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Editorial: Footloose and Fancy Free!

We truly enjoyed the Oyster Bay High School production of Footloose the musical, that took place on March 30, 31 and April 1, the day we caught the matinee. It was another great performance.

Part of the fun is recognizing the students who have already appeared in the pages of the Enterprise Pilot. That is what is so great about living in a small town, where you recognize the names of the children and instantly recall details about their parents, and sometimes, grandparents.

Sometimes when you see a Broadway show, the second act can be a letdown. Not the case with Footloose. The second act gave the performers the chance to do great solos as they carried the story forward. It was a delight to enjoy their talented performances. We even teared up when Boyd Warwick-Clark made his final sermon in the second act. Imagine crying at a school play performance – but his speech was so touching and well said and – with feeling.

Jonathan Ramirez did a convincing job in the lead, as Ren McCormack, the new kid on the block. Elizabeth Gurdus was a great “preacher’s kid.”

In her final speech, Alexa Ritacco, as Mrs. McCormack was in “full character” as she delivered her lines, a kudo for someone so young. Matthew Mahoski did a great job as the awkward dancer turned “star.” You have to have seen it!

All in all, the singing and dancing was spectacular. The choreography was superb. One of our favorite things is to see how the stage morphs from one scene to the next. Marvelous work again from Frank Imperiale, Oyster Bay High School assistant principal and theater pro.

Harriet Dorfman made a small speech after the intermission. Well, it was really a commercial for the Performing Arts Center. It is self-supporting and as such, needs your support. There are still seats that need sponsoring for $250 each.

In honor of retiring director/musical director Linda R. Gissinger, Ms. Dorfman said they are dedicating a seat in the center of the orchestra to her. Each seat sponsored receives a brass plaque.

At the end of the Sunday performance, as per tradition, all the graduating seniors received a bouquet of flowers. OBHS is a family affair.

We have to apologize for not recognizing all of the performers, but it is just a question of space. We did take photographs at the show and will see how they turned out to present to you in the next issue of the Enterprise Pilot.

It’s a great town!                   

- DFK