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THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016
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It’s All About Love at
the Breezy Point
Teen Show
By Katie McFadden
In a world plagued with
dark news, we could all use
a bit of love. Next week at the
Colony Theater, there will be
plenty of it at the 44th Annual
Breezy Point Teen Show.
“The way things are in the
world right now, we need
love,” Maryellen Barnes, di-
rector of the Teen Show since
she started it with Gert Hend-
ry in 1972, said. Every night
at 8 p.m. starting Monday,
August 8 through the finale on
Friday, August 12, 135 teens
will come together to put on
a production showcasing the
theme, “It’s All About Love,”
through song and dance.
From a performance of “All
You Need is Love” by the pre-
teens, to a dance performance
of “Love Runs Out” by the
girl’s kickline and the boys,
to “Seasons of Love” sung by
the whole cast, the love will
be felt throughout the theater.
The theme may be differ-
ent every year, but since the
beginning, Breezy Point res-
idents, kids who participate
and those who have helped,
have fallen in love with this
Breezy Point tradition. The
Teen Show began in 1972 as a
way to give kids something to
do over the summer instead
of making bad choices. “The
secretary of the co-op, Ruth
Clarke, asked me to help pro-
vide something productive for
the kids to do,” Barnes said.
As a cast member of the trav-
eling Broadway production of
“Pippin,” Barnes knew a thing
or two about musical produc-
tions. The first Teen Show
started out on a small scale
in the Breezy Point Catholic
Club, but has grown to a cast of
nearly 150 boys and girls who
perform each year in the Col-
ony Theater, which can seat
200 people each night. Kids
can join when they become
pre-teens, at about 12 years
old and perform throughout
their teenage years. “It really
is a rite of passage. You can’t
wait until you’re old enough
to be in the show,” organizer
Angela DiLalla said. Sever-
al of those who help with the
show were once performers
themselves and many former
performers are now parents
of kids in the show. “It really
is a phenomenon. We’re go-
ing on our third generation of
families who have been in the
show,” production assistant
Sue Valentine said.
Each summer, the Teen
Show provides kids with a
supportive outlet to show off
their talents, build their con-
fidence and make friends in
the process. For some, it’s
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