Music/Drama/The Arts

Music/Drama/The Arts


RU into Music?

RU's Music Program has something for everyone!

Music at RUHS is always growing and improving and this year is no different. Going into the 2019-2020 we have a few differences in the department. The marching band portion of our program will be taking a hiatus as we begin to grow our program again. In the place of this part of our large program, we have offered an auditioned jazz ensemble to push our higher achieving students. While the rest of the instrumentalists will be coming together in senior band and focusing on the fundamentals! We see this as a strong step forward for what RUHS Music can be.

Outside of the realm of Instrumental Music, the Vocal Ensembles are also making strong steps forward. We will be traveling this year, the location is yet to be determined. We also have the largest Senior Choir that has been at RU in many years. Look forward to seeing both of these performing ensembles at our first concert on December 11th at RUHS. 

We are again excited to offer Music Theory and Digital Music as elective offerings this year. 
If you are interested in being involved in RU Music, please consider being part of our Music Boosters community. They support the music program by raising money and volunteering for events! See our "Boosters" page on our website below. 

To really get a feel for what RU music is all about, check out our special website, dedicated to everything musical at RUHS. Click here to visit RU Music.

Agatha Christie is coming to Randolph Union
picture of students rehearsing a play

Agatha Christie is coming to Randolph Union.  This October RU’s young actors and technicians will perform the most famous of murder mysteries!

Nearly 70 years after it opened in London, “The Mousetrap” continues to delight audiences.  It is the longest running play in the history of theater. 

See the making of the play as filmed by RTCC's Digital Film Program here.

Agatha Christie was a master of detective fiction - and remains best selling novelist of all time.  More than two billion copies of her work are in print. 

Getting permission to perform the work required approval from Christie’s grandson, guardian of the family legacy. 

“I never expected the kids and I would get a contract,” explained RU Director Brian Rainville.  “This was a huge ask.  Christie created the murder mystery.”

“The Mousetrap” is a classic whodunit, a template for murder mysteries that would appear in film and on television for generations.  “What people often don’t suspect is that Christie’s play is very, very funny” noted Director Rainville.  “She writes brilliant comedy – while posing essential questions about the loss of empire – and talent overcoming restrictions dictated by class and gender.”

Although the cast and crew has gathered for just two rehearsals, an elaborate set is taking shape.  The stage in Murray Auditorium is filled with antique furniture, Persian rugs, and artwork from four continents. 
“Theater is time travel,” suggested Director Rainville.  “One of my mentors continually invoked L.P. Hartley, who famously said; 'The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.'  That’s our theme this season.”

March will bring an adaptation of “The Cake,” a new play about the clash between a baker and a same-sex couple. “I bought this script last spring” said Director Rainville “when individuals insisted during community forums that their views were neither heard nor respected.  This show is about real people who have fundamentally different beliefs.  It’s not a story I expected to tell, as I needed permission to cut language and trim dialogue.  Yet the playwright was tremendously gracious in allowing this incarnation of her work.”

Two other big projects are on the horizon for RU Theater. Thanks to a range of institutional and private donors including the Lamson-Howell and Byrne Foundations, high-density mobile shelving will be installed in the costume room.  The renovation will allow the 3,000 piece costume collection to grow while largely eliminating the need to work from ladders when accessing garments.  And before the academic year is over theater students and their intrepid director will enjoy the 17th Annual New York City Theater Trip!

RU’s director had surprisingly little to say about what he’s planning for 2020-2021.  Even though it will beRainville’s 25th season of theater in Randolph, he wasn’t willing to discuss show titles.  “It’s not that it’s too early,” said the director as he sat in Murray Auditorium, “I’m waiting for confirmation on the second contract. Everything should be in place when “The Mousetrap” opens October 18th.   The kids and I will make an announcement in the show program.  You’ll just have to be here to find out!”

RU Theater Takes to the Road
RU Theater is once again ready to take to the road - and return to NYC!  For one day each year Manhattan becomes a classroom for students and their chaperones.

This profound learning opportunity is now in its 17th year.  The trip transports students from Randolph to midtown Manhattan, where they'll see the classic musical "Kiss Me Kate" and witness the thriving artistic community that is Broadway.

The Lamson-Howell Foundation and the Borchardt Fund help make this annual excursion possible.  Their underwriting ensures the drama program has the cash flow necessary to secure a chartered motorcoach, show tickets, and meals well in advance.

The New York trip has been a memorable event for more than a generation of Randolph's young people.  For more information about the trip, and how to get on board, contact program director Brian Rainville at  (802) 728-3397 ext 124 or bcrainville@orangesouthwest.org.