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‘Under The Sea’ At East Woods

On April 3 and 4, the East Woods Upper School presented a captivating production of the Disney musical The Little Mermaid, Jr. The stage of the old gym was transformed into an underwater kingdom and a coastal estate, complete with waves lapping against the bow of a majestic, moveable ship. The set was designed, constructed and painted entirely by students, parents and faculty, and was a labor of love, with weekend workshops from morning until night.

The talent of the Upper School students was showcased by the stellar performances of every student involved with the production. With an endearing and very crab-like Sebastian, a beautiful Ariel, a sweet and sincere Prince Eric, a concerned Grimsby, a loyal but frightened Flounder, a very silly Scuttle, an imposing King Triton, a hilarious and memorable Chef Louis, the scheming and sinister Ursula and her “pets” Flotsam and Jetsam, and with the wonderful harmonies sung by the graceful Mersisters, the lively cast of middle school students brought their characters to life. No canned music here, the stage actors were accompanied by their gifted and accomplished fellow students in the pit band. In what has now become an Upper School musical tradition, the kindergarten class participated in the musical as guppies.

Parents, families, friends and fellow students were blown away by the talent, hard work and especially the fun that was evident during all three performances.

 As Artistic Director Orlando Peña said, “My goal was for the students to laugh hard, work hard and go beyond their comfort zone in the safe environment of East Woods...after all, it’s not every day we can be mermaids, mersisters, crabs and seagulls! I just wanted the students to cherish this moment.”

The East Woods student performers clearly did cherish this experience. Whether on the stage, in the band or behind the scenes, they impressed everyone with their talent and dedication.

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News

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.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

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.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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