This past Friday, on April 29th, Molloy College had their annual Relay for Life event. Relay for life is an event that is known nation wide to help raise money for all types of cancer. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Foundation and are used directly towards patients and research. Friends Family, and survivors gathered around the Public Square building and walked to celebrate and remember loved ones.
Jessica Holdsworth, a sophomore at Molloy College was the Chair person for the Relay for Life event. When asked why she wanted to be apart of the committee her response was, that she have been doing relay for nine years now, and used to do it at her moms school. About six years ago her brother was diagnosed with a Brain tumor and relay for life really started to hit home. About four years ago Jessica was diagnosed with the same brain tumor. Thankfully both were Benign and they are living healthy lives. Jessica relay’s and is on the committee to make sure we raise money to help others in need who are affected by cancer. “Everyone at least knows one person with cancer and I love being on the committee because I get to be in charge of such a huge event that helps so many people.”
This upcoming weekend the Broadhollow Theatre Company will be opening Anything Goes at the Bayway Arts Center in East Islip.
Anything Goes is an amusing story of the age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Terrific Cole Porter songs include It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. Along a lot of tap dance numbers.
As they have opening weekend for this show, Broadhollow is also closing their show Pirates of Penzance at their Elmont location. The show runs from May 7th until May 22nd. The show will play again at their Elmont location from July 9th through july 24th. For more information and tickets visit http://www.broadhollow.org
CK Theatre’s next Main Stage production “All Shook Up” is having auditions on May 3rd from 5-8pm and May 4th 5-6pm followed by callbacks May 4th from 7-10:30pm. Auditions will be held at 401 Main St Islip, New York. They will also be accepting video auditions. Inspired by and featuring songs from Elvis Presley.
CK Productions is a New York based community entertainment company, providing “high quality art to all audiences.” They just finished their run of Clybourne Park and after All Shook Up they plan on having auditions for In The Heights.
Aside from their Main Stage shows, CK puts up shows for children and teens! Their teen season includes Legally Blonde, and upcoming will be Shrek The Musical, and Into The Woods. The children’s theatre is currently putting up The Wizard Of Oz. CK Productions has a lot in store for the next few months.
This weekend the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Syosset is opening Children of Eden, a beautiful story of Adam and Eve in act one followed by the story of Noah and his family in act two.
The show has been directed by Tony Frangipane, and this is his first show he has directed at the new theatre since they moved from Plainview. Tony is very excited and says he has waited to do this show for years. “The music is amazing and is composed by the same person who did Working the musical and Wicked!”
Michael Marmann, a sophomore in the CAP21 at Molloy, plays Cain in act 1 and Japeth in act 2. Cain is Adam and Eve’s first son and Abel’s older brother. Cain doesn’t believe that Father will take them back to Eden so he runs off and trys to convince Abel to come with him resulting in a terrible accident. In act 2 Japeth is Noah’s son along with Ham and Shem. Japeth sneaks Yonah onto the arch for love even though Noah did not allow it.
The CM Performing Arts Center located in Oakdale has a lot in store for the next few months. They recently closed their show of the Music Man
CM is currently in the middle of rehearsals for The Wedding Singer and The Little Mermaid. Gina Morgigno, has recently started doing shows at CM, the first one being Adams Family playing Wednesday. Now she has the great opportunity to play Linda in The Wedding Singer and a mersister in The Little Mermaid. “I feel so lucky to have gotten these opportunities and I’ve been loving the experiences so much!.” Gina also plans on continuing at CM in their next productions.
Lastly they are holding auditions for West Side Story May 16 and May 17. West Side Story takes place in New York in the 1950’s. For more information on auditions and the CM Performing Arts Center visit http://cmpac.com/
The Molloy Performing Arts Club is know for the musicals they put together twice a year. This spring they chose to do the musical Catch Me If You Can based on the movie Leonardo DiCaprio was in. It is about a boy named Frank William Abagnale Jr. ,played by Jason Kloos, a senior music therapy major at Molloy. Frank pretends to be different people while being chased by Carl Hanratty, played by senior communications major, Jared Grossman. Franks character soon falls in love with Brendan Strong, played by Danielle Khoury, which is his downfall.
The show has been director by Jojo Minasi, also a communications major, and he is so excited. “Everyone is working so hard under stressful situations and I’m proud of everyone” says Minasi.
Danielle Khoury is putting her heart into her first leading role performance. Danielle was supposed to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast last Fall but due to some circumstances her opportunity has lost. “After not being able to do Beauty and the Beast I was very upset but it motivated me to try again and now I’m playing the lead in this show and I couldn’t be happier.”
Shrek the Musical made an outstanding performance at Howitt Middle School on March 11th and 12th. Shrek the Musical is about an ugly ogre who falls in love with a princess and meets a donkey companion on the way. The level of talent in these 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were unbelievable.
One member of the cast was Olivia Espinosa, a 7th grader at Howitt. Olivia was a dancer and ensemble member of the production of Shrek the Musical. She talks about how much fun she had putting on an amazing show with all of her friends. “Performing is my favorite. I love going on stage and doing for people. I love the feeling I get when all my hard work is paid off and I get to perform for a crowd.”
Emily Missbach is a Howitt Middle School alumni who know is a junior at Farmingdale high school. She volunteers to help out with the shows at her middle school and she did stage crew for Shrek. Emily says “I wish they did this show when I still went here, but at least I was still about to be apart of the crew.”
Another alumni who is now a senior at Farmingdale high school is James Silverstein. He was lucky enough to come back to be assistant director for Shrek the Musical. “As much as I love being on stage, directing was a whole new exciting experience and I loved being back at my old middle school.” James will be going to college next year and would love to direct so Shrek was a great first inside look.
West Islip High School preformed the classic show Guys & Dolls over the weekend, and many friends, family, and alumni filled the audience. Guys & Dolls is a great show set in the 1920’s and 1930’s about gangsters, gamblers, and of course dolls! Mikey Marinelli played Nathan Detriot, a man who runs a crap game and is in love with Miss Adelide who dances at the Hot Box. In order for Nathan to have a secret place for the dice game, he bets Sky Masterson $1,000 that he couldn’t take the mission doll, Sargent Sarah Brown, to Havana.
Senior Rachel Swenson put all her heart into her birthday weekend performance as Sarah. Her little brother was also in the show playing Benny Southstreet. She played along side her best friend saying “I wouldn’t want to end my West Islip High School theatre career with anyone else.”
Alumni Danielle Khoury says “after doing the shows here for 4 years, this is the best show they’ve put on so far!”
Broadhollow Theatre Company performed their closing show of Dreamgirls at their Elmont location over the weekend. The show ran from February 6th through February 27th and was quite a hit.
Alicia Bagley played the full-figured lead singer, Effie White, who is accompanied Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson to form the Dreamettes. Alicia says she is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to do such an amazing show. She has never seen the Broadway production but has seen the movie and aspired to fulfill the role of Effie as Jennifer Hudson did in the movie.
Steffy Jolin, who plays Lorrell Robinson, has been in many productions over the years! She recently did Footloose at the old Plainview location of the Cultural Arts Playhouse over the summer and strayed off to Broadhollow Theatre Company to audition for Dreamgirls. “When I heard about it I couldn’t pass up the opportunity” says Steffy. Her next show will be back at the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Syosset. She will be a Hotbox Girl in Guys and Dolls running March 18th through April 10th. For tickets visit http://www.culturalartsplayhouse.com
Broadhollow Theatre Company has a second location in East Islip called Bayway Arts Center. Their next show will be I Ought To Be in The Pictures. For more information visit their website http://www.broadhollow.org