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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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