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Fine and Performing Arts

The South Country School District is proud of the many achievements of our Fine and Performing Arts program.  We offer a comprehensive art and music program for all students beginning in kindergarten through 12th grade.   Our offerings in Visual Arts and Music provide opportunities for students to explore new modes of creative expression and increase understanding of the ways in which the arts shape and enrich cultural awareness.   Through creative expression, students are encouraged to develop a lifelong appreciation for the Arts.  

Our students' artwork is continuously exhibited at a variety of showcases and our music students regularly earn top rankings at competitive festivals.  We take great pride in promoting our student achievements, providing highlights of our exhibits and performances.

 

Performing Arts News Archive

 

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Bellport HS Students Honored at Parrish Art Museum 

On March 9, five Bellport High School student-artists were honored at the Parrish Art Museum’s annual High School Show. This prestigious show exhibited work amongst students from East End townships in various mediums including computer graphics, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting.

Caroline Slovensky won an honorable mention in pastel, while Mariz Baslious (computer graphics), Courtney Gerard (photography), Dream Smith (drawing) and Cailey Ziegler (computer graphics) won the coveted Ones to Watch award. 

The district also congratulates Grace Armann (digital photography), Audrey Barry (pastel), Robert Menendez (watercolor), Kyle Muldoon (pastel), Yeak Kay Phong (paper), Bryce Reid (pastel), Cameron Kerr-Smith (pencil), Hannah Tapler (ceramics), Nahum Vanegas (weaving) and Kimberly Wilson (black and white photography) who displayed their artwork during the high school exhibit.

The district congratulates the students on this outstanding accomplishment.



 


South Country Artists GO APE 

Bellport High School Advanced Placement Studio in Art students Monica Balbuca, Kyle Muldoon, Bryce Reid and Caroline Slovensky were selected to exhibit their artwork at the 2019 Go APE Advanced Placement Exhibition. The closing reception was held on March 3 at the Art League of Long Island’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery after the show ran from Feb. 16-March 3. The students created the artwork for the exhibit as part of their AP portfolio, under the direction of teacher Devin Auricchio.

The annual Go APE exhibit celebrates the exceptional artwork of Long Island Schools’ Advanced Placement students, and the most talented participants are selected by their teachers. 

The South Country School District congratulates the students on this outstanding artistic achievement.

 


District Students Receive Commendations for Artwork 

South Country community members visiting the district’s central office cannot help but take note of the exceptional student artwork hanging in the main hallway. These students were recently honored during the central office gallery Reception on Feb. 28, attended by members of the board of education, central office administration, faculty, honorees and their families.

“These art pieces are testament to the outstanding talents of our students and the exceptional professionalism of our teachers,” District Art Department Chairperson Suzette Emma Fandale said.   

The district congratulates the following students whose artwork will be exhibited throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

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Bellport HS Presents ‘Rent’

A talented cast and crew drew full houses during performances of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent,” held in the Bellport High School Ebersole Auditorium on Feb. 8-9.

Under the direction of Suzette Fandale, producer Barbara Gallagher and choreographer Stephanie Vertichio, the 39-member cast and company entertained the audience with this memorable rendition of the 1990s musical about a group of starving New York artists who struggle with their careers, love lives and the community effects of the AIDS epidemic while trying to survive in Manhattan’s East Village. 

Shaun Laurinaitis played the role of aspiring filmmaker Mark, while Tyler Zapata played HIV-positive musician Roger, both of whom scramble to make rent to their former roommate and landlord Benjamin, played by Mike Marziliano. In the meantime, friend and professor Tom (Henry Chillogallo) is attracted to Angel (James MacGilvray), who is dying from AIDS. The success of the production was not only due to the professional-quality of the student-actors but by the 22-member crew, Angelique Graziano’s talents with hair and makeup, vocal director and accompanist Henry Finnegan and the pit orchestra, under the baton of Jim Uzzi. The masterful set design and construction were also the workings of Ms. Fandale, Ms. Gallagher and Mr. Uzzi.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the student-thespians on their outstanding performances.



 


Bellport MS Presents ‘Guys and Dolls’

Under the direction of Michelle Stiriz and producer Sean Austin, Bellport Middle School’s talented cast and crew drew a full house during performances of “Guys and Dolls” held on Jan. 18 and 19 in the school auditorium. 

Based on the 1950 Broadway hit, the middle school production used Frank Loesser’s original, popular scores including “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “I’ll Know.” On stage, Brynne Ballan played the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson with Keira Ballan as Miss Adelaide, Anthony Santana as Nathan Detroit and Alex Marrero as Sky Masterson. Principal actors also included Annalise Scotto-Lavino (Sarah Brown), Sydney Smith (Benny/Beatty Southstreet), Eirini Michaels (General Cartwright) and Mason Linke (Big Jule).
 
The show’s success was also due to the artistic talents of light designer Joseph Skelly, choreographer Oya Bangura, costume designer Lisa Ferrara and the dedicated cast and crew.

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Bellport HS Presents ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

A talented cast and crew drew a full house during performances of Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo,” held in the high school auditorium on Nov. 2-3.

Under the direction of Susan Hartmann and producer Barbara Gallagher, the eight-member cast amused the audience with this memorable tale about fading 1950s stars George and Charlotte Hay, (Henry Chillogallo and Erin Kelly), who may have one more shot at stardom. Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he deems the Hays talented, he could cast them in his movie remake of “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, including a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and uncertainty about the play they are performing.   

The cast also included Alexa Ferrara (Rosalind), Aiden Gaynor (Paul), Shaun Laurinaitis (Howard), Michael Marziliano (Richard), Maya McCullough (Ethel) and  AutumnMargaret Walthers (Eileen). The success of the performances was also attributed to the 14-member crew, stage manager Alliandra Khillawan, Suzette Fandale on costumes, Alex Erwin and Hannah Tapler on props, Jim Uzzi on sound and Vivienne Love and Kieran Sawyer on lighting. Fandale and Barbara Gallagher were also responsible for the stellar set construction and design. 

The South Country Central School District congratulates the student-thespians on their outstanding performances.

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Bellport HS Presents ‘Rent’

A talented cast and crew drew full houses during performances of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent,” held in the Bellport High School Ebersole Auditorium on Feb. 8-9.

Under the direction of Suzette Fandale, producer Barbara Gallagher and choreographer Stephanie Vertichio, the 39-member cast and company entertained the audience with this memorable rendition of the 1990s musical about a group of starving New York artists who struggle with their careers, love lives and the community effects of the AIDS epidemic while trying to survive in Manhattan’s East Village. 

Shaun Laurinaitis played the role of aspiring filmmaker Mark, while Tyler Zapata played HIV-positive musician Roger, both of whom scramble to make rent to their former roommate and landlord Benjamin, played by Mike Marziliano. In the meantime, friend and professor Tom (Henry Chillogallo) is attracted to Angel (James MacGilvray), who is dying from AIDS. The success of the production was not only due to the professional-quality of the student-actors but by the 22-member crew, Angelique Graziano’s talents with hair and makeup, vocal director and accompanist Henry Finnegan and the pit orchestra, under the baton of Jim Uzzi. The masterful set design and construction were also the workings of Ms. Fandale, Ms. Gallagher and Mr. Uzzi.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the student-thespians on their outstanding performances.




 

Sunday, April 21, 2019
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