Everythings Coming Up Gypsy!

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Everything’s Coming Up Gypsy


Bellport High School’s talented students have pulled together yet another great show. This year’s musical was Gypsy, the story of a stage mom (Rose) eager to get her children (June and Louise) in the spotlight at any cost. During The Great Depression, the family travels around America in search of work and barely scraping by until the desperate Rose puts her daughter Louise to work at a burlesque house. Under the direction of Bellport’s very own Mrs. Fandale and music direction from Mr. Desiderio, the cast, crew, and pit orchestra of Gypsy truly brought the story to life with tons of singing, dancing, props, and laughs.

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Samuel Iaddiccico ’15 and Kaitlyn LaGrega ’15 in “Some People”

As the lights went down and the pit orchestra began to play, the mood for the opening scene was set immediately. The stage really came alive when the curtains opened and all of the realistic and neatly planned out props sat beside the show’s stars Kaitlyn LaGrega ‘15 (Rose), Jovanna Briscoe ‘15 (Gypsy/Louise), Samantha Raffa ‘17 (June), and Michael Castellanos ’15 (Uncle Jocko/Herbie). Their energy and enthusiasm radiated off the stage as the show began.

I noticed that the attire for each of the characters fit both the scene time period very well, and also suited the performers nicely. As Raffa and Briscoe lit up the stage with an introductory song and dance, a rendition of “Let Me Entertain You”, it was evident that the rest of the show was going to be great. The audience seemed to love Mama Rose’s pushy stage mom attitude, laughing and giggling as she dressed her daughters in ridiculous costumes and forced them to learn crazy routines.

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Jovanna Briscoe ’15 in “Little Lamb”

As the scenes shifted between Rose’s many residences all around America and Baby June’s routines, I was very impressed at how quickly the stage crew dismantled and assembled the sets. There was never a moment where someone placed something onstage incorrectly, and no props were dropped. There was barely any noise onstage while the next scene was being set up, and I commend the crew for their finesse. I could tell that a lot of work went into this show on both the cast’s part and the crew’s part. As for the amazing prop management, Nia Tucker ‘17, a crew member, claimed that to ensure the precision of prop placement, the crew had to memorize what pieces went out at what time and it became very stressful when they got something wrong. It’s easily said that all of the memorization and stress paid off. The crew did a remarkable job. The lighting was very well done, the props looked great, and the show ran very smoothly.

Tucker also mentioned that everyone would stay until nine o’clock for many rehearsals and when rehearsals ran this long they would have to bring their own dinners so they could make it through the long nights of preparation for the show. How members of the cast and crew managed to do homework during those long nights is a mystery to me.

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Amanda Hanley ’15 with a g-string on her head

The cast also put in a massive amount of effort. There was barely any “fudging” (or messing up) of lines, no lyrics were forgotten, and not a shuffle-ball-change was left out. Although some of the dialogue dragged on for a bit, the acting was ultimately engaging and the characters were truly brought to life. From the extras in the back to the Hollywood Blondes, everyone gave 110% and all of the scenes tied together very well. All of the cast members who stepped foot onstage were fully immersed in their performance and the vitality was refreshing. With the well rehearsed lines and numbers, there were definitely funnier moments that had the crowd cackling. One segment that got the audience going was the burlesque scene where Isabella Novelli ’17 (Electra) lit up the dark with her twinkling stripper costume. The three burlesque girls (Natalie Maida, Isabella Novelli, Deanna DiMaritno) did a wonderful job combining their beautiful voices into a wondrous and harmonious trio as they strutted their stuff around the stage during “Gotta Get a Gimmick” in act two. It was by far one of the best scenes of the musical.

Following this golden number, Jovanna Briscoe ‘15 had her memorable moment in the spotlight. Appearing as the independent showstopper, Gypsy Rose Lee, Briscoe looked gorgeous as she practically floated about in a variety of purple dresses that complimented her stage worthy smile. She completed her transition from shy background dancer to starlet in a golden gown as she belted the closing lyrics to her powerful version of “Let Me Entertain You”.

Kaitlyn LaGrega ’15 as Rose finished off the show with the explosive and slightly terrifying “Rose’s Turn”, where Rose has a mental breakdown after Louise rejects her help after all the years she’d spent working to make her daughter a star. LaGrega paced the stage frantically, declaring that she was finally going to do something for herself, closing the song with multiple screams of “FOR ME!”

The entire cast looked amazing as they spread out on the stage with an immeasurable amount of passion. I truly appreciated the work ethic, dedication, and most importantly, the heart that went into the making of Gypsy. To everyone who was a part of the show, amazing job. You made me want to be up there too! But as Mama Rose said, “If I could’ve been, I would’ve been. And that’s show business.”

Homecoming Game Win


Bellport's Football team during homecoming game

Bellport’s Football team during homecoming game

Homecoming court and king and queen during half time

Homecoming court and king and queen during half time


Despite a rocky start to Bellport’s homecoming weekend due to the cancellation of the homecoming parade because of rain, Bellport fans came out rain or shine last Saturday to support Bellport’s Junk Yard Dogs homecoming game against Copiague. Student’s, faculty and community members cheered on the team in the stands while Bellport dominated in the game. This was expected because of Bellport’s undefeated record so far of 5 and 0. Copiague was defeated with a whopping 69 to 0, leaving much to be celebrated at Bellport High for the rest of the weekend’s homecoming festivities.

Club Profile- Fathom

Fathom members working during meeting

Fathom members working during meeting


Things are finally in a full swing here at Bellport High School. We are halfway through the fall sports season and progress reports are going out soon. Many of our clubs have resumed and are preparing themselves for the upcoming events of homecoming and Save Halloween. This includes Fathom, the club that edits and produces Bellport High School’s acclaimed litterary magazine of the same name. Each of the members of Fathom vote on a theme for the years magazine and edit the work submitted to them by students of Bellport, as well as create their own submissions. Students can submit their personal creations such as poems, short stories, artwork and photos having to do with the years theme. All of these creative works will be edited by the Fathom staff and complied into a magazine that will be released at the end of the year. The theme that has been chosen for this years magazine is Changes. Any type of writing or artwork inspired by this theme may be submitted to Mrs. Hartmann in room 111. Students have the option of submitting work anonymously.

The members of Fathom are currently very busy preparing for Save Halloween. Fathom will be running a room themed with elements from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, such as Hansel and Gretel. Tricker Treaters will be able to come into the room and take a tour through several different fairy tales, ending with frosted cookies in the Witches Candy House from Hansel and Gretel. Fathom treasurer, Isabella Iadicicco ’17 spoke excitedly about the event. “We hope to make a great experience for the kids by incorporating the spooky elements of these fairy tales as well as the more magical and fantastical ones.”

Anyone interested in joining Fathom can see Mrs. Hartmann in room 111. Fathom meets after school at 2:00pm in room 111 unless otherwise announced.

This Week in Bellport…

Principal Hogan takes a selfie with some of the senior class on 10/07/14

(Photo courtesy of Julie Trowbridge ’15)

Drunk Driving Assembly


Monday morning of last week, our senior class had an assembly about drunk driving. However, this was not the usual PowerPoint assembly in the auditorium. The South Country Ambulance and police department created a replica of a drunk-driving accident, complete with student actors, crashed cars, and even a dead body in the front parking lot.

Ashley Ciambra ’15, a senior who attended the event said, “It changed my perspective on drunk driving big time.” As Ashley explained how terrifying it was to witness such a realistic scene of something that could so easily happen, she said, “Seeing the police covering bodies of people I actually know and all the EMT’s rushing to save people from the crashed car was so scary.”

The event seemed to have made a lasting impression on the seniors and helped them to better understand the effects of drunk driving. The idea that it could be you really sunk in. I think Ashley speaks for all of her fellow classmates when she says “I will never get into a car with a drunk driver no matter what.”

Junior Varsity Cheerleading

Bellport's Varsity Cheerleaders

Bellport’s Varsity Cheerleaders


I can honestly say that I am honored to be a captain and a part of this year’s J.V team. We have some great new up and coming faces that are being helped along by our coach Allie. We became a family the day we stepped on to those mats and we’ve been working really hard. Every day we get stronger and become a better team. We go to practice and push ourselves to the limit to see what we can accomplish. The season has just started and we’re super excited to cheer for our fellow JV football team. We look forward to seeing Bellport’s students cheering alongside us all the upcoming games.

Homecoming- Freshmen’s Perspective

some of last years freshmen before the homecoming parade

some of last years freshmen before the homecoming parade


October 11th is going to be a big night for Bellport students as BHS celebrates it’s annual homecoming parade, game and dance. No one is more excited and eager to be a part of it then the new ninth grade class. We can’t wait to help out build our float. It’s theme is the well-known board game ‘Battleship’. This is a great time for freshmen to be welcomed into Bellport’s community spirit.

In fact many have already joined the various sports and clubs. One 9th grader, Sam Pascasio, who will be preforming with her flute in the homecoming Marching Band says, “Something so new, I can’t wait! I’m excited.”

Diana Onorato, a fellow ninth grader who is part of Varsity Cheerleading team says “Well I’m unfortunately not preforming due to injury, but I’m really looking forward to seeing our team go out and win and have a lot of school spirit behind them!” Diana and her team will be cheering alongside the rest of Bellport as our Clippers go up to take down the Eagles for homecoming football game!

Veterans in Need



To many Americans medical care comes easy and fast, however if you’ve seen the news lately, the VA (veterans hospitals) has not been doing there job as well as many Americans would have hoped. Many men and woman that promise their lives to protect the United States have a hard time getting the help they need. Often soldiers come back with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or even missing arms and legs. These are very real problems that can affect not only the veterans but family and friends of the veteran.

I, as a son of a veteran know these effects first hand. My father has many medical problems due to his years in service. He has shrapnel in his head and leg from an exposition on the ship he was stationed on as well as cirrhosis of the liver. The VA has said he cannot get a transplant till he is on his death bed. This seems unfair to me considering these man and woman give there all and more so we can sleep safely at night. If the United States is able to give help to those that are homeless or bankrupted I don’t understand why we can’t help the men and woman that keep us safe.

If this issue does not personally affect you or bother you I hope this opens your eyes. There are many problems of importance in our county that are often overlooked. Eventually we all will have been affected somehow.Bellport High's Veterans Memorial