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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!
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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

Amity’s Production of “Into The Woods” Receives 7 Award Nominations

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May 162016


Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 1.01.59 AMThe shows are over, and now the nominations for the 2016 CT High School Musical Theater Awards have been announced.

Amity received 7 nominations for this year’s Spring Musical, “Into the Woods.”


Amity Regional High School
Andrea Kennedy – INTO THE WOODS


Amity Regional High School
Julie Chevan -INTO THE WOODS


Amity Regional High School
Dan Hassenmayer – INTO THE WOODS


Amity Regional High School
Tom “Ivan” Ivanovich – INTO THE WOODS


Amity Regional High School
Robert & Andrea Kennedy – INTO THE WOODS


Amity Regional High School
Lillian Querker – Little Red – INTO THE WOODS


Amity Regional High School

NOTE: Amity usually sweeps the categories with at least 3 actor nominations, Student Orchestra and Musical Direction, but not this year. Let’s see how it all pans out during the big competition.

The Black Tie CT High School Musical Theater Awards will take place at the Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury, on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at www.palacetheaterct.org

Orange’s Alli Kramer Embarks On Dream Of A Lifetime

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Jun 222012

Alli Kramer of Orange

On Wednesday afternoon, I sat in Alli Kramer’s kitchen as she prepared to leave for a 6-day trip to New York City.

Alli, an Amity Senior, whose private graduation ceremony I attended on Monday, was named the best actress in Connecticut at the CT High School Musical Theater Awards this year.

Along with the title came the honor of training with New York’s best coaches in preparation for the National High School Musical Awards Show on Broadway this coming Monday.

Her father, Richard made sure she knew where her newly printed Resumes and business cards were and he gave her a warm hug and wished her well before he went to work.

She put on a sliver heart pendant with a pink jewel that Andrea and Rob Kennedy gave her and chuckled. “I never really wore pink before this play,” she said.

Mom, Ilene, came home with the freshly groomed family dog, Bentley, and went over the last minute to-do list.

Alli greeted Bentley, then made a sandwich for the car trip into the city.

She said she was excited and a little nervous about the Nationals and did not know exactly what to expect in the 12-hour days that she’ll spend with the 29 other best actor and actress winners from across the country.

Alli will perform on stage in chorus numbers with other contestants, but if she is chosen as a finalist, she will  have the opportunity to sing a solo number before the sold-out audience at the Minskoff Theater.

If she wins the Nationals, she will receive a $20,000 scholarship to the Tisch School of the Arts and a check for $10,000.

She already looks forward to attending Northeastern University in Boston, and studying a semester abroad at the Dublin School of Business starting in August.

Orange Live will be at the Minskoff Theater to cheer Alli on this Monday. Stay tuned for the outcome later that evening.


Omigod You Guys She Did It!

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Jun 052012

Alli “Elle Woods” Kramer shines at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

History repeated itself at the Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards with an Amity High School senior going head to head with another student for the top award after being nominated for playing the same role and performing the same song at the awards show.

This year, Amity’s Alli Kramer was pitted against another “Elle Woods” (Legally Blonde) and walked away with the Outstanding Actress Award. She will be going to New York City to train with professional Coaches and choreographers  and then she will compete in the National High School Musical Awards, performing on a Broadway Stage.

The only downside to being so awesome is that, like Jorge, Alli will not be able to attend her high school graduation, because she will be training for the nationals while her classmates are donning their caps and gowns.

Congratulations Alli. I am SO proud of you.  It’s like I told you before the show. The full “wishing moon” was shining on you and the night was yours. I knew you were the best this year. never a doubt.

You will be amazed at everything you experience in New York. I’ll see you there.