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; $8 students 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.
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!
(Reprinted from WHSPO newsletter)
The Eastern District Junior Festival takes place March 16-17 at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Congratulations to the following students who are representing WHS at the festival:
- Andrea Vogt, violin
- Jack Bell, viola
- Max Wong, cello
- Isabel Pongratz, string bass
- Victoria Gitten, soprano
- Robert Yuan, saxophone
May 21-24 cellist Andrew Laven will travel to Atlanta to participate in the National High School Honors Orchestra. Each state can submit up to 30 student audition recordings and Massachusetts had 13 students accepted! Massachusetts has one of the highest acceptance rates in the country. Ryan Budnick, clarinet, was selected as an alternate. Good luck and congratulations!
Good news – the WHS percussionists have received their new mallets funded by CAPA. They look happy, don’t they?
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.
Wayland High School’s WINDOW Dance ensemble will be performing May 10-12, 2012 on the WHS Main Stage.
Joe Oneschuk reports that local Wayland resident John Inferrre donated his Latin Percussion instruments and Tama chrome drumset to the WHS Band/Jazz ensembles. Thanks, John!
Did you know…
Fine arts students at WHS can earn a fine arts jacket by participating in fine arts classes and groups both in and outside of school? The Creative Arts Parent Association sponsors these jackets in collaboration with the faculty for students who go above and beyond in the fine arts. For more information, see Fine Arts Jackets.