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Children’s Museum Launches Friends Of The Theatre

A family from Oyster Bay recently had the unique opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. From the moment they entered the museum to their big moment in the spotlight, participants got to experience at least some of what the performers in the 145-seat theater do.

The tour, the very first of its kind, is an offering made exclusively available to Friends of the Theatre (FOTT) members. Theater Program Coordinator Cindy-Lou Edwards is overseeing the new initiative and says it was a way of thanking the families who have been coming for years to the programs at the theater.

The tour began when the participants entered through a secret door in the museum.

“Many of our staff don’t even know about this door,” said Theater Director Jim Packard.

On the other side, they found what is referred to in show business as the “green room,” although no one is quite certain why. According to Packard, one of the theories is that traditionally, the room where the performers wait for their time to go out on stage would have been outside on grass, hence the name.

Backstage, participants fiddled with the lighting and sound systems. On stage they experienced the magic of lighting. With lights of three colors, red, blue and green, they were able to make shadows in varying shades of the rainbow.

As the group moved around the stage, they learned theater lingo--being asked to move from stage right to stage left, upstage and down and to the “house,” where the audience sits.

According to Maureen P. Mangan, director of marketing and communications, “The success of last year’s ‘Puppet’s Take Long Island’ festival served as a catalyst for the FOTT program.”

The festival took place over an eight-week period and included a different puppeteer each week. Families were given a punch card to track their performances. Those who attended all eight were given a t-shirt.  Watching families return week after week gave theater directors the idea to reward that loyalty in a more meaningful way.

The LICM has set its mission to be a place where visitors of all ages can explore freely, discover their passions and appreciate the communities and world we share. With the inception of the FOTT program, visitors will now not only get to watch a series of wonderful performances from “the house,” but will have more opportunities to interact with the performers and experience their practice.

“We want to help children to find their voice,” said Edwards.

And find their voice they have. During their first interactive workshop, children got to experience the feeling of welcoming the audience to the theater while under the spotlight and standing downstage center. Three-year-old Rosabella Memon, whose mom says she has a hard time getting her to say hello to relatives, decided to belt out the song “Let It Go,” from Disney’s Frozen, the moment she was handed the microphone.

Anyone interested in joining the FOTT program can contact Cindy-Lou Edwards, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

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.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

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.


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Ghastly Grounds

Thursday, October 30

Trick Or Treat

Friday, October 31

Long Island Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, November 2



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