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Jun 052013
 
Amity Regional High School won Best Musical in CT at the June 4 CT High School Musical Theater Awards.

Amity Regional High School won Best Musical in CT at the June 4 CT High School Musical Theater Awards.

A lot of hard work goes a long way, no one knows that better than Rob and Andrea Kennedy. Even when a “journalist” penned a fabricated story that made national headlines, and tarnished the high school musical for some potential theater goers, the directors did not blink an eye and went on with business as usual, creating yet another award-winning production for Amity High School.

And award-winning it was, Amity High School’s Spring Musical Sweeney Todd was nominated for a total of 15 Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards (CHSMTA) and in spite of the negativity some individuals threw at it, the theater appreciating public and professional adjudicators loved it.

At Tuesday night’s Awards Gala at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, many high school students blew the audience away with their energy and talent onstage. All  performed with the benefit of wearing their costumes during their numbers so the packed house could fully appreciate their productions. Whereas Amity’s cast took the stage in tuxedos and gowns and performed “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. And in her solo performance, Best Actress Nominee Alida Ballou totally sold “Worst Pies In London” even wearing a white goddess gown.

In the end, it was Amity’s night. It wasn’t a sweep, but with 7 awards, Amity was the big winner of the night.

Two Amity grads, John Jorge – Best Actor 2010 and Alli Kramer – Best Actress 2012, not only performed, but presented awards as well.

One of the best moments for the Amity crowd was when Alli Kramer announced the name of the Best Supporting Actor … “and the winner is Peter Charney, Amity High School!”  Charney, a senior, played Toby in Sweeney Todd. He’s been performing since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. This was his last opportunity to participate in the CHSMTA.

Two other Amity students, Kevin Durkee (Sweeney Todd) and Nicole Simon (Beggar Woman) were chosen to sing in a chorus with 18 other students from participating high schools in a tribute to the Newtown victims, performing “Seasons of Love.”

Some great moments of the evening were when four time nominated Lighting Designer Dan ["I feel like Leonardo DeCaprio"] Hassenmayer finally won.  Rob Kennedy accepted the award on his behalf, explaining that Dan was at the high school setting up lights for this weekend’s Pops Concert.

The Kennedys accepted the Outstanding Director’s award together.

And rounding out the evening, after the best actor and actress winners were announced, it was time for the top prize, “Outstanding High School Musical.” The theater erupted in deafening screams when “Amity Regional High School, Sweeney Todd,” was announced.

The entire Amity entourage took the stage and student Ted McNulty (Pirelli) and Sarah DeFeo (Dream Lucy Barker) made the acceptance speech.

So, to the critics and haters … what can I say? The people who know a thing or two about theater have spoken. Congratulations Amity. And congratulations to ALL the winners at this year’s gala.

Below is a list of all the nominees with the winners denoted in Red.

OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP ACHIEVEMENT
Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Lydia Pensa
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Kadie Tolderlund
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU
Regional Center for the Arts – 9 TO 5    Daniel Koye, Alison Wadsworth

OUTSTANDING COSTUMING ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Julie Chevan
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Ann Brown
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Jeannine Carr & Molly Cook
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Mark Mazzarella
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Mary Joan Wright, Merial Cornell, Jeanette Davidson
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Tina Stoddard

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Dan Hassenmayer
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Eric Shutz, Dick Shutz, Nick Santanielle
Simsbury High School – ANNIE    Aaron Spivey
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Rich Parsons
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Doug Harry
Westhill High School – CHICAGO    Joe Vitti

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Robert Kennedy
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS     Tom Matson
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Joe Loya & Mary Raymond
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Don Murphy
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Mark Mazzarella
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Robert & Andrea Kennedy
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS    Jane Matson
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Mary Raymond
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Joyce Flanagan
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Mark Mazzarella
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Jessica Spillane
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Ingrid Walsh

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS    Jane Matson
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Matthew Farina
Simsbury High School – ANNIE    Amy Borysewicz
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Frank & Abigail Root
Westhill High School – CHICAGO    Emily Frangipane
 OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Peter Randazzo
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Joyce Flanagan
Trinity Catholic High School – LES MISERABLES    Christopher Rich
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Jerold Goldstein
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Ryan Driscoll & Laura Traver
Waterbury Arts Magnet School – IN THE HEIGHTS     John Mobillo

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
Darien High School – GUYS & DOLLS
East Lyme High School – LEADER OF THE PACK
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Alida Baliou  – MRS. LOVETT
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Deanna Lasco – VANESSA
Regional Center for the Arts – 9 TO 5    Jonelle Sedgwick- VIOLET NEWSTEAD
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Tara Mazur – EPONINE
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Allie Short – COSETTE
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Jillian Caillouette – JO MARCH
Trinity Catholic High School – LES MISERABLES    Julia Capogrossi – EPONINE

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR

Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS    Taylor Vargas  – J. PIERPONT FINCH
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Michael Hudak – UNSAVI
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Sam Gravitte – JEAN VALJEAN
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU    Matt Johnson – BOBBY CHILD
Westhill High School – CHICAGO    Richard Westfahl – BILLY FLYNN

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Shaylen Harger – JOHANNA
East Lyme High School – LEADER OF THE PACK    Emily Young – DARLENE LOVE
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Elizabeth D’Aiuto – MMD. THERNARDIER
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Jean Kenney – MARMEE
Simsbury High School – ANNIE    Kerrie Maguire – MISS HANNIGAN
Stamford High School – GUYS & DOLLS    Alex Cahr – MISS ADELAIDE
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Grace Carver – MEG BROCKIE

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Peter Charney – TOBY
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS – Benny    Nick Gerbo – BENNY
Regional Center for the Arts – 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL    Jared Smith – FRANKLIN M. HART JR.
Stamford High School – GUYS & DOLLS    Sam Strizver – NATHAN DETROIT

OUTSTANDING CHORUS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Regional Center for the Arts – 9 TO 5
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES
Suffield Academy – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (?) will double check
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON
Waterbury Arts Magnet School – IN THE HEIGHTS

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMER

East Lyme High School – LEADER OF THE PACK    Mary Scheyder – ANNIE GOLDEN
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES    Kent Coleman – ENJOIRAS
Stamford High School – GUYS & DOLLS    Bennett Leads – NICELY-NICELY JOHNSON
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Seamus McGinley – HARRY BEATON

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE GROUP

Simsbury High School – ANNIE    The Orphans
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS    The Secretaries
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU – Follies Girls    Beth Murphy, Marisa Noschese, Carley Berlin, Ava Gallo, Katherine Griffin, Kayla Murry, Rakshana Selvarajan, Ya’Monei Teel
Westhill High School – CHICAGO – Cellblock Tango Women    Erica Casinelli, Jessica Freedman, Madeline Bria, Zoe DePresta, Lauren Wilson

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES
St. Paul’s Catholic High School – LITTLE WOMEN
Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU

OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY

Immaculate High School – IN THE HEIGHTS    Gail Archer, Sue Guidera, Donna Lasco, Mary Stocks
Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD    Cheri Charney & Tom Lawler
St. Paul’s Catholic – LITTLE WOMEN    Mark Mazzarella
New Britain High School – AIDA
Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON    Tina Stoddard

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
(5 awards presented out of 16 nominees and 8 finalists)

Trumbull High School – CRAZY FOR YOU
Greg St. Germain – Student Lighting Design

Waterbury Arts Magnet School – IN THE HEIGHTS
Claire Gaudette – PSM

Ridgefield High School – LES MISERABLES
Catherine Heller – Scenic Artist

Valley Regional High School – BRIGADOON
Benedict Stephens – Student Percussion

Newtown High School – HOW TO SUCCEED
Sean Watkins – Stage Manager

ACHIEVEMENT IN ARTS EDUCATION AWARDS

Plainfield High School – WILLY WONKA
Brian Stevenson & Kevin Marino

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN

Westhill High School — CHICAGO.

 

The 4th President’s Award

Cary Dupont — St. Paul’s Catholic HS

Jun 042013
 

IMG_0644The ballots are in, the judges have deliberated and Amity High School is up for 14 categories in the 2013 Ct High School Musical Awards, (The Most Nominations of All Participating Schools) including Outstanding Lead Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, Director, Orchestra and more.

I would Love to see Alida Ballou go to New York City for the National High School Musical Awards. And best of luck to Peter Charney, you’re a senior so you just have to win!

Congratulations to all the nominees. You all deserve to win!

The CT High School Musical Awards take place tonight, Tuesday, June 4 in Waterbury.

OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD

OUTSTANDING COSTUMING ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Julie Chevan

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Dan Hassenmayer

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Robert Kennedy

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Robert & Andrea Kennedy

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Peter Randazzo

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Alida Baliou – MRS. LOVETT

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Shaylen Harger – JOHANNA

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Peter Charney – TOBY

OUTSTANDING CHORUS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD

OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Cheri Charney & Tom Lawler

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

For the visuals that we saw on the background screens during the show.

Apr 122013
 
Max and Nicole as Anthony and the Beggar woman.

Max and Nicole as Anthony and the Beggar woman.

If you haven’t seen Amity High School’s production of Sweeney Todd yet, you’re in luck!

There are 22 seats left for tonight’s performance and 51 remaining for closing night tomorrow.

I attended the show last night with my friend, fellow local news editor Betina Thiel and once again, I was “slayed” by the incredible talent on stage.

Last night the audience was in for a treat, although his understudy was VERY good, we were honored to see the show with the multi talented Peter Charney in a role he was born to play, that of Tobias — if you go tonight or tomorrow, you will see what I mean. Peter is a senior this year, so this is the last time we’ll see him perform in an Amity Spring Musical.

I am left breathless by the strong, beautiful soprano voices floating through the air like “magic” every time Alida Ballou, Shaylen Harger and Nicole Simon open their mouths. And to know that we have THREE sophomores in the principal cast who will be with Amity for another two years.

Put on your coat NOW and head up to Amity. Don’t miss Sweeney Todd. Everything about this show is nothing short of amazing.

The Cast:

The Amity Creative Theater production of Sweeney Todd features a multi-talented cast of more than 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.

Apr 032013
 

IMG_0644The Amity Creative Theater still has tickets for its annual Spring Musical Production of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

When the unjustly imprisoned Sweeney Todd returns to London, he vows revenge upon those who framed him. Working as a barber and joining forces with Mrs. Lovett, they both serve their customers in wicked ways. Enjoy this award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim.

The show will take place on April 5th, 6th ,11th ,12th, and 13th @ 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by calling 203-392-2019.  All seats are reserved and cost $17.00

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 more than 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 203-392-2019.  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.

See these previous posts on Orangectlive.com
http://www.orangectlive.com/2013/03/11/wwrs-rob-kennedy-talks-about-sweeney-todd/
http://www.orangectlive.com/2013/03/28/as-i-see-it-sweeney-todd-in-rehearsal/
http://www.orangectlive.com/2013/04/01/another-amazing-production-first-in-years-not-sold-out/

Originally published April 2 at 11:06 a.m.

Apr 012013
 
This is what the actors see when they are onstage, don't let them see empty seats.

This is the view from onstage, don’t let the actors see empty seats at the upcoming performances.

The Amity Theater Department has been working tirelessly for 5 months on its production of the award winning Sweeney Todd, which is performed by High Schools across the country every year.

From the time they learn what play has been chosen when they start the school year, the actors and actresses devote their lives to learning about the characters, giving the best performance he or she can during the auditions and then putting in hours and hours of time after school learning and perfecting songs and dance numbers.

Under the leadership of Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Amity theater students have entertained and amazed sold out audiences for nearly all of their shows from “Grease” to “Rent” to “Les Miserables” to “Chicago” and “Legally Blonde.”

Numerous actors and actresses from Amity as well as the Orchestra have been nominated for the Connecticut High School Musical Awards over the years. They’ve always made us proud.

Two Lead actors from Amity have gone on to the National High School Musical Awards in New York.

Sweeney Todd is known as the “Musical of all Musicals,” so why on earth four days before opening night is it not SOLD OUT?

This Friday, opening night, there are still 72 tickets left.

Saturday, night 2, usually a hot night for Amity’s musical productions has 104 available seats. This is unheard of.

Even more upsetting is that April 11, a Thursday night, also traditionally sold out at least 3 weeks in advance has a mind boggling 263 open seats.

On Friday, April 12, there are about 144 tickets remaining, and closing night is comparable.

So, what happened? Director Rob Kennedy said there was one unfortunate incident, a work of fiction, that unnecessarily shed a negative light on the play and as was the author’s goal, brought a lot of attention to his story.

Sadly, this hard working cast, crew, musicians and directors are the ones who are paying for that individual’s moment of glory.

Amity residents can still turn this around for the Amity Theater Department, go online and buy tickets.

Opening Night is at 90%; Saturday April 6 is at 88%; Thursday, April 11 is at 68%; the final two nights are both at 81 %. For all the hardworking kids and adults involved in this production, lets work to get them all to 100%.

Mar 282013
 

IMG_0622Sitting in on the rehearsal for Sweeney Todd at Amity High School Wednesday night, I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful and catchy the songs are.

This is one musical that I was completely unfamiliar with, just as I was clueless about Les Miserables back in 2010. I haven’t seen the entire play yet, just bits and pieces, a song here, a scene there, but I think once it’s all together it’s going to be wonderful.

The Orchestra was in place last night and rehearsal was a bit intense with the cast having to sing certain big numbers for the first time with the live orchestra.
With only 9 days before opening night, it was time to get serious and get it right as soon as possible.

This show has several extraordinary sopranos, including Shaylen Harger, whose parents, Gary and Barbie, of Orange, are both amazing singers. Also Nicole Simon who wowed us with teased hair, and the line “I was in the shower” in last year’s Legally Blonde, really shows off her high octave ability. And Alida Ballou, who played one of Elle’s giddy BFFs in Legally Blonde takes on a more adult role in Sweeney where she can really show off her voice.

Traditionally by this time, all shows would be nearly sold out, but unfortunately, a fabricated story that got blown out of proportion put a dark cloud over this production and there are still plenty of seats remaining in the left and right sections on all five nights.

IMG_0628The entire cast, crew and orchestra have been working hard since November on this production and it is sure to amaze all theater goers as past Amity productions have.

“That story really hurt our ticket sales,” said Director Rob Kennedy.

The show will take place on April 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, and 13th @ 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by calling 203-392-2019.  All seats are reserved and cost $17.00

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, I encourage you to visit the performing arts website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com soon, choose your seats and pay for them online before it’s too late and witness another Amity High School musical gem.

Mar 112013
 

Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 7.48.15 PMOne parent voices concerns about the subject matter of a high school play.

One individual composes a sensationalized story leading others to think there’s a posse going after the Amity Theater Department.

Yes, Sweeney Todd murders people in his barber chair, but will the Amity Stage flow with blood? – No

Yes, People are the main ingredient in pies sold to townspeople. but will the smell of burning flesh fill the auditorium? – No

Will there be hundreds of angry people with picket signs demanding that the show NOT go on? – highly unlikely.

Robert Kennedy was summoned by the Amity Board of Education prior to its monthly meeting, and by the Superintendent at the end of the school day.

We spoke to Kennedy this afternoon to see what he had to say about his choice of musicals for Amity.

HERE is a video of his candid responses.

WWRS (what would Rob say)? Now you know.

Mar 052013
 
Nicole Simon and Kevin Durkee (Sweeney Todd) during Monday Night's rehearsal.

Nicole Simon and Kevin Durkee (Sweeney Todd) during Monday Night’s rehearsal.

The Amity Creative Theater announces that tickets are now on sale for its annual Spring Musical Production of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

When the unjustly imprisoned Sweeney Todd returns to London, he vows revenge upon those who framed him. Working as a barber and joining forces with Mrs. Lovett, they both serve their customers in wicked ways. Enjoy this award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim.

The show will take place on April 5th, 6th ,11th ,12th, and 13th @ 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by calling 203-392-2019.  All seats are reserved and cost $17.00  Tickets will sell out quickly so buy yours today!

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 more than 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 203-392-2019.  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.

Originally published Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.

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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