Children donned intricate costumes and regaled their peers and
adults alike with two Christmas performances that emphasized the
joy of the holiday season in Howard Beach last week.
The youngsters, members of the S.T.A.R.S Youth Center in Howard Beach, sang and danced their way into onlookers’ hearts during the two plays, “Alfie and the Christmas Tree” and “The Legend of Old Befana.”
The actors and actresses held a dress rehearsal on Saturday and a final performance on Sunday at the Ave Maria Academy School Hall, located at 158-20 101st Ave.
All proceeds from the production were donated to Ave Maria.
— Anna Gustafson
Cast members of “The Legend of Old Befana” end their play to the tune of much applause.
Kaylen Rodriguez, left, shines as the Christmas star, and Francesca Puleo and Shawn Sugranes play Mary and Joseph.
Sons of Italy members Julie Nappi, far left, and Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, second from left, and performers Laura Lee and Richie P. from Almost Home Music join the children for their production at Ave Maria. The Fiorello LaGuardia chapter of the Sons of Italy donated toys and time for the Christmas play that was put on at the school last week.
Bianca Zelaya, right, perfects her character of Old Befana and greets the three wise men and a shepherd, played by Anthony Napolitano, James Keeney, Emma Steele and Robert Da Rita.
Frances Scarantino, founder of the Reach for the Stars program, explains the story of “Alfie the Christmas Tree” to the young onlookers.
The cast members of “Alfie the Christmas Tree” take their final bow.
Kaylen Rodriguez wowed the crowd with a ballet routine while playing the Christmas star.
Kayla Steele, left, and Francesca Puleo play the Christmas angels.
Mikayla Nelson narrates “The Legend of Old Befana.”