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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.

 

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Bellport HS Students Nominated for Teeny Awards 

The Bellport High School Theater Program is proud to announce that three student-thespians have been nominated for 2019 Teeny Awards. Sponsored by East End Arts, the Teeny Awards, also known as the “Tony Awards” for Long Island high school theater programs, annually celebrates excellence in high school theater across the East End of Long Island. During the Teeny Awards Gala Ceremony, East End Arts will showcase the year’s favorite performances and bestow Student Theatre Arts Recognition Awards to the best of the best at Southold High School on June 9.

Bellport High School’s nominees were all involved with the school’s production of “Rent.” Tyler Zapata and Erin Kelly received nominations for lead male and lead female in a musical, respectively, while Katelyn Maddalena was nominated in the category of supporting female in a musical. David Bellante was received a recognition honor for pit orchestra, and Maya McCullough received a recognition honor as assistant director. 

The district congratulates the students on this outstanding accomplishment and wishes continued success at the Teeny Awards this June. 

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Long Island’s Best Young Artists 

Bellport High School is proud to announce that art students Courtney Gerard, Maria Slavnova and Gury Umanzor received awards of recognition at the Heckscher Museum’s Long Island’s Best Young Artists 2019 exhibit. 

This 23rd annual program is the only juried exhibition for high school students that provides the opportunity to exhibit in a museum. Students submit work in a broad range of media, styles and subjects, using artwork on view at the museum as the inspiration for their own work. The object labels next to each work include a statement written by the student and an image of the professional work that inspired them. Heckscher Museum Curator Lisa Chalif and guest juror artist Robyn Cooper juried the 2019 exhibition. This year, the museum received 359 artwork entries from 57 schools, with 80 selected for display in the exhibition.

Courtney, a junior, was the winner of the Donald and Gloria Horn Scholarship Award for her digital photo “Yellowstone” printed on vellum with gold leafing. Maria, a sophomore, was the winner of the Andrew Presberg Promising Young Artist Award for his digital art, “Shades of the City.” Gury, also a junior, won the Cozza Family Photography Award for her digital photograph, “Sit with Me.”  

Courtney and Gury are both students of South Country Art Department Chairperson Suzette-Emma Fandale, and Maria is a student of teacher Brandon Payne.

The district congratulates the students on this outstanding artistic accomplishment.

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Bellport HS Art Students Featured Winners at BAFFA 

Ten of Bellport High School’s most talented artists featured their artwork in the Bay Area Friends of the Arts High School Exhibit on April 7, held at the BAFFA Art Gallery in Sayville. Carolyn Slovensky was the winner of the prestigious Women Sharing Art, Inc. Scholarship, which is given to a graduating female senior who plans on pursuing art education at the college level. She also received a first-place award for her watercolor, “Roman Temple.” In addition, Hannah Tapler received first place in pottery for her work, “Evening Falls.” Kyle Muldoon’s mixed media work, “In Your Likeness,” and Audrey Barry’s acrylic painting on wood, “Point of View,” received third-place awards for mixed media and painting, respectively.

The annual invitational show and juried exhibition is open to high school students in Sayville, Sachem North and South, Connetquot, Bellport, Longwood, William Floyd and Patchogue-Medford. The show is also an opportunity for high school students to showcase their best pieces of artwork and to view the art of high school peers from neighboring districts. 

The district also congratulates the following talented exhibitors:

Monica Balbuca – “The Stain of Hunger,” oil pastel
Isabella Banellis – “Fire at the Net,” computer graphics
Mariz Baslious – “Clouds,” computer graphics
Hanna Lupo – “Self Portrait in the Reeds,” colored pencil
Caitlin Saliba – “The Hunt,” acrylic
Dream Smith – “Our Sunday” Best, acrylic

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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, August 18, 2019
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