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Easthampton High School musical opens on eve of Winter Storm Nemo

The Feb. 7 opening night of the Easthampton High School musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” took place on the eve of winter storm Nemo, which dumped 2 to 3 feet of snow on the region.

Because of the weather, performances set for Feb. 8 and 9 were rescheduled to this week: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets purchased for last weekend’s shows will be honored. Call Michelle at 433-6234 for details.

The matinee performance on Feb. 10 went forward as planned at White Brook Middle School, “and the crowd loved it,” said producer Judy Bernier, who is president of the EHS Parents Organization.

“We were down a bit because of the snow but the kids did a great job,” she added. “They sang their hearts out.”

The comedy, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, is about an ambitious young man who goes from being a humble window washer to chairman of the board of a company. “How to Succeed,” which opened on Broadway in 1961, won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year and seven Tony Awards. A more recent revival featured Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter movie fame in the lead.

Playing the leads at EHS were: Connor Gibbs (J. Pierrepont Finch), Maggie Douglass and Jessica Ingraham (Rosemary Pilkington); Jason Brown (Bud Frump); and Jessica E. Katusich (Hedy LaRue).

Supporting roles were played by: Jonesis Figueroa (Miss Jones); Christopher B. Amoros (Bert Bratt); Andrew Connelly (Mr. Twimble and Mr. Womper); Jessica Connor and Caitlin Oelrich (Smitty); Tyler Hinckley (Milton Gatch and S. Ovington Blackwell); Bethany DiRoco (Miss Krumholtz); and Patrick Ryan (J.B. Biggley).

Others members of the cast and chorus were Emily Baker, Chelsea Burdeau, Olivia Coffey, Samuel Dailey, Karysa Dextraze, Lauren Dolinski, Olivia Ferguson, Leo Fish, Sarah Lasky, Anna Morrissey, Liam Nash, Rebecca Paul, Anne Ryan, and Alexis White.

The show also featured eighth-graders from White Brook Middle School who performed in the chorus: Maddisin Atkinson, Diouanni Aquino, Allison Christopher, Josh Ealy and Eamonn Graeme. EHS Principal Vito Perrone was the voice of “The Book.”

Reading with the big kids

Maple School’s annual “Athletes Love to Read” event last month drew more than 40 student athletes from Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College. Also participating were high school athletes from Easthampton High School and the Williston Northampton School who signed up to read with more than 60 Maple School students at the Jan. 29 event.

“The great part of the evening was the informal way that these wonderful athletes connected with our students,” said Maple School Principal Tim Luce, in the most recent issue of the elementary school’s newsletter.

“Without exception these young people were enthusiastic, engaging, positive and truly did demonstrate a love of reading for our students,” Luce said.

Members of the Maple School Council who helped organize the event were parents Rebecca Belcher-Timme, Kate Rolland and Michelle Perrier, and staff members Katy Berube, Margaret Betts and Judy Averill.

For young scientists

The Emily Williston Memorial Library is hosting a program on electromagnetic radiation aimed at grade-school “scientists” March 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library on Park Street.

Two chemists from Mount Holyoke College will discuss invisible forms of electromagnetic radiation and how scientists use infrared radiation to expose what’s hidden below the surfaces of paintings. Students will also be able to decode their own secret messages.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Children must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To sign up, call 529-1605.

Kindergarten sign-up

Registration night for public kindergarten has been set for March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pepin School auditorium. A tour of kindergarten classrooms at Pepin and Center schools will be held March 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and March 12 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

On registration night, parents can sign up for screening appointments where teachers will help determine children’s academic abilities and needs. Those appointments will be held May 2 and 3.

For information, call the main office at Pepin School, 529-1545.

Barbara Solow can be reached at BSolow@gazettenet.com.

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