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. Going into the 2018-2019 school year we are pleased to welcome Katherine Hollander to our wonderful district music team! She'll be working with the elementary grades in Randolph, Braintree, and Brookfield.

This year we will be building off of the momentum we gained last year, adding on an extra concert at the end of the year and offering new music electives to our class offerings. We will also be running another Digital Music Project Based Learning class.

But 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.

ETC Theater Company Presents: The Diana TapesPhoto of a student in the play The Diana Tapes

A new play about Diana, Princess of Wales, premieres at Randolph Union on March 14th – where young thespians are making a habit of introducing new work to the Upper Valley. 

When asked why the troupe chose to offer an untested script by a young NYC playwright, director Brian C. Rainville said “The kids and I look for new, engaging stories.  28 Marchant Avenue, the musical version of Mary Poppins, and Mastering the Art entertained and enlightened.  That is the essence of theater.”

Rising sophomore Allison Johnston has the plum role of Diana. According to Johnston, “[Diana] was a real, deeply troubled person who struggled with abuse, eating disorders, and constant media attention.  It wasn’t easy to find a place within the monarchy.  Diana was a modern woman, grappling with issues that continue to plague us today.”

For cast and crew the play also served as a seminar.  Senior Philip Papp explains; “Every show reveals another time and place.  In many ways the climate of 20 or 30 years ago doesn’t seem that different.  Media and celebrity were still deeply intertwined.  One could not – and can not - exist without the other.”

Courtney Clement, a relative newcomer to the RU stage, is clearly excited about the world of the play, noting “today we are still inundated by media, particularly electronic media.  This script offers a look at the people who profit by exploiting others – and how some utilize media to help advance their own career and interests.”

Rounding out the cast is freshman Ilya Andreyev, who portrays journalist Andrew Morton.  “The play is part history, part fiction, and part something else.  It looks at a range of issues – including the stereotypes that women are overly emotional, and unable to operate media.  Yet here’s a beautiful, powerful woman who crafts a very clever book – perhaps the most brilliant divorce petition ever.”

“The Diana Tapes” will be performed at Randolph Union at 7:30 p.m. on March 14-15 and at 2:00 p.m. on March 16.  All tickets are unreserved, and available at the door.  The box office opens 45 minutes before curtain.  Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for students.  Homemade treats are available during intermission, proceeds from which underwrite student participation in the annual NYC theater trip.

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 16th 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.