Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BHS Holiday Concert


Once again, the Burlington High School Music Department will be presenting their annual BHS Holiday Concert on Wednesday evening, December 19, 2012.  The performance will be held at the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, and the festivities begin at 7:30 pm.  The concert will showcase the talents of our high school students from the BHS Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Matt Lovell, and the BHS Chorus and Select Singers, under the direction of Mr. John Middleton-Cox.  This concert is one of three events demonstrating the many musical skills of the BHS music department, with other performances scheduled in Feb 2013 and May 2013.  Be sure to join us for some wonderful instrumental and singing performances with songs chosen for the season.   Admission is free and everyone is welcome to enjoy this holiday gift of music. Fogelberg Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Burlington High School Drama Club is pleased to announce that it will perform William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm, in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School.

A Midsummer Night's Dream features young lovers who fall comically in and out of love in a ridiculously brief period of time (a single, “enchanted” midsummer night)! Written in the late 16th century, it remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage.  A modern interpretation of the original, the BHS production will maintain all written word but will leap centuries to the present day, reflected in updated music, costumes and actions.

The student cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes TJ Horgan as Puck, Marissa Cote as Titania (Queen of the Fairies), Anthony Cruz as Oberon (King of the Fairies), Mike Garcia as Theseus, Rachel Seeley as Hermia, Joram Coichy as Lysander, Katrina Gilstrap as Helena, Chris Cote as Demetrius and Tommy Bezreh as Bottom, the Senior.

Also included in the cast are Nicollette Moodie as Hippolyta, Theseus's fiancée, Holly Brouillette as Marigold, the Fairy Leader, Sarah Burnham as Quince, Timmy Sullivan as Flute, Kara Amuzzini as Starveling, Xavier Little as Snout, Dora Kadish as Snug, Sherif Mehdi as Egeus, August Kaminski as Philostrate, Samantha Hovasse as Mustardseed, Miranda Russo as Cobweb, Emma Saltsman as Moth, and Sarah Iler as Peaseblossom. Ensemble members include Patrick Hoarty, Sarah Jamal-Eddine, Marisa Lee, Lauren Schissler, and Sharleen Varghese.

The artistic team includes Anne Ford as director, John Middleton-Cox as producer, Peter Waldren as set designer, and Maureen Krebs (The Costume Room) as costume designer.

Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are now available by visiting or by phone at 1-781-A-FUN-TIC. Tickets are priced at $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. All performances will be held in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, Massachusetts, a handicapped accessible facility.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lineup for Gala Benefit Concert

This Saturday night, the Burlington High School Music Boosters will host their annual Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of the high school. All proceeds for the concer till go directly to the BHS Marching Band's trip to Disney World, April 2013.  The event will take place this Saturday, November 3, at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for bidding on our exciting silent auction items.

The performers are busily preparing for what promises to be an exceptional night of Disney music and memories. The night will include several performances by our own BHS Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Matt Lovell. A special percussion quartet will impress the audience with their skills, and will be performed by Stuart Tomkins, Josh Rosenberg, Devin LaRocque, and Praveen Menon.  The Four Saxes will take the stage with their saxophone talents, including Bryan Miranda, Eddie Gelberg, Kyle Pereira, and Shivesh Shah. 

Other group performances will include the BHS Color Guard and the BHS Dance Squad, advised by Lauren Cameron and Kaitlyn Falzone, respectively.  A duet dance number will be performed by Kerry Alexander and Kristen Healey.  Another duet, to be performed by John Kelley and Nicollete Moodie, will feature spectacular vocal arrangements with piano accompainment by John Middleton-Cox and Eric Leva.  A trio of band members, Joe Sateriale, Xavier Little, and Gilad Oved will display their musical talents.
Solo performances will provide lots of singing and musical entertainment and will include performances by:  Sarah Burnham, Clayton Davison, Emily Bertolami, Alex Heisler, Emily Martin, and Eddie Gelberg.  We are fortunate to have special adult guests on our stage.  The talented Mr. Larry Gelberg will show us all where his talented sons get their musical skills!  Our assistant band director and BHS alumni, Eric Leva, will provide a musical model to which all of the marching band students can aspire.  And our own Burlington Music Director, Mr. John Middleton-Cox, will grace the stage and perform a Disney musical selection that crosses generations!

Please make plans to join us on Saturday evening, November 3 at 7:30 with family and friends!  A festive dessert buffet will be served during our silent auction intermission!  Tickets are available online at the music office. Info: 781-A-FUN-TIC.

Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction THIS WEEKEND


Do you have your tickets yet for Saturday night's Annual Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction?  The show is this Saturday night, November 3rd, 7:30 at the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center at Burlington High School (781-A-FUN-TIC for ticket sales).  A great night of Disney music, featuring the BHS Marching Band, the Concert and Silent Auction guarantees a fun evening of entertainment and perhaps even some early holiday gift items during the intermission's Silent Auction.

Here are some of the exciting offerings that will be up for auction this Saturday night.  Don't miss your chance to win some great items.  All proceeds will go towards the BHS Marching Band's trip to Disney World, April 2013.  The BHS Music Boosters would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who contributed to the silent auction:

Herb Chambers Lexus and Shafman Family:  2 Patriots tickets, 4 Celtics tickets, 2 Boston Ballet Nutcracker tickets, 4 lift tickets Wachusett Mountain
BHS Music Booster Families:  Lottery tickets
Center for Adult Dental:  Teeth whitening sessions
In Shape for Women:  One month training
Fitness Together Burlington:  2/2 weeks personal training
JR's Landscaping:  Fall clean up
Long's Jewelers:  John Hardy sterling silver hoop earrings
Peter D'Amore Law Firm:  4 Nashoba Valley lift tickets
Titan Oil:  50 gallons free Oil
Hilton Garden Inn:  Weekend night stay and breakfast for 2
Real School of Music:  4/30 minute private lessons
Burlington Marriott:  Overnight stay with breakfast 2 adults/2 kids
Capital Grille:  $150 gift card
James A. Martin Co.: 3 yards premium quality colored mulch
Lauren Cameron/Al Spinali:  2 Celtics tickets
Chang Family:  Nokia cell phone
Vera Bradley:  Miller bag and cosmetic bag
Chipotle:  2/$100 gift cards for 10 burritos
Donna Costa:  $75 Mary Kay products
Leesa Mitchell:  Miche pocketbook and travel size bag
BHS Music:  4 tickets to Spring Musical "Hairspray"
BHS Music:  4 tickets to Winter Drama "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Mrs. Field/Joanna Schlansky:  Mrs. Field large cookie, homemade chocoloate treats
Lush: Basket of Lush products
Unleashed/Better Way Errand & Pet Sitting: Pet sundries and pet sitting
Snip Its:  Haircut, hair products, small toys
Jenny Craig Basket:  Exercise bands, pedometer, DVD and CDs
Trader Joes:  Assorted products
Karen Mahoney:  2 Celtics tickets
Perfect Promotions:  Adult and youth sweatshirts
Aviva Abeshaus:  Handmade scarf
Also, check out the mystery boxes and door prizes, containing items from the following donors:
Massage Envy
Not Your Average Joe's Restaurant
Glamour Nails
Jordan's Furniture IMAX Theater
Nail and Co.
Fresh City Restaurant
Elizabeth Grady Salon
Southwick's Zoo
Burlington Recreation Department
Villa Franca Restaurant
Delta Auto
Lia Sophia Jewelry
Sharper Image Hair Salon
True North Coffee
Landana's Restaurant
Back Bay Dancewear/Pattersons
Bruce Nails
Virgo Hair Salon
Newbury Comics
Sweet Ginger Restaurant
Hugh O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub, Malden 
The festive dessert buffet is always a wonderful addition to our fundraising event. The Music Boosters would like to acknowledge the following businesses for their generous donations:

Delicious Desserts
Mrs. Field Cookies in the Burlington Mall
Burlington Hilton Hotel
Burlington Marriott
Double Tree Hotel
Andy Weiner, Dunkin Donuts
La Cascia's Bakery
Stop n Shop
Roch Bothers
In addition to the business participation, the Music Boosters would like to thank the members of the organization who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event such a wonderful success. Parental involvement is so important to the success of not just this event but to all of our endeavors. We thank each and every parent who took part in the planning of the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction.  We look forward to seeing you at the show -- doors open at 6:30!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

BHS Band and the Woburn Halloween Parade

Be sure to mark your calendars for this Sunday, October 28th at 1:00 pm, to watch the BHS Marching Band participate in the Woburn Halloween Parade!  This annual tradition is a fun afternoon for families to gather along the parade route and cheer on their band, color guard, or dance squad member!  The afternoon is sure to provide plenty of ghosts and goblins, band performances, and maybe even some candy, if you're lucky to catch some from the many floats and clowns walking the parade route.  This is good practice for our BHS Marching Band members to be marching down Main Street.  The next Main Street they will march down will be in Disney World in April 2012!  Come cheer on the band, wearing their various costumes and proudly representing Burlington High School!

The parade begins at the intersections of route 38 and 128, by the Woburn Cinema/Holiday Inn Select, exit 35 off 128.  The parade heads south on Route 38, Main Street Woburn, traveling for 2.2 miles to the Woburn/Winchester Line, ending at Horn Pond.  Start time is 1:00 pm!  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Salem Invitational 2012

The Salem Invitational will take place this weekend, Saturday night, October 6th at Salem High School football stadium in Salem, NH.  The evening begins at precisely 6:00 pm the Salem (NH) Marching Band Invitational will commence, a much anticipated event for all participating bands.

The Salem Invitational has been a much anticipated favorite for years, giving our students the opportunity to see what and how other marching bands are performing, thus nurturing the creativity of every member. From the smallest groups of perhaps 30 members to the largest of over 300, it is a lovefest for officiandos and an evening of pure talent, innovation and entertainment for all.

Salem High School is located at 44 Geremonty Blvd. Salem, NH.

Directions: 93N to exit 1, Rockingham Blvd. Bear right, road name changes to Veterans Memorial Parkway. Cross over Rte 28 and continue to Geremonty Blvd, turn left. Continue down Geremonty Blvd, high school is on your left. Parking at high school fills up fast, you can park across the street at town offices, too.

WORD OF WARNING! In order to find parking and secure a good seat, plan to arrive early…5:15-5:30 is about right. There is an admission price, programs and concessions are available for purchase.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Upcoming Benefit Concert and Silent Auction

The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association is thrilled to present its fourth annual “Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction” on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 7:30 pm, in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School.
     The concert will highlight the music of Disney, in anticipation of the BHS Marching Band’s trip to Disney World in the spring of 2013.  Entitled “A Magic Music Night”, the show will include a variety of performances by Burlington music students and friends of the Marching Band.  A distinctive feature of the evening will be independent performances of the BHS Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Matt Lovell.  Other exciting routines will include members of the Color Guard and Dance Squad.

Intermission will offer a time to bid on silent auction items while enjoying pastries and coffee donated by Burlington’s generous local business.  Special items on the silent auction will include gift certificates for a Burlington Marriott overnight stay, Get in Shape for Women membership, Chipotle and other restaurant meals, Center for Adult Dental teeth whitening, Massage Envy massage, Nails and Company manicures, tickets to the spring production of “Hairspray”, and a host of other spectacular indulgent surprises!

          General admission to the Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction is $10. All proceeds from this event will benefit the BHS Marching Band’s trip to perform in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World during the spring of 2013.  Tickets can be purchased  online at For more information, please phone 781-A-FUN-TIC.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, located at 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, is handicapped accessible.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Marching Band Car Wash

Car Wash   
Sunday Oct 7, 2012 at Memorial School 
11 am to 3 pm

We need both parents and bandies to sign up.  

All bandies who want Disney credit, must sign up for one 1.5 hour slot and bring at least one of the supplies listed.  Remember we can't have a car wash without some of each of the items that are listed.  

Use the google doc below to sign up.  

Also, we could use some posters to post around town and to use the day of.  Please make some posters at home and bring them to the football game on Friday night - Oct 5th.

Parents are needed ... 3-4 for each shift to supervise only.  Use the google doc below as well to sign up.

Bandies - be prepared to get wet and wash lots of cars and trucks!!

Questions ... contact Carol Sheldon( or Debbie Dew(

Sign Up Link:


Meeting to Learn About Marching Band Disney Trip

This is from our BHS Music Boosters President, Faydeen Sateriale:

Reminder ... Monday, October 1st is our first general membership meeting for the Music Boosters.  We will start at 7:00 pm in the BHS Band Room.  

We will begin with a business meeting regarding Chorus and Band as well as fill you in on what is in store for the 2012-2013 year.  Also, we will go over details regarding the Gala & Silent Auction on November 3rd.  The agenda will shift to an information segment with the travel agent regarding the the Marching Band Disney Trip.

Don't forget to bring a scratch card (of any amount) to the meeting.  Joanna Schlansky will be collecting them to make a "money tree" for the auction.

Some Disney Particulars:  

Chaperones ... Four (4) more chaperones are be needed.  We have 9 confirmed with reservations and deposit #1.  Each will be assigned approx 8 students.  Chaperones will travel with the marching band on same plane, stay in same hotel (French Quarter), go to same parks and stay until marching band leaves.  There will be specific check in times during the course of the stay with chaperones and bandies.  There will be a security guard assigned to be on duty outside the rooms from 11pm through 6am.  If you are considering chaperoning, please send me an email prior to the meeting on Monday.

Next Deposit ($350) is due ... November 9th

Final Deposit (balance will be given based on fundraising efforts) ... January 4th 

Travel Agent will go over purchasing travel insurance as well as the details regarding cancellations.

Next trip cost reducing fundraiser ... CAR WASH ... Sunday, October 7th ... 10am - 3pm ... @ Memorial School ... bandies are working it ... need a few parents to help supervise only ... stay tuned for more details coming soon!

The Chorus and Band are going to have a great and very busy year.  I am looking forward to see you Monday night to share in all the details and excitement!

Thank you for helping support our very talented and wonderful music students.  It makes all the difference

Friday, September 28, 2012

Woburn TONIGHT and Eleanor Rigby

Under a threatening sky of rain, the Burlington High School Red Devils football team will be at it again tonight facing the Woburn football team in Woburn.  Game time is 7:00 pm, and don't forget to bring your rain gear, just in case!

Speaking of football games, did you hear about last week's game and the Burlington High School Marching Band's decision to team up with the opposing team's band and play "Eleanor Rigby" as a combined group?  The story has received a lot of buzz this week, on the "Burlington Patch", various blogs, and Facebook.  The story goes that during the halftime show at Burlington's Varsity field, both bands played the same arrangement of "Eleanor Rigby".  After Belmont lost, the Burlington band went over to the visitor side, and the drum majors decided to have their bands play the same song together.  What transpired next was a great demonstration of passion for music, erasing all lines of "your school" versus "my school".  Congratulations to all of the members of the Burlington High School Marching Band for showing Belmont a warm welcome!  You are to be commended!

Check out the video, thanks to Shirley Fong for allowing us to re-post here.  If you want to see what else the Burlington High School Band has up their sleeves, watch the halftime show at tonight's Woburn game!  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Friday Night Lights: BHS Football vs. Belmont

Come see the Burlington High School Marching Band perform at halftime during the BHS Football game against Belmont.  This week's home game will feature a great night of town camraderie, awesome football, and a spectacular marching band performance during the halftime show.  Kickoff is at 7 pm at BHS Varsity Field, Friday night, September 21st.  Hope to see you there!

Other things are happening with the BHS Music Boosters!  We are busy planning our biggest fund raiser of the year, our Gala Concert, which will take place on Saturday night, November 3rd, at 7:30 at BHS Fogerberg Auditorium.  SAVE THE DATE and plan to join us for a night of Disney musical magic!  Details to follow soon!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Welcome Letter 2012/2013

Dear Parents & Guardians:

           On behalf of the Executive Board... Welcome!  As the parent or guardian of a student in the
           Burlington High School Marching Band or Chorus, you are an automatic member of the 
           BHS Music Boosters Association.  We invite you to participate in any or all of the activities 
           of the Association.  By doing so, you support the education and well-being of your 
           high school student.

           Those of you who are new to the high school will be excited to see that BHS offers an 
           outstanding music program of concerts, musicals, banquets, parades, and other 
           performances throughout the year.  The BHS Music Boosters is committed to 
           providing support, financial and otherwise, to the BHS music students, and to this 
           program of events.  Through our fundraising efforts, we are the only Burlington 
           High School association to provide a scholarship to all marching band seniors 
           going on to higher education.

           Participation in the Boosters is a great way to meet other parents and to be included 
           behind the scenes in events that your child cares about!  Whether you have one hour or 
           an entire afternoon, once or ten times during the year, there are many different, fun ways 
           for you to participate.  Parents carry water at parades, help with instruments and equipment 
           at football games, bake, sew costumes, build or paint sets for the stage performances, stuff 
           envelopes, help with publicity, sell candy and balloons, and much more.
           We desperately need participation in our general meetings to make and vote on decisions  
           that affect your student – decisions that range from candy sales to scholarship amounts.  
           There are five general meetings a year every other month (dates/times will be posted soon). 
           The first general meeting (which includes an info session with the Disney Travel 
           Agent) will be Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 (until about 9:00) PM in the 
           band practice room.  We encourage you to join us for this first meeting.  An overview 
           of the year will be presented explaining upcoming events.  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aladdin, Jr. photos say it all!

The BEST production of Disney's Aladdin, Jr. will be presented this Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 pm in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School.

A few photos tell the story of the quality of production, sets and costumes!

Have you purchased your tickets yet?

Monday, July 16, 2012

BEST performs Disney's "Aladdin Jr." July 28

Burlington Educational Summer Theatre (BEST) returns to the stage of the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center this summer with Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” Performances will take place on July 28 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.

Adapted from the favorite Disney animated film, “Aladdin Jr.” fills the stage with wonder and amazement as the cast transforms the stage into “Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail!”

With an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, “Aladdin Jr.’s” songs are unforgettable and include “Arabian Nights,” “A Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World,” and more.

BEST, a summer enrichment program sponsored by the Burlington Public Schools, strives to give young students a solid basis of experience and knowledge in theatre arts so they can grow and develop as performers.

Leading the cast of “Aladdin, Jr.” are Patrick Creedon as Aladdin, Jade Gordon as Jasmine, Timmy Sullivan as Iago, Crystal Curran as Jafar, Clara Hevia as Genie, Sara Cannalonga as Magic Carpet, Miranda Russo as Razoul and Amanda Melin as Sultan.

Also featured in the BEST production are narrators Kaitlyn Brine, Marlea Gainley, Julia Gillis, Christina Raposo, Emma Saltsman and Amanda Wagreich.

Agrabah princes include Michael Fazio as Prince Baba of Ganoush, Shane Manfredi as Prince Dahdu Rahn-Rahn, and Mark Czerwinski as Prince Formerly Known as Artist. Joining them are Prince’s Attendants James Fulciniti, Elisa Gonzalez, Nicholas Heisler, Chloe McGonagle, Stephen Nigro and Cameron Noonan; and Guards Dillon Banks, Neil Bhammar, Scott Czerwinski, Ravi Patel and Joe Viscione; and Jasmine’s Attendants Angie Melin and Samantha Murphy.

“Aladdin Jr.” features dancers Isabel Bowen, Christina Charmant, Mikaila Gnerre, Kellsee Lynch, Elise Madenjian, Sydney Matai, Nicole Noonan, Sarah Owens, Ivy Saltsman and Jayna Wallus as Harem Girls. Shopkeepers are played by Nicole Benjamin, Stephanie Brincklow, Ashley Capobianco, Teresa Chan, Sydney Craig, Mari Gedick, Paige Giordano, Krista Magnarelli, Daniella Mollica, Juliana Nigro, Christina Tierney and Madison Walker, and the Baker is played by Glenn Middleton-Cox.

Townspeople include Elizabeth Amaral, Mikaela Budina, Carly Front, Lily Hovasse, Emily Klesaris, Mary Hanafin, Samantha Matai, Heather Murphy, Jodi Princiotta, Rachel Schlansky, Caitlin Shea, Katie Surabian and Julie Surabian.

Executive Director John Middleton-Cox is joined by a creative staff that teaches and nurtures the students in all aspects of musical theatre. Staff members include April Foley as Artistic & Music Director, Leanne Reardon as choreographer, Maura Lyons as Assistant Director, Eric Leva as Assistant Music Director, and Kristin Healey as Assistant Choreographer, Peter Waldron as Scenic Designer, Maureen Tierson Krebs as Costume Designer, Kevin Deane Parker as Production Manager, Chet Maguire as Master Carpenter and Samantha Ellis as Company/House Manager (view biographies at Also on staff are Joe Sateriale as Lighting Technician and Rachel Merulla as Sound Technician.

The BEST performances of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington. Reserved seating tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at or by phone at 781-A-FUN-TIC. Fogelberg Performing Arts Center is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

For more information about Burlington Educational Summer Theatre, staff biographies, and other information about Burlington High School theatre, please visit

Monday, May 28, 2012

Final Act: BHS Spring Sing this Thursday

Can you believe it?

Finals are on the horizon, the class of 2012 will graduate in a matter of days and we will close the books on another fantastic year of music at BHS!

Before it all ends, take some time out for this year’s final BHS music department performance, Spring Sing. 

Relax in the air-conditioned comfort of the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center and enjoy a performance showcase that highlights the vocal music department. From freshmen to our soon-to-be graduates, solos to ensembles, you will love the range of talent and performances at this year's show. Also included will be a selection of songs by the BHS Chorus and a final farewell to our seniors.

Don’t miss the music this Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 pm.

BHS Spring Sing is free!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Final Concert Poised To Impress

The Burlington High School Music Department will present its annual Spring Concert on Thursday, May 3, in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of the high school.  The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.

Featured during this final formal concert of the year will be the BHS Chorus and Select Singers under the direction of John Middleton-Cox, and the BHS Jazz Ensemble and BHS Concert Band, under the baton of Matt Lovell. 

Don’t miss this final opportunity to witness the talents of our own Burlington students in the Spring Concert this Thursday evening, May 3 at 7:30 pm.  The admission is free.  Fogelberg Auditorium is handicapped accessible.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Kiss Me, Kate" Notable News

Burlington High School will hold the final three performances of Kiss Me, Kate this weekend in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center.

The Friday night performance will honor members of the Burlington High School Red Devil Hockey Team who will be in the audience with their family members. The young men, newly crowned MIAA Division I State Champs, exemplify how hard work, practice and perseverance can help reach the ultimate goal. These skills and qualities are also indicative of the cast and crew of Kiss Me, Kate who have worked for weeks in rehearsal for this successful production.

Also present at Friday night’s performance will be members of the BHS Italian Club who will be accompanied by visiting students from the Instituto Tecnico Pilati from Cles, Italy. The Italian students have spent the past week with BHS families as part of their annual exchange.

Saturday night’s performance will be extra special for the cast and crew as it will be attended by Kevin B. McGlynn, a member of the first national tour of Kiss Me, Kate. McGlynn played the role of The General in the production which starred Rachel York and Rex Smith. A native of Massachusetts and a Boston Conservatory classmate of guidance counselor Stephanie Diozzi, he has performed across the country in productions including Guys and Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Annie, All Shook Up (first national tour) and various productions of Forbidden Broadway.

Following the Saturday night performance, the cast and crew of Kiss Me, Kate will have an informal Q&A with McGlynn at which time they will be able to ask him about the show and his life as an actor.

Tickets for all three performances this weekend are still available. For tickets please visit or phone 781-A-FUN-TIC. They may also be available at the door.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kiss Me Kate Final Performances This Weekend

The final performances of Kiss Me, Kate will take place this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. If you don't have your ticket yet, now is the time to buy! Don't miss this hilarious musical comedy starring Futaba Shioda and Zaven Ovian as ex-spouses battling til the bitter end on stage as they portray characters from a musical "Taming of the Shrew." Also featuring Emily Martin and Eddie Gelberg, Nicollette Moodie and Eddie Chilliest, Stuart Gelin, and Patrick Hanafin and Nikhil Thakkar, plus 90+ more BHS students.

Visit or phone 781-A-FUN-TIC for tickets today!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Opening Night: Kiss Me, Kate keeps 'em laughing!

Tonight is opening night for Kiss Me, Kate.If you haven't already bought your tickets, perhaps a little photo persuasion will do the job! Tickets are available at the door tonight or online at or by phone at 781-238-6842 for future performances: March 24, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm and April 1 at 2:00 pm.

"Another Openin', Another Show"

Petruchio sings of how he's "Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua"

Some persuasion of a theatrical are wonderful, stay in the show or else!

"We open in Venice!"


"Why can't you behave?"

"I hate men!"

"Any Tom, Dick or Harry"

So what are you waiting for???
See you at the show!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kiss Me Kate: "Another Opening, Another Show" and this one is "Too Darn Hot!"

Burlington High School's spring musical, Kiss Me, Kate, is ready to open tomorrow night! This Broadway musical by legendary American composer Cole Porter is filled with raucous comedy and BHS' production will have you rolling in the aisles with its slapstick version of the show.

Here are a few fun and interesting facts that might pique your interest:

  • There are 94 students in the cast of Kiss Me, Kate
  • There are 20 crew members who move sets, place props, open and close curtains and fly blackdrops.
  • There are 18 wireless microphones that are in constant use.
  • 12 professional orchestra members are in the pit.
  • This is the 47th musical performed on the stage at Fogelberg Auditorium.
  • The first BHS musical was performed in 1963.
  • Kiss Me Kate made its Broadway debut on December 30, 1948 and ran for a total of 1,047 shows at both the New Century Theatre and the Schubert.
  • There was a Broadway revival in 1998 with a total of 881 performances.
  • The original production received 5 Tony Awards in 1949.
  • The revival won 5 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards.
  • The London revival of Kiss Me, Kate won 8 Laurence Olivier awards in 2002

Kiss Me, Kate will be performed March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7:30 pm and on April 1 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are still available for this fantastic show. You can purchase them online by visiting or by phone at 781-238-6842.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

25K tix/10 years: BHS spring musical tips the scales with Kiss Me, Kate

Burlington High School has been lauded for its technological advances in education and is now on the forefront of another imminent milestone.

As the curtain opens at the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 23, the school will not only perform Cole Porter's Tony award-winning musical production, Kiss Me, Kate, but it will close in on the 25,000th ticket sold over the past ten years.

Artistic director and producer John Middleton-Cox has been involved with these productions for all ten years. Some may say he is an innovator in the world of high school productions, nurturing some fantastic talent and producing shows that are provocative, endearing and just plain entertaining.

Among the shows have been Jekyll &Hyde, Mame, Anything Goes, Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz, Titanic and Beauty and the Beast.

Selling 25,000 tickets over a ten year span is no small task. In 2002 approximately 900 general seating tickets were sold for Fiddler on the Roof mostly through print media. As the years progressed the numbers grew at an impressive rate which can be attributed to electronic means such as social networking sites, e-bulletins and event bulletin boards.

Rather than a three-show run over one weekend, the spring production now spans over two-weekends with a total of five performances. Last year's ticket sales reached a single production record of 4,027 when BHS performed Beauty and the Beast.

Burlington High School's spring musical has become the event of the year for the community, bringing young and old out to see great musical theatre in their own backyard.

Kiss Me, Kate will be performed in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of the high school on March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7:30 pm, and April 1 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. To purchase tickets visit or phone 781-238-6842.

Fogelberg Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Music Boosters are "Not Your Average Cause"

The Burlington High School Music Boosters Association has been offered an opportunity to take part in the Not Your Average Joe’s fundraising program called Not Your Average Cause.

Every Tuesday during the month of March will be BHS Music Night. The BHS Music Boosters will receive 15% of the total purchase of our friends who present the fundraising certificate.

Not Your Average Joe’s is located at Wayside Commons. The dates we will benefit from are Tuesday, March 6
Tuesday, March 13
Tuesday, March 20
Tuesday, March 27

Remember, this is a certificate-only program. If you would like a certificate for one of these nights, please contact Vicki Kikuchi by email at

Please feel free to copy the certificates for friends and family…put them in your neighbor’s mailboxes…leave a stack at work in the kitchen! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kiss Me Kate: BHS + Cole Porter = BLOCKBUSTER MUSICAL

Burlington High School is pleased to announce that it will present Cole Porter’s multiple award-winning musical Kiss Me Kate on March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7:30 pm and April 1 at 2:00 pm. All performances will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of the high school.

A high-spirited and raucous musical within a musical based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me Kate follows the relationship twists and turns of actors  and former spouses Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham as they go head to head both on stage and off in a hilarious battle of wills. Mixed with a dose of mistaken identity, a mistaken delivery, some mistaken yet oddly charming mobsters and some larger than life characters, Kate becomes one of the best-loved pieces of comedic American musical theatre that has stood the test of time.

With music and lyrics by the great American composer Cole Porter, the production is filled with musical gems,  including “Another Openin’, Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” “So In Love,” “Wunderbar,” “From This Moment On,” “Always True To You In My Fashion,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”

Leading the cast of Kiss Me Kate are Futaba Shioda in the role of Lilli Vanessi/Kate and Zaven Ovian as  Fred Graham/Petruchio, two exciting performers who will ignite the stage with their presence. Joining them are Emily Martin as Lois Lane/Bianca,  Eddie Gelberg as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Nicollette Moody as Hattie, Edward Chilliest as Paul, Stuart Gelin as General Harrison Howell, and Patrick Hanafin and Jonathan Elins as Gunman Enforcers/Aids to Katharine. Also in the cast are Andrew Kolifrath as Flynt/Gremio, Nick Silva as Pops/Padua Priest, Keith Walker as Riley/Hortensio, Sharif Mendi as Harry Trevor/Baptista and Danielle Schissler as Stage Manager.

Cast members also include Eric Salina, Jonathan Chellali, Xavier Little, Michael Garcia, Alex Heisler and Reilly Waldron.

Featured as Select Singers in Kiss Me Kate are Kerri Biagiotti, Emily Bertolami, Cassi Cacoyannakis, Danielle Calder, Melanie Canales, Marissa Cote, Rachel Czerwinski, Giovanna Fernandes, Emily Frost, Justina Hiney, Samantha Hovasse, , Caroline Kashgegian, Kristin Markuson, Mikayla Merrill, Rachel Murgo, Elana Schlansky, Rachel Seeley, Ashley Shafman, Sharleen Varghese and Jessica Villalta-Santana.

Select Dancers are Julianne Fitzgerald, Gabriella Gonzalez, Kristin Healey, Jill Keaney, Jessica Morey, Amanda Roth, Lexi Sheldon and Katherine Tracy.

Dance ensemble members are Kailee Abeshaus, Kerry Alexander, Allison Cassidy, Cecilia Chiang, Caroline Fitzgerald, Christina Grattan, Erin Hardy, Alison Heffler, Ashley Jones, Kelliann Keaney, Sara Keelan, Nayiri Manjikian, Amanda O'Donnell, Elizabeth Perna, Samantha Porter, Catherine Sheldon, Samantha Sheppard, Kristina Smith, Meghan Welch.

Vocal ensemble members are Kara Amuzzini, Kayleigh Barrucci, Teresa Belmonte, Sarah Burnham, Natasha Chatterjee, Jill Daniels, Stephanie Desrochers, Kylie DeVarney, Cassaundra DiGregorio, Sarah Jamal-Eddine, Dora Kadish, August Kaminski, Yeva Khachatryan, Michelle Lee, Elisabeth Maiorana, Emily Murgo, Krutika Nayak, Sabrina Pereira, Catherine Pouche, Juliana Purvis, Laura Reale, Meaghan Roper, Rachel Salina, Rebecca Salina, Laura Simon-Pearson, Iselle Simonet.

Crew members for Kiss Me Kate are all BHS students, well-trained in their duties to provide set and prop placement, backdrop/curtain movement, as well as lighting and sound. Led by stage manager Edward Chilliest and assistant stage manager Sarah Parker, stage hands are Andrew Frost, Andrew Trofimow, Cassaundra DiGregorio, Dan Conely, Gabby Semeraro, Lina Saterial, MacKenzie Waisnor, Matt Martin, Paul Terranova, Rachel Merullo, Sam Cote and Vrinda Patel. Booth chief/lighting tech is Jonathan DiRusso; sound crew members are Jessica Olin and Joe Sateriale. Deck chiefs are Jaime Cahoon and Sam Cote and props managers are Jacinda Pederson and Sabrina Pederson.

Artistic director and producer John Middleton-Cox has pulled together a creative team of professionals who have worked together for several blockbuster years.  Kate’s team includes choreographer Leanne Reardon, awarding-winning costume designer Maureen Tierson-Krebs and set designer Peter Waldron. Special assistance for this production is also provided by photographer Chet Maguire and videographer Alan McRae. Additionally, all performances will feature a full professional orchestra.

Tickets for Kiss Me Kate are now on sale and can be purchased at or at 781-A-FUN-TIC (781-238-6842). Ticket prices are $15 adults and $10 students/senior citizens. All performances will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School located at 123 Cambridge Street in Burlington, a handicapped accessible facility.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

March Roars With Band Performances at BHS

Coming up right around the corner following winter break are two amazing performances by the Burlington High School Music Department and the Burlington Public Schools band program. Make sure to mark them on your calendar!

The Burlington High School Music Department will hold its annual Ides of March Concert on Thursday, March 1, 2012, in the cafeteria of the high school (located at the back of the building). The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.

A favorite of many because of its relaxed cabaret atmosphere, the Ides of March Concert will feature the talents of the Burlington High School Chorus and Select Singers under the direction of John Middleton-Cox, and the Burlington High School Concert and Jazz Band, under the baton of Matt Lovell.

The Ides of March Concert is free of charge. Refreshments will be available during the concert. The BHS Cafeteria is handicapped accessible.

The third annual All-Town Band Concert will be held in the gymnasium of Burlington High School on Thursday, March 8 beginning at 7:00 pm.

The concert will include all levels of the Burlington band program, beginning with the 4th grade and continuing on through high school level. It provides an opportunity for parents to witness the development of the music students and the progression of the program through their public school lives. The band teachers from all schools are instrumental in the planning and also participate in directing the individual groups as well as the combined piece at the end.

The concert is free of charge.

For more information on either one of these concerts, please feel free to contact the music office at 781-270-1860.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New England Tenors Take Stage at Rogers Center in N Andover tomorrow!

The New England Tenors, a favorite of Burlington audiences for their performances at the Boosters Gala Benefit Concert for the past two years, will be performing tomorrow evening at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College.

Burlington High School's John Middleton-Cox (BPS Music Coordinator and BHS music educator) is an integral member of the New England Tenors. Joining the tenors on percussion will be BHS senior Patrick Hanafin.

Follow this link to read a fantastic article that appeared in today’s Lawrence Eagle Tribune about the concert and the New England Tenors.

Tickets for the concert are still available. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 Advanced purchase. For more information about the concert venue and time, please refer to the bottom of the article!