It’s that time of year: save the date and save those bottles and cans!
Tom Donaldson and Sean Boyle are back and at the helm of our traditional Saturday fundraiser. This fun, fast-paced event helps to raise funds for the Arts programs at Wayland High School. Volunteers are always needed for this fun event and WHS students will earn community service hours for their time. Parents are welcome as well. If you enjoy supporting a worthy cause, and especially if your child loves the arts, then please bring us your refundable bottles and cans. Help keep Wayland Arts funding healthy!
Theater parents will run “Kisses for the Cast” – at each showing of Fame on April 25-28, you can buy a small baggie with Hershey kisses and an attached note, on which you can write a message (signed or anonymous!) to cast members. Sure to be a hit with note-leavers and note-receivers!
Four nights: April 25 – 28 at 7:30 PM Wayland High School Main Stage $12 adults; $8students and senior citizens
Tickets available at the door or reserve via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If reserving via email, tell us how many adult and how many student/senior tickets. Tickets can be picked up and paid for at the door. Checks can be made out to WHSTE or Wayland High School Theater Ensemble.
By Rachel Beth Cohen Photographs by Catherine Radmer
Put aside all of your hard work and come watch the Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble (“WHSTE”) make magic in Fame – The Musical. Produced and performed by an ensemble cast and crew of over thirty members, the cast presents an energetic and inspiring story of a group of students who come together from different backgrounds to spend four years persevering through the combination of academic and artistic education that made up the curriculum of New York City’s High School of the Performing Arts in the early 1980’s. Under the direction of Richard Weingartner, who also serves as the school’s drama teacher, the WHSTE performance of Fame – The Musical emotionally demonstrates the effect the journey through the High School of the Performing Arts had on the difficult choices made by the young people who followed that path.
With so many talented actors making up WHSTE, Stage Managers Kate Fiske and Kush Bhagat, along with Weingartner and Musical Director Arthur Finstein, chose Fame – The Musical because it showcases the talents of the entire ensemble cast rather than focusing only on one or a few main characters. Fiske and Bhagat also considered that Fame – The Musical would present a story about the challenges faced by art students in a high school that would be relevant to the cast.
Fame – The Musical is the first musical production that WHSTE will perform at the Mainstage of the newly constructed Wayland High School. Fiske and Bhagat are excited about the opportunities the Mainstage presents for both the WHSTE members and the audience. As compared to the Little Theatre, where WHSTE had previously presented all of its performances, the Mainstage, with its larger size and updated technology, provides the cast and crew with more options in set design, blocking of the performance, and lighting effects. Audience members will appreciate these enhancements to the production as well as the expanded seating capacity that will ensure everyone a seat with an excellent view to enjoy this exciting show.
Joe Oneschuk reports that the AP Music Theory Class attended a very special concert of the Boston Symphony. The players chose their own chamber music program and conducted themselves. The concert culminated with the iconic piece The Rite Of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.