, Newburyport, MA

January 2, 2014

AlumNight showcases talents of Pentucket graduates

By Jen Solis

---- — Nearly 50 past graduates of Pentucket Regional High School will return to their alma mater tomorrow to participate in a long-standing benefit for the arts.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Pentucket Arts Foundation’s annual AlumNight kicks off with a visual arts exhibit in the high school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

Organized by Elisabetta “Leeza” Masia, Class of 2006, this year’s AlumNight exhibit promises to be its most in-depth yet. In addition to paintings, drawings and photography, the show will feature ceramics, jewelry design, metalsmithing, sculpture, digital imagery, film and more.

At 7 p.m., Pentucket’s alumni performing artists take the stage for a vaudeville-style show with comedy sketches, singing, instrumentals and the always popular Pentucket Alumni Jazz Band All-Stars. As a nod to the 10th-year milestone, performers plan to reprise some favorite numbers from Pentucket theater productions over the years. A special group number will honor members of the Pentucket arts family who have died in the past decade.

Cathy Thomas, Class of 2003, pulls together the performance piece and emcees the event, and her witty banter between acts has become an AlumNight highlight. The former Groveland resident now lives in New York City, where she plays with the pop/rock band Boy Girl Party and works as the operations manager for The League of Young Voters Education Fund.

Other alumni performing or exhibiting this year include Jonathan Acorn, Ben Baker, Emily Baker, Amy Bartlett, Jill Bamford (Martel), Tony Beatrice, Sean Bixby, Michelle Boldan, Sarah Collins, Chris D’Amore, Chloe Darke, Jill Domings-Salzarulo, Michelle Dugan, Brian Fitzgibbons, Liza Hamilton, Anne Low Harrigan, Geoff House, Lee House, Bob Jordan, Christina Kelly, Mia Leonard-Solis, Peter Leonard-Solis, Keenan Leonard-Solis, Liam Leonard-Solis, Caterina Masia, Alison Matthews, Julia McGlew, Ben Mead, Kerrin Mullen (Rhuda), Stephanie Naffah, Sarah Pearsall, Kayla Piscatelli, Keais Pope, Jessica Puzak, Margaret Rancourt, Danielle Ripa, Corey Ryan, Nichole Ryan-Wheeler, Brooke Snow, Bobby Spellman, Alexandra Unger, Adam Yeremian and Tiffany Young.

AlumNight is sponsored this year by the Jaquelyn Kastrinelis Fund for the Performing Arts and the foundation’s “Arts Connecting Community” partner, Institution for Savings.

If you go

What: 10th annual AlumNight

When: Tomorrow. Art exhibit at 6:30 p.m., performances at 7 p.m.

Where: Pentucket Regional High School, 24 Main St., West Newbury

How much: $10 general admission, $8 for students and seniors. Some material presented may not be suitable for younger children.

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