Patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and their families experienced the wonders of the stage thanks to the John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, LI, which put on a full-blown production of “Seussical” in the hospital’s lobby.
The hospital’s lobby was transformed into an intimate theater setting, complete with a multi-talented troupe of actors in full Seuss regalia,working the stage and theatrical lighting.
“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 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 the theater while they’re confined in a 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.”
Following the one-hour production, sponsored jointly by Bethpage Federal Credit Union and the medical center, 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 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,” said Amanda Filippazzo, special events coordinator at Cohen... "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 with 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?”
About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Opened in 1983, Cohen Children’s Medical Center 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 ninth consecutive year in 2015, Cohen was ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.