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Grace Project visits the Gonk this week


Artist Isis Charise with her work during the hanging of Reflection Redefined.

This Thursday, photographer Isis Charise will give a talk in the Black Box on her photographic work, The Grace Project. Creating sensitive, beautiful portraits, Isis returns women’s body positivity body after cancer and mastectomy surgery have altered their shape. Four of her photos are included in the Reflection Redefined, a show of student, alumni, and professional artwork on the theme of body image. There will be an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., open to the public.


Reflection Redefined is the DECA project of Kate Kalinowski and Kira Porter, providing 2 weeks of activities and programs around body positivity. The show also includes art and writing from guests Elizabeth Foot and The Get Over It Campaign, alumni Chrissy Doucette (’10), Alexa Potenza and Melissa Taing (’12), Julia San Clemente (’15), and students Divya Bawa, Atira Cheney, Chloe Fay, Naomi Greenspan, Colleen Kasparzak, Amber Mooers, Annie May, and Kendall Sweeney.

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A preview of student and alumni work in Reflection Redefined, in Gallery C211.

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ARHS Jazz Students Really Swing at Golf

12096458_873982272693835_7425144390900138770_nARHS Jazz musicians performed at the St. Rose Golf Tournament on Monday. The annual event raises money for youth services within the community and was held at the Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston. The Algonquin jazz combo has been providing cocktail hour jazz at the event for almost a decade.

Students involved included: Mike Dutko, Connor Jenks, Brian Keefe, Trent Jones, Mike McCormack, and Andrew Travins.

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This Week in Drama II

IMG_1627Drama II began monologue performances Tuesday during the double.  Performances were filmed to provide additional information to each actor after we discussed what we observed as a class.  Students have stepped up directorial skills and period 6 is offering thoughtful feedback after each performance.  Today was a strong showing of a range of moments from plays, books, movies and a self-scripted piece by Jaime Moschella.

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News about ACDA Honor Choir Districts

Students interested in singing excerpts from Carmina Burana with the UMass Amherst choral singers at the Massachusetts ACDAHigh School and Collegiate Choir Festival on 10/24 should sign up in the choir room as soon as possible.  Recommended students must be registered by October 4.  Spots are limited because we have to send balanced quartets. Students who commit to participating in the Festival must attend weekly rehearsals either on Thursday afternoons at 2:45 or Friday afternoons at 2:00 in order to be prepared on the day of the festival.  The festival is all day from 7:00 am, when we leave ARHS, with a concert at 5:30 pm.   Tickets are $10.  Depending on how many students are interested, there will either be bus transportation or car pool.

CDMMEA, District Auditions will take place on 11/14, (11/21 snow date). The time will be announced later.   Students interested in auditioning should sign up in the choir room by Wednesday, September 30.  We’ll have a learning session at 2:00 that day to work on the audition piece, Per la gloria d’adorarvi, by Bononcini.  It can be found in the Twenty-four Italian Songs and Arias.  The District Festival will consist of rehearsal on Wednesday, 1/13 and Friday, 1/15 from 3-9 and a dress rehearsal at Mechanics hall on Saturday, 1/16, and a concert at 4:00 pm.  Bus transportation is provided to and from the rehearsals on Wednesday and Friday, and to the dress rehearsal on Saturday.  Tickets to the concert will be on sale at the rehearsals and parents attend the concert and transport the student home.

If a student scores well enough on the district audition, he or she will be eligible for All-State Auditions on 1/23, (1/24 snow date) time to be announce later.  The MMEA All-State Festival takes place in Boston from 3/10-3/12.  Students will stay at the Seaport or Renaissance Hotel on Thursday and Friday.

It is very important that students and parents check their calendars carefully.  Absences aren’t allowed and your students who accept are taking a place from someone else who would really like to participate.  So, to back out because of scheduling errors would be very bad form.

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For the second year in a row, senior Katie Dobberpuhl will have a table in the youth art market section of stART on the Street this Sunday, September 20. One of the largest art festivals in Massachusetts, stART closes down 2 blocks of Park Avenue in Worcester for performances, art making, live music, food trucks, and for hundreds of artists and artisans to sell their wares. The forecast looks spectacular, so drop in for a dose of culture, and to help this fantastic young GonkArtist fund her post-secondary plans!