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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

Send “Stay Tuned” cast & crew to the New England Theatre Festival

On April 23rd our troupe of award-winning actors, writers, and a range of other creative stagecrafters from Norwood HS head north to represent Massachusetts with a performance of “Stay Tuned” at the New England Theatre Festival in Maine. It was a great honor to be chosen to represent the state at this regional festival after advancing through three rounds and performing at METG State Finals last month, but that honor comes with a high cost: approximately $275 per student for housing and transportation. The burden of that cost falls on our 24 students who have worked so hard to make this show the success it is.

benefitposterPlease help us raise funds for the students involved in this award-winning play to attend the New England Theatre Festival. Come see the show right here at home (NHS) on April 17th at 7pm! All proceeds will go towards this fund. Dan Busler has generously created keepsake posters for sale towards the fund.

Or if you can’t make it, NFACT and the Backstage Boosters have kindly offered to process all donations (which are tax-deductible) made online. To contribute offline, please make your check out to Backstage Boosters and note that you’d like the money put towards the Norwood Drama NETF trip. Or give online through NFACT.

Even small amounts add up quickly if we reach enough people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
— John Quinn

Norwood Drama’s “Stay Tuned” moves on to METG Finals!

After a strong performance at semi-finals tonight, this award-winning show and this awesome troupe are moving on to METG’s state-wide FINALS held March 26-28th in Boston !

METG 2015 Festival Preliminaries to be held at NHS

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2015 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.

DATES:

Preliminary Round Saturday, February 28, 2015
Semi-Final Round Saturday, March 14, 2015
State Finals Thursday, Saturday, March 26-28, 2015
New England Festival Thursday, Saturday April 23 – 25 2015 (Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport ME)

PARTICIPANTS

On February 28th, we are honored to host the following productions:

NORWOOD Stay Tuned
BOSTON LATIN Pullman Car Hiawatha Rehearsal: Tues, Feb 24th 5:45 – 7:15pm (arrival 5:15pm)
DEDHAM All I really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play Rehearsal: Wed, Feb 25th 7:30 – 9pm (arrival 7pm)
HOLLISTON TBA Rehearsal: Mon, Feb 23rd 7:30 – 9pm (arrival 7pm)
JOSEPH CASE Johnny Got His Gun Rehearsal: Thurs, Feb 26th 5:45 – 7:15pm (arrival 5:15pm)
MIDDLEBORO Second Death of Priscilla Rehearsal: Tues, Feb 24th 7:30 – 9pm (arrival 7pm)
NORWELL God of Carnage Rehearsal: Mon, Feb 23rd 5:45 – 7:15 (arrival 5:15)
WILBRAHAM & MONSON Original- Choose Your Own Adventure Rehearsal: Wed, Feb 25th 5:45 – 7:15pm (arrival 5:15)

Festival Schedule (details to come)

 

7:45 – 8:15am ARRIVAL – PLEASE DON’T BE TOO EARLY OR TOO LATE. YOUR HOST WILL GREET YOU, PROVIDE NAMETAGS AND LEAD YOU TO YOUR CLASSROOM.
8:00 – 8:15am JUDGE/CONSULTANT MEETING – IN THE FINE ARTS OFFICE
8:15 – 8:45am MEETING FOR DIRECTORS, SUPERVISORS, JUDGES, TIMEKEEPERS, CHECKER – IN THE BAND ROOM
8:55am GREETINGS! – IN THE THEATRE
9:00am PLAY #1:
10:00am PLAY #2:
10:45am BREAK
11:15am PLAY #3:
12:15pm PLAY #4:
1:00 – 1:50pm LUNCH
1:55pm GREETINGS – IN THE THEATRE
2:00pm PLAY #5:
3:00pm PLAY #6:
3:40 – 4:15pm BREAK
4:30pm PLAY #7:
5:30pm PLAY #8:
6:20pm STUDENTS RETURN TO THEIR ROOMS TO COMPLETE STUDENT RECOGNITION FORMS / CLEAN ROOMS.
6:40pm DISCUSSION GROUPS – IN EACH SCHOOL’S ASSIGNED CLASSROOM
7:00pm DANCE / PIZZA PARTY – IN THE CAFETERIA (AND POSSIBLY GYM)
8:30 AWARDS CEREMONY – IN THE THEATRE

 

More Information and Forms

2015 METG Festival Information
2015 METG Festival checklist for schools attending competition at NHS
2015 Norwood General Info Booklet
NHS Festival Lighting & Electric
NHS Directions and Parking
Directions & Parking

Open Class — Workshop

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