Musical Numbers Full of Love

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Members of the East Meadow community gathered at W.T. Clarke High School on Nov. 5 for the FREE Players’ production of “The Broadway Classics with Twenty Years of Love,” a medley of the talented group’s original music and Broadway classics.
    
“The FREE Players returned to the district for another terrific performance,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo of the acting troupe, which consists of individuals who have special needs. “They have inspired us because they are so successful at dealing with challenges, developing their abilities and, ultimately, sharing their talents with all of us.”   
    
The production, directed by FREE Players directors Bridget Livingston and Steven Jackson with set creation by Jillian Brunner and the BayWay Crew, had the audience singing, clapping and dancing along to hit songs from Broadway musicals including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables” and “Rent.”   
    
In addition, Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, former New York State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Campo presented a certificate of recognition, on behalf of Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino and the Hempstead Town Board, to Jessica Gallone. Gallone, the Senior Director of Supports and Development at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, was recognized for her work in the community and with the FREE Players.