PMA HITS HOME RUN WITH SPRING CONCERT
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METHUEN — In a baseball theme, Presentation of Mary Academy’s Spring Concert and Art Show was a delight to the audience.

PMA’s band performed “The Star Spangled Banner” and the Canadian National Anthem — “O Canada” — followed by “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Then, Lori Duxbury and Marlena Rosinski performed the famous Abbott-and- Costello skit “Who’s on First,” dressed as Red Sox Manager Terry Francona and General Manager Theo Epstein, respectively.

The audience laughed along as the Duxbury and Rosinski performed the well- known skit to perfection, with Duxbury leading off by asking Rosinski why he “hired a guy named Coco Crispy.”

The first act ended with “God Bless America,” in which the audience was encouraged to sing along with the second verse. They happily obliged.

The first part of the show featured a select chorus of 17 girls that sang “Remember Me” and “Ave Maria.” Soleil Le performed a solo clarinet performance of “After You’ve Gone,” without the benefit of a single rehearsal.

After the seventh-nning stretch, the complete chorus sang four more songs. One of the offerings, “Love in any Language,” was also performed in sign language by Carol Ann Picard.

The finale, a Sister Act medley, featured vocalist Janelle Abreu singing the Isley Brothers classic hit “Shout,” with Sarah Crossman and Soleil Le on the saxophones.

The concert was not the only part of the evening. Self-portraits, drawings and paintings by PMA’s art students decorated the walls. Seventy-five pieces were available for auction, with the proceeds used to replenish art supplies and enhance the art program.

Sister Aline Geoffroy announced the winning bids during the intermission. Any items that were not sold could be bought outright.

One of the artists, 18-year-old senior Laurie Piantigini, is going to attend Rivier College in the fall.

“I’m going into math education and photography,” Piantigini said. “So, I took art to help with my photography.”

All of the art students had to do a self-portrait of some kind. While most picked a current picture, 17-year-old senior Sara McGuire chose a picture of herself when she was just 3.

“I thought it was a really cute picture and it was my mom’s,” McGuire said. “It had more meaning to me since it was hers.”

For Amanda Farnham, taking art was a way for her to be creative.

“I like to experiment with things,” the 17-year-old senior explained. “I love to be creative and write poetry. This to me is drawn poetry.”

For senior Francesca “Franny Fro” Messina, performing in the concert as a member of the chorus and displaying her art was her final curtain call. When she graduates this spring and heads off to St. John’s University in New York, she doesn’t plan to perform as much.

“It’s the people here who make it. Katie Sullivan and Ashley Korbey (who also sang in the show), they are my best friends and they make everything worth while,” Messina explained. “When I go to college, it’s going to be much more competitive and it’s not all about fun like it is here.”

If Messina is correct about not having fun, at least she, her friends and the audience have a fun night to remember at the Spring Concert and Art Show.