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CHS Students Ready to Present ‘A Night in Hollywood’ on Saturday

Heather Griffin and Emma Skinner create a mural for the show.  Photo by John Fitts

Heather Griffin and Emma Skinner create a mural for the show.
Photo by John Fitts

Students at Canton High School were busy Friday evening readying for “A Night in Hollywood,” the multi-media Prisms showcase set to take place Saturday night.

The concert is a multi-media showcase with music from school bands, projections, a light show, narration and hallway decorations.

Delany Berry, who is co-producing the show with Heather Griffin and Jake Tilton, said planning for the show began in November. While Friday night was a flurry of last-minute activity with more set for Saturday, she said it was great to see it all coming together. … Continue Reading

Prisms, the Annual Multi-Media Concert at CHS, is Set for Saturday

prismsThe annual Prisms concert at Canton High School is set to take place this Saturday.

“The Prisms concert is a hugely important part of Canton’s music program, and is a highlight of the year for the music department,” Jake Tilton, one of the senior class producers of the show, stated in a message to Canton Compass. “The Prisms show is a themed multimedia concert, with hallway displays, light and projections, narration, and of course, great music — including a heavy emphasis on student compositions and arrangements.” … Continue Reading

CHS Jazz Ensemble Receives Top Honors at Berklee Jazz Festival

The Canton High School jazz ensemble received top honors at the 2015 Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston, Mass. on Jan. 31.

The band won first place in their division of the large ensemble category.

The festival was a great experience for approximately 21 high school students, said John Mastroianni, director of bands and k-12 music department supervisor.

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Images of Canton: Live Music Returns to the ‘Crown’

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Live music returned to the Crown and Hammer Pub and Restaurant Saturday night the with the AlbinoTree Trio. From left are Al Guimaraes, Jonathan Lichtig and Joe Boyle. Next up in the Saturday night series are Dan Prado and Eric Della Vecchio on Feb. 7. See more at http://www.crownandhammer.com/events.html. Note there will be no music on Valentines Day.  … Continue Reading

Live Music Returns to the Crown and Hammer on Saturday

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Live music will return to the Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub this Saturday night and several local favorites have been scheduled to play in the coming weeks.

The restaurant is working hard to provide a fun place to get a great meal and enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, said bar manager Will Shafer.

“We just feel entertainment will boost that and add another element,” he said.

Lisa and John Maurer recently purchased the Collinsville restaurant and re-opened its doors as Lisa’s Crown and Hammer in November. … Continue Reading

CHS to Present Fiddler on the Roof as its Spring Musical

fiddler(Submitted) Canton High School will present Fiddler on the Roof as its spring musical.

Performances take place Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m.

Presale tickets, priced at $8 for students/seniors and $12 for adults, can be purchased online at http://fiddler.cantonmusic.org or by calling (860) 693-7707. Tickets are also available at the door for $10 and $14. … Continue Reading

Final Performance of ‘Alice@Wonderland: The Musical’ Takes Place Sunday Afternoon

Alice (Zoe Bates) and the Mad Hatter (Dan Jones)  Photo by Belle Magna

Alice (Zoe Bates) and the Mad Hatter (Dan Jones)
Photo by Belle Magna

On Sunday afternoon Canton Middle School presents the final performance of Alice@Wonderland.

The final show had been scheduled for Saturday night but was postponed due to weather.

The musical is a modern day twist of the classic Alice in Wonderland. It takes place at 2 p.m. at the Canton Middle School auditorium at 76 Simonds Ave. While they last, tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

Thanks to Belle Magna for the photos!  … Continue Reading

Canton Middle School Presents Alice@Wonderland: The Musical

Canton Middle School presents Alice @ Wonderland Jan. 23 and 24.  Photo by John Fitts

Canton Middle School presents Alice @ Wonderland Jan. 23 and 24.
Photo by John Fitts

How do you make Alice feel even more out of place than she did in the Lewis Carroll’s classic tale? Make her a modern day girl well versed in 21st-century world of social media.

That’s the premise that makes Alice @ Wonderland: The Musical relevant for today’s youth yet fairly faithful to the original. Canton Middle School presents the production at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 24.

“It’s a fun spin on an old story,” said director Kelly Casorio.

Pre-sale tickets are available here.

What’s going on in town? View our calendar listings and add your own event at https://cantoncompass.com/events-calendar/.
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Preservation of Place Grant Will Help EDA, Canton Main Street Develop Marketing and Brand Strategy

mainstreet1Canton Main Street joined forces with the Canton Economic Development Agency to win a $10,000 Preservation of Place grant from the Connecticut Main Street Center. The grant was one of eight recently awarded by the Connecticut Main Street Center, a non-profit downtown revitalization and economic development organization.

“The Preservation of Place grant will boost our efforts to develop an effective marketing and brand strategy for Collinsville and ultimately Canton as a whole,” Robert Bessel, chairman of the Canton Economic Development Agency (EDA), stated in a submitted release. “We now have additional funds to help identify the audience we want to attract to Collinsville and to develop the creative elements that will appeal to that audience. We are committed to building off of our historic assets to ensure that our economic development efforts achieve the right balance of growth and preservation.”

The grant matches town funds already allocated to the Canton EDA for a comprehensive market study and brand strategy for the Town of Canton in the 2014-15 budget. In addition to the market study and brand strategy, the EDA has developed a three-year strategic plan, a survey of town residents, and publication of a Canton Economic Development blog. … Continue Reading

Farmington Valley Stage Company: ‘The Show Must Go On’

From left  Ron Faibusch, Doreen Cohn and Ken Jones.

From left Ron Faibusch, Doreen Cohn and Ken Jones.

Submitted release 

Howard Hirsch had a dream of developing a community theater group in West Hartford and in 2001 the Park Road Playhouse was formed. For the next eight years the Park Road Playhouse produced fifty-two plays and musicals. Following the group’s closing in 2008, Howard continued to pursue his passion, joining long time business partner Ron Faibusch, with the idea of opening a new theater company somewhere in the Farmington Valley. After much looking and several false starts, they made arrangements with the Town of Canton to use the historic Canton Town Hall Auditorium in Collinsville, and in 2012 the non-profit Farmington Valley Stage Company was founded. The curtain went up with The Memory of Water, directed by Howard Hirsch. This first season was followed with two more successful seasons. In the beginning of the third season, Howard sadly passed away. The future of the group was uncertain but as Howard made it perfectly clear prior to his death, “The show must go on,” and so it does. … Continue Reading


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