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Amity High School Students Visit Storm King Art Center

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Nov 122018
 

(Photo by Ben Simon)

On October 26, Amity Regional High School students visited Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York.

Storm King is an outdoor sculpture museum that is located on 500 acres in the Hudson Valley of New York. This trip would not have been possible without the sponsorship of the Jamie Hulley Foundation, Amity Enterprises, and the National Art Honor Society.

Every year the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation pays for admission to Storm King Art Center for the students of Amity’s National Art Honor Society.

Although it was a chilly day, it was a great trip and the students gain valuable knowledge of outdoor sculpture.

Empty Bowls: Amity High School Art Students Give Back

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Nov 122018
 

The Amity Regional High School National Art Honor Society will host its annual Empty Bowls event on Thursday, Dec.13, with a snow date of Tuesday, Dec.18,   

This grassroots event invites the entire Amity community to help those who are less fortunate in the district. All proceeds will be evenly divided and donated to the Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge food pantries. 

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to the Amity Regional High School Cafeteria for an evening of soup and friends. 

A minimum donation of $10 per patron is requested and includes a handmade bowl, choice of hearty homemade soup, and bread. 

This evening would not be possible without the National Art Honor Society students making the beautiful bowls, the Advanced Culinary students creating delicious soups, and local donations of bread. 

Organizers want to thank the Jamie Hulley Foundation for their generous donation that covers our costs in order to help us in sending all donations to the local food pantries.  We hope that the community can come and support us this year.

If you have never attended this event, then you are missing out on something quite special. Not only do you help those in need, but you can see for yourself how hard Amity students work on important community service events such as this. Try to get there early so you can pick out your favorite bowl to take home with you.

Have You Gotten Your Tickets For The Evening For The Arts Gala Yet?

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Sep 062018
 

The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices direct from the New York stage, headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s 16th Annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance is part of The Evening for the Arts Gala, benefitting 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, created in the memory of Orange, Conn. resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

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, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

The Broadway Boys features six handsome, talented vocalists who have performed in the biggest hits on Broadway including Hamilton, Rent, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, and many more.  Their set list features classic and contemporary Broadway hits presented in a fresh, new way by adding elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel and Jazz.  Their captivating harmonies truly transports their audience to “a new Broadway.” In addition to their extensive New York City stage credits, The Broadway Boys have toured nationally across the U.S. and throughout Europe.  In addition to two studio albums, “The Lullaby of Broadway” and “Hark!” The Broadway Boys are about to release a third entitled, “A New Broadway,” which will feature the iconic song, For Good from Broadway’s smash hit, Wicked, dedicated to Jamie.

“A Broadway Boys performance is like an exhilarating journey through eight decades of musical theater all rolled into one spectacular evening.” said Judy Primavera, co-founder and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. “There is something for everyone—excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and a wide array of ‘must have’ auction and raffle items to bring home.”  There are chances to win Delta skybox seats to the red-hot Yankees vs. Blue Jays, September 14 game, theatre tickets, sports & Marvel comics memorabilia, gift cards, spa packages, and baskets of goodies.

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 Andrew Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob Kennedy & Kimberly Jenna Simon, and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley serving as co-hosts.

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 life of Orange, Conn. resident 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 $800,000 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 email: jamieart@snet.net.

There’s Trouble In River City This Weekend — Get Your Tickets For The Music Man Jr. Today

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Mar 192018
 

Amity residents are more than familiar with the masterful, award-winning spring musical productions at Amity High School (this year it’s the Addams Family), but what about the “other” school musicals?

This Friday and Saturday, the Spartan Players at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Avenue, Orange will present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man Jr.

Here’s a synopsis of this play from the mtishows website:

“Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!”

“Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.”

“The Music Man JR. is the perfect vehicle for a young cast, a toe-tapping crowd-pleaser that features a soaring soprano ingénue part and a leading role for a charismatic actor, as well as plenty of roles for kids of every level.”

CAST LIST In order of appearance:

CONDUCTOR Marco A. Lopez
SALESMAN #1 Jayden Benichak
SALESMAN #2 Ashley Daneshfar
SALESMAN #4 Allison Bowler
SALESMAN #5 Molly Blair
NEWSPAPER READER #1 Leah Katz
NEWSPAPER READER #2 Aanchal Poddar
NEWSPAPER READER #3 Claudia Homiski
CHARLIE COWELL Christopher Chizmadia
HAROLD HILL Nolan T. Young
MAYOR SHINN Michael Perrone
ALMA HIX Katherine Sim
ETHEL TOFFELMIER Caitlyn Shanley
FARMER Corey Richards
FARMERíS WIFE Caitlyn Shanley
SCHOOL BOARD/QUARTET:
JACEY SQUIRES Arielle M. Chetwynd
OLIN BRITT Annika Lyngdal
OLIVER HIX Grace Mahon
EWART DUNLOP Holly Thorndike
MARCELLUS WASHBURN Corey Richards
MARIAN PAROO Zola M. Kneeland
MRS. PAROO Ashley Daneshfar
AMARYLLIS Greta Pedenski
WINTHROP PAROO Colleen Shaw
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN Gillian Fuchs
CONSTABLE LOCKE Jackie Tice
GRACIE SHINN Jenna Chizmadia
MAUD DUNLOP Olivia Sceppa
TOMMY DJILIAS Max Hemstock
ZANEETA SHINN
MRS. SQUIRES Annabella Gefen-Alves
THE PICK-A-LITTLE LADIES Aanchal Poddar, Molly Blair, Mia Destival, Marisa F. Scotti,
WA TAN YE GIRLS Emma Curis, Claudia Homiski, Abigail Tirollo, Ana DeBassio, Athanasia Zikos, Sydney Melchoir
BOYSí BAND Marco A. Lopez, Jayden Benichak, Allison Bowler, Leah Katz
RIVER CITY TOWNSPEOPLE Sophia Cossitt-Levy, Jackie Tice, Caitlyn Smith, Cassidy Smith, Bridget Lillis
KIDS Molly Blair

 

The production is sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.

The show takes place on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are a bargain at only $8 and $10. Visit www.squarefoottheatre.tix.com to purchase tickets online. Tickets also will be available at the door.

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.