Written by Sheri ArbitalJacoby Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00
The extremely talented students at The Wheatley School will be performing the spectacular musical Gypsy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 27–29, at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Many gifted cast members from Mineola, East Williston and Albertson will belt out classics from the play.
Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy spotlights Lee’s mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mom.
The musical presents an affectionate look at the hardships of show-biz life while chronicling Rose’s dreams and struggles as she raises her two daughters to perform onstage.
Gypsy has been called the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, and contains many popular songs, including “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Together (Wherever We Go)” and “Let Me Entertain You.”
“Gypsy awakens, for all of us, the romanticized dream of a life in show business. We are fascinated, too, by the darker sides of the business—the hardships behind the curtain and the people who endure those harsh realities beyond the illusion,” explains Wheatley English teacher and the play’s director, Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson.
The actors feel extremely fortune to be working with the veteran director. Gypsy is Leidenfrost-Wilson’s first Wheatley production since Honk! five years ago, as he’s been extremely busy directing the off-Broadway play The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!
“I’m learning so much from working with Mr. Leidenfrost-Wilson,” says Wheatley Theater Company (WTC) president Caitlin Calio of East Williston. “He has a way of explaining his direction that makes it really easy to understand. He has really been helping me, and the rest of the cast, understand our characters overall, and also how they would respond at specific points in the show.”
WTC vice president and Mineola resident Juliana Luber, who plays Rose’s daughter June, elaborates: “I’m beyond excited
to be a part of Gypsy. It has been such a great experience getting to work on such a classic, well-known show.”
The director is equally passionate about his experience. “I had a fantastic time directing these kids. It’s always wonderful watching kids soar and make new discoveries about what they can do,” said Leidenfrost-Wilson.
The cast is truly amazing,” continues Calio, who will be playing Rose’s daughter Louise. “There is so much talent and I am learning from everyone.”
The emotions and excitement are universal. “Playing Mama Rose is a real dream come true for me,” notes WTC secretary Chelsea Wolgel. “It is such a demanding, challenging role, and it’s an honor to be able to play this part for my last WTC show.”
To reserve seats, visit www.ewsdonline.org or call 516-333-1630, ext. 5230. Tickets cost $10, though senior citizen tickets are free, and can also be purchased at the door. The Wheatley School Auditorium is located at 11 Bacon Rd., Old Westbury.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00
Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.
“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”
After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.
Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00
In recognition of the superior care her daughter Marjorie Levine of Albertson, received, the late Elsie Levine, formerly of Great Neck, has bequeathed $100,000 to Life’s WORC. The recently deceased
Levine was an ardent advocate for those suffering from developmental disabilities. According to her daughter Cathy Levine, Elsie Levine turned her grief and pain into action and this gift demonstrates the gratitude and peace of mind Life’s WORC provided for her entire family.
“My mother had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the care my sister received through Life’s WORC,” added Cathy Levine. “Life’s WORC represented the dawn of giving those with special needs a life and an opportunity to reach their potential.”
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
The Mineola 12U intramural team opened its summer season against the East Williston Wildcats at the Willis Avenue field complex in Mineola on Monday, July 7.
East Williston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead due to some Mineola miscues and timely hitting. Mineola starting pitcher Kenny Solosky was strong, allowing only two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.
Mineola began their push back when Zach Buongiovanni crushed a solo home run onto the railroad tracks, just missing a passing train.
Solosky, Jordan Sandler (game winning walk-off single), Phil LaPierre, Kieran O’Gara, Patrick Solosky, Zach Buongiovanni (2 RBIs) and Vin Othman all contributed an RBI in a balanced hitting attack.
Andrew Geagher made a nice defensive play in the shortstop hole at short throwing out the runner by a step. Matt Pardo also made a nice grab off the centerfield wall holding the East Williston player to a double.