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Archive | February 21, 2015

New England Late February 2015: Moon Accompanied By Venus & Mars — Lovely, Classic Venus Conjunction.

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From “Neave Planetarium” … click here to access.

The real bright object close to the Moon is Venus in its classic Crescent Moon conjunction. But Mars, distinctly Orange, but much smaller and dimmer, is right close by. I saw them both Friday night around 6:30 pm. Mars is hard to see. Way up is Uranus. So three planets. 


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“Grease”, By Brewster Academy ‘BAD Company’, At ‘Anderson Hall’, On Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

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GreaseBrewster02202015Given that it was a musical, it was on the money, the music was good, the live band very lively (with my ‘buddy’ John Petruzelli (who does the sound for Clearlakes Chorale concerts) playing guitar) and some very good vocals, e.g., Bryce Shipman, the lead, as ‘Danny’. Glad we went. It was fun and the Brewster kids, and it was a huge cast, had a ball. Their peers, in the audience, thought they rocked. I have seen a fair amount of Brewster kids over the last few years given that Devanee goes to Brewster, every Thursday night, for 9 months of the year for Clearlakes Chorale practice. They always strike me as very pleasant, polite and proper and that was indeed the case at the concert.

Andy Campbell, who is also the Music Director for Clearlakes Chorale, was, as the Head of the Music Dept. at Brewster, the music director for this show and he also made a cameo appearance, in all white, as the Guardian Angel. He was good. He has quite the voice and presence. In addition to Andy, we also knew the Director (who is ‘related) to Andy, the Choreographer, John Ling — who dances (with Teischan) at ‘Norteastern Ballet’. So we had skin in the game. That aside, it was still quite the show. There are some very good looking kids at Brewster. Class act. These kids will go far.

We didn’t know any of the kids! That was kind of strange. We don’t know that many, but we know at least a handful. None of them were in the show.



This was our 2nd show at Brewster’s new “Anderson Hall” — we also having been there in December for Teischan’s “Nutcracker” when we had the fire alarm and the ‘disaster’ trying to get the disabled person we had taken down the stairs.

Alas we can’t say it was better the 2nd time around. The seating is ATROCIOUS! There is no nice way to say it. Given that we knew, from bitter experience, that 60% of the main floor is NOT banked we headed straight to the gallery, where the seats are somewhat tiered. We discovered that the seats are NOT, as they are supposed to be, offset. The seats are PERFECTLY lined up. So as soon as somebody sits in front of you your view is blocked. So we moved again, to the side. Then we discovered guardrails positioned, perfectly again, to cut off the stage. I took a NAP at some points because I couldn’t see the stage! I asked some others. They agreed. Couldn’t see the stage. Anderson Hall is a joke. Whoever designed it had no clue. Brewster was duped. Can’t wait to see what will happen at the first sold out “Great Waters” concert at Anderson Hall. Folks who paid $45 for a seat are not going to be happy.


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