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New Era Of Theater

Spring musical Anything Goes

opens this weekend

Peter Rufa is in his first year as the supervisor of the Fine and Performing Arts Department for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Schools. As a result of his efforts, the spring musical Anything Goes promises to achieve a new level of professionalism. Performances will take place at the Oyster Bay Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. 

 

Christopher Canadeo (Elisha J. Whitney) is in his sophomore year.  This is Christopher’s first-ever theatrical performance. Mia DiMeo (flirty passenger) has still learned new things about the wondrous stage even though this is not her first show at OBHS, Mia. Laurel Dorfman (Mrs. Harcourt) is a junior at OBHS and is performing in her third musical.

 

Megan Fives (Charity) is a 10th-grade honors student that has been involved in Oyster Bay’s performing arts since middle school where she first developed her love for musical theater.  Beth Anne Gallagher (Hope Harcourt) is a junior in high school and is thrilled to be in this year’s production of Anything Goes.  Bryan Gallagher (Ching) is a freshman at Oyster Bay High School. This is Bryan’s first performance in front of the curtain. Olivia Grady (Ling/Passenger), a junior, is appearing in her third OBHS spring musical.  Elizabeth Gurdus (Reno Sweeney) is a senior and is taking the stage in her fifth and final OBHS Spring Musical. Erica Haguisan (Upper-class Passenger) is a sophomore and is performing in her fourth musical at OBHS. Julia Iacoviello (Passenger) is an eighth-grader at OBHS. She is looking forward to being in her first play. Michael Jorge-Rivera (Captain) is a sophomore at OBHS. He has past theatrical experience in last year’s production of Footloose. Aubri Juhasz (Reporter/Soloist) is a junior taking part in her first Oyster Bay High School production. Daniel Juhasz (Sailor) is an eighth grader, and this is his first play. Hannah Kaufman (Photographer) is a sophomore and is very excited to be a part of her second musical at OBHS. Virginia Kemp (Chastity) is very excited to be a part of this year’s school musical. As a junior this is Virginia’s third show, but she has more experience outside of school. Matthew Mahoski (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh) is a junior at Oyster Bay High School. Nathalie Mejia (Bonnie) is a ninth-grade honor student whose love for music led her to audition for her first musical this year. James Peitz (Moonface Martin) is excited to be making his OBHS play debut. Savannah Rose Green (Virtue) is performing in her second high school musical. She is a member of Mixed Chorus and plays the oboe in the Symphonic Band. Michael Schuler (Purser/Sailor 1) is a top level varsity athlete. Matthew Treiber (Billy Crocker) is a junior  at Oyster Bay and is participating in his fourth high school musical.  Danilo Tumasella (Steward/Sailor 2) is very excited to be in this production of Anything Goes. This is his fourth time being in a school musical. Ernest Muller (Stage Manager) has participated in almost every single music and theater program in Oyster Bay High School. Jasmine Williams (Stage Manager) has been acting and singing for several years now. Stephen C. Pagano (Vocal Director) began his musical career at Nassau Community College with The Fantasticks and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, directed by Billy Crystal. Joann Alerte (Clarinet) is a senior and a member of Oyster Bay High School’s Wind Ensemble. Daniel Bach (Guitar) has been involved with Performing Arts at Oyster Bay for many years. Ian Estevez (Trumpet) is a senior and has been a member of the Wind Ensemble for three years. Angelica Green (Flute) is an active member of the programs offered in the music department of Oyster Bay High School. Ryan Maloney (Percussion) is a sophomore at Oyster Bay High School. Steven Matthews (Percussion) is an aspiring musician and composer whose works have been published and performed mainly by him.  Halsey Quinn (Oboe) is an active member of the Oyster Bay High School community.  Christopher Sadocha (Trombone) is currently a senior who will be attending SUNY Cortland next year. Dean Smiros (Tenor/Bari Saxophone) is a senior at Oyster Bay High School. Mark Stutzmann (Alto Saxophone) is a junior at Oyster Bay High School and is playing in the pit band for the first time.

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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