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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

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com