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Student-Directed Plays at North High


North High School Junior Players will present their annual Thespian Show, consisting of one-act plays directed by twelfth-grade students, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Jan. 12, 13, and 14, each evening at 7:30 p.m. (Please note: there will be no Saturday 2 p.m. performance as appears on the school district calendar.) The name of the event is, "We Can Try, But It May Not Be Good." Performances will be in the school auditorium, 35 Polo Rd. For tickets, please contact Ilana Schikler, drama teacher/director, at (516) 441-4743, or at Following is information about the plays, including playwrights and student directors.

Selfie - written by Bradley Howard, directed by Arleigh Wasserman. It's senior year and problems--bullies, parents, pressure, sickness, self-judgments--are mounting for a group of students as they prepare for the future and ways to stand out. As they document their year, one click at a time, they come to realize that life is not about what other people see--it's about the pictures they have of themselves.

4 a.m. - written by Jonathan Dorf, directed by Julia Prager-Hessel. What's it like to be awake when the rest of your world is asleep? Meet an early-morning jogger, a radio DJ whose show may have an audience of none, a modern Romeo and Juliet, the author of a most unusual letter, and many other teen characters as they search for connection in the magic hour.

A Play With Words - written by Peter Bloedel, directed by Solly Kasab. Scribe is an angst-filled writer experiencing some serious word-related anxiety as he attempts to create a play. In his search to find the words that fit, he becomes the main character in his own play where plot means less than the words that tangle around him.

Check Please - written by Jonathan Rand, directed by Keren Slepack. Dating can be hard, especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner-dates that couldn't get any worse--until they do.

Soireé De Rien - written by Zachary Lee, directed by Zachary Lee. A comedic commentary on absurdist theater.


NYIT Art Exhibit Winners


Two South High School students took top awards at a recent art exhibit sponsored by the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Architecture and Design. Jiajing (Jessica) Liao, an eleventh-grader, and Alison Tair, a senior, took First and Second Places, respectively, in Long Island's Finest Competition for emerging high school design talent. Both are advanced placement photography students of Lisa Stancati. The theme of the Competition was "The Inside." It included depictions, abstract or real, of the "inside" of any object, space, or construction. Winners were chosen by a jury of faculty and practitioners affiliated with NYIT. Over 60 pieces of work were on display for the exhibit that was held in early December.


Chamber Musicians Selected for Regional Competition

Two chamber music ensembles from South High School have been selected to perform at the Long Island Regional High School Chamber Music Competition of the 2017 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "Young Musicians Program." The LI Regional Competition is a new component this year to the Young Musicians Program. After receiving one professional coaching session by artists of the Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society Two, or guests, the selected ensembles will perform at Tilles Center on Jan. 31. At the conclusion of the concert, Lincoln Center will determine the winners of the Regional Competition who will then perform at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

One South High chamber ensemble consists of - Joshua Lee (cello), Soyoung Park (piano), and Christine Suh (violin). They will perform Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor Op. 66, allegro energico con fuoco.

The second ensemble members are - Jeremy Chen (oboe), Samuel Levine (flute), Michelle Xing (bassoon), and Eric Yang (clarinet). They will perform Trois pieces pour une musique de nuit, by Eugene Bozza.

These two ensembles are among the eight selected from Long Island. Entries were received from 21 ensembles, from seven high schools. South High's chamber music program is coordinated by Michael Schwartz (performing arts department head) and Dr. Pamela Levy. Mr. Schwartz said, "We recognize the important contributions of all of our music teachers in laying the musical foundation and growth throughout the elementary and middle school years. Our student's success is a direct result of the collective efforts on behalf of our music students." The Young Musicians Program began in 1998. South High ensembles have been selected to perform every year since then, except for two.


Bracelets for Children with Cancer


Nearly 150 Lakeville School third-graders recently made dozens of cloth-braided bracelets for the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The Hospital treats children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The bracelet project, under the guidance of Art Teacher Monica Casazza, combined art skills, giving, and social responsibility. Third-Grade Teacher Katherine L'Abbate was also key in helping to organize the event. Students practiced learning to braid in their individual classrooms before coming together in the cafeteria to make the bracelets in one large-group project.