NEW HYDE PARK, NY – Patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and their families enjoyed a unique theatrical experience this week thanks to the John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, LI., which put on a fill-blown production of “Seussical” in the hospital’s lobby.
The production, which featured a multi-talented troupe of actors in full Seuss regalia, was sponsored jointly by Bethpage Federal Credit Union and the medical center. The hospital’s lobby was transformed into an intimate theatre setting, complete with a working stage and theatrical lighting.
Following the one -hour production, cast members signed colorful playbills designed especially for children. And, for those patients unable to leave their rooms, the entire performance was telecast live throughout the hospital.
“We couldn’t be more delighted to bring “Seussical” to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said the theater’s managing director and owner, Kevin O’Neill, while the cast was taking its bows. “Since our earliest history, theater has been the basic form of communication—uniting its audience and providing people with the ability to share their most basic emotions.
“All of us here at the John W. Engeman Theater understand how difficult it must be for children and their families who are unable to experience the wonder of theater while they’re confined in hospital. That’s why we felt it was so important to bring the theater to them. It’s our hope that this is just the first of many wonderful shows for the young patients here to enjoy.”
Kirk Kordeleski, President and CEO, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, added, “There’s nothing like a live show to brighten a child’s day and so we couldn’t be more delighted to partner with Cohen Children’s Medical Center to help bring Engeman’s “Seussical” straight into the hearts of so many deserving children.”
Also enjoying the show was Kevin McGeachy, Cohen’s executive director.
“We are so grateful to the John W. Engeman Theatre and our good friends at Bethpage Federal Credit Union for bringing this wonderful show to our hospital,” he said. "All you have to do is look at the faces of these children to understand how much this means to them. We look forward to a close association on many more wonderful productions.”
Many of the youngsters in the audience had never seen live theater before. When asked for her thoughts, one young lady (who sat open-mouthed through the entire production) gave the following rave review: “I really like all the actors. When are they coming back?”
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About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Opened in 1983, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is home to about 675 pediatricians, including 200 full-time physicians, and a total workforce of more than 1,200, including more than 500 nurses. For the eighth consecutive year in 2014, CCMC was ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.