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The Heiress Hits Mineola High School This Week

The Mineola High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe 276 will present The Heiress on Nov. 22 and 23. Students are now utilizing every last minute rehearsing, in effort to perfect their performance.


Director Matt DeLuca, knew that this was the perfect performance for this group of teenagers. He said, “If I’m ever going to do this play, this is definitely going to be the year.” The director, who is aiming to make this high school performance look like a college performance said, “I have confidence in these talented actors and actresses, I am confident that the audience will be amazed.” 


DeLuca chose The Heiress because of its well-written content. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and suggested by the Henry James novel, Washington Square, this is the emotionally charged tale of a young woman’s desperate search for the love she has been deprived of all her life. The action takes place in Dr. Sloper’s beautifully appointed parlor on Washington Square in New York City in the 1850s.


The drama department has gone to great lengths to create a production that looks as rich as its setting. A gorgeous set and exquisite period costumes have been constructed so that the audience is immediately drawn into Catherine Sloper’s world and, thus, into her life.


Rebecca Bastos, 17, president of the Thespian Society and high school senior, is especially excited about the period costumes. She is taking on the challenging role of the main character, the young heiress, Catherine Sloper.


Bastos who goes through five dress changes (including one with a heavy hoop skirt) explained, “these costumes really make you feel like you become the character. They make the show complete.” She is very excited about opening night explaining her character as, “it is a lot to live up to.”


Quinn Ginsberg, 17, high school senior, as the character of Dr. Austin Sloper, is excited about performing for the first time as a lead character.  “Acting is a freeing experience and it is therapeutic and fun. I love getting into character and performing,” Ginsberg said. “The best part of the experience is seeing the audience’s reaction.”


Matt Eisen, also president of the Thespian Society, 17, and a high school senior, is playing the role of Arthur Townsend. He has participated in a total of eight shows, and he is anticipating the show to be excellent. He said, “My favorite part of putting on the play is everything coming together.”


Senior Michelle Senra, 17, plays Lavinia Penniman, whom she describes as a fun-loving aunt who is very romantic. “I can portray the giddiness of this character in everyday life," she explained. "The costumes represent the character and mirror what is happening.”


These seniors will graduate in the spring, so this is their last major performance at the high school. “Many of these seniors I’ve been working with for years," DeLuca said. "I’ve watched them grow, and I’m definitely going to miss this group.”


Shows are Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre at Mineola High School. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling the Fine Arts office at 516-237-2625 or at the door. Tickets for students are $5 with a student ID.