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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

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

Calendar

Mammography Van

Thursday, July 17

History Walk

Saturday, July 19

Dessert in a Jar

Monday, July 21



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