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AUDITION NOTICE: WEST SIDE STORY
IT'S TIME FOR BOARD ELECTIONS
It's hard to believe, but elections
for our 2014-15 Board of Directors are just around the corner. At our next
membership meeting on Monday, March 10, all eligible voting members will have
the opportunity to make their voices heard.
Margaret Sullivan is the chair of
the Nominating Committee. As such, she will be emailing all voting members with
information about nomination deadlines. The Nominating Committee will select a
recommended slate of candidates by February 14th. Further information will be
communicated to the membership concerning proxy ballots. Stay tuned to our
website and further emails for details and put the March 10th membership meeting
on your calendar now!
IN MEMORIAM: BOB FUCALORO
By Maureen Vidal
Bob Fucaloro was a long time member of the Heights Players. He appeared in innumerable shows, the most recent of which was Music Man in which he used his musical talent and his ability to harmonize to be part of the quartet.
Bob was not only a talented performer, he was also a firm supporter of our organization. He served on committees, helped prepare songs for people who auditioned, and never refused a request to usher or work on concessions. He not only came to see our shows, he always brought friends with him. It was one of the ways in which he supported the Heights Players.
Bob taught music at P.S. 131. He put on shows using students from kindergarten through fifth grade. He was so beloved by the administration, the parents, his students, and his co-workers that when he retired he was asked to come to school two to three times a week in order to continue to put on performances. Of course he complied with the requests and the shows went on.
As a member of the Hare Krishna temple, Bob adapted stories from the Bhagavad Gita and turned them into plays. He trained members of the temple, taught them acting skills, and directed the plays he wrote. He frequently appeared in them as well.
Bob loved to travel. He especially enjoyed cruises an whenever he went on a cruise he would return with souvenirs for his friends who remained at home. Bob was extremely generous. He also enjoyed exercise. He would take walks along Shore Parkway every weekend morning. He loved to go hiking. When he was in Hawaii last year he went parasailing and climbed Diamond Head Mountain. Also, in Hawaii, he won a singing contest at the ShoreBird Hotel.
There were many aspects to Bob’s character and personality. If they had to be summarized in a few words they would be talent, friendship, kindness, sensitivity, and generosity. The world was a better place when Bob Fucaloro was part of it. It is a sadder place now that he is gone.
"An Insider's Thoughts: A Guest Review from"
a review of our October production: The Hollow
Who Did What to Whom?
If you think you are going to see the typical Agatha Christie mystery – you may be pleasantly surprised by the latest Heights Players production,
The Hollow. Yes, this 3-act play has all the elements one might expect to find in Christie’s trademark British drawing room tale of suspense – a murder which takes place at an English country house…an array of well- motivated suspects…and a final act that reveals who actually committed the dastardly deed.
But unlike the all-too-familiar Christie plots, this play has real psychological drama and compelling three-dimensional characters. Christie, who practically invented
the murder mystery format, usually populates her plays with shallow, stereotypical characterizations – such as, “Mr. Mustard with the pistol in the dinning room.”
But The Hollow, written later in Ms Christie’s career, has the dramatic intensity one expects to find in an episode of Downton Abbey or Masterpiece Theater. And the strong writing is fortified by the solid direction of L.J. Kleeman and an exceptional cast of talented actors.
The play centers on the life, romances and ultimate murder of beloved Doctor James Crisow. But the good doctor, as portrayed by Andy Eliot, may not be the pillar of society he seems. Just ask his two mistresses and his long suffering wife. One mistress is a successful sculptress, Henrietta Angkateel (Haley Palmaer), who hides a deep emotional sensitivity behind her steely resolve. The second is a Hollywood bombshell, Veronica Crave (Mary Ashlyn Moore). She’s a glamorous but spoiled starlet who may do anything to get her way. Then, there’s the doctor’s wife, Gerda, who appears dim-witted and blindly loyal to her philandering spouse. A nuanced performance by Danielle Herren reveals she might be a lot brighter than she lets on.
Adding to the mix are an eccentric pair of aristocrats, Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell, as well-played by a duo of Heights Players veterans – John Edward Kelly and Elizabeth Bove. Joining them are a young relative Midge (Marcy Agreen), who harbors a secret love; the Angkatell’s timid nephew, Edward (David Mackler), who hides an intense and unrequited passion; and two servants (Alix Gordon and Joe Pepe) who may know more than they pretend to know. Finally, there are the stalwart and intrepid Scotland Yard inspectors (Raymond O. Wagner and Stephen Zuccaro), who are brought in to solve this perplexing case of
passion and murder.
And the Murderer Is…
Did the butler do it? Well, you’re just going to have to see for yourself aren’t you? And when you do in addition to great performances, you’ll be treated to terrific sets (Gary Vanderputten, Paul Kiem), lighting (Ben Bauer) and costumes (L.J. Kleeman).
In a nutshell…besides being a compelling and well-mounted mystery, this play reaches a level of dramatic integrity that won’t leave you “hollow.”