Written by Marlo Jappen Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00
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.”
The Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre celebrated its grand opening on Aug. 2 with a series of theatre games for the children. Watson and the kids also watched the classic 1946 family drama It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, after which they discussed and analyzed scenes from the film.
“We’re having more fun than I ever imagined,” Watson said. “I teach in Levittown and I love the kids and families in this community.”
The studio is run entirely by Watson and Koula, along with their six musically inclined children: Lauren, 19, Elizabeth, 20, Kurt, 14, Jake, 15, and Jack, 24.
Apart from his new role as director of the Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre, Watson works full-time as a fifth grade teacher at Northside Elementary school and has over 15 years experience teaching theatre. He said he decided to bring NEAT to Levittown because he noticed nothing like it exists in the community.
“More than anything, I want children to develop a love for the arts and theatre,” Watson said, “but also for them to build confidence and feel good about themselves. If they don’t fit in somewhere else,
I want them to fit in here.”
NEAT offers students in grades 1-12 classes such as beginning acting, drama, improvisation, glee and singing. At the end of the month, Watson said, the children will perform an original comedy that he wrote and directed. He also plans to put on a theatrical version of the 2013 Academy Award winning Disney film Frozen sometime this fall.
“The kids have a lot of fun,” Koula said. “They make a lot of friends and they seem very eager to come back the next day.”
Those interested in registering for summer or fall classes can call 516-520-6328 or visit www.urneat.com.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first Long Island location in Levittown on Oct. 17. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served “Fully Involved” with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse décor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Levittown Fire Department.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:36
Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:32
The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.