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The Man Who Came to Dinner at North High--March 30 & 31
North High School's Junior Players will present The Man Who Came to Dinner, a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, on Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31, both evenings at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held in the school auditorium, 35 Polo Rd. Sheridan Whiteside, an eccentric and acid-tongued radio lecturer, is invited to dine at the house of the well-to-do factory owner Ernest W. Stanley and his family, in the small town of Mesalia, Ohio, in the 1930s. But before Whiteside can enter the house, he slips on a patch of ice outside the Stanley front door and injures his hip. Confined to the house for a month, Whiteside drives his hosts mad by barking orders at everyone in sight, receiving questionable visitors, running up huge phone bills, and hurling insults at anyone within earshot, wreaking havoc on the entire household with hilarious results. For ticket information, call (516) 441-4743, or contact Ilana Meredith Schikler, drama teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South High Presents Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi--March 31 & April 1
South High School's music department continues its long-standing tradition, now in its 48th year, of presenting exceptional, full-scale student-performed operas. This year's opera will be two of Giacomo Puccini's one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. They will be performed on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, both evenings at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Road. Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) is the story of Sister Angelica, a Florentine noblewoman, who has been compelled by her family to become a nun because of a youthful fault, and for seven years has been waiting in vain for tidings from her family and friends. When her aunt finally comes to visit, the tragic story unfolds. The opera will be paired with Gianni Schicchi, a comedy based on a reference from Dante's Inferno, which describes a man who falsifies a will by impersonating another, with the objective of swindling his relatives. The operas will be performed in Italian, with English supertitles. They will be under the musical direction of Dr. Pamela Levy, conducted by Michael Schwartz, and directed by Robert Stivanello. Performance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be reserved in advance (suggested) by calling (516) 441-4851, or may be purchased at the door. There will be open seating for both performances.
Board Commends South Middle Students
Eighty-eight South Middle School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Student honorees, in alphabetical order, were: Alexandra Agris, Luiza Arama, Nicole Atahualpa, Kyra Au, Langston Bacchus, Sophie Blitsman, Samantha Bressler, Steven Campeche, Josephine Chan, Katherine Chian, Jeong Yeon Choo, Casey Choung, Kuanghua Chu, Nathan Cohen, Madison Cordray, Lucas Curcio, Victoria Fang, Matthew Farkas, Sara Fiala, Reid Fleishman, Emily Gal, Kevin Gao, Eli Goodwin, Ivy Gu, Bradley He, Gabriela Hernandez, Bohan Hou, Isabelle Hou, Sheryl Huang, Matthew Iraheta-Ruiz, Ethan Jiang, Anagha Khandelwal, Jillian Kiernan, James Kim, Mika Langel, Anabelle Lau, Irene Lee, Jonathan M Lee, Kathryn Lee, Spencer Lee, Jolie Lenga, Albert Li, Calix Li, Sabrina Lin, Erik Lyngstad-Hughes, Selina Ma, Shalin Madan, Ezra Malater, Simin Mavani, Ellie Melamed, Jordan Molina, Daniel Moon, Alexander Mustakis, Juliana Perez, Lara Rabbani, Patrick Rau, Daniel Raziyev, Amber Roggendorf, Samantha Rosen, Garrett Roth, Lauren Sakol, Lia Seo, Simon Shamash, Nicholas Shen, Shehreen Siddiqui, Sydney Solomon, Grace Song, Nicholas Su, Aalia Syed, Serop Tirakian, Uma Tseyang, Nicholas Tung, Roshan Varughese, Julianne Verwys, David Wang, Elie Weitzman, Justin Whang, Amanda Yam, Crystal Yee, Iris Young, Victor Yu, Matteo Zeppieri, Anthony Zhan, Allison Zhang, Michelle Zhang, Zimi Zhang, Kobe Zheng, and Sherman Zheng. Joining them at the recognition were Board of Education members (President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross, and Trustees Donald Ashkenase, Susan Healy, and Donna Peirez), and school and district administrators.
International Week at Baker School
Each year, E.M. Baker School celebrates its cultural and ethnic diversity with a host of activities during their International Week. In keeping with this year's theme of "Folk Art Around the World," a special event was added to the week--square dancing with Pat Cannon's Foot and Fiddle Dance Company. At different times throughout the day, students came to the school gym, by grade levels, to participate in the fun of square dancing. Parents were also invited to join in. While square dancing is documented to have begun in seventeenth-century England, in 1982, it became America's official national folk dance by an Act of Congress, signed by President Reagan.