Music/Drama/The Arts

Music/Drama/The Arts


etc1Drama, a.k.a. The Encore Theater Company

Although the 2016-2017 theater season has drawn to a close, work is already underway on our 2017-18 season, which will premiere in late fall, usually October, with a play or series of plays that will be announced early on in the school year.  Anyone interested in learning more about the theater program is encouraged to join a crew (lighting, sound, construction), which will given them hands on experience while providing a meaningful orientation to the theater program.

“28 Marchant Avenue,” a play about the Kennedy family and summers spent in Hyannisport, MA will be performed March 15-16.  RUHS is proud to offer the first fully staged production of this important new work, which openly discusses the mental illness that plagued JFK’s sister Rosemary.  Auditions will be held in early November, for further information or to join the e-mail list please contact Mr. Rainville at bcrainville@orangesouthwest.org

In the "sad - but temporary - news" department, a longtime and much loved piece of theater programming is going on sabbatical.  Although the theater troupe has traveled to NYC to see a Broadway show during each of the last 14 academic years, no further excursions are planned until a fundraising campaign for the costume room is complete.  High density mobile shelving will double storage capacity, eliminate the need for students to work from ladders, and bring the entire space into compliance with fire code. Watch the OSSD website, and the Randolph Herald, for more information!

ETC Theater welcomed new members and bid goodbye to its seniors during the annual Induction and Recognition Night this past May. Although any student who maintains academic eligibility while honoring training rules is welcome to participate in the theater program, ETC is an honor society - in which a position must be earned.

The Theater program is extremely thankful for thoughtful gifts of vintage clothing, props, and furniture.  At present a search is underway to furnish a couple’s first apartment, circa 1962, and the porch of a grand 1930’s summer home on the coast of Massachusetts.  Please keep the drama program in mind if you are closing a house or cleaning an attic!

Thank you to the greater Randolph community for continuing to value - and support - the theater arts!

Musical Notes
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The RU Music Boosters is an organization of parents, students, and RU staff who are committed to supporting music students at the middle school and high school levels. At our monthly meetings we enjoy
hearing from the music director about what’s happening in the program, discussing the needs of thenstudents and the program, planning fundraisers, and brainstorming ways to boost and celebrate music in our schools.

The beginning of the school year will be an exciting time for us as we get to know two new music teachers. Jessica Clayton will be teaching music in the elementary schools as well as a new music exploratory at the 7th grade level, and Ray Cole will be the new music director for the middle and high school grades. We’ll be gathering our energy to support their ideas and initiatives, as well as carrying on with some traditions of our own.

We hope this year to organize at least two Community Coffeehouse events in the cafeteria (this will be the third year for this event) as well as raising money through a Thanksgiving bake sale at Shaws, concessions at concerts, and other activities throughout the year. We will continue to help subsidize private lessons for music students, as well as assisting with travel and food expenses for festivals, camp for drum majors, and special visiting artists. We’re also hoping to increase parent involvement in Music Boosters, as many of our long-serving members will be moving on soon.

It’s a great time to come join us. Our meeting dates and times are posted on the school event calendar. Historically we have met on the second Wednesday of each month, 5:30 in the Music Room, but that hasn’t been established yet for the coming year. So, keep an eye on the school calendar as well as RU Ghost Music (on Facebook). Or you can email Andy Mueller at andy@froggybottomguitars.com for more information.