Music/Drama/The Arts

Music/Drama/The Arts


etc1Drama, a.k.a. The Encore Theater Company

Our 2017-18 season got off to a great start in October with "two plays for the price of one." 

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet and The Bible in 30 Minutes … or Less were presented as “Two Shows, One Night” by the Encore Theater Company on October 19-21.

Work is now beginning for 28 Marchant Avenue, a play about the Kennedy family and the summers they spent in Hyannisport, MA. The spring performance is scheduled for  March 15-16. 

According to Theater Director Brian Rainville, "RUHS is proud to offer the first fully staged production of this important new work, which openly discusses the mental illness that plagued JFK’s sister Rosemary." 

Auditions will be held in early November. For further information or to join the e-mail list please contact Mr. Rainville at bcrainville@orangesouthwest.org

Later in the spring (May 6), the Theater Company will travel to New York City to see Come From Away, a Broadway musical about the days following the tragic events of 9/11. Students will enjoy round-trip luxury transportation via Premiere Coach and a full service lunch in midtown Manhatten prior to the play. The trip is open to all RU students. For more information about the play, visit its website, www.comefromaway.com.

ETC Theater welcomed new members and bid goodbye to its seniors during the annual Induction and Recognition Night this past May. Although any student who maintains academic eligibility while honoring training rules is welcome to participate in the theater program, ETC is an honor society - in which a position must be earned.

The Theater program is extremely thankful for thoughtful gifts of vintage clothing, props, and furniture.  At present a search is underway to furnish a couple’s first apartment, circa 1962, and the porch of a grand 1930’s summer home on the coast of Massachusetts.  Please keep the drama program in mind if you are closing a house or cleaning an attic!

Thank you to the greater Randolph community for continuing to value - and support - the theater arts!

Musical Notes
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The RU Music Boosters is an organization of parents, students, and RU staff who are committed to supporting music students at the middle school and high school levels. At our monthly meetings we enjoy hearing from the music director about what’s happening in the program, discussing the needs of thenstudents and the program, planning fundraisers, and brainstorming ways to boost and celebrate music in our schools.

The beginning of the school year will be an exciting time for us as we get to know two new music teachers. Jessica Clayton will be teaching music in the elementary schools as well as a new music exploratory at the 7th grade level, and Ray Cole will be the new music director for the middle and high school grades. We’ll be gathering our energy to support their ideas and initiatives, as well as carrying on with some traditions of our own.

We hope this year to organize at least two Community Coffeehouse events in the cafeteria (this will be the third year for this event) as well as raising money through a Thanksgiving bake sale at Shaws, concessions at concerts, and other activities throughout the year. We will continue to help subsidize private lessons for music students, as well as assisting with travel and food expenses for festivals, camp for drum majors, and special visiting artists. We’re also hoping to increase parent involvement in Music Boosters, as many of our long-serving members will be moving on soon.

It’s a great time to come join us. Our meeting dates and times are posted on the school event calendar. Historically we have met on the second Wednesday of each month, 5:30 in the Music Room, but that hasn’t been established yet for the coming year. So, keep an eye on the school calendar as well as RU Ghost Music (on Facebook). Or you can email Andy Mueller at andy@froggybottomguitars.com for more information.