Thespians Entertain Our Vets

Thespians Entertain Our Vets
Thirty-five members of Syosset High School’s Association of Creative Thespians presented a holiday-themed, cabaret-esque performance at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, bringing cheer to our nation’s heroes while showcasing their various talents.
    
Coordinated by club community service liaisons Sydney Fells and Danielle DeLaFuente, students performed various songs, monologues, scenes and dances. In November, ACT members created cards for the veterans and decorations for the performance space. “Veterans lit up when they received the holiday cards that were beautifully handmade. The talent of all the children was incredible,” wrote Northport VA Center Recreation Assistant Megan McNeely in a letter to ACT adviser Gene Connor, thanking him and the students for their thoughtfulness.
    
Part of the club’s mission is to use the diverse talents of its members to stage productions of various theatrical works while giving back to the community. Each month, the ACT identifies a different organization to dedicate its time and energy toward. Within the first few months of this school year, members have donated more than 200 winter clothing items, hosted a Thanksgiving food drive, prepared and delivered hundreds of sandwiches to the Mary Brennan INN, participated in a walkathon to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and donated hundreds of dollars to various foundations, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fight childhood cancers and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.