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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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.



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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Absegami High School West Side Story 2015

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Absegami High School West Side Story
Absegami High School West Side Story

More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back, and mesmerizing audiences once again.  The New Millennium Production Company performed WEST SIDE STORY at the Absegami High School August 7-9th.  From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time.  The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written.

“The New Millennium Production Company was created in 1999 by the late superintendent, Dr. Adam Pfeffer.  Since that first year, the New Millennium Production Company has been a place for students in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District to work during the summer in the theatre and to work with students from the other high schools in the district, something which we proudly boast as one of the only programs to do just that” said Absegami High School Drama Director, Chip Garrison.

The production of WEST SIDE STORY was an amazing cast of young talented students.  A full audience sat on the edge of their seats as the love story between Tony, Spencer Lyons, Maria and  Natalie Frantz, unfolded.  The chemistry on stage between Spencer and Natalie was electric.  The room was filled with great music by undeniably talented musicians.  The young cast was strong and energetic.  If you have not yet had the pleasure of enjoying theatre at Absegami Performing Arts Center than you need to go to the next production Chip Garrison directs.  Well done to the students, staff, faculty and musicians.

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Front Row:  Michael Moore, Saverio Turrano, Jordan Porch
Front Row: Michael Moore, Saverio Turrano, Jordan Porch
Second Row: Nicholas Hathaway, Isabelle Brown, Natalie Frantz, Morgan Lyons

The Absegami High School Drama Program is proud to present the JUST FOUR LAUGHS:  A NIGHT OF FOUR ONE-ACT COMEDIES on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 PM at the Absegami High School Performing Arts Center in Galloway Township.

The production features three original, student-written one-act plays including “The Candymen” written and directed by Michael Moore and Saverio Turrano, “The Incredibly Mediocre Benji Martin” written and directed by Natalie Frantz and Morgan Lyons, and “Ghost’s Play” written by Isabelle Brown and directed by Isabelle Brown and Nicholas Hathaway.  Rounding out the night is a production of “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” by Don Zolidis and directed by Jordan Porch.

Cast members include Austin Beaulieu, Brady Bock, Matt Brennan, Maggie Cohen, Ashley Fox, Kevin Gehringer, Zach Hassel, Daniel Hershman, Aaron Irwin, Salina Kuo, Spencer Lyons, Bart Machula, Rick Mangold, Nicole Marmolejos-Cepeda, Robert Mears, Nathan Moore, Connor Mott, Miranda Muniz, Luis Ozoria, Richard Park, Nina Rodriguez, Jess Schrading and Victoria Williams.

General reserved tickets for the production are $5 and can be purchased at the door.  For more information only, call (609) 404-2073 x3502.