Lynbrook Students Channel Playwright’s Life in ‘Act One’

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Lynbrook High School students showcased their talents for the Lynbrook community during their spring production of Act One, directed by Tommie Gibbons on April 20 and 21. The cast of 14 students consisted of Calvin Clark, Madelyn Colonna, Sarah Denker, Odin Francis, Elizabeth Hanson, Mikayla Layng, Maggie Maloney, Eitan Markowitz, Jackie Moreno, Brennan O’Grady, Anna Rath, Conor Ryan, Christina Strippoli and Kara Vito. 

Act One, a play written and directed by James Lapine, was based on the autobiography by Moss Hart, an American playwright and theatre director. Students brought Hart’s story to life, chronicling his impoverished childhood and his long, determined struggle to reach the opening night of his first Broadway hit. 

Students worked through rehearsals, practicing their lines for the performances under the direction of Gibbons. Stage manager India Garone assisted in the production’s success along with assistant stage manager Chris Marino, costume advisor Thea Sieban, prop mistress Katja Rabus, prop assistant Abby Loiselle, set designer Michael Kunz, sound assistant Lydia Masica, lighting assistant Nathan Moelis and Anna Fucci, spotlight coordinator Brandon Maroney and stage hands Stephanie Syrota, Finn Boyle, Luke Maroney and Sheen Alfred.