Like many people, Eleanor Single had never even heard of scleroderma until her daughter, Dawn Erikson, was diagnosed with the condition, a connective tissue disorder that causes scar tissue to build up and harden in the skin and other organs.
Since Dawn’s death from scleroderma complications, Single has worked to raise awareness and funds for the autoimmune disorder through the “Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma” walk.
The Oswego Children’s Theater has completed casting for its next production, of “Shrek the Musical.”
The musical play is based on the 2001 DreamWorks animated film “Shrek” and follows the adventures of a cantankerous Ogre named Shrek, his talking donkey friend and the beautiful princess Fiona.
The production features a huge cast of area youth including Doug Schneider in the role of Shrek, Leah Mullen as Fiona, Catrina Edwards as Donkey, Ryan Smith as Lord Farquad and Caroline Gray as the Dragon.
Other cast members include Ellery Clarke as the White Rabbitl; Ethan Cliff as Little Shrek; Audrey Donavan as Pig #1; Jessica Johnston as Mama Bear; Arianna Jones as a Bunny; Abigail Lareau as the Pig#2; Madeline Loomis as Teen Fiona; Maya Loomis as the elf; Baxter Mason as Pinocchio; Zander Mason as the Ugly Duckling; Grace Mason as Young Fiona; Odin Mosher as the Dish with the Spoon; Megan Murtha as The Fairy Godmother; Elijah Shambo as the Bishop; Ella Shambo as the Mad Hatter; and Issac Shambo as Grumpy the Dwarf.
Also: Tate Shambo as Puss-n-Boots; Julianna Smith as Gingy; Gregory Thomas as the Cow who jumped over the moon; Beatta Trovato as the Big Bad Wolf; Cody Vincent as the Captain of the Guard; and Faith Washington as the Wicked Witch.
In addition the supporting cast appears in multiple other roles as townspeople, Guards, and various fairy tale characters.
“Shrek the Musical” was adapted for the stage by David Lyndsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Jeanine Tesori.
The show is directed by Lyndsie Lee Jones, with Music Director Kenneth C Jones, assisted by Dan Williams and Wayne A Mosher Jr.
The Show is produced By Kelly Mosher, who will also costume design with Florence Ross. Abby Field will act as stage manager assisted by Faith Washington.
Makeup designer will be Amanda Mosher. Adam Thompson will assist with the lights.
“Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
The production is set for 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12, 18, and 19, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. July 13, 19 and 20.
All performances will be in the theater space at the New Haven Congregational Church, on State Route 104 East between Oswego and Mexico.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.
For reservations and more information, call 342-5265
This summer, the Fulton Family YMCA is bringing back the Girls Rock program.
This program is designed for tween girls to learn values and positive behaviors, in order to make positive life choices.
The girls will be given an opportunitiy to explore their unique talents and interests to help them realize their potential.
Girls will build friendships, self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills through workshops, discussion groups and fun activities.
Girls Rock will be held at the Fulton Family YMCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting July 8 through Aug. 21. It is for girls ages 10-13.
Each day will be interactive and fun while learning about social media, body image, nutrition and fitness. The girls will also go bowling and have an opportunity to be involved in field trips with the Fulton Y Day Camp program.
This program is free to members and Fulton Y Day Camp participaints. For fees for non-members and registration, call the Fulton Family YMCA.
Girls Rock is an extension of our Youth for Youth program that focuses on adolescent health care, positive decision making and leadership skills.
Youth 4 Youth is a community collaboration of Oswego County Opportunities, the Fulton City School District, Cayuga Community College and the Fulton Family YMCA. This program is funded through the Department of Health.
For more information or to register, call the Fulton Family YMCA at 598-9622 or stop in at 715 West Broadway, Fulton.
To stay up to date on upcoming programs and events check out our website at www.fultonymca.com or like us on facebook.
Earlier this month, the Fairley Fun Runners of Fairley Elementary School were happy to hear Pennellville resident, Ruth Ripley, share with them her experience of running marathons in every state.
Ripley is the second women in New York state to have run a marathon in every state. Ripley’s visit ties in with a history unit on women of change.
The Fairley Fun Runners are coached by physical education teachers Scott Leonard, Lynn Halliwell and third-grade teacher Yvette Gigliotti. The team is made up of fourth-graders at Fairley Elementary and Gigliotti’s classroom.
Students involved run each Thursday after school. The program is part of the Activation Grant the school received to ensure students have the opportunities they need to be healthy and thrive at school.
Fourth-grade teachers Carol Cook, Jeanne Kacur, Nancy Miller, Sarah Schumaker and Val Stuart are very supportive of this get moving initiative, and encourage their students to participate in the running program.