Written by Tim Sieban Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00
New Hyde Park Memorial High School performed Bye Bye Birdie on March 13, 14 and 15.
The largest cast in school history brought the stage to life and thrilled audiences with song, dance and well-timed comic relief.
The show was the third musical directed by Gary Ferrar in New Hyde Park and builds on his previous successes, Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music. Music department chairperson Noel Monat conducted the pit band that provided the music behind the snappy and entertaining songs. David Sime, Chris Micciche and their student stage crew provided lighting and flawlessly executed scene changes.
The story unfolds into a full-blown romantic comedy when a teenage heartthrob Conrad Birdie (Anthony DiMarco, top photo, center) receives orders to report for military duty. While Conrad’s manager Albert Peterson (Nick Sieban) struggles with the imminent loss of his company’s star, Rosie Alvarez (Sarah Manas) comes up with a plan to capitalize on the loss.
Ultimately, the scheme is meant to free Albert from show business to pursue a career in teaching and, more importantly, pursue Alvarez. However, the plan to give one last kiss to a loyal Birdie Fan Club member, Kim MacAfee (Taylor Giallanza), takes some serious twists.
The passions of a teenage boy, Hugo Peabody (Ian McParland) put an end to that 'one last kiss' with one knockout punch. Despite the failure of the plan and the meddling efforts of Albert’s mother (Noelle Becker), love finds a way and the show concludes with one last kiss between Albert and Rosie.
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The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.
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At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.
Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season.
It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball.
Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week.
“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said.