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The Blog of the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department


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The Laramie Project

Laramie Poster color copy.

“The Laramie Project” is a documentary-style play centered on the October 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student at the University of Wyoming. Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die on the plains outside Laramie Wyoming because he was gay. The event focused international attention on human rights and a lack of hate-crime laws across the country and the world. The play enacts interviews given by residents in the aftermath of the murder, some unconnected with the tragedy, and some intimately involved.

Algonquin’s production of “The Laramie Project” includes 20 student actors and 10 backstage student crew members and is co-directed by Drama Teacher Maura Morrison and Biology Teacher Brian Kelly.

Performances are Thursday, February 27, 2020, in-school, and Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  It is the ARHS entry in this year’s Mass Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Festival on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Algonquin is hosting the METG festival again this year and welcoming Gloucester HS and St. Sebastian’s HS.  All performances will be in the ARHS Black Box. Friday night’s performance is free for students and $10 for Adults. Saturday is a $12 fee to attend the 3 shows performing for the METG 2020 festival.


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Winter Instrumental Concert, February 12 at 7pm

Please join the Algonquin Fine & Performing Arts Department for the Winter Instrumental Concert. The concert will be at 7pm on Wednesday, February 12 in the ARHS auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and NSMA members free.

The evening will feature performances by the following groups: Wind Ensemble, Jazz II, Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz I.

The students have been preparing for this performance for the past 11 weeks and are excited to share their work with a great audiences. Repertoire by Mozart, Bernstein, Mackey, Bizet and Grundman will be featured.


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All-State Musicians

Congratulations to the following students, who were selected after an extensive audition process, to participate in the 2020 All-State Music Festival. These students will attend all-day rehearsal on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 in Boston. They will perform alongside other amazing musicians from across Massachusetts in a concert at Symphony Hall on March 7th.

Justin Wang, violin

Hannah O’Grady, voice


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2020 Alumni Art Show

Come view the 2020 Alumni Art Show at the Gallery of the Boroughs in C211!
This diverse collection of work features digital art, photography, fibers, ceramics, glass, illustration, and printmaking. The gallery will be open throughout the school day for students and after school until 2:30 for public viewing. It will be up through the end of February, so hurry in to view the work, and see what Algonquin graduates are doing with art in their lives! Don’t forget to sign the guestbook, too!
This show was coordinated and curated by two students, Natalie MacDonald and Logan Fossey. They worked extremely hard to bring this show together over the last few months. With some last-minute help from our 2nd semester Gallery class students, the show came out beautifully.
Want to know more about how to be part of our gallery team? Would you like to help select the artists we showcase? We meet after school on Thursdays until 2:30 in C201. Or join the class for next school year, sign up for Gallery & Marketing during course selection in March! Hope to see you soon!