One Night Only: Get Your Tickets For The Laramie Project Ten Years later

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Dec 072017

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is sponsoring a performance of “The Laramie Project Ten Years Later,” in the John J. Brady Center at Amity High School on Friday, Dec. 8. at 8 p.m. 

In the fall of 2007, the revamped Amity Creative Theater presented its first play: The Laramie Project.

The Laramie Project tells the story of the brutal killing of a gay college student named Matthew Sheppard and how his hometown of Laramie Wyoming dealt with the aftermath of the crime.

The authors of the play revisited Wyoming ten years later to investigate if any real change had occurred in Laramie. What does change look like? Have we progressed as a nation? How do we stop hate?

Get your tickets for the ACT presentation of The Laramie Project Ten Years Later HERETickets are only $10. 

Oct 102015

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 9.35.20 PMParents of the Amity Creative Theater  (PACT) is sponsoring a fundraising car wash today, Saturday, Oct. 10 at Crest Auto Mall, 185 Amity Road, Woodbridge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Price per car is $5 and  all proceeds help defray costs for Amity HS students performing at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August, 2016.

Stop by on the way home from the football game.


Be Careful What You Wish For… Amity’s 2016 Musical Is “Into The Woods”

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Sep 042015

e673cb232b91b7c3e2b1f39118dff0afOn Thursday, Sept. 3, Rob Kennedy revealed the name of the 2016 Amity Spring Musical Production, “Into the Woods.”

“Into the Woods,” starring Bernadette Peters, opened on Broadway on November 5, 1987, so even though it’s not a “new” musical, many people most likely are more familiar with Disney’s screen version, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt that was released on Christmas Day 2014, than the stage show.

It’s common knowledge that Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music for this play is famous for fast-paced, often difficult songs, but if Amity could master “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (also scored by Sondheim) surely, “Into the Woods” will be challenging, but not out of reach for the talented students at our regional high school.


A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly “mother”), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.

We look forward to seeing how Dan Hassenmayer will light the stage for this one, and how the parents with tools will create the scenery. It should be interesting.


Feb 202015


Each year, the Amity Creative Theater (ACT) kids go to Disneyworld where they tour the behind-the-scenes departments that regular visitors most likely will never see.

The students perform in front of an audience and gain a wealth of knowledge about professional theater.

The kids and their adult leaders prepare for months to put on their always entertaining, often award-winning spring musical productions, This trip is the icing on the cake, their “reward” for a job well done, but they must raise their own money for the trip in order to attend.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Orange Ale House will host a benefit for the ACT — Dan Hassenmayer, the award winning lighting guru for the Amity productions — works with his father Jim, running the business.

The benefit will take place at the Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door.

Amity High School Presents New York Dec. 5 and 6 — Tickets Now On Sale

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Dec 052014

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 8.54.42 PMThe Amity Creative Theater (ACT) at Amity High School is ready to take the stage for their fall production of New York By David Rimmer.  The show dates are Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.  General admission seats for $10 can be purchased through their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com

The plays author David Rimmer, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Album that opened to great success off-Broadway starring film star Kevin Bacon. 

New York was originally written to raise funds for volunteer psychiatrists dedicated to helping the overwhelming number of patients psychologically affected by 9/11. Depicting the reactions of 15 individuals to the events of that day, the characters all speak to a central psychiatrist. The play has been performed at theaters throughout New York, the United States and internationally to great acclaim. 

The New York Resident called the play “brilliantly written… a thought-provoking event avoiding the sentimental and capturing realistic portraits of how we’re all dealing with it… a touching exploration of the effects of September 11 on the lives of average New Yorkers”. 

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Amity students and Judy Primavera visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York.

The Amity production is directed by theater teacher Rob Kennedy.  Kennedy said he chose this production for his student actors because, “The oldest of the Amity Students were only four years old when the events of 9/11 occurred and the youngest ones were barely a year old.  I think it’s an important learning opportunity for our school to talk about that time in our countries history and how it changed all of us.”

The cast and crew recently visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on a trip sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to get some perspective.  The students had a special guided tour of the museum and spent time with New York’s playwright David Rimmer.  

After the trip, Amity senior Ethan Smith who is playing a fireman named Tom O’Neil said, “It was an incredible experience.  It really put a human face on the part I am playing.  And meeting the author of the play was great too.  We got to ask him questions about the play and the characters we are playing.”  The cast and crew have been working on the show since early September and have been busy rehearsing and creating the technical elements of the play.  

The play also will be shown during school hours to the entire Amity High School student body and the eighth grade classes from the two middle schools, as part of the Spartan Seminar program.  The students will view the play and then have discussions related to the topic afterward. 

Amity Principal Charles Britton said, “The fall play gives us the opportunity to showcase the talent of our students, build a little school spirit and camaraderie, and capitalize on the “teachable moment” offered by the themes of the production. Our students were very young in 2001; we owe it to our nation to keep the memory of 9/11 alive”.  

The Cast Includes Clara Gamsu, Addie Robbins, Ethan Smith, Kahari Blue, Yulia Faryna, Ryan Chizmadia, Alex Cavanagh, Kevin Durkee, Clara Stirling, George Grotheer, Emily Kilian, David Linet, Chris Cassella and Caroline Burkhart.  The crew is led by Stage managers Megan Foley, Sage Saffran and Jacob Okolo.  

For Information and tickets go to the ACT website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or call the box office at 203-392-2019.  The ACT production has been made possible by a grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  

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