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Fools Comes To Hicksville HS Stage

There is an ancient curse on the village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine. The inhabitants have been afflicted with the detriment of stupidity by the vengeful Vladimir Yousekevitch. The only man who seems to have the ability to break the curse is a travelling English teacher named Leon Tolchinsky. Tolchinsky finds himself in a conundrum. He is in a race against the clock to help teach a young woman named Sophia Zubritsky become smarter, while at the same time finding himself precariously in love with the same young woman.

 

 

This is the plot of Fools, the Neil Simon play being put on by the Hicksville High School Repertory Company this coming weekend.

Junior Alexander Kalemkeridis plays villain Count Gregor Yousekevitch.

“My character’s ancestor Vladimir Yousekevitch cursed the town with stupidity after his son killed himself because Sophia’s ancestor was forbidden to marry Vladimir Yousekevitch’s son by her father who finds out that Vladimir’s son is illiterate. Gregor Yousekevitch wants to marry the play’s present day Sophia Zubritsky to avenge his family,” Kalemkeridis said.

Senior Brianna Kelly plays the role of Sophia Zubritsky. Kelly said “there is no love in the town of Kulyenchikov because even the idea of love is too complex for the villagers. All Sophia knows is that she does not want to marry Count Gregor. When Sophia sees Leon, she knows she likes him but Sophia is a simple soul. In one part of the play her father Dr. Zubritsky describes Sophia as interesting because she likes drinking water and touching things.”  

Senior Michael Marmann plays the role of Sophia’s father, Dr. Zubritsky. Marmann said “even though my character is a doctor he is still stupid just like everyone else in Kulyenchikov. Dr. Zubritsky has never been to medical school but he runs a practice out of his home.”

Dr Zubritsky’s wife and Sophia’s mother Lenya is played by senior student and aspiring film actress Kalene Speranza. Speranza said “the role of Lenya is very different from other roles I have done before. This is my first time playing a mother.” Speranza added, “I really like the chemistry between all the characters in the story, and my fellow actors as well.”

Pat Lavin is a senior with future aspirations of working in the TV and film industry. He plays Leon Tolchinsky. Lavin was mostly tight lipped about the story but did say that “Leon has to decide if he wants to stay and teach Sophia, or if he will leave the village.” Lavin added with a smile “I really can’t tell you why or anything else, you have to come see the play and find out for yourself.”

This intriguing comedy has all the elements of a Broadway play but you don’t need to go all the way out to the city to see it. Tickets are seven dollars and can be purchased at Hicksville High School Lobby at the door. Fools will be presented on November 14, 15, and 16. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

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November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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