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, 22 October 2014 00:00
Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV-D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.
The enterovirus disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.
Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:00
Audition Hosts: Eleanor Rigby’s Restauant, Mineola Village Hall, Piccola Bussola and Plum Tomatoes
Audition Team: Master Performance Artist Ed Dennehy of Huntington/ formerly of Mineola
Robert Busch, Little Neck and Melville Fire Department, Adrian Gaeckler: Oyster Bay/ Nassau Coliseum Staff, Nigel Gretton: Hempstead/ St John’s University Performing Arts Chair Lady Laura, Hempstead/ Global Performing Artist, Ralph DeSalvo: Williston Park, Musician/ Band Leader.
Al Trompeter, Entertainment Promoter
Special Touches: Bagelman of Mineola ( Entertainment Committee Host)
Creations de Belle of Mineola (Street Decorations/ Balloons)
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs ended last year’s playoff run in a 34-6 drubbing from the West Hempstead Rams. Mineola was poised for another post season push in 2014 and it showed last week, with a 15-14 victory over the Rams in homecoming weekend.
With a slow start in the first half, Mineola (4-1) put their first points on the board in the second quarter with a field goal by senior Robert Lang. After a touchdown by the Rams (2-3), they headed into halftime 7-3.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
Despite two goals from Liam Going, the BU11 Mineola FC squad fell to a relentless and talented Hota Panthers team at Soccer Park in Plainview on Sept. 6. Hota jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Going connected on his first tally, launching a 30-yard free kick that dropped over the Hota keeper. The Mineola striker’s second goal brought his team to within two goals of their opponent, but Hota scored several more goals in the second half in a strong performance. Mineola’s Nicholas Buffolino and Luke Sommese gave solid efforts for Mineola in the season-opener for both teams.