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Students Shine in Bye Bye Birdie

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.  

News

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


Calendar

Songfest Tickets - November 19

PTA Meeting - November 19

Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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