Music/Drama

Music/Drama


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.

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!

RU Theater Presents “The Cake”
theater students
Randolph Union High School’s Encore Theater Company will present a play this March 12 - 14 that has literally been ripped from the headlines – with a script so new it has yet to be published. “The Cake” explores the dispute between a baker and a couple that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senior Rosa Turinetti portrays Della, a baker who finds her Christian faith incompatible with gay marriage. Senior Ainsley Cook and Junior Grace Brock portray a same-sex couple who demand equal treatment.

“I bought this play,” said Director Brian Rainville, “because it’s so easy to ignore ideas that are not my own. Yet each side had valid yet conflicting claims – religious freedom for the baker and equal protection for the couple.”

RU’s actors and technicians were rehearsing the show on the 20th anniversary of Baker v. Vermont, which plunged the state into the contentious question of gay marriage.

To provide context for the “The Cake” Director Rainville invited journalist David Moats to meet with the cast and crew. Moats won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Vermont Supreme Court and subsequent legislative session.

“David is a witness to history,” said the director, “able to connect the Vermont of 1999 to the United States of 2020. Although two decades have passed, the issues under debate are remarkably similar and still current.”

“The Cake” will be presented in RU’s Murray Auditorium March 12-14. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for students. The curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. – with a runtime of one hour and forty minutes.

Randolph’s theater troupe invites patrons to a moderated discussion after the curtain call – an opportunity to ask questions, share observations, and perhaps consume cake!

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 18th year. The trip transports students from Randolph to midtown Manhattan, where they'll see the classic play "Caroline, or Change, a powerful new work rooted in Civil Rights. It takes place in Louisiana in 1963, and features a Black maid and a Jewish family. According to ETC Theater Director Brian Rainville, the bus is full and the show is sold out!

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, contact program director Brian Rainville at (802) 728-3397 ext 124 or bcrainville@orangesouthwest.org.