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MacArthur’s Got Variety

For two nights, MacArthur High School’s senior students took to the stage to perform an array of comedic sketches and musical/dance numbers as part of Levittown’s annual Variety Show. Traditionally, MacArthur High School seniors peform in the variety show to help fundraise for the senior class. 

 

Billy Butler, a MacArthur senior and member of the Peer Leader dance number, said that participating in the show takes great commitment. 

 

“No matter what else is going on, I know I have to be there,” Butler said of his rehersal schedule.

 

Faculty advisor Christina Reynolds said that preparation for the show requires 100 percent commitment, even from the busiest students in the school. In order to get ready for showtime, on May 17, students practiced two hours each night for the last two and a half weeks.

 

“For a variety show that is, at times, rough and ready, it comes together nicely and is a wonderful high school memory,” Reynolds said.

 

The show is a collection of skits that spoof moments in high school day-to-day life, as well as feature more serious musical talent. For MacArthur High School student Ben Zilka, who participated in the skit “Senior Parking Lot” and dance routine “Battle of the Boy Bands,” the annual variety show is a way to help build commraderie among classmates by bringing the senior class together. 

 

“We have been looking forward to this since freshman year and have been planning our skits the entire time we’ve been in high school,” Zilka said. 

 

Lauryn Stillman described the show in a similar fashion, as a means for seniors to become closer, while Sal Randazzo called it “senior memory.”  

 

“It’s a tradition,” said Randazzo. “Our turn to show off our talents and have fun.”

 

“Senior Parking Lot” tells of the everyday confusion caused by students driving their cars in a high school parking lot, while “Substitute Teacher” mocks a substitute teacher’s inability to correctly pronounce students’ names. 

 

The show also featured several dance numbers, including an epic showdown between N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys. There was also a performance by the senior chorus, a hula-hoop number, a color guard demonstration and much more, all leading up to the finale, which this year featured a dance number by the Peer Leaders and choreographed by Lindsay Lippolt. 

 

“The variety show is a great way for seniors to express themselves and showcase talents that their peers may not have been aware of,” said MacArthur student James Knoebel.

News

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


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