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award winner Kahari Blue

award winner Kahari Blue

Little Millie Shapiro seemed to have a hard time pronouncing “Amity” during Monday night’s CT High School Musical Theater Award show which she co-hosted with her sister Abigail.

The young Broadway actress (Matilda) came up with some pretty creative pronunciations, the funniest, perhaps being “Animimity” as the sisters announced the Outstanding Musical Nominees.

The four hour award show showcased the best of the best in high school theater talent, and St. Paul Catholic High School, which produced last year’s Best Actress winner, Jillian Callouette, was the big winner with 8 wins for its production of A Little Princess.

Amity had the most nominations of any of the 21 participating high schools, and last year Amity walked away with 7 of 15 awards, including the top prize — Outstanding Musical.

In 2012 Amity had 11 nominations and 2 wins — Legally Blonde’s Allie Kramer went on to the National H.S. Musical Awards in New York City.

Best Actress nominee Shaylen Harger and the entire Amity cast blew the audience away with their performances, but it was Kahari Blue (the Piragua Guy) who went home with his Featured Performer trophy.

As much as every nominee wanted to be chosen as the winner, the students (from every high school) set a great example of good sportsmanship. They cheered for their competition and during acceptance speeches, several winners took a moment to thank their fellow nominees for their kindness and for being so gracious when their paths crossed.

NOTE: It’s 5 a.m. I’m tired and I will post the winners list a little later today. 

 

 

May 182014
 

The Connecticut High School Musical Theater Award finalists have been announced.

Amity High School received 16 nominations for its’ production of “In The Heights” including: Shaylen Harger as Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Nina Roaario;  Alida Ballou for OUtstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Daniella; and Ryan Rattley for Outstanding Supporting Actor as Sonny; Kahari Blue as Outstanding Featured Actor as The Piragua Guy, and the top nomination for Outstanding Production of the Year.

Award recipients will be announced at the CHSMTA Black Tie Gala at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Monday, June 2.
Congratulations Amity for another phenomenal show, and the best of luck to all the nominees.
OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP ACHIEVEMENT 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Andrea Kennedy

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Linda Hurst and Shannon-Courtney Denihan

Greater Hartford Academy – CAROUSEL

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Alison Koziol

St. Paul’s Catholic – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Joanne Nyerick & Patricia O’Hagan

Stamford High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Cindy Schulte

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Kim Leffingwell

OUTSTANDING COSTUMING ACHIEVEMENT 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Julie Chevan, Brenda Burt

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Joanne Nyerick & Patricia O’Hagan

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts – CAROUSEL
Gail Fresia

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Kathleen Gephart

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Bonnie Johnson and Emma Sullivan

Conard High School – SHREK
Vivianna Lamb

Lyme / Old Lyme High School – PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Denise Golden, Dorothy Paine, Hanna Wilczewski

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Dan Hassenmayer

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Kevin Gleason

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Steve Edick and Rich Parsons

Regional Center For The Arts – CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Alicia Richards (Lighting), Shown Boyle (Projections)

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts – CAROUSEL
Robyn E. Joyce

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Doug Harry

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Mitchell Girgasky

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Robert Kennedy

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Kevin Gleason

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Mark Mazzarella

Regional Center For The Arts – CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Matt Iacozza, Upstate Scenic, Andy Smith, Shawn Boyle

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts – CAROUSEL
Karen Sparks Mellon

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Kirsten Reynolds

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Lindsay Fuori, Bill Mangold and Mike Cummings

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Tom “Ivan” Ivanovich-Horizon Sound

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
DJ Grant

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Dave Glanovsky

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Robert and Andrea Kennedy

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Deirdre Alexander

Trumbull High School – RENT
Jessica Spillane

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Mark Mazzarella

Regional Center For The Arts – CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
J. Scott Handley

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Ingrid Walsh

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Jane Matson

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Andrea Kennedy

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Deirdre Alexander & Shannon-Courtney Denihan

Trumbull High School – RENT
Frank Root, Morgan Fried

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Mark Simpson

Regional Center For The Arts – CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Ashley Simone Kirchner

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Tessa Grunwald

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Jane Matson

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Peter Randazzo

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Don Rickenback

Trumbull High School – RENT
Jerold Goldstein

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Emmett Drake

Regional Center For The Arts – CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
J. Scott Handley

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Laura Traver

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Brett Boles

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School – PUTNUM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
East Lyme High School – 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Shaylen Harger – NINA ROSARIO

Trumbull High School – RENT
Ava Gallo – MIMI

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Jillian Caillouette – SARA CREWE

Immaculate High School – LES MISERABLES
Emma Giorgio – COSETTE

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Maggie Walsh -MARY LENNOX

Conard High School – SHREK
Brigid Lucey – FIONA

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Andrew Goehring -ARCHIBALD CRANE

Trumbull High School – RENT
Michael Ell – MARK

Immaculate High School – LES MISERABLES
Michael Hudak – JEAN VALJEAN

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Alida Ballou – DANIELLA

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Emily Chalon – MUZZY VON HOSS

Trumbull High School – RENT
Emily Ruchalski –MAUREEN

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Dana Wilton – BECKY

ST. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Caleigh Lozito – MRS. MINCHIN

Immaculate High School – LES MISERABLES
Isabella Mercaldo – MADAME THENARDIER

Westhill High School – URINETOWN
Alexandra Cahr – LITTLE SALLY

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Ryan Rattley – SONNY

Trumbull High School – RENT
Michael Lepore – TOM COLLINS

Trumbull High School – RENT
Matt Buckwald – ANGEL

Regional Center For The Arts – CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Philip Coffey – TOMMY ROSS

Cheshire High School – AIDA
Benji Saccoccio – ZOSER

Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN
Casey McKeon – DICKON SOWERBY

Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School – PUTNUM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Joey Mulvey – LEAF CONEYBEAR

OUTSTANDING CHORUS 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS 
New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Trumbull High School – RENT
St. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
Regional Center For The Arts – CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Valley Regional High School – SECRET GARDEN

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMER 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Kahari Blue – THE PIRAGUA GUY

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Shaan Appel & Griff Hall – CHING HO/ BUN FOO

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
Kyle Mangold – SMEE

Westhill High School – URINETOWN
Jason Nekritz – HOT BLADES HARRY

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE GROUP

New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
STENOGRAPHERS & CLERKS
Kate Callahan, Berlin Charles, Jennifer Daly, Allison Demers, Jacob Freedgood, Audrey Kirkpatrick, Nancy Leville, Kenon Lysenko, Rachael Mathis, Lauren Mellinger, Anna Oxman, Nick Ranieri, Margot Weiss

St. Paul Catholic High School – A LITTLE PRINCESS
BOARDING HOUSE GIRLS
Marisa Mastrio, Caroline Cianci, Chiara Ciampietro, Annie Jarner,
Amy Urso, Olivia Kilbourne

Immaculate High School – LES MISERABLES
THE STUDENTS

Newtown High School – PETER PAN
THE LOST BOYS
Madi Aug, Julia Bogdanoff, Kelsey Nicholson, Charles Romano, John Satayana, Amy Talbot, Kyle Watkins, Sean Dalton, Michelle Zarifis, Ian Fuchs, Emily Crebbin and Kylie Gallagher

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR 

Amity Regional High School
IN THE HEIGHTS

New Canaan High School
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

Newtown High School
PETER PAN

Regional Center for the Arts
CARRIE: THE MUSICAL

St. Paul’s Catholic
A LITTLE PRINCESS

Trumbull High School
RENT

Valley Regional High School
SECRET GARDEN

OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY 

Amity Regional High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Trumbull High School – RENT
New Canaan High School – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

STUDENTS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINEES TO BE POSTED ON TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

Apr 072014
 

IMG_5582Watch this short VIDEO, then visit the Ticket Site and get your tickets for Amity’s production of “In The Heights.”

The show opened to a sold out crowd Friday, April 4. There are 5 performances April 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. Tickets are just $17. If you’ve never seen an Amity High School Musical, let this one be your first. You won’t regret it.

As of 9 a.m., Monday, April 7, only  1  seat remains for the Thursday, April 10 show;  SOLD OUT April 11 and closing night April 12.

Originally Published on: Apr 1, 2014 @ 21:58

Mar 142014
 

Shaylen Harger and cast mates from "In The Heights" on Better Connecticut March 14.

Shaylen Harger and cast mates from “In The Heights” on Better Connecticut March 14.

This afternoon, at 3 p.m., 8 of the Amity Performing Arts students (and director Rob Kennedy) appeared on WFSB’s Better Connecticut where they performed a song from the upcoming spring musical “In The Heights.”

Click HERE to see the performance.

Shaylen Harger who plays “Nina” sang the lead and, might I add, was just perfect.

The entire group was wonderful, each time I’ve visited a rehearsal they are working so hard on every aspect of this show.

Show dates are April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. Tickets are ONLY $17. Click HERE for the box office.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you’d better hurry. “In the Heights” will sell out quickly, it’s already nearly 75% filled. Thursday, April 10 has the most available seating.

Procrastination will get you nowhere!

 

 

Feb 152014
 

31c630eef2c33139bba0d4465dd7f6d3“In 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 glimpse 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” at 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 Herger of Orange as Nina, Sophomore Chris Cassella of Orange as Benny, Senior Chelsea Tambis of Woodbridge as Vanessa, Senior Nicole Simon of Woodbridge as Abuela Claudia, Senior Alida Ballou of Bethany as Daniela, Senior Sara Abriola of Bethany as Carla and Senior C.J. Spaziani of Orange as Sonny.

The talented cast of 44 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.

For tickets and information Please go to our website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or like us on Facebook

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.

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.

 

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