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Foundation for MetroWest Helps Local Artist and Local Theater

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Many artists dream of making a living practicing their craft, but often times find it impossible to make ends meet. Such was the case of Milford resident Michael Geary, 2010 graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). Although Michael, a graphic artist and sculptor, as well as actor, costume designer, set designer, and director, had plenty of talent and an award-winning body of work, the prospects of earning an income as an artist in MetroWest were dim.

ESL’s Seussical Workshops Begin July 11

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Enter Stage Left Theater will be offering three Seussical Summer Workshops this summer. The first, Seussical Jr., is for ages 9 to 14 years and will take place Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., July 11 - 29, with performances on July 29 and 30. The second workshop, Seussical Chorus, is for ages 7 and 8 years and will take place Monday – Friday, from 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., July 18-29. The third workshop, Seussical Theater for Little Ones is for ages 4 – 6 years and one-week sessions will take place Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. on July 11-15 and July 25-29.

CAA Life is a Circus Performance and Art Show July 8

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The Cultural Arts Alliance of Hopkinton will be winding up its Life is a Circus summer camp with a public performance and art show on July 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hopkinton Middle School. Children from preschool to sixth grade will be showing the results of their time in the 2 week-long Summer Arts Program, which this year featured an “adventures under the Big Top” theme. Admission is free!

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Become a Part of Take Care's Communal Album Art!

Watch the HCAM News video with Kyle Joseph of Take Care to learn how you can you can help support their second album and become part of their communal album art.

The Hopkinton based Take Care band was formed in the fall of 2008 when brothers Kyle and Dan, better known as DJ, Joseph began writing music together. Take Care has now been together for just over two years and produced their first album, Awakenasleep, in July of 2009.

Movie Night Postponed

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Due to inclement weather, Hopkinton Parks and Recreation rescheduled movie night. The movie The Blind Side will now be showing Monday June 20th at 8:30PM on the Town Common.

Joan Bannon
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation

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ESL's USO Show Highlights

Watch the HCAM News segment produced by HCAM volunteer Tommy Karner with highlights from the recent USO Show at the Senior Center and listen as Enter Stage Left Director Paul Champlin talks about how the show got started and plans for its growth.


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Barn Jam 2011 - Rock for Scotland takes place this Saturday, June 11 at 4PM at the Cultural Arts Alliance Field.

This teen band music festival is a fundraiser for the Hopkinton Drama Ensemble's trip to Scotland where they will perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Bands include Bandicoot, Splatter Cactus, Low Battery, 21A and singers Sasha Yachentko, Evelyn Oliver, Emma Howe and Evan Katz with many more!

Bring a blanket to sit chairs please.

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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.

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

$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.


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