Waylanders have come to expect a fantastic show from College A Capella, and last night’s performance did not disappoint. The Chattertocks from Brown kicked things off with a Katie Perry – Taylor Swift mashup, and the rest of the singing groups kept the energy going all evening. We heard everything from standards (“My Funny Valentine,” also sung by the Chattertocks) to folk (Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from the MIT Chorallaries) to calypso (“Kiss the Girl,” performed by the “very serious” T-Tones and two “volunteer” audience members) to rock (“Grey Street” from the Madrigals). In a poignant moment, the Muses performed “Shape of You” in memory of Lauren Dunne Astley. They also donated CD sale proceeds to Astley’s memorial fund. The last group to perform was Yale Baker’s Dozen, featuring Wayland’s own Bobby Dresser — he got a big round of applause for his solo!
CAPA thanks the performers and everyone who worked behind the scenes to pull off another successful benefit concert for WHS Fine Arts programs.
The fall play, Alison Grimm at the Edge of the World, was a rousing success! Congratulations and thank you to the cast, crew, and Richard Weingartner. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Jim Griffin Family Support Trust.
The Creative Arts Parent Association hosts Elementary Rental Night each September for elementary families with beginning musicians. We invite vendors of string and band instruments to Wayland as a courtesy for parents, so that they can rent an instrument for their children without trekking out of town.
This year’s event brought a very long line of string families to the Johnson String tables, along with a steady flow of visitors to the Leonard’s Music stand. We would like to note that families are by no means obligated to rent from these companies, or even to attend the rental night. We offer it simply as a convenience for those who are interested.
Adorable quote of the night: Asked why he chose the viola as his instrument, a young boy replied, “Well, it sounds nice. But the real reason is that my grandmother’s name is Viola.”
Congratulations to the cast, crew, musicians and directors of Les Miserables – the production wowed audiences four nights in a row! It is always inspiring, refreshing and amazing to watch these performances…
Thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the show, and a huge thank you to Richard Weingartner and Art Finstein for their hard work, dedication and expertise.