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!