03/22/13 2:00pm
03/22/2013 2:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Rex Vazquez as ‘Narcissus’ being stalked by ‘Echo,’ played by Evelyn Kennedy-Jaffe, during Riverhead Middle School’s dress rehearsal Wednesday of ‘Echo, Narcissus and the Duck.’

Riverhead Middle School students performed ‘Echo, Narcissus and the Duck’ at the 17th annual Roman Banquet Thursday night. The eighth-graders wrote the play over summer vacation following seventh grade. Editing of the play began in September and auditions and casting of characters began before December break.

After hundreds of hours of editing and rehearsals that began in January, the 37 students took to the stage to show off their talents.

Food at the Roman Banquet is prepared by the students’ families and served by Latin students dressed in togas and tunics.

02/01/13 7:00am
02/01/2013 7:00 AM
"HIgh School Musical' Drama Club president Sharpay Evans played by Kierra Prentiss (far left) and 'new student' Gabriella Montez played by Marissa Murgolo (second from left) in the opening scene.

“HIgh School Musical’ Drama Club president Sharpay Evans played by Kierra Prentiss (far left) and ‘new student’ Gabriella Montez played by Marissa Murgolo (second from left) in the opening scene.

After three fundraisers and four months of rehearsals, the 45 student-actors of the ‘Middle Masques’ excitedly took to the stage for their first dress rehearsal of the Disney Musical “High School Musical” Wednesday afternoon at Riverhead Middle School.

It is based on the 2006 Disney television film “High School Musical,” which was viewed by 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast.

Performances will be in the Riverhead Middle School Cafetorium beginning 7 p.m. Friday. There will be a 2:30 p.m. show Saturday and 7 p.m. shows Feb. 8-9. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for each performance.

“The students involved in this production, both on stage and behind, go above and beyond to bring you a show that promises pure entertainment,” said producer Pat Skura, Riverhead’s secretary to the assistant principal. “Putting on a live production has shown them discipline, respect and made them realize that ‘we’re alll in this together’ and they have to keep their heads in the game.”

Riverhead Middle School teacher Edward Toll Jr. is the show’s director and Nadine Grreenberg is the musical director. In prior years they presented Willie Wonka, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Grease.

The characters are: Troy (Samuel Mancini); Gabriells (Marissa Murgolo); Ryan (Ryan Mancini); Sharpay (Kierra Prentiss); Ms. Darbus (Kamaria Harris); Coach Bolton (Daniel DiSalvo); Chad (Roy Vasquez); Zeke (Devin Pierristi) and Taylor (Ella Baldwin).

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03/25/12 5:00pm
03/25/2012 5:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead Little League wants to help refurbish the ballfieds behind Riverhead Middle School.

The Riverhead Little League will begin renovations on two ballfields at Riverhead Middle School next week to create more space for teams to play.

The new plan will include new dugouts built into the middle school baseball field, as well as new fencing, irrigation, regrading and possibly sod for both fields.

“We had met with the school district on a number of occasions, we kind of bounced around from a series of locations,” said Riverhead Little League president Tony Sammartano. “We all came to the conclusion that the best location is going to be the middle school area.”

The Little League received a worklist for the construction from the district Tuesday and will begin renovations at the softball field next week, he said. Renovations to the baseball field will begin in mid-June, after school programs have stopped using the field.

Mr. Sammartano said the 60-year-old league, which will likely have 500 participants and 28 teams this year, needs more fields. And while town officials have assured him the fields at Enterprise Park at Calverton would soon be open, Mr. Sammartano said the Little League couldn’t take any chances.

“We’ve been promised for two years that [the fields at EPCAL] would be open,” he said. “Basically we can’t wait on EPCAL anymore so now we’re moving forward.”

Funding for the new fields, which will cost nearly $27,500 to renovate, will come partially from the school district’s bond money but mostly from donations to the league.

Mr. Sammartano said the league is looking for donations of supplies to help with the construction effort.

“We’ve been doing fundraising for all of last year,” Mr. Sammartano said, adding that both fields should be completed by August and at least the softball field will be used during the 2012 summer season.

The league has also offered to open the fields up to the smaller Flanders Little League, though it’s not clear whether they would use the fields. Riverhead Little League will start its season in early April and run through early August.


04/25/11 12:45pm
04/25/2011 12:45 PM

Check out photos from the Riverhead Middle School French Club’s recent trip to Quebec City. The students toured the French-speaking city April 15 through April 18 to explore historical sites, eat French foods and immerse themselves in French culture.

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CAITLYN PETERS PHOTO | Riverhead Middle School French students tour old Quebec City.