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Amity Cast of “In The Heights” Performs on Better Connecticut

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Mar 142014
 

Shaylen Harger and cast mates from "In The Heights" on Better Connecticut March 14.

Shaylen Harger and cast mates from “In The Heights” on Better Connecticut March 14.

This afternoon, at 3 p.m., 8 of the Amity Performing Arts students (and director Rob Kennedy) appeared on WFSB’s Better Connecticut where they performed a song from the upcoming spring musical “In The Heights.”

Click HERE to see the performance.

Shaylen Harger who plays “Nina” sang the lead and, might I add, was just perfect.

The entire group was wonderful, each time I’ve visited a rehearsal they are working so hard on every aspect of this show.

Show dates are April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12. Tickets are ONLY $17. Click HERE for the box office.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you’d better hurry. “In the Heights” will sell out quickly, it’s already nearly 75% filled. Thursday, April 10 has the most available seating.

Procrastination will get you nowhere!

 

 

Amity Theater Department Honors Its Own

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Jun 132013
 

Trophies from the recent Ct. High School Musical Theater Awards in the forefront on a table for all to see at Wednesday's award dinner.

Trophies from the recent Ct. High School Musical Theater Awards in the forefront on a table for all to see at Wednesday’s award dinner.

The Amity Theater Department held its annual awards dinner Wednesday evening.

The following students were honored for their exemplary contribution to the theater department in the past year for not only the award winning Spring Musical “Sweeney Todd,” but all other performances throughout the 2012-13 school year.

Parents of Amity Creative Theater Spirit Award and Scholarship- Emily Rippel and Chloe Eitzer

Outstanding Freshman- Chris Cassella

Outstanding Member of the Ensemble- Chelsea Tambis and Arlo Eitzer

Outstanding Supporting Actress- Sarah DeFeo

Outstanding Supporting Actor- Ted McNulty

Outstanding Actor in a Play- Peter Charney

Outstanding Actress in a Play- Miriam Roday

Techie of the Year- Catie Clark

Outstanding Student Production- The Mystery of Cecil Blue- Rishi Mutalik, Kahari Blue, Gabby Aiardo, Caroline Burkhart, Emma Lampropoulos, Arlo Eitzer and Zach Arons

Outstanding Actor in a Musical- Kevin Durkee

Outstanding Actress in a Musical- Alida Ballou

Thespian of the Year- Andrew Gusciora

Congratulations to all of the winners, we will truly miss the seniors next year and look forward to all the great things the underclassmen will accomplish in 1013-14 and in years to come.

Thank you all for sharing your talents with the Amity community.

Andrea Kennedy, Rishi Mutalik, Addie Robbins Byran Kirby and Rob Kennedy at the Amity Theater Department Award Dinner.

Andrea Kennedy, Rishi Mutalik, Addie Robbins, Byran Kirby and Rob Kennedy at the Amity Theater Department Award Dinner.

Amity’s Sweeney Todd Has14 Nominations for CT High School Musical Awards Tonight

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Jun 042013
 

IMG_0644The ballots are in, the judges have deliberated and Amity High School is up for 14 categories in the 2013 Ct High School Musical Awards, (The Most Nominations of All Participating Schools) including Outstanding Lead Actress, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, Director, Orchestra and more.

I would Love to see Alida Ballou go to New York City for the National High School Musical Awards. And best of luck to Peter Charney, you’re a senior so you just have to win!

Congratulations to all the nominees. You all deserve to win!

The CT High School Musical Awards take place tonight, Tuesday, June 4 in Waterbury.

OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD

OUTSTANDING COSTUMING ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Julie Chevan

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Dan Hassenmayer

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Robert Kennedy

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Robert & Andrea Kennedy

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Peter Randazzo

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Alida Baliou – MRS. LOVETT

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Shaylen Harger – JOHANNA

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Peter Charney – TOBY

OUTSTANDING CHORUS

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD

OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY

Amity Regional High School – SWEENEY TODD
Cheri Charney & Tom Lawler

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

For the visuals that we saw on the background screens during the show.

As I See It: Sweeney Todd In Rehearsal

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Mar 282013
 

IMG_0622Sitting in on the rehearsal for Sweeney Todd at Amity High School Wednesday night, I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful and catchy the songs are.

This is one musical that I was completely unfamiliar with, just as I was clueless about Les Miserables back in 2010. I haven’t seen the entire play yet, just bits and pieces, a song here, a scene there, but I think once it’s all together it’s going to be wonderful.

The Orchestra was in place last night and rehearsal was a bit intense with the cast having to sing certain big numbers for the first time with the live orchestra.
With only 9 days before opening night, it was time to get serious and get it right as soon as possible.

This show has several extraordinary sopranos, including Shaylen Harger, whose parents, Gary and Barbie, of Orange, are both amazing singers. Also Nicole Simon who wowed us with teased hair, and the line “I was in the shower” in last year’s Legally Blonde, really shows off her high octave ability. And Alida Ballou, who played one of Elle’s giddy BFFs in Legally Blonde takes on a more adult role in Sweeney where she can really show off her voice.

Traditionally by this time, all shows would be nearly sold out, but unfortunately, a fabricated story that got blown out of proportion put a dark cloud over this production and there are still plenty of seats remaining in the left and right sections on all five nights.

IMG_0628The entire cast, crew and orchestra have been working hard since November on this production and it is sure to amaze all theater goers as past Amity productions have.

“That story really hurt our ticket sales,” said Director Rob Kennedy.

The show will take place on April 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, and 13th @ 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or by calling 203-392-2019.  All seats are reserved and cost $17.00

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, I encourage you to visit the performing arts website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com soon, choose your seats and pay for them online before it’s too late and witness another Amity High School musical gem.

Opinion: This Play Is Genius! Get Your Tickets NOW!

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Dec 032012
 

Amity Senior Peter Charney stars in Whose Life Is It Anyway?

The Amity High School theater department presents the gripping medical drama Whose Life is it Anyway?

Who should decide when or if a patient may end his or her own life? That is the dilemma of the play “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” by Brian Clark, produced by the Amity Creative Theater this Friday and Saturday.

After a horrible car accident, an artist is left paralyzed from the neck down. Confined to a hospital bed with feeding tubes providing nutrients, the artist believes there is nothing left to live for while a well-meaning hospital staff tries to convince their patient not to give up hope. Everything leads to a court hearing held in the artist’s hospital room as a judge must determine who gets to make the final decision for the patient.

The Amity production stars Amity senior Peter Charney as Ken Harrison in a very demanding role which requires him to play a paraplegic.  Kens concerned and caring doctor Joan Scott is played by senior Sabrina Brier.  Rounding out the cast is April Rock, Miriam Roday, James Ottaviano, Matt Burkhart, Ted McNulty, Alida Ballou, Maya Rose, Bowen Kirwood, Kahari Blue, Rishi Mutalik and Gabrielle Airdo.

I sat in on a rehearsal this week and was moved by Peter Charney’s magnificent portrayal. The character speaks to me as I saw my dear friend Bob Crocco go through many of the same emotions during his battle with ALS.

I’ve known (of) Peter since he was 7 years old and watched him in different performances and I looked forward to seeing him in a perfect role to showcase his acting talent.

At Amity we’ve seen Peter sing, act, juggle and entertain us in many memorable roles. Peter is a senior now and this is one of the last opportunities you’ll have to see him on the Amity Stage. Buy your tickets now.

As is tradition at Amity the play will be presented to all the students grade 8-12 from December 4th to the 7th as part of the Spartan Seminar program.  Students will discuss the plays legal and moral issues before viewing the play and engage in a question and answer session after each performance with the cast, crew and Amity teacher Jim Clifford who also is an attorney.  The play is directed by Amity Theater teacher Rob Kennedy, with costumes by Julie Chevan and Lighting by Dan Hassenmayer.

There will also be two public performances of Whose Life Is It Anyway? on Friday December 7th and Saturday December 8th at 8pm.  All performances will be held at the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at Amity High School.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com all seats are $10.

Don’t Be Left Out, Get Your Tickets Now

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Nov 172012
 

Amity High School theater department will present the Tony Award winning drama “Whose Life Is It Anyway?’ by Brian Clark.

Who should decide when or if a patient may end his or her own life? That is the dilemma of the play “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” After a horrible car accident; an artist is left paralyzed from the neck down. Confined to a hospital bed with feeding tubes providing nutrients; the artist believes there is nothing left to live for while a well-meaning hospital staff tries to convince their patient not to give up hope. Everything leads to a court hearing held in the artist’s hospital room as a judge must determine who gets to make the final decision for the patient.

The performance dates are December 7th and 8th at 8pm at the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Amity High School. All seats $10.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com

Travel Notes: Kennedy, Amity Theater Kids say “Beannachd leat” to Scotland

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Aug 232012
 

One of the magnificent castles the Amity Theater group saw during the past two weeks in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Kennedy)

On Thursday, Aug. 23, Rob Kennedy, director of the Amity Theater department and chaperone for the two-week trip to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland, wrote this final entry in his daily blog from the land of kilts, medieval castles and the Loch Ness Monster.

Kennedy wrote: “Last full day here in Scotland. Up and out tomorrow at 5am. No photos today as the batteries on the camera died. We had an easy morning. A few kids climbed Arthur’s Seat again at 6:30 a.m.”

Since Rob’s camera batteries went dead and there are no new pictures, I will recap their trip with some of his beautiful scenic shots that I did not publish previously.

 

 

 

Travel Notes: Amity Students Explore the Scottish Highlands: Kennedy To Speak At Fringe’s Closing Ceremony

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Aug 232012
 

As their adventure of a lifetime winds down, Amity Drama teacher Rob Kennedy, fellow chaperone Julie Chevan, and 15 Amity Performing Arts students are making the most of their last days in Scotland where the students were invited to perform the play “Almost, Maine” at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.

Kennedy’s latest installment from the trip, posted Wednesday, Aug. 22, goes as follows:

“Exhausted! Why? Left at 8 a.m. for an all-day tour of Stirling Castle (Home to Mary Queen of Scotts and the site of many battles of William  “Braveheart” Wallace), met a Highland Coo (that’s the way they pronounce it), climbed the highlands, danced among the heather and shopped till we dropped at a local woolen mill.”

“Afterwards we saw a ton of shows including: “One Man Lord of the Rings,” “Sweeney Todd” and “The Blind,”” he wrote. “Still others took part in a Edinburgh dungeon and ghost tour! Phew!”

Today, August 23, is the closing ceremonies for the Fringe Festival, where Kennedy has been asked to speak. It also is the group’s last opportunity to see some of the best theater in the world.

Orange Live looks forward to welcoming these wonderful kids and their chaperones back to Amity just before the start of the new school year.

Travel Notes: Amity Students Enjoy Day 10 in Scotland

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Aug 222012
 

Amity Students enjoy a day as tourists in Scotland on Aug. 21.

The 15 Amity Creative Theater students and chaperones Rob Kennedy and Julie Chevan had a very busy schedule at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland, where they were invited to perform the play, “Almost, Maine.”

Tuesday, Aug. 21 was Day 10 of their trip and they spent it acting like regular tourists.

“As our shows are over, today was our first day as tourists. We had a full day to see shows, shop and sightsee in Edinburgh,” Kennedy reported. “We finished the day with an amazing dinner with all 17 of us (and the Adairs) complements of the Flaumenhaft family. Its was easily the best meal of the trip.”

Afterward the entire group attended the “amazing military tattoo,” Kennedy said.

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 22, the Amity group is off for a full day sightseeing tour of Stirling Castle and the Highlands.

Oh, the stories they will have when they return to school!

Travel Notes: Day 6, First Performance At Fringe Festival, Mr. and Mrs. Tambis Come To Visit

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Aug 182012
 

Amity Students in Scotland

More than a dozen students from the Amity Creative Theater (ATC) Department are in Europe where they were invited to perform the play “Almost Maine” at the Fringe Festival in Edinberg, Scotland. Director Rob Kennedy is one of their Chaperones and has been reporting back to us every day.

On Friday, Day 6, Kennedy wrote, “‘Almost Maine’ opened today and the students were excellent! Great performances both onstage and off!”

“We also toured Edinburgh Castle this morning, saw an “interesting” production of Alice in Wonderland by another AHSTF school and a few of us saw a great Canadian comedian,” he said. “Best surprise of the day was that two of our ACT parents (The Tambis’s) showed up unbeknownst to their daughter!”

The group looks forward to another full day, show two today.

Here are some of Kennedy’s photos from Day 6.