Mar 262015

Scholarship-Graphic-for-Inside-Page-276x300Orange high school seniors who intend to apply for aid from the Orange Scholarship Fund need to move fast.  The deadline for completed applications is April 15.
If you haven’t already picked up an application form at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, do it today.
You must be a resident of Orange but can be attending any of the local public or private high schools.
Awards are based on need, academic achievement, and community service.
Remember, the application must be complete to be considered, so act now if you are looking for scholarship aid to continue your education.

Mar 262015

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 12.43.38 PMThe University of New Haven was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from Connecticut Humanities to support a university-community forum on The Creative Genius of Thomas Edison.

The forum is scheduled on Friday, April 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the UNH Orange Campus at 584 Derby Milford Road, and will feature presentations by David Edison Sloane, UNH professor of English, who is the great-grandson of Thomas Edison. Sloane will speak on “Edison and His Inventions.”

James DeCesare, visual artist and a department head at the Masters School in Simsbury, will speak on “Creativity in the Digital Age.”

The event, free and open to the public, will include exhibits of Edison’s inventions and a display of websites, which students developed in Sloane’s course on Edison and Invention.

“The community forum capitalizes on the talents of faculty and students to build university‐community partnerships that enrich the cultural life in the entire community,” said Lourdes Alvarez, dean of the UNH College of Arts and Sciences.  “Edison was a remarkable man who provides us with lessons in ingenuity and creativity.”

Attendees at the forum will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters and learn how students and other individuals can harness the power of technology to preserve the humanities and digitally record their unique stories.

The idea for the event originated with the UNH College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Committee. The Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

For more information about event, email [email protected].

Mar 242015

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 10.52.10 PMAlthough a formal notice has not been released yet, Orange Live has received word from several sources that Amity Principal Charles Britton will be leaving Amity for another job at the end of June.

We reached out to Britton for comment on Tuesday afternoon, but have yet to receive a response.

Word is that he will be going to Sacred Heart.

We will have more on this story as soon as we receive an official notice.

Mar 232015

IMG_6087On Monday night, Amity High School hosted its annual College Fair in the school gym from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The fair gave students access to representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities in one convenient location.

In just the first 15 minutes more than 50 students, some with their parents, some flying solo flocked to the fair and began picking up brochures and asked the reps all the important questions.

The event was free and open to the public.


Mar 232015

Amity HIgh SchoolThe annual Amity High School College Fair will take place in the AHS Gymnasium next Monday, March 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Attached to this post is a link to the list of colleges and universities that will be attending the college fair.

This is a great way for students to meet many of the college admission decision-makers in an intimate and convenient way.

The college fair is free and open to the public. College Fair 2015.pdf

Originally Published on: Mar 20, 2015 @ 21:37

Mar 192015

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 6.54.49 PMFrom Amity Middle School Orange Campus:

Tonight’s PTSO meeting (Thursday, March 19) that will take place in the Amity Regional High School at 7:00 p.m. followed by Superintendent Charles Dumais presenting the 2015-2016 Amity Budget.   Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

 Here is the calendar for the remainder of the 2015 school year.

  • March 20 – No School for students (Teacher PD)
  • March 24 – Solo/Ensemble Concert, 6:30 p.m. in the gym
  • April 3 – No School, Good Friday and Passover
  • April 20 – 24 – Spring Recess
  • May 7 – Spring Concert, band, choir, strings, 7:00 p.m. in the gym
  • May 13 – 14 – Eighth Grade overnight trip to Philly
  • May 15 – Career Fair (if you would like to be a presenter, please call Pam Pero in the guidance office).
  • May 22 – Music Adjudication and Six Flags Field Trip …time schedule TBA in April
  • June 19 – Eight Grade Step Up Ceremony (if there are no more storm days)
  • June 22 – Last day of School (if no more storm days)

Mar 182015

An unfamiliar video program has caused some challenges in publishing movies to the site in a timely fashion.

But, now that the video is FINALLY on YouTube here is Costume Designer Julie Chevan talking about the work she and her team has done to create the costumes for Amity’s production of Tarzan, which opens on Friday, March 20.

Click HERE to view the video.

Below are still photos of some of the costumes custom made for this show.

Mar 182015

IMG_5973Amity Musicals are still a bargain at only $18 a ticket, and well worth every penny.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but Tarzan tickets are sold out for Saturday, March 21 and Friday, March 27. There IS ONE (1) ticket left for opening night so, if you catch my drift, HURRY and try to get a ticket for one of the remaining performances before they are all gone.

I’ve been spending a lot of time at rehearsals lately and I am just amazed by this cast, the lighting, the music and everything about this show.

Tarzan, like Les Miserables, will certainly be one of my favorite Amity High School Musicals.

Mar 172015

Award-Winning Amity Costume Designer Julie Chevan

Award-Winning Amity Costume Designer Julie Chevan

The job of a costume designer can be compared to playing goaltender in hockey, the constant attention to detail, split second decisions, and working well with the entire team, something Julie Chevan has been doing for the Amity Theater Department since 2007 when Rob and Andrea Kennedy took over the program.

Chevan has been planning for this musical production since last summer and after seeing Tarzan on Broadway, she decided to do something different with the ape costumes and the design works, giving the actors the ability to move and dance, jump and spin without sweating to death under the heat of the stage lights.

The heaviest costume is worn by last year’s award-winning actor Kahari Blue who plays Kerchak the silverback Gorilla. The lightest costume, a loincloth, worn by newcomer Ryan Kennedy — Young Tarzan.

Chevan, her assistant Brenda Bert, and a team of student seamstresses have been working on the costumes since last fall. The costume department is a repurposed locker room down a hallway across from the band room. This is where they created 45 costumes for Tarzan.

On Sunday, the effects company that makes Tarzan swing, butterflies float, Tarzan’a parents swim and Sabor the Leopard leap introduced the safety harnesses that these actors have to wear, which also meant making changes to the costumes to accommodate them.

Chevan, Bert and a couple of students from the costume department attend every rehearsal just in case someone needs something.

When you see Tarzan, pay attention to the costumes and remember that each one was custom designed for every actor. There are 10 Victorian outfits that are rentals (worn by 6 actors). But there is ONE dress made for Jane (Addie Robbins) just for the curtain call that you will see for about 15 seconds to a minute. Chevan says the dress is “very special and well worth it.”

Chevan has been nominated numerous times for best costume design in the CT High School Musical Theater Awards and has one CHSMTA win under her wing for Chicago in 2011.