Dominican College Presents Little Shop of Horrors

Students are busy rehearsing for the March 3 and March 4 performances of Little Shop of Horrors.

The musical comedy hit Little Shop of Horrors was presented by the Aquin Players of Dominican College on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in St. Dominic’s School. This theatrical sensation has devoured the hearts of audiences around the world  before coming to  to Rockland County

Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi-horror comedy-rock musical with an early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop style composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman. The musical takes place in New York City during the 1960s and is based around Seymour Krelborn, a clumsy and dejected orphan working at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in urban Skid Row. Seymour happens upon a strange plant which he names “Audrey II” in honor of his fellow coworker and longtime crush, Audrey. Much to Seymour’s surprise, the strange Venus fly trap transforms into a manipulative, foul-mouthed, R&B vocalist who has an appetite for human flesh and blood. Over time, however, Seymour discovers Audrey II desires more than just blood, what it really wants is world domination!

When Dominican College Junior John Ameen is asked what it was like to play the character Seymour, he laughs saying, “Seymour is funny, nerdy, and awkward, it’s a very different role for me but I’m enjoying it!”

Director James Filippelli, Musical Director James Quaranto, and Choreographer Melissa Lucido would like to recognize cast and crew members both onstage and backstage for their hard work and dedication. Even though practice and preparation for any musical can be stressful, Dominican College freshman Rebecca Birmingham, who played the character of Audrey, says “The cast is full of lighthearted people who make every practice enjoyable.”

 

Ensemble:

Danielle Gulston                     Victoria Ficuciello                   Shaylene Cruz

Elizabeth Roach                      Elena Ivers                              Elise Karasik

Jillian Pianghi                          Dashelle Disha                        Rebecca Birmingham

Christine Ditzel                       Julius Fontanes                        Aaron Hassan

John Ameen                            Alex Yang                               Justin Genardi

Luis Bermudez                        Jason Magee                           

 

Students and Administrators Volunteer in El Salvador

A team of students and administrators traveled to El Salvador in January to volunteer at a day camp in the rural village of Sol Naciente.  The camp in Sol Naciente was founded by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, O.P., of Amityville, NY, a native of El Salvador.  One of the four students on the trip was senior Adriannie Asencio, who is President of the Student Government Association.  Adriannie volunteered with the group of children who were between two and six years old.  “Saying goodbye to the kids was very hard, but it made me aware of how important keeping in touch is, “ she said.  “It made me sad to see that the children were also crying before we left.”

Thanks to two College administrators, plans are also underway to build a new well that will bring clean drinking water to three communities in El Salvador. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo is the past president of the Pearl River Rotary. While the students were working in the day camp, she and Director of Residence Life  Ryan O’Gorman met with community leaders to cement plans to build a new, deeper well. 

Filoramo said it was during last year’s service mission that they discovered the communities needed more than the water filtration systems they handed out to residents. “The well is running dry. It services three communities and each gets water every third day, even though it’s dirty water.  So what we discovered was they needed a new well,” she said.  The Pearl River Rotary has raised $25,000 and plans to get a matching global grant from Rotary International to fund the project.  The new well is expected to be completed in the next two years. 

Expansion of Hennessy Center Moving Forward

The $5 million expansion of the Hennessy Center is well underway. Since construction got underway in September, below-ground facilities have been relocated, the site has been excavated, and the concrete floor and walls have been poured.

The Hennessy Center expansion will include a new, regulation-size NCAA gym on the same level as the current gym, with batting cages that can be lowered from the ceiling. A new lower level will have a fitness center, dance studio, weight room, and coaches’ offices. Plans call for the current exercise room to become an Athletic Training Lab for students in the Athletic Training academic program. 

“We have the highest praise for the way Holt Construction has managed the project so far,” said Bill Fallon, Clerk of the Works. “Construction is on schedule and slated for completion by the end of June.”

More than half of the money needed for the expansion has been raised. The College recently launched a new fundraising campaign to raise the remainder of the funds.  If you are interested in donating, or would like to learn more about the Hennessy Center project, please contact Dorothy Filoramo at dorothy.filoramo@dc.edu.