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Paradise: NHS’ METG High School Festival Play 2016


Paradise Program 2016

2016 METG High School Festival Preliminaries at NHS


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.


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


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
Directions & Parking

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.

Into the Woods: September 17-20 2015

intothewoodsposter_fbFairy tales collide in a modern musical twist on Happily Ever After at Norwood High School’s Paul M. Alberta Performing Arts Center at Norwood High School on Sept 17, 18, 19 at 7pm and Sept 20 at 2pm.
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See our cast bios and more in the  Into The Woods Playbill program online!

The Backstage Boosters will be offering tickets in advance at a discount, as well as selling at the door.


Norwood Stage Arts Fall Play Selection and Auditions

Norwood Stage Arts Fall 2015 Play Selection and Auditions

Play Selection:

The Drama Club will convene next Monday, June 8th at 2:30 in the Drama room to discuss Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Game’s Afoot as our potential play candidates for the fall non-musical play production.

Possible topics for discussion, bring your own ideas as well:

  • Does the play in discussion inspire you? If so, how?
  • What’s the artistic value of doing the play, what would you expect to take away?
  • How will we inspire our audiences?
  • How will we draw an audience to this play?
  • How will we address gender of characters vs. gender of actors?
  • Consider the play in terms of relevance, sexism, racism, any potential cultural insensitivity in terms of content or delivery.
  • What design opportunities are there – sets, lights, and costumes?
  • What can we bring to the play as artists?

 Audition Information   Get excited. Be brave.

Auditions: Thursday June 11 2:30-5pm

Callbacks: Friday June 12 3:30-5pm

Auditions are open to all Norwood High School rising 9-12 students (currently 8-11th grades )

Students will perform short scenes from the selected play for their audition.

If interested in working on your audition in advance, schedule an individual workshop with John Quinn to take place during your study halls, drama class time, or open after school and early evening slots I’ll make available. I will put sign-ups for workshops on my classroom door.

 In drama, you are always welcome!

You are welcome to attend auditions whether you attended the play readings or not. (If you have a legitimate scheduling conflict, let me know).

Mary Poppins, the Broadway musical! May 7, 8, 9, 10 2015

Come see Mary Poppins live on May 7, 8,9 at 7pm and May 10 at 2pm, tickets at the door. Contact the Backstage Boosters, the NHS Fine Arts Office (781) 352-3546 or NHS Drama and Music students to purchase discounted tickets in advance.

Screenshot 2015-04-30 08.58.53View our Virtual Playbill® online

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