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The Laramie Project Cycle at South High--Feb. 8-11

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Theatre South will present The Laramie Project Cycle on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 8, 9, 10, and 11, each evening at 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the South High School auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd. The Laramie Project Cycle consists of two plays—The Laramie Project and Laramie: Ten Years Later. The Laramie Project will be performed on Feb. 8 and 10. Laramie: 10 Years Later will be performed on Feb. 9 and 11. Each play will have a separate cast. In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence, beaten, and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He had been the victim of a homophobic hate crime that left the small town of Laramie reeling. His murder became a watershed moment in America, highlighting the violence and prejudice LGBT people face in contemporary society. Meticulously crafted from hundreds of interviews conducted with the town's residents over the course of a decade--including Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard, and his convicted killer, Aaron McKinney--The Laramie Project Cycle was written by Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project. Pairing the acclaimed work, The Laramie Project (written in 2000), alongside its 2008 epilogue, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, this double bill examines a community's shaken self-understanding in the aftermath of tragedy and the temptation to rewrite history in the name of moving on. Due to strong content and language, The Laramie Project Cycle performances may not be appropriate for younger audience members. Please use discretion. For ticket information, please contact Tommy Marr, South High drama teacher/Theatre South director, at (516) 441-4873, or at tmarr@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

 

North Middle Grade 6 Concert--Feb. 8

North Middle School's Sixth-Grade Winter Instrumental and Choral Concert will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Daniel J. Tomaselli Auditorium, 77 Polo Road. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free event that will feature a variety of music. The Orchestra will open the Concert with "Calypso," "Theme from Jurassic Park," and "Bach Minuets." The Chorus will perform "Manx Lullaby," "I Won't Grow Up," "Hala Lala Layya," and "Fight Song." The Band will close out the evening with "March of Freedom," "Antagonist," and "Eye of the Tiger." The Band and Orchestra will be under the direction of Anthony Virgilio. The Chorus will be directed by Arielle Murdocco. For more information, phone (516) 441-4551.

 

Elementary Principal Selected Administrator of Year

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Ronald Gimondo, principal of the John F. Kennedy School, has been selected as the only elementary school administrator in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to receive the 2016–2017 Council of Administrators and Supervisors (CAS) Administrator of the Year Award. Albert Voorneveld, CAS president, said of Mr. Gimondo, "You have proved that leadership, vision, and achievement can bring demonstrable results for the children in your community. Long Island has many outstanding public schools because of accomplished educators like you who work tirelessly on behalf of their students and school communities." This exceptional achievement award will be presented in early February, at a CAS meeting in Plainview. Last fall, Mr. Gimondo was recognized by the Town of North Hempstead, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, for having a "positive influence" in the North Hempstead community, and for helping Kennedy School Hispanic-American students and their families, "by leading with integrity…and by being dependable, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and loyal."