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Support The Arts! Jamie Hulley Fundraising Gala On Sept. 9

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Aug 282017
 

“RUBIX KUBE – the galaxy’s most original ’80s tribute band” and their EIGHTIES STRIKES BACK SHOW – headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fifteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 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, 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. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

RUBIX KUBE and their EIGHTIES STRIKES BACK SHOW is a one-of-a-kind, interactive ’80s time warp extravaganza. RUBIX KUBE is led by a male and female dynamic duo of karma chameleons, able to transform in-the-blink-of-an-eye into the voice and character of any ’80s icon. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Devo, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Aerosmith and more! Their supporting sidekicks are some of the most excellent and versatile musicians around, including Steve Brown of the million-selling Rock band TRIXTER and David Z from The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. All are decked out in vibrant, vintage ’80s threads and with enough hairspray to take down Freddy Krueger, The Terminator, and all The Gremlins at once. The KUBE is able to crank out Pop, Rock, New Wave, and Dance hits from the decade of decadence, and perform them just like the originals – yet with their own gnarly twist.  This fast-paced, exhilarating show is truly a most AWESOME ‘80s experience.

“RUBIX KUBE is so exciting – they look like and sound like the real thing! It’s a ’80s party so guests should feel free to come dressed in their favorite ’80s garb,” said Judy Primavera, co-founder, and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  “There is something for everyone – excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and ‘totally rad’ auction and raffle items to bring home.” 

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 Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob and Andrea Kennedy 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 memory of Orange, CT, 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 750,000 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.

CT High School Musical Theater Awards Gala On Monday

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Jun 032016
 

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Amity’s Lillian Querker nominated for her supporting role as Little Red in “Into the Woods.”

Do you have your tickets for the 2016 CT High School Musical Theater Awards gala?

The Black Tie affair will take place at the Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury, on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at www.palacetheaterct.org

Amity received 7 nominations for this year’s Spring Musical, “Into the Woods.”

OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP DESIGN

Amity Regional High School
Andrea Kennedy – INTO THE WOODS

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

Amity Regional High School
Julie Chevan -INTO THE WOODS

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

Amity Regional High School
Dan Hassenmayer – INTO THE WOODS

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

Amity Regional High School
Tom “Ivan” Ivanovich – INTO THE WOODS

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

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Robert & Andrea Kennedy – INTO THE WOODS

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School
Lillian Querker – Little Red – INTO THE WOODS

PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Amity Regional High School
INTO THE WOODS

NOTE: Amity usually sweeps the categories with at least 3 actor nominations, Student Orchestra and Musical Direction, but not this year. Let’s see how it all pans out during the big competition.

 

In The Heights: Tickets ARE Going FAST — Get Yours Today

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Mar 282014
 

Nicole Simon and Kevin Durkee rehearse a scene from In The Heights

Nicole Simon and Nick Bottone rehearse a scene from In The Heights

In the Heights — Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical, is about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. This exhilarating musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner coffee shop is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Come enjoy this gripping story with its incredible music and dance!

Once again Directors, Rob and Andrea Kennedy have assembled an amazing cast of talented triple threat (singer, actor, dancers) to take on the major roles in this fast moving musical with catchy songs and Latin rhythms that will have you moving in your seat.

The auditions and decisions left some students elated and others heartbroken. Andrea said there were 35 kids who were dying to get into this show who weren’t picked, so she expects the most from the cast that was chosen.

At Amity, it’s not a popularity contest when it comes to finding the right fit for each character.

During Auditions in the fall, students must give their all and show what they’ve got and each is chosen on his or her ability to portray that particular character, not whether he or she has starred in a show before.

Senior Nick Bottone of Bethany as Usnavi (You will remember him as Elle’s Boyfriend Warner in “Legally Blonde”) — Usnavi is the narrator of the play’s exposition and a major character throughout; he is the owner of a small bodega in Washington Heights. He was named after one of the first sights his parents saw when they arrived in America: a US Navy ship. He dreams of returning to the Dominican Republic, the place he was born but too young to remember. Abuela Claudia, the neighborhood matriarch, “practically raised” him when his parents both died during his early childhood. He is in love with Vanessa.

Senior Shaylen Harger of Orange as Nina (You will remember her as Johanna from Sweeney Todd) — Nina Rosario is the first in her family to go to college (Stanford University), and everyone in the barrio admires her as the “one who made it out.” However, she returns home from school for the summer to reluctantly tell her parents that she has become overburdened and dropped out. She is the typical “good girl” and always got along with her parents. Now, though, she loses patience constantly over her father’s overprotectiveness and his refusal to accept Benny.

Sophomore Chris Cassella of Orange as Benny — Benny works at the dispatch of Nina’s father, Kevin. Perhaps the only character in the play who does not speak Spanish and is not Hispanic, he falls in love with Nina. He dreams of opening his own business.

Senior Chelsea Tambis of Woodbridge as Vanessa (She’s grabbed our attention  in her roles in Chicago and Legally Blonde) — Vanessa is Usnavi’s love interest who works at Daniela’s salon. She is stunningly beautiful and catches the eye of every guy in the Heights, however she takes interest in Usnavi. She lives with an alcoholic mother and dreams of getting out of the barrio and getting an apartment downtown, but cannot yet afford it.

Senior Nicole Simon of Woodbridge as Abuela Claudia (She was unforgettable in Legally Blonde “I was in the Shower,” and as the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd) — “Abuela” Claudia is the loving matriarch of the barrio who knows everybody and is like a grandmother to all (“abuela” means “grandmother” in Spanish). She is the one who looked after Usnavi when his parents died. She and her mother moved from Cuba to New York in 1943 while she was a child. She worked as a maid for several years but never earned the money for her and her mother to travel home.

Junior C.J. Spaziani of Orange as Sonny — Sonny is Usnavi’s sassy, superficially lazy, yet ambitious younger cousin who works with Usnavi in the bodega. He is typically the jokester of the barrio, but he also has an intelligent and thoughtful side that yearns for social justice.

Senior Alida Ballou of Bethany as Daniela (She was one of Elle’s BFFs in Legally Blonde and last year she was nominated for the Best Actress Award for her Role as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd) — Daniela is the outrageously dramatic owner of the salon where the neighborhood girls come to gossip. She is very bold and loud and loves to banter. [Originally played by Andrea Burns.]

Junior Kevin Durkee of Orange as Graffiti Pete (He starred as Sweeney Todd) Graffiti Pete is a graffiti artist and friend of Sonny. Usnavi believes he is a trouble-making vandal, until Pete reveals his amazing skills as an artist.

The scenery, according to Laura Adair, whose children both have graduated from Amity, is the most challenging since Legally Blonde.

After much planning, Dan Hassenmayer who finally won the best lighting award at the Ct High School Musical Theater Awards last year for Sweeney Todd, is ready to set the mood In The Heights.

The play is well on its way to being Sold Out. Russ Adair said more than 50% of the tickets had already been sold by last Wednesday.

If you are not aware of the enormous popularity of Amity’s Spring Musicals, you would be wise to check out the Amity Theater Department’s Website and get your tickets before they area all gone.

“This One Will Make You Cry,” said Rob Kennedy.

Originally  Published on: Mar 13, 2014 @ 0:26 

 

 

Musical Excitement: Amity Theater Takes On “In The Heights”

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Jan 152014
 

Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 1.35.55 PMIn the Heights, winner of four 2008 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2008 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, is  coming to Amity High School April 4,5, 10,11,12 2014.

In the Heights, tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.

Like ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘In the Heights’ celebrates a community and culture through incredible dance, song, and glimpses into hopes, dreams, and struggles of the residents in New York’s vibrant Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

The Washington Post said In the Heights, is “Pure Broadway. An evening of old-style, innocent pleasure,” and Ben Brantley of The New York Times enthused “In the Heights, is an exuberant, animated shrine to the importance of family ties and being faithful to where you come from.”

The Amity High School Theater Department, the 2013 winner of “Best Musical the Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards is delighted to be one of the first theaters in the region to produce this show.

The Amity production will feature senior Nick Bottone of Bethany as Usnavi, Senior Shaylen Harger of Orange as Nina, Sophomore Chris Cassella of Orange as Benny, SeniorChelsea Tambis of Woodbridge as Vanessa, Senior Nicole Simon of Woodbridge as Abuela Claudia and Junior C.J. Spaziani of Orange as Sonny.

The talented cast of 45 has begun rehearsals and is very excited to be able to present this new, family friendly, Broadway smash.

The show will once again be directed by Rob and Andrea Kennedy with musical direction by Peter Randazzo.

Tickets to see In the Heights will go on sale in mid-February. Please check our website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com for more information or like us on facebook @ Amity TheaterDepartment.

Lights! Music! Summer Theater Camp Begins July 1 — Register Now

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Jun 242013
 

Rob and Andrea Kennedy

Rob and Andrea Kennedy

Have you ever wanted to be a star?

Robert and Andrea Kennedy, the theatrical team that brought “Les Miserables”, “Chicago”, “Legally Blonde” and “Sweeney Todd” to the Amity High School stage, are excited for their 2013 Summer Theater Camp “On Broadway!”

This theater arts day camp is designed to teach students voice, dance, and acting skills; give them performance experience; ignite their creative spirit; build a sense of accomplishment and community; and encourage them to have fun!

Fun camp activities include; Movie Day; Improv-Olympics; Ice Cream Social, and more! The camp culminates in a full production where all the students participate. This year our show is entitled “On Broadway” and will feature music from shows like Wicked, Matilda, The Lion King, Annie and much more!

All skill levels are welcome from second grade and up.  If your child has a love for singing, dancing and being on stage, join us this summer.  Just bring a snack, wear comfortable clothing, (sneakers please, no sandals), and be ready to have fun!  Camp begins Monday July 1st and runs until July 26th.  Camp hours are 8am to 12pm Monday to Friday.

Performance of:  “On Broadway!” will be on Friday  7/26, at 7:00 p.m. Free admission!

To Register online go to: https://amityadulted.myprogramplus.com/course/summer-2013/amity-summer-theater-camp-on-broadway  or call 203-392-2005

See you this summer!

(This is a press release from the Summer Theater Camp)