Jordan Baker (Melissa Schepers) sips champagne as friends Lucille McKee (Margaret Neal) and Chester McKee (Robert Habermann) look on in the Lynbrook High School production of “The Great Gatsby.” (Credit: Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax)
the allure and intrigue of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece novel, the
Lynbrook High School Drama Club presented a stage production of “The
Great Gatsby,” bringing Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and friends to life
in all their passionate and tragic glory.
story is narrated through the eyes of Daisy’s cousin, Nick Carraway,
played by Matthew Paris. Recently arrived from the Midwest, Nick is at
first entranced by the glamour of Long Island’s Gold Coast and the
allure of his mysterious and wealthy neighbor Jay Gatsby (Zack
Zaromatidis). He soon learns that Jay and Daisy (Sydney Lazar) were once
has since married the rich and powerful Tom Buchanan (Brandon Hanna),
but unable to let go, Gatsby has spent the last five years obsessed with
winning her back.
seems at one point that the two lovers may finally find happiness in
each other’s arms, but while driving Gatsby’s car, Daisy strikes and
kills an innocent woman, Myrtle Wilson (Melissa Gralitzer). Seeking
revenge, Myrtle’s husband George (Kevin Simon) hunts down Gatsby and
shoots him dead.
Gatsby, the man who had been the center of many extravagant parties at
his lavish estate, has only one visitor at the funeral marking the end
of his life.
lead roles were played by Melissa Schepers as Jordan Baker, Margaret
Neal as Lucille McKee, Tyler Walsh as Meyer Wolfsheim and Samantha
Laskin as Mrs. Michaels. Robert Habermann played the Waiter, Chester
McKee and the Cop.
show was artfully directed by Tommie Gibbon, with the assistance of
Barry Wyner. The aura of the Gold Coast was captured on stage through
the art direction of Michael Kunz, the set construction of Thomas Sena
and the lighting design of Glen Davis.
costume director, Thea Sieben dressed everyone in the elegance of the
age. Patrick Finn was the music coordinator and sound design was handled
by Jessica Paz. An able stage crew handled scene changes dressed in
white jackets, adding an extra touch of class to the production.