PURCHASE LINE: 'Hello, Dolly!' musical to be staged this weekend
March 07, 2014 11:00 AM
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PURCHASE LINE — The musical “Hello, Dolly!” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday in the high school auditorium.

The Class of 2014 will host a spaghetti dinner prior to the performance today from 4 to 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Spaghetti dinner tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 12.

[PHOTO: Cast members in Purchase Line High School’s production of “Hello, Dolly!” posed in costume. The show will be staged at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday.   (Gabriella Scott/Purchase Line High School)]

Music teachers Rebecca Bracken and Paula Saylor are the co-directors. They chose “Hello, Dolly!” for this year’s musical because the directors were unable to get the license to perform “My Fair Lady” and they had already started collecting hats. “Hello, Dolly!” takes place in the same time period, and it’s like “My Fair Lady.”

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Substitute special-education teacher Debby Johnson is the drama director, maintenance supervisor Carl Jones is the set director, and technology coordinator Marc Caldwell is in charge of lighting and effects.

Unfortunately, having snow days so close to the show has presented some challenges for the cast and crew of “Hello, Dolly!” such as pit rehearsals being canceled and needing to rely on the actors and actresses to memorize their lines at home.

“Hello, Dolly!” is about a matchmaker named Dolly Gallagher Levi who travels to New York to pursue Horace Vandergelder, and once she arrives there she creates many romantic complications involving several people.

Dolly Gallagher Levi, played by senior Anna Harkleroad, is a manipulative, funny, widowed, middle-aged matchmaker who isn’t as happy as she makes everyone think she is.

Ernestina, played by senior Cassandra McCoy, is a girl who needs Mrs. Levi’s services.

Ambrose Kemper, played by eighth-grader Issac Hughes, is a young, flirty, handsome and dedicated artist who is seeking to marry Ermengarde.

Horace Vandergelder, played by junior Greg L. Boring, is a rich, friendless and mean proprietor of a hay and feed store in Yonkers, N.Y., a widower, and a client of Mrs. Levi’s.

Ermengarde, played by senior Brooke Temchulla, is dramatic, cries a lot and is very in love. She is Horace Vandergelder’s 17-year-old niece and she wants to get married but she isn’t allowed.

Cornelius Hackl, played by junior Logan Beck, is Vandergelder’s chief clerk, who is 33, socially awkward and doesn’t know how to be in a relationship.

Barnaby Tucker, played by eighth-grader Kyle Gearhart, is 17, young, naive and an assistant to Cornelius.

Minnie Fay, played by junior Kira Smith, is a ditzy young girl who tends to get what she wants out of people, doesn’t take hints well and she works in Irene’s shop.

Irene Molloy, played by junior Caitlyn Gardner, is a millionairess who owns a hat shop, lives in New York and is tired of her plain old life and wants adventure.

The advice that the cast of “Hello, Dolly!” gives to future actors and actresses is don’t get a wife that cries so much; study your lines because it’ll bite you in the end; when it feels like you’re screaming then your projection is perfect; be comfortable on stage; don’t be afraid to mess up or go for it; try your best; you are important no matter how small your part is; and have fun!

Anatomy/ physiology class

A select group of seniors at Purchase Line have been engaging themselves in … well, themselves. Eighteen seniors chose to take anatomy and physiology, a now full-year course that was piloted for seniors in the 2013 class at Purchase Line for one semester.

While most of the members of the class took the course as prep for entering the health field in college, others took the course simply to learn about themselves, their bodies and how everything functions.

So, what is anatomy, and what is physiology? If you’re a junior and interested in scheduling the class, the basic idea is the study of the parts of the body (anatomy) and their functions (physiology).

According to science teacher Michael Thom, “Anyone considering a career in a medical-related field should take anatomy and physiology. To not do so would put them at a disadvantage when they attend college. However, anyone with a desire to learn about the human body and a willingness to work hard may elect to take the class.”

As of the third quarter, the class has rigorously studied 11 chapters from “Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology.”

The students began with an introduction to anatomy where they learned about the different divisions of the body, a long list of about 60 anatomical terms, the organ systems and body terminology diagrams.

Next, they studied tissues that make up organs in the organ systems and then they looked into the integumentary system (skin). During the study of the skin, the students learned in a unique way how different sections of skin react to different sensations such as temperature and touch.

After studying the skin, the students went on to learn about the skeletal system, learning about the 206 bones in the body. Joints came next, then muscles. During the study of the muscles, the students learned about 60 of the muscles throughout the body.

Students are now learning about the nervous system and studying the parts of the brain. The two chapters of the nervous system and parts of the brain have been combined in order to enhance the knowledge of the parts of the brain, and as a way to connect the two concepts together into a real life situation through dissection.

Recently, the students dissected a sheep brain, which was just large enough to fit into their hands. First, the students began by washing off the brain, studying and identifying specified parts of the brain, then the brain was cut into two hemispheres by the students. Again, specific parts were studied and identified on the inside of the brain.

On the second day of the dissection, the students had the opportunity to complete the dissection as necessary or to start the sheep dissection lab worksheet.

Thom said, “Some students chose to dissect the brain specimen further than was required by the laboratory directions.” 

Regarding the sheep brain dissection, Thom added, “The dissection specimens utilized in anatomy and physiology are not obtained from animals raised for the purpose of dissection, but rather, the organs are harvested as a byproduct of the farm animal industry.”

The students in anatomy and physiology will be dissecting and studying a cow eye as their next dissection.

Senior Carrie Keith said, “It’s interesting to see how everything works together and how form fits function in the human body.” 

Another senior, Ashley Karlinsey, said, “Mr. Thom keeps the class very interested. I like learning about how the body works together as a single unit. If you’re going into the health field or curious about the body you should schedule anatomy and physiology.”

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