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Drama Alum At Beacon In NYC

Glen Cove grad performs in Scooby Doo Live

A familiar face from the Glen Cove drama scene, Melissa Rapelje, will be at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, playing the role of Daphne in the new family musical, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries. 

“It’s really fun portraying a cartoon character. I always loved Daphne,” Rapelje told the Record Pilot. She adds that she enjoyed doing the research for the part, and always looked up to the character. “Daphne being just pretty and dumb is a common misconception. She’s conscious of fashion but always does her part in investigating the mysteries.”

Rapelje, a 2008 graduate of Glen Cove High School, has been dancing since age 7 and had her first leading role in Anything Goes, while in eighth grade at Robert M. Finley Middle School. She says that was the moment when she knew she wanted to pursue acting as a career, and continued to perform in school plays throughout high school, and taking on the job as president of the Masquers Club for three years. 

Since graduating from high school, Melissa went on to study at NYU Steinhardt and has been in numerous shows, including Off-Broadway’sThe Awesome ‘80s Prom, the New York premiere of The Fix (Tina McCoy), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy), Sweet Charity (Charity), H2$ (Rosemary), Sweet Smell of Success (Dance Captain), Guys & Dolls, Anything Goes, as well as numerous new works and readings. She has been featured in several concerts in NYC at venues including Birdland, Ars Nova, Le Poisson Rouge, The Metropolitan Room, and many more. 

At the show, she says audiences can expect a fun time, with “extremely accurate” portrayals of the mystery gang. 

“The first day of rehearsal, we all knew exactly who was playing who,” she says. 

While her character plays a key role, she notes that Scooby Doo is the biggest draw for the kids.

“They love seeing the cartoon character come to life on stage.”

The show runs from Friday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, Feb. 24, Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster phone charge 1-866-858-0008

Online: beacontheatre.com and ticketmaster.com. For information on the Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries tour visit: www.scoobydoolive.com.


News

City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs. 

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 



Sports

 It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s  PAL lacrosse teams.  Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset.  Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for.  North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.  

The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This

Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the

Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.

Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers. 


Calendar

 E-Waste Recycing - April 26

YMCA Healthy Kids - April 26

Glen Cove Library Luncheon - April 27


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