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SHS Senior Class Presents Willy Wonka

bucketsGet your golden ticket! It's a tradition at Scarsdale High School for the senior class to put on a musical and this year, the production is Willy Wonka, based on the famous book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Directed by Catherine Chan and Morgan Cochrane, with musical direction from Sofus Rose and Nivi Ravi, and choreography by Jessica Cohen and Zoya Binyaminov the show has performances on May 19th, 20th, and 21st.

The play will star Zach Brenner as Charlie Bucket, Jake Stiel as the chocolatier Wonka himself, and me as Mrs. Beauregarde who is definitely a star on the same level as Charlie and Wonka, 100%.

The senior class government nominated two shows to be this year's musical, and the senior class voted Willy Wonka as the winner. Speaking from my own background in theater, I was a little daunted by the selection. The show is very male and character actor heavy. Most of the leads in the show are played by men and dramatic productions in SHS tend to draw a much larger number of women. Also, many of the roles require accents and a fantastic sense of comedy. I was worried that we wouldn't have enough strong actors to cover the roles. Turns out, I underestimated my classmates. As soon as I heard Mollie Kerr do her german accent as Mrs. Gloop I knew that things were going to turn out alright.

augustusThe best and worst thing about Willy Wonka is how well-known it is. Even if you don't know the musical, you probably know the story. Five kids and their guardians, many of whom take the word bratty to new heights, enter a chocolate factory and chaos ensues. During rehearsals, many of the scenes became much easier to learn because of this familiarity. Almost everyone knows the tune to the Oompa-Loompa songs and our Veruca, Caroline Kaufman, instantly knew how to scream that she wants it now. The problem arises in the pressure that comes with the audience knowing the characters already. "It's a little nerve-wracking to be playing such a well known character, especially with the accent," says Kaufman. It's scary to be aware that the audience has expectations, but from what I've seen the seniors are more than up to the challenge.

Another challenge the class has had to overcome is the deep dark pit known as scheduling. With a cast of more than a hundred and different levels of prioritization, you are literally never going to get a rehearsal everyone can attend. Even getting all of the speaking roles to come is a tall order. This means that for most rehearsals, somebody at some point is talking to an invisible person. Not only that, but there is also an added degree of difficulty in that access to the auditorium and the set itself has been difficult to obtain. We've got a week till our performances and we have only just recently been able to start using the auditorium stage. But at my old camp we started all rehearsals two weeks till the performance and if a bunch of screaming eleven-year-old girls can do it, then I have no doubt that a group of high school seniors can do it. Everyone has really pulled through so far, and so much of that is thanks to the student directors. "The hard work of our directors inspires us to 'make sure we memorize our lines and dance numbers" Says Thomas Jacobsen. We're all working not just to impress the audience, but also to build up our fellow castmates.

directorsWhatever the difficulties, the show must go on. The cast has absolutely made the most of their less-than-perfect situation and no matter what happens it promises to be entertaining. The best part of putting on a play is never the performances. It's the rehearsals. Through my time working on Wonka I've gotten to know some people I had never really interacted with before, and I think that my experience here is universal. "It's really going to be a memory I will look back at for the rest of my life and I would definitely encourage underclassmen to do the play when they become seniors!" Says Nakul Srinivas (Mike Teavee).I know that the phrase "if you had fun, you won!" is a cheesy motto generally found on participation trophies, but it seems pretty applicable here. No, you can't "win" a musical, but you can win new friends, some chocolate, and a golden ticket if you're lucky.

Come check out the play on May 19th and 20th at 7:30 PM and May 21st at 2:00 PM in the Scarsdale High School Auditorium! Tickets are available for purchase online here

Eight Local Students Named National Merit Finalists

national merit logo2Eight students from Scarsdale are among the 2,500 students awarded $2,500 Merit Scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) this year. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Here are the names of the winners:

Edgemont High School:
Anshul Barnwal
Federico J. Reyes Gomez
Michelle Kim

Horace Mann School:
Christie Du

Scarsdale High School:
Zoe L. Ewing
Michael S. Landau
Keshave M. Rastogi
Lauren H. Singer

NMSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

Student Musicians Perform at Lincoln Center

lincolncenterTalented Scarsdale High and Middle School musicians performed at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2017 in the Greater Westchester Youth Orchestra (GWYOA) spring gala concert. They were directed by Maestro Jacqueline Stern (Westchester Junior Strings) and Maestros Victor and Vincent Lionti (Westchester Youth Symphony).

Among the musicians from Scarsdale were:
Mira Zelkowitz, Rohan Gharekhan, Anna Eligulashvili, Harris Gelblum, Lily Kronenberg, Victoria Von Redden, Rishabh Gharekhan

Brandon Yazdi, Mark Russel, Margaret Kantor, Catherine Zhang, Vivianne Ong, Vianne Lim, Henry Zhang, Kenny Xu, Jeremy Ng

Molly Osinoff, Julia Ng, Jessica Kwong, Hannah Osinoff

The GWYOA is a not-for-profit organization providing excellent grounding in cooperation, helping young people to develop self esteem, and promoting harmony in our ethnically diverse community through classical music training. GWYOA consists of three orchestras made up of students in grades four through twelve from Westchester County, NY, and from the surrounding counties in the Tri-State area working in cooperation with the Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY.

Weekend Parade of Open Houses

open-housesThe spring market is lively this year, with strong demand for fewer homes on the market.... Especially for homes priced below $2,000,000. Take a look at the chart below which compares the first four months of this year with last, and note that the number of listings is down 17.8%.(Data courtesy of Elise Flagg at Houlihan Lawrence in Scarsdale)

If you are in the market for a home in Scarsdale, check out our full complement of open houses this weekend:

Open Houses:

1 BurgessRoad1 Burgess Road, Scarsdale
Open House Sunday May 7th : 1:00-3:00pm
Open House Saturday May 6th : 1:00-3:00pm

Magnificent brand new Georgian Colonial in Scarsdale's coveted Heathcote Murray Hill Estate neighborhood. platinumdrive175Offering 8400 square feet of exquisitely finished living space, this luxury residence features high ceilings, ideal open layout, spacious rooms, large windows, elegant millwork and the highest quality materials.
Listing Agents: Alicia Gold 914.844.2760 and Heather Harrison 917.299.7490 For more information click here.

List Price: $3,999,000

17 Morris Lane17 Morris Lane Scarsdale, NY
Open House Sunday 5/7 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Perfectly set in coveted Murray Hill, this stately brick Colonial with slate roof, majestically sited on a lush 1.58 acre property accessed by a circular driveway is a dream come true. HoulihanLawrence2017The sweeping lawns are visible from all rooms in the house. Intricately carved moldings present a feast for the eyes. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here:

List Price: $3,450,000

14 Continental Road14 Continental Road Scarsdale, NY
Open House Sunday 5/7 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Stunning, six years young Colonial and better than new! Substantially enhanced with sophisticated and upscale selections to meet the highest standards throughout.HoulihanLawrence2017 Exquisite custom built-ins, wainscoting and crown molding, gorgeous hardware and superior bathroom accessories, radiant heated floor in master bath and more. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here.

List Price: $2,895,000

12 Kolbert12 Kolbert Drive, Scarsdale
Open House Sunday May 7th 2:00-4:00PM

This modern colonial was extensively renovated on the interior and exterior in 2014 with the finest craftsmanship and design. platinumdrive175Move right in and enjoy this contemporary colonial w/every amenity imaginable including a gorgeous heated pool and spa on a lush .5 acre of park like property. Listing Agent: Heather Harrison 917.299.7490 For more information click here.

List Price: $2,595,000

8 Murray Hill Road8 Murray Hill Road, Scarsdale
Open House Sunday May 7 2:00 to 4:00 PM

JUST REDUCED in time for Summer! Location and timeless elegance in this classic center hall Colonial on gorgeous property in Murray Hill! Move-in ready with 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths, and a huge MBR Suite with 2 Full Baths, Marble Fireplace, Dressing Room with Built-Ins, Walk-In Closet and Office/Sitting Room. This "Has Everything" home features High Ceilings, Crown Moldings, Elevator, 2 sets of back stairs, Formal LR has Fireplace and Floor to Ceiling Windows, High End Custom Kitchen-SubZero/Viking/Bosch, Granite Countertops, The LR, DR and Library lead to deck for entertaining. Professional Office with raveislogoSeparate Entrance, 2 car attached garage. Listing Agent: Stephen Rogalski Mobile: 914-391-9963. William Raveis Real Estate, 1 Palmer Avenue Scarsdale. Learn more here.

List Price: $2,250,000

151 Rock Creek Lane151 Rock Creek Lane Scarsdale, NY
Open House Sunday 5/7 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Don't miss this fabulous light-filled, custom-renovated, open-plan four bedroom home in walking distance to Aspen Park, 5 Corners shopping and more. HoulihanLawrence2017The first level features a stunning formal living room with a stacked stone fireplace, a spacious family room with a cathedral ceiling (which could be a formal dining room). Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here.

List Price: $1,950,000

20 Montrose Road20 Montrose Road Scarsdale, NY 10583
Open House Sunday 5/7 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Captivating and convenient Greenacres Colonial set on a picturesque .25 lush acre with gently rolling lawns and lovely landscaping! HoulihanLawrence2017Two blocks to the Greenacres School and an easy stroll to the Hartsdale train station and 35 minute express train to Grand Central Station. A perfect layout for comfortable living. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here.

List Price: $1,550,000

10 Tournament Drive10 Tournament Drive White Plains, NY 10605
Open House Sunday 5/7 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Entertain to your heart's delight in this pristine Center Hall Colonial built by Toll Brothers with many extras and recent updates! HoulihanLawrence2017New solar panels, new AC, new roofing, new deck, new generator, two new baths are just some of the major improvements made over the last two years. Sun-drenched, spacious with excellent flow. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here.

List Price: $1,299,000

11 Cider Mill Circle, Armonk
Open House: Sunday, May 7 2:00 -4:00 PM

11 Cider Mill CircleRelax in carefree elegant style in this 4 Bedroom town home located in the gated community of Cider Mill. This freshly painted sunny end unit is appointed with the finest finishes, including Christopher Peacock custom kitchen cabinetry, Waterworks fixtures, hardwood floors amd detailed crown and wainscot moldings. The gourmet kitchen has a 6-burner Wolf stainless steel gas range w/ hood and the adjoining den has a gas fireplace, custom built-ins and a door leading to a slate patio. The first floor home office is fully equipped with a built-in desk and bookcases and the oversized master bedroom suite boasts a gas fireplace, balcony, marble bath and a custom WIC and finishing it off, the lower level has a family room with a built-in wet bar and raveislogoentertainment center as well as a bedroom and an additional recreation area. Listing Agent: Stacy Miller mobile 914-523-0732, William Raveis Real Estate, 1 Palmer Avenue, Scarsdale. Learn more here.

List Price: $1,149,999


33 Hillair Circle33 Hillair Circle White Plains, NY
Open House Sunday 5/7 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

Modern vibe Colonial seeks buyer with matching aesthetic! This sun-filled and open style home on coveted Hillair Circle may list as 3,240 square feet, but lives much larger! HoulihanLawrence2017Every room is very generously proportioned and positioned just where you want it to be, including a very large family room off the kitchen. Scarsdale Office: 914-723-8877. Learn more here.

List Price: $899,000

3 CampusPlace1A3 Campus Place: Unit 1A
Open House Sunday 5/7/17 12:00 - 2:00pm

This sun filled delightful 1 bedroom co-op fits the bill. You can bring along your dog and not worry about walking up steps! Located on the first floor with southeastern juliaricciutiexposure. Hardwood floors, updated kitchen and bath! #65 bus on the corner of Underhill and Central will take you to the Scarsdale train station for your convenience. Contact Julia Ricciuti, RE/MAX Prime Properties, (914)-723-1212 or 914-391-6994,,
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List Price: $195,000, Maintenance $785 with Star of $130.


Scarsdale Wears Denim to Raise Awareness About Sexual Violence

denimdayDenim Day began in response to a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in which a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The victim was an 18-year old girl who had been picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He took her to an isolated road, pulled her out of the car, wrestled her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully raped her.

Outraged by the ruling, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work the next day wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign 18 years ago because of this case and the activism surrounding it and Denim Day has been held every year since then on a Wednesday in April.

Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.Zaria1

The Scarsdale Coalition on Family Violence is asking community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement by wearing jeans on Wednesday, the 26th, as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. PLEASE WEAR DENIM AND TAKE A PHOTO and send it to Lauren Pomerantz at or to Penny Bauersfeld at so that your photo can be posted on the Coalition's Facebook page.

Or, post it on your own Facebook page, and use the hashtags:


DenimDay1The Scarsdale Village Board wore denim and signed a proclamation declaring Denim Day in the Village of Scarsdale for April 26th. The board and staff wore denim for the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday April 25th.

See more photos of Scarsdalians in denim on the Facebook page of the Coalition on Family Violence and Healthy Releationships.