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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

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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Greek Festival

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