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MSO CONCERT

Sept 23 – MID-ATLANTIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA-“Eroica,” Mussorgsky, Ravel. 7:30pm. Easton High School. Proof of vaccination req’d. 5 concerts $195; each $30, $45, $50; New Year’s Eve $60, $85; Livestream $15 each. 410-289-3440 or 1-888-846-8600.

Final Weekend For Easton High School’s Into the Woods

Journey Into the Woods with the Easton High School Drama Club this weekend for the final shows! This whimsical musical will transport you into the world of a fairy tale collision. In the story, narrated by Erik Bell, a humble baker (Alex Lankford) and his wife (Rachel Shaw) long to have a child. They learn that the evil witch (Gabrielle Leach), who happens to live next door, has put a curse on their family. In order to break the curse and appease the Witch, the Baker needs to find four objects from the woods. In his efforts to find the magical objects, he runs into a whole host of fairy tale characters that are all living out their familiar tales. Cinderella (Elizabeth Daly) is looking for her prince, Rapunzel (Deirdre Gallagher) is trying to escape her tower, Little Red Ridinghood (Emily Redmond) is being chased by the Wolf (Teddy Bennett), and Jack (Markel Williams) and his mother (Tara Kitchelt) are trying to figure out what to do with the beanstalk growing in their backyard and how to sell their pitiful cow, Milky White (Alanah Filion). Other characters to look for are Rapunzel’s prince (Jeremy Wolfberg), Cinderella’s mother (Cayley Ross), Cinderella’s father (Marquan Brummel), Cinderella’s stepmother (Claire Anovick), and stepsisters Florinda (Emma Langfitt) and Lucinda (Sarah Bonnette), Snow White (Olivia Daly), Sleeping Beauty (Amelia Gunn), Little Red’s Granny (Lauren Hellman), the prince’s steward (Jonah Sanders), Hansel (Matthew Keeler) and Gretl (Sarah Daly), Goldilocks (Eve Van Horn), Little Bo Peep (Maya Thomas), and a Mysterious Old Man (Lukas McGee).

The show is directed by Richard A. Vitanovec, with musical direction by Kevin W. Thomas and choreography by Malley Hester. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, November 22, and 23 at 7:00 PM at the Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at Easton High School, Old Mill Deli, Crackerjacks, Little Rascals, and Rise Up Coffee Roasters on Dover Street. For more information, please call 410-829-9811.

Easton High School Presents Into The Woods

Red and Jack (400 x 305)Journey Into the Woods with the Easton High School Drama Club this November! This whimsical musical will transport you into the world of a fairy tale collision. In the story, narrated by Erik Bell, a humble baker (Alex Lankford) and his wife (Rachel Shaw) long to have a child. They learn that the evil witch (Gabrielle Leach), who happens to live next door, has put a curse on their family. In order to break the curse and appease the Witch, the Baker needs to find four objects from the woods. In his efforts to find the magical objects, he runs into a whole host of fairy tale characters that are all living out their familiar tales. Cinderella (Elizabeth Daly) is looking for her prince, Rapunzel (Deirdre Gallagher) is trying to escape her tower, Little Red Ridinghood (Emily Redmond) is being chased by the Wolf (Teddy Bennett), and Jack (Markel Williams) and his mother (Tara Kitchelt) are trying to figure out what to do with the beanstalk growing in their backyard and how to sell their pitiful cow,  Milky White (Alanah Filion). Other characters to look for are Rapunzel’s prince (Jeremy Wolfberg), Cinderella’s mother (Cayley Ross), Cinderella’s father (Marquan Brummel), Cinderella’s stepmother (Claire Anovick), and stepsisters Florinda (Emma Langfitt) and Lucinda (Sarah Bonnette), Snow White (Olivia Daly), Sleeping Beauty (Amelia Gunn), Little Red’s Granny (Lauren Hellman), the prince’s steward (Jonah Sanders), Hansel (Matthew Keeler) and Gretl (Sarah Daly), Goldilocks (Eve Van Horn), Little Bo Peep (Maya Thomas), and a Mysterious Old Man (Lukas McGee).

The show is directed by Richard A. Vitanovec, with musical direction by Kevin W. Thomas and choreography by Malley Hester. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, November 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 PM at the Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School. We invite all EMS and EHS musical theatre and drama alumni to join us on November 16th for a special reception following the performance!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at Easton High School, Old Mill Deli, Crackerjacks, Little Rascals, and Rise Up Coffee Roasters on Dover Street. For more information, please call 410-829-9811.

In Photo: Little Redridinghood (Emily Redmond), fleeing from the Wolf, finds Jack (Markel Williams) while they are Into the Woods!

Rotary Helps Local Students Set Their Career Path

TyJrae Banks Philip Peerman Easton Utilties 1 (400 x 300)This spring, a targeted group of over 70 students from Easton High School had the chance to imagine their future careers thanks to a project between the Rotary Club of Easton and Talbot County Public Schools. The students, selected by their guidance counselors and teachers, visited with local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to learn about employment opportunities after graduation. Participating sophomores signed up to tour industries in small groups based on their career interests and the juniors were paired with employers for individual job shadowing experiences.

This outreach is part of the club’s Career Pathway Initiative. The initiative is a gradual program, providing students with progressive opportunities to learn about a broad spectrum of careers. The students start by attending a general Career Fair during the fall of their sophomore year. Then through industry tours, job shadowing experiences, and ultimately internships in their senior year, they have firsthand experiences in the employment fields that interest them.

Also, during the spring semester, participating juniors were hosted by Chesapeake College for a campus tour. The students heard about the broad array of degrees, certification and professional licensing available at the college which could help them in achieving their occupational goals after high school.

To accommodate the students’ many career interests, more than 30 companies and organizations were recruited to serve as host sites for the industry tours and job shadowing. The Tidewater Rotary Club and the Easton Family YMCA are also key project partners.

In photo: Ty’Jrae Banks (left), a junior at Easton High School, recently had the opportunity to job shadow with Phillip Peerman at Easton Utilities through the Rotary Club of Easton’s Career Pathway Initiative. During a two-hour visit, Banks had the chance to learn about careers in computer technology which is his field of interest.

Easton High School Presents Kiss Me, Kate

EHS Kiss Me Kate - April 2013 (400 x 340)Life begins to imitate art when divorced couple, Lilli Vanessi (Gabrielle Leach) and Fred Graham (Jacob Mueller), find themselves starring opposite each other in a theatre company’s attempt to produce a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” As the line between their personal and professional lives begins to blur, the sparks begin to fly on and off stage. Thrown into the mix are ambitious showgirl Lois Lane (Loreal Lewis), Broadway hoofer Bill Calhoun (Joey Bridges), and singing gangsters (Patrick Firth and Bryan Harris).

Cole Porter’s Tony award winning play-within-a-play makes for a hilarious night of theatre that audiences will love, with a memorable score featuring the classic hits “So in Love”, “Always True to You”, “Too Darn Hot.” and “Another Opening, Another Show!” Don’t miss this witty musical.

Director Richard A. Vitanovec leads the show with music direction by Kevin W. Thomas and choreography by Malley Hester. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays April 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 7:00 PM and Sunday April 21 at 2:00 PM at the Talbot County Auditorium at Easton High School. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be available at Easton High School, Old Mill Deli, Crackerjacks, Little Rascals, and Rise Up Coffee Roasters on Dover Street or by calling 410-829-9811.

Rotary Club of Easton Career Fair

ElijahForrest SamPlaskon EricCastillo MaryWheeler (400 x 268)A group of nearly 50 sophomores from Easton High School recently had the chance to imagine their future careers thanks to a project between the Rotary Club of Easton and Talbot County Public Schools. The students, selected by their guidance counselors and teachers, were invited to take part in a Career Fair at the YMCA.

The Career Fair is the point of entry event for the Club’s Career Pathway Initiative. This initiative provides students with the chance to learn about a broad spectrum of careers through industry tours and job shadowing experiences enabling them to have hands on experiences in the employment fields that interest them.

Following a welcoming assembly, the students separated into smaller groups to rotate through the morning activities: a human resources seminar by Chesapeake College, a goal setting workshop by the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board, and the exhibit hall full of industry representatives who were Rotary volunteers and other professionals. To make the day more personal, the students were paired with other Rotary volunteers from the Easton and Tidewater Clubs who served as hosts.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and the Easton Family YMCA offered use of their facilities for this event. The YMCA also provided lunch for the students and volunteers.

Founded and chartered in 1921, The Rotary Club of Easton is part of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Easton, Maryland, visit www.eastonrotary.org or Rotary International at www.rotary.org.

Photo by Manning Lee

In photo: Easton High School sophomores (left to right) Elijah Forrest, Sam Plaskon, and Eric Castillo learn about careers in the automotive fair with Rotarian Mary Wheeler of the Preston Automotive Group.

Easton High School to Perform Shakespeare

Fall in love again with Shakespeare’s timeless story of young passions and feuding families as Easton High School brings the star-crossed lovers of Romeo and Juliet to stage in a hip, modern setting. Under the direction of Richard A. Vitanovec, EHS students portray a unique twist on the setting and characters keeping all of the beautiful Shakespearian language. Opening November 16th at the St. Michaels High School Auditorium, Romeo and Juliet features senior Joey Bridges and sophomore Elizabeth Daly in the title roles.

The story unfolds during a long, hot summer in Verona that enflames the old feud between the Capulet and Montague families, leading to public brawls. As the tension builds, love finds two teenagers who fall head over heels for each other at first sight. Married in secret, they hope for reconciliation between their families. When short tempers lead to deadly consequences, the young lovers find themselves alone and on the run, facing impossible odds and making desperate decisions. What starts as a bawdy teenage comedy transforms into a heart-stirring romance for the ages.

The cast is made up of Easton High School and Easton Middle School 8th graders: Elizabeth Daly, Joey Bridges, Loreal Lewis, Logan Smith, Jacob Mueller, Teddy Bennett, Erik Bell, Scott Bell, Julianne Mason, Rachel Shaw, Jeremy Wolfberg, Alex Lankford, Emma Langfitt, Emijah Ennals, Olivia Daly, Noah Dorbin, Sarah Bonnette, Callista Catlin, Mary Prochaska, Hannah Sutphin, and Hannah Wilson.

Performances are November 16th and 17th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 18th at 3:00pm at St. Michaels auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 3-18 and can be purchased in advance at Crackerjacks, Old Mill Deli, Little Rascals, Easton High School and Reeser’s Pharmacy in St. Michaels. For more information, please call 410-829-9811.

Jazz Festival Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci Charms Talbot and Dorchester County Public School Students

On Friday night of Labor Day weekend, trumpet player Dominick Farinacci kicked off this year’s Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, a program of Chesapeake Chamber Music. Before he opened at the Avalon Theatre, however, Farinacci shared his extraordinary trumpet playing with over 300 St. Michaels and Easton high school and middle school students at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, as well as with students at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Cambridge. The YouthReach concert was part of Chesapeake Chamber Music’s community outreach programs offered throughout the year. These concerts were funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council and Dorchester Center for the Arts.

Farinacci’s horn recalls early Miles Davis and Chet Baker, among other trumpet greats. Dominick was recently featured on NPR’s Jazz Rising Stars and recognized by The New York Times as “having the prepossessing charm and lyrical instinct of a jazz pop-star.”

In photo: Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci demonstrates jazz trumpet techniques to over 300 Talbot County public school students at the Avalon Theater and to students at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Cambridge to kick off the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival on Labor Day weekend. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Michael)

Six Local Students Took a Journey to Europe to Explore 6 Countries in 20 Days for the Adventure of a Lifetime!

Six students from Queen Anne’s and Easton High Schools recently returned from a trip to Europe as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program. Their European Heritage trip gave them insight on how people live in other parts of the world. The students went overseas June 26th- July 15th with a group totaling 47 ambassadors from up and down the East Coast. Susan Walsh and Pam Kidwell were among the delegation leaders and served as chaperones for students from the surrounding Eastern Shore areas.

The four students from Queen Anne’s County High were: Simone Goodman, 16 of Centreville, Sam Hokuf, 16 of Sudlersville, Latia Lewis, 16 of Sudlersville, and Kelsi Ronning, 16 of Queenstown. Representing Easton High School were Courtney Sturgill, 15 of Cordova, and Nolan Muganda, 15 of Easton. Simone, Sam, Latia, Kelsi and Courtney will be juniors and Nolan will be a sophomore in the fall.

As part of their journey, the student ambassadors visited England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland. The students stayed in hotels for many of their nights but also made friends with German host families during a three day home stay.

“Being given the opportunity to stay with a German family was probably the most exciting thing about the trip”, says Courtney. “It gave us insight into a completely different culture and we made new friends that we will remember for years to come.”

Simone said, “I enjoyed going to the top of the Eiffel Tower and seeing all of Paris. I also loved staying with a family from Germany for three nights. I learned a lot from them and was able to experience their everyday life, instead of just being a tourist.”

Other exciting adventures included: Seeing the Olympic Rings on the Tower Bridge in London, riding The London Eye, seeing Big Ben, meeting with a member of the British Parliament, seeing a live performance of Wicked in a theater in the West End, visiting The Eiffel Tower, visiting the Anne Frank House, watching how Belgium Chocolate was made, tracing heroic footsteps along the beaches of Normandy, going behind the scenes to explore European cathedrals and mysterious castles, seeing how Cuckoo Clocks are made, challenging white- water rafting through the beautiful gorges in Scuol, Switzerland as well as many historic sites.

Latia’s favorite part of the journey was, “visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Experiencing firsthand the hardships of being Jewish during the holocaust reinforced my belief of how important it is to have the People to People Ambassador Programs to achieve peace through understanding.”

Sam stated, “It was the best trip I’ve ever been on. I learned so much seeing things I’ll probably never see again. The best part was seeing Normandy Beach because I like that kind of stuff so being there made it more real to me. Also the Swiss Alps were really pretty and I would love to go back to see them again.”

Kelsi said, “I enjoyed going to Paris, France and seeing the Eiffel Tower. It was nothing like I could have ever imagined. I also really enjoyed going white water rafting in the Swiss Alps, although the water was freezing cold. I just jumped in and swam.”

The People to People International Student Ambassador Program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, and since then, students have visited 40 countries on seven continents. People to People describes itself as an organization aiming “to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.”

Nolan said, “The trip to Europe is and will most likely remain one of my highlights. I enjoyed every moment of the trip: from the home stays, to the new friends, to the Eiffel tower, to the drama, to white water rafting. The German family I stayed with was incredibly awesome and hospitable. By far the best part was waking up with people who I’ve grown close and living with each other. Even though it was less than a month, these bonds will last a lifetime. I’d definitely recommend this trip to anyone who’s on the borderline of going and not going. It’ll change your life for the better.”

Students are nominated for the program and if they’re picked, they raise funds for their travel through sponsorships and family donations. Information on the Students Ambassador Program and other trips are available online: www.studentambassadors.org.

“Ambassador Programs are important because they promote peace and understanding between countries” says Courtney.

In photo: The 6 local ambassadors on a riverboat on The Rhine River while in Germany. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime for these high school students. Standing in the back: Sam Hokuf and Nolan Magunda; Front: Latia Lewis, Kelsi Ronning, Courtney Sturgill and Simone Goodman

Easton High School Class of 1992 20th Class Reunion

The Easton High School Class of 1992 will be holding its 20th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 11th from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Easton Club in Easton, Maryland. Class members can join the Facebook page (Class of 1992-Reunion Details) or buy tickets online at http://1992reunion-efbevent.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Karen A. Callahan at 410-310-8934.