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Rob Kennedy: This Year’s Amity Theater Events

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Sep 062017

We are very excited about all the great programs we are preparing for the 2017-2018 school year.

We will start off with a bang this Saturday night, September 9, on the campus of Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts. Our talented Amity students will be performing at the annual Jamie Hulley Arts Gala.  There will be amazing silent and live auctions topped off by the dance/party 80’s band RUBIX CUBE. Tickets are available at (203) 254-4010 or by going to www.JamieHulleyArtsFund.org .

Save the Dates:

December 8th and 9th 2017 – The Laramie Project – Ten Years Later:
The sequel to our 2007 production of the same name asks;  Can a tragedy bring real change? This moving play written by the Tectonic Theater Company is about the community of Laramie Wyoming and the aftermath of the Matthew Sheppard murder ten years after he died.

Our Spring Musical will be announced soon!

We have lots more in store too!

  • Our 24 Play Festival will return
  • A student Directed musical will debut
  • Monthly Cabarets in our Black Box Theater
  • Walt Disney World Performance April 2018

Do you have young kids who are interested in Singing/ Dancing and Acting?  Read below for a great new opportunity called our ACT Mentorship Program.

Thank you once again for your support and we will see you at all our great performances this coming school year!  Happy fall!

Robert Kennedy

Amity Creative Theater

Classic Theater Brings What Matters To The Amity Stage in December

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Nov 222016

Rehearsal for Our Town

Rehearsal for Our Town

The Amity High School Theater Department will present Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Our Town, on Friday December 9th 2016.

Our Town presents a timeless tale of everyday life in the fictional Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, and marry; enduring both the joys and sorrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the wonder of living.

Our Town has been called the “Great American play by Edward Albee. Thornton Wilder was a lifelong resident of Hamden, Connecticut. Although the play takes place in New Hampshire many of the inspirations for the play come from this region of Connecticut. Woodbridge resident, Yale Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies in his recent foreword to Our Town, wrote; “Indeed the play’s success across cultural borders around the world attests to its being something much greater than an American play: it is a play that captures the universal experience of being alive.”

When Our Town was first performed, America was experiencing the aftershocks of the Great Depression and living under the impending shadow of World War II. Although uncertain times and fear characterized the time period, Wilder focuses the play on the facets of the human experience, which testify to the strength, and endurance of the human spirit. The New York Times hailed the play as “beautifully evocative,” and named it “one of the finest achievements of the current stage.” Our Town cemented its place in history when Wilder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938.

For director Rob Kennedy, Our Town’s New England setting and its message about everyday life make it an especially relevant piece for the Amity audiences. “Each visit to Grover’s Corners reveals some new facet,” Kennedy said. And while you may have seen it before or been in it in high school, Wilder himself points out that “I Love You” and “I Suffer” have been said many billions of times, and never twice the same. Kennedy hopes audiences will “watch with fresh eyes, for the first time.”

Our Town includes ACT new comer Brian Forbes as the Stage Manager who leads audiences on their journey through Grover’s Corners; Emily Kilian as Emily Webb; Harrison Paek as George Gibbs; Carrie Ann Canfield as Mrs. Webb; Eric Greenbaum as Editor Webb; Alaina Dwyer as Mrs. Gibbs; and Ryan Rattley as Doctor Gibbs. Other cast members include Lili Querker, Evan D’Onofrio, Ryan Rappaport, Maren Westgard, Shane Gordon, Jeffrey Gallo, Dean Pocwierz, Ben Kemp, Joyce Lin, Emma Ginshannon, Kelsey Paier and Kayla Zamkov.

Set design by Rob Kennedy, costumes by Julie Chevan, and lights by Dan Hassenmayer.

The Assistant Director is Yuliya Faryna and the stage managers are Jacob Okolo, Jillian Gusciora and Sophie Clemons.

The show will be presented to the Amity student body grades 8 through 12 as part of our Spartan Seminar program from December 7th through the 9th. The public performance will take place on Friday December at 8pm.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by calling the box office at 203- 392-2019.

Amity Creative Theater To Tackle A Powerful Subject Matter This Weekend

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Dec 032015

51StAp6ru2L._SX370_BO1,204,203,200_Robert Kennedy, the head of the Amity Creative Theater Department does not shy away from critical social issues, and this year’s play in December, “The Wrestling Season” by Laurie Brooks, is proof of that.

In the past Amity students have tackled many controversial issues in their winter plays: homosexuality, suicide, school shootings and now “The Wrestling Season.”

This powerful, perceptive and poignant play tackles subject matter seldom addressed but vital to youth and their families: the search for identity and the peer pressure that accompanies it.

Using only the setting of a wrestling mat as a metaphor for the conflicts, betrayal, and complicated camaraderie experienced by most teens, eight young people struggle with the devastating power of rumors and how others see them.

Don’t miss this powerful modern drama starring Chris Cassella (Sweeney Todd, In the Heights), Clara Gamsu (New York, Tarzan, 12 Angry Jurors, In the Heights), Eric Greenbaum (Tarzan), Ryan Rattley (Tarzan, In the Heights), Ryan Chizmadia-Hannon and Jeffrey Gallo (Tarzan, In the Heights)  

An insightful glimpse into the destructive influence of gossip and clique behavior among young people, this exceptional family/school event offers insightful dialogue following each performance.

Originally Published on: Sep 3, 2015 @ 20:33

Second Publishing on: Oct 29, 2015 @ 12:33

Pretty Close To Sold Out: Get Your Tickets For In The Heights Now!

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Mar 312014

The cast during a rehearsal in late January.

The cast during a rehearsal in late January.

The Amity spring musical “In The Heights” will open on Friday night and tickets for the five performances are selling quickly.

A check of the ticket website shows the following:

Opening night – 17 seats remain

Saturday, April 5, 11 seats available

Thursday, April 10, many seats in the side rear sections

Friday, April 11, 11 seats remaining

Saturday, April 12, about 30 seats or more available. Closing night is always exciting as scholarships are presented to the students involved in the arts.

Tickets are a bargain at only $17 each, and you get to see the Amity High School Theater Program, which won the Best Musical honor at the 2013 CT High School Musical Awards.


Amity’s 24 Hour Play Festival Planned For Saturday Night

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May 142013

giftpin2Amity High School’s Amity Creative Theater is proud to present its third annual 24 HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL.

The show will take place Saturday May 18 at 7 p.m. and admission is Free!

This event is based on an idea that has caught fire across the country. Actors, writers, directors and designers get put together in creative teams to: write, produce, direct, act, design, build and costume a short play in just 24 hours!

Regional theatres have been producing their own 24 play festivals, and recently a documentary: “What A Difference A Day Makes”, has just come out about a professional group producing a 24 Musical theatre festival.

Students from Amity’s award winning theater department including actors from this years musical Sweeney Todd will make these original short plays come to life.  Don’t miss this unusual, amazing and often delightful event.