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January 10, 2014

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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Hard ‘working’ talent returns to John Jay



Carly Dieck singing “Adelaide’s Lament” from “Guys & Dolls” at the John Jay High School Encore Cabaret 2 on Sunday, Jan. 4.


Cary Post and Evan McReddie singing “There Once Was a Man from the Pajama Game” at the John Jay High School Encore Cabaret 2 on Sunday, Jan. 4.


John Jay High School sophomore Christina Martino could not stop smiling as she stood on stage and sang a medley from the musical “Working” with her classmates and John Jay alumni.

The performance was part of the second annual Encore Cabaret, which is run by Arts Alive, John Jay’s arts boosters club. On Saturday, Jan. 4, over 300 community members packed into John Jay High School’s theater to hear 25 current and former students sing popular tunes from Broadway shows.

“I had a great time,” said Christina, an Arts Alive board member from South Salem. “It was really cool to see the seniors from last year come back. It was neat to be with all of the older people and the people in our school. There was so much talent. Everything really clicked right away. It went very well.”

The group sang several Broadway classics, including “Summer Nights” from “Grease,” “If I Were a Bell” from “Guys and Dolls,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” from “Jersey Boys,” and “When I Grow Up” from “Matilda.”

The goal of the cabaret was to reunite current John Jay students with alumni who still love music or have followed a musical career path after graduation, such as alumni Ben Moss, a member of the original national tour cast of the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening.”

“It was really cool to seem come back,” said Christina. “They’re older than us but they are John Jay alums who pursued music. They’re successful. It was cool to see that they had the same experiences as us.”

Andre Catrini, a 2007 John Jay graduate, acted as the musical director. He said that it was great for the current students to see alumni who are currently working in the field. Mr. Catrini was joined by fellow alumni, such as Ben Moss, Tomm Polos, who has his own podcast, and Kristin Kelleher, who recently performed in “Les Miserables” at the Riverside Theater in Florida.

“It’s great for the kids to see the alumni who are working in the theater,” said Andre, who now works as a theater composer in Manhattan. “They can see that it is possible to do. It felt like a real family affair, which is nice. It was really a joy and a thrill to be back there.”

Andre added he was delighted with the talent showcased in the cabaret. He participated in the 2013 event and was pleased to hear that the current students still sounded skilled.

“Katonah-Lewisboro has always been very fortunate that there is always a great pool of kids who are interested in the arts, whether it’s musical theater or straight theater,” Andre said. “And it’s a stroke of luck that they all seem to be talented, whether it’s through hard work or just natural talent.”

When Kristin Kelleher, also a 2007 graduate, arrived at her former high school, memories of being on stage flooded back. Performing with the group made her realize how much she has grown as a performer, she said.

Like Andre, she said that the high school students are quite talented and that she enjoyed getting to know them backstage, encouraging them to chase a profession in the arts industry.

“I was absolutely impressed by both the talent and the passion of the current students,” Kristin said. “Several of them expressed interest in pursuing the arts, and I hope that they do. It is a challenging path but also one that is incredibly fulfilling.”

John Jay senior Evan McReddie said that he was a little nervous when it snowed heavily the day before the cabaret. Jan. 4, the day of the performance, marked the first and only time the whole cast was able to rehearse together. However, when they all began singing, things fell into place.

It was Evan’s second time performing in the cabaret, and he said that he was grateful to the alumni for returning to participate, especially those he had gotten to know during last year’s performance.

“I definitely really liked seeing all of them again,” Evan said. “Andre [Catrini] taught me so many things on how to interpret music. He’s a genius at what he does. It’s incredible to see what I could possibly become in five or six years. It’s very inspirational to see all of the talent they have.”

Being in the Encore Cabaret reminded Christina of her very first performance. While she has been singing her entire life, she really fell in love with the craft in fifth grade. The summer before, her sister Ellie, who also participated in the Encore Cabaret and graduated from John Jay in 2013, begged her to perform with her at theater camp. “I was bitten by the bug,” Christina said.

Evan really got into theater in sixth grade during “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He said that even though he was just dancing in the background at the time, he was happy to be surrounded by people who were smiling and enjoying performing.

Evan and Christina both said they are anxious to participate in 2015’s encore cabaret — Christina as a junior and Evan as an alum. As they both began performing at a young age, they are looking forward to encouraging younger students in the upcoming years.

While her future is not yet certain, Christina said that she would like to do something involving music after she graduates from John Jay High School in 2016.

“I’m hoping music will definitely always be a part of my life,” she said. “It’s my favorite thing to do at John Jay now.”

Evan, who will graduate from John Jay in May, is hoping to go to university for musical theater. His auditions begin at Jan.’s end, and he expects to be accepted to a school in April.

The third annual encore cabaret will be held in January 2015. For more information about Arts Alive, visit

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