Amity’s “Anastasia” Wins Top Prize At Awards Gala

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Jul 182021

The Amity Creative Theater (ACT) won the coveted “Best Musical” Award for its production of Anastasia last night during the Stephen Sondheim Awards Gala at the Shubert Theater.

“It’s the best one (award) to get,” said Rob Kennedy after the Gala. “We were all thrilled to get — and to even be there — at all after this long year.”

After last year’s show, “The Drowsy Chaperone” was canceled due to concerns over the Covid-19 Pandemic, ACT had to come up with a safe, alternative venue for this year’s show, and chose the High School parking lot under a tent.

Anastasia was well received and night after night brought audiences to their feet with wild applause.

The Kennedys, Rob and Andrea, took over the Amity Theater program when they were hired by their alma mater in the 2007-2008 school year. Since then they have directed 13 musicals (only one, The Drowsy Chaperone in 2020,  was not seen by any audience due to Covid.

The “Kennedy Productions” have won at least one award every year, the most coveted being “Best Musical” which they competed against many other Connecticut high schools.

Although there have been numerous memorable shows, Rent, Les Miserables, In the Heights, Grease, and Tarzan included,

Amity’s first Best Musical Win was for Sweeney Todd at the 2013 Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards. (Sweeney Todd won a total of 7 awards that year.

Their second chart topper was with the Addams Family in 2018 at the first annual Stephen Sondheim Awards, which took over honoring the High School Musicals when the CT HSMTA ended.

And now the 2021 Stephen Sondheim Award for Best Musical with Anastasia. `
Congratulations to the cast, crew, directors and everyone involved in this year’s show. I can’t wait to see what the Kennedy’s have up their sleeves for next year’s musical production.

Jun 012020

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

And The Nominees Are:

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Jun 012019

Once again, the Amity Creative Theater’s excellent spring musical production received several nominations for the High School Musical Awards – The Sondheim Awards
If you were lucky enough to see this year’s show, “Catch Me If You Can,” you will most likely agree with the judges on their choices:
Best Actor Marty Gnidula – Carl Hanratty 
Best Actor Ryan Kennedy – Frank Abagnale Jr.
Best Supporting Actress Sophia Halepas – Carol Strong (Brenda’s mom)
Student Assoc. Costume Design Abby Slanski
Student Assoc. Lighting Design Micheal DeCesare
Best Choreography Andrea Kennedy
Best Direction Andrea & Robert Kennedy
Best Musical

The winners will be announced at the Shubert Theater in New Haven on Monday, June 3.


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.