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Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Nov 3-6 2016

A comedy written by William Shakespeare: a royal marriage, four young lovers,  a group of six amateur actors — all controlled and manipulated by fairies in the forest.  Was it all a dream?

Nov 3-5 at 7pm and Nov 6 at 2pm


Norwood Drama presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Norwood Public School’s Fine Arts Department presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream — a timeless comedy of dreamers, lovers, and fairy-inspired chaos — on November 3-6 at Norwood High School.   On the eve of a royal wedding, under a midsummer night’s moon, a band of rustic ‘mechanicals’ rehearse their gift — a play — in the forest while four confused lovers fall under the spell of the battling King and Queen of the Fairies.

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Norwood High School drama teacher John Quinn directs a cast of actors from Norwood’s high school and middle school including seniors Jessica Maldonado as the impish henchman Puck, Erin Fogarty as Titania, Queen of the Fairies and Meghan Ring as Oberon, King of Fairies.  Jason Allen and Tim Rose alternate the role of Lysander, while Paul Nassif and Harry Lane share the role of Demetrius and they in turn alternate in vying for and spurning the fluctuating affections of Andi Stebbins and Alessandra Varon as Helena and Taylor Murchie as Hermia. Allie Campbell’s donkey-headed Nick Bottom leads the band of rustic actors, including Amanda Ciarletto and Sonia Harder as Peter Quince, Brady Sheehan’s Francis Flute, Gabe Maldonado and Caitlin Pentowski’s Tom Snout, Maeve Lyon and Grace Nelson as Snug, and Jania Johnson-Weems and Tori Paul as Robin Starveling as they “move storms” and plumb emotional depths on the stage within a stage. Will Lopez and Sean Rice take the role of Egeus, Dan French portrays Theseus, the Duke of Athens, Colleen Cardinal is the Queen of the Amazons Hippolyta, and Nadine Thomas is Master of Revels Philostrate.  Kristen Campbell (Peaseblossom), Kaitlyn Savage (Cobweb), Kaileigh Lennon (Moth), and Mary Erickson (Mustardseed) along with Savanna-Leigh Bannon, Anthony Petruzzelli, Jasmine Santos, and Jenny Ciarletto, comprise Oberon and Titania’s mischievous fairies.

Quinn, James Bowers, Rob Strano, and Tess Gautreaux have created the enchanted setting and magical costumes in which Shakespeare’s characters wander and cavort inspired by Erin Fogarty’s choreography and acting coach Jackie Martin’s guidance, supported by Erin Ryan (sound), Gregory Gassoway  (lighting), Becky Butler (crew) and  8th grader Mea SanGiacomo (stage manager).

Performances are at 7pm on Nov 3, 4, 5, and at 2pm on Nov 6 in the Paul M. Alberta Auditorium at Norwood High School. Tickets may be purchased at the door from the wonderful Backstage Boosters ($10 general, $5 seniors/students).

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Cinderella, The Musical: Sept 15-18 2016

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Robin Hood: May 5-8 2016

A hysterical, sprawling, action-packed drama that challenges and reinvents the myth. Includes a wise-cracking, superior swords person in Marian, and a Robin who only by chance finds himself a hero. But true to the legend, of course, all ends well: The Sheriff’s scheme to wed and bed young Ellen fizzles, King John’s vicious taxes are rescinRobinHood_Posterded, the Sherwood Foresters are finally legitimized, and a justice descends on England’s green and pleasant land.

May 5-7 at 7pm and May 8 at 2pm

Tickets at the door: $5 seniors/students, $10 general public

 

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Paradise: NHS’ METG High School Festival Play 2016

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Paradise Program 2016

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2016 METG High School Festival Preliminaries at NHS

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2016 The Massachusetts High School Festival (Massachusetts Educational Drama Guild) includes 112 one-act plays produced by member high schools. Norwood High School will be one of several hosts for the first level of the competition — preliminaries. Student excellence in acting and technical design is recognized at each level, including the selection of an All-Star Company at the finals. Two schools chosen at the State Festival will represent Massachusetts in the New England Drama Festival, the regional showcase of secondary school theatre.

Tickets are $10.00 and only available at the door at each host site.

DATES:

Preliminary Round Saturday, February 27, 2016
Semi-Final Round Saturday, March 19, 2016
State Finals Thursday – Saturday, March 31/April 1-2, 2016
New England Festival Thursday – Saturday April 21 – 23 2016  (Old Saybrook High School, Old Saybrook CT

2016 PARTICIPANTS

On February 27th, Norwood High School is honored to host the following productions:

9:00 a.m. St. Sebastian’s School Crazy Town
10:00 a.m. Braintree High School Noises Off
11:15 a.m. Worcester Academy Mauritius
12:15 p.m. South Shore Vocational Technical High School Child’s Play
2:00 p.m. Norwood High School Paradise
3:00 p.m. Boston College High School & Newton Country Day School Freedom of the City
4:30 p.m. Everett High School The Tempest
5:30 p.m. Milton High School Tide Pools

 

More Information and Forms

2016 METG Festival Information
NHS_Festivalchecklist2016 (checklist for schools attending competition at NHS)
Norwood High School General Info Booklet
Festival 2016 Tech Documents

NHS Directions and Parking
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A Game’s Afoot: November 12, 13, 14, 15 2015

A murder, mystery, mayhem and madcap adventure play, written by Ken Ludwig at Norwood High School’s Paul M. Alberta Performing Arts Center on November 12th, 13th, 14th, at 7pm and Nov 15th at 4pm.
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See our cast bios and more develop throughout the next month in the A Game’s Afoot online program!

The Backstage Boosters and cast/crew members will be offering tickets in advance as well as selling at the door.

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