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Mar 072015
 

Addie Robbins (Jane) and Max Karshanow (Tarzan) during a long Saturday rehearsal.

Addie Robbins (Jane) and Max Karsanow (Tarzan) during a long Saturday rehearsal.

The continuous snowfall throughout February and early March have put a monkey wrench in rehearsal time for the Amity Theater Department. Still, during Saturday’s 7-hour rehearsal, when the stage crew and parents were putting the final touches on the set and lighting man Dan Hassenmayer was working on the special lighting that this show requires and Rob and Andrea Kennedy were working with the cast on their lines, songs and dance moves, everything went along smoothly.

Phil Dolan’s orchestra sounds phenomenal again this year and the cast is really wonderful, too.

Max Karsanow is Tarzan; Addie Robbins is Jane; Josiah Oakley is Tarzan’s lifelong ape friend Terk; Morgan Guadagnoli is Tarzan’s ape mother, Kala; Kahari Blue is Kerchak, the leader of the Gorilla pack; Jacob Leibowitz is Jane’s father, Porter; Ethan Smith is Clayton, the hunter that protects the Porter family on the expedition.

Since Amity has no young children, Ryan Kennedy will play the role of Little Tarzan. If the name sounds familiar, Ryan is the son of directors Robert and Andrea Kennedy.

From what I’ve seen, audiences will fall in love with Max again this year, he’s had primary roles in other Amity musicals over the years, and you will find Addie absolutely delightful.

The play will be completely sold out soon, so, if you haven’t gotten tickets yet, why not do it today? Click this link for the online box office.

 

Apr 112014
 

band campGive your child something different to do this summer. The Amity Instrumental Summer Camp 2014 Directed by Award Winning Amity Band Director Philip Dolan will teach Drums, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and More!

Camp dates run July 7 through August 1  8am – Noon.

This fun camp, for students ages 8 and up, is designed to teach students instrumental performance skills on the instrument of their choice, as well as build performance experience; build on their creative spirit and sense of accomplishment and, most of all, Have Fun!  All skill levels are welcome.

Camp Includes:  Daily group and individual classes, sheet music and instruction book, studio recording sessions, camp t-shirt, fun camp activities including movie day, pirate day and more, and a performance on stage at the end of camp!  There is a $50 sibling discount if more that one student from the same family registers for camp.

Instrument Rental-Instruments are available for rent, at an additional fee, through Bethel Music Center.  See below for rental fees.  (The renter is solely responsible for the instrument, as Amity Region 5 can assume no responsibility for rented instruments).  The rental period is 3 months, as time is needed to clean and prepare the instruments after they are used.  Contact Bethel Music Center at (800)-276-7974 or visit their website www.bmcmusicsource.com.

Rental Fees:  (3 Months)

Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Drumkit:  $24.45

Alto Saxophone, Oboe:  $58.48

Tenor Saxophone, French Horn, Baritone:  $77.62

For more information on the summer camp please visit www.amityband.org

Contact Philip Dolan with any questions at [email protected]

Feb 142013
 

Get Your Tickets Early

Amity High School is pleased to announce that tickets for its spring musical production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will go on sale Friday February 15 at noon.

More humorous than the recent film version starring Johnny Depp, this production of the Tony Award winning classic musical tells the suspenseful, razor-sharp story of barber Benjamin Barker (aka Sweeney Todd), who returns to grimy 19th century London vowing to extract revenge for his false imprisonment with the help of immoral baker Mrs. Lovett. Their twisted strategy: Sweeney will murder his victims in his barber chair and Mrs. Lovett will turn them into the tastiest meat pies in London.

The Amity Creative Theater production of Sweeney Todd features a multi-talented cast of over forty Amity actors, ages 14 to 18 years old. The principal cast includes sophomore Kevin Durkee of Orange as Sweeney Todd; Junior Alida Ballou of Bethany as Mrs. Lovett; Junior Shaylen Harger of Orange as Johanna; Sophomore Max Karsanow of Woodbridge as Anthony; Junior James Ottaviano of Bethany as Judge Turpin; Sophomore Kahari Blue of Bethany as the Beadle; Senior Ted McNulty of Bethany as Pirelli; Senior Peter Charney of Bethany as Tobias and Junior Nicole Simon of Woodbridge as the Beggar Woman.

“Our talented performers seem to thrive on our raising the bar.  Sweeney Todd is the most musically demanding production we have undertaken in our twelve years directing high school students, but I feel confident that the cast and musicians will meet the vocal and dramatic challenges head on and deliver remarkable performances,” said Rob Kennedy, director and theater arts teacher at Amity.

The Sweeney Todd cast will be accompanied by an award winning thirty-piece orchestra of experienced student musicians led by conductor Phil Dolan of the Amity Music Department.

Rob Kennedy co-directs the production along with his multi-talented wife Andrea Kennedy, with musical direction by Peter Randazzo, costumes by Julie Chevan and lighting by Dan Hassenmayer. Past ACT musical productions include: Legally Blonde the Musical, Chicago, Les Miserables, Rent and Grease.

The Amity High School Theater Department has been awarded two Moss Hart Awards from the New England Theater Conference for Best High School production in New England and seven Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards.

Last year Amity was a national finalist in the American High School Theater Festival and traveled to Scotland England to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  This April the theater students along with the music students will travel to Walt Disney World to perform on a Disney stage as part of the Disney Performing Arts On Stage program.

The show takes place on the campus of Amity High School at the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets and information are available online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by calling our box office at 203-397-2019.  Tickets are $17 and all seats are reserved.

Show Dates: Friday, April 5th @ 7:30 pm Saturday, April 6th @ 7:30 pm, Thursday April 11th @7:30, Friday April 12th @7:30 and Saturday April 13th @7:30.

***Although there is no strong language in this production of Sweeney Todd, it is not recommended for young children.