Written by Joy Robinson, JRobinson@antonnews.com Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
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.