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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.  

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Author Matthew Dicks Visits Amity High Tuesday Night

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Nov 242014
 

14460985_130130023000The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation and the Amity High School YA Book Club will sponsor Matthew Dicks, CT teacher and author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, in the AHS library; Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.

This creative, quirky and heartwarming book is narrated by the (very real) imaginary friend of an eight-year-old boy on the autism spectrum.

Matthew will tell stories, do a Q&A, give away prizes and sign books.

Readers of all ages are welcome.

Have Dinner At The Empty Bowls Benefit, Thursday, Nov. 21

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Nov 212013
 

A sampling of some of last year's handcrafted bowls.

A sampling of some of last year’s handcrafted bowls.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-7:30 p.m., the National Art Honor Society in partnership with the Jamie Hulley Arts Fund, the Amity Music Department, and the Amity Culinary Department will host an Empty Bowls event to help bring awareness to hunger in our community.

A minimum donation of $10 will entitle each purchaser to a unique handcrafted bowl, soup, and bread.

All proceeds will benefit the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.

All members of the community are invited to share in this wonderful evening. There are 110 beautiful, unique handmade bowls available.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to help those in need.

For more information, please contact Jessica Zamachaj at Jessica.Zamachaj@reg5.k12.ct.us

 

Get Your Tickets For Evening For The Arts Fundraiser: Support The Arts in Amity

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Aug 162013
 

hulley fundraiserThis message is from Michael Nast, Interim Superintendent of Amity and The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation:

Jamie Hulley was an outstanding student at Amity Regional High School with a true passion for the arts.  Tragically, Jamie passed away during her college years.  Her family established The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to promote a legacy of support for artistic endeavors.  Amity students benefit each year from generous donations from the Hulley Fund.

The attached flyer describes the Foundation’s major fundraising event.

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7,  at the Quick Center of Fairfield University.

It is a wonderful evening and a worthy cause.