Musical Season Hits High Notes in Bellmore-Merrick

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When it comes to March Madness in the Central High School District, they are not talking about basketball — it’s musical time!

Five schools mounted major Broadway style productions and even the snow couldn’t stop the community from packing the auditoriums for these evenings of pure entertainment.

The season kicked off with the middle school productions, March 15-16: “The Addams Family Musical” at Grand Avenue Middle School and “Bye, Bye Birdie” at Merrick Avenue Middle School. The following week, the high school students took to the stage on March 23-24, featuring productions of the timeless classic, “Fiddler on the Roof” at Kennedy High School; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Calhoun High School; and “In the Heights” at Mepham High School, marking one of the first high schools on Long Island to produce this show.

No matter the school or production, being a part of the drama program is a life altering experience.

“When working on a musical, time tends to move differently, as if the show exists in a type of vacuum,” said Mepham High School Director Edward Grosskreuz. “For example, when rehearsing and coordinating all of the various elements (construction, prop creation, costumes, lighting, sound, publicity, tickets, etc.), it seems like a never-ending process. Yet when the actual week of the production, tech week, arrives, the entire company finds itself moving at light-speed as it prepares to present its performance. When the production wraps, it seems as if time had passed so quickly, and the feeling of that long stretch leading up to show time seems like it never existed. It's a surreal experience. From a director's standpoint, it is so rewarding to see the company bonding through their positive interactions as well as their enthusiasm for the piece being developed for performance.  When the company is in harmony with the work, magic happens. With this in place, the company's energy radiates from the stage and electrifies the audience.”