Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Beauty and the Beast" set to open this weekend!

Tale as old as time...True as it can be
Barely even friends...Then somebody bends...Unexpectedly

Burlington High School’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opens this Friday and it will have just as much excitement and buzz in the air as a Broadway opening. The production is filled with fabulous sets, costumes bursting with creativity and color, a full professional orchestra and a huge cast of tremendously talented kids who have spent hours in rehearsal to bring this show to life!

It's safe to say that this is one for the books as we are breaking records with each day that passes. Can you believe that there are over 120 students in the cast and crew and over 20 parent volunteers and staff members who are providing support behind the scenes?

Ticket sales are ahead of any show ever produced at BHS, resulting in the addition of a sixth performance. In just a few short years we’ve stepped it up so our total audience capacity will now be over 4800! It's pretty safe to say that the BHS spring musical is the “social event of the year!”

Finally, this production will include some special surprises that will break through the imaginary fourth wall of the stage without using one ounce of technology! It is a production that will go down in Burlington High School history!

The students who are participating in “Beauty and the Beast” are terrific kids who come from every grade level and ability just to be part of the spring musical phenomenon. The cast members are Kerry Alexander, Nicole Barnard, Kayleigh Barrucci, Teresa Belmonte, Emily Bertolami, Genevieve Brown, Sarah Burnham, Danielle Calder, Allie Campbell, Allison Cassidy, Natasha Chatterjee, Cecilia Chiang, Chris Coe, Gina Conti, Marissa Cote, Scott Czerwinski, Jill Daniels, Stephanie Desrochers, Bianca DiGregorio, Cassandra DiGregorio, Daniel Feldman, Giovanna Fernandes and Julianne Fitzgerald. Also, Sarah Fleischmann, Geoffrey Fong, Michelle Gouveia, Jenna Frank, Michael Garcia, Eddie Gelberg, Stuart Gelin, Katrina Gilstrap, Gabriella Gonzalez, Samantha Goober, Christina Grattan, Jennifer Gregorio, Meghan Groom, Christina Hanafin, Patrick Hanafin, Amanda Harrigan, Justina Hiney, April Hooper and Samantha Hovasse.

Cast members also include Sarah Jamal-Eddine, Ashley Jones, Dora Kadish, Jill Keaney, Erin Kelley, Andrew Kolifrath, Becki Krupp, Michelle Lee, Katie Mackey, Kristin Markuson, Emily Martin, Alissa Mastracci, Yitzhak Maurer, Mikayla Merrill, , Krisi Miller, Nicollette Moodie, Jessica Morey, Emily Murgo, Rachel Murgo and Kayla Nadir. Finally, cast members include Krutika Nayak, Paul Neves, Allie Nille, Zaven Ovian, Kalpita Patel, Sabrina Pereira, Maria Perfetti, CC Pouche, Laura Reale, Hayley Ridley, Catie Riggs, Sam Rollins, Meaghan Roper, Amanda Roth, Maya Russell, Shane Ryan, Danielle Schissler, Kylie Scott, Rebecca Scott, Gabrielle Semeraro, Lexi Sheldon, Futaba Shioda, Andrew Silva, Nick Silva, Laura Simon-Pearson, Kelly Spinali, Stephanie Swiszcz, Adam Tigges, Sharleen Varghese, Jessica Villalta and Nick Zenkin.

The production crew members take their jobs seriously both backstage and in the booth, managing the sets, props, sound and lights. They are Victoria Carrabino, Jamie Cahoon, Edward Chilliest, Sam Cote, Priyanka Deb, Jonathan DiRusso, Christopher LaRocque, Devin LaRocque, Joe Nosack, Jess Olin, Sarah Parker, Jacinda Pederson, Sabrina Pederson, Joe Sateriale, Daryn Starkey and Nick Stewart.

It goes without saying that the creative team for this production is incredibly talented and they have such vision that it makes a monumental task look like childsplay! Leading the team and celebrating ten years of both musical productions and teaching at BHS is John Middleton-Cox (Producing Director, Co-Music Director). He is joined by Stephanie Diozzi (Assistant Director), Amanda Potts (Co-Music Director/Production Manager), Leanne Reardon (Choreographer), Peter Waldron (Set Designer), Chet Maguire (Crew Chief), Kate McMahon (Box Office Manager/Program Designer) and Maureen Tierson-Krebs (award-winning Costume Designer/Coordinator).

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is not just another kid’s show… it reminds us about what’s important in life and how the power of love can be transforming. We hope all of Burlington will “Be our Guest” this weekend or next, and find out why audiences around the world have made it a smash hit and an international sensation!

Tickets are still available for all performance but don't wait! Performances will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA. Performances are on March 25, 26 and April 1 @ 7:30 pm; April 2 @ 2:00 and 7:30 pm; April 3 @ 2:00 pm. Visit For more information phone 781-A-FUN-TIC! Adults: $15, Students/Sr. Citizens: $10. Handicapped accessible.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

All-Town Band Concert: Oh What A Night!

A view of the elementary and middle school student performers
 What a fabulous night we had on Thursday, March 10, when every band student in the Burlington Public Schools took part in the 2nd Annual All-Town Band Concert, a concert featuring students in combined performances by grade level from the elementary schools (Fox Hill, Francis Wyman, Pine Glen and Memorial), Marshall Simonds Middle School and Burlington High School.

A capacity crowd of families in the bleachers

The event was held in the gymnasuim at BHS, the only facility in the district large enough to hold over 1400 people, including over 400 student performers and well over 1,000 in the bleachers..
Directors Peabody, Middleton-Cox, Kerley, Napierkowski, Potts,
Bolduc and Lovell.
 Spearheaded by BHS' Matt Lovell as a view of the development of our students and the progression of the program through their public school lives, the music teachers and directors from all schools were instrumental in the planning and also participated in directing the individual groups as well as the combined piece at the end.

The program featured the Combined Fourth Grade Bands, directed by Mark Napierkowski and Lindsey Peabody, in "Mary Ann," "Shoo Fly," "Donkey Round" and "Surprise Symphony" (arranged by O'Reilly and Williams). The Combined Fifth Grade Bands, directed by Mark Napierkowski and Lindsey Peabody, performed "Ayre and Dance" by Bruce Pearson, and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by Weiss, Peretti, Creatore (arranged by Story).
A view of 4th and 5th grade band students (front) and
MSMS students (rear)

Marshall Simonds Middle School was represented by the Concert Band, directed by Amanda Potts, in "La Rajouissance" by G.F. Handel (arranged by Mark Williams) and "When I'm Sixty-Four" by Lennon and McCartney (arranged by Eric Osterling). The MSMS Symphonic Band, directed by Jeffrey Bolduc, played highlights from "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory" by Bricusse and Newley (arranged by Robert Longfield), and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by J.P. Sousa (arranged by Andrew Balent).

The BHS Concert Band in performance

To complete the individual band performances, the BHS Concert Band, directed by Matt Lovell, performed "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" by Stevie Wonder (arranged by Jay Bocook), and "Something" by George Harrison (arranged by Richard Saucedo).

Finally, the evening ended with the combined bands performing "Ode to Joy," by Ludwig von Beethoven (arranged by Jeffrey Bolduc). The performance was a special treat for everyone as it included all grades in performance with all the directors leading the piece in tandem. A spectacular finale, indeed!

Post-concert directors' celebration. Music Boosters hats off to
all the teachers and students!
Thanks to all who support music in our schools. A special thanks to the Burlington Public Schools custodians for their assistance in making the evening possible.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BHS Hosts 2nd annual All-Town Band Concert this Thursday

A view from the top of last year's All-Town Band concert.

Burlington High School will be the host for the All-Town Band Concert this Thursday in the high school gymnasium. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

The performance will feature the entire instrumental music program of the Burlington Public Schools featuring fourth and fifth graders from all elementary school band programs as well as the middle and high school bands. The second annual concert of this type in Burlington, it has been anticipated by parents, students and our music educators as a vehicle for instruction as well as an accomplishment to be long remembered.

Water will be sold by the BHS Music Boosters and student members of the Select Singers as a fundraiser for the trip to Carnegie Hall

We look forward to packing the bleachers to the top!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Disney's Beauty and the Beast well on way to break all records!

The Burlington High School production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is breaking records already! Ticket sales are leading every single show Burlington has ever produced, necessitating a second matinee show on Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 pm so everyone will have an opportunity to catch the best Disney stage show ever.

The sets are nearly finished, the costumes are getting their final touches and every last line is now being polished. Here are a few pictures to help you visualize what our final product will be:

Tickets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast can be purchased at For more information call 781-A-FUN-TIC.