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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. 

Amity High School Welcomes Award Winning Cartoonist

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Dec 072017
 

Bob Englehart, the award-winning editorial cartoonist, will visit Amity Regional High School on December 13, 2017, to offer a workshop for Amity’s History, Journalism, and Art students.  Mr. Englehart was the first full-time editorial cartoonist in the 251-year history of The Hartford Courant and worked for that newspaper for 35 years.

Mr. Englehart maintains a website (Bobenglehart.com) where he displays a collection of his cartoons, a blog, and his memoir “Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan”.  He still draws 3 cartoons a week for the cartoon syndicate, Caglecartoons.com.

fMr. Englehart will discuss his creative process and share insights about writing gags, drawing cartoons and caricatures, and the perils of the daily newspaper.

The event will be hosted by Amity librarians, Robert Musco and Victoria Hulse, and made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at jamiehulleyartsfund.org.

For more information contact Robert Musco (robert.musco@reg5.k12.ct.us) or Victoria Hulse at (victoria.hulse@reg5.k12.ct.us).

Mar 272017
 

Connecticut author and story-teller Matthew Dicks will visit Amity Regional High School this week to present two master classes in the art of storytelling.

Matthew Dicks is the author of several novels, including Something Missing, Unexpectedly Milo, and The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. His book, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, has been nominated for a Nutmeg Award. He has performed as a storyteller around the country, and has won the Moth StorySLAM more than twenty times.

Matthew will speak to Amity’s English Language Arts students involved in creative writing and literary analysis, and will discuss the process for creating written and oral narratives.

Students who have prepared stories will have the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from this seasoned story-teller. At the end of the school day, a Storytelling Slam, open to the entire student body, will be held.

The event will be hosted by Amity’s librarians Robert Musco and Cara McConnell, and made possible by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at: jamiehulleyartsfund.org

Amity Theater’s Labor of Love, “OUR TOWN,” One Night Only — Did You Get Tickets?

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Dec 092016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-00-04-pmThe Amity Theater Department has been working tirelessly on  it’s Fall Production of “Our Town” a three Act play by Thornton Wilder.
The classic American play about appreciating the simple things in life comes to the John J. Brady Center at Amity High School for one night only on Friday December 9 at 8 p.m.
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 appropriate for audiences of all ages. 
Tickets only $10 Click HERE to purchase yours.
Our Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.
Step back in time to a simpler time when doctors made house calls, milkmen made deliveries in horsedrawn wagons, people talked to one another instead of vegetating in front of a television set, game system, or computer and you didn’t have to lock your door at night.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a carefree evening out right now?

Today Is The First Day Of Auditions For Amity’s Spring Musical — Amity Students Have An Advantage

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Jan 042016
 

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 12.50.36 PMToday and tomorrow, Amity Theater Kids will audition for roles in the Amity spring musical, “Into The Woods.”

Auditioning can be nerve-wracking for even seasoned performers, but the Amity Creative Theater students have a leg up on this one.

Back on Oct. 26, 2015, Broadway actor Rob McClure addressed the theater students who were seated in rows on the Amity stage, sounding more like a friend than a celebrity.

Here is a video from that special event

He shared personal stories of his own experiences and walked them through the way to tackle an audition.

McClure revealed that on his first audition he did not know what show he was auditioning for and decided to try out for the part of Toby (Sweeney Todd). When his turn came up, he sang “Stars” — from… Les Miserables. No, he didn’t get the part, but one hiccup didn’t stop him from achieving his dream of being on Broadway.

He said acting is playing make believe, connecting with the audience and having them empathize with you. If you get good enough at play acting you can achieve anything.

McClure said Steven Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” is the ultimate masterpiece with complicated, catchy tunes and lyrics.

He asked the students to sum up “Into The Woods” — what is the function of fairy tales in real life?

The answer — to teach a lesson.

He said Sondheim asked what do you get when a young girl puts everything she has into getting a prince? What happens after she gets prince charming? Jack  from Jack And the Beanstalk did not have a father figure in his life, and he did a lot of things he shouldn’t have.  What happens after the beanstalk falls and Jack kills the giant? The baker’s wife cheated on her husband with Prince Charming – What happens next?

“This show has so much to offer,” McClure said, “Listen to the lyrics… that’s what woods are for… or is it, ‘that’s what Would’s are for’?  It’s all about the possibilities.”

McClure had all of the kids stand and make a large circle for a warm-up exercise involving eye contact and reactions.

“Acting is reacting,” he tole them, “Everything you do is in response to something else. Your life is a constant state of reacting.”

Another lesson he taught was that eye contact is awkward and personal … the eyes are the window to the soul. Big eyeglasses hide what you’re feeling, you have to let people in.

As students took center stage to sing a few lines from a number from Into The Woods, McClure explained what the character is feeling, realizing about their situation and themselves.

With each break the students’ performances improved (see video link above).

The kids really responded to him and hung onto every word he said.

Now, 2 months after that opportunity of a lifetime, the actors should remember to make eye contact, and to rely on one another.

Before taking the stage for their auditions for “Into The Woods,” today, the actors have to think about their character’s objective, are they in a public or private place, what is their relationship to other characters and more.

We, at Orange Live wish all of the actors the best of luck in their auditions and look forward to a stellar production of Into The Woods next spring.

This full day workshop was facilitated by the Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield, CT.  The Broadway Method Academy was founded in 2014 by Amity alumni Connor Deane of Orange.  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.

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. 

Amity partnered with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to bring this opportunity to Amity students. 

Amity Arts Students Make Bowls to Fight Hunger

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Mar 262013
 

il_fullxfull.373561851_1rtjThe National Art Honor Society of Amity High School in partnership with the Jamie Hulley Fund for the Arts and the Culinary Department will be hosting an Empty Bowls Event on Wednesday April 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This event will bring students and community members together in the service of those who are currently struggling with the inability to afford enough food.

The students have been working since November creating and decorating the ceramic bowls for the event and are looking forward to a wonderful evening to celebrate this cause.

To participate in this event, community members are asked to come to the high school between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  For a minimum donation of $10, each patron will receive a handcrafted bowl, their choice of soup, bread and entertainment

If anyone is interested in donating to the event, but cannot come on Wednesday night they can send a donation to the National Art Honor Society at Amity High School.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.

The National Honor Society hopes this event provides Amity students with the awareness of the importance of community service and the variety of ways that their talents can play a role in helping others.

Race Brook Students Show Compassion For Other Children

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Mar 072013
 

Race Brook Students show off boxes of donated items.

Race Brook Students show off boxes of donated items.

By Valerie Anton

Race Brook School Student Council publicity chair

Race Brook School students in Orange showed true community service with their genuine care and compassion for the children at the Jamie A. Hulley Childcare Center in Bridgeport with a tremendously successful “Book and Arts-‘n-Crafts Supplies Drive” during the month of February.

The childcare center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children in expressing creative passion in the arts. The center provides daycare services, Head Start and school readiness services for about 190 preschool-age children in Bridgeport.

The Race Brook School’s Student Council, lead by teachers and co-advisors JoAnne Escandon and Pam Galatioto, organized the drive. The Students Council members worked cooperatively by preparing a hallway bulletin board, creating a notice to send home , and then collecting books, puzzles, games as well as much construction paper, markers, paints, etc. for the drive. The response was overwhelming, as the families of Race Brook School were so very generous donating over 1,000 books and many supplies to benefit the Jamie A. Hulley Childcare Center.

The center is named in memory of Jamie Hulley, a former student of Race Brook School. Jamie attended the school from 1987 to 1993. Throughout her young life, she was very much involved in the arts and had a profound impact on the lives of countless people. The foundation set up in her name helps to provide children at the center with enriching experiences in literature, art, music and theater.

The students of Race Brook School hope their book donations will bring hours of reading pleasure to the children.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation Promises A Great Show Tonight. Will You Be There To Support It?

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Sep 082012
 

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is one of your child’s best friends from elementary school through his or her high school years at Amity. The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created in the memory of Orange resident Jamie Alaine Hulley and dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals.

At Amity High School, the foundation sponsors Amity’s Creative Theatre, the visiting artist program, and the annual film festival. Four-year partial scholarships are awarded to Amity students in theater and studio art each year. Artist The foundation also awards Community Grants to local non-profits such as the Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after-school art program, the Amity Teen Center for a mural project, the New England Ballet Company for a 20-week school-readiness-through-dance program for Bridgeport preschoolers, and the Square Foot Theatre in North Haven to develop successful youth and adult theater companies. The foundation provides scholarships to children for music lessons and summer theater camp.

All of these great programs do not pay for themselves. The Foundation depends on the proceeds from its major fundraiser to keep things going. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation will celebrate its Tenth Annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit at the Regina A. Quick Center at Fairfield University. This year’s event transports you to the magical world of New York City’s Theater District as the perfect harmonies of THE BROADWAY BOYS bring to life a combination of old time favorites and contemporary show stoppers. If you think that you have heard it all before, you are wrong.

The Boys add elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Folk to your favorite show tunes creating an unforgettable Broadway experience. The evening also features special performance by artistic young people who have participated in the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s scholarship and grant programs. Master of Ceremonies is David Raffauf, the Foundation’s co-founder & Vice President, who has served as emcee since the first benefit, in 2003.

The Evening for the Arts reception begins at 6 pm and includes complimentary wine, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction with over 150 items including a vacation getaway, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats to fulfill every desire, theater and sports tickets including box seats to a Yankee-Red Sox game, Hollywood and sport memorabilia, and a limited edition Imagine Peace jacket donated by Yoko Ono. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there will be dessert by Carlos Bakery as seen on TLC’s Cake Boss and Jamie ARTinis on our bar menu. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

All proceeds from the gala go to support annual scholarships, grants, and educational programs in the arts which impact the lives of hundreds of children, teens and early career adults throughout the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation awards grants to teachers in local public and parochial schools to bring professional artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors into the classroom to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts. [Thus far, schools in Ansonia, Bethany, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Orange, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven, Willimantic, and Woodbridge have received grants.]

If your second grader ever came home talking about the visits from the Orange Historical Society (Candle making, churning butter, learning about antique kitchen tools). If you’ve seen an Amity High School Play: Les Miserables, Chicago, Legally Blonde or enjoyed  a student art show, then you already are familiar with the Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation. Come on out and support them so they can continue to serve the community.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and may be purchased through the Quick Center Box office 203-254-4010.  For information contact the foundation at 203-891-8869 or jamieart@snet.net

Amity Film Festival Is Tonight

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May 312012
 

2009 Amity Film Festival Winner

One of my favorite school events of the year will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the John Brady Center for the Arts.

The 8th annual Amity Film Festival showcases the immense talents of film students at Amity High School.

The Festival is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation and Judy Primavera will be there writing out the checks for this year’s winners.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Each year the talent and variety gets better and better.

Past winners have gone on to work at television stations, attended prestigious colleges and universities, such as Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and have won national awards for their films.

One particularly memorable film was 2009’s winner, “White Toast.”

That year Adam Kloc, Robert Gagne and Greg Passik, put everything they had into the 20-minute black and white film, bringing the audience back to the 1940s with superior attention to  lighting, camera angles and sound.

If you haven’t seen it, here are links to it on YouTube. You are in for a treat. The boys raised the bar so high with this production that it is still the one to beat.

White Toast Part 1  —   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AkKlA-oEU&feature=relmfu

White Toast Part 2  —   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLwsYQytNZs&feature=relmfu

Don’t miss seeing the work of tomorrow’s superstar filmmakers this week.

I will have the honor of serving as a judge again. I can’t wait to see what this year’s entries are like.