Tarzan, The Musical: If You Have Tickets, You Will Laugh, Cry, and Be Amazed By Amity’s Talent

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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.


Tickets Are Still Available For Tonight and Tomorrow – Don’t Miss It!

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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.