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Experience The Amity Graduation Right Now

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Jun 122020
 

On Wednesday, June 10, the Amity Class of 2020 was honored with a mix of the live and a virtual commencement ceremony.

The first portion of this video shows the usual congratulatory speech from the school principal and superintendent, then a variety of surprise guests, some Amity Alum: Connor Deane and Scott Feinberg for example as well as unexpected celebrities who wish the graduates well. The Class speakers, followed by Jill LaPlante presenting the Amity Award of Distinction to Yale-bound Danielle Lee. 

Then it’s time to see the graduates receive their diplomas in groups of four — this took place in shifts between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day.

It’s worth a mention to give credit to the chorus teacher who contacted her students and asked them to sing their parts of the National Anthem individually from their homes, then quickly spliced the whole thing together. It came out beautifully.

There are still about 40 Amity seniors who haven’t gotten their diplomas. They chose to graduate on the Football Field in small groups on July 7. We will provide more information on that event when it becomes available.

A Look Back: A Nice Memory For These Trying Times

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Mar 252020
 

Marty Gnidula interviews Alumni Joey Sansone and Nick Clark

Orange Live received this press release and photos today from Deborah Sansone at Turkey Hill School.

We believe the timing is perfect to take everyone’s mind off of being prisoners in their own homes during this coronavirus crisis.

Sit back, look back, and enjoy.

The curtain opened on Friday, January 10 at the Turkey Hill School Drama Club’s 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert and more than thirty alumni actors took the stage singing, dancing and reminiscing.

Alumni included Master of Ceremonies, Marty Gnidula, Elizabeth Bodie, Mitchell Bronson, Luke Chang, Nick Clark, Maria Dalle Ave, Claire DeRosa, Ava DiVincenzo, Raegan French, Brigitte Gagnon, Marcelle Gagnon, Dana Jossick, Audrey Jurczyk, Hannah Hayes, Michaela Kraut, Anna Laganovska, Maya Patel, Thomas Sampson, James Sansone, Joseph Sansone, Sydney Sherrick, Kasey Smith, Molly Stratford, and Ledgym Washington.

The THS Drama Club thanks the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation for sponsoring the drama club and making the performance possible.

Michaela Kraut, a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island, performed at THS.

The Tenth Anniversary Reunion Concert Performers.

(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.

Tonight’s The Night, Amity Talent Shoots For The Moon

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Jun 042018
 

The first Annual Stephen Sondheim Awards will take place at the Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Amity Has THREE of its fine actors vying for the Best Actor/Actress title and an opportunity to compete in the National High School Musical Awards.

Best of Luck to Marty Gnidula – Uncle Fester for best actor, Alaina Dwyer – Alice Beineke and Lilli Querker in the best actress category for The Addams Family. We can’t wait to see you perform tonight.

The Addams Family is up for the Outstanding Musical Award.

In addition, Ryan Kennedy is nominated for his supporting actor role of Lucas. Best choreography – Andrea Kennedy. Best Directors – Rob and Andrea Kennedy. Best Costume Design – Marissa Proto.

I will give a full update after the show. Until then, Everyone send out Positive thoughts to our extended “Addams Family” group. We MUST have someone go to the Nationals again this year!!!

And once again, thank you Connor Deane and your business for giving our kids this amazing opportunity to shine! As Always, Judy Primavera and the Jamie Hulley Arts Fund for your participation.