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Theater Tickets Anyone?

Port Stars Appearing in Mame at

Herricks Community Theater

Herricks Community Players is busy this month performing Mame, directed by John Hayes, at Herricks Community Center. One local rising star is 9-year-old Ian Miller, a Manorhaven Elementary School 4th-grader who plays the role of young Patrick Dennis. Jacob Glickman plays the adult Patrick Dennis, and Mame herself, the leading role, is played by Rachel Zampino who along with her husband has been a Port resident for twenty years and raised two daughters here -- both Schreiber graduates.  

“I used to perform with the Port Singers,” said Zampino. “After they disbanded, a few of us migrated over to the wonderful Herricks Community Players.” Penny Payne, one of the costume designers and choreographers, is also a long-time Port resident.  

Zampino is a lawyer who works for a judge in the NY State Supreme Court in Nassau County. She keeps in shape while practicing yoga at Yoga Life, and studies ballet at the Berest Dance Center. She views Mame as the most wonderful character she’s ever had the chance to know. “My character is a high-living, free-spirited woman who’s suddenly faced with the responsibility of raising her orphaned nephew,” said Zampino. Through all the ups and downs they go through together, Mame comes to learn that loving and caring for someone is the deepest and most joyful experience of all. “It’s really a beautiful story,” she added.

The role of older Patrick is played by former Schreiber student Jacob Glickman, who now resides in Manhattan. “I keep busy writing original music and pursuing theater roles on Long Island and NYC,” says Glickman, who graduated in 2005 from the BOCES Cultural Arts Center. “My folks are still in Port Washington so it’s been very nice to not have to travel all the way back to Manhattan after late-night rehearsals.” Last year, Glickman composed music for a Tween Night performance celebrating the 120th anniversary of the public library opening.

Ian Miller, or young Patrick, couldn’t be happier about his new after-school activity – rehearsals, rehearsals, and more rehearsals. The last few months have not included many playdates, but that doesn’t seem to pose any problem for the young star.

“I am really excited and totally looking forward to each performance,” said Ian. There are seven in total and the first show went on without a hitch last Saturday, May 4th. “This experience has made me more confident and definitely has encouraged me to do more acting,” admits Ian, who said he favors the singing more than anything else. He has five solo performances left to belt out with the Herricks Community Players. Parents Jessica and Collin were thrilled for his first musical performance. “We have been hearing Ian sing and play piano for years and knew that he was musical,” said Mrs. Miller.

There are more performances: on May 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on May 19 at 3 p.m. Visit herrickscommunityplayers.org or call 516-742-1926 to purchase tickets.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com