Arts & Entertainment

Montville School of Rock Sings of Respect at First Concert

Sruthi Gudimella (center) with Matty Enriquez and Josh Carus Credits: Melissa Benno
Amanda Rosado Credits: Melissa Benno
Catherine Tsilionis sings We Can Work it Out while David Champion sings harmony Credits: Melissa Benno
Catherine Tsilionis sings Credits: Melissa Benno
David Champion Credits: Melissa Benno
Montville Township High School “School of Rock” Credits: Melissa Benno
Montville Township High School “School of Rock” Credits: Melissa Benno
Catherine Tsilionis sings accompanied by Kevin Wang on guitar. Credits: Melissa Benno
Sruthi Gudimella (center) with Matty Enriquez and Josh Carus Credits: Melissa Benno
David Champion and Amanda Rosado Credits: Melissa Benno
Sruthi Gudimella (center) with Matty Enriquez and Josh Carus Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township High School “School of Rock” held its first concert of the year on Oct. 6 at the high school. The theme of the concert was “Respect” due to the school district’s Week of Respect.

Senior Sruthi Gudimella opened the concert with the song “Respect,” which became a hit in the 60s for Aretha Franklin.

“Towards the end of the song, Aretha sings ‘take care of TCP,’” said Gudimella. “At the time it became a hit, people wondered what TCP referred to. Many thought she was singing TCB -- take care of business -- but TCP meant ‘the colored people.’ We’re dedicating this performance to the people of all colors, races, religions, and sexual orientations.”

Sign Up for E-News

Jasmine Lee followed up with “You’re So Vain,” stating the song is about arrogance and its consequences.

Seniors David Champion and Amanda Rosado sang “Love the Way You Lie,” by Eminem and Rihanna.

“Respect is a skill, and like any other skill, it improves with practice,” said Rosado. “This song is about two people who are very much in love. Unfortunately, neither of them has practiced or learned anything about respecting each other. So the man hates himself for the way he behaves and the woman learns to tolerate his abuse.”

Catherine Tsilionis sang The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out.”

“The song is about how we need to respect each other enough to listen to and think about what the other person is saying,” she said. “We need to remember that life is short.”

Josh Carus sang lead on “What’s Going On.”

“Until June of 1970, Marvin Gaye's most popular hits were about love,” Carus said. “However, ‘What’s Going On’ was a protest song. Berry Gordy, the owner of Motown record company refused to release the song because it was ‘too political’ for radio. When it was finally released in 1971, it reached number one. The song is about our lack of respect for each other and life itself.”

Tsilionis also sang “Blackbird,” accompanied solely by Kevin Wang on guitar.

“Many people think ‘Blackbird’ is a song about a blackbird,” Tsilionis said. “But it’s really about the emancipation of the black woman during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. During that time men, called girls ‘chicks’ and ‘birds.’ Once you realize that, the words ‘take these broken wings and learn to fly, all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arrive’ make sense in a completely different way.”

Carus and the ensemble on “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen finished out the show.

To view a compilation video with clips of various performers, click:

Other musicians in the group include Matty Enriquez, keyboardists Cyrus Dastparvardeh and Brenden Silverman, drummer Alessandra Guarneri, singers Abigail Garcia, Adriana Maiella, and Maria Pandazis and keyboardist Angela Murphy.

Future performance dates for the School of Rock include:

Rock’s-Giving: Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. featuring returning alumni: Max Laurenzi and Zach Kahn, ALUS and more. 

Two Great Causes: Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

For the Love of Rock: Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Support staff for the School of Rock includes: Jenna Calcagno, Jesse Cole, Marissa DiFulco, Serena Huang, Jake Marotta, John Mattaliano, Dante Nasisi, Gabriela Risteski and Neil Swagger.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_4984b2c9947affe9ff15_img_3405

Mon, October 23, 7:00 PM

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Songs from the HEART: A Night to Support Teens

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Giving Back

Carousel_image_2f5e22fedbc0839027fd_township_logo

Tue, October 24, 8:00 PM

Municipal Building, Montville

Montville Township Committee Meeting

Government

Carousel_image_9bc6642f785e4b3e65c5_img_5625

Wed, October 25, 1:00 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

African Mask Workshop for Adults (Library)

Education

Carousel_image_a90e0c487793459add15_img_5625

Wed, October 25, 4:00 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Kids' African Mask Workshop (Library)

Education

Carousel_image_cf038ea3e8f59eb3d4eb_img_0445

Thu, October 26, 5:30 PM

Grace Lord Park, Boonton

Boonton Arts Pumpkin Illumination 2017

Arts & Entertainment

Kudos on a Very Successful Montville Day

October 17, 2017

Montville Day 2017 proved to be a HUGE success with thousands of residents enjoying the two terrific bands (Eaglemania and The Infernos), free rides and games for the children, a petting zoo, our first responder equipment on display (you’ve got to love those fire trucks!), the food trucks, beer garden and the numerous volunteer booths.  It was a great showing ...

Israeli Soldiers to Speak at Pine Brook Jewish Center

October 23, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Pine Brook Jewish Center will be hosting two soldiers from the Israeli Defense Force for a special lecture on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the center.

“Israeli Soldiers Tour” is an innovative program featuring a diverse group of young reserve duty Israeli soldiers, according to a press release from PBJC. The soldiers have combat experience during ...

Boy Scouts Honor Three Montville Twp Residents

October 21, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ – Deputy Mayor Frank Cooney, Dr. Karen Cortellino, and Cantor Menachem Toren were honored by the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts at a dinner held on Oct. 11, bestowing the Good Scout Award on each.

Cooney is Montville Township Deputy Mayor, Cortellino is a member and past president of the Montville Township Board of Education, and Toren is the cantor for Pine ...

Montville Township High School Marching Band Takes 1st Place

October 22, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Township High School Marching Band scored big wins in two back to back performances on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The Mustangs took 1st place at the North Warren Band Competition. There the Mustangs received Caption Awards for Best Color Guard, Best Music, Best Visual and Overall Effect, as well as a special award for Best in Show for having received ...

Randolph Cop Turns Roxbury Garage into Ninja Zone

October 15, 2017

ROXBURY, NJ – Chris Carbonaro’s detached garage, on a quiet Ledgewood street, looks about the same as many others in Roxbury; beige walls and two white doors.

The only clue about its true nature are two small, brown placards - one on each door - that say “Ninjas Only.”

That message could be mistaken for a joke or an indication Carbonaro, a Randolph police officer, ...

Far Hills 97th Meeting Race Draws 40,000 Tailgaters and Horse Enthusiasts

October 22, 2017

FAR HILLS, NJ - A massive crowd of 40,000 tailgaters and horse enthusiasts, young and old alike, swarmed the small town of Far Hills yet again for the 97th annual Far Hills Race Meeting. The race fans and partiers arrived Saturday at Moorland Farms adorned in their best fall attire.

The day's action started long before the races. As the sun began to peek over the colorful ...

Israeli Soldiers to Speak at Pine Brook Jewish Center

October 23, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Pine Brook Jewish Center will be hosting two soldiers from the Israeli Defense Force for a special lecture on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the center.

“Israeli Soldiers Tour” is an innovative program featuring a diverse group of young reserve duty Israeli soldiers, according to a press release from PBJC. The soldiers have combat experience during ...

Columns

Want to Take Your Business Global? New Jersey Businesses Eligible for Grant Funding

October 11, 2017

Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide? 

The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to ...

JCP&L Reminds Customers Assistance and Service Programs are Available to Help Pay Utility Bills

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance or energy efficiency programs that could reduce the amount of electricity they use.

    Assistance programs available to New Jersey residents include:

Lifeline – Offers a cash grant to help people who ...

Century 21 The Crossing Open House on Sunday

MONTVILLE, NJ - Century 21 The Crossing has an open house on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1 - 4 p.m. at The Brownstones in Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle, Fairfield NJ (GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road, Fairfield).

 

'Barefoot in the Park' take frothy look at newlyweds

‘Barefoot in the Park’ takes a frothy look at young newlyweds

By Liz Keill

CHATHAM, NJ – The Chatham Players has opened its 96th season with an early Neil Simon favorite, “Barefoot in the Park.”

Originally on Broadway in 1963 with Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford, the play became a popular movie with Redford and Jane Fonda.

In Chatham, we have Crystal ...

Pet Corner