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Here’s A Great Opportunity For Theater Lovers and Supporters Of The Arts

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Nov 272017
 

The Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is offering special “preview night” fundraisers for Jamie’s Foundation. 

Your donation is the cost of admission – the amount is up to you!!!    

Come see Annie on Thursday evening, Nov. 30. For reservations: e-mail Kathleen Kilian at kmkcpa@optonline.net then pay at the door: cash or checks only.

Amity High School student and Orange resident Ann Driscoll plays Little Orphan Annie. Orange resident and Amity High School student Ethan Selmon also appears in the show.  This is a great opportunity to see one of America’s favorite holiday musicals and support the work of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation at the same time.

Square Foot Theatre is located at 950 Yale Ave in Wallingford directly off the Wilbur Cross Parkway Exit 66 … it is an intimate BYO cabaret-style venue so bring your favorite food and drinks to enjoy before and during the show. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Look for these future “Jamie’s Foundation” preview nights during the rest of Square Foot Theatre’s exciting 11th season.

“These preview nights are a wonderful thing for Jamie’s Foundation,” said Judy Primavera, founder of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “Square Foot Theatre is ‘giving back’ to us by opening up a preview night and all ticket “sales” go to the foundation.  Normal ticket price is $28 but guests can see the show for whatever donation they wish to give – it is a real bargain!

E-mail jamieart@snet.net to receive announcements for future preview nights and other special offers.

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Benefits Region 5 Third-Graders

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May 122017
 

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, headquartered in Orange, is dedicated to providing arts programs for students of all ages in the Amity region and many surrounding cities and towns.

This week, third-grade students at Bethany Community School benefitted from a Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation grant and participated in a Magic Storybook play “Haunted in Time” set in the 1920’s.

The classes worked collaboratively on the “Page to Stage” program writing the script, memorizing lines, rehearsing and gathering costumes.

“They did an amazing job and should be commended,” said teacher Meladee Ruzbarsky.

ATTENTION: Get Your Tickets For Fiddler On The Roof Before They’re Sold Out

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Mar 272017
 

The Amity Theater Department JUST made tickets available for its Spring Musical “Fiddler On The Roof” on Feb. 4 and by 7 p.m. the front center section already was pretty much sold out.

We’ve covered many Amity musicals in the past and can state with certainty that when sales are this brisk on opening day, every show will be sold out before you can blink — and that certainly is the case here.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a beloved classic show that Amity Theater’s Andrea Kennedy calls the “Best musical of all time.”

Today the Amity Theater Department announced that the show is nearly sold out. Click HERE to buy your tickets NOW!!!

Performances will take place at the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts
Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge on March 31, April 1, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call (203)-392-2019 or e-mail: amityboxoffice@gmail.com

Visit their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com

This Production of Fiddler on the Roof has been made possible through generous donations from The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, Laticrete International and Caldwell Banker.

 

Poet, author, and gay-rights activist to visit Amity High School

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Oct 112016
 

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-9-09-00-pmNew York poet, author, and gay-rights activist Emanuel Xavier will visit Amity Regional High School on Monday, October 24 to share his poetry and discuss his creative process.   

Xavier is the author of several books of poetry including Radiance, Nefarious, and Americano: Growing Up Gay and Latino in the USA. He also is a novelist, spoken-word poetry performer, poetry event curator, Random House editor, and gay-rights activist.

Emanuel will share his poetry with Amity’s Creative Writing students and members of PLAHD (Amity’s gay-straight alliance) and discuss his creative process and the real-life events that have inspired them.

Students will have an opportunity to ask questions about Emanuel’s creative process and life experiences to help them with their own creative writing.

Amity English teacher Jeni Bonaldo and Amity librarians Robert Musco and Cara McConnell will host the event which is made possible by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. Click HERE to learn more about the Foundation’s mission and work.

Are You Going To The Evening for the Arts Gala?

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Sep 102016
 

FourByFour-textFairfield University Quick Center for the Arts hosts “FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown,” tonight, September 10.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, which benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

“FOUR by FOUR – A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown” — an exhilarating musical revue of hits songs from four of the most iconic musical styles of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s — headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fourteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877- ARTS-396. (1-877- 278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

“FOUR by FOUR” hails from Las Vegas and is the brainchild of the same creative team that brought OH WHAT NIGHT! to last year’s Hulley Foundation event. This exciting and nostalgic music revue is conceived and directed by award-winning Broadway producer/director Michael Chapman, written by Motown producer George Solomon, and choreographed by Paul Holmquist.

The show features some of the most memorable songs from the California surfing scene, the British Invasion, the Disco decade, and Detroit city’s Motown – FOUR electrifying musical performances in ONE extraordinary night of entertainment!

“Everyone is sure to be singing along to the music and on their feet dancing – this music makes everyone feel good!” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone – it’s a real musical smorgasbord of classic hits songs from three decades.”

FOUR by FOUR thrills its audiences with their vocal perfection, great choreography, humorous banter, and music-inspired costume changes as they perform some of the most memorable songs of our time including Good Vibrations, She Love You, Staying Alive, and My Girl. The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the memory of the late Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly $700,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call 203-891-8869, or e-mail: jamieart@snet.net.

 

Previously Published on: Aug 8, 2016 @ 03:00

Connecticut Author Caragh O’Brien Visits Amity

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Oct 302015
 

Author Caragh O’Brien reading from her book Birthmarked at Amity.

Author Caragh O’Brien reading from her book Birthmarked at Amity.

Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the “Birthmarked” trilogy and “The Vault of Dreamers,” both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, visited Amity Regional High School on Thursday, Oct. 29.

O’Brien offered students enrolled in Amity’s Creative Writing classes an inside look at what motivates authors to write, and explained the ins and outs of the fiction-writing process. Using examples from her own fascinating journey, she helped students understand what goes into a well-constructed story, and then thrilled the audience by reading a section of her own work.

O’Brien then led students through a series of writing exercises, focusing and sensory details, after which students shared their writing. Students’ reaction was extremely enthusiastic.

The event was hosted by the Amity High School Library, and made possible by the generosity of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.

 

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Broadway Comes To Amity: Hosted By Amity Alumni Connor Deane

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Oct 192015
 

Broadway Actor Rob McClure

Broadway Actor Rob McClure

The Amity Theater Department at Amity High School will be hosting an audition workshop for the theater students with Broadway Actor and Tony Nominee Rob McClure on Monday October 26 in the John J Brady Center for the Performing Arts.  The event has been made possible by a generous grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. 

This full day workshop is being facilitated by the Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield, CT.  The Broadway Method Academy was founded in 2014 by Amity alumni Connor Deane of Orange.  Mr. Deane is a 2010 graduate of Amity High School and of The University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  His company offers comprehensive training in acting, singing, and dancing. Broadway Method Academy or BMA offers a variety of classes, private coaching sessions, and performance opportunities, bringing in some of Broadway’s top talents to work with students.  Their mission is to provide the essential tools for young artists to integrate acting, singing, and dancing. BMA helps to build audiences for tomorrow, to educate audiences of today, to enrich the community, and to enrich the lives of children.

The workshop will consist of acting and singing audition techniques and will be taught my Deane and Broadway star Rob McClure.  Rob McClure received the 2013 Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle Nominations, and won the Theatre World and Clive Barnes Awards for his performance as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin The Musical on Broadway. He recently starred, opposite Tony Danza, in the Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas.

A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.  McClure most recently spent the summer at the MUNY in Ohio playing the Baker in Into The Woods.  Rob will be returning to Broadway in the highly anticipated revival of Noises Off starring Smash star, Megan Hilty. 

Once again Amity is proud to partner with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to bring this opportunity to our students.  Amity grad and artist Jamie Hulley passed away in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. This non-profit organization provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved. 

In 2014 The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation sponsored a workshop with Broadway Actor Mike Boland.   The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation has sponsored the Amity play, musical and a student college scholarship each year since 2007. 

Orange’s Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Hosts Holiday Fair

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Oct 012015
 

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 7.35.39 PMThe Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation will host its first annual Holiday Fair at Trinity Lutheran Church, 292 Orange Street, New Haven, on Saturday Nov. 7,  from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

The event will feature hand crafted items, antiques, and a wide array of well-known brands of gifts.

Admission is free. 

If you are interested in being a vender and renting a table contact Sonja Schmidt at 203-469-8897 or sonjaemt@yahoo.com

Author Visits Amity High School

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Dec 102014
 

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 12.14.30 AMThe Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation and Amity High School Young Adult Book Club hosted a visiting author event on Nov. 25 in the High School Library.

Matthew Dicks is a local teacher and author of the novels “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend,” “Something Missing” and “Unexpectedly, Milo” and the rock opera The Clowns.

The evening was full of laughter and fun. Matthew discussed how he became a writer, gave away prizes and answered questions.

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.  

Originally Published on: Nov 13, 2014 @ 21:34

Second Publishing on: Nov 23, 2014 @ 11:34

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