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Port Summer Show Presents Shrek

This year, the Port Summer Show will be putting on Shrek the Musical, based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig’s 1990 book Shrek! Performances will be held on August 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. and August 4 at 2 p.m., in the air conditioned Schreiber High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and free for seniors 65 and over.

Returning for his 10th year as director, Jason Summers will be leading the cast of nearly 70 Port Washington students, aged 12 to 18. “The kids respect his work. He can get a room of 60 or so kids quiet enough to hear a pin drop,” said Elise May, Port Summer Show’s co-president. Summers continued, “He makes everyone feel like they’re a star.”

The music for the show was written by Port Washington’s own, Jeanine Tesori, and the book and lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire. Joining the crew again, Schreiber’s graduate and mural artist Nick Gardella will be this year’s set designer. There will be intricate costumes and huge sets, including puppets and a 6 ft dragon. Port Summer Show will be one of the first theatre groups to perform Shrek the Musical since it closed on Broadway in 2010.

The Port Summer Show has been offering amazing, educational, musical theater opportunities for Port teens and low-cost, quality entertainment since 1972. Partnering with Schreiber High School, Port Summer Show provides students with a social activity and a unique opportunity to be involved as musicians in the pit orchestra, and as crew members, building sets and working backstage during the shows. Port Summer Show Co-President Susan Liberstein says, “Everyone here has the same goal, for the kids to have a great time. We want to put on a professional show while teaching kids discipline and acting and theatre”.

This year’s cast includes: Jake Arlow, Ellie Bain, Julia Bain, Oren Barasch, Diana Brennan, Sabrina Brennan, Rebecca Cerrone, Sophia Cerrone, Jenna Cohen, Alexandra DeAngelis, Sara DeMarino, Matthew DeMarino, Bridget Doherty, Jesse Epstein, Caitlin Ferris, Nina Grauer, Daisy Griffin, Julia Gurlitz, Julia Hayden, Isabel Johnson, Katherine Kirgis, Nate Krantz, Ashley Larsen, Jina Lay, Veronica Lee, Jeffrey Locksom, Sarah Mannix, Caroline Maroney, Susan Maroney, Liam Marsigliao, Yvette May, Elizabeth Muratore, Sameer Nanda, Ani O’hanlon, Veronika Onischenko, Tessa Peirls, Gabreilla Robinson, Grace Robinson, Sydney Ronis, Annie Rubin, Naome Sajnani, Rebecca Schaub, Colin Schroeder, Isabella Solando, Wynn Stopford, Kimberly Suzzan Stephanie-Anne Thomsen, Maxine Timm, Delia Van Praag, Isabelle Verdino, Claire Von Roeschlaub, Ariel Waldman, Arielle Waller, Katrina Wasserman, Emily Weinstein. Allison Winter, Kimberly Winter, Amanda Wong, Piper Woods, Noelle Young.

Shrek the Musical is made possible by major sponsorships including Robert Harding Real Estate, The Horace & Amy Hagedorn Fund, Stan and Nora Johnson; In-Kind sponsorships including Landmark on Main Street, Minuteman Press, Dolphin Bookshop and Ellinger Baking Institute; and Underwriters including HEARTS Port Washington.

Be sure to get your tickets for Shrek the Musical this weekend!

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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