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NESCom Alum Robert Nesbitt Nominated For Three Boston/New England Emmys

New England School of Communications Journalism graduate Robert Nesbitt (’11) has been nominated for 3 Boston/New England Emmy awards for his work at WCSH 6 in Portland, ME. The nominees for the 38th Boston/New England Emmys were announced today in Dedham, MA.

Nesbitt has been nominated in the following categories:

NEWS SPECIALTY REPORT ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT
Inmate Artist WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

MAGAZINE FEATURE/SEGMENT
Bone Marrow Brothers WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

VIDEO JOURNALIST
Wheel Chair Dog WCSH

Rob Nesbitt, Reporter

The 38th Boston/New England Emmy Awards ceremony will take place Saturday, May 30th.

WHSN Radio To Feature Audio Engineering Student Recordings

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WHSN 89.3 FM, campus radio station for Husson University is set to showcase the student work of NESCom Audio Engineering over the past academic year. On Wednesday, May 6th at 8pm, WHSN will air a special broadcast titled the “NESCom Audio Year In Review”.

Students taking CT 431 Advanced Music Production over the 2014-2015 academic year recorded 11 different musical acts as part of their course work. Each student was charged with selecting a musical act to bring to the studios of the New England School of Communications at Husson University and were responsible for all aspects of the project including recording, editing, mixing and mastering.

WHSN’s “NESCom Audio Year In Review” will include one song from each of the 11 projects and will include interviews with some of the students, giving them an opportunity to share their experiences with the recordings. Also included in the special will be Thom Johnston, Dean of the New England School of Communications.

“NESCom Audio Year In Review” will air Wednesday, May 6th at 8pm on WHSN 89.3 FM in the Bangor area and streamed online at whsn-fm.com

Timelapse Video Shows Work That Goes Into The Nite Show

Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University handle all production aspects of the Nite Show, which airs nearly statewide on television stations in Portland, Bangor, and Presque Isle, Maine. As the students worked on the set for tonight’s taping at the Gracie Theatre, student Alan Wardwell shot a time-lapse of the 2+ hours it takes to assemble the set.

NESCom Entertainment Production Presents Once On This Island

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The New England School of Communications Entertainment Production degree program at Husson University will present the award-winning musical, Once On This Island in the Gracie Black Box Theatre April 17th-19th. This is the third musical to has been presented in the school’s experimental theatre space. In 2013, Studs Terkel’s Working – The Musical launched the space as an intimate alternative performance facility on the Husson campus, to be followed by sell-out performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last May.

Once On This Island is a rousing, Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. From the TONY Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime) comes this Olivier Award-winning Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. This show garnered eight TONY nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Following their Off-Broadway debut with Lucky Stiff, a musical farce, Ahrens and Flaherty knew they wanted to tackle something with greater emotional depth. Browsing for ideas, Ahrens stumbled upon the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy in a used bookstore. The book was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, and Ahrens responded instantly to the novel’s poetic language and to the simple beauty of the story. Her writing partner, composer Stephen Flaherty, was attracted to the novel’s Caribbean setting, which would allow him to create a score that was theatrical, but inflected with the rhythms and sounds of the story’s locale.

The story focuses on Ti Moune, a peasant girl, who rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. But her determination and capacity to love proves more powerful than society’s prejudices and the whims of the mischievous deities.

The NESCom production is staged by Jeri Misler, the Director of the Gracie Theatre, who is well-known to the Bangor Theatre community through her work with the Gracie as well as the Penobscot Theatre Company and Winterport Open Stage. Jeri will be assisted by the musical talents of Ben McNaboe, a music director and teaching artist at numerous high schools, Penobscot Theater, and Stages Performing Arts Academy. In addition to music directing, Ben also plays in pit orchestras on both reeds and keyboards having appeared in over 50 musical theater productions around New England. Together, Jeri and Ben have been working with Husson’s Musical Theatre Performance class, and other students within the Entertainment Production and Live Sound Programs to rehearse, design and produce this entertaining and uplifting musical.

The performances of Once On This Island are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 PM.   The Gracie Black Box Theatre is located on the second floor of the Gracie Theatre on the campus of Husson University. General Admission tickets are available at the door before each performance. Ticket prices are $5.00 Regular Admission and $3.00 Student admission.   Seating is limited to 50 seats for each performance, so get there early, and be prepared to become enchanted!