The Week atThe Rock
FAR ROCKAWAY HIGH SCHOOL
by Stuart L. Astor
FRHS Becomes "Rydell High"…
Last year Far Rockaway High School began a new tradition of musical dramatic productions with two very successful performances of "Scenes from the West Side." On Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19, 2000, the school presented this year’s musical, "Scenes from Rydell High."
Twenty-one students, a quintet of musicians, 15 stagehands and set-builders and seven faculty members collaborated to create two evenings of high-level entertainment. Among the actors, singers and dancers were Jasmine Ruiz, Edward Munoz, Octavia Smith, Gabriel Millayes, Latavia Lee. Carlos Guttierez, Shakira Blair, Ivan Hill, Elizabeth Marmol, Artie Bryant, Lanelle Robertson, Rosalyn Lawrence, Diana Bain, Anthony Miller and math teacher John Gentile. The chorus consisted of Teena Barnett, Allisia Daley, Myisha McDonald, Savita Ramsaran Felis Ruiz and Toleether Williams. The quintet featured Mr. Robert Carpentier on piano, Dellon Hall on drums, Mr. Keith Jordan, Bass Guitar, alumnus Kareem Williams, saxophone and Roberto Zapeda, alto saxophone.
The show was produced by Assistant Principal Ronna Sloan, Ph.D. and directed and choreographed by Ms. Karen Hughes, with Ms. Amy Dattner as assistant director. Mr. Carpentier was music director; sets were designed and supervised by Ms. V. McCauley. Ms. Lorraine Ashepa was technical director.
Tennis Team Makes Playoffs…
Far Rockaway High School’s girls tennis team competed in the city playoffs in Queens Division II. Playing for the team were Savita Ramsaran, Paula Boston, Natasha Sealy, Shonelle Felix, Denise Bryant, Masha Villars, Carla Nolberto, Darine Fortune, Jennifer Jean, Dania Wilson, Naisha Reid and manager Jonell Alleyne. The team ended the season with a 7-3 record and entered the playoffs for the second straight year.