Absegami Rocks “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

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Absegami High School Emanon Players did it again with their performance of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Directed by Chip Garrison, the musical based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, is a salute to everyone’s favorite “lovable loser” Charlie Brown, his engimatic beagle Snoopy and his friends. The original Broadway show ran in 1967 and was revised with updated music in 1999. There’s something about the holiday season that makes us long for our memories of childhood. Charles Schulz’s characters recapture all that was sweet and innocent about childhood, and allows us to look back with fresh eyes on our own experiences growing up said Chip Garrison.

Spencer Lyons did a fantastic job in capturing the true essence of Charlie Brown’s character, and what would be Charlie Brown without his faithful companion Snoopy played by Coby Alavez. The music, dancing, and dead on acting of this wonderful cast is to be commended for three nights of fun loving performances. These Emanon Players are phenomenally talented and you should get out and experience it. Check out their next performance of “Mary Poppins” March 10, 11, and 12

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Absegami Wood Shop Community Service

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Galloway Patriot Publisher Chuck Knutson addressing Absegami students about community service
Galloway Patriot Publisher Chuck Knutson addressing Absegami students about community service

Absegami High School Students under the direction of Donald Matousch, Teacher of Woods Technology, created thirty six amazingly constructed canes for disabled Veterans this year. The members of Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard from VFW Post 9462 Absecon, went to the High School on Thursday, May 26th to not only accept the canes but to speak to the students about Veterans and how their hard work on the canes will provide many Veterans the ability to stand on their own. Last Salute Members included: Sergeant at Arms Chuck Knutson, Publisher of the Galloway Patriot and Lance Corporal Taylor Speirs, United States Marine Corps.






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The Absegami High School Drama Club, The Emanon Players, will be presenting the hilarious comedy Monty Python’s SPAMALOT on Friday & Saturday, March 11th & 12th at 6:30 PM and on Sunday, March 13th at 3:00 PM at the Absegami High School Performing Arts Center in Galloway Township.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT spoofs the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, Knights Who Say “Ni”, and French people. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and received 14 Tony Award nominations. The show features classic songs such as “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “The Knights of the Round Table,” “The Song That Goes Like This,” “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway,” “His Name is Lancelot” and “Find Your Grail.”

Leading the cast are senior Saverio Turrano as King Arthur, Natalie Frantz as the Lady of the Lake, Michael Moore as Sir Robin, Zach Hassel as Sir Lancelot, Abby Cohen as Patsy and sophomore Spencer Lyons as Sir Galahad.

“I like this musical because it’s a comedy,” says Abby Cohen. “The past few shows, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and West Side Story during the summer, were darker and more dramatic.”
Agreeing with her is Michael Moore. “I’m into Spamalot because it’s not as emotionally taxing on the actors and the audience – it’s a brand of humor that doesn’t take a lot to understand.”
Natalie Frantz added “I like Spamalot because it’s just as fun to be a part of it as it is to be in the audience watching it.”

The production is under the direction of Absegami High School drama teacher Chip Garrison, with musical direction by Galloway Township Middle School teacher Brian Conover and choreography by Absegami school psychologist Katie Taylor. The set design and lighting design are by Absegami alumnus Tim Simon and costume design is by Absegami alumnus Ashley Winkler.

“The kids have been working so hard on the show,” says Absegami drama teacher Chip Garrison. “Especially this group of seniors, who are so talented when it comes to comedy. While I grew up on the comedy of Monty Python, a lot of these kids had never heard of it. But they’ve really embraced the silliness and absurdity of the comedy.”

Other cast members include Coby Alavez, Brandi Aldredge, Rachel Cohen, Cierra Davis, Emily Deibert, Claire Dell-Priscolli, Michelle Delemarre, Brianna Gargione, Stephen Gargione, Sarah Heintz, Rebecca Hennessy, Daniel Hershman, Caleb Holt, Courtney Jones, Johnny Keen, Kathleen Koschorreck, Victoria Kreutzer, Sarah LePine, John Lopez, Morgan Lyons, Rick Mangold, Lynnette Marmolejos-Cepeda, Nicole Marmolejos-Cepeda, Miranda Muniz, Lexi Patterson, Billy Platt, Jacklyn Polisano, Andrea Rapetti, Samantha Riess, Ebba Rivera, Morganne Schrading, Julian Simon, Chloe Verderber, Annalise Wagner, Peyton Wagner and Victoria Williams.

Reserved seating tickets for the production are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased online at ahs.booktix.com. SPAMALOT does contain adult content, parental guidance is suggested. For more information only, call (609) 404-2073 x3502.




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The Absegami High School Forensics Team hosted its annual tournament on September 9th and finished in second place in the competition, winning 11 separate individual awards. Leading the team were seniors Michael Moore and Saverio Turrano, who took first place in Improvisational Pairs and Reader’s Theatre along with teammate Zach Hassel. Moore also won third place in drama pairs with junior Miranda Muniz and third place in musical pairs with Hassel. Turrano also won first place in drama monologue. Other award winners included C. J Coyle, who won first place in impromptu speaking and second place in prose interpretation, Natalie Frantz, who won fourth place in persuasive speaking and fifth place in musical pairs with Miranda Muniz, Zach Hassel, who won fourth place in poetry interpretation and Bart Machula, who won second place in drama monologue.

Absegami will continue its season at Northern Burlington on January 16th, Dumont High School on January 23rd, Kingsway Regional High School on January 30th, Eastern Regional High School on February 6th and at the New Jersey Drama & Forensics League State Championship at Raritan High School on February 27th.


Absegami Forensics Team: Front Row from left: Morgan Lyons, Peyton Wagner, Courtney Jones, Michelle Delemarre, Rebecca Hennessy, Taylor DeClement. Second Row: Billy Platt, Julian Simon, Natalie Frantz, Miranda Muniz, Rachel Cohen, Andrea Rapetti, Emily Deibert. Third Row: Zach Hassel, Daniel Hershman, Bart Machula, C. J. Coyle, Coby Alavez, Saverio Turrano, Michael Moore, Jesse Norman, Spencer Lyons


Absegami Forensics Team members from left Saverio Turrano, Zach Hassel, Miranda Muniz and Natalie Frantz waiting for the results in musical pairs.


Absegami Forensics Team Member C. J. Coyle accepting his award.

Absegami Holiday Spectacular – Over 135 Photos

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Absegami High School Galloway Twp. NJ Holiday Spectacular
Absegami High School Galloway Twp. NJ Holiday Spectacular

Absegami High School’s Performing Arts Department spread some holiday cheer to the community with the school’s second joint Holiday Spectacular on Thursday, December 17th. The holiday spectacular features the combined talents of students in the band, choir, dance, drama, film and media department as well as the Galloway Township Middle School Choir. Nearly 100 students performed in this year’s second annual holiday spectacular. The event was created in 2014 to bring together all of the performing arts during the holiday season and offer the community something wonderful. Besides celebrating the holiday, this upbeat, high-energy show helps those who need it most this time of the year. Chip Garrison, director, said “We want to get the children involved in something festive for the holidays, but also want to give back to the community and do something charitable”. The public was asked for a $5 donation, and proceeds from the concession stand sales and raffles, which was to be donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. This show was a great way to bring the community and students together for a truly Holiday Spectacular from the Absegami High School’s Performing Arts Department.

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