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Following is a message from Orange Native, Amity Grad, Connor Deane:

Each year, Broadway Method Academy has the privilege of hosting the Stephen Sondheim Awards at the Shubert Theatre of New Haven. The award program recognizes excellence in high school musical theater across Connecticut and Rhode Island. It’s one of our most treasured events of the year.
Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the gala will not happen in person this year. Likewise, so many talented young students did not get a chance to perform their high school musical. Instead, BMA is proud to present a virtual celebration with the participating schools presented by the Shubert Theatre of New Haven, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, and the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation.
Monday, June 1, 2020
7 p.m. 
With special appearances from Christy Altomare (Anastasia, Carrie, Mamma Mia!), Carolee Carmello (Hello Dolly!, The Addams Family, Parade), Samantha Pauly (BMA’s Evita, Six on Broadway) and more, the evening will feature a virtual opening number performed by students of all the participating schools, as well as a Best Actor and Best Actress medley!
Help us show support for these students by tuning in!
(Views can tune in on our Facebook & Youtube channels, or on our website!)

The Show Must Go On: Sondheim Awards Are On Monday

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May 272020
 

Broadway Method Academy (Connor Deane & Scott Handley) is hosting the 3rd annual Sondheim Awards on Monday, June 1.

This year, It will be a virtual celebration of the talents of high school thespians … since so many of the shows were canceled due to COVID-19, there will be no “best of” awards given out but it will be a night of celebration none-the-less.

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is one of the sponsors of the event and the Jamie Hulley Musical Theater Scholarships also will be announced that night.

Students are nominated by their high school directors for their talent and their dedication to the overall quality of the production by supporting the director and her/his fellow cast & crew members at all times. The nominations are open to all student performers from ensemble to lead roles.

Just go to the Broadway Method Academy Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 1

Orange’s Connor Deane Announces New Upcoming Musical Production

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Jan 052020
 

(From the BMA Facebook Page)

Orange native Connor Deane made himself a name locally in the Amity High School Drama Department with key roles in its Spring musicals, Grease, Rent, and of course the unforgettable production of Les Miserables.

He learned more about his craft and the behind the scenes aspects of the theater business at college before returning to Connecticut and starting a very popular school, the Broadway Method Academy with his friend J. Scott Handley..

After the CT High School Musical Awards ended, Deane, knowing the importance of that program, started, along with other like-minded colleagues, the Sondheim Awards, which honors the best of the best in High School Musicals, including best director, costume designer, student orchestra, etc.

The Broadway Method Academy offers students comprehensive, award-winning training in acting, singing, and dancing and a structured, professional experience of auditioning, rehearsing and performing in wonderful productions close by in Fairfield County.

Next month the hard-working cast will show off its talents in the musical “Newsies” at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Presented by Broadway Method Academy, Newsies will feature 40 BMA students from the area, as well as Broadway professionals and an 11-piece live orchestra.

Performances are on Friday, Feb. 7, 7-9:30 p.m.; Saturday Feb. 8, 1:30-4 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30-4 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 14, 7-9:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 8 at noon and will be available via the Westport Country Playhouse Box Office.

Amity Creative Theater 10 Year Anniversary Concert On June 9 — Just 3 Tickets Left!

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Jun 082018
 

Oh My God You Guys (“Legally Blonde”) Amity Theater Alum Connor Deane and Kim Simon are gathering up the old gang and organizing a 10 Year Anniversary Concert to celebrate the Theater Department’s super successful run since Rob and Andrea Kennedy arrived.
There are only 3 tickets left for the One-Night-Only show on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.
Celebrate the last ten years of Amity shows at this Anniversary Concert! So many of your favorite drama students from 2008 through 2018, including Deane, Simon, Alli Kramer, Ken Adair, Carson Adair and so many more will present musical numbers from all of their great shows; Grease, Rent, Les Miserables, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd, Tarzan, In the Heights, Into the Woods and Fiddler on the Roof.
Everyone who knows about it is excited for this one night only, once in a lifetime reunion event that you cannot miss!
Tickets are ONLY $15 each. All proceeds to go to Amity Creative Theater and scholarships for our students.  
Remember, there are only three (3) tickets left (as of 6:42 p.m. on Friday) The ONLY way you can see the show is to click this link – GET TICKETS – HURRY!

(updated) The First Annual Sondheim Awards — And The Winners Are:

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Jun 052018
 

The First Annual Stephen Sondheim Awards Show took place at the Schubert Theater in New Haven on Monday night.

The show was run more like the National “Jimmy” High School Musical Awards rather than the old CT High School Musical Theater Awards show. Instead of having each Best Actor and Best Actress nominee sing a full 3-4 minute solo of one of the songs from the show. Early in the show, ALL of the Best Actor nominees came onstage together, and one by one shared a portion of their song for about 1 minute, then joined the rest as background singers. Later the Best Actress nominees did the same.

Last weekend, the 14 Actors and Actresses were treated to a three-day intense workshop, during which they worked with professional choreographers, actors and singers and went over every aspect of stage performance. The boys’ and girls’ group routines were developed at this workshop. And, as the Best Actor winner stated in his acceptance speech, they all became friends. There was no rivalry whatsoever and they were cheering for their peers.

Amity High School’s production of “The Addams Family” was up for 8 nominations.

Our wonderful Marty Gnidula was quite the standout as Uncle Fester performing onstage with 6 other Best Actor nominees. He stayed in character and made everyone laugh with the brilliantly executed choreography.

Alaina Dwyer and Lilli Querker joined 5 other Best Actress nominees and both were just fabulous.

The cast of the Addams Family, in my opinion, was the most together ensemble of all the Best Musical Nominees. They nailed it.

So, as you go down the list you will notice that of the 8 nominations, Amity only brought home 1 (one) award. Were they disappointed? Upset? Keep reading until you see just what they won.

Best Scenic Design

Isabel Adolphe – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Justin Mossa – Footloose – Darien High School

Bobby Marcinauskis – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Todd Perrin, Dan Reilly and Nina Soriano – Les Miserables – Newtown High School

Best Costume Design

Sophie Howard – Footloose – Darien High School

Kira Turlington – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Marissa Proto – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Best Lighting Design

Alicia Foster – Heathers – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Emily Marcinauskis – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Oak Chaisathaporn – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

James Gallo – Curtains – Trumbull High School

Dean Jones – Footloose – Nonnewaug High School

Bobby Gaffney- Les Miserables – Newtown High School

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Hoadley – Shrek – Pinocchio – Branford High School

Antonio Mantero – Into the Woods – Mysterious Man – Notre Dame

Callum Zak – Legally Blonde – Kyle/Chad/Dewey – Shelton High School

Thomas Leonard – Curtains – Christopher Belling – Trumbull High School

Ryan Kennedy – Addams Family – Lucas – Amity High School


Best Supporting Actress

Alex Hernandez – Shrek – Dragon – Branford High School

Marina Kolistas – Grease – Patty Simcox – Immaculate HS

Molly Schalenghe – Legally Blonde – Brooke – Shelton

Madison LaPlante – Shrek – Dragon – West Warwick

Ainsley Lugal – Legally Blonde – Serena – Shelton High School

Best Choreography

Andrea Kennedy – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Emily Frangipane – Footloose – Darien High School

Matthew Farina – Grease – Immaculate High School

Katherine Sedlock – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Mia White – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

John Carter – Merrily We Roll Along – Cheshire High School

Best Direction

Rob and Andrea Kennedy – The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Tim Sorenson – Footloose – Darien High School

Matthew Farina – Grease – Immaculate High School

Fiona Bryson, Katherine Sedlock, Justin Zenchuk – Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Thomas Dugan – Hairspray – Suffield Academy

Richard Marchetti – Shrek – West Warwick High School

Best Actor

Marty Gnidula – Addams Family – Uncle Fester – Amity High School

Grady Allen – Footloose – Willard – Darien High School

Joshua Cocuzzo – Footloose – Ren – Nonnewaug

Cooper Cardone – Beauty and the Beast – Beast – North Kingstown

Connor Wall – Legally Blonde – Emmett Forrest – Shelton

Max Weiner – Hairspray – Edna Turnblad – Suffield Academy

Matt Sullivan – Legally Blonde – Professor Callahan – Shelton High School

Best Actress

Alaina Dwyer – Addams Family – Alice Beineke – Amity High School

Lexi Staubi – Footloose – Ariel – Darien High School

Teah Renzi – Les Miserables – Eponine – Newtown High School

Kyla Hackett – Legally Blonde – Elle Woods – Shelton High School

Jacqueline Mate – Curtains – Georgia – Trumbull High School

Mia White – Hairspray – Velma Von Tussel – Suffield Academy

Lilli Querker – Addams Family – Pugsley Addams – Amity High School

Best Musical

Hairspray – Suffield Academy

Shrek – West Warwick High School

Footloose – Darien High School

The Addams Family – Amity Regional High School

Legally Blonde – Shelton High School

Grease – Immaculate High School

Yes, that’s right, folks, we are thrilled to announce that Amity earned its SECOND “BEST MUSICAL AWARD” (one for the CT High School Musical Theater Awards and one for the inaugural Stephen Sondheim Awards). That’s the big Kahoona, the prize of all prizes, the most coveted award of all. And Everyone from the parents to Principal Anna Mahon, to the actors and directors, were beaming with pride at the end of the show.

Darien High School, appears to have been the big winner of the night with multiple awards, followed by Shelton High School, but the BIG ONE belongs to Amity.

Aside from going to the National Competition in New York City later this month, Best Actor winner Cooper Cardone and Best Actress Winner Teah Renzi each received a scholarship to the BMA Summer Camp — It will be a very exciting summer for both of these wonderfully talented students. We wish them the best in the future.

This was a very good night, indeed. Thank you again to Orange Native, Amity Alum Connor Deane and his Broadway Method Academy for bringing a High School Musical Awards Night back to Connecticut.

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.

Orange Native, Connor Deane’s Business Is Making Strides

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May 122017
 

Orange Native Connor Deane at the Westport Country Playhouse

The Westport Country Playhouse (WCP) announced today that Broadway Method Academy (BMA) of Fairfield, [known locally through Orange native, Amity Grad Connor Deane who is the Academy’s co-founder and executive director] will be Resident Conservatory of WCP, presenting a series of programs on the Playhouse campus.

“Broadway Method Academy is clearly one of the leading theatrical training grounds in Connecticut, bringing young people together with professionals of the highest caliber,” said Michael Barker, Westport Country Playhouse managing director. “Our new partnership with BMA builds on the Playhouse’s mission-level commitment to arts education, alongside the Woodward Internship program, teaching artist residencies, Family Festivities programming, and student matinee series. We are thrilled to welcome BMA as the Westport Country Playhouse’s Resident Conservatory.”

BMA provides comprehensive training for young people in musical theater, including acting, singing, and dancing, bringing in Broadway professionals to work with students. The non-profit organization, founded in 2014, offers at its Unquowa Road studio in Fairfield a variety of classes, private coaching sessions, and performance opportunities.

“Westport Country Playhouse is a staple of our community with a monumental history and bright future,” said Deane,  We are thrilled to form a partnership with this impressive organization and believe that we will be able to further our mission of connecting the stars of today with the stars of tomorrow.”

Deane, a Connecticut native, is a graduate of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theatre. In addition to experience in stage performance and direction, Deane has taught extensively throughout the country. J. Scott Handley, BMA co-founder, and executive director is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music. Handley was the executive director of CAST Voice Studio and currently, serves as department chair of musical theater at Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull.

As Resident Conservatory of WCP, BMA will present on the Playhouse campus four programs:  Tech Talks, Broadway Sings, a Mainstage Production, and a Spring Masterclass.

Tech Talks offers a three-day program, Friday through Sunday, July 7, 8, and 9 for BMA students to explore the technical world of theater with professional Broadway designers through seminars, panel discussions, and activities, during preparation for the Playhouse production of “Grounded”.

Broadway Sings, Monday, November 27, is a gala fundraiser presenting BMA students alongside Broadway talents in a performance on the Playhouse stage.  In past years, company members from “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” and “Beautiful” have participated in the one-night-only event.

The Mainstage Production, January 28 through February 11, will be “Evita,” featuring professional actors who will team up with BMA students for the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical on the Playhouse stage.  The instructor and topic for the Spring Masterclass, March 19 – 25, will be announced at a later date.

Deane added, “By combining Westport’s expertise in producing world-class theatrical entertainment, with BMA’s vision of linking young artists with working professionals, we can define exciting new opportunities for the thriving artistic community. We look forward to collaborating with the Playhouse to bring more comprehensive musical theater training opportunities, a variety of top-notch masterclasses, and a mainstage production season that will surely thrill audiences.”

For more information on BMA programs as Resident Conservatory of WCP, visit www.broadwaymethodacademy.com, www.westportplayhouse.org, or call 203- 675-3526.  Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse and BMA on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse) (Broadway Method Academy), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse) (@bmafairfield), and Instagram (@WCPlayhouse) (@broadwaymethodacademy), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

About Broadway Method Academy

Broadway Method Academy is a non-profit organization that offers a premier Musical Theatre training program and provides the essential tools for young artists in acting, singing, and dancing. BMA also connects children and teens that are passionate about the arts with some of Broadway’s top talents and guest instructors. BMA’s goal is to create a thriving artistic atmosphere where students can create lasting friendships and develop skills they will use forever. 

Today Is The First Day Of Auditions For Amity’s Spring Musical — Amity Students Have An Advantage

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Jan 042016
 

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 12.50.36 PMToday and tomorrow, Amity Theater Kids will audition for roles in the Amity spring musical, “Into The Woods.”

Auditioning can be nerve-wracking for even seasoned performers, but the Amity Creative Theater students have a leg up on this one.

Back on Oct. 26, 2015, Broadway actor Rob McClure addressed the theater students who were seated in rows on the Amity stage, sounding more like a friend than a celebrity.

Here is a video from that special event

He shared personal stories of his own experiences and walked them through the way to tackle an audition.

McClure revealed that on his first audition he did not know what show he was auditioning for and decided to try out for the part of Toby (Sweeney Todd). When his turn came up, he sang “Stars” — from… Les Miserables. No, he didn’t get the part, but one hiccup didn’t stop him from achieving his dream of being on Broadway.

He said acting is playing make believe, connecting with the audience and having them empathize with you. If you get good enough at play acting you can achieve anything.

McClure said Steven Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” is the ultimate masterpiece with complicated, catchy tunes and lyrics.

He asked the students to sum up “Into The Woods” — what is the function of fairy tales in real life?

The answer — to teach a lesson.

He said Sondheim asked what do you get when a young girl puts everything she has into getting a prince? What happens after she gets prince charming? Jack  from Jack And the Beanstalk did not have a father figure in his life, and he did a lot of things he shouldn’t have.  What happens after the beanstalk falls and Jack kills the giant? The baker’s wife cheated on her husband with Prince Charming – What happens next?

“This show has so much to offer,” McClure said, “Listen to the lyrics… that’s what woods are for… or is it, ‘that’s what Would’s are for’?  It’s all about the possibilities.”

McClure had all of the kids stand and make a large circle for a warm-up exercise involving eye contact and reactions.

“Acting is reacting,” he tole them, “Everything you do is in response to something else. Your life is a constant state of reacting.”

Another lesson he taught was that eye contact is awkward and personal … the eyes are the window to the soul. Big eyeglasses hide what you’re feeling, you have to let people in.

As students took center stage to sing a few lines from a number from Into The Woods, McClure explained what the character is feeling, realizing about their situation and themselves.

With each break the students’ performances improved (see video link above).

The kids really responded to him and hung onto every word he said.

Now, 2 months after that opportunity of a lifetime, the actors should remember to make eye contact, and to rely on one another.

Before taking the stage for their auditions for “Into The Woods,” today, the actors have to think about their character’s objective, are they in a public or private place, what is their relationship to other characters and more.

We, at Orange Live wish all of the actors the best of luck in their auditions and look forward to a stellar production of Into The Woods next spring.

This full day workshop was facilitated by the Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield, CT.  The Broadway Method Academy was founded in 2014 by Amity alumni Connor Deane of Orange.  Deane is a 2010 graduate of Amity High School and of The University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  His company offers comprehensive training in acting, singing, and dancing. Broadway Method Academy or BMA offers a variety of classes, private coaching sessions, and performance opportunities, bringing in some of Broadway’s top talents to work with students.  Their mission is to provide the essential tools for young artists to integrate acting, singing, and dancing. BMA helps to build audiences for tomorrow, to educate audiences of today, to enrich the community, and to enrich the lives of children.

Rob McClure received the 2013 Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle Nominations, and won the Theatre World and Clive Barnes Awards for his performance as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin The Musical on Broadway. He recently starred, opposite Tony Danza, in the Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas.

A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.  McClure most recently spent the summer at the MUNY in Ohio playing the Baker in Into The Woods.  Rob will be returning to Broadway in the highly anticipated revival of Noises Off starring Smash star, Megan Hilty. 

Amity partnered with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to bring this opportunity to Amity students. 

Broadway Performers Lend Talents For Benefit In CT

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Nov 152015
 

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.58.52 AMIn its ongoing efforts to find a “forever home” Broadway Method Academy is hosting a benefit concert “Broadway Sings!” at Fairfield Theater Company, 70 Sanford St, Fairfield, on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Broadway Method Academy’s Executive Director, Connor Deane, an Orange native and Amity Grad, said the evening will be filled with top-notch talent from both Connecticut and New York, including some of Broadway’s top performers.

Students of Broadway Method Academy will have the unique opportunity of singing alongside some of these special Broadway talents in an evening that celebrates Broadway’s best hits!

John Riddle (The Visit), Ryan Vasquez (Wicked), Dennis O’Bannion (White Christmas), Jeff Pew (Cinderella, The Bandstand, First Wives Club), Blaine Krauss (Lion King) Julian Decker (Les Miserables, Hunchback of Notre Dame), Kimber Sprawl (Beautiful), Arbender Robinson (Hair, Little Mermaid, Ragtime, Beautiful), Christine Cornish Smith (Joseph…Dreamcoat), Michael Hartung (Peter Pan Live!) Quinn Van Antwerp (Jersey Boys), Leeds Hill (Cabaret, Mary Poppins), and Jason Gotay (Bring It On) are set to perform.

Julie James from Sirius XM’s Broadway Channel will host.

The event will take place at FTC’s Warehouse space in downtown Fairfield. Tickets are $85 for adults and $50 for students. The benefit will begin with a cocktail hour (cash bar) as well as a silent auction, followed by the performance.

About Broadway Method Academy

Broadway Method Academy is a musical theater-training program, which helps actors of all ages integrate acting, singing and dancing. From group classes to private instruction, BMA gives children the tools they need for success in the art of musical theater. We pride ourselves in bridging the gap between the Connecticut theater scene and the Broadway community, bringing in some of the top Broadway performers to work directly with our students. Our mission is to build audiences for tomorrow, to educate audiences of today, to enrich the community, and to enrich the lives of children.

For further information on Broadway Method Academy call (203) 675-3526

Originally Published on: Nov 11, 2015 @ 13:18

Broadway Comes To Amity: Hosted By Amity Alumni Connor Deane

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Oct 192015
 

Broadway Actor Rob McClure

Broadway Actor Rob McClure

The Amity Theater Department at Amity High School will be hosting an audition workshop for the theater students with Broadway Actor and Tony Nominee Rob McClure on Monday October 26 in the John J Brady Center for the Performing Arts.  The event has been made possible by a generous grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation. 

This full day workshop is being facilitated by the Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield, CT.  The Broadway Method Academy was founded in 2014 by Amity alumni Connor Deane of Orange.  Mr. Deane is a 2010 graduate of Amity High School and of The University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  His company offers comprehensive training in acting, singing, and dancing. Broadway Method Academy or BMA offers a variety of classes, private coaching sessions, and performance opportunities, bringing in some of Broadway’s top talents to work with students.  Their mission is to provide the essential tools for young artists to integrate acting, singing, and dancing. BMA helps to build audiences for tomorrow, to educate audiences of today, to enrich the community, and to enrich the lives of children.

The workshop will consist of acting and singing audition techniques and will be taught my Deane and Broadway star Rob McClure.  Rob McClure received the 2013 Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle Nominations, and won the Theatre World and Clive Barnes Awards for his performance as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin The Musical on Broadway. He recently starred, opposite Tony Danza, in the Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas.

A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.  McClure most recently spent the summer at the MUNY in Ohio playing the Baker in Into The Woods.  Rob will be returning to Broadway in the highly anticipated revival of Noises Off starring Smash star, Megan Hilty. 

Once again Amity is proud to partner with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to bring this opportunity to our students.  Amity grad and artist Jamie Hulley passed away in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. This non-profit organization provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved. 

In 2014 The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation sponsored a workshop with Broadway Actor Mike Boland.   The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation has sponsored the Amity play, musical and a student college scholarship each year since 2007.