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Meet Meredith Prunty

From a role in Michael and Marisa’s anti-bullying music video "The Same" where she plays a student who is bullied, local resident and high school freshman and cheerleader, Meredith Prunty, is on to bigger and better things. Spotted by the directors at Toronto Pictures, an independent motion picture development, production and distribution company, Meredith will soon be appearing in their upcoming film “Abused in America”, a major motion picture that explores the horrible phenomenon of child abuse in the United States. Prunty will travel to Romania at the end of June to play Valerie, a runaway teen trying to make it on the streets.

So how does a local Hopkinton student end up making a movie in Romania? According to Meredith, it all started with her grandmother, Donna Glee Reim. Reim began acting four years ago, after stopping work as a psychiatric nurse. She has worked in over 20 films and has encouraged her granddaughter to act as well.

“She decided to bring me to an audition one day and I decided I really liked it,” said Meredith who has now been acting for about one year.

According to the Executive Producer of “Abused in America” Daria Trifu, Meredith was selected for the role of Valerie for several reasons.

“We cast Meredith Prunty in the movie not only for her talent as an actress and physical attributes, but also for her intelligence,” said Trifu.

In addition to her acting, Meredith is also a cheerleader and involved with social causes such as anti-bullying. She believes that bullying can be stopped if it is talked about and confronted.

“All it takes is someone to stand up to a bully,” said Prunty.

In addition to her role in the music video “The Same”, Prunty is also involved with other social causes and recently took part in a photo shoot as part of the NOH8 Campaign, a photographic silent protest created in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

“We were there to support them,” said Prunty. “It was a wonderful experience.”

Meredith plans to continue with all her activities and has devised a schedule to help get everything done.

“It definitely takes some time management,” said Prunty, “and my mom helps with that.”

But she plans to continue acting and doing what she loves.

UPDATE: Since her interview at the HCAM Studio, Meredith has continued to keep busy. She’s spent some time on the set of a Lifetime made for TV movie "Broken Silence" a film which deals with bullying, sexting and high school drama and also on the set of the movie "I Hate you Dad" starring Adam Sandler which is currently filming in the Boston area. She was also cast in the role as "Young Lacey Sullivan" in the locally filmed New England movie "Mark of the Dog Rose". Meredith is looking forward to another year with the Lady Hiller Cheerleaders and has recently made the level 5 All Star team with the Cheerfactor Gym located in Foxboro, MA.

To learn more, you can also join Meredith's Facebook Fan Page.

Watch the video below to see the complete interview with Meredith in the HCAM-TV Studio!

USO Tribute Show 2011

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It's time for the USO Tribute Show 2011, Enter Stage Left's Big Band Bash celebrating the USO shows of WWII.

This year's show will feature 8 new songs and some new arrangments of old favorites. As always, Bob Hope will host, and a calvacade of stars will bring a taste of home to the war-front.

WHEN:
Friday June 10, 7:30pm
Saturday June 11, at 2:00 and 7:30pm
Hopkinton Senior Center
28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton Ma.

TICKETS:
$17.00
$13.00 (students/seniors)

Women's Art Forum "Last Hurrah"

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On Tuesday, June 7th the Women's Art Forum will present a performance and artist talk with singer-songwriter Lori Diamond accompanied by Fred Abatelli at the HCAM Studios. This will be the Women's Art Program "last hurrah" concert of the seaon.

Middle School Live! to be Performed June 4

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Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting Middle School Live! on June 4, at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be at the Hopkinton Middle School Cafeteria. This laugh-out-loud sketch comedy show, directed by Mary Scarlata-Rowe, with music direction by Mark DiCampo, was a collaborative writing effort between the cast members and the directors.

World Premier of "Empty Page, Empty Stage" Tonight

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Don't miss the world premier and benefit performance of "Empty Page, Empty Stage" performed by the Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble tonight at Hopkinton High School. The play is an inspirational drama about a teenage girl faced with a unique disability sustained from a bike accident and the unusual cast of characters that help her overcome her difficulties.

This is the same play that the will be performed at the Scotland Fringe Festival in August. Tonight's performance is a special presentation to help raise funds needed to make the trip.

May 19 at 7:30PM

Wake up and Smell the Poetry

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On Saturday, May 21st HCAM Studios will offer one of two last programs of the season honoring poetry, songs and story of Thea Hopkins, Junko Ogawa and Betsy Binstock.

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Artist Spotlight: Cheryl Perreault

HCAM News is pleased to introduce another segment in our Artist Spotlight series. Brought to you by Arts and Entertainment Reporter, Kelly Grill, Artist Spotlight is a short interview program that gives our viewers a chance to meet local artists with a variety of different backgrounds. This month's featured guest is Hopkinton resident Cheryl Perreault, a spoken word artist and the producer of HCAM's popular "Wake Up and Smell the Poetry" series.

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Metrowest Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concert

The Metrowest Young Artist Concert, featuring Hikaru Yonezaki, MSO Young Artist Competition Winner will take place this Sunday, March 27, 2011, at 3:00 PM at Hopkinton High School. Watch the HCAM News video below as MSO Music Director Peter Cokkinias talks about the upcoming concert.

Hikaru Yonezaki, a tenth grader at Newton South High School, began playing the violin at the age of four with the Suzuki method in Japan. Ever since she moved to the United States, she has studied with Fudeko Takahashi.

"Honoring the Spirit" from Hopkinton, MA to Quantico, VA

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The “ Honoring the Spirit” painting and related material is on exhibit in the Leatherneck Gallery at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. The painting was scheduled to be on display for the month of February 2011. After viewing the painting, Museum officials expressed interest in extending the stay.

Opening Reception Today at CAA Postponed

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The Opening Reception for the May Cause Discomfort exhibit at the Cultural Arts Alliance has been postponed due to construction issues at the farmhouse. All lgallery hours and the February 13th Opening Reception will be rescheduled.

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