Performing the song “Express Yourself,” Max Eberle, who plays Michael, Billy Elliot’s best friend, touches on topics like cross-dressing and tolerance. Durell Godfrey
Billy, played by Silas Jones, a seventh grader, trades his boxing gloves for ballet slippers in this tale of following one’s dreams in the face of adversity.Durell Godfrey
Laura Sisco, the play’s director, had to work with actors on tap dancing skills.Durell Godfrey
The cast of “Billy Elliot” during a rehearsal last week Durell Godfrey

Alexander Sigua Pintado, right, is the East Hampton High School 2018 valedictorian. Jonathan Gomez Barrientos is the salutatorian. Judy D'Mello

At the festival's opening last month, Emmery Beutler, left, with tiger in hand, pointed to a tiger picture she drew; Avery and Beckett Dalene enjoyed the colorful artwork. Durell Godfrey
Chris Miller and his daughter Emily from Montauk studied the construction of a paper dress.Durell Godfrey
Jack Youngerman, an artist himself, checked out the work by the youngest generation of local artists.Durell Godfrey
Jennifer Villacis of East Hampton High School posed with one of her pieces.Durell Godfrey

Kids can get up close to a variety of marine life in an open aquarium at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Durell Godfrey

Eamon Spencer, left, with Representative Lee Zeldin.

Social media pressure, academic stress, depression, and drug use are on the rise