BHS Presents: Noises Off – Dec 2 & 3

The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center at Burlington High School is poised for what The New York Post has described as the “funniest farce ever written,” with the performances of Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” on December 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm.

“Noises Off” follows a traveling acting company’s struggles to prepare and perform a bedroom farce called “Nothing On.” The romantic entanglements, general cluelessness, and bad habits of the cast and crew create a catastrophic production of the play-within-a-play, which in turn provides for a hilarious experience for the audience of “Noises Off.”

Noted for its strong ensemble of comedic players, the Burlington cast includes Danielle Schissler as Dotty Otley, Zaven Ovian as Lloyd Dallas, Anthony Cruz as Garry Lejeune, Katrina Gilstrap as Brooke Ashton, Chris Coe as Frederick Fellowes, Giovanna Fernandes as Belinda Blair, Michelle Lee as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Jeff Manni as Tim Allgood, and Walker Peterson as Selsdon Mowbray.

Reserved seating can be purchased by visiting or by calling 781-A-FUN-TIC. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Recent Updates (11/16)

UPDATES: Nov 16th

Added link to the BHS Literary Map

Added link to Mrs. Janovitz’s webpage, as well as her book recommendation

UPDATES: Nov 15th

Cleaned up the Contact Us information

Cleaned up the electives menu. Descriptions coming soon. Even better descriptions coming slightly later.

UPDATES: Nov 14th

Moved the BHS Poetry Out Loud page from to this site

Added links to Ms. Netishen’s and Ms. Lombardo’s class webpages

Added class description to Contemporary Literature page

Added Book Recommendations from Mr. Milton & Ms. Netishen

Book Recommendation – Mrs. Janovitz

The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint – Brady Udall

The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint - Brady Udall

“If I could tell you only one thing about my life it would be this: when I was seven years old the mailman ran over my head.”

Brady Udall’s thoughtful and skillfully crafted first novel, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, opens abruptly and honestly. The book chronicles the ups and downs of the young Edgar Mint, an authentic and sympathetic underdog character who suffers great horrors and enjoys moments of true happiness. Edgar is a survivor, a champion over accident, impairment, bullying, menace, and oppression. He possesses an endearing goodness, a respect for the power of language, and an inspiring ability to overcome all obstacles in his path. The book is full of black humor, and a cast of characters both comic and tragic. If you want a novel that is immediately uplifting, this is not the book for you. There is definitely some darkness within the pages, but those pages are also infused with hope. It is an interesting and imaginative novel, and well worth a read.

Collab is running TWO Contests!

Collab is currently running both its annual music contest and the annual art contest.

The music contest will remain open until after winter break, perhaps until February. Eligibility rules: The songs must be original – no cover songs. At least one member must be a current BHS student. Multiple submissions encouraged. No restrictions on music genre.The winner will be played over our morning announcements and will be the featured track on this year’s album, included with the magazine.

The art contest is open to all students and all media. The winning entry will be used as our cover art for the 2012 edition of Collab. Top entries from juniors will be considered as the cover art for next year’s British Lit. textbook. Top sophomore entries will be considered as the cover art for next year’s American Lit. textbook.

Submissions for either contest can either be submitted to Mr. Lally or emailed to


Book Recommendation – Mr. Milton

The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins

A story about a dystopian society in which the government exercises complete control over its people by dividing them into smaller zones and forcing two children from each zone to participate in a televised fight to the death, called The Hunger Games. The stories hero,16 year old Katniss Everdeen, volunteers to be a tribute for the 74th Hunger Games to take the place of her younger sister who was chosen by a lottery. The games seem to be just as much about marketing as they do about battle itself – and Katniss learns to excel in both (even playing up a love angle in order to stay alive). After a few recommendations, I picked up the first book on a cross country trip. By the end of the trip (and a few detours to book stores), I had completed the series.