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Division Avenue High School Presents Into The Woods

The Division Avenue High School music department presented Into the Woods, a magical adventure with a moral and political point of view by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, for three stellar performances. Director Ryan Nolin and vocal director Lisa Levenberg directed the two-act play, and the orchestra, under the direction of conductor Michael Bastone, provided musical accompaniment. 

 

Narrator Matthew Brzezinski led the audience on a journey through the dark side of popular fairytales including “Cinderella” (Dimitra Tzanis), “Little Red Riding Hood” (Brianna Chua), “Jack and the Bean Stalk” (Brendan Skillman), “Rapunzel” (Heather Robertson),

“Snow White” (Lani Volino) and “Sleeping Beauty” (Trish Mollo), with a 35-member cast and crew that explored communal responsibility, growing pains and moral responsibility. The musical’s plot was tied together by an original tale that involves a childless baker (John Genzale) and his wife’s (Kara Burke) wishes to have a child, a witch (Victoria Baquet) who places a curse on them and the interaction of the fairytale characters. Principal Joan Lorelli even lent her artistic talents, in her role as the giant.

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District 

News

Nassau County drivers are up in arms due to the recent implementation of school zone speed cameras, which have issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents beef with the county’s speed cameras stems from the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.

 

Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron said that while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours are still considered a violation period. 

One local mom was concerned about her shy daughter’s first acting class at the newly opened Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre (NEAT) at 166 Center Lane in Levittown; but after her daughter’s lesson with Theatre Director Watson Miller, she was surprised to hear her daughter broke out of her shell, singing not one, but two songs for the class. 

 

“My husband has a very special gift with kids,” Koula Miller said. “He brings out the best in them.” 


Sports

Golfer Annie Park, 19, of Levittown came close at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tourney, but missed the cut, finishing at 149, 9 strokes over par and just one stroke away from the match-play cut-off. 

 

“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” Park said, “but obviously that’s not going to work.”

It might not be what you think of as a traditional sport, but at Eisenhower Park people are doing flips in the air and dangling from harnesses, training at I.FLY, a recreational flying trapeze and circus arts program.

 

Anna Marie Cagnazzi is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”

 

Over a year ago the 30-year-old Bethpage resident had no idea that a regular person could trapeze recreationally. Then a co-worker suggested they try a I.FLY class together. 


Calendar

BOE Meeting - August 13

Job Fair - August 13

Liverpool Shuffle - August 14 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com