Bottle and Can Drive, Saturday, May 5

Saturday, May 5
10 AM – 2 PM
WHS Pool 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!


Kisses for the Cast of Fame

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!

Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble presents Fame – The Musical

Four nights: April 25 – 28 at 7:30 PM
Wayland High School Main Stage
$12 adults; $8 students and senior citizens

Tickets available at the door or reserve via email to 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.

College A Cappella Concert – March 17, 2012

The Spring 2012 College A Cappella Concert took place Saturday, March 17. This was the first time for College A Cappella in the new WHS Main Stage Theater.

The line-up included the Boston College Bostonians, Brandeis VoiceMale, MIT Logarhythms, and the Madrigals, Muses and T-Tones from WHS.

The concert was a success for the fine arts at WHS: we raised over $6400! Though we didn’t fill every seat in the new theater, we were close….

Thank you to all who came out for a fun, music-filled evening – our groups were on top of their game that night, and they appreciated the great audience!



AP Music Theory attends BSO

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.

Field Trip to BSO open rehearsal

Exciting news for string students at WHS: Orchestra director Susan Memoli is planning to take the Honors Sinfonia to an open rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on April 12.

Parents are welcome, but space is limited: there are about 10 spots available for interested parents. Tickets: $15. Contact Susan Memoli to sign up.

This field trip is made possible through funding by the Creative Arts Parent Association.

February Concerts

February is a great month for music lovers and musicians’ families. Check out these concerts:

Monday, February 13, 7:30pm
Jazz Night
Middle School Auditorium
Middle School and High School jazz groups will perform.

Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 pm
String Jamboree
WHS Field House

Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm
Band Fest
WHS Field House
Bands from fourth grade through high school will perform, culminating in Bandarama, a piece that all the bands will play together.

Winter Week Plays

The following theatrical performances will take place to celebrate Winter Week:

Thursday, February 2, 7:30pm
Alison Grimm at the Edge of the World
new WHS Theater
Admission is free

Friday, February 3, 7:30pm
A Wonderful Place to Live
a set of Winter Week plays in the new Blackbox Theater in the Academic Building
Donations gratefully accepted to cover production costs

Rehearsing on the new main stage
Rehearsing on the new main stage