Bottom’s Dream – Saturday March 2

Saturday, March 2, 7pm
WHS Little Theater

Fans of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream should make sure not to miss the one and only evening performance of Wayland High School Theater Ensemble’s “Bottom’s Dream” this Saturday at 7pm in the ‘Little Theater’ at Wayland High School. “Bottom’s Dream” excludes the lovers from Shakespeare’s well-known comedy and focuses instead on the hilarious interactions between the “mechanicals” (Jonathan von Mering, Isaac Greenawalt, Melissa Smith, Liam Fay, and Jack Case) and the fairies (Jesse Vogel, Carly McKee, Tori Gitten, Julia Terranova, and Erika Moran).

Staged in contemporary costumes, with lots of movement and upbeat music, the production invites young and old audiences to experience Shakespeare… just a little differently. The production presents a play within a play within a play: Bottom the Weaver (von Mering) is eager to rehearse a play with his fellow tradesmen, but gets mysteriously “lost” in the forest and falls into the hands of fairy King Oberon (Vogel). Oberon employs Puck (Sohini Marjadi) to help him tease his Queen Titania (Carly McKee).

The 40-minute performance is free and open to the public.

Winter Music Events

Don’t miss these upcoming musical events!

Thursday, January 31: Solo and Chamber concert at 7:30pm on the WHS Main Stage. Featuring chamber ensembles to include the Honors Woodwinds Quintet, Honors Saxophone Ensemble, Honors Clarinet Ensemble, Honors Sinfonia, Honors Concert Choir, and various soloists. There will also be an in-school performance on Friday morning, February 1 during block 2 as well.

Thursday, February 7: String Jamboree at 7:30pm in the WHS Field House. All orchestra groups from 3rd grade through 12th grade will participate in the annual String Jamboree! Please come and support the string program!

Monday, February 11: Band Fest at 7:30pm in the WHS Field House. Every band will participate, from each of the elementary schools, the Middle School, and the High School. The grand finale will be performed by everyone from the youngest to the oldest!

Arts in December

Don’t miss these exciting performances in December at WHS and beyond:

Tues, Dec 11: WHS/WMS Choral Concert & Art Exhibit
7:30 pm
WHS Commons and Mainstage

Wed, Dec 12: WHS/WMS Band Concert & Art Exhibit
7:30 pm
WHS Commons and Mainstage

Tues, Dec 18: WHS/WMS Orchestra Concert
7:30 pm
WHS Mainstage

December 8-23: Urban Nutcracker
Tony Williams Dance Center

Sophie Mishara and Caroline Provost, 9th graders at WHS, are performing this year in the Urban Nutcracker from December 8-23 at the Tony Williams Dance Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.urbannutcrackerboston.com.

November Arts Events

November is a big month for the fine arts at WHS. Here is the lineup:

Tues, Nov 6: CAPA Meeting
7:30 – 8:30 pm
WHS Media Center

We will watch and discuss Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk on the arts, creativity and education, as well as talk about our Fine Arts Night format.

Tues, Nov 13: Fall Jazz Pops Concert
High School and Middle School jazz groups
7:30 pm
WHS Commons

Thurs, Nov 15 – Sat, Nov 17: WHSTE Fall Production “Voices from the Fire”
7:30 pm
WHS Mainstage

Join the Wayland High School Theater Ensemble for the original production, “Voices from the Fire,” directed by Richard Weingartner. The cast of 21 has been working very hard to create the characters and write the script, basing it on the historic 1911 Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

Tickets will be available at the door; online reservation info coming soon.

Mon, Nov 19: A Cappella Club Concert
7:30 pm
WHS Mainstage


Bottle & Can Drive Oct. 27

Saturday, October 27
10 AM – 2 PM
WHS Parking Lot

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!

UPDATE: Big thanks to everyone who donated bottles and cans or helped us sort, box and bag them. And extra big thanks to Tom and Sean! We couldn’t do it without you.

College A Cappella – December 1, 2012

Saturday, Dec. 17:30pm
WHS Main Stage

Wayland’s legendary Fall College A Cappella Concert featured a fantastic line-up of first-rate a cappella groups from Yale, Tufts, and Berklee College of Music! The Yale “Spizzwinks(?)” — yes, that question mark is part of their name — with Wayland High School alumn Seth Lifland (’11) were joined by Tufts University’s “Jackson Jills,” and Berklee’s “Pitch Slapped” on December 1 at 7:30 pm on the Mainstage at Wayland High School (264 Old Connecticut Path).

The program also included Wayland High School’s own student a cappella groups—the Madrigals, the Muses, and the T-Tones.

The sold-out concert was a major fundraiser to support all WHS arts, music, and theater programs. For more information, contact us.

Fine Arts Awards Night

Friday, June 8
7:00 PM- 10:30 pm
Longfellow Club, Natick

It’s time to honor the best and the brightest in WHS Arts and time to let the kids kick back and have a little fun.  Here’s what we’re planning for this year:

7:00-8:00 pm: Awards Ceremony and Fine Arts jackets presented – parents and students
8:00-10:30 pm: Fine Arts Night pool and pizza party – students only

Bring a chair or sit on the floor for the awards ceremony – there’s plenty of room for everyone!

Parents, we could use your help as chaperones. Contact us  if you’re interested.

Students should bring a bathing suit, towel, and $5 for pizza. Also, bring food based on the first letter of your last name:
A-G: Beverages
H-L: Popcorn, cheese doodles or chips, pretzels, dips, or hummus & pita
M-R: Veggies or fruit
S-Z: Dessert
Note: The party is for WHS students only – no siblings allowed in the pool. Lifeguards will be on duty.

So bring the family and bring plenty of Wayland pride as we get ready to wrap up the year by celebrating the arts at Longfellow!

Questions? Just contact us.

Window Dance Ensemble presents “A Beautiful Mess”, May 10-12

May 10, 11, and 12
7:30pm
WHS Main Stage

Window Dance Ensemble is the student run dance group at Wayland High School. Members of the group choreograph and rehearse for their annual show in May which presents a mixture of dance styles including tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. This year, Window Dance Ensemble will perform their show, “A Beautiful Mess” on Wayland High School’s Main Stage May 10th, 11th, and 12th at 7:30pm each night.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door ($7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults).