Selling Out Fast! Amity’s Spring Musical The Drowsy Chaperone

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Mar 112020

The award-winning Amity Regional High School Theater Department, under the direction of Robert and Andrea Kennedy, is headed back to the Roaring Twenties with the musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone.

The Drowsy Chaperone is the tale of a modern-day musical theater maven, known simply as Man in Chair. To chase his blues away, he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The
Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of the pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up showbiz to get hitched and her producer’s attempts to sabotage her impending nuptials.

Hilarious antics ensue with her chaperone, the debonair groom, the ditsy chorus girl, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters masquerading as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater.

Due to the coronavirus (rescheduling) Performances are now April 24, 25, and 30, and May 1 and 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the John J. Brady Center for the
Performing Arts at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road in Woodbridge. All tickets that already have been purchased will be honored for the corresponding date.

 Previous Performance                     New Rescheduled Performance

 Friday March 27th 2020 8pm    ——>    Friday April 24th 2020 8pm

 Saturday March 28th 2020 8pm  ——> Saturday April 25th 2020 8pm

 Thursday April 2nd 2020 8pm.   ——>  Thursday April 30th 2020 8pm

 Friday April 3rd 2020 8pm      ——>       Friday May 1st 2020 8pm

 Saturday April 4th 2020 8pm   ——>     Saturday May 2nd 2020 8pm

As usual, the show is selling out quickly, so don’t delay! Get your tickets while you can. Thursday night’s show has the most available seating remaining. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased 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 the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, Burns Insurance & Financial, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, LATICRETE, BENDER, New England Performance Insulation, Rick’s Plumbing Service, B and B Transportation, Applied Behavioral Strategies 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 e-mail amityboxoffice@gmail.com.

Beardsley Zoo’s Biggest Fundraiser Of The Year Almost Sold Out

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May 162018

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, will host its annual Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. This event welcomes 1,200 adult guests for an evening of food & drink tastings from local vendors, live music by Zoo favorites The Navels, and an exciting silent auction, all on Zoo grounds.

This is the Zoo’s single largest fundraiser and funds raised support the Zoo’s educational programming, new exhibits, and operations. This is a rain or shine event!  Please read our event FAQ for more details.

Tickets on sale now (less than 50 left) click HERE to order and print yours.

This event features samples from our favorite local restaurants and caterers, and beer and wine tastings (please note: liquor service ends half-hour prior to event close).  Ticket includes all samples, live music, silent auction, and of course, our wild guests on exhibit through 7:30 PM.  ALL guests must be 21 & older to attend – no exceptions.

  • Standard tickets are $85 per person.
  • Parties of 4 or more receive tickets at a discounted rate of $80 per person.

Are you interested in featuring your restaurant/catering business or sponsoring 2018’s Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari? Contact Amanda Bolanos at abolanos@beardsleyzoo.org or 203-394-6574 for more information today!




NOTE: No Business After Hours Tonight

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Jan 182018

The Chamber of Commerce announced that the Business After Hours event scheduled for tonight at LT’s Corner has been canceled.

The next Business After Hours is Thursday, Jan. 25 at Mexico Tipico, 1061 Boston Post Road, Milford, from 5-7 p.m.

There are a few $10 tickets remaining or $15 per person.

If you come, you will learn about the new web program that the Chamber will be launching and see the new chamber logo.



Mar 152015

Ryan Kennedy "young Tarzan" swings across the Amity stage during rehearsal.

Ryan Kennedy “young Tarzan” swings across the Amity stage during rehearsal.

During a very long rehearsal at Amity on Sunday, a few members of the cast of Tarzan slipped on harnesses and tried their “hand” at flying … or swinging — on vines.

Equipment and a trainer from ZFX (zfxflying.com) from Louisville, Kentucky worked with four cast members on Sunday for the first time and trained the crew how to seemlessly float the actors across the stage and land them safely.

Once on “land” it’s up to the supporting cast members to hook and unhook the actors from their harnesses without making it obvious.

There are different types of harnesses for different characters needs. Tarzan (young and old), Ryan Kennedy and Max Karsanow wear a Tarzan harness; Sabor, the Leopard Caroline Burkhart’s harness allows her to leap and do back flips; and a third style is fitted with a steel plate to keep the actor’s back straight as he “swims” up from a shipwreck.

Sunday’s rehearsal was important in so many ways, with only 5 more days before opening night, all the kinks have to be worked out: are all the microphones working? can the stage crew move scenery without being seen? can the orchestra hear the singers? do the actors know where their marks are when the spotlight is on them? are the crew members comfortable hoisting the actors up and safely pulling them across the stage? are the musicians and cast in sync? are the costumes allowing the actors to move easily? is everyone’s wig snug and secure? and the list goes on…

Dan Hassenmayer was working on perfecting the lighting, and the effects look great.

Meanwhile in the hallway away from the action, the parents with tools are working feverishly trying to complete the lobby decorations (which are phenomenal, by the way).

Longtime theatergoers know that lobby decor is nearly as important as the stage performance, as it sets the mood before the audience enters the theater. Every inch of the lobby is related to the play in some way, all of it carefully planned out and executed.

Different stations around the lobby are manned by parent volunteers who engage the audience in a victorian era-jungle manner pre show and during the intermission.

Check out the photos below and if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you should know that the show is nearly sold out.

There are only 6 seats left for opening night; 5 seats available for Saturday March 21; 13 for Friday, March 27; 38 seats in the back for the Saturday matinee; and a few more for closing night.

This is going to be a great show, so visit this site now and get your tickets, still only $18.

Amity Musicals Sell Out Fast — Get Your Tickets Now!

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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