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Amity’s “Anastasia” Wins Top Prize At Awards Gala

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Jul 182021
 

The Amity Creative Theater (ACT) won the coveted “Best Musical” Award for its production of Anastasia last night during the Stephen Sondheim Awards Gala at the Shubert Theater.

“It’s the best one (award) to get,” said Rob Kennedy after the Gala. “We were all thrilled to get — and to even be there — at all after this long year.”

After last year’s show, “The Drowsy Chaperone” was canceled due to concerns over the Covid-19 Pandemic, ACT had to come up with a safe, alternative venue for this year’s show, and chose the High School parking lot under a tent.

Anastasia was well received and night after night brought audiences to their feet with wild applause.

The Kennedys, Rob and Andrea, took over the Amity Theater program when they were hired by their alma mater in the 2007-2008 school year. Since then they have directed 13 musicals (only one, The Drowsy Chaperone in 2020,  was not seen by any audience due to Covid.

The “Kennedy Productions” have won at least one award every year, the most coveted being “Best Musical” which they competed against many other Connecticut high schools.

Although there have been numerous memorable shows, Rent, Les Miserables, In the Heights, Grease, and Tarzan included,

Amity’s first Best Musical Win was for Sweeney Todd at the 2013 Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards. (Sweeney Todd won a total of 7 awards that year.

Their second chart topper was with the Addams Family in 2018 at the first annual Stephen Sondheim Awards, which took over honoring the High School Musicals when the CT HSMTA ended.

And now the 2021 Stephen Sondheim Award for Best Musical with Anastasia. `
Congratulations to the cast, crew, directors and everyone involved in this year’s show. I can’t wait to see what the Kennedy’s have up their sleeves for next year’s musical production.

Obituary: Patrick C. Kennedy Sr. Beloved Father of Amity’s Rob Kennedy

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Jul 072021
 

Patrick Christopher Kennedy, Sr. died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday July 2, 2021 at his home in Bethany, CT. Born on December 11th, 1939 in Clogheen, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

Pat was the son of the late Jeremiah Kennedy and Josephine (Cullinan) Kennedy. He is survived by his wife nearly 57 years Joan Kennedy, his sons Diarmuid Kennedy of West Haven, Patrick Kennedy Jr. of Prospect, and Robert Kennedy of Bethany, daughters-in-law Christine (Patrick Jr.) Kennedy and Andrea (Robert) Kennedy, and his five beloved grandchildren, Ryan Patrick, Aiden Patrick, Molly, Grace, and Sarah.

He also leaves behind his sisters and brothers: Catherine Duggan of Stamford, CT; Mary Finn of Ballyporeen, Ireland; Annette Burke of West Meath, Ireland; William Kennedy of Cahir, Ireland; Martin Kennedy of Clogheen, Ireland; Noel Kennedy of Ardfinnan, Ireland; and Andrew Kennedy of Ardfinnan, Ireland.

He was predeceased by his sister Bernadette Dargan and brothers Jeremiah Jr, Vincent, and Christopher. He also leaves behind numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews in Connecticut, Ireland, the UK, and Australia who remember him as a gentleman with a calm nature and a kind heart.

Patrick, also known as Paddy or Pat, left Ireland where he had his own refinishing business, and immigrated with his wife and son to the USA in 1968.

He worked as a furniture refinisher at Wayside Furniture in Milford, CT for 33 years before retiring as the head of his department. He lived in West Haven for a number of years before moving his family to Bethany where he was a resident for 42 years.

Throughout his life he was very involved in the New Haven Irish Community. He was an active member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart, the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club, the Irish American Community Center, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and was a marshal of the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. From those Irish organizations, Pat made many lifelong friends who were like family to him.

He was an avid runner who took up marathoning in his 40s. He completed several marathons and was nationally ranked for his age group and was a member of the Silver City Striders and Naugatuck Running clubs. In 1990 he took over the Echoes of Erin radio program on WNHU with his wife Joan where their annual St. Patrick’s Day show was heard around the tri-state area and beyond.

For thirty years he hosted radio shows on WNHU to share his love of Irish, jazz, and folk music and was a DJ for weddings and parties in his retirement.

For many years Pat and his wife Joan taught Irish set dancing lessons in New Haven and Fairfield and traveled the world participating in dance workshops and exhibitions.

Aside from his music, he loved food, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife and was fiercely proud of his Irish culture and his American citizenship. He frequently made trips his childhood home in Ireland to visit with his large family.

Patrick and his family are grateful to his many friends, family, and caregivers that helped him throughout his illness. Your phone calls, visits, meals, support and stories of his kindness are greatly appreciated.

Visitation for friends and relatives will be held on Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank Street (RT.67, across from Klarides Village) in Seymour.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road in Woodbridge with interment to follow in the family plot at Eastside Cemetery in Woodbridge.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at www.cure.PDF.org

Jun 302021
 

I would like to apologize to Orange Live readers for the sudden stop of current posts in the past few days.

What happened? I was hacked (again). Some unscrupulous individual got into my computer and locked me out this time.

I’m pretty good, slipping with age, but not as good as those who dedicate their lives to making others’ lives a living nightmare.

Posting on the site is extremely difficult from my phone, especially since I cannot type like a teenager on a cell phone keyboard.

Thanks to Omar at PCW Computer in Orange for getting me back in the saddle again, Oh, it feels good to be able to type again!

I promise to do my best to keep you all informed about the latest happenings on the town activities, weather alerts, etc. I’m working hard to catch up.

 

Trophies, Scholarships Presented At Block A Awards Ceremony

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Jun 152021
 

2020-2021 Block A Awards (Part 2)

After a disappointing 2019-2020 school year for high school athletes, when the Annual Block A Award Ceremony took place virtually and winners had to wait until their drive-thru graduation to receive their plaques and trophies, this year’s modified in-person event was a breath of fresh air. 

Although there was no dinner, and everyone still had to wear face masks, at least the Amity Athletes had the experience of hearing their names and receiving their awards directly from their coaches in front of their peers and parents. 

The ceremony took place in the Amity auditorium on Sunday, June 13, at 5 p.m. For anyone who couldn’t make it, or didn’t have an invitation, the event was live-streamed and is now available to anyone on YouTube

Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin hosted the event. 

Here are the 2020-2021 Special Awards:

* = not present, no photo

Unified Sportsmanship Award – Saeed Karout*

Versatility Award – Caroline Cadelina (Girls Golf, Hockey)

Versatility Award – Justin Miller (Boys Football, Hockey, Lacrosse)

Scholar-Athlete Award – Eesha Acharya*

Scholar-Athlete Award – Jack Ranani

Sportsmanship Award – Anthony Esposito (volleyball)

Sportsmanship Award – Lauren Ronai (Lacrosse)

Paul Mengold Outstanding Leadership Award – Ribecka Marchitto

Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award – Sophia Swift [Unsung Hero] Basketball

Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award – Max Dempsey [Unsung Hero] Diving

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award – Jillian Ciccarelli (Softball)

Thomas G. Laugeni Memorial Award – Jacob Silbert (Baseball)

Steven J Zeider Memorial Swimming Award – Max Dempsey

James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award – Dylan Raver

Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award – Justin Miller

Jeremy Saxe Memorial Scholarship – Dane DeYoung

Thomas J. Ross Memorial Manager Award – Benjamin Martin (Baseball)

Director of Athletics Recognition Award – Benjamin Martin (Provided Livestreaming)

Athlete of the Year Award – Male – Julian “JuJu” Stevens (Baseball)

Athlete of the Year Award – Female – Payton Rahn (Field Hockey)

Amity Coaches Association Awards:

Coach of the Year Award – AJ Raccio (Undefeated, SCC Champ Boys Lax)

Assistant Coach of the Year Award – Patricia Salvatti (Field Hockey)

Outstanding Service Award – Athletic Trainer Kimberly Pearce

Booster Club Service Award – None

Booster Club President Award – None

Retired Coaches – None

 

65th Annual Block A Awards Presented

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Jun 152021
 

After a disappointing 2019-2020 school year for high school athletes, when the Annual Block A Award Ceremony took place virtually and winners had to wait until their drive-thru graduation to receive their plaques and trophies, This year’s modified in-person event was a breath of fresh air.

Although there was no dinner, and everyone still had to wear face masks, at least the Amity Athletes had the experience of hearing their names and receiving their awards directly from their coaches in front of their peers and parents.

The ceremony took place in the Amity auditorium on Sunday, June 13, at 5 p.m. For anyone who couldn’t make it, or didn’t have an invitation, the event was live-streamed and is now available to anyone on YouTube.

Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin hosted the event.

Here are the 2020-2021 MVPs

* = not present, no photo

Baseball – McAllister (Mac) Burke

Boys Basketball – Micah Morgan

Girls Basketball – Mya Manzione

Cheerleading – Emily Martocchio

Dance – Ella Benjamin

Boys Cross Country – Mason Beaudette

Girls Cross Country – Ariana Garay

Field Hockey – Payton Rahn

Football – No Season

Boys Golf – Brett Chodos

Girls Golf – Ava Gross

Boys Ice Hockey – Justin Miller

Girls Ice Hockey – Caroline Cadelina

Boys Indoor Track & Field – Philip London

Girls Indoor Track & Field – Abigail (Abby) Ball

Boys Lacrosse – John Coughlin (Middie)

Girls Lacrosse – Payton Rahn (goalie)

Boys Ski Racing – Evan Jurzyk

Girls Ski Racing – Madeline Key

Boys Soccer – Arian Bobi*

Girls Soccer – Audrey Marin

Softball – Juliette Zito

Boys Swimming & Diving – Seamus Hennesy

Girls Swimming & Diving – Natalie Carrington

Boys Tennis – Nishaan Patel*

Girls Tennis – Sydney Pitter*

Boys Track & Field – Mason Beaudette

Girls Track & Field – Emily Zielinski

Boys Volleyball – Theodore (Theo) Zaharewicz*

Girls Volleyball – Zoe Dizenzo*

Wrestling – No Season

JuJu’s Choice: Major League Baseball Or Full Ride College Scholarship?

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Jun 142021
 

The last time I can remember major league baseball scouts clamoring to see an Amity Baseball phenomenon was back in 2018 when catcher Pat Winkel graced the Amity field.

Winkel had it all, he could catch, throw, bat, and run like the wind.

Coach Sal Coppola was by his side when they got the call, the New York Yankees had picked Winkel in the draft. He wasn’t chosen in the early rounds, from what I understand, because the Yanks knew Winkel was going to choose college and playing baseball with his brother Chris, at UCONN over the major leagues. But they wanted him to know that he was wanted.

This year, even with the shortened season and crazy restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, another Amity player with the same skills and character as Winkel caught the attention of spectators and scouts.

Coppola’s phone rang, and although he didn’t know if it would be the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Royals, or any of the other desirable top teams, this call was from the San Diego Padres, and they are interested in Julian “JuJu” Stevens.

After Sunday’s Block A Sports Award Ceremony I asked Julian, this year’s Athlete of the Year if he’d choose the Major Leagues or College.

“I still have time to decide,” he said, “but I’ll let everyone know what I’m doing.”

This young man is as polite and soft-spoken as he is talented. Whatever he chooses to do, I know he will come out on top. He is so smart and has the support of his family, coach, team, and friends.

I wish him all the best now and in the future.

Best Of The Best Student Athletes Honored Today

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Jun 132021
 

A shot from the last actual Block A Dinner in 2019. (Mark Greco Memorial Hockey Award)

Every year exemplary student-athletes are honored at the BLOCK A Ceremony. 

Normally, the event includes a dinner, but with COVID restrictions just recently being lifted, this year’s 65th Annual Awards will be distributed in the Amity High School Auditorium.

Last year, sadly, because of the pandemic, the BLOCK A Awards was a virtual event, and the recipients received their trophies and plaques during the graduation procession — It was pretty much a drive-thru commencement that took place over a number of days. Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin was the last stop before the graduates were announced and got their diplomas.

I am so happy that these hard-working athletes will be given a proper ceremony this year.

This is an invitation-only event.

Orange Live will post a list of all of the winners and their photos by tomorrow morning. 

 

 

Amity’s Outdoor Production Of Anastasia — Still Some Tickets Left

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Jun 092021
 

Amity High School is proud to present the Broadway musical, Anastasia.

Anastasia is the story of Anya (Grace Blanchard), an orphan in 1920s St. Petersburg yearning to discover her lost family.

She encounters two men — ex-aristocrat Vlad (Nicholas Matalote) and the strapping conman Dmitri (Ryan Kennedy) — who convince her she just might be Anastasia, the Romanov duchess rumored to have survived the Russian Revolution.

Together, they flee to Paris, where they hope to present Anya to the exiled Dowager Empress (Olivia Sceppa), Anastasia’s grandmother, who happens to be offering a reward to anyone who finds her granddaughter.

Anastasia is a musical for the whole family! And… for the first time ever the show will be presented outdoors to provide a safer environment for our audience.

Tickets for our outdoor production of Anastasia the Musical are Now On Sale!
June 16th-19th & 23rd-26th 2021
Click HERE for tickets
The remaining cast members and crew are:
Rylee Maxwell – Young Anastasia, Romanov, Greta Pedenski – Teen Anastasia, Romanov, McKenna Maxwell – Maria Romanov, Marfa, Michael Perrone – Count Leopold, Drunk 2, Kaitlyn Pryor – Drunk 4,
Ian Rosenay – Drunk 3, Harry Rosenay – Count Gregory, Victoria Pocwierz – Swan Lake Dancer, Corey Richards – Tsar Nicholas II, Sergei the Doorman, Drunk 1, Macie Cox Tsarina Alexandra, Jacob Ebert- Gorlinsky, Spencer Fiske – Count Ipolitof, Audrey Jurzyk – Olga Romanov, Dunya, Zola Kneeland – Tatiana Romanov, Paulina, Steven Rizzotti – Alexei Romanov, Antonia Tzepos – Countess Gregory, Brynn Weirsman – Countess Lily Malevsky – Malevitch, Nolan Young – Gleb Vaganov, Jenna Chizmadia – Swan Lake Dancer, Romanov Ensemble.
Also: Bolshevik ensemble — Rhian Alsgaaard, Bridget Browe, Maria Dalle Ave, Gillian Fuchs, Grace Kennedy, Grace Mahon, Zoe Smith, Ava Swain.
Romanov Ensemble — Molly Blair, Annika Lyngdal, Kasey Smith.
And Finally: Cassidy Smith – Stage Manager, Olivia Cheng – Assistant Stage Manager, and Ally Balocca – Costume Crew Head.
TICKETS
Although Amity Musicals traditionally sell out, there are still tickets available for every performance (especially the two Saturday matinee shows).
Click HERE and get your tickets now!
Ticket availability Week One
On opening night, Wednesday, June 16 (5) five seats are available
There are 13 seats available on Thursday, June 17
On Friday, June 18, there are 9 available seats.
There are many seats available for the 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, June 19 and 31 seats for the 7:30 evening performance.
Ticket availability Week Two
There are plenty of seats, (27) available on Wednesday, June 23
On Thursday, June 24, there are still 15 seats available
On Friday, June 25, 19 seats are available.
There are numerous seats available for the 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on June 26.
On Closing Night, there are still 15 seats available for the 7:30 p.m. show.

 

Jun 022021
 

The Amity Varsity Sports Season is drawing to a close with a few more games and the CIAC Championship meets and games.

We wish our Spartans and Lady Spartans all the best as they battle to stay on top and come home with the title.

Wednesday, June 2

Girls Tennis vs New Canaan HOME at Amity Tennis Courts at 3 p.m.

Softball vs Newtown HOME at Amity at 4 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Xavier HOME at Amity Field 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Trumbull AWAY at Trumbull High School at 5 p.m.

Next Week

Monday, June 7

Boys Golf CIAC Div1 Golf Championship AWAY Tallwood CC at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, June 9

Girls Golf CIAC Div1 Golf Championship AWAY Grassy Hill CC at 8:30 a.m.

Boys Outdoor Track CIAC Open Boys Outdoor Track Championship AWAY Willow Brook Park at 1:30 p.m.

Girls Outdoor Track CIAC Open Girls Outdoor Track Championship AWAY Willow Brook Park at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 12

Boys Golf CIAC State Open Golf Championship AWAY Black Hall Club at 1 p.m.

Girls Golf CIAC State Open Golf Championship AWAY Black Hall Club at 1 p.m.

 

 

Amity Spring Musical: Anastasia – Get Your Tickets Now

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May 132021
 

The award-winning Amity Regional High School Theater Department, under the direction of Robert and Andrea Kennedy, is thrilled to announce the outdoor production of Anastasia.

Anastasia transports the audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Performances are June 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Two matinee performances will take place on June 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. For the first time ever, the musical will take place outdoors, under a tent, at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road in Woodbridge. Masks will be required.

After COVID-19 forced the cancellation of last year’s production just weeks before opening, Amity Creative Theater is excited to offer the community the opportunity to experience this unique venue and for students and musicians to retake the stage. Amity is the first high school in the state to produce Anastasia. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by contacting the box office at 203.392-2019 or email amityboxoffice@gmail.com.

This year’s corporate sponsors include BENDER, Berchem Moses PC, Burns Insurance Group, Coldwell Banker Realty, Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, Laticrete International, Inc., MitchCo. Tent & Party, Milford-Orange Times, New England Performance Insulation, Rick’s Plumbing Service, and Total Mortgage. All proceeds raised go to the self-funded Amity Theater program.

For further information, please call the box office at 203.392.2019 or email amityboxoffice@gmail.com.