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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Hillcrest High School Theatre Institute and other recent school happenings

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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 3:06 pm

Director of the Theatre Institute at Hillcrest High School Ms. Adia Barboza, right, told of the many activities taking place during the school year. Auditions for singers and dancers were just held for this year’s musical, “Annie.” The event will take place in April or May 2017. The annual Talent Show will take place on Jan. 9. Students perform poetry, sing songs, and act out skits or dance. The Hillcrest Thespians will present in the Black Box Theater in Hillcrest High School their show, which is a night of one act plays by David Ives called “Tied Up In Time” running Dec. 19-22. It is directed by Mr. Brian Blader. Ms. Barboza stated that LEAP or Learning through an Expanded Art Program, a nonprofit based in Manhattan, will again work with the Theatre Institute.

Through June, teaching artists will visit Hillcrest High School two times a week to help the students write their own one act plays and also perform monologues by August Wilson. There is usually a monologue contest of Mr. Wilson’s writings in the spring.

Book Club volunteers

It is interesting that two young ladies who conduct the Hillcrest High School Book Club both volunteer in the school library. Above, in the Hillcrest High School library, are Januben Patel, left, who is in the school’s Health Careers Institute and volunteers period five, and Pushpita Gupta, who is in the Pre-Med Institute and volunteers period four. The girls do community service at nearby PS 86 helping ESL children do math and learn English by acting as assistant teachers. The Book Club meets at the end of the school day after period nine.

They provide the book to be read, which can be any kind of book such as science fiction or mystery. They read out loud, then discuss the book, may do drawings about the story, word searches or make puzzles from the words in the book.

Isabelle Erie, always in action

Isabelle Erie, a resident of Jamaica, is a member of the Theatre Institute of Hillcrest High School, and is active in volleyball, gymnastics and outdoor track and field, which makes her a scholar athlete according to health, PE & technology Assistant Principal Tarek Ali. She is planning to attend Queens College to study physical therapy and psychology.

Erie has been the captain of the girls varsity gymnastics team since November 2013, pictured above and led the girls to team championships. She has been the captain of the girl’s outdoor track and field team for the past two years and won a medal in the 4x100 meter relay at Bayside High School. She has also been on the girls varsity volleyball team since 2015. She plays the trumpet in the school’s Advanced Music Club, is a member of the Liturgical Dance group, has the lead role in the current Thespian show “Time Flies,” participated in last year’s August Wilson Monologue Competition, and has participated in the LEAP or Learning Through an Expanded Art Program, when actors and dances came to work with the Hillcrest High School students, which led to her participation in an off-Broadway production.

Erie has taken honors English classes for the past two years and volunteers as an assistant with gymnastics group in Nassau County and are a multilingual speaker in English, French and Haitian-Creole. She wishes to, “Thank my coaches, Ms. Ruiz, Coach Asqui, Mr. Malve, and Mr. Blader.” Her favorite quote is one by Oscar Wilde, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Mr. Ali has just announced that her coaches have nominated her for the “2017 PSAL and the New York Yankees New Era Pinstripe Bowl Award” from Hillcrest High School.

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