Friday, March 22, 2013
Great talent and guest spellers steal the stage of New Milford High School's Spring production.
The 25th Annual Putnam Valley Spelling Bee opened to a full house Thursday in the James Africano Auditorium at New Milford High School. Directed by Jonathan Silver (NMHS '05), the musical is packed with lively tunes and lots of laughter. When he decided to present this musical, Silver had described Spelling Bee as "more of an event than than a show." And right he was. The musical invites participation from audience members and allows them to be on stage as spelling contestants. Opening night featured Chief of Police Frank Papapietro, BOE V.P. Dan Conner, Rolando Diaz and Jennifer Deitz as guest spellers. Directed by Jonathan Silver, Choreography by Megan MacPhee, Musical Director Jane Swarctz, Producer Emeritus Rose DePoto and Alexander …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be performed Thursday through Saturday, 8pm in the high school auditorium
For the past several months, New Milford High School students have been hard at work learning lines and building sets in time for Thursday's opening night of the spring musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." And the production will feature several "guest spellers" will include Police Chief Frank Pappapietro (March 21), Mayor Ann Subrizi and HS Principal Eric Sheninger (March 22), Superintendent Michal Polizzi and Principals from DEO Middle School, Berkley School and Gibbs School (March 23). "The cast and crew has been working really hard," crew member Michelle Khimishman said. "All of last week everyone was here till 10pm. This has been a great opportunity for the cast to work with Rob McClure. It's a great show and we have …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
New Milford High School's Spring fundraising event brings home amazing talent.
The James Africano Auditorium of New Milford High School was packed Friday for the Spring musical fundraiser, Growing Up. The fundraiser was to benefit the spring production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Noted alumni returned to the NMHS stage as Director Jonathan Silver ('05), Rob McClure ('00), Jessica Day ('05), Josh Dela Cruz ('07), Ryan McCann ('05), Jonell Robles ('05) and Hannah Zarate ('08) combined their talent with Maggie Lakis, Megan MacPhee, Amanda Phillips and Allison Strong to sing from the Broadway songbook songs about coming-of-age and relationships. Alexander Diaz ('03) was scheduled to appear with the ensemble cast, but at the last minute could not attend. A special guest performance was made by …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
An evening of musical performances from the Broadway songbook about coming-of-age and relationships.
As a kick-off to NMHS's spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, there will be a fundraiser Friday evening at the James Africano Auditorium at New Milford High School at 7:30 p.m. Performers include New Milford High School alumni and professional actors from the Philadelphia and Broadway stage community. Special appearances by Superintendent Michael Polizzi and other surprise guests. Director Jonathan Silver promises everyone a night of laughter, entertainment and an overall good time. To purchase your $20 GENERAL ADMISSION tickets ($10 with New Milford student ID 1 per ID), call Nicolette Perna at 201-262-0172 ext. 2243 or email NMHSmusical@gmail.com with your order.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The cast, crew, family, friends and volunteers help build the set for this year's performance of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."
Although the choice of the musical changes, the tradition of set building Saturday stands unchanged. This year, the cast, crew, family, friends and volunteers once again gathered in New Milford High School's James Africano Auditorium to begin building the set for this year's performance of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Director Jonathan Silver's spring theater production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is in full swing.
Riding the wave of success from last year's production of 9 to 5: The Musical, director Jonathan Silver (NMHS '05) returns to lead the ensemble cast of New Milford High School students in a stage presentation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Silver describes Spelling Bee as "more of an event than than a show." The musical invites participation from audience members and allows them to be on stage as spelling contestants, which, according to Silver, will make each performance "different, thrilling and special." For Silver, this year is all about passion. "I want them to extract the passion from their lives and infuse it into their characters." This Saturday, the cast and crew will be on hand with volunteers building the set. …
Friday, March 23, 2012
With rain predicted through the weekend, why not stay dry inside and see some great high school theater?
After the spectacular weather we had this past week, there can be no doubt that spring is in the air. And so are high school spring musicals. Area high schools are offering a garden variety of shows that are sure to lift your spirits without breaking the bank. So, enjoy a great night out and support our young performers. 1. New Milford High School 9 to 5: The Musical: Directed by Jonathan Silver (NMHS 05) and produced by Alexander Diaz (NMHS 03), Director of Education & Outreach at Bergen Performing Arts Center, this musical takes you back to 1980 and will have you humming along with all those memorable Dolly Parton tunes. Choreographed by Liberty Cogen, this isn't just theater. This is theater at its finest. 8:00 p.m performances Fri. …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
New Milford High School spring musical runs from March 22 to March 24.
After months of rehearsals, choreography, set design and building, New Milford High School will be debuting "9 to 5: The Musical" Thurs. March 24. Based on the 1980 movie with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman, the musical chronicles three working women as they scheme to get even with, and overthrow, the company's "sexist, egotistical, lying" boss. The show, directed by Jonathan Silver, NMHS 2005, and produced by Alexander Diaz, NMHS 2003, will have performances March 22 to March 24 at 8 p.m. in the Jim Africano Auditorium at New Milford High School. Silver told Patch that New Milford High School is one of the first five non-equity productions of "9 to 5: The Musical" and the first one in New Jersey. Always a big…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Fundraiser to include performances by returning alumni
New Milford High School will be hosting an alumni concert fundraiser at 8 p.m. Friday in the James Africano Auditorium of New Milford High School. The fundraiser will feature Jonathan Silver, class of 2005 and director of this year's spring musical, along with the cast of 9-to-5: The Musical. Performing at the alumni concert fundraiser will be alumni Rob McClure, class of 2000, who has appeared on Broadway in Avenue Q and is currently playing the role of Charlie Chaplin in Limelight. Alexander Diaz, who graduated in 2003, Director of Arts Education at bergenPac will also be attending the fundraiser along with Benjamin Golomb, class of 2002, Marissa Martinez, class of 2003, Marissa Mitchell, class of 2000 and Christian Diaz, Jessica Day, …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Cast goes through first read-through
Director Jonathan Silver kicked off rehearsals Friday evening by having the cast perform their first read-through of the spring production "9 to 5: The Musical." Excitement was in the air as the leads went through their lines and the rest of the cast read along marking changes in the script and listening to the score. Patch will be interviewing the cast and crew in the coming days, and continue to chronicle the show from rehearsals to opening night.