.
Children learn this is Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Children learn child safety and stranger training. They are becoming better students at school and better listeners at home.